LaSalle Speedway For Sale

LaSalle Speedway For Sale

By Stan Kalwasinski

LaSalle, Ill.—Owner Kerry Izzo is reportedly selling LaSalle Speedway and $2 million is the asking price.

On Tuesday, Ben Shelton of reported that the quarter-mile, banked, dirt track on a 50-plus acre plot is for sale.

The track, then known as Tommy’s LaSalle Speedway, opened in May of 1986 with Tommy Glynn the owner and promoter.  Racing took place for a number of years with Glynn having health issues that ceased operations at the speedway.

In August of 1991, Tony Sr. and Kerry Izzo purchased the raceway with plans set for the track to reopen in the spring of 1992.  Weekly stock car racing was held from 1992 through 2015.  Numerous special events were held over the years with the World of Outlaws sprint car series and several “national” touring late model associations competing at the LaSalle oval, located on Route 6 some 90 miles west of Chicago.

In 2000, Kerry Izzo took over sole ownership of the speedway with her children, Tony Jr., Kerrianne and Joe assisting her in different capacities.  In 2016, the track began running a limited schedule, special events only with the speedway’s annual two-day “Thaw Brawl” late model special in late March/early April highlighting the season.  Texas racer Tyler Erb won this year’s $15,000-to-win, 8th annual Thaw Brawl 75 lapper on Sunday afternoon, March 31, as weather hampered the promotion.

On May 30 of this year, Kerry posted on Facebook that she was ceasing “any and all operations at the LaSalle Speedway.”  The past months have had both fans and competitors wondering the fate of the northcentral Illinois raceway.

The LaSalle speed plant is located on the site that use to be the Tri-County Speedway.  The dirt track was built by Francis Conerton in 1948 and hosted a limited schedule of midget and hot rod racing before closing.  In the 1950’s an outdoor movie theatre was built at the site with the big outdoor screen still present when the new track opened in 1986 and for many years when the Izzos promoted it.