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Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena

 
 
Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
1. Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker
Inscription. Opened in 1948, this former Pittsburgh Racing Association racetrack was the site of the 1956 final performance of Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus under the Big Top. Rising railroad costs, changing technology, labor troubles, space issues, and competition from TV led to this end of an era in entertainment history. The site of early NASCAR races, it boasted several records and brought acclaim to local and national racers before closing in 1973.
 
Erected 2012 by Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 23.247′ N, 80° 5.487′ W. Marker is in Heidelberg, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Pike (Pennsylvania Route 50) and Greentree Road, on the right when traveling south on Washington Pike. Touch for map. Located between Kings Restaurant and Walgreens. Marker is in this post office area: Carnegie PA 15106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Saint Luke's Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neville House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bower Hill (approx. one mile away); Honus Wagner (approx. 1.4 miles
Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
2. Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker
Immediately after unveiling by former drivers and dignitaries.
away); Southminster Presbyterian Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building (approx. 2.5 miles away); Saint Bernard Church (approx. 2.5 miles away); Borough of Dormont Pool (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Heidelberg.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to Ringling Bros. Circus. (Submitted on July 15, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Official Site of NASCAR. (Submitted on July 15, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
3. Welcome to the Borough of Heidelberg. (Submitted on July 16, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
4. Plaque to celebrate Heidelberg Raceway. July 12, 2012 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article by By Bob Podurgiel (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. The marker unveiling
The unveiling ceremony was held on Sunday, July
Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
3. Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker
Covered prior to the unveiling ceremonies
15, 2012 at the site of the former raceway in Heidelberg. Former drivers were in attendance including Dick Bailey and Joe Mihalic, who flew in from Daytona just for this occasion. State Senator Wayne Fontana, U.S. Conressman Tim Murphy, State Representative Nick Kotik and Allegheny County Council member Mike Finnerty were the political figures delivering speeches, as well as the Mayor of Heidelberg, Kenneth A. LaSota. Other speechmakers were Andrew Masich, Chairman of the PA Historical and Museum Commission, David Kohler from the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club, Steven Witlock of NASCAR Members Club plus an interesting story about the last circus occuring at the track by Mary Lou Kientz, who was a former waitress at Josie's Truck Stop formerly outside the track. Despite the rain, many spectators showed.
    — Submitted July 15, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 
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Former Driver Joe Mihalic image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
4. Former Driver Joe Mihalic
Being interviewed by Speedway Productions prior to the unveiling ceremonies.
Former Driver Dick Bailey image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
5. Former Driver Dick Bailey
Standing with his former 1937 Chevrolet racecar prior to the unveiling.
Dick Bailey stats image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
6. Dick Bailey stats
PHMC Chairman Andrew Masich image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
7. PHMC Chairman Andrew Masich
Speaking at unveiling ceremony
Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
8. Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker
One of the vintage race cars on show for the ceremony
Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
9. Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena Marker
Another vintage racecar on display for the ceremony
Mrs. Mary Lou Kientz image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, July 15, 2012
10. Mrs. Mary Lou Kientz
Former waitress at Josie's Truck Stop talking about the last circus.
Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel
11. Heidelberg Raceway and Sports Arena
Marker Dedication program cover
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 12, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on July 15, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   11. submitted on July 16, 2012, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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