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Mobile International Speedway
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Location 7800 Park Blvd Irvington, Alabama 36544
Coordinates 30°30′49″N 88°13′11″W / 30.51361°N 88.21972°W / 30.51361; -88.21972Coordinates: 30°30′49″N 88°13′11″W / 30.51361°N 88.21972°W / 30.51361; -88.21972
Capacity 9,000
Owner Ida Fields
Operator Gina Schild-Knowles
Broke ground 1964
Opened 1965
Architect Walter "Skip" Wetjen
Major Events *Southern Super Series:
    • TBA
Surface Asphalt
Circuit Length 0.5 mi (0.8 km)

Mobile International Speedway is a 1/2 mile paved oval North American Auto racing track along U.S. Highway 90 in the Mobile County, Alabama community of Irvington. It was built by Walter "Skip" Wetjen, and opened in 1965.

History

During the golden age of stock car racing, the track held races with the likes of Gene Tapia, Wayne Niedecken, Sr., Phil Wendt, and other NASCAR drivers. Longtime stock car driver Red Farmer won his 500th feature race at the track.

From 1966 to 1968 the track hosted open-wheel racing and held the annual World 300 race for Supermodified racing, which attracted competitors that included notable drivers such as Bobby Allison, Dale Hammac and Armond Holley.

In the 1980s, the track hosted races sanctioned by All Pro Stock, ASA, NASCAR Grand American, NASCAR All-American Challenge Series, and NASCAR All Pro Stock Car. They included drivers Donnie Allison, Rusty Wallace, Dave Mader III, Ronnie Sanders, Mike Cope, Freddy Fryar, Junior Niedecken, Jody Ridley and others.

More recently, the track has been home to a number of rising NASCAR and ARCA drivers including Rick Crawford, Kevin Swindell (a development driver for Ray Evernham), Bubba Pollard (of Roush Racing: Driver X), Cale Gale and Grant Enfinger. Kevin Swindell holds the all-time track record.

The ARCA Mobile 200 was held at the track from 2012 to 2015, all of them won by local drivers: 1 win for Cale Gale and 3 for Enfinger. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held the Mobile 150 there in 2016. Also, the NASCAR Southeast Series hosted 9 races at Mobile International Speedway, between 1991 and 2001.

The CARS Hooters Pro Cup Series also had ran three races at the facility, between 1998 and 1999.

Current races

  • Southern Super Series
    • TBA

Film and television

Opening scenes from the 2009 film The Final Destination were shot at the track.

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