We’ve been reporting I-70 Raceway Park would be reopening in 2020 with a dirt oval component as part of the package. This is significant as the iconic speedway has long been known for holding some of the midwest’s best asphalt short-track races.
Initially opened as the Kansas City International Raceway dragstrip, the speedway was sold to Sprint Car legend Greg Weld. Weld turned the track into a dirt track until it was repossessed by the original owner, Bill Roberts.
Roberts paved the track and got NASCAR sanctioning, where the track had great success as a regional and national event host.
From 1990 Till Now
Bill Roberts sold the track to Ted Carlson in the mid-1990s. Carlson eventually sold the track to Brad McDonald. A few years later, the track ceased operations. In July of 2018, it was announced that the track was purchased and would reopen in 2019, with the half-mile asphalt oval at I-70 being converted to a dirt track.
As with many new state and municipal permits related to motorsports, there were many delays due to negotiations and building issues with Lafayette County, Missouri. The track was then slated to reopen in August of 2019, then the spring of 2020.
The track’s reopening date seems to be sincere with the recent DIRTcar announcement late last week claiming the World of Outlaws would be returning to the track on May 30, 2020.
About The I-70 Speedway
NASCAR Truck series conducted races at the track from 1995-1999. In 2006, a 3/8 mile dirt track was added to the property.
The speedway was considered the home track of many NASCAR drivers such as Rusty Wallace, Clint Bowyer, and Larry Phillips. James Ince, who was Larry Phillips crew chief and later a NASCAR Crew Chief of the Year with Johnny Benson Jr., who also started his career at I-70 Speedway. I-70 Speedway was also one of the first tracks to feature a prototypical SAFER barrier.