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Ghost Tracks -Northern Raceway
1/4 mile paved oval
1/4 mile drag strip
Sault Ste Marie, ON

Satellite photo from 2007, submitted by Chris Halliday.

This is how Northern Raceway looked in June of 2005 when Glen Thomas visited it and in May of 2005 when Gerry Liscumb visited.

The original name of the track was 5th Line Speedway. It was built by John Wagner and opened in 1965 as a dirt track and was paved in the first year. It closed in July of 1967 due to competition from nearby Heyden Speedway. The track re-opened in 1971 after Heyden closed and ran until 1987 with a brief closure in the early 1980's. The remains of Northern Raceway are located 1/3 mile west of Hwy 17 on the 5th Line.

In addition to the oval, there is also a 1/4 mile drag strip. The strip is located on the outside of the oval front straight. The grandstands were shared between the oval and the strip so they are set back from the oval. There was also a figure 8 track as part of the oval. The oval pits were located behind the back straight.

Glen reported that most of the infrastructure is gone. There are no buildings remaining, no fences, lights, etc. The track surface for all 3 tracks are still in good shape. As can been seen in the photos, the steel structure of the grandstand is still there but most of the boards are missing or rotted. Glen must have been adventurous that day as he obviously climbed to the top of the rotted grandstands.

If anyone has any more information on Northern Raceway - photos, programs, points champions, years in use, etc please contact me webmaster@motorsportscentral.com.

Photos
Courtesy of Glen Thomas


From the top of the grandstands - the oval is partly visible


On the drag strip looking back toward the start line. The oval is in the distance at the right. The grandstands are on the left.


Grandstands


Top of the grandstands


The starter's stand which is located at the edge of the drag strip.


Start line of the drag strip. The rest of the tracks are in the distance.


The oval is to the left, the drag strip in the middle and the starter's stand on the right.


Grandstands


Turn 4 end of the grandstand


Turn 1 end of the grandstand


From the top of the grandstands. Turn 3-4 of the oval are visible through the trees.


From the top of the grandstands. You can see the back straight and front straight of the oval.


From the top of the grandstands. Turn 1-2 of the oval and part of the drag strip are visible through the trees.


The stairs to the grandstand are at the right of the photo. You can also see the front wall and spectator fence.

Photos
Courtesy of Gerry Liscumb, Jr

Drag strip

Back straight


Pit slabs


Standing in turn 3, looking down the back straight


Front straight


The Figure 8 track in the infield


Historic Photos
Courtesy of Glen Thomas

July 1977 - the starter's stand was originally at the edge of the oval

July 1977

July 1977

July 1977

1980


1980


1980


1980