MDN: NASCAR to Return To Memphis Next June
NASCAR will resurrect its relationship with Memphis International Raceway in 2017, bringing a sanctioned event back to the track after an eight-year absence from the Mid-South.
The NASCAR K&N Series will run at MIR’s 3/4-mile tri-oval short track on June 3.
NASCAR and MIR have a history that dates back to September 1998 when the facility hosted its first NASCAR event. The NASCAR Truck Series Memphis 200 drew a sold-out crowd and was broadcast on national television.
The K&N Pro Series, which includes the East and the West, is the top step in NASCAR’s developmental ladder before drivers move up to the three national series.
Memphis International Raceway, located in Millington, has hosted events such as the 63rd annual World Series of Drag Racing, Original Super Chevy Show, Hot Rod Power Tour, ARCA Series and IHRA Summit World Finals.
IRG Sports + Entertainment, a TPG Specialty Lending company, purchased the track formerly named Memphis Motorsports Park in 2010 and has been running a full-time schedule at its championship drag strip throughout the reopening of the facility.
The tri-oval has hosted various sanctioned events on a limited basis since it reopened and is home to the Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. The facility will undergo some minor renovations and safety updates to prepare for the NASCAR K&N Series debut in 2017.
Ticket sale information for the 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on June 3 will be announced early next year.