Note:  This information was primarily gathered from "The History of America's Speedway Past and Present" by Allan E. Brown.  This book covers over 6400 tracks in North America, 297 in Illinois and 182 in Missouri.  You may obtain a copy of this book by writing to Allan E. Brown, National Speedway Directory, P.O. Box 448, Comstrock Park, MI, 49321.

Tracks That No Longer Exist, Aren't Used or Changed Size
(within an approximate 100 mile radius of St. Louis)
List kept by Eileen Waters
List last updated June 18, 2009

ILLINOIS Tracks:

  1.  3-1 Ball Park – Springfield – 1/5-mile dirt oval (1935 – 1937)

  2.  Alton Drag Raceway – Alton – 1/4-mile paved dragstrip (July 13, 1958 – October 1, 1972)          currently a mobile home park

  3.  Belleville Athletic Field – Belleville – 1/5-mile dirt oval (c. 8/02/36 – 1939)

  4.  Benton Fairgrounds – Benton – located at the Franklin County Fairgrounds – 1/2-mile dirt        oval (5/13/28 – 29) (4/13/47 – c. 1949)

  5.  Breese – 1/2-mile dirt oval (10/9/27)

  6.  Broken Springs Speedway – Dupo – dirt oval (1950) (aka: Valley Park Speedway)

  7.  Cahokia Dragstrip – Cahokia – 1/4-mile paved dragstrip (c. 1954 – c. 1960)

  8.  Cahokia Midget Speedway – Cahokia – 1/4-mile dirt oval (c. 8/13/38 – 6/14/42), Jimmy               Snyder fatally injured here in a crash on 6/29/39, located on SR3, grandstands burned             down in 1945, (aka: Snyder Memorial Speedway)

  9.  Centralia – 1/5-mile dirt oval (c. 1968 – 1977), (aka: Marion County Speedway)

10.  Chester Speedway – Chester – 1/2-mile dirt oval (10/06/34), at Randolph Co. Fair, 1/5-mile        dirt oval (early 1950's – 1958), (aka: Randolph County Speedway), site is now a golf                 course

11.  Clearview Speedway – Paris – 1/2-mile dirt oval (5/20/28 – c. 1940), 1/5-mile dirt oval                 (5/11/41- 1942), built by Frank Davis, north of town

12.  Cottage Hills – 1/4-mile paved dragstrip (c. 1969)

13.  Decatur Fairgrounds – Decatur, located at the Macon County Fairgrounds, 1/2-mile dirt            oval (c. 7/04-27 – 9/07/36), fairgrounds built in 1923

14.  Dupo Race Track – Dupo – 1/5-mile dirt oval (1940's- 1950's), at Legion Park, maybe                 Broken Springs Speedway

15.  DuQuoin State Fairgrounds – DuQuoin – 1/2-mile dirt oval (9/12/36 – 9/12/40), the 1/2-mile        track is now a training horse track just west of the mile track, 1-mile dirt oval (9/06/41)             (8/31/46 – present), Ted Horn was fatally injured here in a crash on 10/10/48

16.  Fairfield Fairgrounds – Fairfield, located at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 1/4- and 1/2-          mile dirt ovals (4/18/48 – c. 1973)

17.  Farmer City Fairgrounds – Farmer City, 1/2-mile dirt oval (1938 – 1940), 1/10-mile dirt oval        (1938), (aka: Farmer City Midget Oval), 1/5-mile dirt oval (8/10/39 – 9/28/39), 1/6-mile oval         (06/06/40 – 9/26/40), moved in 1941 to new site, located at the FarmerCity/DeWitt County        Fairgrounds

18.  Gateway International Speedway – Madison (aka: St. Louis International Raceway,                   Gateway International Raceway), 2.28-mile paved road course (May 1985 to 1996), .965-           mile paved oval (5/18/86), 1/20-mile dirt oval (quarter midgets) (off and on from 1985 to            1995)

19.  Godfrey Motor Speedway – Godfrey (aka: Godfrey Speedway, Alton Speedway, Ascot              Speedway, Action Speedway), 1/4-mile dirt oval (1950 – 1995), 1/3-mile (1995 – May, 2006)

20.  Godfrey Speedway – (Melville) – (aka: Alton Speedway), 1/5-mile dirt oval (5/15/35 – c.              6/09/36)

21.  Greenville Fairgrounds – Greenville dirt oval (1960's), old Bond Co. Fairgrounds

22.  Hoff Speedway – Decatur – 1/5-mile dirt oval (c. 6/30/40)

23.  Illinois State Fairgrounds – Springfield, original track ran east and west, 1-mile dirt oval          (c.1910 – 8/17/29), grandstands faced south, a new $450,000 grandstands was built and          opened on 8/20/27, the track was rebuilt so the fans were not facing the afternoon sun,           the current grandstands face east and the track runs north and south

24.  Interstate 57 Dragway – West Frankfort – 1/4-mile dirt oval (5/1/76 – 1985), (aka: I-57                Raceway Park)

25.  Jacksonville Raceway – Jacksonville – located at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, 1/2-           mile dirt oval (1946 – 1959), (aka: Jacksonville Speedway)

26.  Jerseyville Fairgrounds

27.  Jim Fitzpatrick Stadium – Springfield – located at 2700 South 4th St., 1/5-mile dirt oval             (8/18/47 – early 1950's), (aka: Fitzpatrick Stadium)  

28.  K and L Raceway – Mount Vernon – 1/8-mile dirt oval (c. 1988 – 1991), located on the               southeast side of town

29.  King City Motor Speedway – Mount Vernon – 1/4-mile dirt oval (8/20/1947 – 1949)

30.  Lake Benton Speedway – Benton – 1/4-mile dirt oval (early 1950's)

31.  Litchfield Sports Arena – Litchfield – (aka: Litchfield Speedway), 1/4-mile dirt oval (c.                9/4/50 – c. 1950)

32.  Macon Speedway – Macon – 1/8-mile dirt oval (4/3/46 – c. 9/21/46)

33.  Marion – 1/2-mile dirt oval (1920's or 1930's)

34.  Midstate Raceway – Mount Olive – 1/2-mile dirt oval (c. 1984 – 1989), formerly a                        motorcycle track, first auto race was on 1/19/85)

35.  Mitchell – 3/8-mile dirt oval (years unknown)

36.  Mount Vernon Fairgrounds – Mt. Vernon, at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, 1/2-mile dirt           oval (c. 10/24/28 – c. 1941) (5/3/53 – c/1969) (8/22/75), 1/4-mile dirt oval (May, 1940 –                9/16/40), (aka: Fairgrounds Raceway)

37.  Murphysboro Speedway – Murphysboro – 1/5-mile dirt oval (1948)

38.  Nashville – 1/4-mile paved dragstrip (1963 – 1965)

39.  Nashville Speedway – Nashville – dirt oval (years unknown)

40.  New Berlin Fairgrounds – New Berlin – located at the Sangamon Co. Fairgrounds, 1/4-             mile dirt oval (1980)

41.  New Berlin Rodeo Grounds – New Berlin – 1/4-mile dirt oval (5/8/40 – 7/03/40)

42.  New Lake Speedway – Springfield – 1/4-mile dirt oval (c. 8/06/36 – c.8/13/36)

43.  O'Fallon Quarter-Midget – O'Fallon – 1/20-mile dirt oval (c. mid 1970's – early 1980's)

44.  Olney City Park – Olney – located at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 1/4-and 1/2-mile            dirt oval (c.8/07/53 – c.1955), (1982 – 1984)

45.  Paris Speedway – Paris, located at the Edgar County Fairgrounds, 1/2-mile dirt oval (1922        – 1941), (Sept. 1945 – c.1972)

46.  Pickneyville Fairgrounds – Pickneyville – dirt oval (c.1957 – c.1958), located at the Perry          County Fairgrounds

47.  Prairie Capital Convention Center – Springfield – located downtown, ran midgets on 1/10-        mile concrete indoor oval, (3/5-1983 – 1984), (1986), (1988)

48.  Sandoval – 1/4-mile dirt oval (years unknown)

49.  Sparta Fairgrounds – Sparta – 1/2-mile dirt oval (10/28/34), (1969), (7/11/73 – 7/11/75)

50.  Speedbowl Park – Springfield – 1/4-mile dirt oval (1930's), also referred to as Dreamland

51.  Springfield – 1/2-mile dirt oval (1928 – mid 1930's), torn down in 1938, located north of             the Illinois State Fairgrounds on 8th Street

52.  Springfield Speedway – Springfield – referred to as "Little Springfield", 1/5-mile dirt oval          (c.7/19/48 – 1981), Joe Shaheen builder and promoter, 1/4-mile dirt oval (1982 – 1987)              currently a Taco Bell and McDonalds

52.  Turnpike Speedway – Macon – 1/4-mile dirt oval (1950's – early 1960's), track was located        south of the town of Energy

53.  White Rose Speedway – Belleville – dirt oval (c. 7/12/40 – 1940)

54.  White Squirrel Speedway – Olney – now the site of a cement plant, 1/4-mile dirt oval                (1956 – 1977)

55.  Williamson County Speedway – Marion – 1/8-mile dirt oval (1985 – 1988)

56.  Williamson County Speedway – Marion – 3/8-mile dirt oval (c. 1964 – c. 1977), at the                 Williamson County Fairgrounds



MISSOURI Tracks:

1.  Ball Park Speedway – St. Louis – 1/5-mile dirt oval, located on South Broadway, (1934 –          1937), (a.k.a.:  St. Louis Speedway)

2.  Creve Coeur Lake Speedway – St. Louis (Creve Coeur) - promoter:  Don Zeiter, 1/2-mile          dirt oval (c. 1929 – c. 7/14/35), the track closed down when the grandstands blew down,          (a.k.a.:  Motor Speedway)

3.  Delmar Track – St. Louis – dirt oval (5/07/1905)

4.  Elsberry Speedway – Elsberry – 3/10-mile dirt oval (c. 1974 – 1978)

5.  Empire Speedway – Farmington – 1/4-mile dirt oval (1970 – 1982), located at the St.  Francois Co. Fairgrounds, (a.k.a.:  St. Francois County Raceway), changed to 3/8-mile  dirt oval in 1983

6.  Fredericktown Speedway – Fredericktown – 1/4-mile dirt oval (early 1950's)

7.  I-55 Raceway(s) – Pevely – 1/8-mile dragstrip (c. 1980 – 1992?)

8.  Lake Hill International Raceway – Valley Park – 1/5-mile dirt oval (6/29/48 – 1966), 1/3-mile paved oval (1967 – 1978), one day Lake Hill Reunion on November 24, 2007

9.  Maxwellton Track – St. Louis – 1-mile circular dirt oval (1903 – 7/4/1907), (*/09/14 – 11/22/1922), maybe ran in May of 1923 as well, (a.k.a.:  St. Louis World's Fair)

10.  Mid-America Raceways – Wentzville – 2.86-mile paved road course (c.1964 – 1985), ran SCCA Trans Am races, USAC stocks, held first SCCA National Solo Championships there in ________, (Paul Newman, actor, raced there)

11.  Mid-America Raceways – Wentzville - dragstrip

12.  Oakland Stadium – St. Louis – 1/5-mile dirt oval, (5/30/1935 – 7/29/1942), (5/21/1946 – c.1956), torn down April, 1957, located at the St. Louis University High School, (a.k.a.:  Walsh Stadium), named for the Walsh Family who had donated the land to St. Louis University (Ed Walsh later became an Indy 500 winning car owner and a AAA championship winning car owner, in addition to a Midget title, SCCA championship and was the last nationally elected President of the SCCA).  The St. Louis Science Center currently sits approximately where Oakland/Walsh Stadium sat.  (Oakland is the name of the street.)

13. Pevely Speedway – Pevely – 1/4-mile dirt oval (1956), located at Highway Z & US 67

14.  Ramona Park Speedway – St. Louis (Berkley) - 5/16-mile dirt oval (1933 – c. 5/31/36), located on Carson Road, north of Natural Bridge near Ramona Lake Park

15.  Riverdale Speedway – St. Louis – 1/4-mile dirt oval, (6/09/1946 – c.1947), located at Telegraph Road and Meramec

16.  St. Louis Arena – St. Louis – 1/10-mile indoor concrete oval, (1/05/1935 – 10/27/36), (11/11/1941).  The first midget race held in St. Louis was held on January 5, 1935 indoors (approximately six weeks after the first-ever indoor midget race on November 18, 1934 at the Old Chicago Armory). 

17.  Smartt Field – St. Louis – paved road course (5/4/1957 – c. 10/11/1959)

18.  Swantervilee (possibly Swandnerville) – (location unknown/possibly near Wentzville) – dirt oval, (early 1950's)

19.  Sylvan Beach Speedway – Kirkwood – 1/4-mile dirt oval (c.9/7/1936 – c.9/5/1937), located at US 66 and Meramec Road

20.  Vichy – Rolla – airport road course

21.  Wellston – 1/2-mile dirt oval, (1918), just outside of St. Louis city

22.  Wentzville – dirt oval (early 1950's)

Note:  This information was primarily gathered from "The History of America's Speedway Past and Present" by Allan E. Brown.  This book covers over 6400 tracks in North America, 297 in Illinois and 182 in Missouri.  You may obtain a copy of this book by writing to Allan E. Brown, National Speedway Directory, P.O. Box 448, Comstrock Park, MI, 49321.


  If you have any personal information, photo's, programs or news clippings about any of these tracks and wish to share that information with us, please contact Duane Marburger at coupefan@sbcglobal.net . As the museum takes shape we would like to accumulate and store as much of these kinds of items about old racing history as possible. Please consider a donation of items to the Midwest Motorsports Museum.