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  • #31
    Originally posted by JThur1 View Post
    Did a quick search and found this...

    Los Angeles Times, September 17, 1971
    "Road Racing Restored to the Marlboro Trail"
    Mount Pocono, PA (AP) - Road racing has been restored to the Marlboro championship trail by the board of directors of the sponsoring United States Auto Club. The board voted in Indianapolis earlier this week to dissolve the separate road racing division which operated on a limited basis during the current campaign. The separate dirt track division for championship cars was left in tact.

    The tentative 1972 schedule includes five road course and a dozen oval track events, including the sanctioning body's "Triple Crown" of 500 mile races at Indianapolis, Pocono and Ontario.
    It looks like they proposed running at Continental Divide, Donnybrook. Bridgehampton, Road Atlanta, and Mosport in 1972. They also proposed adding a race called the Florida 500 at a track (Florida International Speedway) that was never built.
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    • #32
      It looks like they proposed running at Continental Divide, Donnybrook. Bridgehampton, Road Atlanta, and Mosport in 1972. They also proposed adding a race called the Florida 500 at a track (Florida International Speedway) that was never built.
      Continental Divide and Bridgehampton held their last pro races in 1970. CDR was closed in early 1973 when the owner found out he had cancer.
      Info from Lost Road Courses by Martin Rudow.

      The book does mention a Winston West race at CDR in 1982, I get the impression that the author does not consider that "Professional".
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      • #33
        Originally posted by KenK View Post

        Continental Divide and Bridgehampton held their last pro races in 1970. CDR was closed in early 1973 when the owner found out he had cancer.
        Info from Lost Road Courses by Martin Rudow.

        The book does mention a Winston West race at CDR in 1982, I get the impression that the author does not consider that "Professional".
        Just more lack of respect for Western racing, borne from a lack of knowledge.

        I remember how surprised I was when CDR turned up on the West series schedule. I hadn't heard anything about the track for years.
        "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Pelican Joe View Post

          It looks like they proposed running at Continental Divide, Donnybrook. Bridgehampton, Road Atlanta, and Mosport in 1972. They also proposed adding a race called the Florida 500 at a track (Florida International Speedway) that was never built.
          That's another part that is overlooked. USAC had plans for races at more ovals. That means in addition to Phoenix, Trenton, Ontario, IMS, Milwaukee, Michigan and Pocono (don't forget Texas too, though it wasn't yet on the schedule), there were the planned West Virginia, Florida and Meadowdale ovals, along with the thought that Hanford would improve its facilities. Those three phantom tracks all made their way on to the schedule, and Hanford made it back as well. It didn't take long for it to all fall apart, but they were scheduled. There were a few other tracks that got as far as the proposal stage.
          "Versions of a story that are more tidy, compact, and camera-ready should generally be viewed as historically suspect." - Jackson Landers

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