There is a reason why the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is known as the ‘Granddaddy of All Racetracks’. It has been described as the ‘Mecca of Motorsport’ and it is home to some of the biggest NASCAR races in the world. If you head there now, it will be more than 10 years since you last visited the place.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway Is Over 100 Years Old
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway opened its doors to the general public in September 1922. The land that would become the track was originally bought by Carl G. Fisher in the early 1900s. He saw the potential of the area to host sporting events and established the speedway as a venue for car races. The first NASCAR race was held there in 1949 and it has been a popular place for motorsport fans ever since.
It Is A Mecca For NASCAR Fans
If you are a fan of NASCAR, then the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is the Mecca for you. The top three NASCAR races – the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and the Cup Series – all take place at the track. It is also the site of the Memorial Day Classic which is one of the biggest and most prestigious sporting events in North America. Every year, thousands of motorsport fans travel to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to witness the event live.
The Grandaddy Of All Racetracks
The granddaddy of all racetracks is often credited to be the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was around the turn of the 20th century that auto racing really took off and a number of tracks were built to host the growing popularity of the sport. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first of these and it remains the biggest and most iconic track worldwide. It also happens to be located in Indiana, the home state of the Vice President of NASCAR, Jim Hunter.
The next biggest and most iconic track is the Daytona International Speedway located in Florida. The Daytona International Speedway opened its doors in January 1922 and it too is home to some of the biggest and most prestigious sporting events. Its most notable event is the Daytona 500, one of the biggest and most popular automotive races in the world. The track is also the home of NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl, the Daytona 500 Festival USA.
The third biggest and most iconic track is the Talladega Supersound. It is located in Alabama and it too is home to some of the biggest and most prestigious sporting events. The most notable event is the fall football season, when the large Alabama fan base comes together to cheer on their team.
There are also others such as the Watkins Glen International Raceway in New York, the Sonoma Raceway in California and the Oakdale Raceway in Minnesota. These tracks were built in the later part of the 20th century and they too host some of the biggest and most prestigious sports and racing events. In fact, some of these other tracks are even bigger and more iconic than the ones mentioned above.
Each Track Has Its Own Special Moments
Each and every one of the above-mentioned tracks has its own special moments. You can find photos on social media of people who got to witness these iconic events firsthand. Whether it is a young man or woman dressed up in vintage racing gear or a couple celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary, the photos tell the story of why these tracks are so special.
The first Daytona 500 was held in February 1935. The track has undergone a lot of change since then with the addition of a few more turns and several new grandstands. One of the most memorable moments from that race took place on lap 4 when a massive fire broke out near the frontstretch. The fans in the stands cheered as they watched the flames engulf one of the most historic structures in American racing – the grandstands. Thankfully, the blaze was quickly put out and there were no injuries reported.
The Las Vegas Race Track Is A Family-Friendly Destination
One of the things that make the Las Vegas Motor Speedway so special is that it is a family-friendly destination. Younger kids will love the interactive games at the souvenir stand while adults can appreciate the impeccable service at the hospitality tables. There are plenty of restaurants and stores nearby so fans can eat and shop after the races. The casino district is a few minutes away on foot and it is easy to get to via mass transit. So, even those who are not into sports can enjoy the experience.
However, what the Las Vegas Motor Speedway lacks in size it more than makes up for in nostalgia. It is home to some of the most memorable events in motorsport history and it is also a destination that many fans think of as their home track. This is because of the warmth and friendliness of the fans and the hospitality of the track staff. You will definitely feel like you are at a friend’s house when you’re there.
The Las Vegas Speedway Is An Important Piece Of American History
Another important thing to note about the Las Vegas Speedway is that it is an important piece of American history. The history of America itself can be said to begin at the track because it was here that the men and women who created this country and laid the foundations for its growth as a nation began their work. It is a monument to the American spirit and it is impossible to not be moved by this history.
In the days leading up to what is now known as Mother’s Day, the families of the workers would journey to the site to pay their respects. They would line the streets next to the track and many of them would be carrying floral arrangements as a sign of respect.
It is for these reasons that I consider the Las Vegas Motor Speedway to be a part of American heritage. Whether you are a motorsport fan or not, it is an important and beautiful tribute to the those who worked so hard to build this great nation.