Highland Rim Speedway is a track rich in history. A group of neighbors joined forces in the early 1960s to build a racetrack. In the spring of 1962, the first cars competed on the high banked quarter mile dirt track. In 1969, the high banked dirt was paved and quickly became fastest high banked asphalt track in the region. Highland Rim is now a high banked “D” shaped asphalt track. The Thunder rolls at the Rim every Saturday night from March to November.
Classes such as Late Models, Sportsman, Super Stocks, Pro 4 Modifieds & Trucks, Rim Runners, Pure Stock, Tuners, Open Wheels, Legends, Dwarf and Baby Grands all compete regularly at the Rim!
Children are always welcomed at the Rim with bicycle races for ages 3 – 12 years old throughout the summer as well as a play area in the Grandstands complete with bounce attractions. Children have a notarized minor release form on file in the office to go into the pits. Forms must be updated each season. The minor must also be accompanied by an adult when entering the pits.
The track opened in May 1962 as a high-banked quarter-mile dirt track under the ownership of race driver L. J. Hampton, Ed Shannon and Earnest Walton. The original track was dirt because racer turned owner, L.J. Hampton felt that young drivers could learn and perfect their skills and was fun for the older drivers to be back on a dirt track where they had gotten their start in racing as well.
Marty Robbins was one of the many drivers that appeared at the track weekly. Robbins drove the #777 Devil Woman car.
In 1969, the Rim became the fastest high-banked quarter-mile asphalt track in the region! – And it STILL is!!!
NASCAR Legends such as Darrell Waltrip, Bobby Hamilton, Bobby and Donnie Allison, and Red Farmer have all taken on the high banks of the Rim. And don’t forget about hot shoes like Casey Atwood and Bobby Hamilton Jr. who both got their stock car racing start at the Rim!
Former track owners Ronnie and Pat Baucom owned the track from 1990-2003. During their years at the helm, Ronnie and Pat have renovated the track completely! The track surface was expanded and repaved, the pits have been enlarged, grandstands added, erected skyboxes, new concession facilities, expanded restrooms, and additional parking for both fans and drivers alike!
2011 looked like it would be the end of the Rim when the track fell into foreclosure. No able to sit back and let 50 years of racing history end, three racers and businessmen stepped up to Save Highland Rim Speedway! After months of negotiations, meetings and plans, the trio began renovations and started the 2012 season – Better late than never, but we can say that we still have our track!
If you haven’t been to the Rim in a while, take the time to visit one time to see why it is being called “Tennessee’s Family Action Track!” Then come back week after week for the edge-of-your-seat thrills that you can find only at Tennessee’s Family Action Track – Highland Rim Speedway!
The Rim – Often Imitated, Never Duplicated!!
RAIN OUTS AT THE RIM — Highland Rim Speedway is under the influence of Mother Nature when it comes to racing. People may see dark clouds and rainy conditions, but there still may be racing at the Rim. However, it is up to the discretion of HRS Management to declare the races cancelled. If you are curious about the status of racing on an event day, you may check Facebook, call the Rim office at (615) 643-8725 – or sign up for the Rained Out Texting Service.
A race will be cancelled due to rain when it is clear that the track cannot be dried in time to continue racing. We are dedicated to the safety of the participants, and when weather interferes, the races will be cancelled. Although the weather may clear up close to opening times, keep in mind that several hours of practice and qualifying have already been forfeited due to weather. HRS will do everything within its power to attempt to dry the tracks to continue an event. However in the situations where the race must be cancelled please retain your ticket stub. It can be redeemed at the ticket booth for the next regular race event at the track. An race night event will be considered completed at the halfway point of an event. Any rainout prior to halfway will result in all spectators and gate admissions to be rain checked. A rain check from a rained out event is only good for the next week’s race. It is not accepted after that. Any event that is rained out after the halfway point will only yield a rain check for the drivers in the divisions that have not run. Pit crewmembers and spectators will not be rain checked at that point.