History of stock car racing in rhode island

Auto racing began in the midth century, and the sport has grown in popularity ever since. The first prearranged match race of two self-powered road vehicles over a prescribed route occurred at . From to , a one-mile dirt oval track was run on Brunots Island, just south of Pittsburgh on the Ohio River.
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By the end of World War II, young men like Don Rounds were itching to get behind the wheel again and show people what a modified engine and a skillful driver could do on a dirt track. The war was over, the ration book was history and gasoline was cheap. There was no driving for pleasure in those days for regular householders. If you were a fisherman, you could get more. If you were a truck driver for a living, you could get more. But after the war, you could get five gallons for a buck when you had the money. Rounds had the money, relatively speaking. He worked at the garage, but he also worked in the textile mill that was still operating in Apponaug when he was young.

Stafford was a regular stop on the New England dirt track circuit. The track welcomed stock cars known as modifieds, which is what Don and his friends were doing — putting post-war engines into pre-war coupes. The new racing was popular, and the managers of Stafford decided to pave the track and invite the burgeoning number of modern stock racers that came to be known as NASCAR.

The result is that certain artifacts from his career have been enfeebled and changed by time and suffer each time they are handled. The digital record that Don Rounds Jr.

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So, it was no surprise when Don Rounds and his family took the opportunity of a ride up to Franklin, N. Rounds was pleased with the result. At the age of 87, he has more memories than contemporaries from that era, and he appreciates them all. Log in Subscribe. Main menu Toggle navigation. A Trip Down Memory Lane Fast Racing veteran visits his car. Daughter Cathy is holding the trophy. The item you've selected was not added to your cart. Add to Watchlist Unwatch. Watch list is full. Longtime member. Visit eBay's page on international trade.

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