A nearly six mile stretch of SW 137 Avenue/Speedway Boulevard from Palm Drive to U.S. 1 in Homestead will be co-designated “Ralph Sánchez Speedway Boulevard,” in recognition of Sánchez, who passed away April 1.
“Homestead-Miami Speedway stands today because of Ralph Sánchez,” said Homestead-Miami Speedway President Matthew Becherer. “His vision continues to pay dividends for this region, as the track hosts more than 280 events a year highlighted by NASCAR’s championship races and a worldwide audience. Ralph’s life story from his roots in Cuba, his childhood in an orphanage, to a successful developer and racing promoter is legendary. I commend Miami-Dade County, and the City of Homestead for acting promptly to create this honor that Ralph clearly deserves.”
Sánchez, who founded and managed the Grand Prix of Miami starting in 1983, led efforts to bring the motorsports facility to Homestead. He worked with City of Homestead and Miami-Dade County officials to make the track a reality. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the track took place on August 24, 1993—exactly one year after Hurricane Andrew wiped out much of Homestead. The track is credited with being a major catalyst for redevelopment following the category five hurricane that leveled large portions of Miami-Dade County.
5. Babb Ties Hell Tour Win Record
Shannon Babb scored his sixth victory of the 2013 DIRTcar Summer Nationals “Hell Tour” on Sunday, July 14, in a thriller at Vermilion County Speedway to tie Billy Moyer’s record of 82 all-time wins. Shannon scored the second fastest time in his group during the qualifying session and went on to win his heat race. After drawing the pole position prior to the 40-lap main event, Shannon lead 17 laps, capturing the $5,000 in the process. This win was Shannon’s sixth victory of the 2013 “Hell Tour!”