High-octane motorsport events await Midwest racing fans
Whether you prefer the chest-pounding staccato of two dragsters filling the air with acrid nitro and burned rubber fumes or a pack of alcohol-fueled sprint cars throwing dirt in the air as they dive into a corner, race fans have a wide variety of events to choose from.
Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks throughout Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska for 2018.
Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway and Farley Speedway, 563-744-3620, www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com. These tracks offer weekly dirt-track racing (Farley Speedway: Friday), and (Dubuque: Sunday). Farley special events include the World of Outlaws sprint cars on June 22, the Firecracker 41 late-model IMCA Dirt Nights Modified on June 29, and the World of Outlaws Late Model Special, Aug. 6. Dubuque will host the World of Outlaw Late Models, July 6.
Hawkeye Downs Speedway, Cedar Rapids, 319-365-8656, www.hawkeyedownsspeedway.com. This 1/4-mile and 1/2-mile paved racing venue has weekly racing featuring Late Models, Modifieds, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, and Legends Cars, running through August. Special events include the June 9 Bandit Big Rig Series and AIRS Vintage Cars on Aug. 10.
Mason City Motor Speedway, 641-424-6515, www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com. Weekly Sunday night racing includes Budweiser USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, USRA Hobby Stocks and Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuners.
The track will host the United States Modified Touring Series, June 27. During the North Iowa Fair, there will be a demo derby, July 20, and on July 22, the Ted Zieman Memorial presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon will feature the USRA classes Stock Car, B-Mod, Hobby Stock, Rookies Rockin’ USRA Tuner, and “Alternative” Modified.
Iowa Speedway, Newton, 641-791-8000, www.iowaspeedway.com. Known as “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” because of practice laps run by IndyCar drivers exceeding 186 miles per hour, 10 miles per hour faster than recorded at any other short track. The state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility includes the following special events: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Iowa 200, June 16; NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250, June 16; the ARCA Racing Series Iowa 150, July 7; the Indy Lights Iowa 100 and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300, July 8; NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150, July 27; and the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250, July 28.
Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, 785-862-4781, www.heartlandpark.com. This sprawling complex consists of a 1/4-mile drag strip, a 2.5-mile championship road course, and a 3/8-mile dirt oval track.
In addition to ET points bracket races, special events on the drag strip include the Street Outlaws TV show “No Prep Kings” event, June 22-23, the NHRA Lucas Oil Double Divisional race, July 25-29, Import Face Off Sept. 2, and NHRA Division 5 ET Finals, Sept. 13-16.
The dirt track will host the Sprint Car Dirt Series Aug. 25, and the road course features a number of special events including several SCCA Track Night In America drivers schools and the KC Porsche Club event, Sept. 7-9.
Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, 913-328-3300, www.kansasspeedway.com. With 25,000 parking spaces and a seating capacity of more than 72,000, the 1.5-mile, paved tri-oval track hosts some of the region’s biggest NASCAR events during one weekend every spring and fall, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Championship Race, Oct. 19, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300, Oct. 20, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400, Oct. 21.
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, 913-299-9206, www.lakesidespeedway.net. Lakeside, a 1/2-mile, dirt oval track, hosts weekly Friday night racing for USRA Modifieds, USRA Stock Cars, USRA B-Mods, Grand Nationals, Factory Stocks, and E-Mods. Special events include the USAC AmsOil Sprint Car National Championship, Oct. 6, and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Oct. 19.
Salina Speedway, 785-292-9220, www.racesalinaspeedway.com. Weekly dirt track races include NeSmith Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Hobby Stocks, IMCA Sport Compacts, and Mod Lites. Special events include the Crashtoberfest Demolition Derby, Oct. 13.
Central Missouri Speedway, Warrensburg, 660-747-2166, www.centralmissourispeedway.net. Weekly Saturday night racing at this 3/8-mile dirt oval includes USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, B-Modifieds, Mod Lites, and Pure Stocks.
I-35 Speedway, Winston, 660-749-5317, www.i-35speedway.net. This 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval offers “dirt trackin’ at its best.” Races are every Saturday night through Oct. 27, just north of Cameron. Weekly races feature A Mod, B Mod, E Mod, Grand National, Pure Stock, and Stock Car classes. Special additions include POWRi sprint cars, Midwest Lightning Sprints (MLS), Show-Me Vintage Racers (SMVR), and Midwest Outlaw Vintage Racers (MOVR), and the track hosts an SCCA Rallycross event, Aug. 26.
Jeffers Motorsports Park, Sikeston, 573-471-9099, www.jeffersmotorsportspark.com. This AHRA-sanctioned 1/8-mile drag strip features weekly Saturday bracket racing and will host the Ga$$er Gathering, Aug. 16, and Fall Nostalgia Showdown, Sept. 28-29.
Lake Ozark Speedway, Eldon, 573-418-0565, www.lakeozarkspeedway.net. This 1/3-mile banked dirt oval features weekly Friday and Saturday night racing in a wide variety of classes, including 305 Winged Sprints. Special events include the POWRi Non-Wing Nationals, Aug. 17-18, and the LOS 360 Nationals and POWRi National Midgets, Sept. 1-2.
Lucas Oil Speedway, Wheatland, 417-282-5984, www.lucasoilspeedway.com. Lucas Oil Speedway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked oval with races through mid-October. Grandstand and VIP seating totals nearly 8,000 at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks.” Weekly racing includes ULMA Late Models, USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, and USRA B-Mods, with special events including the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series’ Geico Off-Road Shootout on the off-road course, June 22, and the seventh-annual John Haas Memorial Drag Boat Classic, on Lake Lucas, June 8-9.
Mo-Kan Dragway, Asbury, 417-642-5599, www.mokandragway.com. This quarter-mile drag strip features Fun Drags on Friday nights and bracket series on Saturdays through November. The 53rd-Annual Labor Day Weekend Classic will be Sept. 1-2, with a jet dragster, nitro altereds, funny cars, nostalgia dragsters, and pro mods putting on a show. The 19th Annual American Hot Rod Reunion returns Oct. 14, with a swap meet, drag races, and car show.
St. Francois County Raceway, Farmington, 573-756-9248, www.sfcraceway.com. Featuring weekly Saturday night racing through September including 410 c.i. Winged Sprint Cars, A-Modified, B-Modified, Super Streets, and 600cc Outlaw Micros, a number of special events include the July 7 POWRi WAR Sprint Cars, July 21.
Valley Speedway, Grain Valley, 816-282-4822, www.valleyspeedway.com. Weekly and biweekly classes include Valley POWRi Outlaw Sprints, B Modififeds, Valley POWRi Outlaw Midgets, E Mods, Dirt Demons, and Pure Stocks, with special events for vintage cycles and ATVs.
Eagle Raceway, Bennington, 402-238-2595, www.eagleraceway.com. Ten miles east of Lincoln, Eagle Raceway is a 1/3-mile dirt track that enthusiasts call “The World’s Fastest Third Mile.” Weekly Saturday night races through September include RaceSaver IMCA Sprints, Runner Freight IMCA Modifieds, Purdue University Global IMCA SportMods, Valentino's IMCA Hobby Stocks, and ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compacts. Special events include the Nebraska Cup, Sunday, Sept. 9, featuring SLMR Late Models, IMCA Sprint Cars, MCSA, and GOTRA cars.
Junction Motor Speedway, McCool Junction, 402-773-5538, www.junctionmotorspeedway.com. On this 3/8-mile dirt track, you’ll find a weekly Saturday racing program, with classes in IMCA Sport Compact, Hobby Stock, SportMod, and Modified; NeSmith Late Models, and NE 360 Sprint Cars.
Nebraska Raceway Park, Greenwood, 402-342-3453,www.i-80speedway.com. This NASCAR-sanctioned facility is home to I-80 Speedway and Little Sunset Speedway. I-80 Speedway features a 4/5-mile, semi-banked dirt oval track with weekly points-series races for Super Late Models, A-Modifieds, B-Modifieds, Pro-Ams, Grand Nationals, and Hornets. Special events include the All Star Championship on Sept. 2.