Santa Maria Speedway is a one-third mile banked clay surfaced oval, located 12 miles inland from the Pacific coast, three miles north of the city of Santa Maria, and adjacent to the U.S. 101 and State 166 interchange. The facility is one hundred seventy miles north of Los Angeles and 260 miles south of San Francisco.
The Speedway is nestled in a semi amphitheater of natural terrain, sheltered by dense eucalyptus trees at the top and to the back of the bleacher area, which affords excellent protection from the prevailing northerly winds.
A three foot high concrete crash wall encircles the twelve degree banked racing surface.
Races are run every Saturday night, commencing mid April and continuing through the second weekend in November. Local weekly divisions include Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks and IMCA Modifieds. Also on tap during the season are: USAC/CRA Non-Winged 410 Sprint Cars, King of the West 410 Winged Sprint Cars, Winged Rebel Sprints, NMRA TQ Midgets, URA Sprints, West Coast Super Stocks, USAC Midgets, Dwarf Cars and many others. Some of the special events taking place during the racing season are The Don Roberts Memorial, The Danny Simkins Memorial, The Bud Stanfield Memorial and the two-day Nationals presented by Coors Light.
Amenities at the Speedway include free parking, handicapped parking, free transportation and assistance to bleachers and return for the handicapped, senior citizens and military rates, a designated “Family Section” in the bleachers with no smoking or drinking allowed, reserved terrace seating at both the north and south ends of the bleachers designed for lawn chairs, excellent P.A. system, stadium quality track lighting, clean restrooms, digital scoreboard, infield pits to afford spectators maximum entertainment and reasonably priced refreshments.
The Speedway, built in 1964 by owner/promoter Doug Fort who passed away in April of 1999, is currently in its 49th season of continuous operation. About the only thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the intensity of the racers, the fervor of the fans, and the quality of competition.
Santa Maria Speedway has been named “Best Short Track Operation West of the Mississippi” on two separate occasions.
One lap track records are:
LATE MODEL : 13.720, Bobby Hogge IV – 4/10/04
BANDIT SPRINT CARS ( NO WINGS): 13.354, Danny Sheridan – 9/11/04
STREET STOCK 16.10, Tom Griznic 10/07
FACTORY STOCK OPEN COMP: 19.380, Chris Garris – 10/21/00
GSC SPRINT CARS (WINGS): 11.272, Brent Kaeding – 7/10/04
REBEL CUP SPRINT CARS (WINGS): 12.027, Tommy Tarlton – 9/30/00
CRA (NO WINGS): 13.323, Ron Shuman – 5/14/94
CALIFORNIA LIGHTNING SPRINTS (WINGS): 13.280, San Corso – 10/4/03
MIDGETS (NO WINGS): 13.465, Danny Stratton – 8/7/04
MIDGETS (WINGS): 13.711, Johnny Cofer – 6/13/92
TQ MIDGETS (NO WINGS): 14.820, Jimmy May – 4/10/04
MODIFIEDS: 15.642, Bobby Hogge III – 9/5/04