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Track Info

1000 North Lincoln Street

Knoxville, Iowa 50138

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641-842-5431

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Weather

22° F
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Type: Oval Track

Surface: Dirt

Length: 1/2 Mile

Race Days:

Gate: varies by event (call ahead)

Divisions: Dirt Modified, Late Model Dirt, Midget, Sprint

Series: IMCA


Fan Capacity: 24,172

Seating: Both Bench & Chair Style Seating

Parking: On Site Parking is Free

Carry-In Policy: No Coolers Allowed

Alcohol Policy: Available On Site

Smoking Policy: Designated Areas Only

Chair Policy: No Outside Chairs Allowed

Camping: Available Nearby

Security: Private Security On Site


Adult Tickets: $15.00 (may vary by event)

Kid Tickets: $8.00 (13-19), Free (12 & under). May vary by event.

Senior Discount: Yes

Military Discount: Yes

Payment Options: Cash & Credit Cards

ATM On Site: No


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Track Tips

  • Check out the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame located next door to the speedway.  
  • The facility is famous with race fans around the planet for being the “Sprint Car Capital of the World.”  


Track History

The Knoxville Raceway, located on the Marion County Fairgrounds, began as a track for horse racing. The first automobile race was held in 1901. Johnny Gerber and “Speed” Adams were among the drivers featured between 1927 and 1936 during racing’s growth in popularity.   Racing came to a halt in the early 1940s due to the war, and returned late in the decade with hot rod racing. Soon after, midget and stock car racing became common.  In 1954, weekly racing began at the Knoxville Raceway. By this time, lighting was added to the track, along with new fencing. Stock car racing was the primary attraction, which were passenger cars stripped of glass, innards and extra metal. Roll cages were often constructed inside the car as a safety precaution.

Events at the Knoxville Raceway were promoted by the Southern Iowa Stock Car Racing Association until 1956, when Marion Robinson took over as promoter. During Robinson’s tenure, “modifieds”, (a stock car with modifications made to the engine), and “supermodifieds” (modifieds with the car bodies cut away to eliminate weight), were the rage. Eventually, tubing replaced the car frames, giving way to the sprint car as we know it today. Under Robinson’s leadership, the Knoxville Nationals were born.



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