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Empire Raceways

Empire Raceways was a 1/4 mile paved oval located in Menands, New York.

Thanks to Greg Rickes for the scans of the newspaper ads.

New: 2006-02-04  Last Updated: 2018-04-24

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Track Facts

Elevation: 15 feet Latitude: 42.701413 Longitude: -73.71441 Time zone: EST/EDT (-0500/-0400)

Historical Note

The track operated from June 12, 1947 to September 2, 1963. Subsequently, the Two Guys department store was built on the site. The building still stands but Two Guys closed long ago.

The track also operated under the name Menands Raceway.

Track Office

Empire Raceways
431 Broadway (NY 32)
Menands, NY 12204

Track Maps and Imagery

Some newspaper ads for the track during its heyday:

The track was located close enough to the embankment for the Troy-Menands Bridge that spectators sit there and watch the races for free.

The adjacent drive in movie theater is clearly visible in the 1952 aerial image.

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