YouTube user uncovers history of lost NASCAR track

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A YouTube user posting videos under the handle S1apSh0es, whose real name is unknown, but has nearly 30,000 YouTube subscribers, has recently helped uncover the history of Air Base/(Greenville) Textile Speedway. Air Base Speedway was an obscure, now-demolished automobile racing dirt oval that hosted stock car races in the early 1950’s. The track, which was located near Greenville, South Carolina, hosted a 1951 race in what was then the NASCAR Grand National division (now the NASCAR Cup Series). The site of Air Base Speedway is now a part of an industrial park.

For the purposes of this blog post, I will refer to the track as Air Base Speedway, even though the track operated under as many as three different names, in no particular order: Air Base Speedway, Textile Speedway, and Greenville Textile Speedway.

Here are two videos, which have received over half a million views combined, that S1apSh0es posted in his effort to uncover the history of Air Base Speedway:

Air Base Speedway has been referred to as a “ghost track”. While many of the tracks that NASCAR ran Grand National races in the first couple of decades of NASCAR’s existence have either long since closed or no longer run top-level NASCAR races, there has usually been enough documentation to prove that the tracks actually existed. For Air Base Speedway, however, S1apSh0es had to do a considerable amount of research just to prove that the track in question actually existed at one point and was a different venue altogether than nearby Greenville-Pickens Speedway, a track that had a longer history of hosting top-level NASCAR races and is still in operation, hosting lower-profile stock car races, to this day.

I encourage y’all to watch both of the videos that I’ve embedded in this blog post, because anything else I could add would be redundant.