Canadian Race Track Database

North Bay Speedway

North Bay, ON


Years in Operation: 1965-67;1978-1984;1987-1992; 1995-2003

Name History:
Sonny Dale Raceway (1965-67)
Sunnydale Speedway (1978-87)
North Bay Speedway (1987-2003)
AKA North Bay Motor Speedway

Track Configurations:
1/4 mile paved oval

  • Located on land leased from Clarence Reddick
  • It was built inside of a private horse track
  • The track's original named was Sonny Dale Raceway, named after Sonny Dale Farms, the property it was on
  • Track was owned by Roy Ballantyne
  • Races were organized by the North Bay Stock Car Association in 1965-66
  • Races were organized by the Sonny Dale Stock Car Association in 1967
  • The 1978 version was built by Bill Lloyd and his son Glenn
  • Re-opened on June 12, 1978
  • Raced on Sunday afternoons
  • Glenn Lloyd sold his share in 1980
  • Stopped running weekly part way through the 1982 season due to low car count and few spectators
  • Ran some specials later in 1982
  • Doug Harrison became owner in June, 1983 when he bought out Bill Lloyd, Sandra Lloyd and Gerry Aulbrook
  • Glenn Lloyd repurchased the track in 1987 and reopened it after it being closed for the 1985 and 1986 seasons
  • It was renamed in 1987 to create a closer tie to the local community and easier for out-of-town drivers to find it
  • Glenn Lloyd sold the track at the end of the 1987 season to John Foote and Brian Malcom
  • 1988 - new grandstands, scoring tower, concession and souvenir stands built
  • Bought by Gary Harling in 2004
  • Bought by the Salisbury family in late 2002