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 the region for 2019.
300 Raceway, Farley, 563-744-3620, www.300raceway.com. 300 Raceway is Eastern Iowa’s premiere 3/8-mile dirt track and motorsports facility located in Farley. 300 Raceway special events include the 42nd Annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic from Aug. 21-23.
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 14 Mid-Season Championships and Outlaw Street Drags on June 20.
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 Gander Outdoors Truck Series Iowa 200, June 15; NASCAR Xfinity Series Iowa 250, June 16; the ARCA Menard’s Racing Series Iowa 150, July 19; NTT IndyCar Series Iowa 300, July 20; NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150, July 26; and the NASCAR Xfinity Series U.S. Cellular 250, July 27.
Heartland Motorsports Park, Topeka, 785-862-4781, www.heartlandpark.com. The 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 Menards NHRA Heartland Nationals June 7-9, and the Import Faceoff, Oct. 13.
The dirt track will host the ASCS Warrior Region July 20, 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. 6-8.
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. 18, the NASCAR Xfinity Series Kansas Lottery 300, Oct. 29, and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400, Oct. 20.
Lakeside Speedway, Kansas City, 913-299-9206, www.lakesidespeedway.net. Flooding at the track has pushed back the start of the 2019 season. Follow the track on Facebook for updates and start times. 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 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Oct. 18
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 9th Annual Topless Challenge, July 5.
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. Special Events include the Third Annual Street Stock Showdown, Sept.20-21.
I-35 Speedway, Winston, 660-749-5317, www.i-35speedway.net. The 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval offers “dirt trackin’ at its best.” Races are every Saturday night through Oct. 20, 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, Oct. 20.
Jeffers Motorsports Park, Sikeston, 573-471-9099, www.jeffersmotorsportspark.com. The AHRA-sanctioned 1/8-mile drag strip features weekly Saturday bracket racing and will host the All Motorcycle Event, Aug. 10, and Fall Nostalgia Showdown, Sept. 28.
Lake Ozark Speedway, Eldon, 573-418-0565, www.lakeozarkspeedway.net. The 1/3-mile banked dirt oval features Friday and Saturday night racing in a wide variety of classes, including 305 Winged Sprints. Special events include the 1st Annual Randy McGraw Memorial ULMA Late Model Event July 5, and the World of Outlaws, Oct. 19.
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 28-29, and the 6th Annual Lucas Oil MLRA Fall Nationals, Oct. 11-12.
Mo-Kan Dragway, Asbury, 417-642-5599, www.mokandragway.com. The quarter-mile drag strip features Fun Drags on Friday nights and bracket series on Saturdays through November. The 54th-Annual Labor Day Weekend Classic will be Sept. 1, with a jet dragster, nitro altereds, funny cars, nostalgia dragsters, and pro mods putting on a show. The 20th Annual American Hot Rod Reunion returns, Oct. 6, with a swap meet, drag races, and car show.
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. 8, 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. The 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. 1.
Motorsports Park Hastings (MPH), Hastings, 402-461-8031, www.racemph.com. The 2.15-mile road track, designed by Alan Wilson, has been reviewed and approved by renowned racetrack consultant Martyn Thake for the SCAA. The course is also used by the NASA, RMVR, PCA, and WKA. Special events include the World Racing League, June 29-30, and the Mustang Roundup IX, Sept. 12-15.