NASCAR Comes to Alaska

Space may be the final frontier, but on Earth, for many Alaska is the last frontier…and NASCAR has conquered it with the construction of Alaska Raceway Park.

Sitting the shadows of Pioneer Peak with the Knik Glacier close by, the Palmer, Alaska facility is by far the most unique venue for racing fans. Palmer, Alaska is located in the southern region of the state north-northeast of Anchorage.

Alaska Raceway Park began back in 1964 when then Governor Bill Egan cut the ribbon on Polar Dragway. Like many NASCAR tracks the raceway is a family owned business – Earl and Karen Lackey and daughter Michelle Maynor.

Alaska Raceway Park is one of four new tracks added to the NASCAR circuit of tracks in 2016 – Dominion Raceway in Virginia, Spring Lake Speedway in Wisconsin, and Eastboud Speedway in Newfound and Labrador are the other new tracks.

Prior to construction of the oval track for NASCAR, the Dragway has undergone numerous upgrades and renovations in recent years that included an environmental cleanup, new constructions, computerized enhancements, and the purchase of additional land.

But the biggest enhancement is the construction of a .333 mile oval track paved with asphalt. With the completion of the new track, it becomes the first NASCAR Home Track in Alaska and the only such facility in the state. The Whelen All-American Series will run races at Alaska Raceway Park. The facility will seat 1,500 racing fans.

The track held its first NASCAR event this weekend – the Tesoro inaugural Oval Debut – and has nine more events scheduled throughout the short Alaskan summer for its inaugural season.


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