Beech Bend Raceway Park is a complex consisting of a 1/3 mile paved oval and a 1/4 mile NHRA drag strip, located in the Beech Bend Amusement Park near Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The adjacent amusement park property includes extensive camping facilities including RV hookups.
Beech Bend Racway Park was built on the grounds of an area which had been used as a recreational area for quite some time. The first motorcycle race was held in 1946, and the first auto race in 1948, on a 1/4 mile dirt oval which formed the basis for the modern paved oval. The oval was paved and enlarged to 1/3 mile for 1955. It did not operate from 1981-1985. A 1/4 mile dirt dragstrip operated from 1951 through 1954, when it was paved. The dragstrip was added in the mid-60s. A paved figure 8 course was added in 1973.
The associated amusement park went through some challenging times from the late 70s through 1990, but now seems to be doing quite well.
The track has also operated as Bowling Green International Raceway and Bowling Green International Speedway.
|Allan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 331. Order from National Speedway Directory|
Beech Bend Raceway Park
798 Beech Bend Park Rd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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