PHOTOS: Toledo Ohio's Auto Racing Roots

Well before Toledo Speedway we even thought of, the Toledo, Ohio, area had auto racing as far back as 1902. It started at Fort Miami Speedway at the current location of the Lucas Country Rec Center. It was a 1 mile dirt oval with a 1/4 mile and 3/8 mile track later cut into the infield. Fort Miami would operate until 1957. Toledo Raceway Park started off with auto racing in 1950. "Toledo Raceway Park was way ahead of its time," said racing legend Rollie Beale. "It was a big half with real high banks. Most people around here had never seen anything like it...Raceway Park was sort of like Eldora is today." Some notable drivers that got their start at Toledo Raceway Park in addition to Rollie Beale include Rollie's brother Al Beale, Jim Rathmann (Indy 500 winner), Joy Fair (stock car legend), Kenny Nemire, Tim Flock and many more. Toledo Raceway Park switched to only horse racing after a decade of auto racing. In 1960, Toledo Speedway opened up as a high-banked 1/2 mile dirt oval. One year later, the track was paved.

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