Massive new Speedway project planned

Developers are working to turn 2,000 acres of barren Idaho desert land into a massive state-of-the-art racing facility called War Eagle Speedways, capable of accommodating NASCAR and IRL racing. Builders think the complex could rake in at least 100 million dollars yearly for Idaho. Northwest Motorsports plans to build the 200 million dollar complex off Simco Rd. along the border of Ada and Elmore counties. The facility would take several years to build and would feature a 1.25 mile Quad Oval track with seating for 75,000 to 100,000 people. Other track capabilities will include a drag strip with seating for 25,000 to 50,000, a .5 mile asphalt oval with seating for 25,000 to 40,000, a .25 mile dirt oval with seating for 10,000 for 15,000, a Motocross track, Supermoto/Kart Track and BMX Super Track.

Northwest Motorsports has not yet secured any type of deal with NASCAR or IRL and has only begun to explore the process of bringing in major cup races but Dugger added bringing the best to Idaho will be the ultimate goal. The company will be testing the waters and talking to local businesses to see how much interest there is in the Valley over the next few months. The company hopes to break ground this fall and plans to file a conditional use permit with Elmore County next week. Dugger said her company’s banking on the idea that Idahoans and folks from all across the Northwest will want to watch races close to home. Today’s Channel 6

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