About Langley Speedway
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Why visit Langley Speedway?
No place I'd rather be racing on a Saturday night!Chris O'Brien 2011 Pro Wing Champ Kart Champion
Langley Speedway can easily make the case as the best local short track in Virginia and quite possibly the entire Mid-Atlantic.Mark Rogers Jr. Race 22 Contributor
Langley Speedway is action packed door to door, hard nose racing at one of the best managed and nicest short track facilities in the country.Landon Abbott #70 Super Street
The History of Langley Speedway
The following article about the history of Langley Speedway was written and published in 2010 by Hall Of Fame Sports Writer Al Pearce of the Daily Press, and Newport News, Va. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News:
Langley Speedway roars into its 60th anniversary season with a well-established and well-earned reputation as one of NASCAR’s best weekly tracks. From its modest opening in 1950 as a dirt track with few amenities to today’s paved showplace, Langley has consistently stayed ahead of the competitive and administrative curve.
In the late 1940’s the property on North Armistead Avenue in Hampton was home to Dude Ranch, an 8/10th-mile oval for lower-level thoroughbred racing. The owners occasionally hosted stock car races, which generally attracted more fans than the horses ever had. The owners eventually shortened the track to 4/10ths-mile (clearly, 8/10ths was too long for weekly racing) and turned their attention to cars. Dude Ranch stayed a small, rough-hewn bullring until 1963, when ex-racer and local businessman Henry Klich paid $1,000 for the lease and promptly renamed it Langley Field Speedway.
Today, Langley remains southeastern Virginia’s longest-running professional sports enterprise and one of the oldest in the Commonwealth. In the 1960’s and early 1970’s it hosted nine Grand National races (now, Sprint Cup) featuring many of NASCAR’s greatest drivers: Richard Petty, David Pearson, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Bobby Isaac, Benny Parsons, James Hylton, Marvin Panch, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, LeeRoy Yarbrough, Tiny Lund, Junior Johnson, Donnie Allison, Pete Hamilton, Dave Marcis and Wendell Scott.