Tri-City Speedway

Last Visited - 2018
Track Distance - 3/8th mile
Facilities - Good
City/Town - Granite City, Illinois, USA
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Location - One of the better located tracks, this track is around 25 minutes to the north of St Louis or 13-15 miles. The most likely routes are via either IL-203 or IL-3.

Parking - Is located directly beside the track and seems large enough, though for a big meetings it could get interesting.

Premiere Meeting - The Lucas Oil Late Model series is an attraction not to be missed. Racing for big dollars this series caters to the big stars. In 2018 the series visits twice and would be well worth attending on both occasions.

Also worth attending - The track caters largely to the bodied classes so for something different the USAC Non-Wing Sprintcars or MOWA Sprintcars are worth a look.

Best spot to sit - There is only one spot to sit and that's the main grandstand. It's a decent size so if crowd volume allows get up a bit higher. Coming off turn four was the more spectacular end of the track when Percy visited so perhaps this end of the stand may be the way to go.

Classes run - Late Models, Pro Late Models, B-Mods, US Modifides, Factory Stocks, Compact Stocks, Micro Sprints

Uniqueness - Though listed as a 3/8ths mile, visually this track looked and raced more like a 1/3rd mile. It reminded this punter of the old Meremere highbanks track. The venue also hosts a smaller track that joins the main track on the front straight. The smaller track was sold as a 1/5 mile. It would be fair to say I don't have much confidence in whatever device was used to make the measurement! Around 1/7th mile would be more accurate. The inner track was rather unspectacular whereas the highly banked outer track was nice for racing.

On the night Percy visited this was not your typical high/low surface. To maintain speed drivers had to be quite creative, picking their spots to slide up from the bottom exiting two or alternatively cutting back from the high line. Turn four was where the most fun was. The wall wraps around the corner as drivers come on to the front straight. More than one driver came perilously close to giving the wall a decent tap. To me the track was a blown up version of Jacksonville and that's a good thing.