Kansas Speedway is a 63,000-seat facility which welcomes fans with sixty-five rows of access to their favorite events. Surrounded by the area known as The Legends, guests to Kansas Speedway will find no shortage of shopping and dining, as well as the opportunity to learn more about farming history at the Agricultural Hall of Fame.
In 1997, the International Speedway Corporation chose Kansas City, Kansas as its newest site for a speedway. Development began two years later, in the spring of 1999. With the announcement of the new track, came the availability of purchasing season tickets. In a single day, tickets and suites for the facility are sold out.
At the turn of the century, NASCAR announced the upcoming schedule for the new track. The featured events at Kansas Speedway would include Indy Racing League, NASCAR Busch Series, and NASCAR Winston Cup Series races. Later that year, an additional race is added: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
Paving of the track began in September 2000 and was completed just half a year later in Spring of 2001. In April 2001, the track hosted its inaugural open test weekend, inviting the ARCA Re/Max Series to Kansas Speedway to test the track.
Kansas Speedway opened to the public in June of 2001, hosting its first race weekend with the running of the NASCAR Winston West Series Kansas 150, along with the ARCA Re/MAX Series BPU 200. A few months later the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series made their debut.
Less than ten years after opening, Kansas Speedway is awarded a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race when the ISC announces realignment dates. The races would begin with the 2011 schedule, and on June 5, 2011, the track hosts the first of its two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events.
Later that year, the speedway announces that it will begin performing track improvements, which will include repaving the surface of the track, along with the addition of a new road course. Track work is completed in September of 2012 and hosts its first-ever Grand-Am road course event the following year.
Attractions and Tours
Fans visiting Kansas Speedway will have plenty of opportunity for exploration. Whether it’s taking a tour of the track, learning more about agriculture, or diving into the nearby Schlitterbahn waterpark, guests will find plenty to keep them busy.
Visitors taking in the fan tour will be escorted throughout Kansas Speedway, making stops in the Spotter’s Stand, the Grandstands, and the President’s Suite. During the sixty-minute tour, fans will enjoy a walk through the Infield, take a peek into Garage A and Victory Lane, and get a close-up view of a few racing cars.
Kansas Speedway offers school tours, providing teachers and students the opportunity to visit the track and participate in exciting skills. Students will learn about reading for information, technical writing, applied math and science, and collaborative learning through group activities and games.
To encourage students to share their experience, the track invites teachers to have children create and design a license plate that can then be sent to other schools and students throughout the country.
Agricultural Hall of Fame
Visitors to the Agricultural Hall of Fame will have the opportunity to learn more about the present and historical value of how the agriculture business impacts American education, business, and economics. The hall of fame pays tribute to those that have made lasting contributions to the development, establishment, improvement or advancement of agriculture.
Schlitterbahn Water Park
Watching races in the heat of the summer can leave guests thirsty for a visit to the waterpark. Schlitterbahn offers relief from the heat with its chutes, slides, beaches, and rivers that can transport you from one end of the park to the other.
Visitors can relax on an endless float that traverses the entire park, or spice things up a little with a trip on the Storm Blaster water coaster or the Boogie Bahn surf ride. Beat the heat in a private cabana, or hop into one of the parks many pools with a swim-up bar.
Shopping and Dining
Kansas Speedway resides within the confines of The Legends, which promises guests the opportunity to shop till they drop, or eat till they burst. With a litany of eateries and stores to choose from, visitors will have no shortage of options.
Across from the speedway, The Legends pays tribute to great Kansans, from areas such as athletics, science, exploration, technology, music, art, and much more. The space seeks to recognize the fantastic men and women who make Kansas a unique place.
The Legends offers a variety of stores and eateries, providing visitors with more than one hundred retail, entertainment, and dining options. This particular piece of the heartland has something for everyone no matter their age, style, or price range.
Kansas Speedway 400 Speedway Blvd, Kansas City, KS 66111, Phone: 866-460-7223