Report: Nazareth Speedway purchased, part of land to be farmed

Jamie Squire /Allsport
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Nazareth Speedway, which last hosted a racing event in 2004, has been purchased by Lehigh Valley developer David Jaindl, according to The Morning Call.

The newspaper reports Jaindl, a turkey farmer and real estate developer, purchased the 157-acre property that hosts the dormant track. The Morning Call reported that Jaindl said he “has no solid plans” for the area but that “some of it” will be used for farming.

Located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, the 1-mile track was officially purchased on Nov. 13 by Raceway Properties LLC, which is based at the same address as Jaindl Farms.

Jaindl bought the land from Pennsylvania International Raceway Inc., a subsidiary of International Speedway Corp. ISC is operated by the France family and owns a majority of the tracks NASCAR races on.

The last event the track hosted was an Indy Racing League race on Aug. 29, 2004, that Dan Wheldon won. The final NASCAR event there was a Busch Series (now Xfinity Series) race won by Martin Truex Jr. on May 23, 2004. The Camping World Truck Series held six races at the track between 1996 and 2001.

While racing was held on the site beginning in 1910, the track’s current form evolved out of a dirt track constructed in 1966 and was the home track of the Andretti family. IndyCar and NASCAR owner Roger Penske bought Nazareth in 1988, paved it and rechristened it Pennsylvania International Raceway before reverting it back to its original name in 1993.