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Laurel Speedway's wooden track hosted auto racing in the 1920s
Laurel Speedway's wooden track hosted auto racing in the 1920s

Long before there was a Patuxent Greens Golf Course or Stewart Towers high rise building, a mammoth oval race track occupied that area of land off Route 197, near Route 198. Horse racing at Laurel Park racetrack had been ongoing since 1911, but in 1924 an idea was pitched to the public to construct the Baltimore-Washington Speedway, a new wooden track for auto racing. Promoters issued a slick brochure for potential investors, extolling the benefits of the enterprise and describing the proposed track and how investing in it worked. According to the brochure, "the Officers and Directors of the Baltimore-Washington Speedway, Inc. are all men of ability, honesty, and integrity, and...

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