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Cresco, IA

Cresco Speedway

Cresco, IA

Cresco Speedway Information

Cresco Speedway, a high banked 4/10 mile clay oval, is located on the Howard County Fairgrounds complex and is host to regular stock car racing, from May to September every summer. The Speedway is also host to several special events which include, or have included in the past, USMTS Series events, USRA Iron Man Series, IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series, Lucas Oil Midwest Latemodel Racing Association (MLRA) Series, Indee Open Late Model Series Tour, UMP Late Model Summernationals tour, NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour, motocross, demo derbies, truck & tractor pulls, and 4th of July celebrations and fireworks.

2024 Race Events

Classes for Non-Fair Race events include USRA Stock Car, USRA B-Modified, USRA Hobby Stock, USRA Tuner and NEIRS Winged Sprint Cars. National points for the USRA classes.

Grandstand admission $5; Pit pass $30. Hot laps at 7:00 p.m.

RACEceiver & MyLaps Transponders required. Limited transponders available at track for rent at $25/night. USRA license required for BMod, Stock, Hobby and Tuners. 2024 USRA licenses can be purchased at https://www.myracepass.com/sanctions/1003/registrations. Nightly temp license available for $10/night.

  • Wednesdays: May 15, June 12, July 31
  • Saturday, October 5
  • Fair Races, June 26 and June 27
    (Refer to Fair Web pages for details

2024 Other Track Events

  • Cresco Tractor Pull, Saturday July 13 – Speedway Infield
    • Free Admission
    • Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the Pull starts at 10 a.m. Bring your lawn chair and cooler. Food will be available on site.
  • Northeast Iowa Bump N Run Races, Sunday August 25, 1:00 p.m.

Cresco Speedway General Rules

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to proved for the orderly conduct of racing events to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events.

These rules shall govern the condition of speedway events and, by participating in these events, all raceway competitors are deemed to have complied with these rules. No express or implied warranty of safety shall result from publication of, or compliance with these rules and regulations.

They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and in no way are a guarantee against injury or death to participants, spectators or others.

Contact information

Thomas Barnes, Executive secretary
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 83 Cresco, IA 52136
Email: tbarnes@mhcfair.com

Speedway office & fair office phone: (563) 547-3400
Executive Secretary phone: (563) 547-4996
Fax: (563) 547-4355


Help improve our facility

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Howard County Fair Board is offering sponsorship opportunities to area businesses, organizations and individuals who wish to promote their cause and at the same time support Cresco Speedway.

Sponsorship opportunities vary and if requested can be tailored to suit the sponsor. Corporate or business outings at the track are a fun and inexpensive way to show support for the Speedway and at the same time offer your employees a great evening of exciting racing action in a family atmosphere

To invest in any type of sponsorship opportunities at Cresco Speedway, or to put together a special package that is specifically suited to your needs, please contact the Secretary of the Howard County Fair Board.

All profits realized by the operation of Cresco Speedway will be used by the Howard County Fair Board for improvements to the facility.

Contact for More information

Secretary of the Howard County Fair Board

Race Event Sponsorship

Title sponsorship of a race event offers several opportunities for the title sponsor to promote their business. For a $500 investment a title sponsor package will include the following:

  • Title naming of the race event.
  • Ten grandstand passes.
    Title sponsor named in all advertising of the event.
  • Trophies for all class winners with title sponsor engraved on trophies.
  • Sponsor option to present trophies to winners in each class.
    Photographs of trophy presentations taken and presented to sponsor.
  • Photographs used for race event press releases in area media.
  • Placement of sponsor banners, posters and other promotion materials in strategic areas of the facility (banners, posters and other promotional material provided by sponsor).
  • Sponsor has option to distribute promotional items during the racing event.
  • Regular announcements by speedway announcer during the racing event promoting the event sponsor.


Speedway billboards are located from turn two to turn three of the speedway and are easily viewed from the grandstands and pit area. Billboards are 4′ high x 16′ long. Each billboard is made of aluminum sheet with professional graphics, designed to the specs of the billboard sponsor.

Should a billboard be damaged and need to be repaired or replaced, the Speedway will take care of all costs. Should a billboard need to be replaced due to sponsor request because of change in sign design, natural weathering of the graphics or other sponsor changes, the billboard sponsor will be responsible for such costs.

  • Yearly lease for speedway billboard is $150.
  • One season pass will be given to each billboard sponsor

All billboards sponsors will be invoiced at the beginning of the racing season. Billboards of sponsors who do not wish to renew their billboard lease will be removed.