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Sunshine Dragstrip

Sunshine Dragstrip and Sunshine Speedway are located north of St. Petersburg, Florida on Ulmerton Road, just west of I-275. Sunshine Dragstrip is a paved 1/8 mile NHRA dragstrip. Sunshine Speedway is a 1/4 mile paved oval with a figure 8 track inside. The oval is 65 feet wide with 8 degree banking. The property was sold to the state in anticipation of a major highway project. The dragstrip has operated under a lease from the state since 2005, with good prospects for renewal for some time to come. The oval shut down for good in October of 2004.

Last Updated: 2007-06-03

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Elevation: 10 feet Latitude: 27.885420 Longitude: -82.690991 GPS: N 27 53.1252, W 82 41.4594 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)

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Historical Note

Leo Musgrave, a local dairy farmer, built Sunshine Speedway on his 250 acre farm, opening it in 1960. From 1983 to 1987 the track was operated by Musgrave's widow, Sibyl. In 1987 operations were taken over by Musgrave's daughter Bonnie and her husband, Frank Hill. The state had been threatening to build a connector between the Bayside Bridge and I-275 since 1983, but took more than 20 years to reach the point of actually buying the property from the Musgrave family. This finally occured in 2004.

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Todd Dickinson
4500 Ulmerton Rd.
Clearwater, FL 33762

727-573-9700 (track)
727-781-1985 (office)

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Take the Ulmerton Road exit on I-275 and go west for 3 miles. The entrance to Sunshine Dragstrip is on the south side of the road.

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