Race season and motorsports heat up in the River Valley
The 2018 racing season is upon us in the River Valley. With Stock Cars, Warriors, Modifieds, Hornets, Late Models, and more all taking to the tracks again, this year promises to deliver excitement for the whole family.
Parts & People has compiled a list of popular tracks in the St. Louis and surrounding regions to give racing fans the green light on what’s going on in your area.
Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, 618-215-8888, www.gatewaymsp.com. Previously Gateway International Raceway, this venue encompasses more than 200 acres, including a ¼-mile drag strip and a 1 ¼-mile NASCAR oval track. The track hosts weekly races through November. NASCAR returns to Gateway on June 23, with the Camping World Truck Series, Gateway 200 presented by CK Power. Verizon IndyCar Series Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline will take place on Aug. 25.
Macon Speedway, Macon, 217-764-3000, www.maconracing.com. This 1/5-mile dirt oval track features POWRi Midgets, 600cc Micros, Late Models, Modifieds, Pro and Amateur Hornets, Street Stocks, and Sportsman class. Races are scheduled on Saturday nights through Sept. 29. Featured events include the John Osman Memorial 14th Annual IL State Street Stock Championship presented by 98.1 Grizz FM, on Sept. 8, and the Hornet World Championship, Sept. 15.
Spoon River Speedway, Canton, 309-668-2622, www.spoonriverspeedway.com. This 3/8-mile clay oval is a home for competitors in Pro Late Model, UMP Modified, Midget, Street Stock, Hornet, and SRS E-Modified racing classes. Races will be held every Saturday night through September with hot laps starting at 6:30 p.m. This year it will host a series of special events including the UMP LM Summer Nationals Hell Tour on June 21, and the Knowles Sprint Memorial, Sept. 8. This year will also feature the 1st Hornet & E-Mod Monster Mash-a-Mania, which will run Oct. 19-20.
Tri-City Speedway, Pontoon Beach, 618-931-7836, www.tricityspeedway.net. This 3/8-mile dirt oval lies just outside the St. Louis-metro area and plays host to Super Late Models, Sprint Cars, Modifieds, POWRi Midgets and Micros, UMP Pro Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, and Factory Stocks. This year’s major events include UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals June 22, Russ Wallace Memorial Aug. 10, and the 14th annual Summit Racing UMP Modified Mania Dirt Nationals, Sept. 27-29. Also featured this season is the “Monster Mash” Halloween Night Trunk or Treat on Oct. 27.
Salem Speedway, Salem, 812-883-6504, www.salemspeedway.com. This 65-year-plus complex is home to a .555-mile, high-banked, paved oval short track where on weekends it hosts points-series races for Super Stocks and Street Stocks as well as other races for Late Models, Winged Sprints, Pure Stocks, FWD Stocks, and Stunt Cars. Featured events this season include the Discover Scott County Firecracker 200 presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on July 1, and the Arca Fall Classic, Sept. 15.
Terre Haute Action Track, Terre Haute, 217-764-3200, www.terrehauteactiontrack.net. The historic 1/2-mile clay oval Terre Haute Action Track’s 2016 schedule includes World of Outlaws Craftsmen Late Models vs. Dirtcar Summer Nationals, Friday, June 29; USAC Sprint Week, Wednesday, July 25, featuring the Don Smith Classic, and USAC Sprint Cars Jim Hurtubise Classic, Friday, Sept. 14.
Randolph County Raceway, Moberly, 660-651-8599, www.randolphcountyraceway.com. Randolph County Raceway, formerly 24 Raceway, is a 25-year-old, 2/5-mile, high-banked clay oval track featuring “Dirt Track Racing at its Best” for Sportsman class, Hobby Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Late Models, and Hornets. Points races kick off at 7 p.m. every Saturday. Other scheduled events include the POWRI WAR Sprint Car Series, June 16, and ASCS sprint car Super Stars of the Midwest, July. 7.
St. Francois County Raceway, Farmington, 573-210-7090, sfcraceway.com. This 3/8-mile dirt Oval, located in the heart of the Midwest in Farmington, Mo., is home to weekly racing of 410 winged sprinted cars, A-Mods - B Mods, 600cc Outlaw Micros and Pure Streets. Featured events are The Tubby Black Showdown Saturday, July 21, and The Gateway Vintage Heartland Classic, Oct. 5-6.
Federated Auto Parts Raceway, Pevely, 636-479-3219, federatedautopartsraceway.com. Formerly I-55 Raceway, this 3/8-mile, high-banked clay oval track plays host to UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, UMP DIRTcar Sportsman, and UMP DIRTcar Pro 4 Stocks every Saturday night at 7 p.m. through Sept. 22. Featured events include the UMP DIRTcar Summer Nationals, June 30, and the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55, Aug. 3-4.