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“A history of racing in Pitt County” Since the mid 1950’s drag racing, Go-Kart racing and slot car racing had taken ahold the country and Pitt County. In 1955, there was Micro Midget racing around Guy Smith Stadium, then across from Pitt Memorial Hospital and then in the Pitt County Fair Grounds. In 1956 it was reported that 2,000 people would turn out every Sunday to see the races. In 1960, the first Go-Kart track built east of the Mississippi was built in Bethel. In 1961 a stock car racing track was built south of Tarboro and in 1962 L. T. Hardee built the “Greenville Drag Strip” three miles east of 1967, the “Pitt Stop Raceways,” for slot cars opened at 416 Cotanche Street.