MEMORIES

EXETER

RACEWAY

 


 

 

Exeter Raceway opened to stock car racing in 1949 at the old Exeter Fairgrounds. Located on Routes 11 & 43, racing was held on the half-mile horse track until the track was shortened to one-third of a mile several years later to slow the stock cars.

Like most fairgrounds of the period, the facility had a covered grandstand and fans had the choice of sitting in the shade or in the open grandstands for the Sunday afternoon racing program.

Horse stables or barns were located just off turn four on the front stretch. But, when the track was shortened to a one-third mile, many a stock car exited turn four into the barns. With the assistance of many out of control stock cars, the barns were eventually torn down.

Exeter Raceway operated into the early 1960's. Tall grass and brush now cover the facility with the only remembrance of the popular raceway is the pit tower which still stands.

 

The pit area was located on the infield of Exeter Raceway. Note the loading ramp at the left located next to the track surface.

 

The dust was always a problem at Exeter although in later years, the management was able to control the dust. The stock car at the left is the #5 of Bum Emery and two cars ahead of him is Sonny Ellis in the #2 Chevy coupe.

 

One of the earliest photos of Exeter Raceway, circa 1950. The #66 1934 Ford sedan is Larry Morse, a popular driver at Exeter and other tracks in the area.

 

Does the #98 coupe on the rear look familiar? It is racing legend Blackie Hilliard. To his inside in the #5 Chevy coupe is Bum Emery. This photo was taken on July 8, 1956. All photos courtesy of Ron Clark and Wicked Good Vintage Racing Association.