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June 30, 2014 - Mike Donahey
The Marshalltown Speedway will celebrate a 50th anniversary event on July 4, and to mark the occasion, it will be the cover story of this Sunday's Past Times.
Some readers will remember when the half mile track originally was on East Main Street.
It moved to the Central Iowa Fairgrounds and held its first race Aug. 17, 1964. Some critics were disappointed that the new track was only a quarter mile, compared to the huge half mile oval on East Main Street.
Promoters have come and gone over the years, with Toby Kruse now in his ninth year as owner.
He also owns a track in Wisconsin.
Kruse said he and staff work aggressively to attract central Iowa families.
And he has been successful with that market.
And over the years, he has re-invested in the banked track and grandstand seating.
Marshalltown Speedway has about 25 racing dates annually, and draws approximately 3,000 on race nights, according to Denny Grabenbauer, a former stock car driver, announcer, and now, track historian.
The "Voice of Marshalltown" has received a number of old photographs, news clippings, and other items which will be on display at Mashalltown Speedway during the golden anniversary event. Read all it in Past Times.