Barney Oldfield Speedway

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Barney Oldfield Speedway

Post by dth1971 » Sat Jul 16, 2005 11:54 am

Do you remember the Barney Oldfield Speedway at Marriott's Great America? The Gurnee version was sponsored by Standard Oil/Amoco and the Santa Clara version was sponsored by Union 76.

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Post by 76gurnee » Thu Aug 18, 2005 10:01 am

remember it....I worked it in 1976....I remember before the park actually opened driving the cars around for hours at a time to break them in

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Post by redfishpaw » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:40 am

Originally the Gurnee speedway had three lanes with a figure ''8'' layout, which included a bridge, Then in 1986, when Splashwater Falls was added. The Speedway was reduced to just 2 lanes a the layout was changed to a circle. I assume the SC layout was the started out the same as Gurnee but I just realized today,at least according to this photo:
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The SC speedway also was reduced to two lanes. Obviously this change was made when the Grizzly was added to the park. Now, I'm just wondering what the layout is like for the SC Speedway. Is it similar to the original figuire 8, is it round, or what?

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Post by that_guy » Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:10 pm

It's kind of like an oval, only distorted, at the far end it goes around a water fountain/pond, and the 2 lanes aren't right next to each other the whole time. I have never been on the track closest to the Grizzly, it is never open when I go (when it's not as crowded), even though the line is really long...
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Post by jonrev » Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:21 pm

Has the speedway been renamed in SC like Gurnee did?
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Post by that_guy » Mon Mar 06, 2006 8:24 pm

Nope. They did mix up the numbers with the Berserker (Yukon Yahoo) on the 2005 season map, but it still hasn't changed
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