State Fair Speedway
The State Fair Speedway has been a major part of fair goers for over 55 years. It has also hosted some of the biggest names in dirt car racing including AJ Foyt, Johnny Parsons and Steve Kinser just to a name a few. It was also the home to the ASCS National Tour’s Spring Nationals and many ASCS Sooner Regional races. The stadium has also hosted many concerts over the years including Garth Brooks and Clint Black.
Demolition of the aging racetrack began in August of 2010, but was delayed when the construction crew found asbestos inside some of the piping that is part of the grandstands.
Since work began, dozens of nostalgic racing enthusiasts and preservationists have stopped by State Fair Grounds to try and grab their own piece of history, said Chris Kates, from Midwest Wrecking Co.
“We’ve had lots of visitors,” Kates said. “People want souvenirs – bricks, dirt, chairs, all kinds of stuff, anything they can get.”
The 2010 racing season at the speedway was canceled after problems with electrical wiring in the stands were discovered, causing city officials to raise concerns about public safety. The grandstands also weren’t up to par with accessibility standards.
Racing fans urged the city and State Fair Board to spare the racetrack, And even created an online petition to gather signatures to save the speedway but the speedway still came down. Bringing the track up to code would just cost too much money, officials said.