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Colorado Springs Drag Strip

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by eppster, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. eppster
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    Do any of you guys from Colorado remember the drag strip east of Colorado Springs in the early 60's ? It was east on highway 24 past Sportsman Raceway Park as the highway turned towards the town of Falcon. The story I was given was that it was built in a flood plain and one year it flooded and got covered with sand, that and money problems closed it down. In about 1963 it flooded again and washed the sand off. I remember that in 1964/65 someone would open the gate on Sunday and someone would come up with a flag , from that point it was run what you brung! Every once in awhile a Sheriffs car would pull up and watch from the highway.
     
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  3. plumfat40
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    That dragstrip closed in April of 1965. I believe that the Pikes Peak Timing Assoc. ran it for awhile, which my father in law was a part of. That area is now an industrial park full of warehouses and businesses. As of a few years ago the strip asphalt was still visible, we always went 4wheeling on those sand hills next to the highway... Hope this helps.
     
  4. Arominus
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    I've seen whats left of it out there, but too young for it as i wasn't born till 79. I guess i could have been seeing the remains of the 1/8mile oval that was out there too.

    Wish we still had a strip in town.
     
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  5. eppster
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    That would have been Sportsmans, it was suppose to be a quarter mile track. We raced a 56' Ford with a 312 there in 64'. Towed it with a chain behind a 49' caddy 2 door sedan. Good times !
     
  6. eppster
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    Plumfat40, do you know when the track opened and was it ever sanctioed by NHRA or AHRA ?
     
  7. plumfat40
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    The track wasn't sanctioned. They were just a bunch of guys wanting to race. Said they couldn't keep up with land payments. They were assisted by a business group in town. Another friend here helping with a 40 merc convertible raced at sportsman from 64-67 then raced for pat smith into the 70s his name is Don Justice. What's your name ? He was wondering!!


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  8. eppster
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    I was just the go-fer and pit crew. Larry Retalic[ spelling/bad memory ] was the driver. His dad owned Gene's Aquarium and sponsored the car. He was my neighber and between us we knew dittle but learned a lot. It's my understanding that later he raced at Pikes Peak Speedway and was more sucessful. I moved to Iowa , started in Figure-8's, moved to Street Stocks and then to Late Models.
     
  9. eppster
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    Does anyone else know any history on this drag strip ? Any one ever run their car out there ?
     
  10. BobG
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    I know it was opened back up for a while in the later 70's as an 1/8th mile.
    It didn't stay open for much longer with two open tracks in Denver and the one in Pueblo.
    A friend of mine match raced his Jolly Rancher sponsored nitro funny car there against I think Dan Lexa.
     
  11. Rootie Kazoootie
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    There's confusion on 2 different dragstrips being discussed here. The OP was refering to a strip right off hiway 24 that is long gone after the 1960s. The other strip (1/8 mile) was part of Colo. Spr. Intl. Speedway complex a few miles south of hiway 24 and just off of hiway 94. It was built new in the mid 70s and ran aprox. thru the 80s.

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