|Ad in Erie Morning News, June 27, 1959.|
"My dad said Richard Petty and his dad Lee both raced at the dirt track behind where the drive-in was on Iroquois Ave. That was in the fifties before Daytona," said Bill Ditch.
Adam Nicholson and Joe Mobilia owned the Thunderbowl Speedway; Adam later bought out Joe's interest in the track.
allendale 101 posted this video of the Thunderbowl Speedway taken from 8mm films by Joe Mobilia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBSZGQWBTLk&feature=relmfu (check out the blue car sponsored by Schaffner's Esso in Wesleyville, PA at 4:12 into the video!)
Here's a link to Sportsman's Field at 26th and Peninsula Drive from 1949: http://oldtimeerie.blogspot.com/2012/08/sportsmens-field-car-races-26th-and.html