Revvin’ up on the raceways: Stock cars, drag and karts all on the track this summer

If a sleepy summer isn’t quite your speed, the race tracks around West Central Minnesota may be able to add some gasoline-fueled adrenaline to the hottest months of the year.

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Murdock's Jared Kelm looks to move ahead of the field during the second heat of Pure Stock on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at KRA Speedway in Willmar.
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If a sleepy summer isn’t quite your speed, the race tracks around West Central Minnesota may be able to add some gasoline-fueled adrenaline to the hottest months of the year.

There’s oval track racing Thursday nights at KRA Speedway in Willmar, Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo and the Madison Speedway. All three tracks are sanctioned by WISSOTA and feature Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stock, Hornets and Pure Stock. KRA also features Mod Fours, while Fiesta City and Madison both have Lake Model racing. All three tracks are featured on different nights: KRA on Thursdays, Fiesta City on Fridays and Madison on Saturdays.

For something a little more high-octane, NHRA racers compete at the Grove Creek Raceway outside of Grove City. Classes there include Sportsmen, Super Pro, Pro Street, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragsters, Superbikes and Sleds.

At Atwater, Karting Speedway has kart racing for rookies, juniors and adults on Saturday evenings with racers age from 5-to-72 years old. Atwater is free for spectators.

Atwater Karting Speedway

One mile east, half-mile southeast of Atwater


Season: May 7 to Aug. 28 ... Racing: Saturdays 5:30 p.m., pits open at 2 p.m. … Free admission for spectators. Concessions on grounds … Lineup: Caged and non-caged divisions, rookies, juniors, adult … for more information, contact president Angela Hansen, 320-368-2522 … About 75% of racers are youths between ages 6-15 … Motto: “Where kids get hooked on dirt” … Website: .

Grove Creek Raceway

Drag racing, 2 miles east of Grove City

Season: May 8 to Oct. 2…. The Scoop: NHRA, Division 5 member …. Money & Trophy Eliminator, Jr. Dragster Series plus All-Street Nite (NHRA Street Legal Drags) … Classes: Money Eliminator, Trophy Eliminator, Junior Street, Junior Dragster, Street Drags … Racing: Gates open at 8 a.m. for Day Drag Races, time trials start at 9:30 a.m.; trials start at 4 p.m. for Night Drag Races … Grandstand/pit admission: adults $15, students (ages 7 to 12) $6, 6-and-under free; camping $10/night, cash or check only … Promoter: Rick Austin at 612-280-7301 …Track phone 320-857-2152 … Website:

Fiesta City Speedway

Montevideo at Chippewa County Fairgrounds

Season: May 6 to August 26 (championship) … Race nights: Fridays 7 p.m. Sanctioning: WISSOTA … Lineup: Late Models, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stock, Hornets … Spectator Admission: adults are $15, $1 for seniors and ages 12 and under are free … Promoter: Juanita Knutson … Website:

KRA Speedway

Willmar at Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds

Season: May 19 to Sept. 1 … Race nights: Thursdays 7 p.m. … Sanctioning: WISSOTA … Track: 3/8-mile semi-bank dirt track … Lineup: Modifieds, Super Stock, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4, Hornets, Pure Stock … Admission: Adults (18-and-over) $12 (specials extra); ages 17-and-under are free with paid adult; season pass is $125 … Promoter: Kandi Racing Association (KRA) … Phone: 320-905-9280 ... Website:

Madison Speedway

Madison at Lac qui Parle Valley Fairgrounds


Season: May 30 to Oct. 1 … Race nights: Saturdays 7 p.m. … Sanctioning: WISSOTA … Track: 3/8-mile high-bank oval … Lineup: WISSOTA Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Modified, Street Stocks and Hornets … Admission: Adult tickets are $15; kids 12-and-under are free … For more information, contact Troy at 320-226-5365 or Jackie at 320-295-1976 … Website:

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