Illinois’ Dirt Oval LaSalle Speedway Posted For Sale

La Salle Speedway, located in La Salle, Illinois, is for sale at an asking price of two million dollars. The near 56-acre facility is located 90 miles west of Chicago and 80 miles east of Davenport, Iowa. It is conveniently located just south of the I-80 and I-39 interchange.

The speedway features a 1/4-mile dirt oval. The famed dirt track has attracted top-level racers from across the country, including NASCAR stars Kasey Kahne, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace, and Tony Stewart. It also has fielded many a dirt track star such as Billy Moyer and Scott Bloomquist. Sprint Car pilots, who have competed at the oval include Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell.

In 1947, LaSalle Speedway was founded as Tri-City Speedway. It closed after only six races. For two years after that, a cow-milking facility operated in its location. Starting in 1951, a drive-in theater operated on the property. The Glynn family operated it in the mid-1980s, closing again after several seasons.

In December of 1991, Kerry and Tony Izzo Sr. bought the land with plans to bring racing back to the site. La Salle Speedway was rebuilt by the Izzo family and opened its doors in the summer of 1992. In 2000, Kerry Izzo took over sole ownership. Tony Jr., Kerrianne and Joe took over operations, each working in a variety of capacities.

Throughout their ownership, Kerry, along with her family, watched the Speedway flourish, providing some of the greatest short track racing in the country. They continually added improvements and upgrades, including Musco lighting in the infield.

The facility has nine air-conditioned, skybox suites that each hold up to 15 people. The front main grandstand seats 3500 along with a set of bleachers that hold an additional 700 people. The back straightaway has seating to accommodate 500.

The facility has also served as a temporary music venue and has hosted many big names including Toby Keith, Sawyer Brown and Trick Pony. Additionally, the Speedway has hosted Monster Truck events, Circuses (including the Shriners Circus), Flea Markets, and Car Shows. The possibilities are endless.

The city of La Salle and its officials have been long term supporters of the Speedway since its very beginning and have promised to continue their support.

With her children going different directions in their lives it is with a heavy heart and a seventieth birthday that Kerry has chosen to retire and sell the historic property.

The turnkey facility comes ready to operate and the property includes four homes ready for living or renting.

The facility also features:
– 2 Fully Stocked Concession Stands
– All-Purpose Building (can be used for novelty sales or additional beer sales)
– 2 Ticket Booths
– Parts Building
– Pit Office (including PA system and an observation deck)
– Digital Scoreboard
– Air Conditioned Scoring Tower (includes PA system)
– A long list of equipment necessary for track operations

Interested buyers can contact Brian Jortner at [email protected] or at (440) 935-7460.

About the author

Ben Shelton

Ben got his start at historic Riverside International Speedway. His accomplished motorsports media career includes journalist, race announcer, and on-air personality.
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