What was your earliest memory of auto racing? I remember watching a weekly TV present called "Jalopy Races From Hollywood". This was my earliest memory of getting interest in following the game of auto racing.
One in all my most favourite recollections when growing up within the 50's and 60's was with the ability to hear the auto racing motion [stock cars and open cockpit midget] at Freeport Speedway in Freeport New York, from two  towns away. They ran races in the course of the summer time on Tuesday night time, Friday night, and Saturday night time. Going to the races as a spectator was also a rush for me.
I loved all the things about it, the odor of racing gasoline, burning rubber, sawdust and scorching dogs from the food concessions. In the course of the late 50's and early 60's the racing drew large crowds of spectators. I can see in my minds eye to today, all the exercise, the distributors selling race collectibles, the sound and odor of the concession stands [pop corn, hot dogs and the like. I can still hear the beer vendor as his went up and down the stands yelling out the familiar phrase of "Get Ya Cold Beer Here" Of course I was too young to become one of his customers. Other vendors sold copies of Speedway News, programs, hot dogs, replica racing flags and many more items.
Some of the great racers that ran a Freeport Stadium are Les Ley, Jim Lacy [One of my favorites], Bruno Brackey aka the Flying Mailman as a result of his day job, George and Ed Brunnhoelzl, George Brunnhoelzl Jr. [George Jr. built the famed Brunnhoelzl jack used by many NASCAR Winston Cup teams today.], Axel Anderson, Richie Evans, Jerry Prepare dinner, Charlie Jarzombek, Gary Winters, Fred Harbach, George Wagner, Bill Spade, Tom Baldwin, Crimson Raynor, Reinhardt and lots of more.
Freeport Stadium had gone by means of a series of different promoters through the years. This record included the names Kedenburg, Larry Mendelsohn, Duke Donaldson, and Don Campi. Duke Donaldson was well know as the voice of Freeport Speedway. Because the monitor announcer, Donaldson for a few years opened a race occasion with saying, "Girls and Gentlemen. Welcome to Freeport Stadium, the oldest constantly-run racetrack in america" and thanking everyone for visiting "Freeport Speedway in tropical Freeport." His fashion did a lot to create a sense of great motion and professionalism for any given race event.
The second half of the 60's started a decline in the popularity of stock automobile racing in Freeport. There have been nonetheless many promotions being completed but paid attendance declined.
Racing at Freeport took a ultimate curtain in 1983 after 50 years of steady operation.