Byron Dragway

7287 N. River Road, Byron, Illinois 61010


About Byron Dragway

Opened in July 1964, Byron Dragway has been a successful race track for six-decades. The NHRA-sanctioned facility comes complete with all necessary equipment for operation. Located 45-miles west of the Greater Chicagoland Area, nearly 13-million residents live within 100-miles of the dragstrip. With a great location and 182-acres, many opportunities exist for continued growth and expansion. 

Property Information

Address7287 N. River Road, Byron, Illinois 61010
ZonedAgriculture with a Special Use Permit
Grandstand Capacity6,000+ Seats
Spectator Parking5,000+ Cars
Racer Parking600+ Racers
PopulationApproximately 13-Million within 100 Mile Radius
Additional LandAdjacent Water Front Property Included on Rock River

Buildings & Structures:

Tower: Three story tower was completely renovated in 2015. The tower features a private third-floor skybox, second-floor race control, and ground level storage. The tower also houses critical components of the Compulink Timing System.
Dragway Diner: Permanent concession area for food & beverage. Continually updated with last major renovation in spring 2017.
Restrooms: Permanent men’s and women’s restroom facility with showers. Well water with septic tank.
Winner’s Circle: Professionally built, permanent Winner’s Circle for spectacular photo opportunities.
Tech Booth: Appealing structure to keep Tech Inspectors out of the weather.
Storage: A variety of storage buildings and structures for supplies and equipment.
Grand Stands: Five (5) grand stand structures for spectator viewing.


Kubota Tractor with Sweepster Broom and static drag.
Ford Ambulance
Dodge Ram Fire Truck
Ford F-Series Fire Truck
Chevy S-10 Starting Line Truck
Dodge Dakota “Sprayer” Truck
Ford Overhead Bucket Truck
Trailer Mounted Jet Dryer
Yamaha Zuma 4-Cycle Scooter
Twin Turbine Buffalo Blower
Two (2) Billy Goat Walk Behind Blowers
CompuLink Timing System
Timing System Setup for Measuring 1000′ Finish Line MPH
Two (2) CompuLink Computers
Two (2) CompuLink Christmas Trees
Time Slips Booth & Printer(s)
Incandescent Scoreboards Displaying E.T., MPH, Win Lights
LED Dial-in Boards
Tow Behind Traction Sprayer
Hand Sprayers
FOD*BOSS Tow Behind Sweeper Mat
Two-Way Radios with Headsets
Public Address System
FM Radio Transmitter
Wireless Microphone System
Live Stream System for YouTube
Five (5) Portable Light Towers
Permanent Vehicle Scale
Batwing Full-Size Riding Mower
X-Mark Zero-Turn Riding Mower


The “Intangibles” That Make Byron Dragway Incredibly Valuable

Byron Dragway opened in 1964 and has operated as the same corporation (Byron Dragway, Inc.) since 1969. That means Byron Dragway is an established business with decades of development.

Unlike many tracks, Byron Dragway has not been a revolving door of owners or management. Before becoming the sole owner of Byron Dragway in 2010, current owner B.J. Vangsness first served as an employee since the 1970s and later became a partner in the company the early 1990s.

Such consistency and continuity has allowed Byron Dragway to cultivate and grow a steady and loyal base of racers and race fans. This is not a business that needs to be “turned around” or “fixed.” This is a business that gives the next owners an incredible platform to start with and expand upon.

Premises Liability Act: “Grandfathered” Protection Against Noise Regulation

Byron Dragway is protected by the Premises Liability Act. This is an important piece of legislation that helps secure the future of Byron Dragway.

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