Popular YouTube personality Cleetus McFarland has purchased the former DeSoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida, with plans to produce content and bring automobile events to the 3/8-mile venue.   McFarland, the pseudonym for Garrett Mitchell in YouTube car culture, has purchased the speedway, with plans to host events for various motorsports enthusiasts and to produce YouTube […]

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Desoto Speedway (FL) is pleased to announce that Andy and Lyn Breedlove will take over the promoting duties of the speedway, effective immediately. The Breedlove team will be known as Race Track Management LLC. The 3/8-mile paved oval that was built in the 1970’s will reopen Saturday, September 30 with Street Stocks, Mini Stocks Strictly […]

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The only time this writer saw Dave Steele race in person, he won.   As one is often tempted to do when we lose a racer like we did Dave to tragic circumstances, I might be tempted to find some extra meaning in this occurrence.  It is often comforting to know we were able to […]

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One of the most successful drivers in the history of open-wheel racing in the state of Florida died in a Sprint Car crash Saturday night at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida.  Dave Steele, 42, was competing in a Southern Sprint Car Shootout Series race at the 3/8-mile oval when the accident resulting in his death […]

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For most of Saturday night’s Icebreaker 100 for the Sunshine State Challenge Series Super Late Models at Desoto Speedway (FL), the young guns fought amongst themselves at the front of the field.  But when the dust settled after 100 laps of furious racing action, it was a familiar face that outfoxed the young hotshoes as Jesse Dutilly […]

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February has finally begun and that means one thing to racers all over the country: racing season is just about to really get underway.  With that in mind, we here at Speed51.com powered by JEGS wanted to take a look at the top 10 short track races in the month of February.   SRL Winter […]

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A trio of Florida race tracks have joined forces to create a new racing series in the Sunshine State. Auburndale Speedway, 417 Southern Speedway and Desoto Speedway will play host to the new “Sunshine State Challenge Series” in 2017.   Officials at the three Florida tracks collided to create a universal rulebook that will be used […]

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There’s plenty of big Short Track races happening all over the country. Whether it’s on dirt or asphalt, a Late Model or a Modified, it’s all happening this weekend. We did our best to narrow the list down to the 10 best for you in this week’s 10 to Attend.   1. Winchester 400 Weekend, Winchester […]

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It was another big weekend for Short Track Racing across these United States of America.  This weekend saw a photo finish, a record broken in Wisconsin and some big money being handed out in New Hampshire.   To get you caught up on the stories that took place this past weekend throughout the country, Speed51.com powered by […]

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Jesse Dutilly continued his Super Late Model dominance in the State of Florida by taking home the checkered flag in the Sunoco Challenge Series 100 at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Florida on Saturday night.   Taking the lead on lap 10, Dutilly held off countless challengers on multiple restarts late in the race. Legendary Florida […]

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