New York Oval Hosts 55th Season; 15 Tracks Open In May
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — A mainstay New York NASCAR short track opens its 55th season in May. Holland (N.Y.) Motorsports Complex, a .375-mile paved banked oval, was a founding member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series in 1982 and is one of 15 series tracks opening in May.
Ron Bennett and two partners built the original third-mile dirt track during the winter of 1959-60. Three generations of the Bennett family are involved with the track today. Generations of drivers, crews and fans get together there on summertime Saturday nights and this year gets underway on May 24.
Bennett raced a dirt late model-type car known as a modern stock in 1958-59. He, along with partners Richard Knox and Gordon Becker, built the original Holland Speedway. Bennett was a 20-year-old pre-law student at the time. In the following years, the track was enlarged to .375-mile in 1964 and paved in 1968.