By Aaron Abler
Special to TravelWisconsin.com
Summer has returned to Wisconsin and the festivals, parades and softball teams are gearing up for the busy season. And to the delight of gasoline-fueled fans everywhere, so are the racetracks across a variety of Wisconsin communities.
Whether it’s stock cars, late models, drag racers, superbike, NASCAR, or even Indy Car, the Wisconsin racetrack circuit offers a wide range of competition styles. And after waiting through the winter, these family-friendly racing communities are ready to open their gates and show off everything they have to offer.
This 1/3-mile asphalt track lies on the fringes of Wisconsin Dells, well known by young and old as the Waterpark Capitol of the World. Track spectators can enjoy a variety of events such as late model, outlaws and legends races every weekend from early April through the end of October – so there’s sure to be an event to check out between family sightseeing adventures aboard a Dells Boat Tour.
Visiting Green Bay and the bustling Fox Cities? Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna is the Valley’s summer destination for great drag events and thrilling stock car races. If that’s not enough excitement, their locally-famous Eve of Destruction draws a big crowd for good reason. If you’re around on a Thursday night, check out nearby Appleton’s Heid Music Summer Concert Series at Houdini Plaza before hitting the track.
If you’re already enjoying the Dane County Farmer’s Market or a Badger game during your weekend in the state capital, finish it off with a Sunday evening sprint, midgets or legends race on the dirt track at Sun Prairie’s Angell Park Speedway. Their big exhibition event, The Monster Truck Throwdown, takes over the track on Saturday and Sunday in early summer.
The La Crosse area may be known for its stunning views of the Mississippi, but it’s also a haven for local, red-blooded auto racers. The La Crosse Speedway offers everything from late models to street stocks and drag races through mid-October. Swing by for a popular Friday or Saturday race when you visit Riverfest this summer, or check out the popular, 4-day Oktoberfest Race Weekend in the fall which draws drivers and fans from around the country.
The crème de la crème of Wisconsin auto racing may be tucked away in rural Sheboygan County, but it’s as big-league as it gets. Elkart Lake’s rich racing heritage built Road America into a world-renowned racetrack that welcomes superbikes, NASCAR, IndyCar and thousands of spectators each year.
Elkhart Lake has maintained its historical charm with racing-themed bars, fantastic restaurants and a beautiful resort hotel – complete with a family beach! Grab the kids and mark your calendar for the Concours d’ Elegance weekend to get up-close and personal with vintage cars and racecars as they parade through the city and stop for photos and conversation with fellow gearheads.
For even more Wisconsin racing, check out these 5 Thrilling Race Tracks!