Meeting the Man Who Originally BUILT and Owned Our Abandoned Speedway in the 70’s!!

Meet Gene Tharpe, the man who originally built Desoto Speedway! Today he gives us a tour and talks about the track’s history!
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34 thoughts on “Meeting the Man Who Originally BUILT and Owned Our Abandoned Speedway in the 70’s!!

  1. I come back to this video every now and then. Gene is an absolute champ. Regardless of how many races he may have won. What a wonderful man to still be able to reference the history this speedway. I hope you can have Gene there when this whole pandemic has become manageable and we can all go racing together again. It would be a fitting tribute to this gentleman if we could experience him enjoying a victory lap on the track that he started so many years ago. Please consider this. Thanks.

  2. I could both hear and feel the respect in both Garett and James' voices for this guy. What an incredible video. This doesn't have nearly enough likes.

  3. The late great legend Butch Lindley was fatally injured there. One of the few fellow drivers Dale Earnhardt feared.

  4. Something like this is golden! Most of the times, history is hard to find, or anything you can find is just from paper or internet.

  5. Need a picture of him and Cleetus shaking hands or something and put it up at the entrance with a little description of the history

  6. CLETUS MCFARLAND
    WHAT A DUMP THAT TRACK LOOKS LIKE JUNK.SPEND SOME OF THAT YOUTUBE MONEY RESTORING THE TRACK BLEACHERS AND ASPHALT LOOKS LIKE CRAP.I WOULD NEVER PAY A DOLLAR TO GET IN THERE LWT ALONE BRING FRIENDS AND FAMILY.THANK GOD YOUTUBE IS FREE.FROM SRQ MY WHOLE LIFE AND THAT PLACE LOOKS LIKE SHIT

  7. Cleetus this is awesome……..you have know idea how great you are. I am coming down from the great white north to race on your track. You are fucken great …..

  8. @Cleetus McFarland. Me and a few homies love your videos. We all are in the car seen with some “stock” cars and would love to come join you for a track day of fun. Few people will blow the tires off and do some drifting. If you’d like some guests at some point just let me know we have a small group of like 10-15 people.

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