Historic marker unveiling March 17 honors Georgetown Speedway

GEORGETOWN – A state historical marker unveiling on Saturday, March 17 will recognize Georgetown Speedway – a dirt track built in 1949 by auto racing pioneer Melvin L. Joseph.

The Delaware Public Archives marker will be unveil at a 3:45 p.m. ceremony.

It is being held in conjunction with Georgetown Speedway’s first full weekend of the 2018 season.

The marker text honoring Georgetown Speedway reads:

“Built in 1949 by businessman and auto racing pioneer Melvin L. Joseph, many racing legends got their start at Georgetown’s half-mile dirt oval.

The Delaware Stock Car Racing Association sanctioned the first race at the speedway on March 18, 1950.

The speedway was NASCAR sanctioned from 1953-1957 and from 1959-1963. 

Over the years, the Georgetown Speedway has become well- known across the county for its role in the development of stock car racing.”

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