Dog River Speedway
LARRY GRANGER PHOTO SECTION
All Photos Courtesy of Mike Gilbert
OTHER NORTHFIELD DRIVERS
All Photos in this section Courtesy of Mike Gilbert
DOG RIVER PERSONALITIES
DOG RIVER SHOTS FROM
Not a lot was known about this racetrack when I started this website. It does not have a particularly long or distinguished history, like its neighbor and more prominent brother, Thunder Road International Speedbowl, in Barre.
Apparently, Dog River was named for a body of water located nearby. It largely depended on fielding cars that frequented Thunder Road. Like Northeast Speedway in Waterford, Dog River's history is totally intertwined with the Barre oval.
I have been depending on information from folks like my good friend and old college mate Mike Gilbert, a business teacher in Barre who once lived in Northfield. Mike's locating information about Dog River goes like this: "If you ever go to Northfield, you go south on Route 12A for about two miles or so. The first bridge to go over the river [brook] on the right goes to the trailer park. The track used to be up, beyond the trailer park."
Fellow historian Cris DaBica has also mentioned Dog River: "Yet another track at the end of a road in the middle of nowhere, Dog River between the late 1940’s and early 1960’s and is listed as being a dirt 1/2 track. It is located just south of Northfield, VT on what was supposedly the site of the Northeast Fairgrounds. So far no mentions of either Dog River or the fairgrounds have been found anywhere so a visit to Northfield’s library or historical society is probably in order. The land is currently marked as private property/no trespassing, and looks like someone is using it to store construction equipment…didn’t get out to investigate too deeply but a return visit may happen soon."