For the past 25 years, Allen and Nancy Brown have been putting together an invaluable directory which should be in the hands of every person who’s connected with motorsports of any kind. It’s a handy paperback that provides extensive in-depth information on race tracks in the U. S. and Canada – large and small — complete with contact names and phone numbers, types of racing, and much, much more.
Want to cover an event at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, PA? Just turn to page 372 in the 2004 edition, and there it is: 3/8-mile, semi-banked asphalt oval (camping allowed), followed by info on the size and type of track, directions to get there, contact name of the promoter, PR rep, Website listing, nights of racing, and the various types of race competition that take place there. On page 363 is a map of Pennsylvania, showing by number all 64 racetracks in the Keystone state. This book includes a map for every state in the U.S. and the Canadian provinces which indicates the location of each venue, a neat outline that’s extremely helpful when planning a trip to cover races in a particular area.
How about California Speedway in Fontana, CA? Page 68 spells it all out for the reader – including graphic symbols designating various types of racing held there – dragster, sports car, stock car, and motorcycle. No symbol for open-wheel is shown, but it’s listed in the copy, even stating which type of California Speedway course each event is run on.
Such a variety of racing is listed – ranging from Junkyard Warriors at the smallest tracks to the famed Indianapolis 500, Formula One Grand Prix, and NASCAR “Brickyard 400” at the Indianapolis Speedway – that this National Speedway Directory is considered the ultimate in nationwide racing information.
But wait – there’s even more. Need to find a museum on which to do your story? It’s in there, too – an extensive listing of museums. Need to contact a sanctioning body? Check in this directory. Want to find a racing publication to read, or to call about writing an article? That list starts on page 507. There’s even a list of racing internet media – just turn to page 549.
Need to know where sprint cars are running, and where? They’re listed by event, date and track, and a large variety of racing events is included in the schedule that begins on page 562.
And last, but definitely not least, there’s even a handy survey –on the final two pages in this book – showing the number of operating racetracks, which encompasses ovals, dirt, dragstrips, paved tracks and road courses, in the entire United States since 2003.
The National Speed Directory is 592 pages of all the information on racing that you will want or need. It gets better with every edition put out by the Browns, and all for the remarkably reasonable cost of $10.00. Shipping and handling is a minimal $3.00. Be sure to order the 2005 edition, due out in May of 2005.
To order, or for further information, contact the National Speedway Directory.
Ph. (616) 785-0340; Fax (616) 785-0346. E-mail: Speedways@dnx.net.
National Speedway Directory
ISBN No. 0-931105-63-3.