Hartsville Speedway opened in the early 50's. The track was a 1/3 mile oval located off Hwy 15 at 5th Street, and Racetrack Road in Hartsville, SC. The opening scene for the 1960 movie "Thunder In Carolina was filmed at Hartsville Speedway. In 1960,and 1961 Hartsville Speedway raced under the Nascar banner with weekly Limited Sportsman races. There was only one Nascar Grand National race held at the track. That race was won by Buck Baker driving a 1961 Chrysler on June 23rd,1961.