Beltsville Speedway
by Larry Jendras, Jr.

Beltsville Speedway - Beltsville, MD
1965 - 1978

Built by Tom Lillis, this 1/2 mile asphalt oval with banked turns was located Springfield Road, off Powder Mill Road, near the Baltimore - Washington Parkway. It was originally known as the Baltimore-Washington Speedway for the first 1 1/2 years of operation.

In 1965 & 1966 the track hosted NASCAR Modifieds and Late Model Sportsman. From 1967 to 1978 they ran NASCAR Late Model Sportsman, Limited Sportsman and Cadets. Initially racing on Wedensday nights, racing was eventually moved to Friday nights. 

Other divisions hosted at Beltsville Speedway included URC Sprints, Midgets, 10 Winston Cup (then known as Grand National) races, as well as NASCAR Grand American races. During the last few years of operation, Prince Georges County imposed strict noise restrictions and began monitoring the events. This required the facility to build a sound wall and the cars had to begin running mufflers. 

The Capitol College technical school now occupies on the site.

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