Canadian Race Track Database

Speedway Park

Stoney Creek, ON


Years in Operation: 1961-75

Name History:
Speedway Park (1961-74)
Satellite Speedway (1975)

Track Configurations:
1/3 mile dirt oval (1961-1970)
1/3 mile paved oval (1971-1975)

  • Original owners were Ken Kavanagh, Bill Russell, John Marino and George Cullen
  • Was built as a sister track to Merritville Speedway
  • Grandstands were made of steel and concrete and incorporated washrooms and concessions
  • Originally raced Friday nights
  • The regular drivers included names like Bruce Van Dyke, Ivan Little, Denny Deagle, Jeno Begolo, Nick Lapcevich, George Treanor, Bob Daniels and Don Shirton
  • Owners found it stressful to operate both Speedway Park and Merrittville so in April of 1971 the track was sold to group consisting of Perc Allen, Andrew Sherwood, Bill Tremholme, Reg Porcelli, George Porcelli and George McEneny
  • Harold Woodgate was President
  • The new owners immediately paved the track with widened corners
  • The spectator walking areas were also paved
  • Switched to Saturday night for 1972 (previously had been Friday night)
  • The Hobby Club was brought in as a regular class
  • Late Model Super Stocks were also a regular class in the paved years
  • In 1973, the Super Modifieds were brought in as a regular, weekly class
  • The track often ran special events for the Late Models of 50-100 laps during the paved years
  • Most of the big-name drivers of the time appeared at the specials or as regular competitors - Don Biederman, Junior Hanley, Doug Warnes, Howie Scannell, Jerry Makara, Art Clark, Jack Cook, Terry Kitchen, etc