Zion XRoads Speedway, Hilltop Speedway & Central Va. Raceway Were All the Same Track on U.S. 250

Dave Fulton
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03/16/12 10:02:25PM
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Several years ago on another racing site I asked if anyone was familiar with Zion Crossroads Speedway in Virginia. I had heard Richmond drivers like Al Grinnan, Runt Harris, Eddie Crouse and Ted Hairfield talk about the dirt track which was between Richmond and Charlottesville off U.S. 250 and ran in the late 40s and into the 50s, maybe even 60s.

Wendell Scott had won races there.

One respondent posted that his father-in-law had raced there as well as several other Charlottesville, Virginia area tracks like Unionville and Ruckersville.

Our own Bobby Williamson also responded with a satellite shot of what remained of the 1/4-mile establishment. This is the photo Bobby posted on Local Race Chat:


Imagine my surprise a while ago when I was reading on a Virginia Historical Society website about a 1948 photo of an old drive in movie outside of Charlottesville named the Seven Pines.

Responding to that photo post was the son of the builder of the drive in movie, who also turned out to be the son of the builder of Zion Crossroads Speedway. Here is that photo and the post made by the respondent. Turns out the track was called by at least three different names.

"My father built this drive-in in the late forties when I was about 8 years old. We used to show movies and also had stage shows on occasion. I have numerous ads from the Charlottesville paper advertising the movies. Most of the time the entry price was $1.00 per car load. The largest crowd ever was probably about 200 cars for a country stage show. My father J.G. Pugh built the store, house and later the theater. He also built the Orange Drive-In with Jack Johnson, a neighbor. Jack Johnson operated the Orange Drive-In while my father operated Seven Pines. Soon after the demise of the theater (due in part I think to the opening of Ridge Drive-In in Charlottesville and the inability to get any late movies) my father built a stock car race track at Zion Crossroads. The raceway initially was known as Hilltop Speedway and later Central Virginia Raceway." -- Ken Pugh




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updated by @dave-fulton: 12/05/16 04:08:38PM
DIrtshooter
@dirtshooter
02/19/17 04:34:25PM
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Here is Zion Crossroad Speedway 

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Dennis  Garrett
@dennis-garrett
02/22/17 08:21:55PM
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Zion Crossroads Dirt Track Racing website.

http://www.cvilleimages.com/2014/03/04/dirt-track-racing/

Dennis Garrett

Richmond,Va.

Dennis  Garrett
@dennis-garrett
02/23/17 01:04:19PM
479 posts

[quote="DIrtshooter"]

Here is Zion Crossroad Speedway 

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Do you have the exact location of this track ?

Dennis Garrett

Richmond,Va.


updated by @dennis-garrett: 02/23/17 01:05:24PM
DIrtshooter
@dirtshooter
02/23/17 05:13:24PM
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Google Earth coords  37°58'13.41"N    78°12'22.48"W

Between US 250 & I-64 at the end of Jackson Heights Rd.  0.7 miles due east of Zion Crossroads




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Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
02/24/17 11:05:41AM
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Dennis, those late 40s / early 50s mostly color photos you found from the collection of Ed Rosebury of stock car racing at Virginia's Zion Crossroads Speedway are just outstanding.  It would be cool if there was somebody out here who could identify the drivers.

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Dave Fulton
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02/24/17 03:34:37PM
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The final of the seven late 40s/early 50s Edwin Rosenberry photos from Zion Crossroads Speedway between Richmond and Charlottesville, Virginia off Route U.S. 250 appears to be of a thrill show stunt.zion1.PNGzion2.PNGzion3.PNGzion4.PNGzion5.PNGzion6.PNGzion7.PNG

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Dave Fulton
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02/24/17 03:57:28PM
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A 2015 article posted at the web site Great Black Heroes - http://www.greatblackheroes.com/sports/wendell-scott/ - mentions the Zion Crossroads Speedway promoter not wanting to pay Wendell Scott after a win until Buck Drummond and Earl Brooks confronted the promoter:

"Two drivers in particular supported Wendell Scott. Earl Brooks and Buck Drummond befriended Wendell and stood up for him when he faced unfair treatment. After a promoter refused to pay Scott after he won the feature race at the Zion Crossroads, Drummond confronted the promoter saying that he would “die for him right here.” The promoter gave in and paid Wendell and he never had a problem at the track again. On other occasions, the racial hostility caused Wendell to fight his way out of a crowd, but Brooks stood by his side, ready to fight for him."

This really good article tells of Chief Stewart Mike Poston in the early 50s granting Scott his first NASCAR license at the old Richmond Speedway just north of Richmond, Virginia on U.S. Highway 301. Poston didn't check with anyone in Daytona and NASCAR brass was furious since Scott had already been turned down for a NASCAR license at both Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC and at High Point (NC) Speedway. I guess the former Capital of the Confederacy wasn't as prejudiced against Scott as his North Carolina neighbors.




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updated by @dave-fulton: 02/24/17 04:08:23PM
Dave Fulton
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02/24/17 04:43:06PM
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There is an extremely interesting article about Wendell Scott in EBONY Magazine all the way back in 1960:

https://books.google.com/books?id=QoVz2rpp-skC&pg=PA64&lpg=PA64&dq=mike+poston+nascar+official&source=bl&ots=pQpYDEZ5nr&sig=oWBMLX9q84SF18MCsDF_NyxADUM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjincaI1qnSAhWG3oMKHR-DAFk4ChDoAQhBMAc#v=onepage&q=mike%20poston%20nascar%20official&f=false

The article has many photos including these 3 showing NASCAR official Mike Poston who issued Wendell his first NASCAR license at Richmond Speedway with Wendell and Wendell with his trophies for being 1959 Southside Speedway champ and State of Virginia NASCAR champ. Note Earl Brooks on Wendell's crew:

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Dave Fulton
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02/24/17 05:03:45PM
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More little known photos of Wendell Scott and his #89 NASCAR modified at the brand new Daytona Speedway Modified race won by Banjo Matthews on February 21, 1959 from the article in Ebony Magazine. Scott started 38th of 55 cars and finished 50th:

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updated by @dave-fulton: 02/24/17 09:09:55PM
Dennis  Garrett
@dennis-garrett
02/28/17 08:24:39AM
479 posts

[quote="DIrtshooter"]

Google Earth coords  37°58'13.41"N    78°12'22.48"W

Between US 250 & I-64 at the end of Jackson Heights Rd.  0.7 miles due east of Zion Crossroads

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Thanks for the information.

Dennis Garrett

Richmond,Va.

Dennis  Garrett
@dennis-garrett
02/28/17 09:44:30AM
479 posts

[quote="Dave Fulton"]

Dennis, those late 40s / early 50s mostly color photos you found from the collection of Ed Rosebury of stock car racing at Virginia's Zion Crossroads Speedway are just outstanding.  It would be cool if there was somebody out here who could identify the drivers.

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Dave or Chase,

How did you post your large photos to this forum?

Only photos that I can attach file is like my screenshot_2017-02-28-15-10.jpg .

Looks like the 1/4 right side of large photos are still not shown on the screen?

But if you open  or copy them, you will get to see them as whole photo shot.

I think Chase knows how to post the photos so they will look and act right.

Dennis Garrett

Richmond,Va.

Dave Fulton
@dave-fulton
02/28/17 10:22:14AM
8,950 posts

Dennis, to post full size photo, click on the next to last symbol at the top of the post box - the one that looks like a film strip next to the smiley face. This "embed local media" symbol will let you chose the size of your photo and browse your photo files to post. Chase, Devin or Jeff can most likely give you better instructions if this doesn't work for you.




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