Memphis International Raceway is an auto-racing park located across the Loosahatchie River from Memphis, Tennessee. The facility opened in 1987 with a drag strip and 1.8-mile road course. It includes a 3/4-mile tri-oval short track, built in 1998, which once hosted the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, as well as an ASA Late Model Series race. The 4,400-foot drag strip used to host such events as National Hot Rod Association, American Drag Racing League, AMA Dragbike Championship Series, and the Super Chevy Show. Since it’s re-opening in 2011, the IHRA Nitro Jam, American Drag Racing League, and Automobile Racing Club of America continue to hold events at the facility.

In 1986, Ed Gatlin who, along with a group of investors, bought a 400-acre tract of land in northeast Shelby County, Tenn., and built a drag strip with an adjacent road course, a dirt track and go-kart track, which today we know as the Memphis International Raceway, more commonly known as MIR.

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach purchased the entire facility in 1996, and in 1997, a ¾-mile paved tri-oval was added on the site of the old dirt track, while a new dirt track was built on the site of the former go-kart track. The name of the facility was also changed-to Memphis Motorsports Park-and the tri-oval opened on June 5, 1998.

Memphis Motorsport Park was closed in late 2009 due to a lack of finances. However, the track was reopened in the spring of 2011. The track was also renamed to Memphis International Raceway, and a new logo was created to reflected the change which adopted a similar theme with its sister track in Palm Beach. The track became sanctioned with IHRA, which has held the IHRA Nitro Jam finale at Memphis since 2011.

Today, the state-of-the-art venue is becoming one of the most popular raceways in the country for racers and spectators alike. As a leader in its operating form and function, MIR seeks to provide its drivers with a higher level of challenge, excellence and opportunity. With a long line up of upcoming events, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and see this Memphis original!

5500 Victory Lane, Millington, TN

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