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Montague County Fairgrounds ​
(Bowie) (1948)
Caddo Mills Drag Strip (1951)
Eagle Mountain Lake National Guard Base (1953)
Fannin Airport (1953)
Faysville Airport (1953)
Kerrville Airport (1953)
Lake Wichita Airport (1953)
Mercedes "Drag Strip" (1953)
Texas City "Drag Strip" (1953)
Wheeler Highway Drag Race Track [Old Pampa Airfield] (1953)
Abilene Municipal Airport (1954)
Borger "Drag Strip" (1954)
Dallas "Drag Strip" (1954)
El Paso "Drag Strip" (1954)
Greater Southwest Dragway (Fort Worth) (1954)
Laguna Madre Airstrip (1954)
Marshall Womack Farm (Slate Shoals) (1954)
Martindale Auxiliary Landing Field (San Antonio) (1954)
Midland Air Terminal (1954)
Randolph Air Force Base (1954)
Tradewind Airport (Amarillo) (1954)
Waldron Air Field (Corpus Christi) (1954)
Wall Drag Strip/Sportsman Park Raceway/San Angelo Dragway (1954)
Webb Air Force Base (Big Spring) (1954)
Cherry Racing Arena (Paris) (1955)
Forest Hill Drag Strip (Fort Worth) (1955)​
Gillespie County Airport (Fredericksburg) (1955)
Hale Center "Drag Strip" (1955)
Hogg Island "Drag Strip" (1955)
Midland Airpark (1955)
Yello Belly Drag Strip (Grand Prairie) (1955)
Clear Springs Air Strip (New Braunfels) (1956)
Dalhart "Drag Strip" (1956)
Double Eagle Drag Strip/San Antonio Drag Raceway (1956)
Ellington Air Force Base (1956)
Gibbs Field Airport (Fort Stockton) (1956)
Grapevine "Drag Strip" (1956)
Lubbock Teenage Park (1956)
Midway Speedway/Drag Strip (Gatesville) (1956)
Nance Circle N Drag Strip (Weaver) (1956)​
North Richland Hills Drag Strip (1956)
Palo Duro Airport (1956)
Pampa "Drag Strip" (1956)
Prairie Hill Dragway (1956)
Road Angels Drag Strip (Gatesville) (1956)
Rogers Airport (Cameron) (1956)
Temple "Drag Strip" (1956)
Val Verde County Airport (1956)
Winnsboro Drag Strip/East Texas Speedway (1956)
Aransas County Airport (Rockport) (1957)
Camp Bowie (1957)
Castroville Municipal Airfield (1957)
Cavalier's Drag Strip (Vernon) (1957)
Corpus Christi "Drag Strip" (1957)
Enchantment Park (El Paso) (1957)
Foster Field (Victoria) (1957)
Freeway Drag Strip (Dickinson) (1957)
Lake Waco Drag Strip (1957)
Laredo "Drag Strip" (1957)
Moore Field Auxiliary Air Strip/Edinburg Raceway (1957)
Red River Drag Strip/Wichita Raceway Park (1957)
Bruce Field (Ballinger) (1958)
Cedar Hill Drag Strip (1958)
Oak Hill Downs Speedway (Austin) (1958)
Sweetwater "Drag Strip" (1958)
Temple Drag Strip/Little River Dragway (Academy) (1958)
Abernathy Municipal Airport (1959)
Circle Drag Strip (Dallas) (1959)
Marfa Air Base (1959)
Scorpion Drag Strip (McKinney) (1959)
Fly-N-Fish Lodge Airport (Uncertain) (1950s)
Hitchcock NAS Blimp Base (1950s)
Latch Airstrip (Gilmer) (1950s)
Amarillo Dragway (1960)
Ascarate Park (El Paso) (1960)
Fort Hood Dragway (Killeen) (1960)
Green Valley Raceway (North Richland Hills) (1960)
Harlingen Air Base (1960)
Palacios Municipal Airport (1960)
Poole's Airstrip (Gilmer) (1960)
Rodd Field (Corpus Christi) (1960)
Tye Air Base (Abilene) (1960)
Golden Triangle Drag Strip (Beaumont) (1961)
Interstate 20 Raceway/Tyler Dragways (1961)
Rio Grande Valley Drag Strip (Harlingen) ((1961)
S&N Dragway/Texas Raceway (Kennedale) (1961)
Sidewinder Dragway (Pampa) (1961)
Stracener's Drag Strip (Bettie) (1961)
Sunland Dragway (El Paso) (1961)
Commerce Municipal Airport (1962)
Edinburg Drag Strip (1962)
Harker Heights "Drag Strip" (1962)
Mustang Drag Strip (Waco) (1962)
Pecos County Airport (Fort Stockton) (1962)
Six Flags Dragway (Victoria) (1962)
South Texas Dragway (Houston) (1962)
Whitehouse Drag Strip (1962)
Greenbelt Drag Strip (Quanah) (1963)
Top O' Texas Dragway (Pampa) (1963)
Abilene Dragway (1964)
Breckenridge "Drag Strip" (1964)

Paris Drag Strip (1964)
Texoma Dragstrip (Whitesboro) (1964)
Brazos Valley Dragway (Mineral Wells) (1965)
Childress Drag Strip (1965)
Eastex Dragway (Porter) (1965)
Pan-American Raceway (El Paso) (1965)
Seabreeze Drag Strip (Corpus Christi) (1965)
Andrews County Airport (Andrews) (1966)
Austin Raceway Park (1966)
Hallsville Drag Strip (1966)
Odessa Raceway Park/Penwell Raceway (1966)
Pyote Dragway (1966)
Round Rock "Drag Strip" (1966)
Como/Midway Drag Strip (1967)
​Tawakoni Speed Bowl (Lone Oak) (1967)
Lufkin Drag Strip (1967)
Big Bend Drag Strip (Alpine) (1968)
Big Spring Drag Strip (1968)
Corpus Christi Drag Raceway (1969)
Dallas International Motor Speedway (1969)
El Paso International Dragway/Thunder Alley Dragway (1969)
Collette's Drag Strip (Dayton) (1960s)
Fischer Farm "Drag Strip" (Pilot Point) (1960s)
Irving "Drag Strip" (1960s)
Hondo Drag Raceway (1970)
Edinburg International Speedway (1972)
Lubbock Dragway (1972)
Texas World Speedway (College Station) (1973)
Alamo Dragway (San Antonio) (1974)
Redline Raceway (Caddo Mills) (2001)
Dolaca Motorplex (Meadow) (2002)

Angleton Dragway/Raceway (2003)
Cherokee County Motorsports Park (Rusk) (2004)
Desert Thunder Raceway (Midland) (2005)

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Charlie Adams's highboy roadster at the first-ever drag race at Caddo Mills airport, 1951. Photographer unknown, from KKrod

Fannin Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1953

The Victoria Roadrunners motorcycle club acquired the Fannin Airport to use for drag racing in about March 1953. The club conducted its first drag race there on April 26. They had a second cycle drag race there on July 5, where trophies were awarded the winners. Competitors were charged $1 to race. Although there is no visual evidence of an airport in the vicinity of Fannin today, the Jones Field Airport (in Fannin County) north of Bonham is only about five miles northwest of Fannin. That possibly could have been the airport where the Roadrunners conducted their races.
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Faysville Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1953

The South Texas Hotrod Association had been holding drag races at an airport just east of Faysville for some time (possibly beginning in 1952), but it had not been open for the public to watch due to insurance considerations. This landing strip was ten miles north of Edinburg southeast of the Hargill turnoff on Highway 281. They announced that races would be open to the public for the first time on February 22, 1953 because they had obtained insurance to cover spectators. There was a roped-off area for spectators to watch the event. There was no side-by-side racing, only single timed runs.
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Fischer Farm "Drag Strip" (Pilot Point)

  • Years of Operation:   1960s

A three-quarter mile long concrete drag strip was built on the Albert Fischer farm southwest of Pilot Point in the early 1960s. Albert's son, Jerry, said, "There used to be all kinds of people who would come out here on Sunday to drag race. There were a lot of old railroad ties sunk in the ground by the side of the strip with heavy steel cable in between so if a car got away from somebody, nobody standing beside the track would get hurt. People would just come out and stand beside the track or sit in their cars and watch the races and a lot of them would get out there and race themselves, too." After awhile the popularity of drag racing lessened and the strip was left to be overgrown with weeds. However in the early 1970s, Jerry Fischer refurbished it to be a private landing strip for planes.
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Fischer Farm Landing/Drag Strip, 1963 topo map

Fly-N-Fish Lodge Airport (Uncertain)

  • Years of Operation:   1950s

Located about three miles northeast of Karnack, this airport was the site of several drag races in the late 1950s, and possibly, early 1960s. Research has not found when this airport was built, but it shows up on a 1958 aerial photo. It is labeled Beers Caddo Lake Airport on a 1964 topo map . It is called Fly-N-Fish Lodge Airport today (2016). One old timer recalled Eddie Hill racing one of his early dragsters on that airport track in the mid-1950s. He said, "I saw him run it sometime in 1955 or '56 at the Fly N Fish drags in the big city of Karnac, Texas. The Fly N Fish was a fly-in fishing lodge on Caddo Lake. They used the landing strip for the drags." Read Max Williamson's account of racing at this airport in 1958 in Memories (TX) .
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Beers Caddo Lake Airport, 1958 aerial photo

Forest Hill Drag Strip (Fort Worth)

  • Years of Operation:  ca. 1955-after 1968

This drag strip was located southeast of Fort Worth. Research has found very little about this drag strip. One old-timer race driver attended his first drag race at Green Valley in 1960 or 1961. He writes, "Less than a year later I was drag racing at Forest Hills. I didn't even have a driver's license. I drove my gas coupe all the way from the North East side of Ft. Worth (Grapevine/South Lake area) to Forest Hills with open headers every week. I would use a bumper jack and change to the cheater slicks after getting to the track." At a race on May 4, 1968, Carrol Louis Muhle, age 27, lost control of his car and slammed into a tree. He died from his injuries in a Fort Worth hospital four days later.  Trophies were awarded to class winners at the weekly races. Roy Melton, who went to see races at Forest Hill in 1958, thought that the strip might have opened as early as 1955 or 1956.
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Fort Hood Dragway (Killeen)

  • Years of Operation: 1960-90

The first drag races were held on November 27, 1960 at the railhead near Pritchard Stadium. Those races were sponsored by the Fort Hood Sports Car Club.  That race was conducted using NHRA rules.  Over 2,000 spectators watched 72 cars compet. The event was such a huge success that they held the next event on December 18 that was open to cars, motorcycles, and karts in addition to sports cars. It again attracted over 2,000 spectators to watch 85 vehicles compete. Bill White of Temple made a run in his B dragster, turning 12.1 seconds. The base granted permission to hold monthly races. The large crowds were bolstered by there being no admission charge. On July 9, 1961, 1,500 spectators saw Johnny Bott break the strip record with his 1932 Ford A/A with a time of 14.00 seconds.  Trophies were awarded to class and eliminator winners at a race in September 1961. Karl Piehl set the strip record in September 1961, driving Jim Kirk's C/G 1940 Ford to a mark of 12.99 seconds, breaking the old mark of 13.01.  Drag races were conducted on a runway of Robert Gray Army Airfield at West Fort Hood in the early 1970s. In news reports it was called Fort Hood Raceway, Fort Hood Dragway, or Fort Hood Drag Strip.  One old racer recalled, "I can remember during the Vietnam days that Ft. Hood in Killeen closed off a runway, set up a tree, concessions, etc, and there were regular drags there on Sundays. I can remember it because the runway was several miles long, and everyone joked about having plenty of shut down room." In 1974, admission to the races was $3 per person. Entrance to the racing was by way of Reese Creek Road into the airfield. Starting Sunday, February 17, 1974, they added competition eliminator to the class of drag race categories. On October 6, 1974, they moved the racing location to Railhead Drive, where they held a night race at the Fort Hood Railhead. They had a record crowd for the season for the first meet at the new strip. They also had far-flung entries from such distant locales as Greeley, Colorado. This new strip also was heralded for its good traction. NHRA-sanctioned drag racing was held on the Longhorn Airfield strip at least through 1990. Research was unable to find any information beyond 1990
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Foster Field ​​(Victoria)

  • Years of Operation: 1957-58

Drag races conducted by the Victoria Timing Association were first held at Foster Field in June 1957.  In June 1958, Foster Field officials informed the Timing Association that all racers henceforth had to wear racing helmets and that spectators had to be located 100 feet from the race strip. This was not acceptable to the Timing Association, feeling that it stripped the excitement out of racing. They decided to try to find another location and began inquiring about the possibility of drag racing at Aloe Field. Located about six miles northeast of Victoria, Foster Field was a U. S. Air Force Base during World War II. It continued as an air force base until 1959, whereupon it took on a civilian role as Victoria County Airport.
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Freeway Drag Strip (Dickinson)

  • Years of Operation: 1957-circa 1987

Investors from Galveston and Houston spent $30,000 to build a first-class drag strip off the Gulf Freeway and about 1.5 miles northwest of Dickinson. The land was donated by Joe Finger of Houston. The track was 1.5 miles in length and was located on the east side of Interstate 45 near its intersection with FM 646. Jack Sayre was the track's general manager. It had a parking area that could accomodate 5,000 cars. The first race was scheduled for April 21, 1957, but the grand opening was held July 13-14, 1957. Four hundred cars were expected at the opener, deemed the Texas State Invitational Championship. The Gulf Coast Timing Association and the Greater Houston Timing Association operated the NHRA-sanctioned strip. They charged $1 for general admission. Races were held every first and third Sunday. In 1958, promoter Lynn Huiet staged an East Coast vs. West Coast race in which three strong California cars tried, without success, to beat Don Garlits, who had been posting some very quick times and getting national attention for it. On June 15, 1958, Bobby Langley set a new Texas speed record with a 166.05 MPH run in his "Scorpion." In June 1959, Garlits faced Chet Herbert in Bob Sullivan's "Pandemonium" dragster in a match race at the Freeway strip.  Garlits won the match race and, in the process, set a new Drag News 1320 record with a run of 182.54 MPH and 8.48 seconds. The drag strip was known by many names over the years: South West Dragstrip, Houston Drag Raceway, Houston International Drag Strip, South Texas Drag Strip, and Houston International Dragway, to name a few. In 1960, funny car racer Don Gay purchased the drag strip.   Don Pyle recalled, "This track would let you get right up close to the burn out area . Talk about awesome. Don Gay was responsible for drawing me out there with his GTO wheel standing Funny car and I also remember Seaton's Shaker (Chevelle) doing awesome launching there! It was a fun place!"  The drag strip is now only a memory. Where the starting line was is now a Walmart Supercenter at 1701 West Fm 646 Road in League City. Where the finish line was is now a small residential neighborhood.
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March 8, 1959
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November 21, 1965
CLICK HERE to see video footage of points meet at Houston International Raceway, circa late 1970s, Part 1, 2:56 minutes
CLICK HERE to see video footage of points meet at Houston International Raceway, circa late 1970s, Part 2, 3 minutes

Gibbs Field Airport (Fort Stockton)

  • Years of Operation: 1956

The Road Runner car club conducted drag races on August 12, 1956, at the old military airport northwest of Fort Stockton. First opened by the Army Air Force in 1942, it was used as a training base. After the war, it became a civil airport and is now called Fort Stockton-Pecos County Airport. More research is needed.
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Gillespie County Airport (Fredericksburg)

  • Years of Operation: 1955

The Drag-Uns car club held their first drag race at the Fredericksburg Airport on June 26, 1955. The club was sanctioned by the NHRA. They anticipated they would draw about 75 competitors and charged fifty cents admission. They drew 1,500 spectators and 90 competing entries to their August 14, 1955, race. That was the second race of the 1955 season. They had acquired insurance from NHRA. They also sported a new public address system. They charged $1.25 entry fee and fifty cents for spectators. Runs were timed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and fifteen class trophies were awarded.
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August 14, 1955

Golden Triangle Drag Strip (Beaumont)

  • Years of Operation: 1961-76

This purportedly started out as an old airplane landing strip.  Old timers remember it as being a bumpy track, with a short shutdown area, and dusty pits. It was located north of Nederland. The entrance to the track was on Highway 347, just across from the north gate of the Du Pont refinery. The strip record in 1961 was held by Kent Chatagnier, from Port Arthur, in his Ray's Spring Special fuel dragster at 148 MPH. Chatagnier held the world's record for a Pontiac-powered dragster in 1961 at 201.78 MPH and ET of 8.412. A pictorial in the Port Neches Chronicle (Dec. 14, 1961) shows the strip in operation in 1961. In the mid-1960s, the track brought in match racers and exhibition wheelstanders like Bill Golden's "Little Red Wagon." In 1967, if not before, the Beaumont Drag Strip was sanctioned by NHRA, running on the first and third Sundays. Dick Potter was the track manager then.  In 1968, Mr. and Mrs. Russell McCready of Port Arthur operated the track as a non-profit venture. The strip only operated on Friday nights and anyone could race for a fee of 50 cents. In 1973, the track schedule included Wednesday and Saturday nights and Sundays. The track surface was improved for the 1975 season, with grudge racing held on Saturday and regular racing in Sundays. Richard Potter owned the track in 1976. He allowed the Port Arthur Cajun Festival to hold their event at the drag strip from May 27-30, 1976. Research wasn't able to uncover any information about this strip after 1976.
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April 18, 1970
CLICK HERE to see 8mm video footage of Golden Triangle in 1965 (including "Little Red Wagon" wheelstander), 4:33 minutes, no sound/music only

Grapevine "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1956

There was a drag strip in Grapevine, Texas. Newspapers reported a race being held on September 30, 1956. "Old Timer" located this strip on a 1956 aerial photo, running in north-south fashion. It ran parallel and between  what today is Commerce and Bank Streets in the vicinity of the Gateway Plaza shopping complex. There used to be a large dirt oval track just east of the drag strip.
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Grapevine Drag Strip on a 1956 aerial photo

Greater Southwest Dragway (Fort Worth)

  • Years of Operation: 1954-57, 1974
 
According to drag racing historian Bret Kepner , two different promoters were granted permission to hold drag races on a runway of Amon Carter Field Airport.   One old-time racer recalls there were only a few races. He said, "The promoter's checks bounced."  In looking at the NHRA track guides for 1974, "Old Timer" found that  "two Division 4 races were scheduled in 1974, one in April and the other in August.  I don't know if either one happened though.  They had big plans for this track with mid-week and week-end racing."
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Green Valley Raceway (North Richland Hills)

  • Years of Operation: 1960-84

Located two miles north of Smithfield in Tarrant County, it began operation in 1960 by Bill McClure on his dairy farm (in spite of what a popular source states). Only later did articles mention that it was in North Richland Hills, because Smithfield was annexed into North Richland Hills in 1958. Directions to reach the drag strip were to drive out Highway 121 to Farm Road 1938 (today's Davis Blvd.) and to then follow the signs. A 1963 aerial photo shows the old strip.  A 300-foot remnant of the old drag strip can today be seen in a grassy field just northeast of the intersection of Smithfield and Bursey Roads on the location link (below).  The site of the old strip is surrounded by housing developments today and recent aerial views show that last race track remnant is now obliterated as a new housing development is being built in that heretofore vacant field. Research hasn't found when the first race was held, but it was undoubtedly before July 10, 1960. A news article (Arlington Daily News, July 14, 1960) stated that twenty trophies and $200 in cash prizes were awarded that day. It was affiliated with AHRA from the start. That news article stated that it was "considered one of America's most modern drag strips." Drag races were being held every Sunday. It early attracted talented racers like Jimmy Nix and Kent Chatagnier, who had run a world record speed of 197.36 MPH. On July 3, 1960, Bobby Langley copped that meet's top speed with 174 MPH in his "Scorpion III" A/FD.  Veteran driver Jim Davis was seriously injured when his dragster crashed at Green Valley on November 27, 1960. While NHRA was holding its first national championships at Indianapolis Raceway Park in 1961, AHRA was holding a 5-day national championships on August 31 through September 4 at Green Valley. With NHRA holding firm at a 500-car field, AHRA attracted a total of 574 entries. Ed Garlits won top gas eliminator with an AHRA record of 8.82 seconds. Don Garlits got steamed when the finish line spotters (they didn't have electronic equipment for determining winners) flagged Bobby Sullivan as the winner in their qualifying race. Zane Shubert won top eliminator in the twin-engine Herbert Cam Chevy dragster. Sullivan set a new AHRA world record with an 8.21 second clocking. The AHRA national championships were held for the second straight year in 1962 at Green Valley. In the A fuel finals, J. L. Payne driving for Vance Hunt beat Don Prudhomme. Prudhomme had earlier clocked a record low ET of 8.09 seconds at 189.96 MPH. At the AHRA national championships in 1963, Ted Arnold, age 29, driving Vance Hunt's A/FD, was killed when his chute failed to deploy. He drove off the end of the track at 180 MPH and hit a pole, killing him instantly. Three drivers topped 200 MPH at the AHRA national meet: Jeep Hampshire (the fastest at 208.32 MPH), Connie Swingle, and Bob Sullivan. The AHRA World Championships were held on August 26-27, 1967. In the July 1970 issue of Hot Rod, Green Valley was listed as a sanctioned NHRA track.
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August 27-28, 1966
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Green Valley Raceway, 1963 aerial photo
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CLICK HERE to see 8mm video footage of Green Valley Raceway in mid-1960s, 3:04 minutes, no sound
CLICK HERE to see 8mm video footage of Green Valley Raceway, 1965, 13:32 minutes, no sound/music only

Greenbelt Drag Strip (Quanah) 

  • Years of Operation: 1963-64

The Quanah Jaycees established a drag strip on an abandoned highway one mile west of Quanah. It was an old concrete highway that was closed off when Highway 287 was rerouted in about 1960. The abandoned highway strip was west of the Chief Drive-in Theatre on the south side of Highway 287. They opened for racing on June 23, 1963, charging 75 cents admission and $1 for race entry. Trophies were awarded to eliminator winners. About 350 people attended the first race. Alton Williford of Childress won top eliminator in his '63 Plymouth. About 100 people watched the races from the new highway without paying so the Jaycees decided to remedy that by building a fence. They had bleachers at the strip, enough to seat about 100, in 1964. They had a dirt return road, which caused them to cancel races when wet from the occasional rain. Although races were initially held only on the first and third Sundays, beginning  in July 1964 they regularly ran every Sunday.   One man heard about racing at Quanah from his father:  "Quanah used a stop light the city donated when all the other tracks were still using flaggers. My dad would watch the guy flipping the switch from red to green instead of watching the light."  Research was unable to uncover information about any racing after 1964.
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Hale Center "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1955

Drag races were held at/or near Hale Center, near Lubbock, Texas, probably beginning in 1955. They had a race a few weeks prior to their race on March 20, 1955. Trophies were awarded to class winners at the March race. More research is needed.  Races may have been held on what is labeled Boyd Airstrip on a 1970 topo map, just southwest of Hale Center. That airstrip is also visible on a 1966 aerial photo.
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Boyd Airstrip on 1970 topo map

Hallsville Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation: ca. 1966-2005

There were two drag strips in Hallsville, both within a mile of each other. The first, operating at least as early as 1966, if not before, was called Twin Lane Drag Strip. The first track ran down hill. It ran in a southwesterly by northeasterly direction and is visible just north of the later Hallsville strip in aerial photos. The Twin Lane Drag Strip may be the track remembered by one old racer  who raced at an NHRA divisional race at Hallsville.  In 1998, he recalled his first drive down the track:  "The track ran down hill to the finish line, then up and over a hill on the shutdown, I got a real butt pucker on my first pass when I creasted the hill only to find out I was almost out of track. Every run after that I was hard on the brakes after I crossed the finish line!"  It opened on Sunday, August 16, 1970. That strip was paved, three-quarters of a mile long. It had bleacher seating for 2,000 people and parking for 3,000 cars.  The second track may date from 1972, but research needs help on this. This quarter-mile strip, two miles north of Hallsville on FM 450, was run by Ken Hall. It was a dual lane track when it first opened, but by the late 1970s it had been resurfaced and the median eliminated. In 1975, Hallsville participated with the drag strips in Paris and Whitehouse in a three-race Texas Modified Championships for gassers and altereds. The total purse was in excess of $3,000.  The track was sanctioned by IHRA in 1979. In about 2002, Johnny Isaacs sold the track to Chuck Bishop. When the latter failed to make mortgage payments on the track, a bankruptcy foreclosure was filed against the track. Isaacs and Bishop engaged in a simmering feud. The closing of the strip happened when a divorce settlement brought about a bank foreclosure and auction of the property. A fatal shooting at the track in 2005 precipitated by an argument over a  gambling bet was the final straw.
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CLICK HERE to see video footage of Hallsville Raceway, 1970s, 7:20 minutes, no sound/music only
CLICK HERE to see 8mm video footage of Hallsville Raceway, late 1960s, 3:36 minutes, no sound/music only
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Harker Heights "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1962-64

This drag strip opened on Sunday, May 20, 1962. It was owned by Jimmy D. Robinson. A half-mile asphalt track, it was located three miles east of Killeen and four blocks south of Highway 190. It awarded modest money prizes to the top and stock eliminators. In October 1963, Don Hightower became the strip manager. Skylark Field Airport is on that site today.
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1962
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October 12-13, 1963

Harlingen Air Base

  • Years of Operation: 1960-65

Research could find no documentation for the early years of this drag strip other than the photographs on the accompanying YouTube video, which show drag races conducted at the Harlingen Air Base in 1960-62. They show racing taking place on a wide airstrip runway. There was a competing drag strip at this time located in the south part of Harlingen, whereas this air base was located three miles northeast of Harlingen.
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CLICK HERE to see photos taken of drag races held at the Air Base from 1960 to 1962 on a YouTube video, 5 minutes

Hitchcock NAS Blimp Base

  • Years of Operation:  mid-1950s

This was a WWII base for light-than-air craft (blimps). The base was sold in 1949 to John W. Mecom. One old racer recalled, "I was at the blimp base many times . First time cars were raced there would be when the owner, John Mecum, tested his sports race cars there. He had one of the original GS Corvettes. When I was there we were drag racing. This was in the mid-fifties."
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Hogg Island "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1955

The Road Aces, a Baytown car club, planned a benefit drag race for a boy who was injured in a diving accident. They scheduled the race for August 28, but when it was rained out, moved it to September 4, 1955. They did not charge admission, but accepted donations. They awarded trophies. They used a stretch of old Highway 146 on or near Hogg Island.
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Hondo Drag Raceway

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  • Years of Operation: 1970

On May 12, 1970, Wesley Breiten and John Sillman sought permission from the Hondo city council to hold monthly drag races at the Hondo Airport. They wanted to lease a 150 foot wide, 5000 foot long runway on the southwest side of the base. They received permission and began working to ready the airport strip for the first race on June 28. It was sanctioned by AHRA. Some of the super stockers slated to appear included Jerry Janke, Donna Kottler, and Larry Widner. That may have been the only race as the city council later decided to revoke their permissin to hold drag races at the old air base.
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June 28, 1970

Interstate 20 Raceway/Tyler Dragways

  • Years of Operation: 1961-1980s?

When this strip first opened in September 1961, it was called Interstate 20 Raceway, but within months it had been renamed Tyler Dragways (although people still called it I-20 Dragway). The strip was located eight miles northeast of Tyler on State Highway 155 in Owentown, near Interstate 20 (thus the name). It was scheduled to open in September 1961 with featured racers including Vance Hunt, Bobby Langley, and the Mayhew Dyer Special A/FD. Vance Hunt set the track record with a run of 187 MPH at 8.31 seconds. On January 14, 1962, Vance Hunt faced Don Garlits for a race to determine the number one national ranking in top fuel. On March 18, 1962, E. J. "Parachute" Potter was featured. This has got to be the most name-changing-est track as it changed its name to Tyler Speedways in April 1962. They held races on the second and fourth Sundays and was sanctioned by NHRA.  A newspaper ad for the race on Sunday, April 29, 1962, declared "Go to church first!" In the April 1969 issue of Hot Rod, it was listed as a sanctioned NHRA track. Harold Wilder managed the track then. The track had one fatality: L. W. "Dubby" Erwin in 1965. Ken Hall ran the strip during the period from 1982-84, but research was unable to find when the strip closed.
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I20 Dragway, 1960 aerial view

Irving "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation:  late 1960s

Information about this strip comes from the memories of several old timers. The best directions locate the strip east of the intersection of Beltline and Valley View Road, but south of Story Road. The most detailed directions are given by one old timer:   "There was a gravel road that turned south then east towards Story Road. The track was south of that road, ran North-South in a corn field . . . . Almost looked like a runway, because I do not remember anything else around it. Gary Byers remembers seeing cars run there and that it may have been called Sunset. I only heard about it being Bob Harrington's (and maybe Mark's) private 'test facility'." The Harrington's son had a pro stock racer. 
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Kerrville Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1953

A Kerrville hot rod club, the Drag-Uns Car Club, conducted drag races at the Louis Schreiner Airport (now called Kerrville Municipal Airport), which was five miles southeast of Kerrville. They held their first race on March 15, 1953. No admission was charged for spectators, but competing cars were charged an entry fee of $1. 1200 people attended the first race. On July 26 they conducted a benefit race and donated profits after expenses to the Lion's Crippled Children's Home of Texas. They held their third race on Sunday August 23.
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Laguna Madre Airstrip

  • Years of Operation: 1954-55

The Rio Grande Valley Timing Association and the Brownsville Valve Lifters car club held the first quarter-mile drag race at the Laguna Madre Airstrip near Bayview, on October 3, 1954. The airport was located eight miles northwest of Port Isabel, between that place and Rio Hondo. On the November 23 race, trophies were awarded to class winners. The race drew two hundred spectators and 70 competitors. Another race was held on November 28, with trophies donated by Brownsville businesses. Seven races were held monthly in 1955. The final race was held on July 17, 1955. Thereafter the airstrip could not be used because the Navy reactivated it.
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October 2, 1955

Lake Waco Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation: 1957-60

A drag race was held on June 16, 1957, at the paved Lake Waco Drag Strip, located on the west side of Lake Waco. Directions to the strip were to cross the Highway 6 bridge going west from Waco, then continue north for 2.5 miles through and past Speegleville. Spectators were charged 99 cents for admission.  A race on October 20 was cancelled due to wet ground, but racing resumed on Sunday October 27, 1957. Newspaper ads in 1958 declared that it was a "paved strip" and had "no dust." The exact location of the drag strip is not known; more research is needed. Racing may have started before 1967 on a dirt strip. Robbie Horn recalled, "I remember my dad telling me about one out around speegleville texas that was dirt in the 50's. He had a 50 merc that would do about 60 mph in the 1/4 which was fast back then. They had some kind of device that would give mile per hour but they didn't do ET's." Another old timer remembered, "I think it was gravel back then, as I can still remember someone in a '55 Ford purposely fishtailing and showering everyone with rocks. Of course there was no fences, spectators walked back and forth across the track."
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June 16, 1957
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Lake Wichita Airport

  • Years of Operation: 1953

The Lug-Nuts car club, newly organized, staged their first drag race at the Lake Wichita Airport in Wichita Falls on March 15, 1953. They held them weekly on Sundays. The club hoped to have their own drag strip some day. More research is needed.
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Laredo "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1957-58, 1960

1,000 people saw G. O. Goodlet, from Corpus Christi, take top eliminator on March 3, 1957, with a speed of 112.50 MPH.  On April 7, 1957, Gene Brown of Corpus Christi won top eliminator in his Cad-powered Chevy with a run of 128.57 MPH. The next scheduled monthly race was on May 5. In 1960, the Roadrunners car club was reorganized after having been inactive for about a year.  It was sanctioned by the Laredo Air Force Base and the Laredo Police. They conducted a well-attended race on Sunday, March 27, 1960, at Hirsch Field, east of Laredo. This was also known as Laredo Auxiliary Airfield No. 2.  They held another race in mid-May 1960. Although not documented, it seems likely that the racing in 1957-58 may have also been held at Hirsch Field.
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Latch Airstrip ​(Gilmer)

  • Years of Operation:  1950s

Old timers recall racing at this strip, probably in the 1950s. One racer passed on this information that he heard from his father:  "Don't forget Latch southwest of Gilmer. It is actually still there, but it is a driveway now. Back in the day it was a private airstrip. That is what the drive is called today . . . Airstrip Road."
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Lubbock Dragway

  • Years of Operation:  1972-present

This drag strip was built seven miles east of Lubbock and two miles south of Idalou on FM 400 . J. H. Aufill built it at a cost of over $250,000. After it was built, Aufill sold one-third interest in it to both Hoyt Starr and Dick Pollard. Starr managed the strip in its first year of operation. But after the first season, Aufill bought Starr's and Pollard's shares back. It operated in the beginning under NHRA sanction. During its first year, it held races on the first Sunday of each month. The track opened for racing on April 9, 1972. There was seating for 5,000 people, but 10,000 people attended that first race and thousands of others turned back, dissuaded by the massive traffic jam. Raymond Beadle, driving Prentiss Cunningham's top fueler clocked the fastest time with 205.48 MPH. The grand opening was an NHRA divisional points meet held on May 6-7, 1972. The owners were disappointed that only 6,000 spectators watched the finals. Larry LaDue set a track record with a 6.98 ET at 194.3 MPH. But LaDue lost to Larry Brown who was the victor in top fuel. In the 1973 season, Aufill's son, Jack, took over the duties of being track promoter. He had experience as owner and promoter of 7-year-old Arena Park Raceway. The 1973 season also increased its racing from once-a-month to twice a month. On April 28-29, 1973, the track hosted an NHRA divisional points meet. There was a Lubbock Dragway listed as one of 325 drag strips in the U. S. published in a Swedish magazine called Start & Strip . It is not known if this 1968 strip was in any affiliated with the 1972 strip. In 1983, Dennis Barnard owned the track, which was called Lubbock International Dragway.
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Lubbock Teenage Park

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  • Years of Operation: 1956-58

In an attempt to curb illegal street racing and give an outlet for teenagers to "blow off steam," the city of Lubbock spent $14,000 to build a drag strip on an 80-acre plot of city land. The drag strip was the first recreational development planned for this large park. Later developments were to include a soap box derby ramp, skating pavilion, square dance area, picnic grounds, and bicycle track.  The quarter-mile drag strip was located in the north part of the park, just south of Hillcrest Country Club, just west of North College Avenue (now North University Avenue) in Yellowhouse Canyon. Almost five thousand spectators showed up on opening day, June 17, 1956, to watch the racing conducted by the South Plains Timing Association. Rain dampened the event. That and the new asphalt surface slowed the speeds. There were 75 racers, the fastest of which was Ray Fisher's lakester, who turned 112.5 MPH. The next races were held on July 4, July 15, and July 29. Thereafter they alternated with one drag race and one motorcycle race each month. Charging $1 admission, the races averaged almost 5,000 attendance, paying for the cost of the strip in six to seven races.  On September 20, 1956, they began holding open (grudge) racing every Thursday afternoon. They charged 25 cents admission and required drivers under age 21 to bring a written consent letter from a parent.  The first race of the 1957 season was held on March 17. The Road Dusters car club sponsored the racing in 1957. Lee Christian was clocked at 121 MPH on May 19, 1957. A Reese Air Force Base airman suffered injuries when his car overturned five times while racing on July 4, 1958. After a successful beginning, the drag strip operation deteriorated through lack of organization, promotion, and funding. In January 1959 the Lubbock city commission cancelled the lease with the Teen Age Park and authorized the plowing up of the paved drag strip. The commission decided to abandon the project because of the numerous complaints received from adjoining property owners and concerns about safety.It had been sanctioned by NHRA because it was listed as an "inactive strip" in the 1959 NHRA Drag Strip Guide in Division 4.
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Drag Strip identified on 1958 topo map

Lufkin Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation:  1967-1970s?

A. E. Poulan filed incorporation papers on April 6, 1967, for the Lufkin Drag Strip.  Dean Vance bought the drag strip, located eleven miles south of Lufkin, in 1973. It was really in the hamlet of Beulah on FM Road 58. Little more has been found out about this strip; more research is needed.
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April 9, 1967

Marfa Air Base

  • Years of Operation: 1959

The Marfa-Alpine Drag Strip Association conducted NHRA-sanctioned drag races in 1959, at first on every second Sunday, then later that year on every third Sunday on a runway of the Old Marfa Air Base. They awarded trophies to all class winners. One of the first, if not the first race, was held on March 8, 1959. They drew racers from as far as El Paso and Lubbock and the Alpine area. Research was unable to uncover any other races at this old base other than a few races in spring 1959.
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Marshall Womack Farm (Slate Shoals)

  • Years of Operation: 1954

The first quarter-mile drag race was conducted on an airstrip in Slate Shoals on the Marshall Womack Farm eighteen miles northeast of Paris, Texas, on September 26, 1954. 150 people attended that first race, which was jointly sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol, Texas Flying Farmers, Road Deacons Club, and California Motor Club. The airstrip was 3,000 feet long and 80 feet wide. Ten percent of the gate receipts were used to purchase trophies. The race was a benefit to raise funds for the Civil Air Patrol. A second race was scheduled for October 3. A drag race event was held on October 10, 1954. It was  sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol Only about ten cars participated. Another drag race was scheduled for October 17.
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Martindale Auxiliary Landing Field (San Antonio)

  • Years of Operation: 1954-56

The American Timing Association (ATA) was comprised of twelve car clubs in San Antonio, Texas. The Civil Air Patrol gave permission for the ATA to hold weekly quarter-mile races every Sunday at the Martindale Field. They held their first race in about late February 1954. The Landing Field was on Seguin Highway, on the outskirts and southeast of San Antonio. The race held on October 10, 1954, was sponsored by the San Antonio Timing Association and sanctioned by the NHRA (one of only five drag strips in Texas). That event was successful in netting $800 for the benefit of the Civil Air Patrol. The third race of the 1954 season was held on November 7 conducted by the San Antonio Racing Association, which consisted of the Black Knights and Strokers car clubs. An NHRA regional championship, conducted by the Alamo Timing Association, was held at Martindale on September 17-18, 1955. Run under a non-profit setup, net proceeds from the $1 admission were donated to local charities. Races were run on a monthly basis in 1956. For all intents and purposes, racing ended here when Double Eagle Drag Strip opened.
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Mercedes "Drag Strip"

  • Years of Operation: 1953

The Valley Safety Tread Club conducted drag races each Sunday, beginning in late 1953, at an airstrip belonging to the Mercedes Dusting Service.  The airstrip is probably today's Mid Valley Airport located just northwest of Mercedes, but more research is needed.
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Midland Air Terminal

  • Years of Operation: 1954

The Shackles Hot Rod Club, affiliated with the Midland YMCA, held monthly drag races at the Midland airfield. They held their first race on June 27, awarding trophies to class winners. They charged $1 for competing vehicles and no admission for spectators.
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Midland Airpark

  • Years of Operation: 1955

The Shackles Hot Rod Club, who conducted drag races at Midland Air Terminal (10 miles southwest of Midland) in 1954, changed the location of their drag races in 1955 to Midland Airpark (3 miles north of Midland). They held their race at the new location on August 21, 1955. It was sanctioned by NHRA. They charged $1 entry fee for competitors, 50 cents for spectators, and 35 cents for pit entry. It may have operated in more years than just 1955 because it was listed as an "inactive strip" in the 1959 NHRA Drag Strip Guide in Division 4.
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Midway Speedway/Drag Strip ​(Gatesville)

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  • Years of Operation: 1956-59

This half-mile long graded dirt drag strip, built in 1956, competed for racers and spectators with the Road Angels' Drag Strip, also built in 1956 and situated four miles to the west and closer to Gatesville. Midway Speedway was located six (or eight) miles east of Gatesville on Highway 84 (McGregor Highway) near Coryell Creek. The track opened on April 8, 1956. Five hundred people watched the April 15 race.
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April 8, 1956

Montague County Fairgrounds ​(Bowie)

  • Years of Operation: 1948

Twenty members of the Wichita Falls Motorcycle Club presented nightly performances during the week of the fair which included drag races (termed acceleration races).  On Friday night, September 24, one daredevil rider was doing a motorcycle leap (called a broad jump) when a Brahma bull escaped from the pens and hooked him, causing injury to his right leg.
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Moore Field Auxiliary Air Strip/Edinburg Raceway

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  • Years of Operation: 1957-present

An NHRA sanctioned race was held at this air strip located nine miles north of Edinburg on U. S. Highway 281 on August 11, 1957. That was the first documented race that research found, but there might have been earlier races. There was no admission fee, but donations were requested to continue the racing. A two-day race sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Jaycees was held on March 1-2, 1956, with all proceeds going to the March of Dimes. On the second day of that race, D. C. McNabb, a 17-year-old Harlingen high school student, set a new Texas gas-fueled record with a run of 142.65 MPH. Gene Brown of Corpus Christi took top eliminator at this first-ever two-day Texas-Mexico Championship Drag Race. Brown also broke the state record in A/FD with a run of 150.37 MPH. There were 159 entries in this meet sponsored by the Rio Grande Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce. The race wsa conducted by the Rio Grande Valley Timing Association. All proceeds were donated to the March of Dimes. The airport is today called South Texas International Airport and the drag strip utilizes an abandoned taxiway. Julio Cantu operated the drag strip from 1994 to about 2011. Then the city of Edinburg leased the track to Freddy Cruz, president of San Antonio Raceway. He changed the name from Edinburg International Racetrack to Edinburg Raceway and affiliated with the IHRA.
August 11, 1957
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Mustang Drag Strip (Waco)

  • Years of Operation: 1962-1970s
 
The Mustang Drag Strip was located fourteen miles north of Waco, one mile west of the Waco-Dallas Highway, on Wiggins Road. The first drag race in 1962 was held on June 24. Trophies were awarded to class winners. Ads stated that alcoholic beverages were not permitted on the premises--and that there was plenty of shade. On July 29, excitement prevailed when racers registered a protest against Gary Wayne Miller, believing he was running a locked differential. He said it was too much trouble to tear down his rear end, and went on to win stock eliminator in his H Stock '55 Chevy. Saturday night drag racing started on August 25. On Sunday, September 30, the track began free admission for spectators on Sunday afternoons through the rest of the fall months. The last documentation research found in newspapers was for the race on Saturday June 8, 1963. One old timer recalled that there were railroad ties at the end of the strip so that racers wouldn't run into a farmer's field.  Roy Stone, a Mustang motorcycle dealer (thus the strip's name), owned and operated the strip. On July 17, 1971, a race car crashed into a group of spectators near the end of the quarter-mile, injuring four people.  The old timer, who used to race there, remembered that a driver was killed at the strip and the strip closed shortly after.   Brian McMorrough said, "[I] was there every weekend with my dad as a kid growing up in West. Was there the last night of races in the early seventies and even rode as a passenger a couple of times. The strip is still there but it was a driveway the last time I went by. During the early 80s there was quarter horse racing adjacent to the old strip." John W. Williamson owned the old drag strip in the early 1980s. Newspapers in early 1981 mentioned that nearby property owners were upset at the noise and pollution from the strip, so there is some evidence that it continued operation into the 1980s. That information came to light when Williamson sought permission from the county to make an improvement to the drag strip property.
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June 24, 1962

Nance Circle-N Drag Strip (Weaver)

  • Years of Operation:  1956
 
Top Nance owned this drag strip built on the Circle-N Ranch near Weaver. Races started in at least 1956, being held every Sunday.  At a race on July 4, 1956, over 100 people watched the races. George Goodson took the trophy in the A Class and Red Darlin won in the Hot Rod class.
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North Richland Hills Drag Strip

  • Years of Operation:  ca. 1956-1960s?
 
One old timer dated the opening of this drag strip to 1956, but it certainly operated before Green Valley.   Another old timer wrote, "North Richland Hills, was north on Davis Boulevard, about two miles north of Grapevine Highway [Highway 26]. It was just southeast of Green Valley. There is a trailer park there now."
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Oak Hill Downs Speedway (Austin)

  • Years of Operation: 1958
 
A drag race, possibly the first, was scheduled to be held on March 2, 1958, at a drag strip at this speedway located four miles west of Austin on Highway 290. Oak Hill Downs had a half-mile oval track for stock car racing since at least 1950, but probably earlier. More research is needed.
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Odessa Raceway Park/Penwell Raceway

  • Years of Operation: 1966-present
 
Incorporation papers were filed for Odessa Dragway by Charles M. Leckbee on June 27, 1966. It was located fifteen miles west of Odessa. The first races were held in September 1966, with a big fuel meet on Sunday, September 11.  Top fuel racers who entered included Bennie Osborn, Beaver Brothers, Ray Whisenhunt, Creitz & Greer, and over twenty others. Although incorporated as Odessa Dragway, this track opened under the name Odessa Raceway Park. It was 4,700 feet long and was known for having excellent traction. In 1967, it was sanctioned by AHRA.  On May 4-5, 1968, Odessa hosted an NHRA regional points meet. Over 7,000 people saw Bennie Osborne take top fuel eliminator with a 7.20 ET at 207.84 MPH. On June 25-27, 1976, Odessa International Raceway hosted the AHRA Longhorn Nationals. Tom McEwen headlined the funny car competitors. The name was changed to Penwell Raceway in the late 1970s.  It was also called West Texas Raceway Park. In 2008, Gary Gardenhire bought the race track for $150,000. He called it Penwell Knights Raceway and ran the outlaw/independent track with his brothers, Jerrod and Greg. They made improvements at a cost of more than $1.5 million into the track. In 2010, Gary and Jerrod Gardenhire were indicted in federal court on six counts of mail fraud and one count of conspiracy in connection with claims they defrauded an oilfield equipment company of $2.6 million. They started this scheme a year before purchasing the race track. In 2011 they were sentenced to prison and the race track was forfeited for sale. When it was purchased in 2012, the name was changed to Caprock Motorplex and runs under IHRA sanction today.
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