Tucson Raceway Park

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Coordinates: 32°2′15″N 110°47′20″W / 32.03750°N 110.78889°W / 32.03750; -110.78889

Tucson Raceway Park
Location Pima County, near Tucson, Arizona
Opened 1968
Major events NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (1995-97)
Oval
Length 0.6 km (0.375 mi)
Banking 8° - 12° Variable Banking

Tucson Raceway Park (now known as Tucson Speedway) is a 3/8-mile paved oval racetrack located at the Pima County Fairgrounds, off Interstate 10 just south of Tucson, Arizona. It is one of only three paved ovals in the state of Arizona (the others are Phoenix International Raceway and Havasu 95 Speedway).

History[edit]

The track was built in 1968, originally as a clay oval and called Raven Speedway. [1]

Current NASCAR CEO Brian France took over operations of the track in 1990. International Speedway Corporation paved the racing surface and renamed the track Tucson Raceway Park in 1993.

In 2002, ISC sold the track to Deery Sports West, Inc. [2] and it was sold again in 2006 to Dan and Joyce Ruth.

In 2008 the track was sold to Mark Ebert who has made new changes to the track, including making the track an ASA Member track.

In 2010, the track was closed.

In 2012, Tucson businessman John Lashley bought the lease on the track and spent six months renovating the facility, which re-opened in 2013 as Tucson Speedway.

Racing at TRP[edit]

In 2014, Tucson Speedway re-joined the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. Tucson Speedway features Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Pro-Stocks, Modified and Hornets.

Races are almost always held on Saturday night, with practice sessions held on Friday. Thanks to the warm climate in Tucson, the track is able to remain open from February to November, only closing on weekends when there is a Sprint Cup race at Phoenix.

Former events[edit]

In 1995, TRP hosted the second-ever NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, the Racing Champions 200. This race returned in 1996 and 1997 as the NAPA 200.

TRP was also the home of the TV program Winter Heat Series, which ran during NASCAR's offseason from 1994-95 to 1998-99. This program was the launching pad for the careers of drivers such as Greg Biffle, Kurt Busch, Matt Crafton and others.

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