Cresco Speedway, a high banked 4/10 mile clay oval, is located on the Howard County Fairgrounds complex and is host to regular stock car racing, from May to September every summer. The Speedway is also host to several special events which include, or have included in the past, USMTS Series events, USRA Iron Man Series, IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) Series, Indee Open Late Model Series Tour, UMP Late Model Summernationals tour, NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour, motocross, demo derbies, truck & tractor pulls, and 4th of July celebrations and fireworks.
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Cresco Speedway will not be able to hold races in 2020.
Last year the Howard County Fair Board decided to rework the racetrack. Over the years a lot of clay was thrown up to the top of corners and the concrete walls. In some areas only approx. 2’ of the concrete wall was above the ground. Due to safety concerns the Board felt it was necessary to spend some money and time to re-work the track. So work started last fall on the track. It was torn up; materials were pulled away from the outside concrete walls and the corners were re-shaped.
The remaining work and adding more clay was scheduled to start early this spring. Then the COVID 19 pandemic hit us all.
Due to mandates from the State and our local public health department, the Fair Board had to cancel the 2020 Fair. It was scheduled for June 23 to 28. In addition to cancelling the Mghty Howard County Fair, Public Health asked that no large gatherings take place in our community for the unforeseeable future. This has forced the closure of our Expo Center, a large community center on our fairgrounds. Without the events in our Expo Center, the Board does not have any income. Regular insurance and utility payments are hard enough right now to pay, much less invest several thousand dollars into the racetrack. So, until the Expo Center reopens and starts generating funds, the Board cannot get the racetrack work completed.
It is now apparent that the Board not have the time and the funds to get the track ready this year. Sorry for any inconveniece to our race fans and other supporters.
JUNE 22 - 27, 2021
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Fair Office | 563-547-3400
Thomas Barnes, Exec. Sec.
PO Box 83
Cresco, IA 52136