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Jul 04, 1923

The first account of auto racing in West Virginia

1933

"Billy Denver" (William Corum) was killed at Indianapolis practicing for the Indy 500

1946

Midget car races began again in several locations in West Virginia

1947

The racetrack at Evans, located at the site of the former Jackson County Fairgrounds, became the first in West Virginia to put up lights for nighttime racing

Other events that happened on or around 1947

1953

"Speedy" Estep was killed racing a stock car in Columbus, Ohio

Other events that happened on or around 1953

1954

The Elkins Speedway held a Grand National race

Other events that happened on or around 1954

1958

Ohio Valley Speedway was built

Other events that happened on or around 1958

1964

Ona presented four NASCAR Grand National races

1964

The Pennsboro auto race track reopened

1970

Ona presented four NASCAR Grand National races

Other events that happened on or around 1970

1985

The West Virginia Motor Speedway was built at Mineral Wells

Other events that happened on or around 1985

2001

The West Virginia Motorsports Council was established by Governor Wise

Other events that happened on or around 2001


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