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We use to go there often, I'm sure I have some old t-shirts around somewhere.
 

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I used to race there as a kid. It was Ascot and DeAnza east of Moreno Valley.
 

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...All I’ve got is ...Ascot was relatively close to where I lived on my so-called yacht... standing in the corner of turn one you were sure to get splattered with mud… Nothing but fun👍...

...Guy I worked with/for...making movies for television ...Eddie Wirth...as far as I know he still held the one lap record for unwinged sprints when the track closed???...
 

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I raced there many of nights, early days when you jumped TT jump like a table top and also normal way.
 

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Many fun Saturday nights as a little kid watching the racing.
 

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Got some pics somewhere, here is one from terminal island track.
 

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...All I’ve got is ...Ascot was relatively close to where I lived on my so-called yacht... standing in the corner of turn one you were sure to get splattered with mud… Nothing but fun👍...

...Guy I worked with/for...making movies for television ...Eddie Wirth...as far as I know he still held the one lap record for unwinged sprints when the track closed???...
Eddie Wirth was a gasser...
Guy was fearless.
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One of my favorites from back in the day
 

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Getting hit by the clay in turn one.
Going around the track after the races and collecting the clear tear-aways from the helmets. Getting the drivers to sign the program. Good times as a kid.
 

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... Re Eddie Wirth...One of the nicest guys you could ever meet...He was on his feet as a transportation captain sometimes 80 hours in a week... told me if he sat down he would fall asleep...One of our drivers was part of his pit crew another driver was his girlfriend Perry ...it was a ton of fun working all week making TV movies and then essentially just heading to Ascot...
 
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My sister dated a flat tracker named Pete Hames back then and we'd go watch him there quite a bit.
 

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Used to go with my Dad almost every Saturday night to watch Sprint Car races back in the day including the World of Outlaws. It was a trek for us especially with traffic on the 405 but it was awesome. I remember my eyes burning and getting hit with chunks of dirt. Good times at Ascot!!
 

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Week night high school motocross. Gnarly drop off that would break a bike or two lol
 

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Getting hit by the clay in turn one.
Going around the track after the races and collecting the clear tear-aways from the helmets. Getting the drivers to sign the program. Good times as a kid.
This! My brother and I would wear safety goggles and sit near the front and see how much clay wound stick to us. I remember many good times there with my parents
 

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our good neighbor Duane Feduska had the track record for sprint cars there for years.
 

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Getting hit by the clay in turn one.
Going around the track after the races and collecting the clear tear-aways from the helmets. Getting the drivers to sign the program. Good times as a kid.
Oh man. I remember bringing out chairs. Bundling up in our down jackets. Goggles. Face shields. Sitting at the fence waiting to get pelted with dirt. What great times.


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Costa Mesa speedway would another great memory.


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Come on.....the most important thing about Ascot was the fresh donut vendor. My pops would buy a beer and we got to get some fresh cinnamon donuts. Win win!! Also hitting the slick track before the races was always a good time since you could talk smack with all your buddies during the sprint car races.

We were there on the last night and my buddies dad scooped up enough clay and formed it into a brick. For a bunch of years he had it on his mantle bit not sure now.
 

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...Who was the unwinged sprint guy that used to win a ton of races and held the track record for quite a while...was it Bubby Jones???...
 
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Ahhhhh...the smell of 2 stroke for miles. 😁
Remember always hearing it from my house in Carson. Used to go there alot to watch sprints. My uncle was somehow involved in it, so our fam would go and hang out. Also ran the BMX track myself. Such a shame when it shut down.
 

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Went once as a kid with my step mother. She somehow knew one of the drivers of the sprint car and I got to meet him after the race. Thinking this was mid to late seventies. Don’t remember his name or even if he was a good driver.

The one thing I will never forget was he was missing a hand and had a hook instead. Story was he rolled the sprint car and crushed the hand so badly between the car and track that it was amputated. Still managed to wheel the sprint car around the track with a hook and one hand. 👍
 

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Went once as a kid with my step mother. She somehow knew one of the drivers of the sprint car and I got to meet him after the race. Thinking this was mid to late seventies. Don’t remember his name or even if he was a good driver.

The one thing I will never forget was he was missing a hand and had a hook instead. Story was he rolled the sprint car and crushed the hand so badly between the car and track that it was amputated. Still managed to wheel the sprint car around the track with a hook and one hand. 👍
Tony Simon...he won a bunch of races after he lost his hand.
 

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Daaayum....jackrabbit....thems my old stopping grounds...lol.
I use to ride there from Torrance high, take RR tracks to Normandie and then ride dirt( currently new million dollar homes)all the way down. There was a track behind t-flats also or go the other way behind mobile refinery was the PIT great little track!
 

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My whole family is Glaziers so we use to do some work for dean Thompson he owned a glass shop, he could get around the half mile pretty good in a Sprinter. My favorite there was flat track and TT, Kenny and the boys. Speedway was also good there for awhile.
 

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Sunday night figure 8 races. Went every Sunday night we could. Bought a 57 Chevy figure 8 car that needed some work. Never finished it.


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My favorite place on earth as a kid. Anybody remember the Sprint Buggies on Thursday nights? James Gardner, Rick and Roger Mears, Doug Fortin Sr., etc. My earliest memories, parents said I was 3 years old. My Dad's buggy club got invited to drive around the track during intermission. I rode in the passenger seat of his tunnel buggy, and I remember cruising over the TT jump, and at that exact moment I knew I was going to drive racecars someday! Never forget it. Remember sitting in the stands, while all the kids played under the bleachers, watching every lap from hot laps to the main events. Got my drivers license, and spent almost every Fri and Saturday nights there. Raced 3 wheelers and quads. I remember walking the track after the main event on closing night and crying, it was where I grew up, but never got to wheel a car around the 1/2 mile like I had dreamed about. Pried off a 24" piece of wood out of the fence that perfectly had black and white paint on it. I'll have to try to find it, along with the final program and a flag I bought that last night of racing. Make me a little shrine in honor of this awesome place...

My daughter got me this mouse pad for Christmas.

Great memories, thanks for starting this thread!
 

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...All I’ve got is ...Ascot was relatively close to where I lived on my so-called yacht... standing in the corner of turn one you were sure to get splattered with mud… Nothing but fun👍...

...Guy I worked with/for...making movies for television ...Eddie Wirth...as far as I know he still held the one lap record for unwinged sprints when the track closed???...
Billy Boat holds the track record and the only driver to ever break into the 16 seconds lap time.
 

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...Who was the unwinged sprint guy that used to win a ton of races and held the track record for quite a while...was it Bubby Jones???...
Dean Thompson, the king of non wing at Ascot.
 

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My whole family is Glaziers so we use to do some work for dean Thompson he owned a glass shop, he could get around the half mile pretty good in a Sprinter. My favorite there was flat track and TT, Kenny and the boys. Speedway was also good there for awhile.
My mom went to high school with Dean and we sponsored his car for years. We always used Thompson glass when we needed something.
 

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My favorite place on earth as a kid. Anybody remember the Sprint Buggies on Thursday nights? James Gardner, Rick and Roger Mears, Doug Fortin Sr., etc. My earliest memories, parents said I was 3 years old. My Dad's buggy club got invited to drive around the track during intermission. I rode in the passenger seat of his tunnel buggy, and I remember cruising over the TT jump, and at that exact moment I knew I was going to drive racecars someday! Never forget it. Remember sitting in the stands, while all the kids played under the bleachers, watching every lap from hot laps to the main events. Got my drivers license, and spent almost every Fri and Saturday nights there. Raced 3 wheelers and quads. I remember walking the track after the main event on closing night and crying, it was where I grew up, but never got to wheel a car around the 1/2 mile like I had dreamed about. Pried off a 24" piece of wood out of the fence that perfectly had black and white paint on it. I'll have to try to find it, along with the final program and a flag I bought that last night of racing. Make me a little shrine in honor of this awesome place...

My daughter got me this mouse pad for Christmas.

Great memories, thanks for starting this thread!
One of my close friends raced sprint buggies at Ascot. His name was Albert Rodela. He had a Newman Gregor buggy built to run pike's peak.
 

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Here is some good stuff to reminisce on...

 

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So many great memories there with my grandparents in the 70's and early 80's! I loved the figure 8s!
 

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Drove by earlier going to home depot. Been a insurance yard for years now for totaled cars. I recall going there to get someone out of my Sisters car and they brought the car to me on a giant forklift.
 
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