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Race Car Driver F.A.Q's

Cedar Lake Speedway - Race Car Driver FAQ’s

PIT Gate Opening Time

On a regular race night when races start at 6:00, the pit gate will open at 3:00. For special events, we open the pit gate at 1:30. PIT passes are available on the day of the race only. You must be 14 years old or order to enter the PIT area unless the child is with a race team and the parents sign a waiver for the child.

Draw Cut Off

Draw cut off is 30 minutes before the races start. We cannot draw for you if you are going to be late. You can enter the race even if you come late but must start in the back of a heat (or B main if you miss the heat races).

License Requirements

For events that are noted as NASCAR sanctioned races, you must have a NASCAR license to race. The cost is $100 for all classes except late models which are $200. These licenses provide you $1 million of insurance coverage at NASCAR sanctioned events and the license is valid at all NASCAR race tracks. The license does NOT provide you the $1 million insurance policy on non-NASCAR sanctioned nights. If you are just visiting CLS for one night of racing, you can purchase a license for just that night for $25 ($50 for late models).

Purse/Point Fund Info

See the “points/rules” page for information regarding our weekly purse as well as our annual point fund.


See the “points/rules” tab for details. In short, we welcome all cars from any sanctioning body. If it is not clear on whether your car is legal, please contact us at 612-363-0479.

ATV/Golf Carts/or Other Motorized Vehicles

The use of motorized vehicles is prohibited with the exception of for a medical reason. You must get approval by an owner of the track for use of a motorized vehicle for medical reasons.


Coolers are permitted at the speedway, however you are NOT ALLOWED to bring in any alcoholic beverages or glass containers. Pop, water, snacks, etc. are fine.


There are 4 shower stalls located on the back side of the backstretch restaurant building. These are free of charge.


We do not encourage you to bring your pet to the speedway. If you do bring them along you must clean up after your pet and your pet MUST be on a leash at all times.


Generators are permitted to be used from 7am – 12 midnight. For the courtesy of others around you, we do have a “Quite Time” from 12 midnight – 7am where running of generators is not permitted.


Cedar Lake Speedway offers full concession stands on both sides of the speedway offering items such as, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken strips, French fries, cheese curds, chili, hot and cold beverages. We also have popcorn, nachos, and soft pretzels available in our popcorn stands. Candy and souvenir items, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets are available for purchase in our souvenir stands located on both sides of the speedway.


We do not have an ATM machine, however the Souvenir Stands and Grandstand Ticketing Booths have credit/debit card machines where we can charge your card and give you cash for a small service charge.


We accept checks at the ticket windows and pits only – not in the restaurants or souvenir stands. Must have a drivers license with your check.

Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted at the Grandstand ticket windows and Souvenir Stands only.

Weather Updates

The website and voice mail at the track will be kept up to date every few hours on race days when rain is a possibility. Check these two places for updates on delay or cancellation of the race program.


Restrooms are located in the restaurant buildings. These are open and available for use when the speedway is open. There are also porta-potties scattered around the property for use anytime.