RHODE ISLAND (USA)
1867 - NARRAGANSEIT PARK TROTTING TRACK
In 1867 Narraganseit Park opened as a one mile trotting track, operating with some success through until 1886.
1886 - RHODE ISLAND FAIR
By 1886 the Rhode Island Fair had purchased the grounds for the purpose of holding its yearly fair.
1896 - NARRAGANSEIT PARK SPEEDWAY
It is claimed that the first automobile race in America was held at the Narraganseit Park track, The race was on the 7th of September 1895, The five lap event was contested by seven drivers, racing vehicles powered by either petrol, steam or electricity.
The event was won by Anthony Riker in a time of around fifteen miniutes, Riker also won a second event the next day, it is estimated that over 50,000 spectators turned out to see the racing.
1915 - NARRAGANSEIT PARK SPEEDWAY
In 1915 to venue went through some major upgrades, the track received a high banked sealed surface, this was concidered way ahead of its time, Some claim that this Americas first Super Speedway, Massive spectator numbers, in excess of 60,000 would flock to the venue.
1924 - NARRAGANSEIT PARK SPEEDWAY
By 1924 the venue was up against others that were more advanced, so when the grand stand burnt down in 1924 the track was closed, to make way for a housing development.
1937 - CRANSTON STADIUM
As part of the re-development a football stadium was built, "Cranston Stadium", Reports indicate possibly two races were held in the stadium on a 1/5 mile track in 1937.