The Ole Days
Langhorne Speedway, Langhorne, Pa.
Like Pocono, Langhorne was located in the Keystone State, but this was certainly no triangle. The one-mile dirt track located just outside of Philadelphia was a perfectly round circle. Not oval... circle. No straights. Just continuous turns for 150 and sometimes 250 laps.
Think about how dizzy that would make you!
The first race run at the facility was a National Championship Stock Car Circuit (a forerunner to NASCAR) race in 1947, with Bob Flock taking home the checkered flag.
The track had two nicknames: "The Big Left Turn" and "The Track That Ate The Heroes." Built on swampland, underground creeks kept the surface constantly wet. When temperatures rose each summer, that mud dried up and developed huge canyon-like cracks. To make matters worse, just past the start-finish line, the track took a steep downhill route, known among drivers as "Puke Alley". NASCAR left after racing there from 1949 to 1957.
Stock car and Indy Car drivers alike started skipping Langhorne due to safety concerns, which actually got worse after the track was paved in 1965. Sadly, the track became known as one of the more dangerous tracks in the motorsports circle. Larry Mann, Frank Arford, John McVitty, Joe Russo, Mike Nazaruk, and Jimmy Bryan were all killed racing at this track.
But don't bother going out looking for the strangest track in NASCAR history when heading up to Pocono. Langhorne was razed in 1971 to make room for a shopping mall.