Old Dominion Speedway

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Old Dominion Speedway
Location 10611 Dumfries Rd, Prince William County, near Manassas, Virginia
Opened 1952
Closed 2012
Major events NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Youth For Tomorrow 150, ODS Big One
Length 0.6 km (.375 mi)

Old Dominion Speedway (ODS) was a 3/8 mile (0.6 km) NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and drag racing track in Prince William County, just south of Manassas, Virginia. Old Dominion Speedway closed in the Fall of 2012. Hemmed in by residential development has led to frequent noise complaints from neighbors, which convinced ownership to search for new locations along 95 between Stafford County and Richmond.

Steve Britt, principal owner of the Old Dominion Speedway, is under contract to purchase land just north of Mudd Tavern Road from a man who lives outside the Fredericksburg area. The sale is contingent on various government approvals, including a rezoning and special-use permit from Spotsylvania County.

The new facility will be called the Dominion Raceway and will be easily visible from I–95. The main entrance will be off Mudd Tavern Road near the northbound ramp onto 95.[1]

Drag strip[edit]

The track hosted Friday night drag races and Wednesday evening Test and Tunes. Weekly divisions included: Super Pro, Foot Brake, Motorcycle, Quick 16, and Top Street 5.8. The drag strip, when first used in 1953, was originally an 1/8th-mile dirt track, and the first officially-sanctioned drag strip on the East Coast.

Oval track[edit]

The 3/8 mile track hosted Saturday night Late Models, INEX Legends, Mini Modifieds, Street Stocks, Bandeleros, and UCARS. The Late Models now run on 8-inch (200 mm) tires and there are a host of weight and carburetor rules depending on what type of motor is in the car. The track was built as a dirt track in 1952 and was paved in 1953. The 2012 champions are listed below:

Late Model: Doug Liberman

Legends: Ryan Polenz

U-CAR: Scotty Gore

Mini Modified: Keith Riley

Mid Atlantic Street Stock: Mike Ganoe


Old Dominion was also the birthplace of the Late Model Stock Car, "The Late Model Sportsman and Limited Sportsman divisions, along with some support classes ran until 1979, when track promoter Dick Gore came up with an idea for a class that would become one of the fastest growing divisions in NASCAR. 'They said it would never work', says Gore, referring to the Late Model Stock Car division. But work it did as it became one of the most popular divisions, spreading throughout the country."[2]


Late Model Track Champions:

2012- Doug Liberman

2011- David Polenz

2010- Adam Brenner

2009- Willard Lawrence

2008- Willard Lawrence

2007- Michael Hardin

2006- Frank Deiny Jr.

2005- Franklin Butler III

2004- Brandon Butler

2003- Mark McFarland (National Champion/Regional Champion)

2002- Mike Darne

2001- Dustin Storm

2000- Mark McFarland

1999- Dale Delozier

1998- Dale Delozier

1997- Wes Troup

1996- Wes Troup (Regional Champion)

1995- Charlie Ford

1994- Danny Fair

1993- Brandon Butler

1992- Danny Fair

1991- Eddie Johnson

1990- Danny Fair

1989- Charlie Ford

1988- Charlie Ford

1987- Eddie Johnson

1986- Danny Fair

1985- Curtis Markham

1984- Curtis Markham

1983- Charlie Ford

1982-

1981-

1980-

1979- Billy Earl


All - Time Track Record[3]


Jerald Harris - 13.608 (99.199 MPH)

Record set on 16th lap of the Va. Sprint Series Event held on 7/23/11


NASCAR Whelen All-American Series

Late Model Stock Cars

Mark McFarland - 15.222 (88.687 MPH)

4/19/03

Track Record With 8" Tire Rule / Combined

Late Model / Grand Stock Beginning In 2008

Willard Lawrence - 15.731 (85.818 mph)

4/5/08


Grand Stock

Michael Hardin - 16.039 (84.170 MPH)

4/9/05


Mini Modified

Paul Green - 17.220 (78.397 MPH)

5/30/09


Mid-Atlantic Street Stock

Mark Averi - 17.394 (77.613 MPH)

5/29/10


Speedway Sportsman

Kevin Dillon - 17.010 (79.365 MPH)

4/20/96


Austin Legends / INEX Legends

Cliff Daniels - 17.063 (79.119 MPH)

5/15/05


UCAR

Brian Fox - 19.340 (69.804 MPH)

8/1/09


The Sign Shop Bandolero

Trevor Collins - 19.990 (67.534 MPH)

8/28/10


SRL Mini-Cup

Steven Teter - 18.667 (73.320 MPH)

9/5/09

Old Dominion Kart Series[edit]

The speedway also hosted a karting series. Divisions include Jr. Sportsman, Kid Kart, Bandelero, Senior Champ, Cadet, Stock Lite, Jr. Stock, and Jr. Champ. The champions, again are listed below:

Jr. Stock: Matt Roberts

Kid Kart: Aaron Gaston

Bandolero: Trevor Collins

Senior Champ: Jeremy Tuttle

Cadet: Tie between Rose Klosky and Ben Klosky

Stock Lite: Ryan Gaston

Jr. Stock: Matt Roberts

Jr. Champ: Trevor Larrick

Special events[edit]

The track hosted monster trucks, a U.S. Drift sanctioned drifting event, and car shows. The Speedway also hosted six Virginia Sprint races, and five Shenandoah Mini Cup Races. They also hosted a Rolling Thunder Modified Race. (As of 2010) The premier event at Old Dominion was "The Big One" held at the end of the season. It sees the highest car counts, biggest purse, and more spectators than most events. It was a non points race for the Late Models, allowing the drivers to go all out to win. 2009's winners were as follows:

Late Model: Dustin Storm/David Polenz

Legends: Ryan Polenz

U-Cars: Craig Oglevee

Street Stock: James Lucas

Virginia Sprints: Jerald Harris

In 2010, the "Big One" was the final race of the season at ODS. It was also the final race in the battle for the Virginia State Championship. CE Falk entered the race, needing to win the race to win the Virginia Championship. Despite leading early, he was not able to secure the victory paving the road for Justin Johnson to win the Championship. Adam Brenner won the track championship with a solid finish and the race win went to Mike Darne.[4]

In 2011, Dustin Storm led the most laps. He had to charge through the field after changing a tire before he crossed the line. After the fans filed out and the majority of the media left, Dustin Storm was disqualified and Doug Liberman was awarded the win.[5]

In 2012, Michael Hardin won the race before a packed house in what would end up being the final race ever held at the Old Dominion Speedway oval.


“ODS The Big One” Winners:

2012- Michael Hardin

2011- Doug Liberman

2010- Mike Darne

2009- David Polenz

2008-

2007- Dustin Storm

2006- Dustin Storm


Joe Gibbs Youth for Tomorrow 150 Winners:

2012- Dustin Storm

2011- Mike Darne

2010- Mike Darne

NASCAR history[edit]

The track was called Longview Speedway before the Gore family purchased it. The track hosted Grand National (now Sprint Cup) races in 1958 and from 1963 to 1966.[6] Former racing greats such as Lee Petty, Richard Petty, Ralph Earnhardt, Ned Jarrett, Bobby Allison, Darrell Waltrip, and Lennie Pond, have raced at ODS. In recent years, Mark McFarland won several track championships and Denny Hamlin raced there. Current driver for the #88 Champion Spark Plugs Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series, Richard Boswell also made his start at this track. Many other USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series drivers, such as Jack Bailey, Trevor Bayne, and Charlie Ford have also raced at ODS. In 2006, Albert Anderson became the first African American to win a race at Old Dominion Speedway.

NASCAR winners[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.fredericksburg.com/businessbrowser/2012/10/05/old-dominion-speedway-plans-to-relocate-to-spotsylvania-county/
  2. ^ "Old Dominion Speedway History". Old Dominion Speedway. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.olddominionspeedwayresults.com/ODS_Track_Records.htm
  4. ^ "Darne Wins "Big One" at Old Dominion Speedway"; Andy Marquis; September 19, 2010; Race22.com; Retrieved October 22, 2010
  5. ^ "Liberman Wins ODS Big One After a Storm in Victory Lane"; Andy Marquis; September 22, 2011; Race22.com; Retrieved October 26, 2011
  6. ^ NASCAR Track Grand National History; Retrieved February 25, 2007

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°43′27″N 77°27′56″W / 38.72417°N 77.46556°W / 38.72417; -77.46556