Alta IA - Buena Vista Raceway

Point of Interest in Alta, IA

Built in 1961 the original track was 1/5 mile in size with a large ½ mile horse track on the outside. Called the Alta Speed Bowl this race track continued until the mid to late 60’s under the direction of Buena Vista County Fair Board. Buena Vista Raceway then took shape to its’ current 3/8 mile high banked shape.

IMCA Modifieds
Since exploding onto the racing scene in 1979, the IMCA Modifieds have become the calling card of IMCA, thrilling legions of new race fans every year. These high-flying, open-wheel stock cars push the limits of power and excitement on short tracks from coast to coast. Racing in front of millions of spectators each year, IMCA Modifieds have gained a reputation for fierce competitiveness that is as unique as the car itself.

IMCA Sport Mod
IMCA also features a new entry-level division, the IMCA Northern SportMod. This division gives new competitors the chance to experiment with modified racing at the lowest possible cost, while still experiencing the rush that only IMCA racing can provide.

IMCA Stock Cars
One of IMCA’s most popular classes, Stock Cars are synonymous with fast-paced excitement. Known for their identifiable, full-bodied appearance, IMCA Stock Cars offer fender-banging thrills and chills that keep the fans coming back for more.

IMCA Hobby Stock
IMCA also features an entry-level division of full-sized cars, the IMCA Hobby Stocks. This division gives new competitors the chance to experiment with the sport at the lowest possible cost, while still experiencing the rush that only IMCA racing can provide.

IMCA Sport Compact
A barebones class, truly entry level, the IMCA Sport Compacts are not race cars, they are cars that race. They can be purchased off the street or at a salvage yard. Then you gut them, put in the safety equipment and go racing. This division is for younger drivers, not those that want to get out of late models or modifieds. It’s perfect for kids in high school, as there is a minimum age of 14. No one in this division can be licensed to compete in any other IMCA division.

Grandstand Gate Policies

The grandstand gate admission policy outlines what you may bring into the grandstand area. Please review the policy and plan accordingly.

Fans may enter the Buena Vista Raceway with:

  • Binoculars, headsets, and cameras
  • Seat Cushions, stadium seats and blankets
  • The Buena Vista Raceway grandstand is a SMOKE FREE facility. Smoking is permitted in the grass areas away from the grandstand on the east or west ends of the front stretch.

The following items are not allowed:

  • Pets
  • Coolers
  • Outside food or beverages
  • Glass Containers
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Firearms, knives, fireworks, and any other items restricted by local, state, or federal laws.

Buena Vista Raceway Rainout Policy

If the race program rains out before all the heat races are complete, you will be able to use your ticket stub for the following regular night race only. You must have your ticket stub to be admitted in free. If you cannot come to the next regular scheduled race, you may contact the raceway office (within 5 days of the rainout) at 712-299-5573 to get a full refund. You MUST have your ticket stub to get a refund. We are not responsible for loss or theft of your raincheck. No exceptions. If you chose to use your rain check at an event with a higher admission, you will have to pay the difference. There will be no refunds for special events that are rained out and rescheduled. All complimentary passes will be admitted free, as long as you have a ticket stub issued from the Gate Attendant. You will not get a refund since the ticket is complimentary.

If the races rain out after the last heat race is complete, the race program will be considered a full show and there will be no rain checks or refunds issued.
Buena Vista Raceway would like to remind all of our patrons that we are an outside entertainment facility, and like all outside facilities, we cannot control Mother Nature. We ask all of you to please read our rainout policy before purchasing your tickets. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

In the event of inclement weather, we will post the event status on our website, on our answering machine, and on all social media outlets.
If you have any questions or concerns please call the track office at 712-299-5573.

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Buena Vista County, IA


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