Just because a race track is included in our Lost Tracks doesn’t mean it can’t endure.

With the right amount of dedication and community support, even a dormant track can be turned into something special. In the tiny farm town of Baldwin in Northeast Georgia, that is exactly what has happened at Banks County Speedway.

The track’s story seemed to end more than 50 years ago, but its founding family has refused to let it go and has breathed new life into this historic facility.

Join Joe VanHoose and Brandon Reed as they uncover the story of Banks County Speedway and how this lost track of Georgia was found.

Enjoy the watch? Check out other episodes of the Lost Tracks of Georgia series, including Athens Speedway, a racetrack laid dormant for over 30 years. Learn more about the Classic City’s 3/8-mile raceway on Jimmy Daniel Road. Or if the written word is more your speed, Joe gives a glimpse at the end of asphalt racing in North Georgia.


About our Lost Tracks of Georgia series: Racing history fans Joe VanHoose and Brandon Reed have two things in common: their love of dirt track racing and affinity towards telling a good story. In this series, the two combine their loves and dive into the history and current state of several of the state’s famous dirt track races. With the help of cinematographer Scott Hartman, Lost Tracks looks to tell the stories that brought thousands of racing fans together in the Peach State.

Have an idea of a track to explore or a story to tell? Drop us a line and let us know which raceway we should explore in future editions of the series. We’ll also take submitted photos and videos of racetracks we’re highlighting. You never know, maybe we’ll share on social media or in one of our videos.

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Joe VanHoose is a writer and promoter based in Athens, Georgia. He is a Florida man who recognizes that Florida is too hot to inhabit, but rumor has it that he was a Gator Football booster for nearly 20 years. Joe has more enthusiasm than talent for playing music, but he can put you on a good band or barbecue restaurant just the same. On the weekends, you can find him in a haze of red clay at one of the dirt tracks of Northeast Georgia. He is not ashamed of the gospel of short track racing.