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Short track motor racing


In North American auto racing, particularly with regard to NASCAR, a short track is a racetrack of less than one mile (1.6km) in length. Short track racing, often associated with fairgrounds and similar venues, is where stock car racing first got off of the back roads and into organized and regulated competition. Many traditional fans and purists still see short track racing as the "real" NASCAR, because the lower speeds make "paint swapping", where the bodies of the cars actually rub against one another, practical without a very high likelihood of serious accidents.

In recent years, there has been a gradual push away from short track venues for Nextel Cup (the highest level of NASCAR) in favor of longer tracks. This is due to larger venues having accommodations for more fans (although the short track in Bristol, Tennessee, Bristol Motor Speedway, now has over 160,000 seats) and higher speeds.

Short track listings by state

Arizona

Track Name Location Type Classes
Tucson Raceway Park Tucson, AZ 3/8 mile high bank asphalt Late models, Grand American Modifieds, Factory Stock, Legends, Bandaleros

Colorado

Track Name Location Type Classes
Colorado National Speedway Denver, CO 1/2 mile paved Late models, Grand American Modifieds, Super Stock, Figure 8, "trains"

Connecticut

Track Name Location Type Classes
Stafford Motor Speedway Stafford Springs, CT 1/2 mile slightly banked oval SK Modifieds, Late Models, Dare Stocks, Limited Late Models
Thompson International Speedway Thompson, CT 5/8 mile high banked oval Mini Stock, Limited Sportsman, Late Models, Pro Stocks, Modifieds, TM
Waterford Speedbowl Waterford, CT 3/8 mile oval SK-Modifieds, Modifieds, Late Model, Sportsman, Mini Stock, Legends Cars, X Mods, X cars, Super-X cars,

Illinois

Track Name Location Type Classes
Clay County Speedway Flora, Ill 1/3 mile dirt UMP modified
LaSalle Speedway LaSalle, Ill 1/4 mile dirt limited late models
Quad City Speedway East Moline, Ill 1/4 mile dirt late models
Quincy Raceway Quincy, Ill 1/4 mile dirt late models
Bureau County Speedway Princeton, Ill 3/8 mile dirt Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Hornets

Indiana

Track Name Location Type Classes
Brownstown Speedway Brownstown, Indiana 1/4 mile dirt late models

Iowa

Track Name Location Type Classes
34 Raceway Burlington, Iowa 3/8 mile dirt late models
Adams County Speedway Corning, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt modifieds, late models, stock cars, hobby stocks
Algona Raceway Algona, Iowa 4/10 mile dirt modifieds,stock cars, hobby stocks,b-mods, cruisers, hornets
Benton County Speedway Vinton, Iowa 1/4 mile dirt modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks
Blackbird Bend Motersports Speedway Onawa, Iowa 1/3 mile dirt modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks
Bloomfield Speedway Bloomfield, Iowa 3/8 mile dirt modifieds, hobby stocks
Boone Speedway Boone, Iowa 1/3 mile dirt modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks, SportMods
Buena Vista Raceway Alta, Iowa 3/8 mile dirt modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks
CJ Raceway Columbus Junction, Iowa 4/10 mile dirt stock cars
Crawford County Speedway Denison, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt stock cars, hobby stocks
Davenport Speedway Davenport, Iowa 3/8 mile dirt late models
Dubuque Speedway Dubuque, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt modifieds, late models
Eldon Raceway Eldon, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt modifieds, hobby stocks
Farley Speedway Farley, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt late models, stocks cars, hobby stocks
Greenbelt Speedway Eldora, Iowa 1/2 mile clay modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks
Hamiliton County Speedway Webster City, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt late models
Hancock County Speedway Britt, Iowa 4/10 mile dirt stock cars, hobby stocks
Hawkeye Downs Speedway Ceder Rapids, Iowa 1/4 mile asphalt stock cars, hobby stock, asphalt modifieds
I-35 Speedway Mason City, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt modifieds
Independence Mother Speedway Independence, Iowa 3/8 mile clay stock cars, hobby stocks
Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway Des Moines, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt modifieds, late models, stock cars, hobby stocks
Jackson County Speedway Maquoketa, Iowa 1/4 mile dirt late models
Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, Iowa 1/2 mile dirt sprint cars
Lee County Speedway Donnellson, Iowa 3/8 mile dirt modifieds, stock cars, hobby stocks
Marshalltown Speedway Marshalltown, Iowa 1/4 mile dirt modified, stock cars, hobby stocks
Shelby County Speedway Harlen, Iowa 4/10 mile dirt modifieds, stock cars, late models, hobby stocks
Stuart Speedway Stuart, Iowa 1/4 mile clay modifieds, stock cars

Nebraska

Track Name Location Type Classes
Beatrice Speedway Beatrice, Nebraska 3/8 mile clay
Boone County Raceway Albion, Nebraska 3/8 mile clay
Butler County Motorplex Rising City, Nebraska 1/3 mile clay
Dawson County Raceway Lexington, Nebraska 3/8 mile dirt
Eagle Raceway Eagle, Nebraska 1/3 mile dirt 360 Sprint Cars, modifieds
Hitchcock County Raceway Culbertson, Nebraska 3/8 mile dirt
Junction Motor Speedway McCool Junction, Nebraska 3/8 mile dirt
Lincoln County Raceway North Platte, Nebraska 3/8 mile dirt
McCook Speedway McCook, Nebraska 3/8 mile clay
Mid-Nebraska Speedway Doniphan, Nebraska 3/8 mile clay
Nebraska Raceway Park Greenwood, Nebraska 4/10 mile dirt
Riviera Raceway Norfolk, Nebraska 3/10 mile clay
The Speed Bowl Red Cloud, Nebraska 3/8 mile clay
Thayer County Speedway Deshler, Nebraska 3/8 mile clay
U.S. 30 Speedway Columbus, Nebraska 1/3 mile clay

South Carolina

Track Name Location Type Classes
Cherokee Super Speedway Gaffney, SC 1/2 mile dirt late models, street stock, super stock