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Birmingham International Raceway

Birmingham International Raceway is 5/8 mile paved oval located on the Alabama State Fairgrounds near Birmingham, Alabama.

New: 2005-02-18  Last Updated: 2006-12-29

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Elevation: 540 feet Latitude: 33.497888 Longitude: -86.871257 GPS: N 33 29.8732, W 86 52.2754 Time zone: CST/CDT (-0600/-0500)

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Historical Note

The original 1 mile dirt oval was originally built as a horse track. The first race was a motorcycle race on October 7th, 1906. Autos used the 1 mile oval from October 10th, 1906 through 1917. A 1/2 mile dirt oval opened in 1932, and was used through July 4th, 1942. It reopened after WWII on October 1st, 1946, and operated until November 5th, 1961. A 1/4 mile dirt oval operated from 1958 to 1960. A 1/4 mile paved oval operated from about July 15th, 1960 through 1961. The modern 5/8 mile paved oval opened on June 28th, 1962.

This track has also operated as Fairgrounds Raceway, Birmingham Super Speedway, Birmhagham Super Raceway and Birmingham International Speedway.

References

Alan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 93. Order from National Speedway Directory

Don Radbruch, Dirt Track Auto Racing, 1919-1941: A Pictoral History. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2004 , ISBN 0786417250 , pp. 242. Order from Powell's Books

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Birmingham International Raceway
2321 Bessemer Road
Birmingham, AL 35208

Mail:
Birmingham International Raceway
P.O. Box 3291
Hueytown, AL 35023

205-781-2471

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