Ascot Park (speedway)
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Owner||J. C. Agajanian|
|Operator||J. C. Agajanian|
|Closed||November 22, 1990|
|Major events||NASCAR Grand National
AMA Grand National Championship
|outer oval track|
|Length||0.5 mi (0.8 km)|
|Length||0.2 mi (0.4 km)|
Ascot Park, was a famous dirt racetrack located in Los Angeles, California near Gardena, California. The track opened in 1957, as Los Angeles Speedway, on the site of a former city dump. Before it was closed in 1990, it hosted the United States Auto Club (USAC) championship series, the AMA Grand National Championship motorcycle series and was used in movies like the original Gone in 60 Seconds, A Very Brady Christmas, and CHiPs. Ascot was also the site of the annual USAC Turkey Night Grand Prix midget race on Thanksgiving.
With seating for only 7,500, Ascot Park was smaller than the other famous tracks of the area, such as Riverside International Raceway (closed in 1989) and Ontario Motor Speedway (closed in 1980). Yet, the park was equally well-known, because its location was surrounded by freeways, its regularly scheduled races, and its heavy radio advertising. The half-mile course featured tight semi-banked turns, long straight-ways, and a tacky surface that was conducive to dramatic sprint car racing. Other motorsport events, such as Figure 8 racing and motorcycle flat track and TT racing, were also held at Ascot.
It remained unused after a failed development project occupied the former site for a number of years. The track site was later replaced by an auto auction building and yard.
Notable weekly series alumni
NASCAR race results
Three NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) events were held at the track. The 1957 event was held on the 0.5-mile (0.80 km) track. It won by Eddie Pagan. The second NASCAR event was a 500 lap event on the 0.4-mile (0.64 km) track, and it was won by Parnelli Jones. The final event was held in 1961 on the 0.5-mile (0.80 km) track. Eddie Gray lapped the field for the win.