With only two days left in NASCAR America’s “50 States in 50 Shows” series, it’s time to double up on states with Washington and West Virginia.
The Washington track profiled is Deming Speedway, a dirt track in Everson, Washington, where native Kasey Kahne races sprint cars in his youth.
NASCAR America analyst Greg Biffle is also from Washington and he shared some of his memories of racing.
“If you can dodge the rain drops, the season doesn’t really get started until early to mid-April,” Biffle said. “I remember raining out eight weeks in a row to start the season.
Up next is the state of West Virginia, where Ona Speedway resides roughly an hour west of the Charleston.
This 3/8-mile track is the only asphalt oval in the state and was once owned by Dick Clark.
The latest edition of “50 States in 50 Shows” takes you to Virginia, one of the most important states in NASCAR.
Virginia hosts four NASCAR Cup Series races a year at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond International Raceway.
But there used to be more Virginia tracks on the Cup circuit. One of them was Langley Speedway in Hampton.
The 4/10-mile track was won at by the likes of Richard Petty, David Pearson, Bobby Allison and Bobby Isaac.
But Ned Jarrett, father of NBC Sports analyst Dale Jarrett, won the inaugural race at the track.
“I remember being there for his wins,” Dale Jarrett said. “I had no at the time just how difficult a track it was until my career started. … Even though it’s only 4/10ths of a mile, it was a track where if you felt you could run well there, you could pretty much go anywhere in the country and race well.”
Watch the above video for more on Langley Speedway.
The final week of NASCAR America’s “50 States in 50 Shows” begins with a look at the state of Vermont and a call from Ken Squier.
Squier is a lot of things. He’s a legendary NASCAR announcer, the co-founder of the Motor Racing Network and as of last month, a member of the 2018 NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
But he’s also one of the founders of Thunder Road International Speedbowl in his home state of Vermont.
Squier called into NASCAR America to talk about the 1/4-mile track, which awards the winner of the Milk Bowl Invitational with kissing a cow. I’m sorry, it’s not a cow.
“That is a genuine, Vermont beauty,” Squier clarified. “That’s what we promoted and advertised, that we were going to do our very best, we were sick and tired of all this nonsense about these ‘bimbos’ that would be in victory lane, that we would have ‘genuine Vermont beauty.'”
The Milk Bowl was once won by the current governor of Vermont, Phil Scott.
Watch the video for the full interview with Squier.
The latest edition of “50 States in 50 Shows” takes you to East Texas, about a mile from Dallas.
The track profiled is Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a half-mile track in Mesquite.
Devil’s Bowl has been graced by the presence of Jeff Gordon and Steve Kinser during its 40 years of competition.
But a big piece of the track’s history came in March 1978 when it hosted the first World of Outlaws sprint car race.
Watch the video to learn more about the track and racing in the Lone Star State.
Tennesse is home to “Thunder Valley” in Bristol Motor Speedway and it brought the NASCAR world Daytona 500 winners Sterling Marlin and Trevor Bayne.
But it’s also home to “Little Bristol.”
The latest edition of “50 States in 50 Shows” takes to Newport, where Newport Speedway resides.
The short track was originally a dirt track but now drivers compete on asphalt.
Ryan Blaney, who won his first Cup Series race Sunday at Pocono, was a winner at Newport. In 2010, he won the Daniel Boone Classic 125.
Watch the video to hear more about racing in Tennessee.