What Are The Best Dirt Tracks?

What Are The Best Dirt Tracks?

Dirt racing is one of the most popular forms of motorsports in the world. We take a look at some of the best dirt tracks on the planet.

Sep 18, 2023 by FloRacing Staff
What Are The Best Dirt Tracks?

Dirt racing is one of the most popular forms of motorsports in the world.  Dirt tracks across the United States and around the world entertain millions of fans on an annual basis, with racing that spans from Sprint Cars and Midgets, Late Models and Modifieds, and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the best dirt tracks on the planet.

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Eldora Speedway – New Weston, OH

Dubbed “The World’s Greatest Dirt Track," Eldora Speedway plays host to some of the biggest dirt races in the world.  The Eldora Million, King’s Royal, Dirt Late Model Dream, and the World 100 all call Eldora home.  “The Big E” also hosted NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races from 2013-2019 and SRX races in 2021 and 2023.


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Fairbury American Legion Speedway – Fairbury, IL

FALS is home to the Prairie Dirt Classic, one of the premier races on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule on an annual basis.  Fairbury is known for getting “FALSy,” with its three-wide action and trading of slide jobs.  The winner of the PDC takes a trip from the track to the Bank of Pontiac in their Late Model to “cash in” the $50,000 check.

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Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD

Huset’s Speedway reopened in 2020 after being shut down in 2017 and it has quickly become one of the nicest facilities in the country.  The Huset’s High Bank Nationals paid $250,000 to the winner in June 2023, which stood as the richest paying Sprint Car race in history until the Eldora Million was held a month later.  Additionally, the Silver Dollar Nationals for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series was moved to Huset’s Speedway in 2023 after I-80 Speedway (NE) closed.

Drive-In & First Look at Huset's Speedway

Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA

The “Sprint Car Capital of the World” is known just for that – Sprint Cars.  Along with the biggest Sprint Car race on the planet, the Knoxville Nationals, Knoxville Raceway hosts one of the most competitive weekly 410 Sprint Car divisions in the country, along with weekly 360 and 305 Sprints.  The Late Models make their annual appearance at the Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals held every September.

Drive-In & First Look at Knoxville Raceway

Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN 

“Indiana’s Baddest Bullring” is one of the premier tracks for Non-Wing Sprint Cars in a state crazy for traditional Sprint Car racing.  The richest Sprint Car race in Indiana history was held at Kokomo in August 2023, with $30,000 up for grabs during the Kokomo Sprint Car Smackdown.  The High Limit Sprint Car Series and XR Super Series Late Models are also highlighted on the Kokomo Speedway schedule.

Drive-In & First Look at Kokomo Speedway

Lucas Oil Speedway – Wheatland, MO

The newest track on this list dating back to its opening in 2001, Lucas Oil Speedway is the brainchild of Lucas Oil CEO Forrest Lucas and family.  The half-mile is part of a motorsports facility that includes an off-road track and the first artificial lake built for the purpose of drag boat racing.  Known as “The Diamond of Dirt Tracks,” the Show-Me 100 highlights the annual schedule at Lucas Oil.

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Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA

One of the staple PA Posse tracks in Central Pennsylvania, “The Speed Palace” has hosted racing since 1938 and has held weekly Sprint Car racing since 1950.  The half-mile is home to the Tuscarora 50 and hosts the World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Models, All Star Circuit of Champions, Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, USAC, and Short Track Super Series on an annual basis.

Drive-In & First Look at Port Royal Speedway

Ventura Raceway – Ventura, CA

The track sitting just yards from the Pacific Ocean has seen multiple variations and layouts over the past 100 years, with the current layout being a 1/5-mile oval.  Ventura is well-known for motorcycle racing, but has recently hosted weekly dirt racing.  Since 2016, Ventura has hosted the Turkey Night Grand Prix for the USAC National Midgets, the third-oldest race in the United States behind the Indianapolis 500 and Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

Drive-In & First Look at Ventura Raceway

Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL

The eyes of the dirt world are focused on “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” dirt track during Florida Speedweeks leading up to the Daytona 500 every year.  Volusia hosts two weeks of racing that include the All Star Circuit of Champions, World of Outlaws Sprint Car and Late Model Series’, USAC National Sprints, UMP Modifieds and the Super DIRTcar Series.

Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA

Another PA Posse staple, Williams Grove Speedway’s history goes all the way back to 1939.  Sprint Car racing is held every Friday from March to October, highlighted by the $75,000 to win National Open sanctioned by the World of Outlaws.  Williams Grove also hosted a NASCAR Cup Series race in 1954, won by Herb Thomas.