The LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (formally LaCrosse Interstate Speedway), is located at the LaCrosse Interstate Fairgrounds in West Salem, Wisconsin. The track (dirt) was built in 1957 and was used for both horse and auto racing during the annual fair. Over time, horse racing faded and auto racing began draw more fans and competitors. By 1970, horse races were no longer being conducted, so the track was paved and weekly racing commenced on Wednesday nights. It was in 1970 that the first Oktoberfest Race Weekend was held as well. In the fall of 1989 and second smaller track was constructed inside of the larger track- the 1/4 track. In 1989, the Speedway became the first track in Wisconsin to fall under the NASCAR weekly racing series sanction. Racing was also moved to Saturday nights in 1989. In 2000, the “Street Drags” events were started. The Street Drags converts the front stretch of the big track into a short 300ft drag strip. The Street Drags are for multi style of cars…mostly of street origin.
The track is know for it’s competitive racing and unique novelty events. The events are designed to run at a fast pace and provide something fun for everyone of all ages. Whether it’s a T-Bone Crash, a Driver Hot Dog Eating Contest, Kids’ Races or Rides, or Driver Autograph Sessions. Join us at the track this summer for a fun time away from the pressures of life!
We the intersection of Hwy 16 & Cty Rd M, in West Salem. Racing is hosted on Saturday nights throughout the summer starting at 7:00PM.
Phone: (608) 786-1525.
If you have a question not answered here, please contact us
Track Length: 5/8th Mile oval, 1/4 Mile Inner oval
Track Surface: Asphalt
Banking: 5/8th Mile: bottom: 5 degrees, Middle: 8 degrees, top: 11 degrees
Track Width (5/8th): Straights: 50′, Turns: 50-75′
Speed conversion (In MPH): 5/8th mile: 1963/lap time, 1/4 mile: 900/lap time
Question: How long does the program last
Answer: Our goal is to have all events done by 10pm.
Question: Is there a playground
Question: Can we go into Pit area after the event with the kids.
Answer: Heck yes. The teams love to have the fans visit the pits after the races. We do not allow any of the race teams to leave until at least ½ hour after the races (Note: we allow those that travel a distance to leave before that if they so choose).
Question: Is there a Family discount.
Answer: For most of our events, we offer a Family Pass. The Family Pass includes 2 adults and up to 4 kids or students. Prices vary depending on the content of the show.
Question: Do I need hearing protection?
Answer: We do require the race cars to have some type of muffler system on them. We do offer FREE ear plugs at the Box Office if you so choose.
Question: Is there reserved seating?
Answer: Yes- for our Oktoberfest Races Only. Our hospitality areas are reserved as well. All other seating areas are General Admission.
Question: Is there family / non-alcoholic?
Answer: Yes, there are several sections of family and non-alcoholic seating towards turn one.
Question: Are carry ins allowed?
Answer: No. Carry in beverages and food are not permitted during any event.
Question: Is camping allowed?
Answer:Camping is allowed when the grounds are not in use. Fee (Typically $25-35 per night) will be collected by a Fairgrounds Representative..
Question: Where is the closest hotel?
Answer: AmericInn is located at I-90 and exit 12. The phone number is (608) 786-3340. Yow can also call the LaCrosse Country Convention & Visitors Bureau for help at 800-658-9424 or visit www.explorelacrosse.com
Question: What time do the races start?
Answer: Time trials begin at 6pm. The first race is at 7:30pm (for all regular events).
Question: What are the ticket prices?
Answer: For regular events, General Admission is $14, Students (age 12-17 with valid I.D.) are $7, Kids (Age 6-11) are $4. Children 5 and under are FREE!
Prices may vary for some events. Consult our Schedule page for complete list with event prices and times.
Weather Policy: It is our goal to complete the event on the day it is scheduled. We will do our best to finish or run an event within a reasonable time frame. Should we not complete the event, Rain Checks will be honored at an event equal to the event being halted do to weather. We follow the industry standards to determine if an event has been considered a complete event. An event is considered complete in ½ of all events are run, including time trials, or at least ½ the laps in our main event of the show.
On the first and third Thursday of each month during the season, the Speedway has an open practice session. Spectators are allowed to watch at no charge in the grandstand. There is no charge to enter the Pit Area either, however you must be over 18 or be accompanied by a parent. The Waiver and Release must be signed to enter the pit area. Any race car participating will have to pay the registration fee for the open practice.