Cayuga Speedway

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Cayuga Speedway
Cayuga 2000 Speedway
Official Cayuga Speedway logo
Location Cayuga, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 42°56′06″N 79°58′00″W / 42.935061°N 79.966565°W / 42.935061; -79.966565
Capacity more than 7,000
Broke ground 1966
Opened 1966
Closed 2010 (suspended operations indefinitely)
Major events None (on hiatus)
Former Events:
NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Coke Zero 200
Crown Jewel 200
(2007–2008)
ARCA RE/MAX Series
Cayuga ARCA RE/MAX 250
(2008)
ASA Late Model Series
Canada 200
(2007)
CASCAR Super Series
(1989-2006)
USAR Hooters Pro Cup
(2001-2003)
ASA National Tour
Molson 300
(1979-1993)
NASCAR North Tour
NASCAR North 250
(1983-1985)
Pavement oval track
Length .625 mi (1.00 km)
Banking 12 degrees in corners
5 degrees on straightaways

The Cayuga Speedway, also known as the Cayuga 2000 Speedway, was a racing track located near Cayuga in Haldimand County, Ontario, Canada.

Famous stock car drivers like Bobby Allison, Benny Parsons, Don Biederman, Dick Trickle and Bob Senneker all managed to participate in racing events here at Cayuga Speedway on a professional level.[1]

History[edit]

Racing[edit]

It was opened in 1966 as a dirt track, but was paved the following year when the vehicles started to become too dangerous fast for the dirt tracks. It was considered to be one of Canada's premier racing facilities. It is a ⅝-mile oval similar in size to Martinsville Speedway. The track has held a variety of different racing groups including CASCAR, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, the American-Canadian Tour, NASCAR Busch North, Hooters Pro-Cup, USAC, ISMA Supermodifieds, DIRT Modifieds and the ARCA RE/MAX Series (which is considered to be one of the developmental milestones to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series). Set on 300 acres (1.2 km2) of land, Cayuga offers campgrounds with electricity, concession booths, and free parking.

On June 8, 2006, a group of developers from Toronto purchased the ⅝ mile track from its original owners and made improvements for the 2007 season, hoping to attract NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly called the Busch Series) to have a race at Cayuga Speedway. Instead, the race went to Montreal (Circuit Gilles Villeneuve) due to its larger population and recognition in the international community.[2] Cooper Construction of Oakville was announced as the vendor to re-build the track. Cayuga International Speedway Park hosted the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race in series history on May 26, 2007.

The final NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race to be held here was the 2008 Coke Zero 200.

Music[edit]

Concerts are held occasionally at Cayuga Speedway; usually conforming with either the country or the heavy metal genre.

The Lachie Music Fest; a Canadian festival honoring performing arts and indie music will be held at Cayuga Speedway from June 27 to June 29, providing that someone cleans up the grandstands and the track area in general from its general state of disrepair.[3]

Present condition[edit]

As of 2010, the track sits dormant due to economic concerns. The last race held was in July 2009 featuring the ISMA Supermodifieds; which was won by Mark Sammut of London, Ontario. This event would earn Sammut his first ISMA win. Along with the ISMA Supermodified racing action were the Canadian Vintage Modifieds; which was won by Phil Shaw of Orangeville, Ontario.

In March 2014, photos surfaced on the Lost Speedway's Facebook page showing the speedway in a state of severe disrepair.[4] As of mid May 2014, there is word that the track has been sold. A person named Ken Hill is said to be the owner. Plans are supposed to be coming for concerts and camping and racing is a possibility. With the Canadian Motor Speedway coming to Fort Erie in 2016, this seems like a risky venture.

Several refurbishments must be made for a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race to be shown at Cayuga Speedway again. In addition to repaving the track, lighting towers must be installed with the newest lights. The grandstands must be remade into concrete and high definition televisions must be placed in the surrounding areas so that people don't miss the action while they're getting refreshments, food items or making trips to the washroom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cayuga Speedway information at StockCarRacing.net
  2. ^ The Simcoe Reformer - June 8, 2006
  3. ^ Lachie Music Fest 2014 information at Lachie
  4. ^ Cayuga International Speedway (Ontario, CA) - Roger Slack Photos at Facebook

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