LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY
               VALLEY PARK, MISSOURI

HISTORY
History taken from Souvenir Program
Lake Hill Reunion, November 2007
Museum Website Not Responsible for
Any Errors in Content.

1/5 Mile Dirt Track Built 1948
Lengthened to 1/3 Mile 1965
Asphalted 1966
Closed 1981

  The dirt track at Lake Hill Park was completed in 1948 and the Midgets ran that year. The following year the stock cars took over and grew steadily in popularity. The racing surface was a full fifth mile, 50 feet wide and was banked 14 feet in the turns.

  In 1965 the track was lengthened to 1/3 mile. Under the leadership of Bob Mueller, central Auto Racing Association (C.A.R.A.) was formed and “Late Model” racing began in St. Louis at Lake Hill Speedway. The track owner, Josephine Heutel, asphalted the dirt track in 1966.

  The track saw its last official races in 1980. The floods of ’82 and ’93 put the track under nearly 5 feet of water. It remained in that condition until 2007 when owner/ developer Kim Gardner allowed many volunteers to drain the water, clean the track, clear the land, restore the ticket office and concession stand and hold a Lake Hill Reunion in November 2007.

  Four popular NASCAR drivers grew up at Lake Hill watching their fathers race. Three actually began their own racing careers here on the asphalt track. They are Kenny Schrader, Rusty Wallace, and Mike Wallace. Kenny Wallace’s career began after the track closed but he spend his time as so many of the driver’s kids did, playing in the brown “p” gravel and sitting in the stands cheering for their dads. Notable among local drivers, Al Hager drove in the NASCAR Sportsman Modified Division and Habe Haberling lost his life during a warm up lap at Daytona February 21st 1961.

  Below are photo's, logos and programs of Stock Car organizations that held races at Lake Hill Speedway. In addition to Midget and Stock Car shows, other events such as Demolition Derbys and Joey Chitwood’s Tournament of Thrills were held.

  If you have any additional historical information, programs, photos, etc. that you would like to share with race fans on this website, please contact Webmaster, Duane Marburger at coupefan@abcglobal.net .  We hope you enjoy the Lake Hill history and photos.

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HOT ROD RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
HOT ROD RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
HOT ROD RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
HOT ROD RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
MIDGET RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
MIDGET RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
MIDGET RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
MIDGET RACES, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1949
WALT TREPPLER, LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  1950
WALT TREPPLER #23, ART TREPPLER #22, DANNY GROSSMAN #15  LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  1951
HANK  STIEFVATER #80  LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
GINO RUSSO #24  LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
BILL SCHRADER #100  LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
WALT TREPPLER LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
BOB MUELLER LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
RACING  AT  LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1950
ARNIE KNEPPER #78 LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY 1950
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LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  EARLY 1950'S
HANK STIEFVATER LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY                            EARLY 1950'S
WALT TREPPLER LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY                            EARLY 1950'S
PETE ROACH LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY                                     EARLY 1950'S
PETE ROACH LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY                                     EARLY 1950'S
HARRY CHEATHAM LAKE HILL 1963
CRUNCH LAKE HILL 1962
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  1960'S

JOE GRANDA LAKE HILL 1963
LAKE HILL 1962
ED BARRETT LAKE HILL 1963
ART GROSS LAKE HILL 1962
WILLIE GROSS LAKE HILL 1963
LAKE HILL 1962
I.J. STUBBLEFIELD LAKE HILL 1961
JERRY BAUMGARTNER LAKE HILL 1963
MEL LARK LAKE HILL 1962
LAKE HILL 1961
LAKE HILL 1962
AL HAGER LAKE HILL 1960
LAKE HILL 1962
BOB MUELLER LAKE HILL 1962
EDDIE LOWRY LAKE HILL 1962
LOWRY CREW LAKE HILL 1962
DON HEILIGTAG LAKE HILL 1962
CARL SPRINGER LAKE HILL 1962
JIM PRICE LAKE HILL 1962
BOB MINER LAKE HILL 1963
JERRY SIFFORD LAKE HILL 1961
RAY EBY LAKE HILL 1962
KENNY SHRUM LAKE HILL 1963
KENNY SHRUM LAKE HILL 1962
KENNY SHRUM CREW LAKE HILL 1963
JIM SHUETTENBURG LAKE HILL 1963
BOBBY NEUSHE LAKE HILL 1962
WILLIE  JOHNSTON LAKE HILL 1964
PAUL ALLEN ON TOP OF BILL PEZOLD
                LAKE HILL 1960'S       
BILL PEZOLD  LAKE HILL 1960'S       
BILL PEZOLD  LAKE HILL 1960'S       
LAKE HILL 1960'S       
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  1950'S
BOB MUELLER LAKEHILL 1960'S
DON KLEIN LAKEHILL 1963
1960'S LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY ITEMS
1950
1950
A TROPHY WON BY WALT TREPPLER AT LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY EARLY 1950'S
LAKE HILL SPEEDWAY  ASPHALT DAYS
       PHOTO'S BY DON FIGLER

BOB MINER       
PAUL MILES      
RUSS WALLACE      
LEN GITTEMEIER     
PAUL LAWSON     
JERRY SIFFORD     
BILL TRAVERS     
JOE FOX    
BILL SCHERER     
DON FIGLER PHOTOGRAPHER    
WIB SPALDING     
RUSS WALLACE    
RUSTY WALLACE    
KENNY SCHRADER    
JERRY SIFFORD    
BOB ESTES    
BOB WILLIAMS    
A VIEW FROM THE PITS    
A VIEW FROM THE PITS    
A VIEW FROM THE PITS    
A VIEW FROM THE PITS    
A VIEW FROM THE PITS    
76 BILL BROZ    
RUSS WALLACE    
JERRY SIFFORD CRASH    
RUSTY WALLACE    
RUSTY WALLACE