Track History

Celebrating the rich history of sprint car racing

Did you know that Knoxville Raceway was originally a track used for horse racing? Can you name the promoters who have helped to build the legacy that is the “Sprint Car Capital of the World”? Knoxville Raceway celebrates its rich history, from the first automobile race in 1901 to the first weekly races in 1954, with a review of the track’s heritage.

Track historians have carefully researched and recorded a variety of facets of the racing world, including Knoxville Raceway results and history, Marion County Fairgrounds’ evolution, and the history of sprint car racing as a whole.  Browse the sections below to learn more.