Tucson Speedway

Track profile: Tucson Speedway

Short-track racing is alive and well in the Arizona desert.

This thanks in part to the existence and excellence of Tucson Speedway, a 0.375-mile paved oval located on the Pima County Fairgrounds about 20 miles southeast of downtown Tucson.

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Built in 1968 and having been through multiple renovations over the years, Tucson Speedway became a NASCAR Home Track in 2014. Part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, the venue hosts Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Pro-Stocks, Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Trucks, Hornets, Bandoleros and INEX Legends, almost always featured on Saturday nights.

Tucson Speedway’s flagship event is the Chilly Willy, a Super Late Model race held every January or February to kick off a long season of racing.

Below is everything to know about Tucson Speedway.

Tucson Speedway

Track Profile

Tucson Speedway

Track Tucson Speedway
Location Tucson, Arizona
Opened 1968
Length 0.375 miles
Banking 3-9 degrees (variable banking)
Surface Asphalt

When Tucson Speedway was built in 1968 as Raven Speedway, it was constructed as a clay oval. That changed in 1992, a couple years after Brian France took over operations. France led the charge to convert the track to a paved oval.

The venue then went through a series of ownership changes in the early 2000s. Deery Sports West, Inc. purchased the track from France’s group before selling it to Dan and Joyce Ruth in 2005. The Ruths sold it to Mark Ebert. All ownership groups made their own improvements to the facility.

The track closed in 2010 but quickly re-opened in 2013 after local businessman John Lashley had purchased the lease. Lashley again renovated the facility and re-named it Tucson Speedway.

The next year, Lashley’s oval became an authorized NASCAR Home Track.

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In addition to its weekly racing — featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Pro-Stocks, Modifieds, Hobby Stocks, Mini Stocks, Super Trucks, Hornets, Bandoleros and INEX Legends — Tucson Speedway has hosted multiple NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, ARCA Menards Series West races and NASCAR Southwest Series events.

Some of the notable NASCAR names who cut their teeth racing on asphalt at Tucson are Kurt Busch, Ron Hornaday Jr., Mike Skinner and Kevin Harvick.

Below are the results from all of the Truck Series, West Series and Southwest Series races at Tucson dating back to 1993.

Tucson Speedway

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races at Tucson Speedway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1995-02 4/8/95 Ron Hornaday Jr.
1996-05 5/25/96 Mike Skinner
1997-02 3/1/97 Ron Hornaday Jr.

ARCA Menards Series West races at Tucson Speedway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1993-05 6/12/93 Dirk Stephens
1994-02 4/30/94 Mike Chase
1994-14 11/27/94 Ron Hornaday Jr.
1995-01 1/22/95 Bill Sedgwick
1995-08 7/22/95 Doug George
1996-01 1/21/96 Ron Hornaday Jr.
1996-07 6/15/96 Mark Krogh
1997-01 1/19/97 Gary Collins
1997-04 5/10/97 Gary Smith
1998-01 1/11/98 Butch Gilliland
1999-01 1/17/99 Sean Woodside
2001-03 3/10/01 Johnny Borneman III
2015-03 5/2/15 Noah Gragson
2016-03 5/7/16 Ryan Partridge
2017-01 3/18/17 Chris Eggleston
2018-02 5/5/18 Kody Vanderwal
2018-03 5/5/18 Kody Vanderwal
2019-03 5/11/19 Derek Kraus
2019-04 5/11/19 Derek Kraus

NASCAR Southwest Series races at Tucson Speedway

Year-Race No. Date Winner
1993-07 5/29/93 Bob Lyon
1993-16 9/25/93 Jim Inglebright
1994-13 9/24/94 Rick Carelli
1995-14 9/23/95 Kevin Harvick
1996-01 1/14/96 Ron Eaton
1996-15 9/21/96 Bryan Germone
1997-01 1/5/97 M.K. Kanke
1997-15 9/20/97 Steve Portenga
1998-01 1/18/98 Derrick Gilchrist
1998-13 9/19/98 M.K. Kanke
1999-01 1/10/99 Tom Sweatman
1999-14 9/18/99 Kurt Busch
2000-04 5/6/00 Auggie Vidovich
2001-16 11/3/01 Joe Benedetti
2003-11 9/20/03 Eddy McKean
2004-13 10/24/04 Jim Pettit II