|Location||Islip, New York|
|Major Events||Grand National Series (now called Sprint Cup Series)|
|Circuit Length||.2 mi (.32 km)|
Islip Speedway was a .2-mile (320-meter) oval race track in Islip, New York that opened in 1947 and closed in 1984. It is the smallest track ever to host NASCAR's Grand National Series (now the Sprint Cup Series). Islip Speedway hosted these races from 1964 to 1971. The first demolition derby took place at Islip Speedway in 1958; the idea came from Larry Mendelson, who worked at Islip. Islip was one of three auto race tracks on Long Island, along with Riverhead Raceway and Freeport Stadium (and a drag strip). The only auto racing track that remains on Long Island is Riverhead Raceway, after Islip closed down.
Islip Speedway is credited with hosting the first demolition derby, which took place in 1958. Larry Mendelsohn came up with the idea after noticing that spectators enjoyed watching the cars crash. However, there are alternative accounts to the origins of demolition derby. One source indicates that Don Basile invented the demolition derby at Carrell Speedway in 1947. The ABC television show Wide World of Sports broadcasted demolition derbies that took place at Islip Speedway in the early 1960s. This gave the event national attention and helped boost its popularity.
Islip Speedway hosted six NASCAR races from 1964 to 1971, skipping the years 1969 and 1970. Richard Petty won the last NASCAR race at Islip by two laps. Others who have won at Islip include Bobby Allison and Billy Wade. NASCAR stopped coming to Islip speedway when the organization axed all races shorter than 250 mi. from its schedule.
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- ↑ Caraviello, David (2008-09-10). "No racetrack? Then take it to the streets". NASCAR. Retrieved on 2009-05-18.
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