The 2019 racing season is upon us, which means it’s time for dirt track racing fans to dust off those faded jeans and torn t-shirts and get excited about the coming months of racing. Perhaps the most iconic track in American history is ready to stage its famous races again, and it’s time for dirt track fans to get on the move and make the pilgrimage to The Mill to relive some of the greatest moments of their life. Let’s have a look at where you can find the legendary Iowa Speedway and how to get there.
The History Of Iowa Speedway
If you’re unfamiliar, Iowa Speedway is a 1.5-mile racetrack located in Des Moines, Iowa. The track was built in 1957 and initially hosted races in the summer and autumn months. Over the years, the track’s calendar has expanded to take in the whole year, and it currently hosts six Sprint Cup Series races and one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race each year. The track is owned by the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino. The first Sprint Cup Series race at the track was in 1960, and it was won by Richard Petty.
The track’s first NASCAR race was in 1966, and it was won by Ned Jarrett. Since then, the track has seen a lot of great racing action, with many memorable events taking place there. One of the most iconic races was the 1973 Ledesdale World 500, which was won by Bobby Allison.
How To Get To Iowa Speedway
Although it’s not an international line, it’s worth mentioning that Iowa Speedway is accessible from all major cities via I-35. In fact, the track is located approximately an hour and a half drive from both Minneapolis and Chicago, making it a popular destination for fans from the Midwest. The track is also directly accessible from Dallas via I-35 and I-45.
If you’re coming from the north, then take I-80 southbound from Chicago to reach Iowa Speedway. Alternatively, take I-35 and head east to reach the track. Coming from the east, take I-80 west to reach the track. Coming from the west, take I-35 east to reach the track. All major highways lead to Iowa Speedway. From the south, take I-20 north to reach the track. The whole route is well-maintained and easy to follow, making it ideal for drivers and passengers alike. In addition to the four states mentioned above, Iowa Speedway is also accessible from Montreal, Ontario, Canada via I-87. In 2018, the track recorded 300 days of sunshine.
The Track Layout
The track layout at Iowa Speedway is one of the things that make it so special. The 1.5-mile oval is banked slightly uphill, with the grandstands and most of the track being on the inside of the track. This unique configuration gives the track an air of mystery and adds an interesting dynamic to each race. It also means that the racing action is typically more aggressive and spectacular than you’ll see at a regular flat track.
Aesthetically, the track is quite splendid, with the exception of one thing: the lack of a bathroom. Seriously, there’s no such thing as a “porta-potty” at the track. If you think you’re going to wet your pants during a NASCAR race, then you’re going to have to find a place to go to the bathroom before the race starts. Fortunately, there is a gas station nearby, so you’ll have no problem using its bathroom facilities before and after the race. Otherwise, there’s no place to go but the grass. In the summer, the track is completely dry, so you’ll have to deal with the fact that there are no bathrooms there either. If you don’t want to wet your pants during a NASCAR race, then you might want to consider going to a different track. There are a number of them nearby, including the legendary Iowa Stadium. It’s been over 50 years since the last major renovation at Iowa Stadium, so it’s bound to be in good conditions. Also, it doesn’t rain often there, so if you’re looking for some excitement, then this might not be the place for you. But otherwise, it’s a lovely park to visit, with lots of shops and restaurants nearby. You won’t have a hard time finding something to eat there.
The crowds at the track are awesome. The grandstands are always packed, with lots of people jumping up and down, screaming and shouting at the top of their lungs. It’s not unusual to see 80 to 100 people standing outside the track on a Sunday afternoon, just waiting for the green flag to wave.
The weather is great at Iowa Speedway. It seems to be a perfect day for a race when the skies are blue and the air is fresh. Temperatures during the day often reach the high 80s and low 90s, so if you’re not used to that kind of heat, then this might be the last place you want to be. There are usually a few clouds in the sky, but they don’t block out the sun entirely. The heat is reflected back by the track’s white paint, making for an extremely hot and dry climate. In the summer, the track can get quite dusty, especially on the back straightaways, so if you have an air filter attached to your car’s air intake, then you’ll be glad you did. The air is fresh and smells good, so if you don’t have an air filter, then you might want to consider getting one.
One of the things NASCAR fans love most about Iowa Speedway is its amazing amenities. The track is well-known for its grass, which is always beautifully trimmed and maintained. In addition to the grass, there are plenty of trees lining the aisles and surrounding the track, providing some much-needed shade. There’s also a pond situated between the track and the hotel, which provides a scenic view of the racing action from certain vantage points. The track also boasts a museum, which features many interesting exhibits about the history of the track and its drivers. One of the better ones is the No. 88 Polar Bear jersey that Dale Earnhardt wore during the final race he ever competed in, the 2001 Daytona 500. In 2018, the track introduced a revamped and improved amenities section, which features a new restaurant, bar, and merchandise shops. It also has a large video board that runs the whole length of the concourse, providing fans with a perfect view of the action on the track. There’s also a revamped press box, which is much better than the one from which you can typically only see the stands.
Last but not least, we have the experience, which is something that can’t be quantified in texts or articles. There’s an energy that you simply can’t put into words that makes going to a NASCAR race at Iowa Speedway so much fun. As a spectator, you’re going to have the opportunity to see great racing, and as a participant, you’ll have the chance to have some memorable experiences. It doesn’t get any better than that.
What makes racing at Iowa Speedway so special is that the whole experience feels as old as time. There’s that sense of familiarity that you get when visiting places that have seen so much history. It’s like visiting places in your own country that were important in your childhood. As a kid, you have a certain sense of pride when visiting these places because you know they were important to your parents and grandparents. You get the same feeling when visiting Iowa Speedway. It’s like going back in time and finding a place that has such a special connection to your childhood. Maybe it’s the winding road towards the front gate that you grew up watching, or the sound the cars make as they fly by. Perhaps it’s the color the track is painted, or the smell of the gas as it leaks out of the cars’ tanks. It’s that indefinable something that makes all the difference. To this day, dirt track racing is considered “the heart and soul of American motorsport,” and it’s easily one of the most legendary tracks in the country.