Friday, March 27, 2020

Flashback Friday

Today's edition of Flashback Friday presents the Jackson International Speedway in Clinton. 




Off of Highway 80 in Clinton



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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memory KF. I went to quite a few events there from the early 70's to the mid 80's when it finally shut down.

Anonymous said...

Place was a lot of fun. Good to see flashback posts again. Was known to be the fastest half mile in racing.
Even had NASCAR events there. Never really picked up an international vibe there but I did hear a Cajun there once.

Louis LeFleur said...

Thanks for the memories, KF. Can't say that I ever actually went to a race there, or a car race anywhere for that matter, but I do remember the facility and was on the grounds more than once when it was still in operation. Now on the rare occasion I go that far west on I-20, I find myself trying to remember just exactly where it was. The landmarks on the photo you provided should answer that question now.

Anonymous said...

One would think a race track would make a ton of money in Mississippi. I wonder if Climate Change made it too hot to spectate a race in person?

Anonymous said...

1985......i remember attorney bill kirksey beating that beer ban in court. hoppy didn't mess around. RIP hoppy.

Anonymous said...

I still have vague memories of passing by this place while traveling on I-55 with my family as a kid. I've always wondered why NASCAR never took off in Mississippi as it did in Alabama and other places.

Anonymous said...

@ 9:58 - You never passed it on I-55.

I remember going to a semi-truck race there in the early 80's. A 17-year-old girl won. Really. There was also someone there jumping a bus over some cars.

Anonymous said...

That’s some quality drone footage. Any idea what model was used?

Anonymous said...

9:58, the anti-beer people killed it, that's why

Anonymous said...

It was a fun place . Clinton took it in and banned beer sales. A stupid move to please the anti drink crowd of holier than thous. The track was used by many for car events not just racing. Clinton should be ashamed of the way they ruined a going business for the sake of moral superiority.

Kingfish said...

Yes but the problem is as Clinton expanded, it would be hard to operate a speedway.

Anonymous said...

I wish someone would reopen drive-in movie theaters.

Anonymous said...

@12:16 a drive in theater wont work here. Between the "donk" crowd and lifted F150 crowd, people in normal vehicles couldn't see the screen.

Anonymous said...

Anybody remember the race track on 49 North abl0t where Presidential Hills is now???

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the memories K F. I walked around the track when it was under construction, worked on several cars and rarely missed a race in the early years. Then I started racing Enduro motorcycles in the early 70’s. Got to old and from 1979-1982 at the ripe old age of 32 started racing my own car in the mini-stock division. The track did not operate in 82 except for a few special races. In 1983 the Mid-South Racing Assoc. took over running the track up until the lack of crowd finally caused the track to fold in 1985. I was the chief pit steward and drove the pace car during the Mid-South years and really enjoyed my Saturday nights back then.
There was an attempt to resurrect the track in the late 80’s but lack of beer sales, the proximity to all the new housing and the fact that the new owner could not be Grandfathered in. shut it down for good. You would think that a track of this caliber would be a gold mine but the truth was, the crowds just didn’t support the overhead for the last 10 years it was open.

Anonymous said...

Went there a lot. If I remember correctly. Mark Martin set the "half mile" speed record there. Fun times

Anonymous said...

Any half way respectable track made sure someone important set at least one speed record. Similar to the hype around 'professional wrestling' back in the day.

Anonymous said...

10:21 AM A Mavic Pro I believe.

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