Castrol Raceway

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Castrol Raceway
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Location Edmonton, Alberta
Capacity 4,500 (clay oval)
8,500 (drag strip)
Owner Rob Reeves, Ron Hodgson
Operator Rob Reeves, Ron Hodgson
Opened 1991
Construction cost C$4.0 million
($5.94 million in 2014 dollars[1])
Former names Capital City Raceway Park, Capital Raceway, Labatt Raceway, Budweiser Motorsports Park
Major events IHRA Nitro Jam
Mopar Rocky Mountain Nitro Jam Nationals
(2003-Present)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Oil City Cup
(2007-Present)
Clay Oval
Length 0.6 km (3/8 mi)
Banking 9 degrees
Drag Strip
Length 0.4 km (1/4 mi)
Road Course
Length 2.7 km (1.67 mi)

Castrol Raceway, formerly known as "Capital City Raceway Park", "Capital Raceway", "Labatt Raceway", and "Budweiser Motorsports Park", is a multi-track auto racing facility located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Located on land leased from the Edmonton International Airport, the clay oval was built in 1991, while the dragstrip opened in 1992. The facility went into receivership at the end of the 1997 season. It was purchased by Rob Reeves and ten other local racers and businessmen; it re-opened in 1998. Several of the investors have opted out since 2000 but do remain on as advertising sponsors of the facility. The track is now owned by Rob Reeves and Ron Hodgson.

The facility features an 8,500-seat ¼ mile IHRA-sanctioned dragstrip, and a 4,500-seat 3/8 mile clay oval. There is also a pro motocross track, a mini-sprint car track, and a 2.7 km road course still in development.

The biggest event currently held at the facility is on the drag strip. The annual IHRA Rocky Mountain Nationals is the sixth of twelve national IHRA events held in North America. The second largest event at Castrol Raceway is on the Oval track. The Oil City Cup features the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.

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  1. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2013-12-20. Retrieved January 8, 2014

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Coordinates: 53°20′02″N 113°35′55″W / 53.333871°N 113.598504°W / 53.333871; -113.598504