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Marlboro Motor Raceway

Marlboro Motor Raceway was a counterclockwise road course and a 1/3 mile paved oval located near Marlboro, Maryland.

An effort is being made to revive the facility as a driving school.

Last Updated: 2007-12-10

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Elevation: 10 feet Latitude: 38.807109 Longitude: -76.739395 GPS: N 38 48.4265, W 76 44.3637 Time zone: EDT/EST (-0500/-0400)

Historical Note

A 1/3 mile dirt oval operated from July 21st, 1952 through August 23rd, 1953. A 4/10 mile dirt oval operated from September 13th, 1953 to the end of the year. The 1/3 mile paved oval opened on March 24th, 1954 and operated until the facility closed down in 1969. A 0.7 mile paved road course was used on May 22nd, 1955. The 1.7 mile paved road course operated fromn 1955 to 1969. A 2.4 mile paved road course was used on May 12th, 1957.

Marlboro was the site of the first SCCA President's cup races, which were initially awarded by President Eisenhower. The track was the site of a number of 12 hour endurance races for FIA sedans, and was famous for its January Refrigerator Bowl races.

The SCCA Trans-Am raced here in 1966 and 1967. The track shut down in 1969 after SCCA road racing moved to the newly opened Summit Point. The road course did not survive tightening SCCA track safety standards due to the closeness of the parallel straightaways.

References

Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 66,357. Order from National Speedway Directory

Pete Hylton, Ghost Tracks: A Historic Look At America's Lost Road Racing Tracks. Benton, Kentucky: Legacy Ink, 2007 , ISBN 978-0-9796976-1-6 , pp. 17-19. Order from publisher

Gordon Eliot White, Lost Race Tracks: Treasures of Automobile Racing. Hudson, Wisconsin: Iconographix, 2006 , ISBN 1583880844 , pp. 44. Order from Powell's Books

Track Maps and Imagery

The map presently available is:

Marlboro Track Map

Link to Terra server picture provided by Greg Kreutzer (Greg providing me with this link to Marlboro is what triggered adding aerial photos of tracks throughout the site).

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The track is located on US-301 a short distance south of the marked location on the map.

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