Submitted by Bob
Cup Speedway was located in Baumstown, Pa
and ran from 4/30/39 to around 7/28/40. It was located on
Philadelphia Pike, which is Route 422. The track sat around where Route
422 West and Route 82 meet. Back at the time, 422 was a two lane highway,
which would have been what Route 422 East is today. The track was around
1/2 mile in length.
Classes of races were Model T's , 1928-32
4 cylinder Ford Roadsters and Touring cars and Stock cars, which were cars
from the years 1918 to 1933. Races were run on Sunday's and the starting
time was usually between 1:00 - 2:00 pm. The program was billed as Jalopy
Races and were promoted by Charles H. Kauffman. Admission was between 25
to 35 cents. The days events included time trials, 3 heat races and a
10-lap feature race. Prizes were awarded to heat and feature winners.
Drivers who ran at the track include John
Lenczden, Paul Reed, Harry Moyer, Paul Althouse, Ted Horn, Carl Koller,
Nelson Beyer, Ernie Musser, James Pomeroy, Herbet Landis, Fred Jones, John
Hines, Irvan Roush, Jimmy Mal, Wally Maurer, Woodie Gehret and Art Snyder,
just to name a few.
On October 5, 1999, I had the pleasure to
conduct a phone interview with John Lenczden, who was 80 yrs. old at the
time. Here a few excerpts from my interview.
"The track wasn't level...the
front stretch was level but when you would go into the 1st and second
turns, the track would go down hill and then level off when you came thru
the 3rd and 4th turns into the front stretch. I remember winning a race
one time and was awarded a chicken for my prize... another time I won a
ring of bologna. I won quite a few features and the most money I ever won
was 3 dollars. The track was basically just plowed out of a field and I
remember it being real dusty. To get my way around, I would just follow
around where the dust was the thickest. The cars were stock. They had
4-cylinder engines and we would just knock the fenders off and race them.
When I raced, I was supposed to be 21 but I was only 19. Maple Grove
Drag Way used to be Brecknock Speedway... A 1/2 mile dirt track...I ran
that twice. I also ran Sanatoga two or three times also. This was at the
same time I was racing at Cup."
Limerick Race Track
Submitted by Bob
Limerick Race Track was located in
Limerick, Pa., at the intersection of Ridge Pike (422 Business), Swamp
Pike and Lewis Road. The track was located in a field behind a building
that was at one time a State Police Office.
The track was a 1/3 mile dirt oval that
was plowed out in a farm field. Races consisted of Big Cars, Midgets,
Stock Cars and Jalopies. The track ran from September 7, 1941 to October
There was a Diner on the corner of Ridge
Pike and Swamp Pike. When the races were held, there was so much dust, it
would drift over towards to the Diner, causing the Diner to be covered
with dust. Because of this , the track was forced to shut down.
Drivers who ran at Limerick Raceway
included Doug Stearly, Al Gordon, Elwood Albright, Bill McConnell, Pat
Rooney, Harry Hutchinson, Tom Pierson, Al Barnes, Art Cunningham, Bill
McCoy and Henry Mallor.
The track was promoted by Benjamin Brown
and John Tyson. Limerick is located East of Sanatoga and West of
Submitted by Bob
Located in the Black Horse section of
Norristown, Pa. The track ran Midget races from 5/31/39 to 9/9/39
The track was located on Fairfield Road between Jefferson St. and Lucetta
St. The area today is now John F. Kennedy park and the grounds for the
Sacred heart Church. The track is suppose to have sat behind the church
The track was a 1/5 mile dirt oval. The
grounds at the time were owned by the L.A.M. Lodge of Norristown and the
races were promoted by Irvin "Ives" Bostin The grandstands were
able to hold 3,500 people and the races were held on Friday nights.
Drivers who ran the oval included George
Fonder, Mike Sanfelice, Charley Breslin, Dutch Culp, Johnny Favinger,
Johnny Jarz, Red Lapworth, Johnny Sweetwood, Al Pierce, Walt Gregory, Art
Bruderick, Elmer Sefcick, Doc Shanbrook, Moon Mullen, Ted Hartley, Bill
Baker, Rex Records and Art Cross, just to name a few.
The track ran on Friday nights from
5/31/39 up to 7/8/39 and then closed due to renovations to made to the
track. Racing resumed on 8/21/39 and lasted up till 9/8/39. On this night,
the races were called off due to very poor attendance and the track never
ran a race again. For what reasons, I was not able to find out why.