Friday, June 5, 2009

Slinger Speedway – The World’s Fastest ¼ Mile Oval!

Slinger WI Super Speedway track entrance copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

The ¼ mile oval at Slinger Speedway had never exerted enough of a pull on me to draw me up there. In fact, centrifugal force may have kept me away.

I knew it was there, had been there as long as anyone knows, and was still an active venue.

A quarter mile is a standard unit of automotive performance. Drag strips are a quarter mile, and quarter mile times are the means for comparing a car’s acceleration. But when you bend a quarter mile into an oval, it’s a whole different beast.

Slinger WI Super Speedway track sponsors - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

I will admit I am a racing snob. Formula 1 is the only series I follow anymore. Once I was a NASCAR fan, when a stock car was actually built from a stock car, and the NHL had six teams, but I never went as deep as minor league oval-track racing.

Oh, I know it’s the heartbeat of America. Thousands of these short tracks sprang up across the country in the wake of WWII, when Detroit stopped building tanks and went back to building cars.

Slinger WI Super Speedway event posters - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

Slinger WI Super Speedway cold beer - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

But yesterday, even though it was a Thursday morning and I knew there would be nothing going on, I felt the pull. After spending a few hours there, I can’t wait to get back to Slinger on a summer Sunday night.

This, dear readers, is pure Americana. You can practically hear John Mellencamp coming out of the loudspeakers even when they’re off. Yeah, these people race cars purely for the love of racing cars.

Slinger WI Super Speedway main grandstand - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

Slinger is what some folks call a bullring. It’s really a giant bowl dug into the ground, with the walls banked at 33 degrees (remember? 90 degrees is straight up) most of the way around, with wooden bleachers set up around the rim. You can easily see the whole track from any seat in the house, and the only thing separating you from the bulls is a chain-link fence.

Slinger WI Super Speedway grandstand - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

There’s a lot more to say about Slinger, but for now, look at this scene and know that this is an arena where men in machines compete fender to fender every summer Sunday night, and even race the figure eight.

Uh huh. The figure eight.

Don’t ask. You have to see it.

Slinger WI Super Speedway pit exit - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

Slinger WI Super Speedway grandstand - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

Slinger WI Super Speedway Ladies' room - copyright Jeffery Blackwell 2009

All words and images copyright 2009 Jeffery Blackwell

1 comment:

  1. Hello
    Thank You For looking
    My name is Tom McGinn They call me "Lightning " at my local track.
    I have always been a car guy.
    I am going to be in Slinger in July 2010 from the 8th to the 25th and I am looking to drive, rent , buy a stock car to race while I am there ...
    My wife was raised and grew up in Slinger and grew up on the track so we are going to visit for 2 weeks in July.
    I started working on car when I was 17 year old.
    I'm a bit older now and a bit wiser too.
    I was always a Nascar Fan
    If your one ? You know what I mean !!!
    I watched on TV and even went to race when I could Growing up.
    About 8 years ago I actually found myself behind the wheel of a "STOCK CAR "
    at a local track near me (El Cajon Speedway)
    I have been driving stock cars now for over 7 years
    I drive my camaro at my local track Barona Speedway
    check out my videos on youtube under autotyme or look up barona Speedway and most of the factory stock or street stock class videos
    if you know of any body willing to rent out a car please let me know.
    Tom 760 631 7two77


Thanks for commenting! Double clutch!!