HISTORYMansfield Motorsports Park - the Speedway
A fast half-mile asphalt racetrack, rooted in traditional 'dirt' racing from a bygone era...
Racers enter turn one holding their breath, the racecar may seem loose, the Gs from the speed and 16-degree banking plant them in their seat. As they head off to turn 2, down the backstretch, they set up for turn 3, speed gets 'em there in a heartbeat. They race in and out of 4 to an 8-degree front stretch just inches off the wall - the center 'groove' maintains their speed as they race to the flag stand and the checkered high above the track - that's racing, that's Mansfield Motorsports Park.
Forty four years ago nine men set out and built a 3/8 mile dirt oval track that was christened Mansfield Raceway. It was opened with great pride in the spring of 1959. With each passing year steady upgrades were made to the facility.
The 1970 season brought the first annual Johnny Appleseed Classic. This event was hosted in the fall each year and featured a two day format pitting the all time greats of dirt track racing.
In the spring of 1972 the track opened for the season with new steel bleachers capable of seating 5,000 race fans with a new press box adorning the top. Also new in 1972 was the growth of the track from a 3/8 mile to a half-mile track.
Jerry Cook, a 6-time Modified champion, winning titles in six of seven years from 1971-77, was honored at the Park part of NASCAR's celebration of 60 years of Modified Champions.
Several changes in ownership took place between the mid 70's and early 90's with the track finally lying dormant in the mid 90's. Under new stewardship, in the spring of 1999 the dirt track received a blacktop surface and re-opened as Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. More than seventeen million dollars in improvements have been made since 2002.
Today the Tradition Continues
Deluxe grandstand seating for 6,800, camping areas second to none, luxury suites and corporate tents, restrooms, concession stands all upgraded for comfort. Not to mention, new safety fencing, concrete walls, ticket and administration offices - it's a racer's venue, it's a fan's destination.