Race week brings memories of the glory days at Historic Columbia Speedway
Tue, 07 May 2013 20:33:04 GMT — CAYCE, SC (WACH) -- The Historic Columbia Speedway is where it all began for many racing legends.
The Cayce track has seen some young racers speed through its corners during the 1940's to the mid 70's.
Some of those drivers turned out to be the legends that helped make NASCAR the sport it is today.
The race track opened in 1948 and had two races a year until 1971.
John Banks with the speedway says for years, drivers would pit stop at the track on their way to the lady in black for weekly Thursday night races.
"When this track actually had it's glory day, it was actually a dirt track, and most NASCAR tracks in those days were dirt tracks. Darlington was actually one of the first major paved superspeedways. An Ned Jarrett would tell you this was the best dirt track on the circuit," said Banks.
The raceway hasn't dropped the green flag in 30 years, and while numbers still painted on the track may have faded, the memories remain.
"It's neat to see when Bobby Allison was here; to hear him talk about the track. Harry Gant was actually the track champion here so, so many of these guys have raced here and it's got an incredible tradition. We're hoping to kind of keep it alive," adds Banks.
The track is now used for many community events including Tartan Day South.