DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack

DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack
DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack
Location DuQuoin, Illinois
Time zone GMT-6
Opened 1946
Major events ARCA RE/MAX Series
Southern Illinois 100
USAC Silver Crown Series
Surface Clay
Length 1 mi (1.6 km)
Turns 4

DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Racetrack is a one-mile (1.6-km) clay oval motor racetrack in Du Quoin, Illinois, about 90 miles (140 km) southeast of St Louis, Missouri. It is a stop on the ARCA and USAC Silver Crown tours.



The DuQuoin "Magic Mile" was constructed out of reclaimed strip mine land in 1946 by founder W.R. Hayes and held its first national championship race in September of 1948. In the second race on October 10 popular AAA National driving champion Ted Horn was killed in the fourth turn when a spindle on his championship car broke. The national championship race for the USAC Silver Crown dirt cars is held in his honor.

Also the Du Quoin State Fair Grounds was the original home of the Hambletonian, America's premier harness racing event. When The Hambletonian left DuQuoin to be raced at The Meadowlands, the Fair became the home of the World Trotting Derby. This race was held from 1981 until it was discontinued after the 2009 race. Both off track and on track betting is allowed.

Music concerts are also held at the track

Race Winners

AAA/USAC Champ Car race winners

All winners were United States American

Season Date Winning Driver Chassis Engine
1948 September 4 Lee Wallard Meyer Offy
October 10 Johnnie Parsons Kurtis Offy
1949 September 3 Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Offy
1950: Not held
1951 September 1 Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Offy
September 3 Tony Bettenhausen Kurtis Offy
1952 September 1 Chuck Stevenson Kurtis Offy
1953 September 7 Sam Hanks Kurtis Offy
1954 September 6 Sam Hanks Kurtis Offy
1955 September 5 Jimmy Bryan Kuzma Offy
1956 September 3 Jimmy Bryan Kuzma Offy
1957 September 2 Jud Larson Watson Offy
1958 September 1 Johnny Thomson Kuzma Offy
1959 September 7 Rodger Ward Watson Offy
1960 September 5 A.J. Foyt Meskowski Offy
1961 September 4 A.J. Foyt Meskowski Offy
1962: Not held
1963 September 2 A.J. Foyt Meskowski Offy
1964 September 7 A.J. Foyt Meskowski Offy
1965 September 6 Don Branson Watson Offy
1966 September 5 Bud Tingelstad Meskowski Offy
1967 September 4 A.J. Foyt Meskowski Offy
1968 September 2 Mario Andretti Kuzma Offy
1969 September 1 Al Unser King Ford
1970 September 7 Al Unser King Ford
1971–1980: Not held
1981 August 30 Rich Vogler  ?  ?
1982 September 6 Gary Bettenhausen King Chevrolet
1983 September 5 Gary Bettenhausen King Chevrolet

ARCA Remax Series

Season Date Winning Driver Engine
1998 September 6 United States Billy Thomas Pontiac
1999 September 5 United States Jeff Finley Chevrolet
2000 September 3 United States Billy Thomas Chevrolet
2001 September 3 United States Frank Kimmel Chevrolet
2002 September 2 United States Frank Kimmel Ford
2003 September 1 United States Tony Stewart Chevrolet
2004 September 4 United States Frank Kimmel Ford
2005 September 5 United States Frank Kimmel Ford
2006 September 4 United States Ken Schrader Chevrolet
2007 September 3 United States Ken Schrader Chevrolet
2008 September 1 United States Frank Kimmel Ford
2009 September 7 United States Parker Kligerman Dodge
2010 September 6 Canada Steve Arpin Chevrolet

External links

Coordinates: 37°58′58″N 89°13′23″W / 37.98278°N 89.22306°W / 37.98278; -89.22306

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