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Nazareth Speedway

Nazareth Speedway is a 1 mile oval with mild banking, located near Allentown, Pennsylvania. The facility was shut down by owner ISC at the end of the 2004 season, but apparently continues to be used for testing. Reportedly the track is to be sold to a realtor in the near future and will likely be torn down for development.

Thanks to Chris Fobbe for the final(?) update on the status of Nazareth.

Last Updated: 2005-12-07

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Nazareth National Speedway was a 1 1/8th mile D shapped dirt oval, built in 1966, built adjacent to a 1/2 mile dirt track that continued to operate into the 1980s. Nazareth National suspended operations in the early 70s, and reopened in 1981. Penske Speedway Inc. purchased the facility in 1986 and converted it to the modern 1 mile paved oval. The track now belongs to the International Speedway Corporation, a result of the merger of Penske race tracks with ISC. The track has been used for CART, IRL and NASCAR Busch racing. The track was briefly refered to as "Pennsylvania International".

The racetracks of Nazareth are noted for the fact that Mario Andretti and his brother Aldo got their start in racing there, although this predates the construction of the modern Nazareth Speedway (Mario had already made his first appearance in USAC's Gold Crown ("Indycar") series before Nazareth National Speedway opened).

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Nazareth Speedway is on Pennsylvania route 191 just off of the junction of 191 and route 248.

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