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Plant Field

Plant Field was a 1/2 mile dirt oval located on the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida. The track mostly ran I.M.C.A. Sprint cars during the State Fair.

New: 2006-04-16  Last Updated: 2020-01-16

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Track Facts

Elevation: 10 feet Latitude: 27.948464 Longitude: -82.46737 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)

Historical Note

The track opened on February 3rd, 1921, and operated until February 14th, 1942. It reopened after WWII on February 5th, 1946 and operated until 1980, when the fairground was moved east of town. The land was turned over to the University of Tampa and converted to athletic fields. The original grandstands were used by the University until they were torn down and replaced in 2002.

The track was also known as the South Florida Fairgrounds, Tampa Speedway, and the Florida Fair and Gasparilla Exposition.

References

Allan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 207. Order from National Speedway Directory

Gordon Eliot White, Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconographix, 2006 , ISBN 1583880844 , pp. 27.

Track Office

Plant Field
Flordia State Fairgrounds
N Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606

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