BUSCH: Series Banquet on Site of Old Race Track

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Jan. 5, 1999) The NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division invades southern California this week for the circuit's annual awards banquet at the historic Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Interestingly, the hotel sits on a...

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Jan. 5, 1999) The NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division invades southern California this week for the circuit's annual awards banquet at the historic Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Interestingly, the hotel sits on a site that once was The Beverly Hills Speedway from 1920 to 1924. At one time, The Beverly Hills Speedway was considered a western rival of the celebrated Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a raceway that currently hosts the annual Brickyard 400 on the NASCAR Winston Cup schedule. The Beverly Hills track matched Indy's famed Memorial Day race with two holiday events, the annual Turkey Day Race on Thanksgiving and one other celebrating George Washington's birthday. Unfortunately, the success of the track was short-lived as real estate prices boomed. The third annual Washington's birthday race in 1924 was its last as the speedway site was purchased for $2 million by land developer Walter McCarty. Ultimately, The Beverly Wilshire opened its doors at a cost of more than $4 million on Dec. 31, 1927, and has played host to many celebrities over its 60-year existence, including movie stars, monarchs and now, appropriately enough, NASCAR drivers. The NASCAR Busch Series Awards Banquet is slated for Friday evening from 7-10 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN2 on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. EST.

Source: NASCAR Online

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