Local tracks sprang up and began running weekly Saturday night shows (collectively called the “Legion Bowl”), and the local racers competed at the track for the 1954 through 1957 State Fairs.
The track was converted to a half-mile paved oval in 1957, when its began to be a NASCAR series track.
In 1958 car racers decided to build a paved racetrack. The racers ended opposition from horse racers by building a horse track. The racers got a 10-year lease from the state fair board in order to build a paved 1/2 mile track which shared the front stretch with a 1/4 mile track. On July 19, 1958, the first race was held at the new speedway. Races were held only on the 1/4 mile track (except for special events).
A 1959 NASCAR Grand National race of 200 laps in 1959 was unique; it was the first time an entire starting field (12 of 12 cars) finished the race, one of four instances it has happened in NASCAR Nextel Cup history. That would not happen again until 36 years later, when the entire field at the 1995 Tyson Holly Farms 400 finished the race.
The original cars (since 1948) were 1930s model cars called “Modified Specials”. By 1964 the parts for cars were too hard to find, so the track changed to newer 1950s model cars called “Late Model Modifieds”. Some of the early stars of the track decided to retire.