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Hickory Speedway and its one-mile blacktop racetrack was opened along the Harlansburg Road on Friday, May 29, 1959. It was owned by Mike J. Pollio and featured micro midgets and 3/4 midgets. Later that year the track was converted to primarily handle stock cars. The track changed ownership a few times – and in early 1967 was purchased by a group led by Joe Andio of Boardman OH. The raceway did not reopen for the 1967 season and underwent major improvements. It was reopened in 1968 as the New Castle Speedway. It had a limited opening in 1969 and was sold again in early 1970 to the Tri-State Midget Auto Racing association. It opened in late May 1970 for midget racing as the Tri-State Speedway. It was shut down for the 1972 season, but reopened in 1973 for a limited time. It apparently hosted dune buggy racing for a time, but was soon closed in 1974. (1967) Full Size
Among the drivers who frequented this track was the legendary Johnny Axe, a Princeton native known for his distinctive #34 Chevy coupe. Axe was active in the regional racing scene from 1953-1973 and won an estimated 150 races during his lengthy career. He was best known for dominating the “super stock” division. (c1970) Full Size
A late 1960’s program from Hickory Speedway. (c1966) Full Size
The inside of the program provides the standings for the races held at Hickory Speedway. (c1966) Full Size
Bob Kraus of Erie after winning the 20-lap V-8 Modified race on Saturday, June 12, 1993. (1993)
New Castle News Wednesday Jun 7, 2000
The raceway sits abandoned these days and the dirt track is now shrouded in grass. (2014) Full Size