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Tucson Speedway

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Coordinates: 32°2′15″N 110°47′20″W / 32.03750°N 110.78889°W / 32.03750; -110.78889

Tucson Speedway
LocationPima County, near Tucson, Arizona
Opened1968
Major eventsNASCAR Whelen All-American Series
Chilly Willy Races, K&N Tour Series, Lucas Oil Modified Series
Oval
Length0.6 km (0.375 mi)
Banking3° – 9° Variable Banking

Tucson Speedway is a 3/8-mile paved oval racetrack located at the Pima County Fairgrounds, off Interstate 10 just south of Tucson, Arizona. It is one of only three paved ovals in the state of Arizona (the others are ISM Raceway and Havasu 95 Speedway).

HistoryEdit

The track was built in 1968, originally as a clay oval and called Raven Speedway.[1] Current NASCAR CEO Brian France took over operations of the track in 1990. International Speedway Corporation paved the racing surface and renamed the track in 1992. ISC sold the track to Deery Sports West, Inc. ten years later.[2]

In 2005 the track was sold to Dan and Joyce Ruth, who made many track improvements. Three years later, Ruth sold the track to Mark Ebert who also made many changes to the track, including making it an ASA Member track. After five years, the track was closed. In 2012, Tucson businessman John Lashley bought the lease on the track and spent six months renovating the facility, which re-opened in 2013 as Tucson Speedway. In 2014 Tucson Speedway joined NASCAR as an authorized Hometrack.

Racing at TRPEdit

In 2014, Tucson Speedway re-joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Tucson Speedway features Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Pro-Stocks, Modifieds, Hornets, Bandoleros, and Thunder Trucks. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule holds the Twin 100s events in May.

Races are usually held every other Saturday night, with occasional practice sessions held on Friday's the day before. Thanks to the warm climate in Tucson, the track is able to remain open from February to November, only closing on weekends when there is a MENCS race at ISM Raceway.

Former eventsEdit

In 1995, TRP hosted the second-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the Racing Champions 200. This race returned in 1996 and 1997 as the NAPA 200.

TRP was also the home of the TV program Winter Heat Series, which ran during NASCAR's offseason from 1994-95 to 1998-99. This program was the launching pad for the careers of drivers such as Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Matt Crafton and others.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pima County Attractions - Tucson Raceway Park". Pima County Attractions. Archived from the original on February 22, 2006. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Finley, Patrick (May 25, 2006). "Phoenix man seeking takeover of TRP lease". Arizona Daily Star. Archived from the original on September 26, 2007. Retrieved May 30, 2017.

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