The Huntsville Speedway

Start Your Engines!

The Huntsville Speedway is one of the most important fixtures in the city of Huntsville, Alabama, or at least NASCAR fans would think so. The raceway has changed names numerous times over the years.

The track is a little over a quarter of a mile long. It's located at the very base of Green Mountain, making it not only a great place for the sport, but also to enjoy all the beautiful local landscape.

The Speedway has had numerous names since the start. It was the Sportsmen’s Speedway, Huntsville Motor Speedway and the Huntsville International Speedway in the past.

The name of the Speedway was first given to the organization after A. E. Speed first designed and built the track. That was in 1959. It was built on R. A. Webster’s property, after he had passed away.

A year after it was built, Speed sold the track to Rocket City Racing club. Bobby Little and Jim Brooks then owned the track before turning it back over to the racing club.

Perhaps the most significant changes to the Speedway occurred in 1961 when Pat Gray Jr., Webster and Johnny Smith ran the facility and made changes that included moving from a dirt track to an asphalt track. This change made the track the fastest quarter mile track in the South.

However, this wasn't the last time that the track would change ownership. In the coming years, it would switch numerous additional times.

Famous Drivers

Which well-known drivers got their start on the Huntsville, Alabama track?

  • Bobby Allison
  • Donnie Allison
  • Red Farmer
  • Neil Bonnett
  • Davey Allison
  • Darrell Waltrip
  • Jimmy Smut Means
  • Tony Bettenhausen Jr
  • Sam Posey
  • Gary Bettenhausen

Planning A Trip?

If you're planning a trip to see the Huntsville Speedway, do take the time to check out the schedule before you go. The website offers all of the information that you need. You can also learn about payout information, points race and a gallery of pictures sure to give you some idea of what to expect.

You will find that this racetrack is well kept and well respected by the owners. It's had some significant changes occur in the last few years to make it an even better experience.