1934 - TAFT STADIUM
Taft Stadium was built in 1934 as a high school football field, It wasn't until 1946 that the school board gave permission for a speedway track to be built around the outside of the playing field.
It wasn't until after World War 2 and the resumption of motor racing that Taft Stadium became very popular with its Midget racing, Indy car owners were said to have attended the race meetings looking for potential drivers for there cars, One of those drivers who was snapped up was Rodger Ward, who would go on to two Indy wins.
Racing ceased in 1947 only to return again with a vengance in 1950 with a shift towards Stock Cars and Jalopy racing.
By 1964 the School Board had decided to give the racing away and concentrate on promoting football in the stadium.