The LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (formally LaCrosse Interstate Speedway) has been operating since 1957. The facility is located in West Salem at the LaCrosse Interstate Fairgrounds. From 1957 to 1969 the speedway operated as a dirt track. Most events during that time frame were in conjunction with the annual LaCrosse Interstate Fair. Like most “Fairgrounds” of the time…car racing and horse racing were a common event. The track’s size and shape comes from the horse racing…as that was a common size for a horse track. With time, the horse racing faded and “car racing” gained in popularity. So much so, in 1970, the track was paved and was to be used exclusively for “stock car auto racing”. 1970 was also the first “year end special event” for racing in Wisconsin…the Oktoberfest Race Weekend. In 1989, the small quarter mile track was constructed to host more low cost race cars and provide fans with more novelty race events- like the popular Trailer Race of Destruction.
In 2000, the track began to host “Street Drags”. By converting the front-stretch into a 300′ dragstrip. Street cars are the primary focus of these events.
The facility has been converted into a concert venue and as a Presidential campaign rally site. In addition, numerous other community events are often held at the facility.
Ongoing improvements to the grounds has helped increase the fans comfort and viewing pleasure.
Wisconsin’s first NASCAR sanctioned 5/8 mile weekly racing asphalt track is located at the intersection of Hwy 16 & Cty Rd M, in West Salem. Racing is hosted on Saturday nights throughout the summer starting at 7:30PM. Phone: (608) 786-1525.
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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
We will gladly consider a donation to area charitable events, as a way to give back to the community. Find out more!
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.
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LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway hosts five weekly racing divisions. To learn more about each class, click here.
To learn more about the sponsors of each division, please click the logos below.