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All American Speedway

All American Speedway

Автором Bill Poindexter

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All American Speedway

Автором Bill Poindexter

Длина:
160 pages
43 minutes
Издатель:
Издано:
Nov 4, 2013
ISBN:
9781439644225
Формат:
Книге

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It began as a rodeo arena with bucking broncos entertaining an annual gathering for the Placer County Fair in Roseville, California, about 10 miles east of Sacramento. The rodeo grounds eventually gave way to a different kind of horsepower in 1955, when a dirt track was built. The original Roseville Speedway later became All American Speedway. The surface was paved in 1972, and three years later, its signature race, the Rose Classic, was born. Future NASCAR drivers Ernie Irvan, Mike Skinner, and more visited the track. The Rose Classic went away in the early 1990s, but NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action lives on each year.
Издатель:
Издано:
Nov 4, 2013
ISBN:
9781439644225
Формат:
Книге

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Bill Poindexter began his career as a sports journalist in 1979 and immediately began covering various disciplines of motorsports. That included an occasional visit to All American Speedway for the Rose Classic and other races. Currently working as the sports editor at the Roseville Press Tribune, he covers racing at the track and gives the speedway a presence in the newspaper�s weekly sports section. This pictorial collection and another on Stockton 99 Speedway are his first two books.


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INTRODUCTION

Bruno Romani didn’t build baseball fields, he built speedways, but the saying still applied: Build it, and they will come.

Romani built tracks in Dixon, Grass Valley, and Placerville, California. He also wanted to plop one down on top of the rodeo arena at the Placer County Fairgrounds in Roseville, California, about 15 miles east of Sacramento. Romani borrowed $5,000 from local businesses to spark the project. Construction on the grandstands at what would become Roseville Speedway, later All American Speedway, began in the fall of 1953.

Ed Watson, a driver and car owner/builder for several future champions at All American and West Capital Raceway in West Sacramento, said Romani brought in several railroad employees to help. In the old days, the railroad, you could steal anything you wanted to—poles, no problem, said Watson, who passed away in March 2013 about three weeks after he was interviewed for this book. Bruno was responsible for building the track, all of it really. The fair people demanded chutes, so Bruno built portable chutes. They still did the rodeo after the track was born. The rodeo eventually quit kickin’, but All American has plenty of horsepower today.

Once the quarter-mile dirt oval was built, they came all right. The car count hit triple digits on race nights, and the new grandstand, which seated 3,000 people, oftentimes was full after the race track opened in 1955. Drivers raced Jalopies in the early days, with fenders and everything, and then Hardtops followed, with no fenders, before the mighty, sophisticated Super Modifieds roared to

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