Wyoming Motor Sports
This wild Western state may be known for its bull-riding cowboys, but Wyoming daredevils are also getting their kicks saddling iron horses —yes, motorcycle — as well as tractors, stock cars and pretty much anything else with a powerful engine. So whether you’re looking to tear up the track yourself or just watch the action from the stands, head to one of these towns for an exciting motorsports exhibition.
For fast-paced drag racing, bring the whole family to the Douglas Motorsports Track, which is a member of the National Hot Rod Association. From the Junior Dragster races for kids as young as 8 years old to the high-powered Super Pro competitions, spectators — and competitors — can choose from an array of races. The track operates every other weekend, on both Sat. and Sun., May–Sept.
With an array of racetracks and arenas, Gillette is an unassuming mecca for motorsports action. Head to the state’s largest events facility, Cam-Plex, an impressive multi-venue events center boasting everything from motorcycle rodeos to tractor pulls. Get dirty at its Powder Basin Motocross Track, where dirt bike racers speed along the one-mile track and pull off gravity-defying jumps and tricks. For raceway action, the Gillette Thunder Speedway features a 3/8-mile high-banked oval track, where Sat. night races take place mid-April through mid-Sept.
Catch the best in off-road motorsport racing with the 2011 AMA Racing Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series. The season features 10 rounds of racing throughout the country, and a range of skill and age classes will compete in this renowned talent showcase. The sixth round of the series will be held in Upton on June 19, 2011.
Assemble a pit crew and get ready to race at Big Country Speedway, where 12 racing classes, such as dwarfs, mini sprints and super stocks, can sling around the semi-banked paved oval track to see who reigns the roadway. Races take place from May–Oct., and races start at 6 p.m.
Get your fix for the sound of revving engines and twisting metal at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, where demolition derbies, motocross races and stock car races draw massive crowds of motorsports enthusiasts. Get behind the wheel or watch the excitement with thousands of other adrenaline fans as stock car drivers maneuver around the 3/8-mile oval banked track. If two-wheelers are more your speed, head to the motocross races, where jumps, sharp turns and wipeouts are all part of the game. And don’t miss the annual RSFF #1499 Demolition Derby on Aug. 12 and 13, a fundraising event for the Rock Springs firefighters, where derby cars, half-ton trucks and powder puff cars will battle it out in a series of heats.