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  • Semi O/T- Nazareth Speedway today

    Just found these pics on another racing site

    Wasnt sure which forum to put this in

    Mark Knopfler must be furious

    http://www.usa50.com/DisplayThread.a...414265#1414265
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    The whole thing about that track closing never made sense to me...ISC buys it, strips the place down and moves the grandstands to Watkins Glen then sells it with terms to "never be a race track again"? Why would anyone want to buy something with terms like that? Could the current owner sell it without that stipulation? Track is probably too far gone now, but I am reminded of the shape Indy was in circa WWII.
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    • #3
      That is sad indeed ...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by KevMcNJ View Post
        Every race fan should be furious. That was a very cool track.

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        • #5
          ISC sucks donkey nuts

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          • #6
            Originally posted by stnkypete View Post
            Every race fan should be furious. That was a very cool track.
            Bet on me to be mad about this. The biggest farce in motor racing since the Monza oval was left to rot. I can't see anyone stepping up and buying what's left of the Nazareth track. It's sickening me, how many racetracks with so much history and potential or just abandoned and left to rot.
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            • #7
              If you are interested in the history of racetracks, I highly recomend "The History of America's Speedways". Details on every track that has ever existed in the U.S are included.


              http://www.racestarpublications.com/nsd2.html

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              • #8
                I'm just amazed it isn't a housing development by now.
                "Sometimes a majority simply means that all the fools are on the same side." C. McDonald

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Esperante View Post
                  I'm just amazed it isn't a housing development by now.
                  The housing bubble bursting probably eliminated that as a development option.
                  It's a Hoosier thing, you wouldn't understand...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by indyfan320i View Post
                    The whole thing about that track closing never made sense to me...ISC buys it, strips the place down and moves the grandstands to Watkins Glen then sells it with terms to "never be a race track again"? Why would anyone want to buy something with terms like that? Could the current owner sell it without that stipulation? Track is probably too far gone now, but I am reminded of the shape Indy was in circa WWII.
                    All someone has to do is buy it from ISC, sell it to someone else for $20, buy it back from them, and the ISC terms no longer apply.
                    Insert something witty here. I don't care.

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                    • #11
                      Well, except for the fact that you'd want to have NASCAR run there and ISC is NASCAR so they probably wouldn't go for that. You'd have IndyCars and that's about it.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Dave Long View Post
                        Well, except for the fact that you'd want to have NASCAR run there and ISC is NASCAR so they probably wouldn't go for that. You'd have IndyCars and that's about it.
                        We could also get some of the USAC pavement cars there, or we could get all four parts of the Road to Indy ladder there on one weekend.
                        Insert something witty here. I don't care.

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                        • #13
                          ISC didn't buy Nazareth alone, it was part of the Penske package. However, Nazareth is the perfect example of how BAD ISC is at operating race tracks that don't sell themselves like Daytona. Nazareth had a Busch, Truck, and Indycar race there, and all had decent attendance. Yet ISC couldn't make it work, and since it was never going to be a Cup track, they shuttered it. Another reason was the housing market was up and they figured they'd get a ton of money for the property, which never happened.

                          Originally posted by Tommy Milton View Post
                          If you are interested in the history of racetracks, I highly recommend "The History of America's Speedways". Details on every track that has ever existed in the U.S are included.

                          http://www.racestarpublications.com/nsd2.html
                          Ha, I bought his speedway directory back in the 90's once. Are the photos color? By the way, that page is outdated, the price is now $20
                          "If your car was a dog, then you had to figure it out and test your own limits. And we didn't go to a wind tunnel – we did it in the first turn at Indianapolis."

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                          • #14
                            Three Cheers and Hooray for ISC! Destroyed a popular, challenging, one mile oval with 94 years of history, all in the name of "progress."

                            RIP Ontario, Riverside, Trenton, North Wilkesboro, PPIR, Nazareth, and countless others.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Grizzlor View Post
                              ISC didn't buy Nazareth alone, it was part of the Penske package. However, Nazareth is the perfect example of how BAD ISC is at operating race tracks that don't sell themselves like Daytona. Nazareth had a Busch, Truck, and Indycar race there, and all had decent attendance. Yet ISC couldn't make it work, and since it was never going to be a Cup track, they shuttered it. Another reason was the housing market was up and they figured they'd get a ton of money for the property, which never happened.


                              Ha, I bought his speedway directory back in the 90's once. Are the photos color? By the way, that page is outdated, the price is now $20
                              I was referring to the hardcover book, "The History of America's Speedways", not the speedway directory. And no, the photos are B & W. It's fascinating to me that there have been over 8,000 racetracks in this country, most of which no longer exist.

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