Columbus Motor Speedway

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Columbus Motor Speedway
Location 1841 Williams Rd
Columbus, Ohio, 43207
Time zone UTC−5 / −4 (DST)
Coordinates 39°53'12.0"N 82°56'35.9"W
Capacity 5000
Owner Nuckles Family
Operator Nuckles Family
Broke ground 1945
Opened 1946
Closed 9/24/2016
Major events Whelen All-American Series
2011 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
Oval
Surface Asphalt
Length 0.53 km (0.33 mi)
Turns 2
Banking Turns:
Figure 8
Surface Asphalt
Turns 2
Banking Turns:
Website www.columbusspeedway.com

The Columbus Motor Speedway (CMS), was a 1/3 mile asphalt oval and figure-eight racing track located south of Columbus, Ohio within the town limits of Obetz.[1]

History[edit]

In 1945, John Nuckles and Robert Roseberry purchased 50 acres (200,000 m2) of land for site of the future race track. The track opened in 1946 as a dirt track for motorcycles. In 1950 the track was given lighting and in 1957, the track was paved for the first time as car racing, specifically stock car racing, became more popular. Robert Roseberry sold his portion to John Nuckles after the paving was complete. The track was run by the Nuckles for many years, and was owned and operated by the Nuckles family. Among the drivers to make their names at the CMS are, Neal Sceva, Dick Freeman, Benny Parsons and Ralph O'Day. Among those killed at Columbus Motor speedway is Bessie E. Amos.

A portion of the track, viewed shortly after closing.

The track was one of three tracks in Ohio to be granted a NASCAR sanctioning agreement.[1] It hosted Whelen All-American Series (formerly the Dodge Weekly Racing Series) races sanctioned by NASCAR. It also hosted many exhibition events, which are some of the most popular attractions, including trailer races, school bus figure-eight races, demolition derbies, "roll over" contests, monster truck stunt rallies, "powder-puff" races, and NASCAR "legends" races which feature famous Sprint Cup drivers. Due to the relatively high compensation required to secure Sprint Cup driver participation in the NASCAR "legends" races, said events were discontinued before the track was closed. In late 2016 the Nuckles Family decided to sell the track to Obetz. The Fortress Obetz now sits where the speedway was.

2009 platform collapse[edit]

The race track made national headlines on April 11, 2009, when the concrete platform that supported the announcer's box collapsed shortly after the gate opened.[1] One person was temporarily stuck in the rubble, and six people suffered minor injuries at the season-opening event.[1] Local rescue workers were called to the scene and the events were canceled for the evening. After the incident, the platform was repaired and reinforced.

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gray, Kathy Lynn (April 11, 2009). "6 injured, 1 trapped in collapse at Columbus Motor Speedway". Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 

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Coordinates: 39°53′11.01″N 82°56′35.28″W / 39.8863917°N 82.9431333°W / 39.8863917; -82.9431333