DOVER’S LAST DAY: May 23,1976….the story unfolds

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  • #8826
    dino
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    I wasn’t there , on the Last Day …who was ? Got some questions. Did they announce that they would close like next week OR on a specific date ? Did people who didn’t hear about it ,show up the following week to a locked gate.? Any ads that stated “Last Day” AND -Does anybody have a clue to who made ‘The Last Run” .

    #12927
    furyus63
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    Dover’s last day…

    I remember my 4 year old son and I were sitting in the bleachers across from the timing tower watching time trials and I could not wait to introduce him to his first hamburger with raw onion from the snack bar. I believe an announcement was made before intermission that this may be the last day of racing at Dover.

    When time trials were over the announcement came. Dover will close now and we will not be coming back after intermission, no more racing. I believe the announcement may have also mentioned something about no insurance for the remainder of the day forced the cancellation of racing.

    A sad day, but somehow the memory is alive and that’s why we’re here.

    Nick Tiberio
    FuryUs63

    #12928
    dino
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    Wow….Wonder what, then Track Manager Chris Swift ,could add. THAT means the guy that made the last time trail was ‘the last run’. That guy needs a plaque or trophy !.

    #12929
    dino
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    NICK SENT THIS TOO :76 “payout List”…not much here compared to other tracks at the time . Might have a lot to do with it ya think?


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    #12934
    hvy70ss
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    Not sure if this happened on it’s last day but I remember leaving early with my friend and his Ford Capri for some sad reason(???). We headed down to Englishtown to race because back then they ran late into Sunday nights!! Could that have been the last day?? Either way it changed alot of peoples lives back then. I for one would love to see a track in that area again..even 1/8 mile.

    Bob

    #12948
    lee-valentine
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    Dino, I was there the last day with Bill Davitt driving the black camaro we built at the Automobile Shop, and half way through the day they anounced that was it Dover was no more. Lee Valentine.

    #12957
    dino
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    OK ….Anybody Know the exact Date ?

    #12958
    lee-valentine
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    Dino, I think it was the third sunday in May.

    #12966
    dover1320
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    Hey, Brian here my friend John Gunn won the last ss/ class that day and I have a pit pass from the last day it was May 23 1976. It was a few days after the 15th year of being open . Skip was there see what he remembers. Brian M

    #12982
    billy-casey
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    hi everybody… SUPER PUMPKIN here.. I was the last modified winner and I think it was the end of may [about]. at the end of lunch hour we use to have a drivers meeting and it was at that time Charlie sadly anounced that this is the last race . there was dead silence for quite some time . a very sad day for many . this was a very big part of our lives . we then drew who we had to race 😥 😥 😥

    #13010
    masracingtd1167
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    I was there the last day .Like some one said they made an announcment that it was the last day they would be open.I beat Billy Griffin in the final in comp eliminator.That announcment took all the fun out of winning.

    #13011
    dino
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    Ok …the story is coming together ….What was the LAST Elim. Final to run? THAT, would Then be, ‘The last RUN at Dover ” ….right ?

    #13018
    billy-casey
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    the track had a thing they called “King of the hill” ..the winners of the stock/ super stock elim. ranthe winner of modified elim. – i lost to Ralph Fiolas corvette. that may have been the last pass down the track . im almost positive that I got the last two prize checks from Joe himself . not a very happy day for anyone … Billy

    #13020
    dino
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    Billy….I’m going with that as a historical note Unless someone disputes it .Now…what kind of car and class for you both.

    #13021
    billy-casey
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    im not sure of Ralphs class . he changed class alot . one 4 barrel/2 4 barrells or fuel injection..my car was a C / Super modified 69 camaro with the name Super Pumpkin on it . Ralphs car was a white and brown 57 corvette , a great lookin car . be worth a small fortune today…Billy

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