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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

 

 

Highlights

 

 

All-Time Favorite Florida Track:

 

East Bay Raceway

 

 

 

Current lifetime trackchasing state rank: 1

 

 

Best Memories:

 

 

I live nearly 3,000 miles from Florida. Nevertheless, I have traveled that distance nearly 25 times to see racing at East Bay. There are only a handful of dirt tracks that offer such top-notch competition as East Bay during Florida’s SpeedWeeks. I’ve seen drivers come from the back of the pack to win against the toughest competition. That just doesn’t happen at very many tracks.

 

 

One of my all-time trackchasing highlights was seeing my 1,000th-lifetime track at the Auburndale Speedway in Auburndale, Florida on Friday, February 10, 2006. The racing I saw was questionable but it counted. The highlight was having Carol, my stepfather Bill and his wife Betty, as well as long-time trackchasing fellow competitor Ed Esser, join me.

 

 

 

I’ve been down to the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the NASCAR Cup finale. What a great place for that race. I’ve been to the old Deland Speedway to see Darrell Dake race and win the SpeedWeeks late model title. I’ve been to New Smyrna to see Dick Trickle and Richie Evans race. I’ve seen Dale Earnhardt Jr. win the Daytona 500. I’ve had a lot of great racing experiences in Florida, most of them during the month of February.

 

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
Daytona International Speedway   Daytona Beach Florida United States Pre-1980 OUTER-PO
New Smyrna Speedway New Smyrna Beach Florida United States Pre-1980 PO
Ocala Raceway  Ocala Florida United States Pre-1980 DO
Volusia County Speedway-East  Barberville Florida United States Pre-1980 DO
Daytona Beach Memorial Stadium Daytona Beach Florida United States Pre-1980 DO
Deland Speedway Deland Florida United States Pre-1980 DO
Golden Gate Speedway Tampa Florida United States Pre-1980 PO
East Bay Raceway  Gibsonton Florida United States February 6, 1980 OUTER-DO
Florida State Fair Speedway Tampa Florida United States February 6, 1981 DO
South Florida Fairgrounds West Palm Beach Florida United States April 2, 1982 PO
Sunshine Speedway  Pinellas Park Florida United States June 26, 1983 PO
Jax Raceways Jacksonville Florida United States February 8, 1991 DO
Lake City Speedway Lake City Florida United States February 10, 1991 DO
Putnam County Raceway Satsuma Florida United States February 12, 1991 DO
Citrus County Speedway  Inverness Florida United States February 6, 1993 PO
Charlotte County Speedway  Punta Gorda Florida United States February 8, 1993 PO
Volusia County Speedway West  Barberville Florida United States February 10, 1995 OUTER-DO
Columbia Motorsports Park Lake City Florida United States February 12, 1995 PO
USA International Speedway Lakeland Florida United States February 11, 1996 PO
St. Augustine Speedway St. Augustine Florida United States February 13, 1996 DO
Hialeah Speedway Hialeah Florida United States September 21, 1996 PO
Orlando Speedworld Speedway Bithlo Florida United States February 28, 1997 PO
Thundercross Motorsports Park Okeechobee Florida United States February 8, 1998 DO
Auburndale Speedway  Auburndale Florida United States March 27, 1999 PO
Desoto Speedway Bradenton Florida United States March 28, 1999 PO
Citrus County Speedway  Inverness Florida United States Retroactive – 2001 PF8
Sunshine Speedway  Pinellas Park Florida United States April 3, 2004 PF8
Southern Raceway Milton Florida United States September 4, 2004 DO
Bronson Motor Speedway  Bronson Florida United States October 22, 2004 PO
Bronson Motor Speedway  Bronson Florida United States October 22, 2004 PF8
North Florida Motor Speedway Wewahitchka Florida United States November 14, 2004 DO
Sebring Raceway Sebring Florida United States November 27, 2004 FULL – PRC
DeSoto Speedway  Bradenton Florida United States November 28, 2004 PF8
Five Flags Speedway Pensacola Florida United States December 3, 2004 PO
Homestead Miami Speedway  Homestead Florida United States December 12, 2004 PRC
Dirt Devil’s Speedway Land O’Lakes Florida United States February 26, 2005 DO
Zephyrhills Antique Car Raceway Zephyrhills Florida United States February 26, 2005 DO
Charlotte County Speedway  Punta Gorda Florida United States April 9, 2005 PF8
Cross Roads Motorplex  Jasper Florida United States January 15, 2006 PO
Moroso Motorsports Park Palm Beach Gardens Florida United States February 4, 2006 PRC
Thunderbowl Speedway of Ocala Ocala Florida United States February 4, 2006 DO
Cross Roads Motorplex  Jasper Florida United States February 5, 2006 DO
Auburndale Kartway Auburndale Florida United States February 10, 2006 DO
Ocala Speedway  Ocala Florida United States February 12, 2006 PO
East Bay Raceway Park  Gibsonton Florida United States March 17, 2006 OUTER-DO
Speedway Park Fruitland Park Florida United States March 18, 2006 DO
Volusia Speedway Park West  Barberville Florida United States March 18, 2006 INNER-DO
Sand Mountain Speedway Fort Meade Florida United States March 19, 2006 DRC
New Hendry County Speedway Clewiston Florida United States March 3, 2007 DO
Florida Sports Park Naples Florida United States March 4, 2007 DO
Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Florida United States April 1, 2007 STREET-RC
Sumter County Motorsports Park Bushnell Florida United States December 13, 2008 DO
Homestead-Miami Speedway  Homestead Florida United States November 22, 2009 PO
Auburndale Speedway  Auburndale Florida United States December 31, 2009 PF8
Pensacola Raceway Pensacola, FL Florida United States March 19, 2011 DO
Daytona International Speedway  Daytona Beach, FL Florida United States January 27, 2012 PRC
Martin County Kartway Hobe Sound, FL Florida United States January 28, 2012 DO
Daytona International Speedway  Daytona Beach, FL Florida United States February 19, 2013 INNER-PO
Ambassador Racing School Wimauma Florida United States December 5, 2014 PO
Daytona International Speedway – Dirt Daytona Beach Florida United States December 29, 2014 TEMPORARY-DO
Bahia Mar Resort & Marina Ft. Lauderdale Florida United States May 31, 2015 MRC
All-Tech Raceway Lake City Florida United States March 4, 2016 DO
Rodman Plantation Palatka Florida United States March 5, 2016 DRC
Southern Raceway Milton Florida United States April 1, 2017 DRC
Hernando County Fairgrounds Brooksville Florida United States April 28, 2017 DF8
Hernando County Fairgrounds Brooksville Florida United States April 28, 2017 DO
Space Coast Full Throttle Speedway Cocoa Florida United States May 6, 2017 PO
Sebring Raceway Sebring Florida United States June 11, 2017 SHORT-PRC
Inverness Grand Prix Inverness Florida United States November 18, 2017 PO
Collier County Fairgrounds Naples Florida United States March 19, 2018 DO
103rd Street Go Kart Track Jacksonville Florida United States May 12, 2018 PO
Orlando Speed Bowl Orlando Florida United States May 12, 2018 PF8
Philip Brady Arena @ the Sumter County Fairgrounds Bushnell Florida United States March 1, 2019 DF8

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.

 

 

Below is a key to surface types and track configurations so you can understand the above list just a little bit easier.

 

 

Surface types:  D-dirt; P-paved; M-mixed

 

Configuration types:  O-oval; RC-road course; F8-figure 8 track

 

 


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