What States Have Speedway? [Updated!]

Looking for a way to spend some quiet time? Wanting to go on a road trip but don’t want to go too far? Wanting to have a night out with your friends but don’t want to go too far? You could always head to a racetrack! There are actually a few in the US that host regular racing events, which you can check out here. Though not all of them host racing on a regular basis, many do. And if you’re looking for a way to experience some live-ness while on the road, heading to a racetrack is the way to go. But which ones have what it takes to be considered a ‘speedway’? Let’s take a look.

Indiana Motor Speedway

Located in Indianapolis, Indiana Motor Speedway has been the home of some of the biggest names in motorsport history. Most notably, the track famously hosted the famous Indianapolis 500, which is the world’s greatest sporting event (yes, even bigger than the Super Bowl). Though the Indy 500 no longer takes place at the speedway, it’s still a popular place for fans of auto racing to visit. There’s also a driving range onsite, which is open to the public. If live racing is what your heart desires, you could spend a day or two here, taking in a couple of practice sessions and one of the famous IndyCar races. If nothing else strikes your fancy, there are a lot more to do in Indianapolis than just sit around and take in some auto racing. The city is full of historical sites and museums that are must-sees for any history buff. Or for those visiting the city, definitely consider making a day of it and taking in a ballet or jazz performance. With so much to do in the city, you could plan a whole day around it and not even spend a penny!

North Carolina Motor Speedway

Home to the only permanent NASCAR race track, the North Carolina Motor Speedway, which is actually owned by the same company that owns the Daytona International Speedway, holds some pretty incredible racing events. Each year, the track hosts a couple of NASCAR cup series, the most prestigious of which is the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (more commonly known as just ‘the Cup’) and the Xfinity Series. The first ever Championship Cup was held here in 1949 and, since then, the track has mostly been home to the big-name teams and drivers. These days, the track also welcomes fans to bring their own cars and participate in various racing series, such as the ARCA Racing Series. Though the track no longer promotes motorcyclist events, it was the home of the prestigious World 600, which is now known as the Duck Commander Classic, a celebrity roast and fireworks display. In addition to all these fun and exciting events, the track also hosts the biggest names in football and baseball. If you’re a serious sports fan and want to catch a game or two (or seven), this is the track for you.

California Speedway

Though not technically a ‘speedway’, the California Speedway, which is located in Fontana, California, is the site of many exciting motorsport events each year. The track originally opened in 1947 and, since then, it has hosted some of the biggest races in the country. The track also welcomes casual fans to participate in the Big Kid Challenge, a children’s racing event that’s been going strong for more than 80 years. This is one of the largest oval tracks in the country, which makes it pretty difficult to navigate, especially when racing is taking place. Though it doesn’t have a stand-alone museum, the track’s history is celebrated through interactive displays and photos at various points around the track. The track also hosts several festivals each year, such as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Weekend and the Monster Energy Invitational Weekend. It wouldn’t be a complete sports fan’s guide without including Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, which is located about 30 minutes from the track. On game days, you’ll find many supporters of the LA Rams and the Los Angeles Dodgers, who play their home games here. There’s also the Rose Bowl, one of the greatest football palaces in the world, about 30 minutes away from the track. Though it no longer hosts regular sporting events, it still draws large crowds for special events, such as the college football game between USC and UCLA or an NBA playoff game. For those interested in going to a track after all, the Los Angeles Coliseum is a popular option. If you want to feel like you’re in London, you could always drive over the River Aln and pay a visit to the King Edward VII Hall, about 90 minutes from the Coliseum. The hall was originally built in the early 20th century and still hosts a range of concerts, from classical music to pop and rock. If you visit the area during the week, you’ll find many families out for a picnic or simply taking a stroll. There are also a lot of parks to choose from, offering a green spot for anyone who wants to take a break from their busy day. With all these attractions, it’s no wonder why the locals are known as the “City of Stars”.

Kentucky Motor Speedway

Named after former racer Bill France, who, in 1910, set the first official land speed record at 200 miles per hour, the Kentucky Motor Speedway welcomes thousands of motorsport fans each year and hosts several big events each season. The speedway also has a driving range, where members of the public can test their cars, and is the location of many community events, such as car shows and drag races. Though it no longer hosts motorcyclist events, the track’s history is celebrated each year at the Festival of Speed festival, where vintage cars and bikes are on display and preserved. The most prestigious event at the speedway is the Kentucky Derby Festival, which takes place each spring. During the festival, you’ll find many stalls and exhibits celebrating the history of the Derby and its participants. You’ll also find live music, food and drink, and a lot of revelry taking place throughout the city, making it a great destination for those looking to celebrate any special occasion. Though it’s not quite on the scale of the other roads mentioned here, the Kentucky Motor Speedway is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

The largest of the five motor sports venues in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was the host of the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in 2008 and welcomes thousands of visitors each year. The track is actually located about 30 minutes from the city center and features a unique blend of restaurants, attractions, and entertainment venues. Though the track no longer hosts regular motorsport events, it still welcomes fans to take a look around and get a feel for what the place is like. The track is also home to the largest pumpkin patch between Chicago and Las Vegas, which is open each year for visitors. Though it isn’t an official museum, the track’s history is celebrated at the Hall of Fame Museum, which is open all year round and houses a collection of vintage racing vehicles, helmets, and other memorabilia. The largest of the five venues in Las Vegas, the speedway features a wide range of restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, making it the destination of choice for sports fans and moviegoers alike. If you’re visiting the city, it’s pretty much a must-stop on your itinerary. Just make sure you don’t eat at one of the restaurants on the track’s property, as tickets for that are more expensive. Otherwise, you’ll be violating NASCAR’s ‘Housekeeping Rule’, which states, “Do not park in the front yards of any other teams or tracks. This is considered an ‘illicit activity’ and you will be fined.”

That’s pretty much every state that holds motorsport events. Hopefully, this article gave you enough information to plan your journey to one of these amazing locations. Be sure to check out the online maps to pinpoint the exact location of each track. Also, make sure to pack your helmet and insurance card, just in case.

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