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Making History at the Hagerstown Speedway

Making History at the Hagerstown Speedway

Auto racing is a unique sport. The basic concept of racing has remained the same - get from point A to point B before anybody else does.
Auto racing is one of the world's most popular spectator sports and perhaps the most thoroughly commercialized.
Auto racing began almost immediately after the construction of the first successful petrol-fuelled autos. In 1894, the first contest was organized by Paris magazine Le Petit Journal, a reliability test to determine best performance.
A year later the first real race was staged, from Paris, France to Bordeaux, France. First over the line was Emile Levassor but he was disqualified because his car was not a required four-seater.
The first auto race in the United States, over a 54.36-mile (87.48 km) course, took place in Chicago, Illinois on November 2, 1895, Frank Duryea winning in 10 h and 23 min, beating three petrol-fuelled cars and two electric. The first trophy awarded was the Vanderbilt Cup.
Single-seater (open-wheel) racing is perhaps the most well known form of motor sport, with cars designed specifically for high-speed racing. The wheels are not covered, and the cars often have aerofoil wings front and rear to produce down force and enhance adhesion to the track.
There are many different racing cars, methods, and techniques in auto racing with stock car and drag racing the most familiar. Auto racing has been around for many years taking place at auto tracks in many different cities and towns all over the world.
The Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, Maryland is one of those places. It is a true 1/2-mile track with straight-aways over 900 feet long and 70 feet wide. The track is 90 feet wide in the turns. The racing surface is made of the finest red clay in the nation. The smooth, wide surface makes this speedway one of the fastest and safest dirt tracks in the U.S. on which to race.
Hagerstown Speedway is a wonderful place to take the family. Events, including races, camping parties and the Monster Truck Nationals, occur throughout the year. One trip to the Hagerstown Speedway automatically turns you into a frequent visiting fan.
The Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40 (Old National Pike), six miles west of Hagerstown, MD at 15112 National Pike.

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