Canadian Race Track Database

Checker Flag Speedway

Windsor, ON


Years in Operation: 1962-1992

Name History:
Checker Flag Raceway (1962-1973)
Checker Flag International Speedway (1974-1983)
Checker Flag Motor Speedway (1984-1991)
Windsor Speedway (1992)

Track Configurations:
1/4 mile dirt oval (1962-1966)
1/3 mile dirt oval (1966-68)
3/8 mile dirt oval (1969-1973)
3/8 mile paved oval (1974-1992)

  • Originally started out as a go-kart track, known as Pratt Raceway
  • The land and go-kart track was owned by Francis Pratt who wanted to open a stock car track instead
  • He found two partners - Herman Modlinsky and Dennis Fauteaux
  • 1961 - a group of drivers formed the Western Ontario Stock Car Racing Association (WOSCRA)
  • In April 1962 WOSCRA signed a contract to race at Checker Flag
  • Opened on May 6, 1962
  • Most of the drivers had competed at Tilbury, Dayus, Bluebird
  • In the early years the cars were '30s coupes and coaches
  • The track shut down for a week in late May of 1966 to be reconfigured as a 1/3 mile
  • Herman Modlinsky died in 1966 and Francis Pratt sold his share to Dennis Fateaux's sons Gary and Ron
  • 1967 - Semi-Late Models were introduced: '57 Chevs and Fords
  • 1967- Coupes became the Sportsman class
  • Bought by Jack Monahan, John Fahringer and Mark Kalbol in February of 1974
  • 1974 - NASCAR Canada was the sanction, Camaros and Firebirds were common
  • Tom Hannan was the promoter in 1977-79
  • 1979 - John Fahringer and Mark Kalbol were replaced as co-owners by Ed Soulliere and Norm Hallewick
  • Super Late Models were the top division until 1984
  • Bob Robinson became promoter in 1982
  • The lease was sold to Bob Robinson for the 1983 season
  • 1984 Street Stocks became Late Model Sportsman and Thunder and Thumpers were added
  • 1985 added the Canadian National Stock Car class - Monte Carlos, Regals, Thunderbirds
  • By 1987 City of Windsor had grown and was getting close to the track - large homes were right next door
  • Bought by a group led by Eric Brauss who leased the track to Bob Robinson
  • Track closed at the end of the 1992 season to become a subdivision