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Tribune file photo Street stock racing at KRA Speedway in Willmar on the fairground's 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Motorsports: What the area has to offer in 2012

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Motorsports: What the area has to offer in 2012
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

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.

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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.

Madison Speedway

At fairgrounds

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

KRA Speedway

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: kraspeedway@yahoo.com

Fiesta City

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 mooneyhouse@msn.com ... 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

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Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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