Tulsa Speedway

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City/Town: Tulsa
Location Class: Commercial
Year Built: 1985
Year Abandoned: 2005
Status: Demolished
Photojournalist: Johnny Fletcher

Tulsa Speedway is a well known track in Oklahoma getting it’s roots at near what’s now Fair Meadows horse track. The first track was built at what is now the parking lot for the Fair Meadows simulcast center in the 1930’s. It was originally built as a 1/2 mile track but was later shortened to a 3/8 mile track. Both configurations had a 1/5 mile track inside. The last year for the track in this location was 1973, where it then moved to where Fair Meadows is now. Hugh Finnerty was the original owner (as far back as I can tell, as of 1979). The speedway was relocated to 66th street north off of Highway 75 on the outskirts of Tulsa in 1985 where it still stands today. Once the track moved they started the first sprint car program in 1988.

For Much more info and to read the rest of this article, visit Amanda Turnham’s great site ForgottenTracks.com

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MaryWSnyder
MaryWSnyder
4 years ago

Amazing Article

Kdurrett
Kdurrett
5 years ago

This is awesome to see. I don't think I have been to the track since my grandfather sold it, but I literally grew up at the track I miss it so much!

bekki marlin
bekki marlin
6 years ago

Who own the speedway now????? My husband and his friend stopped outside the gates. On there way to the scrap yard down the street. They werent even on the property. Anyways a cop stopped. Long story short, the motors they had on the trailer the cops are saying they stole from the speedway. Who ever is supposably taken care of the speedway which is doing a really good job everyone can see, is saying they stole motors from there. They are going to get my husband and his cousin with felonies!!!!!! Anyone who might know who owns this trashed out… Read more »

MIKE TUCKER
MIKE TUCKER
9 years ago

iI GREW UP AT THAT SPEEDWAY. COULDNT WAIT FOR SATURDAY NIGHTS. I WAS PROBABLE AROUND 10 YEARS OLD WHEN I FIRST WENT TO THE TRACK. I REMEMBER THE LIKES OF BUDDY CAGLE,AL LEMMONS, BENNY TAYLOR, JACKIE HOWERTON, HAROLD LEEP, BILL SANDERS AND MANY OTHERS. I EVENTUALLY WAS A VENDER AT THE TRACK SELLING POP AND POPCORN THROUGH THE CROWD. BUT WHEN THE A FEATURE WAS ABOUT TO START I WAS SITTIN WATCHING THE RACE INSTEAD OF SELLING. GOT CAUGHT A COUPLE TIMES,LOL. I REMEMBER GOIN OUT INTO THE PITS AFTER THE RACES TO CHECK THE DAMAGE TO THE CARS THAT… Read more »

gary renfro
gary renfro
Reply to  MIKE TUCKER
3 years ago

you bringing back memories, and dont forget emmit hahn, chick chaddex, evard humphries and many more.

Ann
Ann
10 years ago

It's a shame that this speedway has gone to waste. I went every Saturday night when they were held at the Fairgrounds. After the move up to this track I just didn't have the interest as I once did. Racing is becoming a dying sport here in Oklahoma. Very sad, indeed. It was good family fun.

phil davis
phil davis
10 years ago

i was there the night gene daniel died its a wreck i wouldnt want to see again i am glad that video wasnt as widely used back then
gene daniel and jr taft both passed doing what they loved i gont care to see the video of either if there is one

Gene Daniel
Gene Daniel
10 years ago

If anyone has any video of the 9/5/81 crash that killed Gene Daniel, I would certainly like to see it.

Thank you.

GAD

ForgottenTracks
10 years ago

I have information that was passed to me. Seeing as how I was born in '83 I wouldn't remember 1970 anything. I'll recheck my info but you're the FIRST to tell me the info was wrong.

Dwain Lee
Dwain Lee
10 years ago

Sad state of affairs about the speedway. Bad promoters were its downfall. The statement saying Hugh Finnerty was the original owner is ignorant. The county owns the fairgrounds and the track was on the fairgrounds. Finnerty was promoter in maybe the late 60's and much of the 70's but not owner. Misinformation at its finest.

ForgottenTracks
Reply to  Dwain Lee
10 years ago

I have information that was passed to me. Seeing as how I was born in ‘83 I wouldn’t remember 1970 anything. I’ll recheck my info but you’re the FIRST to tell me the info was wrong.

Dwain Lee
Dwain Lee
Reply to  ForgottenTracks
9 years ago

Well, your info was wrong.

SnIpEr
SnIpEr
10 years ago

I'm not so sure. I remember that place when I was a kid (I'm only 17 now, so still a "kid" xD) and it was pretty awesome. The building would probably have to be demolished and rebuilt from the looks of it, but I'm sure the grounds themselves could be renovated without demolition involved. The stupid owner of the place needs to do SOMETHING with it before it becomes far too late to do anything about it. :

jenny
jenny
Reply to  SnIpEr
4 years ago

the stupid owner is dead. the person that now owns it is finding issues with the citys an boards to redo it. they cant even sell it. do some reading. brings things up to code are hard an alot of money

Jennifer Miller
Jennifer Miller
Reply to  jenny
4 years ago

who now owns it?

SnIpEr
SnIpEr
Reply to  jenny
3 years ago

Geez lady, responded to something I wrote when I was 17 (going on 25 now…) 313 weeks after the fact. I guess I can't say much, I'm responding to your response 75 weeks later haha! I'll have to do some reading and see if anything ever came of this place (though I doubt it)

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
10 years ago

Yeah its a shame. I had never went to a race there. I was into the drags & monster trucks & not so much dirt track. but it is a shame to see that place go to waste cause I know it ment a lot to the racing comunity. I am a Bartlesville native so I remember driving by it on the highway ever since I was kid & always wondering what it looked like over that hill. Some of the bldgs & grounds are so far gone there is just no repairing it. The only thing they could do… Read more »

David
David
10 years ago

I love the video of the old tulsa speedway. I wish It was still going. I live just a few minutes from it and I drive to coffeyville now to race. Looks like the city of tulsa would push to get something done since its just becoming a trash pile and the police have to go by and keep a eye on it! Looks like who owns it would be trying to sell it rather than oweing taxes. Heck if it was running and they could get anything like is wrote in the story with the video of 2600 plus… Read more »

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
10 years ago

Your welcome! Thats Awesome about your uncle. Thanx for the extra info!

Lee
Lee
10 years ago

my uncle Lester Davis won the very first superstock championship in Tulsa Speedway at 1985, and i think he won again in 1998

Lee
Lee
10 years ago

I remember this racetrack, brings memories of my uncle last racing career championship was at Tulsa Speedway back in 1998, Thanks Guys.

psychosaw13
psychosaw13
10 years ago

Now thats a fantastic Video! Fitting music too! Great job guys thank you!

AbandonedOK Team
Reply to  psychosaw13
10 years ago

yeah, yeah, yeah…. your welcome….! I went back to the old way of making these videos just for you… I guess it pays to do it the hard way….

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