Dirt racing in oklahoma

Dirt racing in oklahoma DEFAULT

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USRA Modifieds


1Mike Hansen12H
2Brent Holman17
3Trevor Hughes712
4Randy Henson10H
5Lance Robins33X


1Kevin Guinn788
2Dan Culp45
3Devin BarkerD97
4Ty Evans5E
5Jeremy Vaughn8J
ASCS Sprint Cars


1Roger Crockett11
2Garet Williamson24
3Brandon Anderson55B
4Kyle Clark9$
5Jeremy Campbell10C
P & G Roofing and Construction USRA Factory Stocks


1Tate Abernathy4T
2Rocky Cox2020
3Rick Edgerton27
4Hector Warnick0
5Jaymee McGarrah15J
USRA Modifieds


1Jason Hughes12H
2Brian Williams26
3Brent Holman17
4Lonnie Robins33
5Johnny Bone,12


1Tye Hollingsworth53H
2Jacob Campbell99
3Dalton Ragsdale22
4Kevin Guinn788
5Cody King510
P & G Roofing and Construction USRA Factory Stocks


1Ty Abernathy4A
2Chad Abernathy4
3Tommy Woody11X
4Marshall Penson1P
5O'Riley Hettinger03
USRA Stock Cars


1Denver Lee03
2Isaac Bryant8
3Wesley Bourne5
4Jaymee McGarrah15J
5Tandy Sullivan1S
USRA Modifieds


1Jake Davis7D
2Johnny Bone,12
3Mike Hansen12H
4Robby Hines57
5Brent Holman17


1Dalton Ragsdale22
2Kevin Guinn788
3Neil Johnston17
4H PalmerX15
5Devin BarkerD97
P & G Roofing and Construction USRA Factory Stocks


1Tate Abernathy4T
2Tommy Woody11X
3Jim Philpot25
4Hector Warnick0
5Riles Bonewell92
USRA Stock Cars


1Wesley Bourne5
2Andrew Martinez54
3Steve Holzkamper40
4Denver Lee03
5Mike WisemanDT1

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USRA Modifieds

As of 10/9/2021

1Brent Holman1050
2Jake Davis1035
3Lonnie Robins868
5Johnny Bone, Jr806

As of 10/9/2021

1Neil Johnston1065
2Cody King1061
3Devin Barker996
4Kevin Guinn980
5Ryan Adams887
Dirt Late Models

As of 6/12/2021

1Mitch Keeter100
2Cole Wells95
3Kylan Garner91
4Jim Body87
5Jimmy Body, III84

As of 4/30/2021

1Chris Brock0
2brett webb0
3Shawn Meeker0
4Jordan Thomas0
5Jeff Whittaker0
Grand Nationals

As of 5/1/2021

1Jason Sperry0
2Dylan Davlin0
3Johnny Coats0
5Gean Davlin0
Front Wheel Drives

As of 4/30/2021

1John Willard0
2Chris Perkins0
3Cody Bailey0
4Kallin Stokes0
5Scott Stokes0
Economy/360 Modifieds

As of 4/30/2021

1Kyle Ledford0
2Neil Johnston0
3Ty Evans0
4Casey Willson0
5Weston Holman0
P & G Roofing and Construction USRA Factory Stocks

As of 10/9/2021

1Chad Abernathy1117
2Ty Abernathy1004
3Tommy Woody891
4Hector Warnick879
5Tate Abernathy857
USRA Stock Cars

As of 10/2/2021

1Wesley Bourne832
2Robert Southerland631
3Denver Lee623
4Jaymee McGarrah517
5David Church451

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Mighty Tri-State Speedway

The Mighty Tri-State Speedway held its first race in May of 1971. The famous track in Pocola, OK has been in operation

every year since. The high-banked big 3/8ths mile dirt facility races stock cars and modifieds weekly with

special shows for late models and sprint cars.

The Mighty Tri-State Speedway held its first race in May of 1971. The famous track in Pocola, OK has been in operation every year since. The high-banked big 3/8ths mile dirt facility races stock cars and modifieds weekly with special shows for late models and sprint cars.

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Sours: https://www.tri-statespeedway.com/

State Fair Speedway through the years - Photo Gallery

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Gary Wright (9), of Hooks, Texas, races during the sixth heat race for the ASCS Outlaw Sprint Cars at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 20 2007. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
J.R. Keenan fills up a container with racing methanol gas at the State Fair Speedway, Friday, May 20, 2005, in Oklahoma City.  Keenan works the pump at the State Fair Speedway.  OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Chris Burns (car 97) and Koby Barksdale (car 22k) battle for position in a turn at the State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City on Sunday, September 2, 2007. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Terry Poovey (18) gets his race on during a Super Singles & Twins National Championship Heat during Oklahoma Cycle-Fest at the State Fair Speedway  on July 14, 2001. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Paul Ott, No. 89, goes airborne during his Pro Stock heat auto race at State Fair Speedway on June 14, 1996. (No. 9 Billy South and No. 92 Russell Knott) OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
James Hart from Sandoval Il., leads Glen Schnabel Jr. from West Bend, Wisc., during a heat race of the National Dirt Track Series at the State Fair Speedway on June 15, 2000. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Rich King of Dysart, Iowa, in front, and Joe Kopp from Mica, Wash., fly over a jump during the Moto TT Dirt Track National at the State Fair Speedway on June 22, 2002. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Riders jump during the Moto TT Dirt Track National at the State Fair Speedway on June 22, 2002. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
State Fair Speedway pit steward John Flagell hard at work in August 1998. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
The shadows of spectators are seen on the track through a fence during races at the State Fair Speedway at State Fair Park on Friday, July 3, 2009. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Lane Whitworth, 2, wears ear protection as he walks through the stands during races at the State Fair Speedway at State Fair Park on Friday, July 3, 2009. Whitworth said his favorite driver was Chris Burns. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Oklahoma State Fair Speedway announcers John Brooks (left) and Ben Buckland preview the stock car field for Friday night fans at the State Fair Speedway in September 1998. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
The State Fair Speedway grandstands being built in 1954. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Brickwork underway during the construction of the State Fair Speedway grandstands in October 1954. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
When all the wood was removed, the entrance to the State Fair Speedway would be ready for the first crowd in September 1954. The photo was taken in March of that year. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
A water truck works on the half-mile track in October 1955. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
State Fair Speedway under construction in 1954. The speedway opened for races in September of that year. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
 Dan Runte maneuvers his Bigfoot monster truck into an airborne spectacle in front of crowds at State Fair Speedway Sunday afternoon during the tough trucks competition at the Oklahoma 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals on March 29, 1999. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Spectators enjoy a front rail view of the tough trucks competition at the Oklahoma 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals Sunday afternoon at State Fair Speedway on March 29, 1999.  In this photo, the moster truck, Gunslinger, goes airborne in front of speedway crowds. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Fans watch a heat race at State Fair Speedway, Friday, June 12, 2009. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Gary Aikman with Smileys Racing pulls a race tire in his trailer in the pits at The State Fair Speedway in August 2003. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
From left, Jesse Dodson of Oklahoma City, Harold Sellers of Mustang, and Rick Sloan of Guthrie watch car races at the State Fair Speedway on Friday, March 28, 2008. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Collin Haskin, 8, of Mustang, watches car races from the pit area at the State Fair Speedway on Friday, March 28, 2008. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
From left, Tony Oliva, from Mustang, Rick Goforth from Shawnee, and Jay Sale, from Edmond, race to to the start line during their modifieds heat race at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, July 3, 2006. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Speedway scorekeepers Shelly Jarvis & Paula Wright keep track on August 13, 1999. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
A vacant State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, December 16, 2009.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
State Fair speedway's flagman John Ligon prepares for a race on July 25, 1997. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Crew chief of the No. 35 car Kevin McCreight checks the oil on the vehicle in the pit, while Mac Emerson, 13, watches at State Fair Speedway on April 1, 2005. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
NASCAR Winston Cup drivers Michael Waltrip, Jeremy Mayfield, Sterling Marlin and Kenny Wallace (left to right) play meet the press Friday afternoon before the drivers' date with dirt on the Oklahoma State Fair Speedway on May 8, 1998. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Crews at the State Fair Speedway remove the wing from Brooke Tatnell's car after a crash during a qualifying heat on June 22, 2000. Tatnell walked away from the crash.
Mark Kinser of Oolitic, Ind., pulls around a turn at the State Fair Speedway during a World of Outlaws sprint car racing heat on June 22, 2000. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Super Sprint driver Duane Baker flips in the third turn during the Trophy Dash at the State Fair Speedway on July 18, 1998. Baker was uninjured. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
A large crowd watches a race during the Friday night program at  The State Fair Speedway on Aug. 8, 2008. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
The State Fair Speedway grandstand in August 2008. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
State Fair Speedway before a storm in 1997. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Trey Robb, 12, of Newcastle, center, talks to his family before the start of the sprint car races at the State Fair Speedway, Friday, April 8, 2005.  His family includes from left to right, Perry Robb Sr., grandfather, Perry Robb Jr., dad, seven-year-old brother Gage, and mother Megan.  OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
A line of sprint cars on pit row at State Fair Speedway during a practice on March 20, 2005. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Trey Jones, left, and Danny Drake, right, work to change a tire for Robert Jones, Tim's dad, on pit row at State Fair Speedway during a practice on March 20, 2005. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
As a car is pushed onto the track at State Fair Speedway, track official Ron Wiegert motions for another car to pull ahead during a practice on March 20, 2005. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Kerry McAlister, left, of Mustang, and Cory Kruseman of Ventura, Calif., collide during a wingless sprint car heat race at the State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, on August 13, 2008. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Dustin Buntin, left,  talks to his crew chief Micah Martin at old State Fair Speedway. Buntin died recently at age 36. (OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO)
Mark Gambill starts the race during the ASCS National Tour Spring Race at the State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City on March 23, 2007. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Steve Smith (No. 14) and Brian Winter (No. 27) race during pro stocks heats at the State Fair Speedway on August 31, 2008. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Strike Hill of Jones, battles for position during his heat race at The State Fair Speedway on July 25, 2003. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO
Sours: https://oklahoman.com/gallery/600127/state-fair-speedway-through-the-years
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Mar 20Crawford County Speedway (Van Buren, AR)$750Dustin AllenMar 26Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK)$750Joe GodseyMar 27Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK)$2,000Jacob MageeApr 3Enid Speedway (Enid, OK)$750Kip HughesApr 1081 Speedway (Park City, KS)$750Josh LeonardApr 17Monarch Motor Speedway (Wichita Falls, TX)$750rained outMay 1Enid Speedway (Enid, OK)$750Kip HughesMay 881 Speedway (Park City, KS)$750Delbert SmithMay 14West Texas Raceway (Lubbock, TX)$2,000Zach NickellMay 15Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, TX)$2,000Colton HornerMay 22Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada, OK)$750rained outJun 4Tulsa Speedway (Tulsa, OK)$750rained outJun 12Belleville High Banks (Belleville, KS)$1,000A.J. BrochuJun 18Monarch Motor Speedway (Wichita Falls, TX)$750Kip HughesJun 19Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada, OK)$750Kip HughesJun 26Enid Speedway (Enid, OK)$750reset for Jul 24Jul 9Boyd Raceway (Boyd, TX)$1,000Cody LeonardJul 10Abilene Speedway (Abilene, TX)$1,000Dean AbbeyJul 16Kansas State Fairgrounds (Hutchinson, KS)$600Dusty LeonardJul 17Kansas State Fairgrounds (Hutchinson, KS)$1,500Kip HughesAug 7Enid Speedway (Enid, OK)$750Dustin AllenAug 14Oklahoma Sports Park (Ada, OK)$750Kip HughesAug 27Tulsa Speedway (Tulsa, OK)$750Dustin AllenAug 2881 Speedway (Park City, KS)$750Dusty LeonardSep 11Enid Speedway (Enid, OK)$750Kip HughesSep 24Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK)$750Kip HughesSep 25Crawford County Speedway (Van Buren, AR)$750Eddie MartinOct 2Enid Speedway (Enid, OK)$750Hayden RossOct 8Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK)$1,000Dustin AllenOct 9Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK)$1,000Dustin Allen
Sours: https://www.dirtondirt.com/schedule.php?division=118

Antiques Etc.


Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Oklahoma is a semi-banked oval, 3/8 mile clay track. The dirt track offers 5 different race classes including: Hobby Stock (Factory Stock), IMCA-Stock Cars, Eco Limited Mods, IMCA Sport Mods and USRA Modifieds. This is the Saturday night hang-out for some of the fastes competitors in the area! Bring the entire family and support your favorite drivers!

Schedule of events, special admission pricing, and registration can be found on the website. 


Admission Fees



  • Adult            $12
  • Seniors        $8
  • Kids 6-12     $8
  • Under 5       Free


  • Ages 6 & up        $30
  • Kids 5 & under    FREE

*Note: Admission prices may not apply to special events.


I-35 to exit 29, east on Hwy 70 approx. 0.7 miles, then south on Hwy 77 approx. 2 mile

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Oklahoma dirt racing in

Finding fear, family and fun in the red dirt race tracks of Oklahoma

NASCAR drivers are made, not born. They start driving as early as age six. They learn their craft just like any other kid who might be bouncing a basketball; mentored and nurtured by parents. The best are made in the dirt, and the best racing dirt in the world might be Oklahoma’s red clay.

I hadn’t been to a dirt race track since the early 1980s. One summer in the 80s I worked for my brother Jim in Dallas, Texas, putting in fire alarm and professional sound systems. Jim is a workaholic and always has been, so imagine my surprise when one day after work he eagerly shouted, “We’re going racing” and drove us to a dirt track where we met Lealand McSpadden, a legend among sprint car drivers. I spent the next couple weeks running around Texas and Oklahoma with him and his pit crew. It was a joy to be around him and his team.

So, I was excited about going back to the dirt the third weekend in March. Jim announced that it was the start of the racing season; on my trip to work for his company in Dallas we would be spending the weekend in Oklahoma watching dirt track racing again.

Our destination was the I-44 Riverside Speedway, a one-fifth mile dirt track at the southern edge of Oklahoma City. I didn’t realize it, but I was heading to a hometown reunion. The buzz at I-44 was that Christopher Bell, who is currently in NASCAR and is getting press as a young dynamo, was returning to his home track.

Bell started racing at I-44 Riverside Speedway when he was six years old. He is unlike most other drivers at I-44 in that he is a first-generation racer. His dad was a high school basketball coach, and one of his players raced micro sprints. Bell went to the races with that player’s family and fell in love with the cars when he was only two or three years old. He started racing at six. While other kids were playing in the dirt, Bell was driving in it. He carries himself well off the track, and when he’s on it, he looks like this is what he was born to do.

One of the first things I noticed about the track was that beautiful red clay particular to parts of Okie country. I remembered it from the previous trip. I was standing alongside a track in Lawton, Oklahoma, watching Lealand (we were on a first name basis by then) warmup along with another race fan. Our heads were turning from side to side as our racers passed by on the track. I was looking left, then turning to the right as my guy went by, and so was he. This occurred one, two, three times, but on the third time when my head turned right, the man standing next to me was gone. I looked up at the track to see people waving wildly and running toward me. I wondered what they were all excited about and then I looked down. The man that had been standing next to me was lying on the ground, a big clump of red clay mashed into his forehead, which was spewing blood. I didn’t waste any time getting the hell out of there.

The cars that race at I-44 are midgets and micros. Midgets are like sprint cars but with smaller four-cylinder engines. They normally race without wings. Micros are smaller yet. They typically feature a 600cc motorcycle engine and are chain-driven.

All are “open wheel,” meaning the cars don’t have fenders. Drivers in open wheel racing don’t purposefully bang into each other. If cars make contact, bad things happen. At best, a car spins out and is forced to the back of the pack on a restart. At worst, cars are sent flying and tumbling down the track in what look like the most horrific crashes that potentially involve death and highlights on ESPN.

There are dirt tracks all over the United States. No two dirt tracks are the same. There are one-fifth mile tracks and quarter-mile tracks. Some are flat. Some are banked on the corners; some are banked all the way around. Some are egg-shaped. Some are shaped like a paperclip with long straightaways and narrow corners. I-44 is a banked oval.

But it’s not just the track shape and size that make it unique. Dirt varies across the nation. Oklahoma’s red dirt is particularly sticky and especially good for racing. The red dirt at I-44 was brought in by owner Mark Banister, taken from a construction site specifically to build a track because I-44 is next to a river where the soil is naturally sandy and bad for racing.

I caught up Mark and Gloria Banister before the drivers’ meetings. Mark reminds me of Sam Shepherd - a big handlebar mustache, a deep voice, and a quirky sense of humor. He starts his racing story by telling me that his father knew Ben Hurr and how he started out racing chariots back in the day, then laughs and tells me he was in the first professional Go-Kart race in 1976 in Barnesville, Georgia. I-44 was built because he saw a need for a racetrack for the “little cars” (midgets and micros) in Oklahoma City and got lucky in that there was a shopping center being built a few miles away that required dirt removal. Viola. Red dirt for racing.

Before the races started, I had time to chat with a few other luminaries. I begin with 14-year old Hank Davis. Hank started racing when he was seven years old after bugging his father about it for two years. He is a third-generation racer. His car at seven was near the equivalent of a go-kart. As he got older, the cars got faster; the engines more powerful.

I ask him what he saw as “his path toward adulthood.” He says he wants to race. “If I have to do something else I will, but I want to try to do this.”

I ask him when the last time he’s heard about dirt track racing on ESPN.

“Last year in August.”

“What did they talk about?”

“That guy that raced in Kansas that got killed.”

“So somebody has to die to be covered by ESPN.”

I point out that there is a huge discussion around football because parents are afraid that their kids playing football might get a concussion.

“That’s part of stuff,” he says. In other words, life is a risk that everyone takes.

I talk to his father, Sherman. I ask him about his family history and racing. He tells me about his uncles, how he got into racing, and how Hank bugged him to the point he finally bought a “cheap, old car” for Hank to drive. By the second year, Hank was “better than the car,” and things progressed from there. I ask Sherman about media coverage, and he wishes there was more so that more money would come into the sport so more people could afford to participate.

I tell Sherman about my youngest son, who at age 19 has yet to get his driver’s license.

“The most terrifying thing I ever did as a parent was to put my kids into vehicles and you did it when your son was seven,” I say. “People might think you’re crazy or at the least a bad father.”

It is at this point that Sherman gets excited.

“You can play football and get concussions on any play. You can tear up your knee playing basketball, or get hit in the face playing baseball. You can get banged up doing this, but you’re way more safe than any other sport.”

Sherman explains that he’s no different than other parents, although he recognizes people might see it differently.

“This is his football, his baseball,” Sherman says of his son. “If I put him on a football field and they tell him he has to quit because he has concussions, that’s okay, because it’s a ’school sport.’ This [racing] is not a ‘school function,’ so you’re looked at a little different.”

I talk to Doug McCune, whom I met the previous day. I give him endless crap about “being old” because at 57, Doug is the oldest person out here still racing. He started when he was 12. After 45 years of racing, I ask him why he still does it.

“I know nothing else,” he says, “I can’t talk ‘stick and ball’ sports,” I’m very one dimensional,” I ask McCune if he knows what a fullback trap is and I get a blank stare.

When I find him, he is talking to Michelle Decker. They got tangled up the previous night. Decker put McCune into the wall and is there to “own it,” as she says. They are hugging when I arrive. I talk to Decker about her history, but I have to ask her about being a woman driver. Her initial answer is a little cliche.

“These cars don’t know if you’re male or female,” but Decker makes a good point when she says, “when I put my helmet on, there’s no gender on the race track.”

Decker introduces me to Shannon McQueen. She’s from California. Her young experience is different in that her father raced drag boats. Her mother happened to see a TV show in the 80s featuring midgets and thought it’d be cool if her daughter got involved in that, although McQueen wonders now if her mother would have ever done it, given where McQueen is today.

“Why?” I ask.

“It’s a dangerous sport,” McQueen responds.

McQueen is unique in that she is both a car owner and driver. Decker is her driver at I-44. I ask her about being a female in what is perceived as a male’s world. She rattles off a list of “female firsts” that go with her name, although she is quick to point out that Kara Hendricks would have owned those “firsts” had she not gotten killed in a 1991 crash at El Cajon Speedway in California.

She echoes Decker’s earlier response about being a woman driver, “When you put that helmet on, the fans don’t know if you’re a male or a female.”

McQueen is nearly 40, and while she’s still driving, she can see herself transition fully to an owner in the next few years. She acknowledges that she will always be involved in racing.

“I don’t know what to do. I’ve done it [racing] since I was six years old.”

It takes only a short time talking to these people to discover that they are a close-knit community - a family. Like most families, they would do anything for each other, but they are competitive as hell. McQueen said that crews would assist each other with cars, even going so far as giving another crew spare parts if it were required to get their car back on the track.

“I don’t want you to sit here [in the pit area] because you couldn’t get your car back together,” McQueen says. “I want to beat you on the race track. If I have to help you get your car together, I will”.

McQueen, Decker, and Davis all comment about how racing made their own families closer. McQueen talks about how racing is a family sport. Their family vacations were 30 weekends out of the year going to races, not going to Disney World.

“I remember when I was young, both of my parents got laid off, but we never stopped racing,” McQueen says.

Sponsors and friends helped keep them going. It made her competitive. It made her get good grades, as her parents demanded grades for racing.

Her comment, “You spend 25-30 weekends a year in a pickup truck going to whatever race you’re going to; you get close to your parents”, hits home with me as my three children played competitive soccer.

Racing isn’t any different than having kids who play competitive soccer, basketball, volleyball, or football. As a parent, you’re going to provide them with the equipment they need, make sure they get to their events, and try like hell to match them with the right coaches.

Nearly everyone I talk to believes dirt track racing is growing. The big sprint cars might be in a slight decline, but midgets and micros are becoming more popular. It might be because midgets and micros are less expensive than sprints. It might be because parents see the small cars as a path to the big time - NASCAR, which in racing is the equivalent of the NFL or NBA. It’s difficult to argue against growth given the number of cars that showed up for the Turnpike Challenge, but McQueen voiced her concern that “racing is in trouble” because she sees the sport losing older owners with no one replacing them.

Gloria handles the management of the racetrack and tells me “she got thrown into the job.” Gloria is insistent that they are growing. The numbers are hard to argue. Between micros, midgets, and outlaws, around 150 cars raced on Friday and Saturday night, with cars, drivers, and crews coming from as far away as California, Indiana, Illinois, and Minnesota.

Gloria tells me how the Oklahoma City tornado hit the racetrack in 2013. Her home, only three miles away, was “blown away.” Her daughter was six and a half months pregnant at the time. She was found buried but survived.

“And now we have my little granddaughter,” Gloria beams. “It was a very rough time. We witnessed a lot of death… it hurts your heart”.

She talks about all the volunteers who showed up to help them rebuild the racetrack. There were so many she had no idea who they were, but they got it ready for a national race. There were no stands. People brought their lawn chairs. They are still in the process of rebuilding, adding amenities, five years later.


Dirt tracks are prepared by first watering down the track. This provides a tacky surface which gives the cars better traction. It also cuts down the dust; spectators, drivers, and pit crews would nearly suffocate were the track not to be watered down ahead of time.

Next, the drivers do “hot laps” where cars come onto the track to do several laps. This allows the drivers to check how their cars are running while also prepping the course for racing.

After that comes the racing. Cars are divided into heats of eight cars. Drivers determine their starting position by a “draw” or in other words, by luck. There are main “feature” races at the end of each night of racing, one for each class. Each driver’s goal is to get into the “feature” race, which showcases the best 22 cars of the event.

They can earn points by finishing better than they started, and those points, along with their place in their heat determine who gets into the feature race and starting position. If you are a good driver with a good car, it’s best to start in the middle or the back of a heat, giving you a greater chance of earning more points.

The track dries out as the races go on. It becomes less tacky and slicker. It might develop ruts. It might develop dry spots or wet spots, and those will change from race to race dependent on which way and how hard the wind is blowing.

Imagine the highway you take on your commute being different each time you drive it. You experience potholes and ruts, but they move around between morning and night. Now imagine driving that commute in heavy traffic with limited lanes and people who want to pass you so badly their jobs depend on it.

Teams try to set up their cars to work as well as they can on the track. Some classes of cars are “stock” in that they are not adjustable. Others have well over 100 adjustments that can be made, each in an effort to make sure the car can reach maximum power and velocity while still staying on the track.

The heats run one after the other and are relatively short - only eight laps. There are few incidents, all things considered. Drivers may spin out, which causes a yellow flag at which point the driver must go to the rear. If a car experiences a mechanical failure - loss of brakes or blown engine - they pull into the infield so as to not cause a yellow.

The heat races look crazy and there are only eight cars on the track. When 22 cars roll out onto the track for each feature race, it looks like complete chaos. Cars are on top of each other throughout the entire race, and as it goes on, there are wrecks and spinouts causing repeated yellows.

Bell wins the midget feature Friday night and promises that if he wins the main feature event Saturday he’ll do victory donuts in front of the stands. Trey Robb, from Newcastle, Oklahoma wins the non-wing micro race and celebrates by smashing two beers together, then pouring them over himself. He and his crew are as giddy as children. His brother Gage had won the winged micro feature earlier.

Saturday night everyone races as if it were their last day on earth. There are more crashes, more spin-outs, and more insanity as every driver is determined to make it into the feature. I am nearly run over by a driver who comes into the infield on a corner to avoid an accident. She passes so close I can feel her exhaust on my legs.

The stands are full and the crowds are filled in around the fences. They’re mostly here to see if Bell can defend his record at I-44. He’s won eight of the 10 Turnpike Challenge midget races here. He didn’t attend the two he didn’t win because of NASCAR obligations.

Bell starts the main feature in the seventh position. His teammate, Logan Seavey, starts in second. After a few laps, it’s clear these two are going to battle for the win.

Each time it looks like Bell is going to take the lead, Seavey pulls in front of him down the straightaway. Late in the race the two encounter lap traffic, and it’s here that Bell shows why he’s made it to NASCAR. He not only maneuvers his way through traffic but tactically uses cars as blockers to keep Seavey behind him.

Bell holds off Seavey to win the 30-lap race, then does victory donuts in front of an ecstatic grandstand. He pulls to a stop, and as he’s climbing from his car, thrusts his hand skyward in victory. Everyone is on their feet cheering.

Sherman Davis told me that when Hank was eight he had him study the video of his right tire as it moved throughout a race. The pitch of the motor changed as the wheel turned. The further the wheel turned, the more the motor whined as the car scrubbed off speed. It was an incredible example of how to teach and eight-year-old about the importance of momentum.

He extolled on the virtue of dirt.

“You can’t take an asphalt guy and put him on dirt and run up front. You can take the dirt guy and put him on asphalt, and he’ll at least be in the way,” Davis says. “If you look at the ones who do well on asphalt, they come from dirt”.

  • 21 is Christopher Bell - winning midget
  • Christopher Bell - NASCAR Guy and hometown hero
  • Christopher Bell - NASCAR Guy and hometown hero
  • Crewing running towards wreck, to make sure driver is okay as quickly as possible
  • Ron standing on edge of track directing drivers to stay at bottom of track and avoid car at top of track ahead. This is unusable, I guess... he is not in focus.
  • There seems to be a problem right there Jon Johnston
  • Chandler - ran into the back of Doug McCune’s car and got vaulted into the air and into the fence. The wreck looked like someone got killed, but the kid was racing a different car... probably less than an hour later. Jon Johnston
  • Sherman and Hank Davis.
  • Mark Banister, track owner.
  • Micros getting tangled up
  • Shannon McQueen and Michelle Decker
  • Frank Galusha and his father.
  • Shannon McQueen
  • watering down the track
  • micros
  • Hank Davis in a micro - 42
  • 21 is Christopher Bell - winning midget
  • 21 is Christopher Bell - winning midget
  • midgets racing
  • hot laps
  • Trey Robb celebrates his first win in a micro pouring beer on himself
  • car caught fire in front of me
  • fans shielding themselves from flying chunks of clay.. pebbles the cars kicked up as they go past Jon Johnston
  • the work never ends in the pit area
  • The track at the end of the night. Might as well be pavement. Jon Johnston
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Dirt Track in Oklahoma

Oklahoma USA Dirt Race Tracks

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  • A
  • Arrowhead Speedway race track logo

    Arrowhead Speedway Race TrackColcord, Oklahoma, USA

  • C
  • Creek County Speedway race track logo

    Creek County Speedway Race TrackKellyville, Oklahoma, USA

  • E
  • Enid Speedway race track logo

    Enid Speedway Race TrackEnid, Oklahoma, USA

  • I
  • I44 Riverside Speedway race track logo

    I44 Riverside Speedway Race TrackOklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

  • K
  • KMS Speedway race track logo

    KMS Speedway Race TrackNashoba, Oklahoma, USA

  • L
  • Lawton Speedway race track logo

    Lawton Speedway Race TrackLawton, Oklahoma, USA

  • Longdale Speedway race track logo

    Longdale Speedway Race TrackLongdale, Oklahoma, USA

  • O
  • Oklahoma Sports Park race track logo

    Oklahoma Sports Park Race TrackAda, Oklahoma, USA

  • Outlaw Motor Speedway race track logo

    Outlaw Motor Speedway Race TrackOktaha, Oklahoma, USA

  • P
  • Port City Raceway race track logo

    Port City Raceway Race TrackTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

  • R
  • Red Dirt Raceway race track logo

    Red Dirt Raceway Race TrackMeeker, Oklahoma, USA

  • Remington Park race track logo

    Remington Park Race TrackOklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

  • S
  • Salina Highbanks Speedway race track logo

    Salina Highbanks Speedway Race TrackPryor Creek, Oklahoma, USA

  • Southern Oklahoma Speedway race track logo

    Southern Oklahoma Speedway Race TrackArdmore, Oklahoma, USA

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  • Thunderbird Speedway race track logo

    Thunderbird Speedway Race TrackMuskogee, Oklahoma, USA

  • TriState Speedway race track logo

    TriState Speedway Race TrackPocola, Oklahoma, USA

  • Tulsa Expo Center race track logo

    Tulsa Expo Center Race TrackTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

  • Tulsa Speedway race track logo

    Tulsa Speedway Race TrackTulsa, Oklahoma, USA

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Dirt Tracks

Dirt tracks are an amazing place to spend some time. You can find dirt tracks all over the place, usually in just a little out of the way areas. The dirt track staff are always friendly and happy to see you come through the gate to watch the dirt track races or race yourself.

There is nothing like heading out to the dirt track in the mid-afternoon. Usually park somewhere on the grass or dirt area outside the grandstands entrance. Go early so you can find a great seat for the afternoon / evening of dirt track racing.

Always buy a program so you can get to know the latest news of the track, find out more about the night's schedule, and get to the know the driver's names and race numbers. After claiming my seat and getting the racing program I then head to the vendor area to see what kind of food I can get and what kind of dirt track racing products are available.

Watching the dirt track racing practice before the real races start is a great way to see which racers have good car control. It will help you know who to watch when the real races start. If you are lucky you may end up sitting near some regulars that can give you pointers on who to watch. You might even make some new dirt track friends.

If the track does 50/50 raffle, that is a fun thing to also be a part of. As the night of dirt track racing progresses, it is interesting to feel the excitement and energy of the place grow. You can usually pick out big racer fans or family members because they will be yelling and making large arm movements as the races are happening.

Have a great time at the dirt track races. Bring family and friends. Tell others so this sport can continue to entertain and support those who like to go fast and race on the edge!

Thank you for visiting the dirtFan.com list of dirt tracks and please contact us if there are any tracks missing or need some adjustment.

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