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Fastest half-mile auto track in the world rediscovered

Jackson International Speedway gained world record in 1970


The Video of the Day travels to Clinton, Mississippi, with Mobile Instinct to rediscover Jackson International Speedway, once the fastest half-mile in the world, but abandoned since 1986.

“Sad to see it in this condition however I’m also glad it wasn’t bulldozed for a new shopping center,” we learn. “This abandoned racetrack sits in the woods completely out of sight and forgotten. Only memories and a few pictures remain of this once popular racetrack. Bobby Harrell put this place on the map with his 1970 world record lap time for 1/2 mile oval.” 

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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