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Monroe Speedway


Address:
City: Monroe State: MI Zip: Phone:  
County: Monroe
Notes: Dirt Oval
Operating Dates: 1949-1954
Number of visits to this page since Sept 2013: 9637
 
 

9/1/2020 - Evan05
You can see that the track was where the current Monroe County Fair is held every year. NASCAR ran one race at this track on Sunday, July 6, 1952. This was the 20th race of the 1952 season. 15 drivers started this race, while only 9 continued the 200 Lap/100 Mile race on the. 500 mile dirt track.

Tim Flock qualified on pole at 57. 6 MPH. The race lasted a little over 2 hours and only two drivers finished the race on the lead lap, them being the winner Tim Flock in his #91 and second place Herb Thomas' #92 (both in 1952 Hudson's). Lee Petty finished 3rd in his iconic #42, completing 199 Laps when the checkered flag flew.

The average speed of the race was 44. 5 MPH. This win was Flock's 6th of the 1952 season and the 14th of his career. He went on to win two more races that season and ended up winning the 1952 NASCAR Grand National Championship.

The earliest aerial I found of this track was in 1957, when the track was already deteriorating. The last you can see of the track surface is in 1973. The grandstands stood there for a decent period of time after the track wasn't being used anymore. Somewhere between 1993-2000, they took the grandstand down to make more room for the expanding 'Monroe County Fair'.

Your Welcome! Any more questions. just ask.
6/20/2007 - Ron Gross
Nascar ran a Grand National race here on July 6, 1952. It was 200 laps on the 1/2 mile dirt track. Average speed was 44. 499 mph, and the pole speed was 57. 6 mph.

The race was won by Tim Flock in a ''52 Hudson, Herb Thomas was second, and Lee Petty came in third. Nine of the fifteen starters finished the race, and there were two cars on the lead lap.
6/20/2007 - Art Bean
My Dad Jessie Bean had a 1937 Ford race car there in 1951 that my uncle Lee Goins drove #777. I know it was 1951 because my Dad had a new 1951 Ford that he pulled the race car to the track with. I think it was out South Custer Rd toward Dundee, Ida area. Joe Lake had a garage or tire place on Telegraph Rd and had several race cars there. There were a few more race tracks in the Monroe area.

I think they even raced cars on the horse race track on Telegraph Rd or was the horse race track on Dixie Hwy at that time?.
8/14/2005 - Chris Fobbe
I am not totally sure, but I do believe nthis track held a NASCAR Grand National series even less than ten years before MIS was built.
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