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Hialeah Speedway 1954-2005


By Jack Smith

On March 13 2000, Marty Little wrote an editorial piece appearing on our pages entitled "Is Hialeah Speedway Finished?"

That question will be answered Saturday night with a finality that will undoubtable leave some tears on the track that has been Hialeah Speedway for 51 years
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Bill Green interviewing Marty Little, Hialeah's longtime announcer.

Marty Little Calling the races for the final time.

Herb Tillman interviewed during the final night's races.

Tommy King, FASTRUCK winner talks about his dad.

Mike Powers saved the track in 2000 and was 2nd in the truck race.

Cyclones coming off turn two.

The Hialeah Speedway parking lot BEFORE it got crowded, amazing!

Late Models start the final big race ever at the famed speedway.

Joe Winchell Pulls his number seven in to Hialeah Winners Circle for the last time.

Winchell is joined by first feature winner at Hialeah Herb Tillman for a remarkable moment.

Winchell and Tillman share the spolight with the orginal trophy tha came with Tillman's 1954 feature win. He earned $35 for the win.

Hialeah Speedway Ends 51 Year Run

By Marty Little
August 13,  2005

  Over 7000 race fans gathered at Hialeah for the last time

HIALEAH, Fla. - The final checkered flag ever waved over Hialeah Speedway Saturday night and it was veteran Joe Winchell who sped to a popular victory in the 75 lap Jeff Dufresne Memorial for limited late models.

A late afternoon thunderstorm drenched the speedway but failed to dampen the enthusiasm for the closing night festivities as 28 late models answered the call for action.

Winchell blasted from the outside of the front row and paced all 75 laps but had a mirror full of Mike Franklin, Jr for the final dozen circuits that both drivers know so well. Brent O'Neill turned in a steady drive for third money ahead of Richie Henry and Bobby Beauchemin.

Winchell was greeted in victory lane by honored guest Herb Tillman who won the opening day feature at the track 51 years ago.

We have much more to add to Hialeah's long and storied history. If you have something to contribute, please email KARNAC.

Don Landers' Go Fast Productions Gallery has 1000 photographs from the Final Night At Hialeah Speedway.

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