Death Valley Speedway, which was located on land owned by the Hoffer family in Highway Village / Hoffer Knolls off of Meadows Avenue, at top of hill 3 and at end of Ridge Bend Rd. It was a half-mile dirt-oil covered track that operated from 1947 to 1952
Racing is in the Allen family’s blood. Larry Allen, who lives in Washington, said he grew up in East Peoria. He graduated from East Peoria Community High School in 1961.Allen, 70, said he got into the racing world through his father, Floyd “Pappy” Allen, who built race cars.