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Explore the Speedways & Dragways of Mississippi
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Racing is not new to Mississippi. Ever since the days of Lake Speed – the famed driver from Jackson – the raceways of Mississippi have never collected much dust. Central Mississippi hosts the Whynot Motorsports Park east of Meridian, while Columbus is home to the Magnolia Motor Speedway in northern Mississippi. Want to spend some time on the coast in southern Mississippi? Head to Gulfport or Biloxi for some intense drag racing at the Gulfport Dragway.
Best Western hotels throughout Mississippi are there to meet you after a day at the track. With hotels in Meridian, Columbus and along the coast, race fans are kept in comfort in Mississippi.
Speedways of Meridian
Meridian – the sixth largest city in the state – is set 100 miles east of Jackson in central Mississippi. This former railroad town has a storied past, but is also home to a number of exciting raceways ready to kick some dirt in your face. Check out kart racing at the Causeyville Raceway just off Highway 19 South, or catch one of the thrilling events at the Whynot Motorsports Park.
The Whynot Motorsports Park – also known as the Whynot Speedway – is your stop for stock car racing. Found at the intersection of JW Reynolds Road and Highway 19, visitors may choose from grandstand and pit admission – with children 5 years old and under admitted free. Don’t miss Whynot’s yearly events like the Annual Winter Bash in January, the Mississippi Modified Series in May, and the Southern All Stars Super Late Models in June. The Whynot Motorsports Park lies just east of town – a 20-minute drive from the Best Western hotel in Meridian.
The Columbus Speedway – referred to as the Baddest Bullring in the South – is a high banked, 3/10-mile, red clay oval. Set just a few miles east of Columbus off U.S. Highway 82, this speedway hosts year-round events like the Weekly Racing Series, as well as the annual Magnolia State 100 and the annual James King Memorial. Check their online calendar or call ahead to see what family-friendly events are coming up.
Yet another notable track in the Columbus area is the Magnolia Motor Speedway – a 3/8-mile dirt oval set at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82 and U.S. Highway 45. Home of the anticipated Cotton Pickin' 100 event, this speedway is know as the South’s premier dirt track.
Rain or shine, the raceways of Columbus are ready to please. Race fans need not look further than the speedways of northern Mississippi and the Best Western hotel in Columbus.
The Gulfport Dragway
Gulfport is a family-friendly city found along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Mississippi. Kid-friendly attractions include sandy beaches, the Marine Life Oceanarium, and the exciting Gulfport Dragway.
Formally the Magnolia Dragway, the Gulfport Dragway has been a popular Gulf Coast track since 1972. Catch 1/4 and 1/8-mile drag races ranging from amateur to advanced – featuring everything from car, truck and motorcycle races. Don’t miss the monthly King of the Hill event, or the popular Bracket Drag Racing at the dragstrip.
Race fans have a few options when closing up shop for the night. Settle in at the Best Western hotel in Gulfport – less than seven miles from the Gulfport Dragway – or choose from two hotels in nearby Biloxi.
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