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1200 John Street

Corning, Iowa 50841

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641-322-4184

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Type: Oval Track

Surface: Dirt

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

Series: Local


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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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  • Adams County Speedway has made significant improvements over the past few decades.   1996 saw the most dramatic change in the history of the track. The old concession building was torn down and a new building more than twice the size was built.  Simultaneously an additional fifteen rows of elevated bleachers and the first 15 VIP observation decks were built.  Eventually demand for the observation decks would lead to the construction of 42 more, each leased by race fans for the season.
  • By 2004 with the addition of a fourth class of race cars, hobby stocks, joining the late models, street stocks (an updated version of the coupes) and modifieds (an open-wheel class) the average car count swelled to over 110 per week.  MUSCO lighting was installed at a cost of over $200,000, making the facility one of the state’s finest dirt tracks.  In 2006 the track adopted the use of AMB transponders for the scoring system keeping up with the latest in racing technology.


Track History

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. 



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