Spicy Racing From The Sportsman's ParadiseBaton Rouge Raceway was originally built in 1970 by Carroll Edgins as a flat dirt track for motorcycle racing. In 1983, because of his failing health, Edgins sold the track to current owner Donald Watson, who, along with his family, not only endeavored to keep the track operational but also to revive racing in the area-and they succeeded.
The 2000 season began on February 25 with the inaugural Mardi Gras Nationals and ends in mid-October with the Louisiana State Championships.
"We opened the rules up so drivers from all of the neighboring states can bring their cars, so it is a true state championship, and we get a great car count," says Gregg Holmes, the track's general manager. "For example, last year we ran our five divisions and a sprint car division, and we had 140 cars."
Regular competing divisions include UMP Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, Mini-Stocks, and Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) Late Models. "Baton Rouge Raceway serves as the home of the O'Reilly SUPR Series," Holmes says. "Basically, SUPR is a Late Model touring series similar to Hav-A-Tampa, except we are just in the mid-South region such as Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas."
SUPR's premiere event, the SUPR Star 125, is slated to run on August 4, but it has one unique feature to dirt racing that other events lack-pit stops. Rules require two mandatory pit stops during the 125 laps (under green or yellow), during which teams must change a minimum of one tire. Also, the race is stopped at the halfway point for only five minutes, at which point the cars are allowed to take on fuel; no mechanical adjustments are allowed.
Along with its headline racing events, the speedway also hosts IKF go-karts and family attractions, such as bicycle races for the kids. Another family-oriented feature is in the speedway's two sections of seating. In one section alcohol consumption is permitted; in the other, it is not. The track also has a state-of-the-art concessions stand in addition to an infield scoreboard, which includes timing lights and a lap counter.
With a multitude of exciting divisions, events, and amenities, Baton Rouge Raceway is truly one track the race fan should not miss.
Track Facts11/44-mile dirt ovalSemibanked70-feet-wide turns and straightsCamping allowed