Mission Valley Speedway

Mission Valley Speedway
Polson MT

Tel: 1-406-576-2277
E-mail: blackdogs@centurytel.net
WWW: http://www.missionvalleyspeedway.com

Track Length: 3/8 mile paved oval.

Where To Stay

Polson is a tourist town that has a relatively small number of hotel rooms. With that in mind, anyone needing a place to stay on their visit to Mission Valley Speedway should make reservations well in advance. For information on local activities, inquire with the Polson Chamber of Commerce at 1-406-883-5969 and the Ronan Chamber of Commerce at 1-406-676-8300.

Any racers/fans affiliated with traveling classes from out of town/state that race at MVS are always welcome to stay overnight in the pit area in their Campers, Motorhomes, etc...free of charge.


Best Western - KwaTaqNuk Resort at Flathead Bay
303 US Hwy 93 East        AAA approved
Polson, MT  59860
1-800-882-6363 or 1-406-883-3636 FAX 1-406-883-5392
Port Polson     Box 1411, Hwy 93 East        AAA approved
 Inn            Polson, MT  59860
1-800-654-0682 or 1-406-883-5385  FAX  1-406-883-3998
email:  portpolsoninn@compuplus.net
Free Continental Breakfast, Golf Packages, Fitness Center, 
Indoor/Outdoor Hot Tubs, Sauna, Close proximity to Downtown
Businesses, Restaurants, City Parks, Swimming, & Golf Course. 
Overlooking Beautiful Flathead Lake!
Days Inn         914 Hwy 93 E,
Polson, MT  59860
1-800-735-6862  or  1-406-883-3120
email:  mamachic@digisys.net 
Lakeview rooms.  Restaurants, Businesses, Supermarket, Parks, 
Swimming  and Golf Course all nearby. 
Super 8 Motel of Polson
Hwy 35 E, 
Polson, MT  59860
1-800-800-8000  or  1-406-883-6251
Located at the wye of US Hwys 93 & 35.
Cherry Hill      1810 Hwy 93
Motel            Polson, MT  59860
Overlooking Beautiful Flathead Lake!  Kitchenettes, Cable Color TV, 
Hot Tub.  Individual bungalow type rentals.  Across the Hwy from the Polson 
Golf Courses original '9' holes and Boettcher Park Swimming area.
Starlite Motel  18 Main Street, Ronan, MT  59864
Diamond S RV   255 Old Hwy 93
Park           Ronan, MT  59864 
Eagle Nest RV  259 South Shore Rt
Park           Polson, MT  59860
Flathead Lake  4397 East Shore
RV Resort &     Polson, MT  59860
Campground      1-406-883-5940
KOA Camp-     Hwy 93 North   
grounds       Polson, MT  59860

Track History

The Mission Valley Auto Racers were organized in 1970 as a revenue generating enterprise for and on the premises of the old Pony Palace in Pablo. (The present day site of the Peoples Center (1999)). The next year in 1971 the MVAR became an incorporated, non-profit organization.

With the incorporation of the Auto Racers, officers were elected. Duane Olsen was president, Frank Arlint was Vice President, Bill K. Jones was Secretary and Doug Smith was Treasurer. Bob Lulow was the flagman. At this time, in 1971, the women were not able to join the organization, so they organized their own called the Mission Valley Auto Racers Ladies Auxiliary. At its inception, Janice Olsen was president, Janet Arlint was Vice President, Janet Lafrinire was Secretary and Jan Smith was Treasurer.

The Speedway was a short quarter mile dirt track that ran North and South with spectator bleachers on the East side. Unfortunately, due to the bleachers location, fans had to contend with the setting sun and the west wind blowing dirt in their faces! Due to this the bleachers were moved to the west side in 1971.

Regular MVAR classes that ran were 6 cylinder "C" Stocks and 8 cylinder Super Stocks. The cars had to be at least 10 years old or later. In the tracks second season, 1971, the car count increased considerably. The Modified's traveled up from the Missoula track several times that season. The Mission Valley Speedway continued in its original location through the 1973 season.

In the fall of 1973, a new 3/8 mile facility was started in its present day location on North Reservoir road. The Job Corps under the direction of Wayne Hamel did the track work, with the MVAR members under the direction of then president Bob Dailey working on the concession stands. The speedway remained dirt for 2 or 3 years until approximately 1977 when the Job Corps laid a 2 inch asphalt lift on the track.

This asphalt track endured 20 years of life, during which it was sub-leased to individuals a handful of times, closed for approximately 2 years, and ran the rest of the time by the Mission Valley Auto Racers.

Then in the fall of 1996, with the help of the S&K College Heavy Equipment class under direction of Art Trahan and Dave Bick the life of that first asphalt track came to an end. The old asphalt was torn up, and the site was readied throughout the winter for the arrival of the new asphalt in the spring of 1997.