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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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 The problem is the navigation apps that have disrupted neighborhood traffic patterns and turned her once-quiet street into a speedway. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "How Waze and Google Maps turned an Encino neighborhood into a speedway," 30 May 2018 Perhaps as many as 4,000 fans enjoyed Swindell’s act, including several watching several floors up from the speedway’s condos across the street. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Can these NASCAR fans' RV make it to the finish line? | Charlotte Observer," 19 May 2018 The American Automobile Association, then the sanctioning body of Indy-car racing, knew France’s series was rapidly becoming a competitor, so the A.A.A. threw him out of the speedway. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "The Forgotten Figure Behind Daytona International Speedway," 7 July 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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