The Misplaced Story of Memphis-Arkansas, NASCAR’s Solely Grime Superspeedway


Priddy’s dying would not be the final time Memphis-Arkansas’s smooth floor ruined a race, both. On the following 12 months’s Mid-South 250, drivers and spectators reportedly waited almost an hour for a mud cloud kicked up by the automobiles to clear, and the extended race warning with it. This occasion proved to be Memphis-Arkansas’s final hurrah, as in line with an archived weblog put up, the monitor’s homeowners ran out of cash thereafter, later promoting the ability to an area farmer in 1958.

“We raised catfish within the infield space of the monitor for a few years,” commented landowner Parker Eubanks. “Then we leveled out the grade and bedded rice and grew soybeans in it.”

The monitor’s funds might need been introduced down partially by unexceptional attendance at its final race, which Racing Reference registers at simply 9,500 of the bleachers’ reported 15,000 capability. Although near Memphis, the monitor would not have been as accessible again within the day, as circa 1957, Interstate 40 apparently hadn’t but reached Lehi, Arkansas, the place the monitor was positioned.

“If the Interstate would have been full, it is solely a mile from Lehi to the off-ramp,” added Eubanks. “They may have gotten onto the Interstate and it might have been nice.”

As for these stays, they will nonetheless be seen from Google Maps, the place the unmistakable form of an oval might be seen carved into the panorama. Although the closest street-level view of the monitor was snapped a quarter-mile away, we will get some concept of what amenities survive in a quick clip of the monitor captured in 2016 (embedded beneath).

Unsurprisingly, there’s not a lot left apart from among the racing floor, although given it had already been some six many years since anybody final gave a rattling what form it was in, that former racetrack was nonetheless recognizable as one is a miracle in itself.

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