It has been said that "dirt track racing is to NASCAR what minor league teams are to Major League Baseball" and Dirt track racing is the choice racing sport in Arkansas. Dirt tracks are located all over the state and as attendance continues to grow, the passion for the sport looks to be spreading.
The Batesville Speedway in Locust Grove is one of the larger dirt tracks in Arkansas. Located centrally between Memphis, Little Rock and Fayetteville, their events draw from all over. The track is Red Clay 3/8 mile oval and I located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The city of Batesville is the second largest in Arkansas and offers a large selection of activities and lodging choices.
The racing season starts in March and ends in October with almost every week in between is filled with racing events. Events at the Speedway include Street Stock, 4 Cylinder Championship, Mid-America Modifieds, SUPR Late Models, Modified Touring, Open Wheel Modifieds, Monster Trucks and much more. Ticket start at $ 10.00 for adults. Race fans will enjoy the new Mark Martin NASCAR Museum in Batesville. Mark started his career on the dirt tracks of Arkansas and quickly rose to the top of his sport as a motorsports hero. The state of the art museum features many of Mark's past cars including his # 6 Viagra Coca-Cola 600 winning car, 2005 IROC he won his fifth championship in and many more. Each car has a hi-tech mantron that tells of its story and history. The museum also displays trophies, suits, helmets, memorabilia and much more. Their gift store carries a huge selection of NASCAR and racing collectibles, clothing and hats. In his desire to promote the sport that has given him so much, he gives free admission to his museum.
Another popular track is the North Central Arkansas Speedway in Yellville. The IMCA sanctioned 3/8 mile track is situated in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. In addition to the beautiful setting, they offer fans a wide range of racing events such as Modified, Hobby Stock, Trucks, Pure Stock, Cruisers and Mini-Stocks. Tickets start at $ 10.00 for adults and $ 25.00 for a pit pass. Lodging can be found at the Brass Door Motel or the Ramada Inn.
The Mid-South Racing Association holds events throughout Arkansas as well as a few in Missouri through the year with 16 races taking place at the Batesville Speedway. Their goal is to provide a fair playing field for competitors while providing safe and exciting racing. Racing fans will find countless opportunities to enjoy motorsports throughout Arkansas where the roots of dirt track racing runs deep.