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Old 08-31-2014, 10:21 AM
 
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Old 08-31-2014, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Not anytime soon. The sport overexpanded in the last decade and can't even sell out at the Brickyard these days. With Richmond and Dover within driving distance, I don't see a track in the D.C. area being on the "to-do" list.
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Old 08-31-2014, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry, NC
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No. The noise level would be intolerable, and it could never get a permit to operate. I also agree that the fan base is not there.
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Old 08-31-2014, 01:48 PM
 
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No. The noise level would be intolerable, and it could never get a permit to operate. I also agree that the fan base is not there.
Well, I know you have a sizable fanbase for NASCAR in suburban Maryland and NOVA (I know quite a few personally in those areas). Anyway I had asked because I remember my pops telling me about the old nascar track that use to be in Beltsville years ago (I think it got demolished in the 1970s). That's why I threw the question out there.
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:06 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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No. The noise level would be intolerable, and it could never get a permit to operate. I also agree that the fan base is not there.
What if you put slots at the track?
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Old 08-31-2014, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Greenville, NC
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NASCAR said NO! back in 1998 when the Middle River Racing Association was proposing to build a track in Anne Arundel County. I wouldn't imagine that their opinion has changed any since then.

NASCAR contradicts developers seeking Arundel track Asserts region is serviced by several other speedways - Baltimore Sun
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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Some Tempers Revved Up Over D.C. Auto Race (washingtonpost.com)

Back in around 2002 there was a Grand Prix race, but that was the first and last year. The noise was too much for the surrounding neighborhood. It was held at RFK stadium.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:12 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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Well, I know you have a sizable fanbase for NASCAR in suburban Maryland and NOVA (I know quite a few personally in those areas). Anyway I had asked because I remember my pops telling me about the old nascar track that use to be in Beltsville years ago (I think it got demolished in the 1970s). That's why I threw the question out there.
Beltsville Speedway. I grew up in PG county in the 70's and my dad used to take me and my brother there fairly often. Friday nights if I remember right but I was young then. He actually tied me to the bleachers so I wouldn't fall through.

I can just sit back and feel the thunder and rattle of those engines and smell the gas. Much simpler times. It was a different area in those years.

Thanks for bringing that up and sending me on a quick stroll through memory lane.
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Old 09-06-2014, 07:50 AM
 
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In the late '70's, my boss was on the pit crew for a car that was a top contender at Beltsville (Ginn's Office supplies). On Fridays he'd trailer the car to work, then leave a little early to get to the track. After work, I'd ride to the track with a co-worker and we'd watch the races. My friend was in a wheel chair, and the first time we went there, we parked in the regular parking lot, paid for our tickets, and went in. The guy taking the tickets told us that next time, we should just pull up at the fence gate and the track staff would let us park inside the fence. We did that the rest of the times we went there, and they never charged us for admission, either. There was a great place for his wheelchair in the stands, and a vendor selling bottles of Stroh's beer just a few steps away at the bottom of the ramp.

My understanding of the track's demise is that people who bought houses in nearby developments, knowing full well that there was a race track not far away, complained about the noise. The track fought them, until there were so many houses being built around the area that the land became much more valuable for housing than for a race track, so the owners finally just closed the track and sold the land.

I'd be glad to hear from someone who knows more about that.

As far as getting a new NASCAR track in the area, I'd think that the population is high enough to consider it, but I just don't think that there are quite enough NASCAR fans within that population to make it a success. I sure wouldn't mind being wrong, though.
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Old 09-07-2014, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Maybe, I don't see why not. Having a NASCAR track located in Dover doesn't really effect the Washington DC area. Dover, DE is part of the Philadelphia sports market.
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