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#1 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 13:42

I found a long but fascinating clip of video on the Pennsboro Speedway, location for past "Dirt World Championship" events for 'Late Models' dated from around 1992

http://www.dirtstati...=pennsboro1.wmv

It's titled "The Magic Of Pennsboro" and opens almost immediately with what must be (in view of the title) tongue-in-cheek views of the track surroundings heaving with spectators but absolutely knee-deep in mud and water, much like the Bog at Watkins Glen in days of yore! Some of the 'magic' I guess....

The track is located in a picturesque wooded valley with spectators perched up on the hillsides looking down on it with some great viewing and in the centre, the pits area is squeezed in around a large pond. The track itself doesn't have barriers all the way round and has more of a road-course look about it, but a road course from the 50s maybe! Miles away from the neat speedways we normally get to see and very much a throwback to an earlier era.

Its the kind of rough, raw, rural back-woods kind of place you hope still exists - I thought it looked like a great place to watch racing. Masses of atmosphere!

The question here being does it still operate ? I ran it through Google Earth and did a few searches to no effect other than some early 90s references.
What became of Pennsboro and how significant a track was it ?

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#2 Kerb Bouncer

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 15:20

At last a question on which I have some authority! :lol:

The Pennsboro Speedway was/is a dirt oval located within the city limits of Pennsboro, West Virginia, [population 1,129, all the other communities in the Ritchie County are listed as towns , birthplace of my parents! It is situated on what was probably a field or pasture not far from the bank of the Middle Island Creek. I believe it was a 5/8ths mile track. It is possible that it existed at an earlier time for horse racing, since the larger site was part of the annual county fair.

Pennsboro is about three hours drive from Columbus Ohio and around the same from Pittsburgh, PA.

From memory, the track itself still exists in an unused, unkept state. There is a newer dirt track about 25 miles away in Jackson County, WV called the West Virginia Motor Speedway , which seems to have taken its place locally. http://www.wvspeedway.com/ I didn't see photos on this site, but it has a red clay surface with built up tiers of earth on which to park spectator butts and chairs.

I never saw a race there, but it was quite popular among my gearhead relatives.;)
OT: Once on a visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway I was chatting with a clerk in the gift shop, he told me that the gift shop manager hailed from Pennsboro.

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#3 Jim Thurman

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 19:59

Originally posted by simonlewisbooks

Its the kind of rough, raw, rural back-woods kind of place you hope still exists - I thought it looked like a great place to watch racing. Masses of atmosphere!

The question here being does it still operate ? I ran it through Google Earth and did a few searches to no effect other than some early 90s references.
What became of Pennsboro and how significant a track was it ?


According to Allan E. Brown's "The History of America's Speedway - Past & Present", Pennsboro ceased operation in 1987, then operated from 1989 through 1997 and again from 2000 through 2002.

The event was more signifigant than the track, but considering the promoter of the track at the time is likely the one who created the event... :)

Simon, you might be surprised how raw some U.S. short tracks are in rural areas. In the 70's and 80's, and likely still true today, quite a few tracks rural tracks had "alternative" seating - usually on hillsides. Even though the facility itself is modern in appearance, the 1/4 mile paved oval at Willow Springs, California allowed spectators to park behind the fencing around the turns. My brother and I attended a few events there last year and the last we attended, befitting a September night in the Mojave Desert, was cold enough that we retreated from the bleacher seats to the car and watched the remaining races from inside. Unfortunately, that track, the nearest to where I live, did not operate this year.

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 22:56

Originally posted by Jim Thurman

Simon, you might be surprised how raw some U.S. short tracks are in rural areas.


I have a friend from the old quarter midget days who used to love telling the story about following directions to a race somewhere in the midwest, popping over a hill on a dirt road to find a bunch of pickups with the little cars in the back parked on the side of and just off of the road. He got out and spoke to a few familiar faces while looking around. Not seeing anywhere to race, he asked one of the guys "Say, just where IS the track?" to which one of the guys smiled, pointed out into the field, and said "Oh, it's gonna be out there in a little while".

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 23:38

For many years Pennsboro was THE place in late model dirt racing.

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1997season
Oct. 19 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown, winnings
1. Marshall Green (89), Dalton, Ga., $50,000
2. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., $10,000
3. Todd Andrews (42), Eldred, Pa., $7,000
4. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., $5,000
5. Skip Arp (31), Georgetown, Tenn., $4,500
6. Scott Bloomquist (0), Mooresburg, Tenn., $4,000
7. Jeff Smith (70), Kings Mountain, N.C., $3,500
8. Mike Duvall (F1), Cowpens, S.C., $3,000
9. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky., $2,500
10. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., $2,000
11. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W.Va., $1,900
12. Paul Harris (10), Prestonsburg, Ky., $1,800
13. Jackie Boggs (4B), Grayson, Ky., $1,700
14. Mike Johnson (2J), Imperial, Pa., $1,600
15. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark., $1,500
16. R.J. Conley (71R), Wheelersburg, Ohio $1,400
17. Bart Hartman (75), Zanesville, Ohio $1,300
18. Davey Johnson (1J), Greensburg, Pa., $1,200
19. Harold Redman (28), Tyler Mountain, W.Va., $1,100
20. Steve Baker (84), Fairmount, W.Va., $1,000
21. Jack Pennington (01), Winston, Ga., $1,000
22. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn., $1,000
23. Wade Knowles (66), Tyrone, Ga., $1,000
24. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., $1,000
25. Johnny Virden (1V), Russellville, Ark., $1,000
26. C.S. Fitzgerald (99), Lexington, Va., $1,000
27. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va., $1,000
28. Gary Stuhler (19), Greencastle, Pa., $1,000
Fast qualifier: Wendell Wallace, 20.175 seconds.
Heat race winners: Freddy Smith, Jack Pennington, Mike Johnson, Bill Frye, Skip Arp, Todd Andrews.
B Main winners: Steve Baker, Davey Johnson.



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1996season
Oct. 27 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown, laps, winnings, reason out
1. Billy Moyer Jr. (21), Batesville, Ark., 54, $50,100
2. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., 54, $11,000
3. Davey Johnson (1j), Greensburg, Pa., 54, $7,100
4. Freddy Smith (00), Knoxville, Tenn., 54, $5,100
5. Wendell Wallace (6m), Batesville, Ark., 54, $4,550
6. Gary Stuhler (19), Greencastle, Pa., 54, $4,120
7. Denny Chamberlain (31), Lost Creek, W.Va., 54, $3,580
8. Scott Bloomquist (18), Mooresburg, Tenn., 54, $3,500
9. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W.Va., 54, $2,600
10. Rick Aukland (12), Fargo, N.D., 54, $2,060
11. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va., 54, $1,980
12. Jack Pennington (01), Winston, Ga., 54, $1,910
13. Rex Richey (151), Ringgold, Ga., 53, $1,800
14. Bob Salathe (RG3), Bedford, Pa., 53, $1,640
15. Mike Johnson (2j), Imperial, Pa., 52, $1,560
16. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, 52, $1,460, engine
17. C.S. Fitzgerald (100), Lexington, Va., 52, $1,410, accident
18. Todd Andrews (42), Duke Center, Pa., 52, $1,280, accident
19. Steve Shaver (30), Parkersburg, W.Va., 44, $1,180, rear end
20. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky., 42, $1,080, cooling
21. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., 41, $1,100, running
22. Charlie Swartz (1x), Ashland, Ky., 33, $1,100, transmission
23. C.J. Rayburn (1cj), Whiteland, Ind., 31, $1,060, handling
24. Billy Hicks (6), Mount Airy, N.C., 20, $1,080, engine
25. Bob Pierce (32), Danville, Ill., 20, $1,120, engine
26. Steve Lucas (2), Tyler Mountain, W.Va., 18, $1,060, engine
27. Jackie Boggs (4B), Grayson, Ky., 6, $1,060, engine
28. Doug Dodd (12), Cambridge, Ohio, 3, $1,100, engine
(Race shortened to 54 laps because of darkness)
Fast qualifier: Rick Eckert, 20.303 seconds.
Heat race winners: Rex Richey, Charlie Swartz, Freddy Smith, Steve Francis, Billy Moyer, Davey Johnson.
B Main winners: Bob Pierce, Gary Stuhler.



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1995season
Oct. 22 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown
1. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky.
2. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio
3. Larry Moore (79), Dayton, Ohio
4. Gary Stuhler (44), Greencastle, Pa.
5. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark.
6. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W.Va.
7. Rick Aukland (12), Fargo, N.D.
8. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va.
9. Todd Andrews (42), Duke Center, Pa.
10. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa.
11. Denny Chamberlain (21), Lost Creek, W.Va.
12. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn.
13. Steve Baker (68), Fairmount, W.Va.
14. Michael Smith (99), Parkersburg, W.Va.
15. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark.
16. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky.
17. Steve Shaver (30), Parkersburg, W.Va.
18. Bart Hartman (75), Zanesville, Ohio
19. Freddy Smith (00), Baton Rouge, La.
20. John Gill (75), Mitchell, Ind.
21. Nathan Durboraw (24), Hagerstown, Md.
22. Don O'Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind.
23. Dave Groves (32), Fairmount, W.Va.
24. Scott Bloomquist (18), Mooresburg, Tenn.
25. Mike Johnson (2j), Imperial, Pa.
26. Davey Johnson (1j), New Alexandria, Pa.
27. Charlie Swartz (11), Rush, Ky.
28. Wendell Wallace (6m), Conway, Ark.
Fast qualifer: Scott Bloomquist, 19.702 seconds.
Heat race winners: Steve Shaver, Jack Boggs, Bart Hartman, Davey Johnson, Larry Moore, Tim Hitt.
B Main winners: Billy Moyer, Ronnie Johnson.



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1994season
Oct. 23 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown
1. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn.
2. Davey Johnson (1j), New Alexandria, Pa.
3. Freddy Smith (00), Baton Rouge, La.
4. Donnie Moran (99), Frazeysburg, Ohio
5. Nathan Durboraw (24), Hagerstown, Md.
6. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W.Va.
7. Gary Stuhler (44), Greencastle, Pa.
8. Don O'Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind.
9. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky.
10. Randle Chupp (114), Leburn, Ky.
11. Bob Salathe (RG3), Bedford, Pa.
12. Chub Frank (1*), Sugar Grove, Pa.
13. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark.
14. Booper Bare (00), Rockbridge Baths, Va.
15. Larry Moore (14), Dayton, Ohio
16. Doug Hall (65), Charleston, W.Va.
17. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark.
18. Scott Bloomquist (18), Mooresburg, Tenn.
19. Bart Hartman (11), Zanesville, Ohio
20. Lynn Geisler (1c), Cranberry Township, Pa.
21. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va.
Fast qualifier: Ronnie Johnson, 19.110 seconds.
B Main winners: Don O'Neal, Bob Salathe.



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1993season
Oct. 24 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown
1. Freddy Smith (00), Baton Rouge, La.
2. Chub Frank (1*), Sugar Grove, Pa.
3. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky.
4. Davey Johnson (1j), New Alexandria, Pa.
5. Lynn Geisler (1c), Cranberry Township, Pa.
6. Gary Stuhler (44), Greencastle, Pa.
7. Nathan Durboraw (24), Hagerstown, Md.
8. Rick Eckert (0), York, Pa.
9. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark.
10. John Mason (72), Millersburg, Ohio
11. Booper Bare (00), Rockbridge Baths, Va.
12. Mark Banal (T8), St. Clairsville, Ohio
13. Donnie Moran (99), Frazeysburg, Ohio
14. Larry Moore (14), Dayton, Ohio
15. Steve Barnett (89), Franklin, Ind.
16. Steve Shaver (30), Parkersburg, W.Va.
17. John Gill (75), Mitchell, Ind.
18. Kevin Claycomb (28), Vincennes, Ind.
19. Scott Bloomquist (18), Mooresburg, Tenn.
20. Charlie Swartz (1), Ashland, Ky.
21. Bob Pierce (32), Danville, Ill.
22. Kevin Weaver (B12), Gibson City, Ill.
23. Aaron Scott (33), Newark, Ohio
24. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark.
25. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn.
26. Denny Chamberlain (31), Lost Creek, W.Va.
27. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va.
28. Don O'Neal (71), Martinsville, Ind.
Fast qualifier: Charlie Swartz, 20.038 seconds.
Heat race winners: Scott Bloomquist, John Gill, Kevin Claycomb, Davey Johnson, Billy Moyer, Steve Shaver.
B Main winners: Aaron Scott, John Mason.



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1992season
Oct. 18 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown
1. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn.
2. Freddy Smith (00), Baton Rouge, La.
3. Donnie Moran (99), Frazeysburg, Ohio
4. Chub Frank (1*), Sugar Grove, Pa.
5. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark.
6. Larry Moore (14), Dayton, Ohio
7. Paul Harris (10), Prestonsburg, Ky.
8. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky.
9. Rodney Franklin (01), Cross Junction, Va.
10. Denny Chamberlain (31), Lost Creek, W.Va.
11. Rodney Combs (5), Harrisburg, N.C.
12. Mike Duvall (F1), Gaffney, S.C.
13. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va.
14. Booper Bare (00), Rockbridge Baths, Va.
15. Johnny Johnson (99), Burlington, Iowa
16. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky.
17. Rick Eckert (0), York, Pa.
18. Michael Smith (99), Parkersburg, W.Va.
19. Scott Bloomquist (18), Mooresburg, Tenn.
20. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky.
21. Charlie Swartz (1), Ashland, Ky.
22. Bob Pierce (32), Danville, Ill.
23. Rex Richey (87), Ringgold, Ga.
24. Mike Johnson (2j), Imperial, Pa.
25. Davey Johnson (1j), New Alexandria, Pa.
26. Ed Gibbons (1), Manning, S.C.
B Main winners: Michael Smith, Billy Moyer.



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1991season
Oct. 20 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown
1. Freddy Smith (00), Baton Rouge, La.
2. Billy Moyer (21), Batesville, Ark.
3. Rex Richey (87), Ringgold, Ga.
4. Rodney Combs (5), Harrisburg, N.C.
5. Donnie Moran (99), Frazeysburg, Ohio
6. Larry Moore (14), Dayton, Ohio
7. Ed Basey (4), Augusta, Ga.
8. Bob Wearing Sr. (1), Renfrew, Pa.
9. Charlie Swartz (1), Ashland, Ky.
10. Narthan Durboraw (24), Hagerstown, Md.
11. Wade Knowles (66), Tyrone, Ga.
12. Tom Helfrich (71), Haubstadt, Ind.
13. Gary Stuhler (44), Greencastle, Pa.
14. Ed Gibbons (1), Manning, S.C.
15. Mike Duvall (F1), Gaffney, S.C.
16. Davey Johnson (1j), New Alexandria, Pa.
17. Wendell Wallace (6), Conway, Ark.
18. Bill Frye (66), Greenbrier, Ark.
19. Steve Kosiski (52), Omaha, Neb.
20. Delmas Conley (71), Wheelersburg, Ohio
21. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky.
22. Bob Wearing Jr. (1), Renfrew, Pa.
23. Craig Briggs, hometown unavailable
24. Rick Eckert (0), York, Pa.
25. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va.
26. Darrell Lanigan (29), Union, Ky.
27. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn.
28. John Mason (72), Millersburg, Ohio
Fast qualifier: Mike Duvall, 21.164 seconds.
Heat race winners: Jack Boggs, Donnie Moran, Ronnie Johnson, Billy Moyer, Charlie Swartz, Rick Eckert.
Consolation winners: Scott Bloomquist, Wade Knowles.



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1990season
Oct. 21 - Pennsboro (W.Va.) Speedway
Driver (car no.), hometown
1. Jack Boggs (B4), Grayson, Ky.
2. Buck Simmons (41), Baldwin, Ga.
3. Freddy Smith (00), Kings Mountain, N.C.
4. Charlie Swartz (1), Ashland, Ky.
5. Lynn Geisler (1c), Cranberry Township, Pa.
6. Eddie Carrier (1), Hazard, Ky.
7. B.A. Malcuit, hometown unavailable
8. Ron Davies (V2), Warren, Pa.
9. Gary Stuhler (44), Greencastle, Pa.
10. Paul Davis (111), Pilgrim, Ky.
11. Donnie Moran (99), Frazeyzburg, Ohio
12. Larry Moore (14), Dayton, Ohio
13. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va.
14. Mark Banal (T8), St. Clairsville, Ohio
15. Dick Barton (28B), Ashville, N.Y.
16. Denny Chamberlain (31), Lost Creek, W.Va.
17. Bob Pierce (32), Danville, Ill.
18. Billy Moyer (32), Batesville, Ark.
19. Steve Smith (3), Powell, Tenn.
20. Bruce Hordusky (3), hometown unavailable
21. Scott Bloomquist (18), Mooresburg, Tenn.
22. John Mason (72), Millersburg, Ohio
23. Harold Redman (28), Tyler Mountain, W.Va.
24. Ronnie Johnson (5), Chattanooga, Tenn.
25. Nathan Durboraw (24), Hagerstown, Md.
26. John Gill (1), Mitchell, Ind.
27. Bob Wearing Sr. (1), Renfew, Pa.
Fast qualifier: Charlie Swartz, 20.82 seconds.
Heat race winners: Eddie Carrier, Jack Boggs, Bob Wearing Se., John Mason, Buck Simmons, Freddy Smith.
B Main winner: Donnie Moran.



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1989season
Oct. 22 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. John Mason
2. Charlie Swartz
3. Donnie Moran
4. Billy Moyer
5. Larry Moore
6. Dick Barton
7. Larry Phillips
8. Mike Balzano
9. Rodney Combs
10. Bob Hershman
11. Don Gross
12. Todd Andrews
13. Nathan Durboraw
14. Steve Baker
15. Joe Meadows
16. Davey Johnson
17. Ron Davies
18. Scott Bloomquist
19. Mike Smith
20. Freddy Smith
21. Rodney Franklin
22. Steve Francis
23. Tim Newman
24. Booper Bare
25. John Gill
26. Lynn Geisler
27. Jack Boggs
Fast qualifier: Jack Boggs, 20.130 seconds
Heat race winners - Mike Balzano, Billy Moyer, Larry Moore, Steve Baker, Rodney Combs
B Main winner: Bob Hershman



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1988season
Oct. 16 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Donnie Moran
2. Gary Stuhler
3. Davey Johnson
4. Mike Balzano
5. Ed Gibbons
6. Billy Moyer
7. Steve Baker
8. Steve Kosiski
9. Jack Boggs
10. Rodney Combs
11. Ed Ferree
12. John Mason
13. C.J. Rayburn
14. Denny Chamberlain
15. Rick Aukland
16. Rick Egersdorf
17. Willy Kraft
18. Larry Moore
19. Wade Knowles
20. Freddy Smith
21. Bob Wearing Sr.
22. Jeff Purvis
23. Charlie Swartz
24. Scott Bloomquist
25. Randy Boggs
26. B.A. Malcuit
Fast qualifier: Donnie Moran



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1987season
Oct. 18 -Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Larry Moore
2. Freddy Smith
3. Charlie Swartz
4. Donnie Moran
5. Billy Moyer
6. Davey Johnson
7. John Mason
8. Randy Boggs
9. Delmas Conley
10. Jack Pennington
11. Tom Helfrich
12. B.A. Malcuit
13. Jerry Inmon
14. Dick Potts
15. Wade Knowles
16. Bob Pierce
17. Jack Boggs
18. Steve Kosiski
19. Steve Francis
20. Ed Gibbons
21. Jeff Purvis
22. Earl Smith
23. John Holt
24. Jack Hewitt
25. Tom Usry
26. Scott Bloomquist
Fast qualifier: Delmas Conley



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1986season
Oct. 19 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Billy Moyer
2. Willy Kraft
3. Jeff Purvis
4. Gary Stuhler
5. Freddy Smith
6. Mike Duvall
7. Buck Simmons
8. Larry Moore
9. Donnie Moran
10. Randy Boggs
11. Bob Wearing Sr.
12. Steve Baker
13. Roy Miller
14. Ray Guss Jr.
15. Mark Banal
16. John Mason
17. Tom Hearst
18. Paul Davis
19. Rodney Franklin
20. Bob Adams Jr.
21. Mike Balzano
22. Dale Fischlein
23. Tye Long
24. Harold Redman
25. Ben Hess
26. Mike Smith
27. Rick Egersdorf
28. Charlie Swartz
29. Rodney Combs
30. Jack Boggs



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1985season
Oct. 27 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Freddy Smith
2. Dick Potts
3. Rodney Combs
4. Lynn Geisler
5. Jack Hewitt
6. Denny Chamberlain
7. Tom Peck
8. Willy Kraft
9. Stan Lasky
10. John Mason
11. Larry Moore
12. Joel Wood
13. Pat Patrick
14. Joe Kosiski
15. Jimmy Allen
16. Tom Clise
17. Charlie Swartz
18. Jack Boggs
19. Mike Duvall
20. Russ Petro
21. Buck Simmons
22. Noel Witcher
23. Ray Godsey
24. Larry Phillips
25. Mike Balzano
26. Steve Barnett
27. Jimmie Roan
28. Mark Banal
Fast qualifier: Freddy Smith, 21.735 seconds.



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1984season
Oct. 21 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Jack Boggs
2. Larry Moore
3. Rodney Franklin
4. Larry Phillips
5. Gary Stuhler
6. Buck Simmons
7. Leon Sells
8. Bob Wearing
9. John Mason
10. Tommy Joe Pauschert
11. Freddy Smith
12. Cale Yarborough
13. Bubby James
14. David Speer
15. Bob Pierce
16. Jessie Meadows
17. Jim Vandenburg
18. Kenny Brightbill
19. Mike Smith
20. Glenn Taylor
21. Tom Helfrich
22. Paul Schafer
23. Norm Benning Jr.
24. Fulmer Lance
25. Lynn Geisler
26. Kenny Simpson
27. Doug Osteen
28. James Powell
29. Pat Patrick
30. Jimmie Roan
31. C.L. Pritchett



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1983season
Oct. 16 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Freddy Smith
2. Pat Patrick
3. Rodney Combs
4. Russ Petro
5. Donnie Moran
6. John Mason
7. Fulmer Lance
8. Jim Hunt
9. Lynn Geisler
10. Gary Balough
11. Dave Hess
12. Chuck McWilliams
13. Jimmie Roan
14. Gerald Dixon
15. Joe Kosiski
16. Jeff Purvis
17. Gene Ferrell
18. Charlie Swartz
19. Larry Phillips
20. Jack Boggs
21. Dave Speer
22. Buck Simmons
23. Delmas Conley
24. Larry Moore
25. Dusty Chapman
26. Johnny Johnson
27. Kenny Brightbill
28. Jerry Inmon
Fast qualifier: Charlie Swartz, 19.02 seconds.



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1982season
Oct. 17 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Charlie Swartz
2. Jerry Inmon
3. John Mason
4. Steve Kosiski
5. Mike Duvall
6. Russ Petro
7. Lynn Geisler
8. Freddy Smith
9. Don Hobbs
10. Pat Patrick
11. Eddie Carrier
12. Jack Boggs
13. Rodney Combs
14. Chuck McWilliams
15. Jim Dunn
16. Jim Curry
17. Jim Hunt
18. Rick Ren
19. Donnie Moran
20. MIke Chisholm
21. Blackie Watt
22. Fred Strube
23. Doug Kenimer
24. Bob Wearing
25. Larry Phillips
26. Tom Harshman
27. Dhon Hauserman
28. Larry Moore
Fast qualifier: Charlie Swartz, 21.77 seconds.



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1981season
Oct. 18 - Pennsboro (W.Va) Speedway
1. Jim Dunn
2. Rodney Combs
3. Doug Kenimer
4. Donnie Moran
5. Charlie Swartz
6. Jack Boggs
7. Steve Kosiski
8. Pat Patrick
9. Buck Simmons
10. Bob Wearing Sr.
11. Mike Duvall
12. Gene McNeely
13. Kevin Gundaker
14. Frank Wilson
15. Danny Dean
16. Freddy Smith
17. Wally Hemminger
18. Neil Bonnett
19. Craig Spetman
20. Ray Godsey
21. Lynn Geisler
22. Larry Moore
23. Leon Archer
24. Ken Walton
25. David Speer
26. Don Seaborn
27. Gary Henry
28. R.D. Jones
Fast qualifier: Rodney Combs, 21.27 seconds.
Heat race winners: Gene McNeely, Don Seaborn, Doug Kenimer, Ray Godsey, Charlie Swartz, Jack Boggs.

#6 simonlewisbooks

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:11

Thanks for the information everyone.
We do have some similarly makeshift tracks in Britain, mostly running Autograss which is 4-lap standing start races on largely unprepared dirt ovals of around 1/4 mile in length. There's one about 2 miles from me. The area I live in along the English/Welsh border is a hotbed for the sport. I raced in Autograss for a season a few years back when I wasn't able to finance the circuit racing (having just bought a house) and it's great fun but almost a closed world. Those involved (and there are thousands) know whats going on and where but outsiders have a problem just finding out where the events run and when. There is almost zero attempt to promote it as a spectator sport although it's very spectacular to watch. So it's mostly very low key stuff and very cheap, entry fees were about £3 per event (2 heats and a final normally) and a license was about £30 for a season last time I held one.
Tracks often spring up for a year or two until someone complains to the local authorities or the farmer who owns the field gets fed up with it or gets greedy with the rent. Some are much longer lasting but the facilities are never more than temporary at best. The safety barrier is mostly several layer of steel rope so you can imagine the damage that causes to an errant car. Roll cages are normally 1 inch square tube, which never look very secure to me - my car had once been a circuit racer and still ran an FIA spec cage!

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 09:59

Originally posted by simonlewisbooks
Thanks for the information everyone.

Tracks often spring up for a year or two until someone complains to the local authorities or the farmer who owns the field gets fed up with it or gets greedy with the rent. Some are much longer lasting but the facilities are never more than temporary at best. The safety barrier is mostly several layer of steel rope so you can imagine the damage that causes to an errant car. Roll cages are normally 1 inch square tube, which never look very secure to me - my car had once been a circuit racer and still ran an FIA spec cage!


Kind of sounds like the beginnings of Stock Car racing here in the Confederate States of America. :wave:

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 12:50

Henry:

As has been noted elsewhere on these boards, even in the early days there were northern stock car races that were part of the series in places like Heidelberg PA, north of the Mason Dixon line, like me :wave:

Just so you know. :cool:

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 13:50

Originally posted by HistoricMustang
For many years Pennsboro was THE place in late model dirt racing.

Henry

DTWC
Dirt Track World Championship

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The DTWC - was that a single venue championship run at Pennsboro over multiple rounds? It's not something I've come across before, although US racing in this era isn't something I know much about either.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 14:01

Originally posted by Darren Galpin


The DTWC - was that a single venue championship run at Pennsboro over multiple rounds? It's not something I've come across before, although US racing in this era isn't something I know much about either.


Looks like a single race. Its currently in its 25th year I believe. $50000 for the win even in the early 90s so quite a big deal. Looks like late models are one of the more widespread classes along with midgets and sprint cars.

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 16:24

I have to agree with that racing series like these do not attract wide audiences, but are popular. Thank you Henry for providing the race records!

Flying low under the media radar probably means that the historic record of small tracks and series are less well-kept, does anyone know of local, national repositories for the kind of racing we are discussing here?

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Posted 26 September 2007 - 18:04

To clarify, Pennsboro's signifigance was for the DTWC, which as Henry rightly points out, was the event for dirt Late Models.

Darren, the DTWC was a single event rather than a series. And then this...

Originally posted by HistoricMustang
For many years Pennsboro was THE place in late model dirt racing.

DTWC
Dirt Track World Championship
1982season
20. MIke Chisholm


Mike Chisholm, who I saw race several times, was from Napa, California and made the trek all the way to Pennsboro. At a time when Super Stocks (as they were known out West) were dying out as a weekly class, Chisholm was involved in keeping the class alive by transforming them into a touring organization. The only California driver to make the trip. It would take the transplanted Scott Bloomquist to be the next driver with California roots.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 20:25

In my opinion this was the best attempt at a Late Model Dirt series. It almost pulled the organizational aspect of the dirt trackers together for a very, very long time.

http://www.nationald...t/xtrehist.html

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Posted 30 September 2007 - 21:11

Originally posted by Kerb Bouncer

Flying low under the media radar probably means that the historic record of small tracks and series are less well-kept, does anyone know of local, national repositories for the kind of racing we are discussing here?


Sadly, no. Short track racing history is pretty much down to individuals to preserve and collate. To say the historic records are less well kept is probably true, but considering how poorly records have been maintained at some of the higher levels...

There are quite a few local and regional racing museums, but I have no idea how good a job they do of maintaining any historical records from their respective area.

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Posted 01 October 2007 - 08:41

Originally posted by Jim Thurman


... but considering how poorly records have been maintained at some of the higher levels...


Very true. I was told not long ago that even the BRSCC in England, didn't have an complete set of results for at least one of their venues stretching back any further than the mid 1980s. - despite having run there since the 1950s. I think there was a mention of another thread of the staff at Oulton Park throwing out box loads of archives in the 1980s during a spring-clean...

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 21:07

Sorry about resurrecting a dead thread for you all but I found it while searching for this video. I am an American dirt track racer and I would be pleased to answer your questions if you want. Hopefully someone may decide to attend a dirt race at say the current mecca of dirt late models, Eldora Speedway. Or at least clear up a few things for you.

Pennsboro Speedway was as stated a 5/8 mile egg shaped dirt oval in Pennsboro West Virginia USA.Originally constructed as a horse racing track in the early part of the 20th century 1905 or 1906 . The track was signifigant in its later years because of the fact that the only events held there were high paying races such as the Dirt Track World Championship which last season was held at KC Raceway in Chillecothe, Ohio and the DTWC's sister event the Hillbilly 100 currently held at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne West Virginia. The Hillbilly 100 dates back to 1967 and is the longest running event for these type of cars. Both events are promoted by Carl Short. Pennsboro also hosted other high profile type dirt races such as the Spirit of 76 and the Spirit of the 80's races. It was known as a magical venue to many in the dirt racing world because of the party atmosphere, the big names (for our sport) on hand and a facility that remained largely unchanged till it was closed early in the 21st century. Was the event more significant than the track, I don't think so, most circuits are known primarily for their big events Daytona, Sebring etc.

To understand the magic and the lore of the DTWC at Pennsboro one first needs to read the story of the first one which is located here:

http://www.dirtfans....LegendBorn.html


Also since a picture is worth a thousand words here is a link that will get you a few hundred pictures from Pennsboro.


http://jimmiesoldtim...ng.mywowbb.com/

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 22:03

As you dig into the drivers that raced at Pennsboro you can find some well known individuals.

A personal note.

Had a friend who worked his way through the dirt track ranks, is mentioned at Pennsboro, went on to do the NASCAR Busch series and finally made it to the NASCAR big show.

He did not talk very well and said what he thought, but could drive the Hell out of a race car.

NASCAR took the Rookie of the Year award away and gave it to a gentleman who had passed on. My friend told NASCAR what they could do with their organization and never drove another Big Show race.

The last of the "Bold Breed".

Henry :wave:

Here is the track.

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 22:32

We usually call her the Legendary Pennsboro Speedway. A Message board similar to this one exists for dirt Late Models. http//:www.4m.net There are over 40,000 registered members. There are several historic threads dedicated to this venue but if one were to decide to join and start a new one the folks there would be happy to oblige you with stories. The largest race for Late models is actually the World 100 at Rossburg Ohio's Eldora Speedway, run since 1973 it typically draws in excess of 150 competitors and 20,000 fans. Not quite as improvised as one might think but if your imagination likes it better that way, go for it and if you can go to the race I Guarantee you will find it entertaining. www.eldoraspeedway.com


Personal note I am a long way from the top flight of the dirt racing world and will never make it to NASCAR etc but the dream of trying to make an event like the World 100 or the DTWC some day still exists in my mind.

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Posted 05 September 2009 - 03:00

Stumbled across this subject. I grew up around Pennsboro and worked at the store across the road when I was in high school. Here's and article from the West virginia magazine, "Goldenseal". Lots of history.

http://www.wvculture.../pennsboro.html