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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”
Daytona Beach Memorial Stadium – Lifetime track #41
The Daytona Beach Memorial Stadium is officially listed as my 41st lifetime racetrack to see. This track is part of my “group of 71”. What does that mean? Prior to 1980 I did not record official dates of my track visits. Therefore, for those 71 tracks, I have to rely upon my memory of my trips to the track.
I would have seen racing here in the 1969-1970 time frame. I really don’t remember much about the racing other than the oval track ran around a high school football field. The track was short at about 1/5-mile in length. Research tells me the area where the track was located is now a Daytona Beach Community College parking lot. I seem to recall the track surface being made of cinders! That was a common surface for high school running tracks during that era. One source told me the track ran from 1955-1977.
I do remember the race was an open wheel event which might have featured full-sized midget racers. I know that a series of midget races were held here during the 1960s. Mel Kenyon among others raced here. In 1967 four nights of midget racing were scheduled during Florida Speedweeks at Memorial Stadium in February. The feature paid $1,000 U.S. to win for the 14-car planned starting field. The Daytona Beach Memorial Stadium was also known to host motorcycle TT racing. Mini-stocks raced there in 1972.
You might have remembrances about the Daytona Beach Memorial Stadium. If so, please feel free to share in the comments section below. If you have any photos from back in the day, send them to me at Ranlay@yahoo.com. I’ll try to include them here.