Capital City Speedway - Lansing MI

Address: Lansing Rd near S Creyts
City: Lansing
State: MI
Zip:
County: Ingham
Number of visits to this page: 27405
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Source: Ron Gross/Michigandriveins.com

I've done some digging and found no evidence Tucker did any testing at Capital City Speedway, Lansing (Spartan) Speedway, or any Michigan racetrack. The Tucker was designed, tested and built long before (1947-48) Lansing Speedway opened in 1956. There was testing done at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and this is where the rollover depicted in the movie actually took place. The movies speedway scenes at the fictional "Lansing Speedway" were actually filmed at Petaluma Speedway in Northern California. Apparently, Hollywood opted to use the Lansing Speedway name in the film instead of Indy.

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Info Updates:
2/27/2016 - Rod Dropping
My dad's friend, Dana Smith, was the flagman at Capitol City Speedway. He took me and my friend, Monty Grimes under his wing when we were about 12 yrs. old. Dana (Smitty) would take us to the track with him and eventually promoted us to assistant flagmen. He had shirts made for us that matched his, and paid us fifty cents a night for helping him. We occasionally were allowed to ride around the track in the cars with some of the drivers. We were big shots.
11/2/2010 - ray wade
To Ron Gross from Ray Wade, Just north of the Wendys there is a road called Westland Way. This road runs parallel with the front stretch wall and right through the infield of the track. It was all filled in when the road was put in. But even thought the top of the front stretch wall is at ground level you can still find it. When you travel on Westland Way look to your left and you will see a line of small scrub trees and taller grass that runs parallel to the street. About half way between the road and the field. This is the front stretch wall. But it is at ground level and you will have to walk the line of grass and small trees to find it. I would be glad to show you were it is at if you would like.
10/8/2010 - Dennis Holly
I have very fond memories of Capital City. I'm from Portland and I remember many racers from Portland that were regulars at Capital City. Bill Beard was a winner many times over, Bob Shattuck, one of the prettiest cars to race there. Bill Bandfield, Bill Nick Rowe and many more.
10/11/2007 - Garrett Pierce
What a great bunch of old photos these are! We should all be grateful that someone like Dan had a camera and knew how to use it back then. What was really great about the old days of racing was it was run what ya brung; Buicks, Studebakers,Flatties, everything! Modern racing has become a small block Chevy parade. Most people in roundy round racing don't even know how to work on anything else anymore. I love Chevies, but that's why I don't go to too many roundy rounders anymore. Just too dam many of the same types of cars. My kingdom for diversity!
9/20/2007 - jim
Doug is right, i used to go to the speedway with my father and uncle. it was on the corner of m-78 and cryets rd. it was the place to go back then. thanks, jim
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Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - OLD PHOTO
OLD PHOTO
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - FROM DAN SHADDUCK
FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - GARY FEDEWA BUTCH FEDEWA AND ROD BENJAMIN FROM DAN SHADDUCK
GARY FEDEWA BUTCH FEDEWA AND ROD BENJAMIN FROM DAN SHADDUCK
Capital City Speedway - NEWSPAPER AD
NEWSPAPER AD
Capital City Speedway - NEWSPAPER AD2
NEWSPAPER AD2
Capital City Speedway - CAR FROM GARRETT PIERCE
CAR FROM GARRETT PIERCE
Capital City Speedway - 1955 AERIAL VIEW
1955 AERIAL VIEW
Capital City Speedway - 1955 AD FROM RON
1955 AD FROM RON
Capital City Speedway - 1956 AERIAL FROM RON
1956 AERIAL FROM RON
Capital City Speedway - 1957 AD
1957 AD
Capital City Speedway - 1957 ARTICLE ON SPEEDWAY
1957 ARTICLE ON SPEEDWAY
Capital City Speedway - 1959 AD
1959 AD
Capital City Speedway - 2010 AERIAL FROM RON
2010 AERIAL FROM RON
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