Today we pay a visit to the ghost of racetracks past, courtesy of Richard Childress Racing.
A track that’s faded away – this year marks 10 years since it closed – is Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania.
It’s within walking distance of where the Andretti family lives, and was utterly unique in its character. The oval, just under one mile in length, wasn’t really an oval at all.
Instead, it had three straights with three different lengths, and three corners of different radii. The fast run through Turn 1 was followed by a short straight, a sweeping Turn 2, and then down the backstraight before going hard on the brakes, down the hill slightly into Turn 3.
RCR, which won a NASCAR XFINITY Series (then called the Busch Series) race with Ron Hornaday in 2003, provided these pics. It’s a bit sad to see in its modern day state.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.
Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it would seem right for Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — to spend some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.