Kansas Speedway, the newest NASCAR track, opened its gates in June 2001 and hosted its first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race less than four months later. Kansas Speedway boasts the longest length of high-tech SAFER (Steel And Foam Energy Reduction) barrier of any track on the NASCAR circuit, the life-saving system covering 1.28 miles of its 1.5-mile length.
In its brief history, Kansas Speedway has been home to the Protection One 400 (2001-2002) and the Banquet 400 presented by ConAgra Foods (2003-2006). The huge "Banquet 400" logo that sits on the infield grass inside the frontstretch is nearly the size of a football field.
Kansas Speedway Visitor Information
Kansas Speedway contact information: Kansas Speedway. 400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS (66111). Phone 913/328-RACE (7223). www.kansasspeedway.com.
Kansas Speedway diagram: Download a PDF of the Kansas Speedway layout.
Kansas Speedway security: No coolers, ice, glass containers, alcohol, umbrellas, folding chairs, strollers, bicycles, or outside food or beverages allowed. You may bring in one soft-sided 6 x 6 x 12-inch bag (purse, camera bag, etc.).
Kansas Speedway parking: Parking lots, which are free, open at 6 a.m. Motorcyclists park on Watkins Glen Drive off State Avenue. Guests with disabilities may park in Lots 3, 4, and 7. Your state-issued hangtag serves as a pass; otherwise, call the racetrack. Shuttles operate to and from the ADA-compliant track. Tow vehicles, available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., help with lockouts, flat tires, and minor repairs. Ask track staff or visit the main security office in Lot 25 (northeast side).
Kansas Speedway first aid: Medical help is available at street level beneath the grandstand, one under Sections 122/222 and the other under Sections 121/221. An infield care center is available. The nearest hospital is Providence Medical Center (8929 Parallel Pkwy., phone 913/596-4000).
Kansas Speedway concessions: Regulars tailgate for breakfast because by 10 a.m., the track is jam-packed. Get fixin’s the night before to save time. The nearest convenience store is at Phillips 66, 110th Street and Parallel Avenue (phone 913/788-0950). Don’t miss the barbecue at the many concession stands scattered throughout the speedway.