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Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Buttonwillow Raceway Park was built by California Sports Car Club, a region of the SCCA. The facility includes a multi-configuration road course, a track for Kart and Solo activities and a 300' sand drag strip. It is located northwest of Bakersfield, California, about 1/2 mile from Interstate 5 in the town of Buttonwillow.

The basic road course layout provides for a long course, which can be subdivided into an east loop and a west loop which may be run simultaneously. There are numerous variant layouts possible. The full suite may be seen on the official web site. The longest available configuration is 3 miles in length and the track may be run in multiple directions. The standard west loop is 1.86 miles and the standard east loop is 1.06 miles. The longest straightaway on the track is 3,800 feet in length.

The Kart/Solo sprint course is also multiconfiguration, allowing for both an oval configuration and several sprint course variations.

The 334 acre complex includes a 300 square foot skidpad, an 11 acre paddock, and a 26 unit RV hookup area.

Much of the information on this page was supplied by Bret Hilton.

Last Updated: 2007-08-05

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Elevation: 250 feet Latitude: 35.491425 Longitude: -119.544425 Time zone: PST/PDT (-0800/-0700)

Historical Note

Buttonwillow was officially opened on March 24th, 1996, although they did run a practice session in December 1995. It was constructed by the California Sports Car Club in order to give the club control over their racing future.

The sand dragstrip opened around 2001.


Allan E. Brown, The History of America's Speedways: Past & Present. Comstock Park, Michigan: Brown, 2003 , ISBN 0931105617 , pp. 127. Order from National Speedway Directory

Track Office

Buttonwillow Raceway Park
24551 Lerdo Highway
Buttonwillow, CA 93206

661-764-5334 (fax)

Track Maps and Imagery

The track map currently available is
Buttonwillow Track Map

Here is a Google Maps closeup showing the multi configuration kart/solo course.

Click here to see a (rather large) aerial photo of the track under construction.

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Buttonwillow is located 28 miles west of Bakersfield, just off I-5 at Lerdo Highway.

Racer's Guide to Buttonwillow Raceway Park

RV Hookups, fuel and tire service are available within the track.


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