Barrie Speedway

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Barrie Speedway
"Get Your Heart Racing"
Barrie Speedway Logo.png
Location 240 8 Line South,
Oro, Ontario, Canada
L0L 2X0
Capacity 4000
Broke ground 1965
Closed January 2015
Construction cost $2 million-dollar upgrade 2004
Major events NASCAR Canadian Tire Series
Hudco Electric Supply 300
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
OSCAAR Super Late Model Series
OSCAAR Modified Series
CASCAR Super Series
Surface asphalt tri-oval
Length 5/9 km (1/3 mi)
Turns 2
Banking Progressive

Barrie Speedway was a 1/3-mile tri-oval racing track located in Oro-Medonte, Ontario, Canada, north of Barrie. It was a member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the Ontario Provincial and National (Continental) championships, and hosted a NASCAR Canadian Tire Series race.


Past winners of the NCTS race:

Barrie had three home divisions; Late Models, Thunder Cars and Pure Stocks. Other touring series were hosted throughout the season, including the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, Ontario Legends Series, TQ midgets, and OSCAAR.

The track underwent major upgrades in 2004 which included upgrades to seating, pits and a full resurfacing and partial reconfiguration of the racing surface into its short track tri-oval it had up to its demolition.

List of track champions by year and division[edit]

  • 2012 Late Model Dwayne Baker Thunder Car Rick Walt ure Stock Charlie Smith
  • 2011 Late Model Ron Quesnelle Thunder Car Jim Beleskey Pure Stock Shawn Murray
  • 2010 Late Model Alan Inglis Thunder Car Jim Beleskey Pure Stock William Davies
  • 2009 Late Model Gord Shepard Thunder Car Darryl St. Onge Pure Stock Ben Melenhorst
  • 2008 Late Model Keith Mcleod Thunder Car Frank Davey Pure Stock Brandon Crumbie, Charger Billy Melenhorst
  • 2007 Late Model Dwayne Baker
  • 2006 Late Model John Gaunt
  • 2005 Late Model Tom Walters
  • 2004 Late Model Tom Walters
  • 2003 Late Model Steve Quesnelle
  • 2002 Late Model Glen Watson Thunder Car 4Cyl
  • 2001 Late Model Don Hawn Thunder Car
  • 2000 Sportsman Challenger Glen Watson Thunder Car
  • 1999 Sportsman Challenger Don Hawn Thunder Car Emerson Ward
  • 199? to 1998 Not In Operation
  • 1965

Closure and demolition[edit]

Although Barrie Speedway was a very prominent venue, it was said that the number of both spectators and racers regularly in attendance was beginning to decline. In 2011, APEX Motorsports purchased the venue with the intentions of reviving its potential. In 2014, Contrans Group Inc., whose CEO is a major shareholder of an entertainment company by the name of Republic Live, had purchased a property (Burl's Creek Event Grounds) adjacent to Barrie Speedway. In January 2015, after months of rumours and speculation, Barrie Speedway was sold to Contrans Group Inc, which would seal the fate of the racetrack. Demolition of Barrie Speedway began in late 2015; very little remained of the racetrack as of spring 2016.


Coordinates: 44°28′37″N 79°30′54″W / 44.477°N 79.515°W / 44.477; -79.515