Racing season gets revved up in the Mountain region and beyond
Automotive racetracks throughout Colorado and the mountain region provide opportunities for all motorsports enthusiasts to compete on asphalt to dirt, spring to fall. Events such as Bandimere’s annual Mopar Mile High Nationals, and the 101st Race to the Clouds with Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, highlight an exciting year of races.
Bandimere Speedway, an NHRA-sanctioned dragstrip in Morrison, will host the 37th annual Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series) July 21-23. Other notable events through October include the CARSTAR Thunder on the Mountain race, June 16 and 17; Fun Ford Series, featuring an all-Ford drag racing event and car show, June 11; and Coy’s Equipped Grudge Night, Sept. 15, one of three PSCA days here this year. For tickets and a complete list of events, visit www.bandimere.com.
Colorado Hill Climb Association (CHCA) offers a handful of confirmed climbs scheduled for 2017: CORE I in Deer Trail, April 22 and 23; Temple Canyon in Canon City, May 19-21; a climb July 15- 16, in Monarch; Lands End in Grand Junction, Aug. 11-13; and CORE II in Deer Trail, Sept. 9-10. The 2nd Annual Lands End Racer’s Meet, presented by Alpine Bank in Grand Junction, at Edgewater Brewery, Friday, Aug. 12, will feature a drawing for the class that will race to win the custom Lands End BRM watch. For more climb information, visit www.chcaracing.com.
High Plains Raceway, a road course track in Deer Trail off of U.S. 36, features a variety of enthusiast club events including SCCA 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. As of 2017, this is a members-only park. The CORE park offers tracks, trails and hill climbs for trucks, SUVs, Jeeps and all types of four-wheel drive vehicles, as well as ATVs, rallycars, hill climb cars, off-road desert cars and buggies. The CORE hotline is 303-795-0524, or visit www.coloradooffroadextreme.com.
Colorado National Speedway (CNS), a paved oval in Dacono spanning 0.375 miles, is a member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West annually. Notable events this year include the Father’s Day NASCAR Knockout June 17, Famous Dave’s BBQ SLM Special, July 2, and the Colorado Christian Faster Pastor Race, Aug. 12. Visit www.coloradospeedway.com for more events.
El Paso County Raceway, a semi-banked quarter-mile dirt oval track opened in 2007, is located at the El Paso County Fairgrounds. The Speedway races IMCA Northern SportMods, stock cars, Colorado 1200 Outlaws, hobby trucks, Hornets, high plains midgets, and Colorado dwarf cars. Key races this year include the El Paso County Fair July 21, Championship Night, Sept. 23, and the Fourth Annual Fall Brawl Race, Oct. 7.
I-25 Speedway, in Bragdon, eight miles north of Pueblo, features 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 2017 schedule.
I-76 Speedway is a 1/4-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 Micro. Highlights include the I-76 Summer Shoot-Out, July 29, the Independence Day special and fireworks show, July 3, and the 29th Annual Fall Classic, Oct. 14-15, featuring Topless Mods, Topless Sport Mods, Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Compacts, Dwarfs and 270 Micro divisions. Visit www.I-76speedway.com.
Julesburg Drag Strip in Julesburg is a quarter-mile track and the oldest drag strip in the country 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 Second Annual Tri-State Hot Rod Revival, Aug. 18-20. Visit www.julesburgdragracing.com for more events.
Lamar Speedway races include IMCA Modified, IMCA Stock Car, IMCA Northern Sport mod, IMCA Hobby Stock, LRC Hobby Truck, LRC Econo, and LRC Mini Stock. This year the Speedway features the CAT Tour, June 9 and July 7, with Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks, Econos and Mini Stocks. Visit www.lamarspeedway.com.
Phillips County Raceway in Holyoke is the fastest 3/8-dirt oval in northeastern Colorado, located on Highway 385 a half mile north of Highway 6. July 4 features the High Plains Late Model Series with an Independence Day fireworks celebration, and Aug. 25 is fan appreciation night. Visit www.bstpromotions.com/phillips-county-raceway-holyoke for a 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 partly paved and partially graveled, with 19 divisions, everything from motorcycles with sidecars to electric vehicles. Known globally as The Race to the Clouds, this marks its 101st year. Visit www.ppihc.com for race information.
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. 1. This year’s banquet is scheduled for Oct. 21. Visit www.wcdra.com for a race schedule.
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.
Sherman County Speedway, a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt track on 417 North Main Road, features Bombers and IMCA modifieds. Key events include Championship Night, Sept. 2, and the Flatlander Fall Classic, scheduled Sept. 21-23. For more information visit www.shermancountyspeedway.com.
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 — a single elimination street car race in which tickets are drawn to “call out” other racers in a class to race and must accept the challenge, June 3, the Firecracker Nationals, June 30 and July 1, the National Dragster Challenge, Aug. 5, the Labor Day Bash, Sept. 1 and 2, Mopar versus the World, Sept. 30, and the High Octane Shootout, Oct. 1. 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 a tentative race schedule.
Aztec Speedway is a 1/3-mile, high-banked clay oval track that hosts Dwarf, Mini Stock, Modified, Stock and Thunder Bomber racing events in Aztec. Visit www.aztecspeedway.com for a full race schedule and revised Hobby Stock rules.
Cardinal Motor Speedway is an IMCA-sanctioned, 1/4-mile, high-banked, clay oval racetrack. All five race classes regularly compete every other Saturday night in Eunice, 18 miles south of Hobbs. Visit www.cardinalspeedway.com.
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. 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 2017 include MVT Night with Fireworks, July 1, the Summer Sizzle and Stock Car Showdown, July 28-29, the USAC versus NMMRA Non-Wing Labor Day Fling, and Monster Truck Madness, Oct. 6-7. Visit www.snmspeedway.com for a complete schedule.
Big Country Speedway in Cheyenne hosts racing every Saturday night through September. The track is an oval 1/5 mile of asphalt, and hosts Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks and Pure Stocks. July 22’s race night includes a free concert after the races, and Nitro Circus will perform live here, Aug. 27. Visit www.bigcountryspeedwaywy.com for a full race schedule.
Casper Speedway races Wissota Mod IV, Wissota Midwest Modified, IMCA Hobby Stock, Mini Stock, Dwarf Cars, IMCA Modified, and Late Model. Its 2nd Annual Bail Bonds Dwarf Car Shootout will be June 2-3 this year. Championship night is scheduled for Aug. 25. See the full schedule at www.facebook.com/CasperSpeedway.