It was in mid-April 1974 that Orlando SpeedWorld’s oval race track started operation and Friday night’s season opener will mark the beginning of the 40th anniversary celebration for the three-eighths-mile facility that has hosted weekly racing events, major sanctioned races from the likes of USAC, All-Pro, Florida Pro Series and many more plus the ever-popular Crash-A-Rama shows.
The adjacent drag strip began operating ten years earlier, in 1964, and both were initially built and owned by Billy Herndon before being purchased by Clyde Hart in late-1987. Clyde’s son Robert continued to operate the facility until last year when…
Orlando SpeedWorld wrapped up calendar year 2013 with a great evening of racing in front of a nice crowd on a very balmy night weather-wise for early December while much of the country was in a deep freeze. The TBARA Sprint Cars finally got to run their program that was postponed by rain in June and 15 teams came out to support the event. Fifteen-year-old Garrett Green looked like a veteran in winning heat race number one after early leader Tommy Nichols’ car partially lost power with two laps to go. Joey “The Ace” Aguilar took the…
Black Friday has become a day full of shopping carts crashing and wallet-deflating craziness, but Orlando SpeedWorld has just the cure for folks who have been out in the shopping madness all day…. A night of motorized mayhem called Crash-A-Rama.
Yes, Crash-A-Rama returns in its traditional day after Thanksgiving time slot and this is expected to be one of the biggest and best shows yet. For the second time this year, School Bus Figure 8 racing returns or Orlando SpeedWorld, but the buses are just a small part of the action.…
It was announced today that Jimbo Chadwick of New Smyrna Beach, FL has been named to fill the vacant General Manager position at Orlando SpeedWorld. Chadwick has a long background in racing, starting as a driver at South Florida tracks, then by operating Chadwick Race Cars, Inc. in Pompano Beach from 1986 through 1997. After moving to North Carolina, Chadwick ran a marketing and promotions company called Showtime, Inc., building show cars and promotional items for such NASCAR Sprint Cup teams as Hendrick Motorsports, Roush Racing and Penske Racing. Now,…
Orlando SpeedWorld has been undergoing a restructuring and will re-open on August 3 with theTBARA Sprint Car program rained out in June as the featured attraction. Bob Watson, formerly of Lee USA Speedway in New Hampshire, has taken over the reins as General Manager and will be bringing a number of changes to the SpeedWorld facility in order to present a “family friendly” show for the fans.
A firm schedule has not been set as of yet, but plans are to move all racing activity to Saturday nights. Watson says that…
The rain finally held off for once at Orlando SpeedWorld and fans were treated
to some good NASCAR Whelan All-American Series racing on a warm, muggy night.
The Modified class was top bill of the evening going for 50 laps in their
feature. Earl Beckner of Orlando was quickest in time trials turning a lap at
14.62 seconds just ahead of Lakeland’s Josh Todd who turned in a lap at
Pole sitter Roger Benton grabbed the early lead and was looking strong until
Shain Held went for a spin on lap two off the bumper of…
Orlando SpeedWorld hopes to finally catch a break from Mother Nature this Friday night so that NASCAR Whelan All-American Series action can continue. With several inches of rain dumped on the facility the past couple of weeks, drying out has been a slow process but some extra sunshine and a better forecast for this Friday evening have been more than welcome.
This week the Modified class has their turn at a 50-lap shootout that should produce some great competition with top drivers like Earl Beckner, Shain Held, Matt Wheeler and more expected in the field. Also on the…
Everyone is hoping that the tropical system affecting Florida this week will continue to move swiftly off to the northeast so that Orlando SpeedWorld can get back to NASCAR Whelan All-American Series action Friday night. Disappointing is the only way you could describe things last Saturday as the pits were full with racers and fans were filing in for what looked to be a fantastic program. Seventeen TBARA Sprint Cars were already in attendance with a few others waiting in the wings checking the weather before what started as a…
Orlando SpeedWorld holds racing on Saturday night this week for the first time
in 2013 and race fans will get to witness a number of different types of cars
For the first time in about four years, the Tampa Bay Area Racing Association
(TBARA) Winged Outlaw Sprint Cars will be turning laps around the high-banked
3/8 mile SpeedWorld track and open-wheel race fans will also get to see the
Florida Midget Auto Racing Association (FMARA) Three Quarter Midgets as well,
a class that has not turned a wheel here in over ten years. Also on…
The Pro Trucks took center stage Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld going for 50 laps in NASCAR Whelan All-American Series action joined by the Super Stocks, E-Modifieds and Strictly Stocks.
The ladies dominated Pro Truck qualifying with Becca Monopoli setting quick time over Whitney Poole. The pill draw saw the two reverse starting positions for the big feature race as Poole started from the pole with Monopoli on the outside of the front row. Monopoli snared the early lead while Gerald Campbell moved up to challenge Poole and made…