Let The Good Times Roll...
Brunswick Speedway, located on Hwy 46 (12550 Christanna Hwy) four miles south of Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868 was billed as the "Fastest Quarter-Mile Dirt Track In the Entire South" when it opened in April of 1956. Sportsman and Modified cars hailed from miles around. In later years, the track would host thrill shows, motorcycles, figure 8 racing and late model stock cars to the delight of hundreds of avid race fans weekly.
For the next thirty years, the track sat quietly on the farm of A.L. Baird, Jr, who as a little boy, spent every hour he could at the track. Having racing 'in his blood', he has been involved with it over the years from building cars, to crew chiefing to more recently owning a NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified team. But Brunswick Speedway, by now grown up in pines, has always been close to his heart.
A few years ago, mainly as a stress reliever, he began pushing down trees on the track with his bulldozer. Gradually as the track started taking shape, he envisioned it bustling with activity again.
Now, it has re-emerged as a first class, high- banked go kart track attracting karters from several states.
Al and his wife Betsy, have always wanted to some day get into a business where people were having a good time. With the help of family and friends, they have achieved their goal.
When Al decided to open the track, he wanted to provide a product that would be affordable for newcomers to the sport. Luckily, after talking with others in the karting industry, a new engine was soon developed. It is called the Box Stock Project engine. This affordable engine, along with a set of Maxxis tires that will last all season rather than just one race, make up more than half of the nearly twenty classes now running at Brunswick Speedway.
Racers ranging from 5 years old to over 70 years young are competing. One family has three generations competing. The eldest having raced on the original track.
Brunswick Speedway's motto is "…Let the Good Times Roll…" taken from a song that was played over the PA system back in the day. Good times continue at the track in 2014 with points races most Saturday nights.