The speedway is marked out by the Utah State Highway Department at the start of each summer. Usually two tracks are prepared; a 10 mile long straightway for speed trials and an oval or circular track for distance runs, which is typically between 10 and 12 miles (16 and 19 km) long depending on the condition of the salt surface. In recent years, there has also been a 5 mile (8 km) long straightway for qualifying slower vehicles.
The straightway is marked with a broad black line down its centre and has several measured mile sections after the second mile. Additional marks and cones indicate the end of the track and the position of timing equipment on the measured mile.
A similar event in September each year is the World of Speed, organized by the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association. The USFRA also meet on the first Wednesday of each month throughout the summer.
|Year||Driver||Vehicle||Speed mph||Speed km/h|
|1935||Sir Malcolm Campbell||Bluebird||301.129||484.620|
|1947||Don Waite||The Edelbrock Special||192||309|
|1963||Craig Breedlove||Spirit of America||407.447||655.722|
|1964||Art Arfons||The Green Monster||434.022||664.694|
|1965||Craig Breedlove||Spirit of America - Sonic 1||600.601||966.574|
|1970||Gary Gabelich||Blue Flame||622.407||1001.67|