speed·​way | \ˈspēd-ˌwā \

Definition of speedway 

1 : a public road on which fast driving is allowed specifically : expressway

2 : a racecourse for automobiles or motorcycles

3 : a sprint race for motorcycles

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Last year's pole was pretty special to get my first pole like that, at a super speedway with new asphalt, with new profile of Turns 1 and 2. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Diabetes hasn't stopped Charlie Kimball from chasing his IndyCar dreams," 6 June 2018 Burdened by costs, escalating risks and pushback from local residents, mass outdoor concerts in Britain and the U.S. would soon head for large sports arenas, speedways and stadiums. Marc Myers, WSJ, "How Joni Mitchell Managed a Rowdy Crowd," 12 Sep. 2018 Newk's open in the Presdio A new chain restaurant, Newk's Eatery, is open in the Presidio shops in north Fort Worth with a second location coming in Champions Center near the speedway. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "When even the museum cafe is a gallery: Murakami blockbuster comes to The Modern," 4 June 2018 Goose bumps and tear drops permeated the speedway, as Cornelison delivered that last, long, operatic note of the ballad that means so much to Hoosiers around the world. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Cornelison poised to take '(Back Home Again in) Indiana' torch from Indy 500 icon, Nabors," 25 May 2018 Fans have access to the team communications through radios that can be purchased or rented at speedways. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing," 9 July 2018 Both Bristols may be small — population about 17,000 in Virginia, about 27,000 in Tennessee — but the local NASCAR speedway seats nearly twice as many people as FedEx Field. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018 Of course, Power also boasts Chevrolet power, which is the engine manufacturer of choice for speedways this year. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar Texas preview: Why more mayhem could be on tap, and Will Power could win," 7 June 2018 For further information and race tickets, visit texasmotorspeedway.com or call the speedway ticket office at 817-215-8500. Jay Betsill, star-telegram, "TMS goes whole Hawg with its new funnel fries (yes, there's bacon)," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of speedway

1894, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of speedway was in 1894

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English Language Learners Definition of speedway

: a track where cars or motorcycles race

: the sport of racing motorcycles on a special track

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