Type: Oval Track
Length: 1/2 Mile
Race Days: Saturdays from April through early September.
Gate: Gates open at 5:00pm. Hot Laps at 6:30pm. Racing at 7:00pm.
Divisions: Dirt Modified, Late Model Dirt, Street Stock
Seating: Bench Style Seating
Parking: On Site Parking is Free
Carry-In Policy: Coolers Allowed - No Glass
Alcohol Policy: Not Available On Site
Smoking Policy: Designated Areas Only
Chair Policy: No Outside Chairs Allowed
Camping: Available - No Hook Ups
Security: Private Security On Site
Adult Tickets: $10.00
Kid Tickets: $5.00 grades 7-12. Free grades 6 & under.
Senior Discount: Yes
Military Discount: Yes
Payment Options: Cash Only
ATM On Site: No
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The Adams County fair grounds were established in 1888 when the land was purchased for the use as a county fair grounds. The exact year a race track was developed along the east side of the property remains in question, but we know from Adams County Free Press archives that horse racing was run through-out the 1930’s on the flat half-mile track. The August 14, 1952 Free Press includes the report of a new event at that year’s county fair, hot rod races. The event was held on a Sunday afternoon with cars running in seven events on the flat track. A reported crowd of over 2500 turned out for the event. Interestingly enough, harness racing was also a part of that year’s fair.
In the 1960’s stock car racing grew at the fairgrounds, much to the chagrin of the horse racing crowd. By 1968 the racing had taken its toll on the facilities the front stretch was declared unsafe to drivers and crowds, putting a temporary halt to the action. So it was that in 1969 the front stretch wall was improved and racing resumed. Then in 1970 the traditionally flat track was banked for the automobile racing.
It was in 1983 when Gail Hampel of Nodaway took over the reigns and began promoting the racing program. The following year Hampel obtained a NASCAR sanction for the speedway. Under this arrangement the racing took off as competitors raced not only for local fame but as a part of a nationwide group all under the NASCAR banner. Two classes of cars made up the racing program, coupes and late models. After 25 years of promotion the Hampel family stepped down from the promoter’s chair at the end of the 2008 season. The Adams County Fair and Racing Association took on the task of running the show in 2009 and look to continue in the future.