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Sprint Car Races
While stock car racing was becoming popular in the 1920s and 1930s on the east coast, the Imperial Valley was also getting its own tradition in racing.
Racing at the Imperial Valley Speedway inside the I.V. Fairgrounds can be traced back to the 1930s when the track featured a 1-mile course that ran Indianapolis 500- style race cars.
Through the decades the speedway has had modifications and various cars tearing up the track, including horse racing for a short time.
Racing also became synonymous with the California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta for decades up until about 14 years ago when racing during the fair went defunct.
During this year’s fair, racing will make a revved-up return in hopes of revitalizing a once-fabled tradition in the Imperial Valley.
“My mom and dad would take us racing when the fair came down,” said track historian and track announcer for Imperial Motorsport Promotions Mickey Dale. “It was exciting.”
Dale said the track originally started with a 1-mile course that was later shortened to half-a-mile in the 1950s. By then, racing and the fair were a tradition, providing plenty of exciting fun for families.
When: 5 p.m. March 5, gates open at 4 p.m.
Where: Imperial County Fairgrounds Speedway
Admission to the SPRINT CAR RACES are Adult ages 13-59 is $12.00, children ages 7- 12.....$6.00, youngster ages 6 and under.....FREE and Senior citizens and active military admission price is $10.00. Prices do not include admission to the fair.
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