Mobile International Speedway

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Mobile International Speedway
MIS
Location7800 Park Blvd Irvington, Alabama 36544
Coordinates30°30′49″N 88°13′11″W / 30.51361°N 88.21972°W / 30.51361; -88.21972Coordinates: 30°30′49″N 88°13′11″W / 30.51361°N 88.21972°W / 30.51361; -88.21972
Capacity9,000
OwnerIda Fields
OperatorJason Smith
Broke ground1964
Opened1965
ArchitectWalter "Skip" Wetjen
Major eventsMobile 300, ARCA Mobile 200
SurfaceAsphalt
Length0.8 km (0.5 mi)

Mobile International Speedway is a 1/2 mile paved oval North American Auto racing track along U.S. Highway 90 in the Mobile County, Alabama community of Irvington. It was built by Walter "Skip" Wetjen,[1][2][3] and opened in 1965.

History[edit]

During the golden age of stock car racing, the track held races with the likes of Gene Tapia, Wayne Niedecken, Sr., Phil Wendt,[4][5][6] and other NASCAR drivers.[7] Longtime stock car driver Red Farmer won his 500th feature race at the track.[8]

From 1966 to 1968 the track hosted open-wheel racing and held the annual World 300 race for Supermodified racing, which attracted competitors that included notable drivers such as Bobby Allison,[9][10] Dale Hammac[11] and Armond Holley.[12]

In the 1980s, the track hosted races sanctioned by All Pro Stock, ASA, NASCAR Grand American, NASCAR All-American Challenge Series, and NASCAR All Pro Stock Car. They included drivers Donnie Allison, Rusty Wallace, Dave Mader III, Ronnie Sanders,[13] Mike Cope,[14] Freddy Fryar,[15] Junior Niedecken,[16] Jody Ridley[17] and others.[18][19][20]

More recently, the track has been home to a number of rising NASCAR and ARCA drivers including Rick Crawford, Kevin Swindell (a development driver for Ray Evernham),[21] Bubba Pollard (of Roush Racing: Driver X) and Cale Gale. Kevin Swindell holds the all-time track record.[22]

The ARCA Mobile 200 was held at the track from 2012 to 2015, and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held the Mobile 150 there in 2016.

Opening scenes from the 2009 movie The Final Destination were shot at the track.[23]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.uscsracing.com/news2006/news24.html
  2. ^ National Sprint Car Hall of Fame website at http://sprintcarhof.com/article.aspx?id=178
  3. ^ Walter "Skip" Wetjen, promoter of local sports and World War II Vet, dies, Mobile Register, December 2, 2008, online at http://bama.live.advance.net/news/press-register/featobit.ssf?/base/news/122821293669790.xml&coll=3
  4. ^ Photos of Wendt and crew at http://www.genetapiaracing.com/philwendt.htm
  5. ^ See, http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=wendtph01
  6. ^ See Race Results for Wendt at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=5648
  7. ^ See Race Results for Niedecken at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=5665
  8. ^ See interview at, http://www.stockcarracing.com/featuredvehicles/scrp_0601w_charles_red_farmer/index.html
  9. ^ See photo and note at http://www.indianaopenwheel.com/showthread.php?t=8766
  10. ^ See photos of more Supermodifieds from Mobile International Speedway at http://www.retrorockets.org/1/Volume38.htm
  11. ^ See photos of Hammac at http://www.genetapiaracing.com/dale_hammac.htm
  12. ^ See article about Holley at http://www.genetapiaracing.com/armond_holley.htm
  13. ^ See race results for Sanders at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=4373
  14. ^ See Race Results for Cope at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=825
  15. ^ See Race Results for Fryar at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=187
  16. ^ See Race REsults for Niedecken at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=5912
  17. ^ See Race Results for Ridley at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist2.php?uniqid=826
  18. ^ See Composite Race Results at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist3.php?trackid=400
  19. ^ See 1982 Race Results at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist.php?year=1982
  20. ^ See 1983 Race Results at http://www.ultimateracinghistory.com/racelist.php?year=1983
  21. ^ Official Web Site of Kevin Swindell, http://www.kevinswindell.com/cms.asp?Page=kevin
  22. ^ Official track web site, http://www.mobilespeedway.net/trackrecords.php
  23. ^ See, Starling, Bill, The Final Destination shoot scenes at Mobile International Speedway, Mobile Register, August 27, 2009, found online at http://photos.al.com/mobile-press-register/2009/08/final_destination_4_shoot_scen_9.html

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