CRA Bringing Racing Back To Memphis Oval
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Int’l Raceway, Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Champion Racing Ass’n Powered by JEGS officials have announced the newly reopened Memphis Int’l Raceway will host the “Racing’s Back! Memphis 250,” a CRA sanctioned event, on Oct. 26.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS super late models and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour presented by Chevrolet Performance crate late models will each contest a 125-lap event. In addition, the stars of the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience will battle in a 50-lap race between the late model and qualifying sessions.
Memphis’s long standing racing history began in 1986 when the facility held its inaugural drag racing event. In 1998, the area that once was a dirt track was transformed into the three-quarter mile paved tri-oval track with 11 degree banked turns with four degree banked straightaways. The 1,100 foot backstretch leads into the tri-oval.
In 1998, the short track hosted its first stock car race to a sellout crowd with national television coverage. That event gave birth to an annual tradition of hosting NASCAR stock car racing as well as NASCAR truck series. In October of 2009, the track hosted its final NASCAR Nationwide Series race before the former ownership group announced a cease of operation bringing racing in Memphis to a close.
In February, 2011, the current ownership group, headquartered in Palm Beach, Fla., purchased the facility and once again, returned racing to the Mid-South. Building one step at a time, the facility has come back to life.
The dragstrip, road course and autocross facilities were the first to return to the scene followed by driving schools and testing at the three-quarter mile paved oval. Today, Memphis Int’l Raceway is a multi-faceted racing facility boasting three complete tracks, a high performance road course, and historic quarter-mile dragstrip and the three quarter-mile tri-oval track – home to the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience and Rusty Wallace Karting Experience.
Memphis Int’l Raceway attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and is ranked as one of Tennessee’s top destinations.