Madison International Speedway
|The Track of Champions, Wisconsin's Fastest Half Mile.|
Quarter mile, turns 3/4 of half mile
|Location||Town of Rutland, Dane County, Wisconsin|
|Former names||Capital Super Speedway, Impact Speedway|
|Major events||Weekly Races, Arca Midwest Tour, Big 8 Late Model Series, Mid American Stock Car Series|
|Outer half mile|
|Length||0.5 mi (0.3 km)|
|Inner quarter mile|
|Length||0.25 mi (0.4 km)|
The Madison International Speedway (MIS) is a stock car racing oval in the town of Rutland in rural Oregon, Wisconsin (near Madison) a short distance off of Wisconsin Highway 138. The track is billed as "The Track of Champions" and "Wisconsin's Fastest Half Mile." The weekly program at the track runs on Friday nights.
The track was known as Capital Super Speedway. Tony Zidar and his brother Bob purchased the track in 1983 and the added 29 rows of grandstand seating. They built a quarter mile track in the infield of the half mile so that sportsman drivers from Jefferson Speedway could race at the track. It was closed in the 1980s. The track continued operation as a dirt track under the name of Impact Speedway, where the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars made numerous appearances. The track was closed down until 1992 when Wayne Erickson, the owner of Slinger Super Speedway, took over. Wayne ran the track until 1996 when Jerry Fillner and his son Kevin Fillner took over. The Fillner family operated the track and made several improvements to the pits and upper concession areas. In 2001 Chicago area businessman Terry Kunes purchased the racetrack and hired Roy Kenseth (Matt Kenseth's father) to be the promoter. After two seasons Roy Kenseth started RK Promotions and decided to leave the track. Steve Einhaus was hired to fill the void left by Kenseth. In 2007 Einhaus will be focusing his attention on the newly formed ASA Midwest Tour now known as Arca Midwest Tour Super Late Model Series. Track promotions have been turned over to long time competitor and official Dave Grueneberg.
The track was a quarter mile long before it was torn up and replaced with a half mile paved oval in 1969. The first winner on the half mile was Ramo Stott, and the surface's first champion was Jimmy Back. The track seats over 10,000 spectators. There is a quarter mile track inside the half mile. A track veteran described racing the track by saying that you drive into the corners way over your head before you stand on the brakes. The more that you frighten yourself in the corners, the faster that the laps ended up.
Stock car weekly divisions
As of 2010, MIS featured five weekly divisions. Three race weekly on the half mile outer track: Late models, Area Sportsman, and Hobby Stock. There is a quarter mile track inside the half mile. Weekly division on the inner quarter mile include Legends and Bandits (4 cylinders). Other divisions that race on selected nights include Super Late Models, Super Trucks, Super Stocks, Ford Focus, Midgets, and Bandoleros. The track held Super Late Model races as its premiere class until 2008; the limited late model class became the premiere class in 2009 when it began being called late models.
Stock car special events and touring series
The track holds events in the ASA Midwest Tour and ASA Late Model Series Northern Division. In 2011, the track held its first ARCA race since 1973. The track regularly held American Speed Association events before the national touring series ended. The United States Super Trucks, Mid-American Stock Car Series, the HOSS series, and the USAC midgets have appeared in the past.
Former track champions include:
- Matt Kenseth
- Travis Kvapil (1996)
- Bryan Reffner (1989, 1990)
- Joe Shear
- Dick Trickle
- Bobby Wilberg
- Johnny Ziegler
- Tom Reffner
- Dale Nottestad
- Rich Bickle (1985, 1986)
Other notable competitors:
- Grubba, page 188
- Grubba, Dale (2000). The Golden Age of Wisconsin Auto Racing. Oregon, Wisconsin: Badger Books. p. 45. ISBN 1-878569-67-8.
- Grubba, page 46
- Track history at the official website
- Grubba; page 174
- "ARCA Racing Series' Visit to Madison International Speedway the First Since 1973". Racing Online. Retrieved 15 September 2011.
- Grubba, Dale (2000). The Golden Age of Wisconsin Auto Racing. Oregon, Wisconsin: Badger Books. p. 161. ISBN 1-878569-67-8.
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