Car Racing Tracks in the Mahoning Valley Area

March 26th, 2021 by

As a family-run business with a century of experience in selling new and used cars to buyers like you in the Mahoning Valley, we know how popular our great local car racing tracks are. Whether you’re looking to get behind the wheel yourself or just enjoy the excitement as a spectator, there are several top tracks to choose from in the Mahoning Valley and surrounding area. Here are some of our favorites at Sweeney Chevrolet.


Quaker City Motorsports Park

This 1/4-mile race track near Youngstown has amenities for drivers and fans alike. Drivers are sure to enjoy the smooth grass pit spots located around the track, and the ET/MPH scoreboards with win lights so there’s no doubt who takes first place.

For the fans, there’s seating for up to 5,000, a pavilion area with picnic tables, and a fenced-off playground to keep the kids entertained.

Starting in late April, racing takes place every Friday evening and on Saturdays during the day. There’s also a Street Night every Wednesday for racers in need of some midweek competition.

Barberton Speedway

Barbeton Speedway features a 1/4-mile racetrack and a season of races between April and October in Norton. There are five divisions of racing each week, with the main race day on Saturday.

Races have taken place on the Barberton track for over 70 years.

Today, the speedway continues to offer quality racing opportunities for drivers and plenty of entertainment for the family. Check out its reduced admission rates for children and students. Families will also find fun activities beyond the track to keep everyone happy, such as the Easter egg hunt planned for the opening day of the 2021 season.

Pit Race

Located just over the state line in Wampum, Pennsylvania, Pit Race offers three challenging tracks for you to try. Its history is shorter than many racetracks in the region, with the track coming into operation for the 2002 season.

The full circuit track is 2.78 miles in length and features 19 corners. The north track is a little shorter at 1.6 miles with 12 corners, while the 1.2-mile south track has eight corners. Pit Race also has garages for rent so you can store your vehicle safely.

A selection of food and beverages is available for all the family during the April to October race season.

Pit Race hosts SCCA and NASA events. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities as an amateur race driver to test your skills thanks to the facility’s open tests for cars and motorcycles. A carting track is also available.

The Painesville Speedway

Six racing classes are available at this 1/5-mile track. Featuring asphalt straightways and concrete corners, the Painesville Speedway provides drivers with a unique racing experience.

Races have been held on the track since the early 1950s, and the track has maintained its oval shape throughout Painesville Speedway’s history.

Weekly race times see the pits open at 1 pm on Saturdays, with qualifying getting started at 2 pm. The main gates open for fans and family members at 3 pm, before the green flag drops at 6 pm.

Sandusky Speedway

You can attend races at Sandusky Speedway every Saturday during race season. The gates open at 3 pm, with time trials getting started at 5:30 pm. The racing usually starts at 7 pm, unless there’s a special event scheduled.

The Sandusky Speedway also offers you the chance to get in some practice driving time. Just show up on Wednesdays during race season from 4 pm until dark.

Plans for the first track were drawn up over 70 years ago in 1948, and the first race in 1950 was won by a driver in a 1932 coupe. With all that history to look back on, you have the chance to take your place in a long tradition of racing on this track. The current track tests drivers with long straightways to build up plenty of speed and low banking turns.

Midvale Speedway

This 3/10-mile speedway track has been playing host to auto racing since 1953. Although it started life as a dirt track, spectators quickly complained that they couldn’t follow the races because of the amount of dust the cars were kicking up. By the late 1960s, the Midvale track was paved to appeal to speedway racers.

Midvale Speedway also has a proud tradition of inviting NASCAR drivers to participate in its special events, like the Ohio Invitational. During the 1970s, well known NASCAR drivers like Benny Parsons, David Pearson, and Bobby Allison joined races on the track.

If you want to experience the thrill of racing on this track, admission to Midvale Speedway is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors aged 62 and over. Drivers planning on racing pay $150 entry, which covers them and two pit members.

Lorain Raceway Park

The Lorrain Raceway Park lets you test your racing skills on a 3/8-mile track with 12° banking and slight banking on the straightways. Races are scheduled to take place twice a month during the 2021 season.

The track has races in a wide range of event classes, including Street Stocks, Modifieds, Chargers, and Pure Stock. While the track’s history goes all the way back to 1949, it was only paved prior to the 1961 season.

We’re enthusiastic about cars here at Sweeney Chevrolet, and that’s why we also love racing. We hope our selection of Mahoning Valley racetracks has given you some ideas for testing out your racing skills or having a fun day out with your family. But we’d also love to hear your thoughts. Did we miss out any great local racetracks? have you tried out any of our favorites already and want to tell us how it went? Get in touch with us today for all of your car racing needs in Youngstown or the Mahoning Valley.

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