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
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, is 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 have all participated in racing events 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 dangerously 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 offered 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.

The last race held at the speedway 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.

Music[edit]

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

Present condition[edit]

In March 2014, photos surfaced on the Lost Speedway's Facebook page showing the speedway in a state of severe disrepair.[3] 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. Pictures surfaced on Facebook as of Sept 9th 2014 showing sand blasting being done to the walls taking off old paint, leading to believe there will be racing again.

A November 2014 update [4] shows the old asphalt being removed.

December 2014 update [5] removing almost two feet of material, down to the clay base. The old material, which was causing water seepage issues, is being replaced with new, 2-inch rock, which will improve drainage

A November 2015 update from [6] Inside Track Motorsports News reports that two workers and some equipment were on the site, but there were still piles of gravel and dirt visible and the base level of asphalt had not been laid down. To the eye, the site looks virtually unchanged since a flurry of construction activity late in 2014. While at the track, they were told there were 'no plans to pave this year.'

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