IndyCar – Friday Night Sprints at Valley Speedway

Coming to Kansas City for the IZOD IndyCar Series race this weekend, or are you fortunate enough to live in the area? This Friday night, get in touch with the origins of open-wheel racing in the US, good ol’ fashion wingless sprint cars running around on a local 1/4-mile dirt track. On April 30th, Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, MO, will be featuring wingless 305 sprint cars, 1200cc lightning sprints, 600cc micro sprints, and Midwest mod-lites. Valley Speedway is a great small-town track with easy parking, great stands and facilities, and some of the best racing action around!

Proper open-wheel dirt cars. No wings, no fender, all guts! -Photo by John Lee,
Proper open-wheel dirt cars. No wings, no fender, all guts! -Photo by John Lee,

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From the Kansas Speedway, or any parts close to there, take I-70 East to Missouri Exit #24. From there, I leave you with the directions from the Valley Speedway website.

Take exit #24 off Interstate 70 Drive south through Grain Valley on Buckner Tarsney Rd (Main Street) Turn left (east) at stoplight of Eagles Parkway (AA Highway / Old 40 Highway) Follow Old 40 hwy east 1/8 mile to track entrance on north side of road.

Track Info

Gates open at 6:00pm, with hot laps starting at 7:30pm with the racing action starting immediately after. At $10 per adult, and $5 for kids 6-12, and kids 5 and under getting in for free, its one of the cheapest, most exciting nights of family entertainment you’re likely to find anywhere. Come out and enjoy our local hometown track on Friday night, then stop by the IndyCar Fan Zone on Saturday morning and let me know how you enjoyed it. See ya at the tracks!

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4 Thoughts to “IndyCar – Friday Night Sprints at Valley Speedway

  1. 305’s are a bit shy of the monster V-8 410’s that prevail in Indiana, but I’m sure these sprinters can still fling mud with the best of them. For good racing excitement, there is nothing that really matches a good dirt track with multiple lines and changing surface conditions all night long as you move from hot laps to heats to features…. If I were heading to Kansas, I would be right there with you Doug.

    Have a great weekend buddy!

  2. You’ll find 410s around and about here, too, but the 305s are what you’ll see competing on a regular weekly basis at the local tracks. Its great stuff. Oh, and their track isn’t a dustbowl like others I could mention. 😉

  3. Right in the heart Doug. Right in the heart.

    So far this year I was track prepped out at Eldora, Family commitmented out for Lawrenceburg and rained out at Waynesfield. This weekend I am planning on going to Putnamville for USAC sprints…. but the weather forecast looks iffy. Booo. I wanna see some wheelstands and slidejobs! Nothing like seeing the warriors on the high side pushing the cushion all the way up to the concrete.

    Are you going to ply your photog skills in the infield?

  4. No, John Lee of HiFlynPhotos is the exclusive photog for most of the short tracks around here.

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