Racing season rolls through Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and western Kansas
Automotive racetracks in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and western Kansas provide multiple opportunities for all motorsports fans, spectators and amateur racers to enjoy the sport of racing on asphalt and dirt from spring to fall throughout 2019.
Bandimere Speedway, an NHRA-sanctioned dragstrip in Morrison, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a full schedule of 130 events held annually. The track will host the 39th Annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, July 10-20. Other specialty events include Mega Mopar Series at Thunder Mountain on June 2, Jet Car Nationals and Family Festival Painter’s Grinding/ NuVintage Colorado Bug-In on July 28, and Menards Chevy Show on Aug. 4. For tickets and a complete list of specialty events, visit www.bandimere.com
Visit www.bandimere.com for a list of events that cater to family and friends or the racing community.
Colorado Hill Climb Association (CHCA) confirmed climbs for 2019 include Monarch, July 13-14, Lands End, Aug. 10-11 and Rangely Hill Climb, on June 15-16 and Sept. 7-8. Additional dates and events are currently being developed. Monitor www.chcaracing.com for upcoming race and climb schedule.
High Plains Raceway, an amateur 2.55-mile road course track in Deer Trail off of U.S. 36, features a variety of enthusiast club events including SCCA, MRA, and RMVR races. All of its open lapping days and weekend events are open to the public unless specifically noted otherwise. Visit www.highplainsraceway.com for a full calendar of events.
Colorado Off Road Extreme (CORE), a multi-vehicle, off-road park in Agate, is about 50 miles east of Denver on I-70. This is a members-only park that offers tracks, trails and hill climbs for trucks, SUVs, Jeeps as well as ATVs, rally cars, hill climb cars, off-road desert cars and buggies. The CORE hotline is 303-795-0524, call for more details and specific trail and competition information.
Colorado National Speedway (CNS), a paved three-eighths mile oval in Dacono is a member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West annually, this year on June 8. Other notable events include the Father’s Day Super Sunday Monster Truck Show and DX Pit Party on June 16, Famous Dave’s BBQ SLM Special, including fireworks for Labor Day on Aug. 31, and the Coca-Cola Challenge Cup XLII on Oct. 5. Visit www.coloradospeedway.com for more information and further event schedule.
El Paso County Raceway, a semi-banked quarter-mile dirt oval track located at the El Paso County Fairgrounds features stock cars, Colorado 1200 Outlaws, hobby trucks, Hornets, high plains midgets, and Colorado dwarf cars from April to October. Key races this year include the IMCA Championship Night on Sept. 14, Phillips County Raceway & BST Cat Tour Championship Weekend on Sept. 28, and the 6th Annual Fall Brawl and POWRI Warrior Sprint Series Championship on Oct. 19. Visit www.bstpromotions.com for a complete list of 2019 race dates.
I-25 Speedway, in Bragdon, eight miles north of Pueblo, features Saturday Night Racing through September on a banked, quarter-mile, paved oval. Classes include Late model, Grand American Modified, Sportsman, Street Stocks, mini Stocks, hornets, Figure Eights, Legend, Dwarf, Mini Sprint, Midget, Mini Cup, and Street Drag. Visit www.i25speedway.com for the 2019 schedule.
I-76 Speedway is a quarter-mile high-banked dirt oval racetrack in Fort Morgan featuring four to six divisions every Saturday night through October. Divisions include Mods, Sport Mods, Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Compacts, 305 Sprints, RMLS, 600 Minis, Dwarfs, and 270 Micros. Highlights include the Independence Day Fireworks Special, July 5-7, the I-76 Summer Shoot-Out, Sept. 7, and the 31st Annual Fall Classic, Oct. 12-13, featuring Topless Mods, Topless Sport Mods, Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Compacts, Dwarfs and 270 Micro divisions. Visit www.I-76speedway.com for the full schedule including the 2019 Winter Series.
Julesburg Drag Strip is a quarter-mile track and the oldest drag strip in the country at 61 years with notable series that include an NHRA Junior Drag Racing League and the NHRA Summit Racing Series. The track is limited to 8.50 E.T. in the quarter, per insurance regulations. Highlights this year include the Annual 4th of July Racer Appreciation Races on July 6, featuring Rocky Mountain Stick Shifters, BBQ and fireworks, the 4th Annual Tri-State Rod Revival, Aug. 16-18, and the Jesse Baladez Memorial Race. Visit www.julesburgdragracing.com for more events.
Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke is a 3/8-dirt oval in northeastern Colorado, located on Highway 385 a half mile north of Highway 6. July 4 features the Independence Blowout POWRI Lightning Sprints Tri-State and CAT Tour, and on Sept. 1, the track will hold the IMCA Championship. Visit www.bstpromotions.com/phillips-county-raceway-holyoke for full race schedule.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), the second oldest auto race in the nation, starts at 9,400 feet above sea level at the base of Pikes Peak and takes racers around 156 turns without guardrails, finishing at 14,110 feet on the summit for a total distance of 12.4 miles. The course is paved and partially graveled. With 19 divisions, everything from motorcycles with sidecars to electric vehicles race in this event known globally as The Race to the Clouds. This marks the 103rd year the race will be held. Race date this year is June 30, with Fan Fest taking over downtown Colorado Springs the Friday before. Visit www.ppihc.com for race information, history and interactive video experience.
Western Colorado Dragway and the board of the Western Colorado Drag Racing Association in Grand Junction features a racing schedule focused on street-legal drags, including Super Quick, Super Prom, Pro ET, and Sportsman classes, from April through Oct. 5. For more track information, visit www.wcdra.com.
Airport Raceway in Garden City is a 1/6-mile dirt oval racetrack and runs Full midgets, Junior sprints, Modified Lawn Mowers and Mini-Stocks from May to October. Visit www.airport-raceway.com for the full schedule. At the time of this writing the 2019 schedule was not posted.
Sherman County Speedway, a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt track on 417 North Main Road, features Bombers and IMCA modifieds. Key events include Mid-Summer Classic on June 29, the Bill Gray Championship Night, Aug. 17, and the 30th Annual Flatlander Fall Classic, Sept. 27-29. For more information visit www.shermancountyspeedway.net.
Albuquerque Dragway at Mesa Del Sol is an NHRA Division Seven track that adheres to all NHRA rules and regulations. Events this year include the seventh annual All Out Call Out, which is a single-elimination street car race in which tickets are drawn to “call out” other racers who must accept the challenge, June 8 and again on Sept. 20, the Firecracker Nationals, July 5-6, the First Annual ABQ Dragway Swap meet, Aug. 10-11, the Labor Day Bash, Aug. 30, and the King of the Track Class Run Full Bracket Race, Nov. 10. Visit www.abqdragway.com for a full list of events.
Arroyo Seco Raceway, a paved road, course-style racetrack in Deming, features a drag-racing series, a road course with AMSA and SMRI motorcycle races and sports car events for the SCCA. Visit www.arroyosecoraceway.com for an upcoming race schedule. At the time of this writing the 2019 schedule was not finalized.
Aztec Speedway is a 1/3-mile, USRA sanctioned, high-banked clay oval track that hosts Dwarf, Mini Stock, Modified, Stock and Thunder Bomber racing events in Aztec. Notable events include the Davey Phillips Memorial on June 7-8, and Winged Sprint Car racing on Sept. 8-10. Visit www.aztecspeedway.com for a full race schedule. At the time of this writing the 2019 schedule was not posted.
Cardinal Motor Speedway is an IMCA-sanctioned, quarter-mile, high-banked, clay oval racetrack. All five race classes regularly compete every other Saturday night in Eunice, 18 miles south of Hobbs. Notable events include the 10th Annual Kelly Sheen Memorial on July 7-6, and First Annual Sammy Hodges Memorial on Sept. 9 and 14. Visit www.cardinalspeedway.com for full schedule.
Sandia Speedway, located off of I-40, just west of Albuquerque, is a complex of ovals, a road course, and a dirt motocross course that includes 1/2-mile and 1/4-mile paved ovals, a high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval, a 1.7-mile road course, 300-foot sand drags and autocross. Catch the Southwest Motorsport events multiple times from June to September, and Sprint Car Stampede on Oct. 5. Visit www.racesandia.com.
Southern New Mexico Speedway, a 5/16-mile oval clay track near Las Cruces, features four degrees of banking at its bottom and 12 on its outside. Special events in 2019 include MVT Night with Fireworks, July 6, the 20th Annual USRA Fall Nationals, Oct. 25-27, and the Inaugural Turkey Bowl on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Visit www.snmspeedway.com for a complete schedule.
Big Country Speedway in Cheyenne hosts racing every Saturday night through September. The track is a 1/5 mile asphalt oval, and hosts Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks. At the time of this writing the 2019 schedule was not posted on www.bigcountryspeedwaywy.org.
Casper Speedway races Wissota Mod IV, Wissota Midwest Modified, IMCA Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modified, and Late Model. Notable events include the Wissota Race of Champions on Aug. 2, and Championship Night for All Classes on Aug. 30. See the full schedule at www.CasperSpeedway.mypass.com.