Every year thousands of motorsport fans make the pilgrimage to Kansas to witness the greatest racing series in the world. There’s no question that the Kansas Speedway is one of the jewels in the crown of American motorsport. For those who can’t make it across the country, maybe it’s time to plan a road trip! Let’s take a look at where exactly is Kansas Speedway and how to get there.
Where Is It?
The Kansas Speedway is located in the heart of America, in the state of Kansas. The 1.446 mile quad-oval track is situated on the banks of the Kansas River. For those not familiar, the river provides an impressive visual feast as it winds its way through the area. The track is adjacent to the Sprint Center, home of the NBA’s Kansas City Thunder and the NHL’s Kansas City Icehawks. The venue is owned by Bruton Smith and his sons, Richard and Jerry. (The latter is the track’s president). The track was first built in 2004 and was designed by legendary drag racer Bobby Isaac.
How Do I Get There?
The easiest way to get to Kansas is to drive. That is certainly the most scenic route and you get to experience the vast prairies of the American Midwest as you go. The journey is all the more interesting because you’re following along the banks of the scenic Kansas River. It’s a beautiful drive from Chicago all the way to Dodge City. From there you can either take the backroads through Kansas or continue on to the venue.
• The fastest person to ever drive a lap around the track was Richard Petty, in a 2007 Dodge Charger R/T, with a speed of 208 mph. • The track has the longest straightaway in all of motorsport: 2.236 miles. • The track’s maximum speed is exactly 150 miles per hour. (Though, the actual speed limit is 100 mph). • The track’s banking is 24 degrees, which is the steepest in all of motorsport. (That’s right, a 24 degree banked track)
So, on that note, it’s time to hit the road and make your way to the great state of Kansas. Have fun!