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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.

The track is still visible in modern aerial imagery. Attempts at putting it back into service have not gone anywhere. The location in a floodplain has proven problematic.

Last Updated: 2019-08-28

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Track Facts

Elevation: 10 feet Latitude: 38.81 Longitude: -76.74 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.


Allan 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.

Track Maps and Imagery

The map presently available is:

Marlboro Track Map

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Getting There

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

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