After 66 long and storied years of operation, the I-30 Speedway will be holding its final race, the 35th Annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals Finale, this Saturday, Oct. 1. Opened in 1956, the nationally famous track has been the playing field of several racers who would later become NASCAR drivers, such as Mark Martin and Christopher Bell.
Though the racetrack has been on the market since 2019, the final decision was only made to sell it recently due to continual economic troubles and supply issues left over from the pandemic. The owners, Tracey Clay and her father Joe Clay, have not been at liberty to comment on who is buying the property yet, though a recent ordinance for a new zoning request on the property lists Copart, Inc. as the developer. Copart is a global leader in online car auctions, and the new zoning of the property is C-4, which allows for open display and storage of merchandise, especially where heavy vehicle traffic is required.
Despite the sad closing of the track, the I-30 Speedway plans to go out with a bang, not a whimper. No less than 60 drivers are entered to compete for a shot at a $15,041 grand prize in the 35th STN finale, hailing from 14 states and the Canadian province of Ontario. Several of these drivers have previously held the title, including the current STN champion Blake Hahn.
No mufflers are required, and children under 12 get free admission Friday and Saturday night. The Short Track Preliminary, which will be held Friday, Sept. 30, will decide who gets to compete in the finale on Oct. 1.
To learn more information on the final races or buy tickets, visit the I-30 Speedway website.