Chasing the Chequered Flag
Have a need for speed? Then put the pedal to the metal and head over to Iowa’s raceways!
Iowa Speedway, Newton
Vroom, vroom. That’s what your heart will do as you watch the racecars speed around this 7/8-mile asphalt track. Owned by NASCAR and designed by Rusty Wallace, this track is a must-see on your list of speedways. Stop by during the summer when the Iowa Speedway hosts the Iowa Corn Indy 300 and World Truck Series (July 11-12) and NASCAR Nationwide Series and K&N Pro Series (August 1-2).
Adams County Speedway, Corning
This dirt track delights race fans on most Saturday nights from April through September. The Adams County Speedway in Corning is a NASCAR Home Track and hosts multiple regional races for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. On any given Saturday during the summer you can see more than 100 hobby stocks, late models, street stocks and modified racecars chasing after the chequered flag. Hot laps start at 6:30 and races at 7 p.m.
Knoxville Raceway, Knoxville
Sprint to Knoxville to see sprint car racing that will take your breath away. For more than 60 years, this half-mile dirt track has been hosting weekly races on Saturdays from May through July. Its signature race is the Knoxville Nationals (August 6-9, 2014), which offers a hefty one million dollar purse and attracts talented drivers from around the country. While you’re there, check out the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, which is conveniently located right next door.
Mid America Motorplex, Pacific Junction
Road races. Drag races. Karts. Bikes. And more. Whatever gets your heart racing, chances are you’ll find it at the Mid America Motorplex in Pacific Junction. This 2.23-mile course challenges drivers and thrills onlookers. On some nights, you can even see National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) dragsters move the speedometer from 0 to 100 in less than one second on the track’s 1/8-mile drag strip. The 2014 schedule features more than 65 drag races and 27 course races.
Fun Valley MotoX, Montezuma
Is two-wheeled competition more your style? Then you’ll want to head to Fun Valley MotoX in Montezuma where you can watch all the action in a 5,000 square foot air-conditioned lodge. Catch the fastest dirt bikes in Iowa during their signature event - the MotoX Championship Series awards - on September 28.
New Hartford Racing, New Hartford
Watch motocross racers of all skill levels challenge each other – and themselves – on New Harford Racing’s European-style motocross track, flat-track short track and wooded trails. Plus, you can enjoy free camping on race weekends.
Hawkeye Downs, Cedar Rapids
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Motocross events along with automotive, go-kart and bicycle racing are just some of what’s waiting for you at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids. Races are held Friday nights from May through August.