Speedway Track and Race Lengths

Image result for Oxford speedway trackSpeedway track lengths are another factor used to determine the type of a track. The main categories are short tracks (less than a mile long), mile oval (1 mile), intermediate (between one and two miles) and superspeedway (over 2 miles long).

The Oxford speedway track in new Zealand is 420m (0.26mi) long after it was upgraded from the initial 350m in a 1995 renovation. The length of races on this track is determined using lap numbers.

Such short tracks usually host fast races that are high-octane charged and very thrilling for racegoers. The shortage of the tracks demands that spectators follow the day’s program closely or risk missing out on some of the most hyped races.

Best viewpoints

Race organizers and regular racegoers know the best viewpoints – usually the most challenging turns where drivers lose their edge or gain an advantage over fellow competitors. If you are new to the speedway, you should always make a point of finding out the points that give a view of the hottest pieces of racing action.

Speedway tracks are often referred to as oval tracks. It is not a requirement, however, that a track is an exact oval shape. Designs may vary results in sub-categories like paper-clip track or combined road course. The combined course is a hybrid of the oval track and a (usually outfield) road route used when there are longer races.

Racing on the Oxford Speedway is made even more exciting by the side barriers that exist on the short track. It has a big advantage in that viewers can see the race cars at virtually every point of the race, literally witnessing every moment from the mad turns to the exact moment when the winning driver steers clear of the lot and past the finish line. The miniature size of the track and viewing area also ensure the environment is always electric.