How Big Is The Dirt Track At Texas Motor Speedway? [Expert Guide!]

While driving around the country this summer, I had the pleasure of seeing lots of dirt tracks. Most of these dirt tracks were associated with the motorcycle racing scene, but there were a few that were from a bygone era, when cars were still built to race on a track rather than race in a car park. One of these tracks was Texas Motor Speedway in Ennis, Texas. This is the home of the US MotoGP and it is quite an eclectic mix of old and new; there are lots of dirt tracks within easy reach, including Turkey Track, which is on the same property and is a true gem. I decided to write up some notes about how big the dirt track is at Texas Motor Speedway – enough for you to really get a sense of what is going on out there.

The History Of Texas Motor Speedway

Texas Motor Speedway is one of the original purpose-built speedways and it still hosts some great motorsport events. The track was first used for horse racing, which made it a bit trickier for the drivers to take turns at high speed. The track was then used for automobile racing, which required the drivers to shift gears often and deal with a lot of wind noise. It was originally designed for Ford Model Ts and other large vehicles back in the day, but nowadays it can host pretty much any type of motor sport you can think of. There are lots of tight turns, elevation changes and lots of opportunities for crashes, which makes it a real spectacle when everyone gets together for an event.

The Biggest Dirt Track In History

In case you were wondering, the biggest dirt track in history was constructed in 1980 and it is still one of the biggest and most popular bike tracks in the world. It measures 4.9km in length and if you add in the loop, which is 2.2km in length, you have a total of 6.1km of dirt track. The track is mostly banked and it can be rather hard to pass on the inside or outside. The most daunting part of the track is undoubtedly the back straight, which is 1.8km long. One thing to keep in mind is that it doesn’t actually get that cold out there. The surface temperature rarely goes above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so you won’t really need an extra layer, even in the summer. The infield of the track is rather small, which can become problematic if there are a lot of people there. The grandstands are fairly old and rickety, but that is true of most dirt tracks in existence. They were never really designed to hold large audiences and the seating is rather uncomfortable. Still, it is a great place to be on a Sunday afternoon.

How Big Is The Grandstand At Texas Motor Speedway?

The grandstand at Texas Motor Speedway is enormous. It cost more than $100,000 to build and it was opened in 1982. It holds a little over 10,000 and it is quite an eclectic mix of old and new. There are sections of the grandstand that are open-air and there are also areas that are completely covered. There are seats for everyone and you can’t help but wonder how many people were in the vicinity when the President was there to address them in 1988. He even took time out of his speech to compliment the track on how well it was built. Still, the seats are rather rickety and you have to keep an eye out for people sitting in the last row, as it is all but guaranteed that someone will be falling over at some point during the day. The aisles are also rather narrow, which makes it easy for everyone to walk around and make their way to their seats. The food courts and bathrooms are also located under the stands and it is rather easy for fans to throw open the gates and go for a walk, or rather a quick pee, during a break in the action. The roof is one of the best parts of the grandstand and it provides spectators with some breathtaking views of the entire track. The lighting also does wonders and the dark often proves to be the best time for photographers, or rather film makers, who want to catch some great shots of the action. The photo below was taken at night and it really does help bring the track to life. Even from this vantage point, you can almost feel the wind on your cheeks as you watch a close racing series unfold in front of you. It is always exciting when a new set of cars arrives and there are always plenty of volunteers to help you take a closer look at the new models and their features. The volunteers are usually very friendly and they do their best to help you discover the best parts of the car and how it works, as there is usually a lot of confusion concerning technical specifications. This is also one of the rare tracks where you can bring your camera phone and get some great shots of the action, without having to worry about anyone telling you no or giving you a hard time about it.

As I mentioned above, the toilets at Texas Motor Speedway are rather scarce. There are none of the modern conveniences you might find at a standard sports arena. If you need to go to the bathroom, you are usually out of luck. The nearest facilities are either at the track or at the nearest gas station, which can be a rather long walk. Fortunately, there are also a lot of historic monuments around the track. In an odd sort of way, this is one of the quaintest races in the world and the volunteers and staff always go the extra mile to ensure everyone is happy and comfortable, which makes a big difference. Even during an off-race, the atmosphere is still rather pleasant and you might forget you are at a racetrack, as the buildings are rather old-fashioned and charming. Still, as I said at the beginning, it is an eclectic mix of old and new, which makes it rather interesting and you can’t help but be inspired by the different styles that define the various eras. One thing is certain and that is that nothing, not even the track, will ever change. The track will always be there, waiting for everyone to come and enjoy some high speed action, whether on a motorcycle or a car.

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