The Milwaukee Mile is a historical racing track that dates back to 1903. On Sunday, 19 June 2011, the track was filled with cars fighting to win an IndyCar Series race. The Milwaukee 225 was a nail-biting event, with it becoming a race between three drivers, namely Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves and Tony Kanaan. But, as misfortune fell upon his rivals, Franchitti’s road to victory was cleared, giving him his third event victory for this season.
Dario Franchitti did dominate for most of the race, but as the laps increased, so did the progress of Castroneves and Kanaan, becoming serious rivals for Franchitti. Castrovenes did so well that he eventually took the lead, but it was not to be for him. As a rear tire began to go flat, he was forced to decrease speed on Lap 167. Castrovenes did not leave the track, as he was patiently waiting for the caution flag to come out, but when it eventually did, with only thirty-one laps left of the race, Kanaan had an unfortunate incident that saw him spin out. After Castronoves made a pit stop for his tire and rejoined the race, he came back in tenth position. Franchitti was therefore able to widen the gap between him and the other contenders and won the Milwaukee 225 comfortably. Due to Franchitti being able to steer clear of trouble, he was able to secure another victory followed home by Graham Rahal in second place, Oriol Servia in third, Will Power in fourth and Danica Patrick finished fifth. Castroneves was only able to move into ninth position after returning from the pits.
Even though Kanaan and Castroneves were ripped from their positions due to misfortunes, all the drivers commented that they had a good race and that the competition was fierce, making it an exciting and fun event for all involved. It was the twenty-ninth time that Franchitti has found victory during his career, and he said that he was absolutely delighted by his victory. Both Franchitti and Will Power now have 271 points in the series, and both have three victories. It is beginning to be a very exciting series and fans will be looking forward to the next meeting with great enthusiasm.
From relatively humble beginnings in Daytona Beach, Florida, NASCAR has gone on to take the country by storm. It certainly is one of the most popular auto racing sports in northern America and people not only flock to the race-tracks but stay glued to their TV screens to enjoy as much of the action as possible. Of course, the real thrill for spectators is to make their way down to the nearest NASCAR track, since there is no better way to experience the excitement and atmosphere of a NASCAR event. Besides being at the trackside to witness all the action first hand, fans can often meet their favourite NASCAR drivers and get their autographs. They also get to enjoy the funfair atmosphere that usually surrounds these exciting events.
In order to cater for this ever-growing and ever-popular sport, more and more NASCAR tracks have sprung up around the country, giving people every opportunity to enjoy live racing. You will find The Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, the Kentucky Speedway in Kentucky, the Nashville Superspeedway in Tennessee and the Texas Motor Speedway in Texas. Fans can head to the Phoenix International Raceway, the Watkins Glen International Speedway, the Dover International Speedway and the Nazareth Speedway. There are also racetracks in Kansas, Illinois, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Chicago, amongst others. In fact, you will likely find a racetrack near you with very little effort.
So why not get in on the action and find the NASCAR racing track nearest to you? We have provided a brief description of as many different NASCAR tracks as possible. We hope that you will find the information useful and that you will be encouraged to support live NASCAR racing events. There is simply no substitute for it – you just have to experience a live race at least once in your life. If you are a major fan, you might even consider travelling around the country a bit and enjoying the thrill and excitement at different NASCAR tracks. Whatever you decide to do, remember that Autoracing.com is always available to give you information about NASCAR racing.
NASCAR Race Tracks
- Atlanta Motor Speedway
- Bristol Motor Speedway
- California Speedway
- Chicagoland Speedway
- Concord Motorsport Park
- Darlington Speedway
- Daytona International Speedway
- Dover International Speedway
- Evergreen Speedway
- Gateway International Raceway
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- Infineon Raceway
- Kansas Speedway
- Kentucky Speedway
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway
- Charlotte Motor Speedway
- Martinsville Speedway
- Milwaukee Mile
- Nashville Superspeedway
- Nazareth Speedway
- Phoenix International Raceway
- Pikes Peak International Raceway
- Pocono Raceway
- Richmond International Raceway
- Talladega SuperSpeedway
- Texas Motor Speedway
- Watkins Glen International
The Milwaukee Mile is a racetrack found in West Allis, Wisconsin, USA. It has been one of the main venues for American motor sports since 1903, holding at least one race a year. It is officially the oldest operating motor speedway throughout the world, with Indianapolis Motor Speedway beginning eight years later in 1911. The Milwaukee Mile has played a large part in determining the face of auto racing during the past century.
Before 1953 the Milwaukee Mile was operated as a dirt track, but was paved in 1954, leaving the dirt infield track for weekly programs that took place during the 50’s and 60’s. It was repaved again once the 1967 season came to a closure and by 1970 the quarter mile dirt track and the half-mile road course were converted to accommodate the pit area.
The Legendary Oval has a list of past winners that are part of racing history, including names such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Barney Oldfield, Parnelli Jones, Rex Mays, A.J. Foyt, the Unsers and the Andrettis. The track is also known for being the only track to hold races for the Indy Racing League, NASCAR and the Champ Car World Series. NASCAR used Milwaukee for two Busch Series stock car races in 1984 and 1985. In 1993 the NASCAR Busch Series went back to Milwaukee where Steve Grissom won the event. Since then the Busch Series has been running every year from the Milwaukee Mile. Similarly the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series began its course in Milwaukee in 1995 and has returned every season.
After hosting NASCAR and IndyCar Series races for many years, it was announced at the end of 2009 that the Milwaukee Mile would not be hosting any events for these two sanctioning bodies in 2010. Instead the races traditionally held in Wisconsin will be hosted by Road America. Nevertheless, this legendary oval will no doubt continue to play a role in hosting other auto racing events.