DIRT TRACK RACING
We are located at 1303 Williamsburg Road Albany GA 31705
In 1998, Tim Pafford, owner, broke ground and began the construction to build a ¼ mile asphalt racetrack. 61 days after the groundbreaking, the first race was held! With $10,000 to win the Legends Series, Pafford’s first race was a huge success and was won by 12-year-old Reed Sorenson. Later, Pafford thought a dirt aftrack would be more fun so out came the asphalt and a little dirt track was born!
Since the beginning, several young drivers like David Regan, Jonathan Davenport, Beau Slocumb and Joey Logano have raced at Black Horse Speedway. The young drivers have gone on to advance into higher classes of racing such as Super Late Model and Cup Series races!
Black Horse Speedway is the name we gave this track when purchased in 2019. We started working on some aspects of the facility early on with the intention of opening in 2020 but soon realized more work needed to be done in order to have it just right. So rather than open the track in 2020, we continued with the renovations and are proud to say our first race is scheduled for April 17th, 2021. We are excited to finally be able to open the gates and let the races begin!
Black Horse Speedway’s goal is simple. We want to create an atmosphere where racers can do what they love, where families can bring their children and enjoy the show at an affordable price, and where young adults can gather and catch the spirit of racing!
Come and enjoy the races with us! We're sure that the dirt track racing experience will keep you coming back for more. See you at the track!
Drivers and Team
David Ragan of Unadilla, Georgia, started racing at the age of 12. Ragan was influenced by his father, Ken Ragan who formerly competed in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. David had an amazing early career which launched him toward his, now, professional career. BHS is proud to say that David raced at our speedway before his slingshot to the big time. At the age of 26, Ragan won his first career Sprint Cup Series race, the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona international Speedway. David Ragan retired from full-time racing at the age of 34. With a mile-long list of racing accomplishments, he started his career as a rotating contributor for NASCAR on FOX's NASCAR Race Hub. We are very proud of you, David!
Jonathan Davenport, “Superman” #49, of Blairsville, Georgia also made a pit stop at our speedway during his rise to fame as well. Davenport began racing at a very young age. By the age of 16 years old, Davenport had a racing winning resume anyone would be proud of. Jonathan won the 2021 Bristol Dirt National Super Late Model at Bristol Motor Speedway. With a large list of accomplishments, it’s no wonder why we are so proud to say that Jonathan Davenport was a regular for many years at our track in Albany, Georgia. Way to go Jonathan! #49
Beau Slocumb, #8, of Macon, Georgia had 131 feature wins under his belt and was well on his way to many more when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that ended his career and his life at the tender age of 26. Slocumb ran on this track many times and was part of our South Georgia racing family. Beau was loved by many and is missed tremendously. Rest in peace buddy! #8
Joey Logano #22 is a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Cup Series driving the #22 Ford Mustang GT for Team Penske. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, Joey began his racing career at 6 years old. Logano and his family moved to Georgia a few years later! Previous track owner, Tim Pafford, says that Joey Logano had more talent as a driver at 9 years old than most 35-year-old men he knew! Pafford let Logano race this track at 9 years old in his Legend car. Pafford saw something in Joey and he was right! Joey Logano has left a trail of dust as he has soared to the top! Joey became the youngest winner in Nationwide history by winning his first major NASCAR Series race at the 2008 Meijer 300 at 18 years old. Logano has a career winning history too long to list but we are mighty proud of his latest win at the National Cup Series at Bristol. Bristol Motor Speedway transformed the mighty asphalt track into a dirt track for its first Cup series dirt track race in 50 years. Way to go Joey! #22 We can’t wait to see what you do next!
Skip Pannell and Deborah Crawford. Their love for this track has kept them here from the very beginning. Skip, one of the former owners, a racer himself, will be serving as the Track/Race Director. Skip knows the ins and outs of the dirt racing world and the work he puts into the maintenance of this track is insane. Watching him prep the track is like watching an artist paint a picture. He is honest and hardworking, knowledgeable and confident, respected and loved by everyone he meets. We couldn’t be prouder to have him on our team! Deborah Crawford, Skip’s other half, brings her own set of incredible with her. Deborah runs and manages the concession named for her, “Dee’s Place”. She has extensive knowledge of the sport, a love for the racers like no other and she never forgets a face. If you’re lucky enough to get a “Deborah Crawford” story, you better listen up! She is one of a kind! We love Deborah and Skip and are proud they will continue their dedication to this track with us.