1945 - COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
In 1945 John Nuckles and Robert Roseberry purchased fifty acres of land and built a dirt oval speedway track south east of Columbus for motorcycle racing.
1946 - COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
The track opened for its first motorcycle meeting in the fall of 1946 as a 1/3 mile semi banked dirt track.
This was followed by two more motorcycle events in 1947 and one roadstar meeting.
Day meetings for motorcycles and road-stars were held at the track up until 1950, In 1950 Electric lighting was installed and stock car racing events were held every Friday night.
1957 COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
In 1957 the tracks dirt surface was sealed over and super modified racing was added to the program, Later on Super Late Models were also programed.
1957 COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY GOES PAVEMENT
In 1957 the dirt gave way to a paved surface and stock car racing was introduced, At this point Roseberry sold his share to Nuckles who ran the venue until de died in 1965.
This left the management to the remaining board members that Knuckles and Roseberry had put in place.
Over time these board members moved on leaving solo ownership to John's only son, James Knuckles.
James ran the speedway until November of 2013 when he died, leaving the operation to his three sons.
1992 - COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NASCAR WINSTON RACING SERIES 11th April 1992
David Allio / Racing Photography Archives. Photo feature
1992 - Lonnie Rush in the number 83 Cobnall Engineering Chevrolet Camaro leads Bill Cantley in the number 26 Chevrolet Camaro during practice before the Winston Weekly NASCAR Winston Racing Series event at Columbus Motor Speedway. Photographer: David Allio.
1992 - COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY NASCAR WINSTON RACING SERIES 19th April 1992
David Allio / Racing Photography Archives. Photo feature.
1992 - Bobby Edward in the number 7 Chevrolet Camaro and Danny Eaves in the number 9 Chevrolet Camaro lapping just prior to the start of the Winston Weekly NASCAR Winston Racing Series event at Columbus Motor Speedway. Photographer: David Allio.
2016 - COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
After the Speedway closed the nearby village of Obetz purchased the site which is now Fortress Obetz a athletic and concert facility.