Motorsports: What the area has to offer in 2012
The three area stock car tracks -- at Willmar on Thursday, Montevideo on Friday and Madison, now moving to Saturday -- belong to the Wissota sanctioning organization which touches on six states and two Canadian provinces. Experienced drivers will race these and other regional tracks two and even three evenings per week throughout the summer.
The Grove Creek Raceway offers drag racing every other weekend. As one of only a few such facilities in the Upper Midwest, it pulls souped-up cars, roadsters, trucks, motorcycles, bikes and even snowmobiles from Minnesota and surrounding states. Many make a weekend out of it, camping on the grounds along U.S. Highway 12 between Litchfield and Grove City.
Season Opener: Monday, May 28, Memorial Day Opener ... Race nights: 6 p.m., Saturday (formerly Sunday) ... Sanctioning: Wissota ...Track: 3/8-mile high-bank ... Lineup: Late Model, Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Mods, Street Stocks, Madison Pure Stock ... Admission: $10 adults (Specials $15), 12-and-under free with adult ... Track Phone: 320-444-6407 ... Web: www.madisonmnspeedway.com
Grove Creek Raceway
Two miles east at Grove City
Season: April 15 to Oct. 20, two weekends per month .... The Scoop: NHRA, Z, mile NHRA Championship Drag Racing with Money & Trophy Eliminator, Jr. Dragster Series plus All-Street Nite (NHRA Street Legal Drags) ... Owner/promoter Rick Austin rebuilt 25-year-old track in 2008, extending concrete burnout plus new lanes of asphalt and expanded pit area ... Classes: Sportsmen, Super Pro, Pro Street, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragsters, Bikes and Sleds ... Grandstand/pit admission: adults $10, students (7-12) $5, 6-and-under free; Camping $10 ... Promoter: Rick Austin, Dayton, (612) 280-7301 ... Track phone 320-857-2152 ... Web: www.grovecreek.com
Willmar at fairgrounds
Season opener: Thursday, May 3 ... Race nights: Thursday 6:30 p.m. ...Sanctioning: Wissota ... Track: 3/8-mile semi-bank ... Lineup: Wissota Modifieds, Super Stock, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4 ... Also running: 4-cyl. KRA Hobby Stock, 4-cylinder KRA Hornets ... Grandstand Admission: Adults (13-and-over) $10, child 12-and-under free with paid adult; season pass $125 ... Promoter: Kandi Racing Association (KRA) ... Track phone: 320-212-8503 ... Web site: www.kraspeedway.com ... email: email@example.com
Montevideo at fairgrounds
Season opener: Friday, May 11 (Late Model Special) ... Race nights: Friday, 7 p.m. on 4/10th-mile dirt oval ... Sanctioning: Wissota ... Lineup: Late Models, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4, Super Stocks, Street Stocks plus Fiesta City Pure Stock ... Grandstand Admission: Adults $10, Seniors $9, youth 6-12 $5 ... Track information: 320-269-7755 or 320-226-8131 ... Promoter: Fiesta City Racing Association at firstname.lastname@example.org ... Web site: www.fiestacityspeedway.com
Atwater Karting Speedway
One mile east, half-mile south of Atwater
Season: Monday, June 4 to Monday, Aug. 20 (July 2 off) ... Racing: Friday, 7 p.m. Free spectator admission. Concessions on grounds ... Lineup: up to 19 classes from rookie to masters. Caged and non-caged divisions. Ages 8-15 have most entries ... Track info line: 320-222-4009, contact Ernie Williams, board president, 320-212-8091 ... Of note: 11th year. Averaging 50-70 karts ... Web site: www.atwaterkarting.com