The Medford area has a long and storied history of racing going back many years. When the last track closed, the search was on for a new location. It was found at the Jackson County Sports Park in neighboring White City. John Skinner built the track and opened it in April of 1996. The clay oval track measures in at 3/10ths with banking that ensures side by side racing all the way around the race track. Skinner erected a state of the art scoring tower with a hospitality room for VIP sponsors, guests and media outlets.
The PA system was modeled after one of the better systems on the West Coast at Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California. The track also features a state of the art lighting system that helps make for some great night time racing under the lights. A spacious grandstand area that lines up along the entire front stretch enables the track to host some of the biggest events in the state, including big Sprint Car races, the R. Charles Snyder Salute Modified race and the Dwarf Car Nationals.
Prior to the 2016 season, long time racing promoter Mike McCann signed a ten year lease to run the race track. McCann brings a reputation as a racer's promoter who is dedicated to putting on good shows for the fans. When Mike was running Riverside Speedway in Cottage Grove, Oregon, he received the Promoter Of The Year award from RPM Magazine at the Racing Promoter's Workshop in Reno, Nevada.
When the track opened in 1996, three divisions still racing here today, IMCA Modifieds, Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks, were a part of the program. In the early days, the Modifieds ran a wing on the cars. The SODCA Dwarf Cars also competed, and it wasn't long before a point series was kept at the track for them as well. Sprint Cars and Super 4's have also competed at the track through the years. Both divisions are back this year.
As the IMCA Modifieds have evolved, the IMCA Sport Mods were brought in to give drivers a more affordable entry into the this open wheel stock car class. The division is now in its fifth season. As the Mini Stocks have evolved, a Hornet class was added as a way to bring new drivers into the fold at an affordable cost. OTRO Hardtops are also on the schedule, and more good things are coming.
Next to the race track is a smaller one-eighth mile dirt oval track that was built for Go Karts and Micro Sprints. As the sport continues into the future, we are looking for more ways to bring new competitors into the fold. The Karts and Micros feature a mixture of kids of various ages and the young at heart in the various classes. Some of the talented drivers racing on the bigger track got their start on smaller tracks like the one at the Southern Oregon Speedway facility.
This year marks the 22nd consecutive season of racing at Southern Oregon Speedway. Lots of good things are planned for this year with an eye towards the future. The goal is to create a bigger and better racing experience for the fans and competitors. There is nothing like a night with the family at Southern Oregon Speedway. Many great memories have been made at the race track, and life long friendships have been established here. Southern Oregon Speedway is proud to be a source of family oriented entertainment for the Jackson County community.
Sprint Cars are perhaps the most demanding race cars on any track in the country today. Our class features a competive rule set that is designed to establish the division again. Driver skill and chassis setup knowledge are an important factor in doing well in this division. Sprint Cars have been a part of racing at the speedway since it first opened, and we have had our own class throughout most of the first 15 seasons. Now, it's back as a regular attraction.
IMCA Modifieds/IMCA Sport Modifieds
For close, side by side racing, IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sport Modifieds are difficult to beat. This form of open wheel, Stock Car racing has been a part of West Coast Racing for almost 30 years. IMCA Modifieds are one of the biggest classes in the nation today with over 300 tracks featuring one or both of these divisions every week. Though some tracks use different sanctioning bodies, rules are similar enough to enable drivers to come to visit, and that makes for bigger shows. The Lon Skinner Memorial race in September is one of the biggest races of the year anywhere on the West Coast.
SODCA Dwarf Cars
You want excitement? Dwarf Cars bring it every time they are at the speedway. These cars are just large enough for a person to climb into. They run motorcycle engines that are souped up, giving them one of the greatest power to weight ratios on the track. As they speed around the racing surface with their open wheels, they are sure to get you on your feet in enjoyment of the action.
Throughout Southern Oregon Speedway's 20 year run, the Pro Stocks have been an important part of the program. These Stock Cars feature a rules set that makes the cars affordable enough for the more experienced racers and newcomers alike to go out and satisfy their need for speed. The Pro Stock division has a good bunch of racers that offer some of the best racing any time they are here.
Late Model Lites
For the lover of the 4 cylinder motor, Late Midel Lites offer the racer a chance to do more with their Mini Stocks and get more speed out there on the race track. With a 2600cc 4 cylinder motor, fueled by gasoline and running on spec tires, these cars are very impressive and always put on a good show.
The Mini Stocks have been putting on great races for many years at tracks throughout the country. In fact, they have been a part of Southern Oregon Speedway since the track opened in 1996. For the newer drivers to the sport, these nearly stock cars have a 2300cc 4 cylinder motor. The competition is close, and the Mini Stocks bring the rookie drivers together with the drivers who have some racing experience for some great racing action.
Introduced back in 2014, the Hornets are a Mini Stock division specifically designed for the beginner. It is an affordable way to get into the world of auto racing, and many fans have began their foray into the sport with one of these cars at tracks all across the country.
In a desire to establish another Stock Car presence at Southern Oregon Speedway, the Open Stock division was added in 2016. The class brought Late Models, Pro Stocks and Street Stocks together. The driver support favored the Late Models, and the track has decided to change this to Late Models as we build a class the fans will be proud of. Late Model racing is still the most popular form of Stock Car racing on dirt tracks all across the nation. With their high horse power and bigger tires, the Late Models are sure to entertain with their brand of fast and competitive racing.