Stock cars, dragsters and karts on the track this summer

May 28 – If a sleepy summer isn’t quite your beat, race tracks around west-central Minnesota may be able to add some gas-powered adrenaline to the warmer months of the year .

There are oval track races on Thursday nights at KRA Speedway in Willmar, Fiesta City Speedway in Montevideo and Madison Speedway. All three tracks are sanctioned by WISSOTA and feature Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stock, Hornets, and Pure Stock. KRA also offers Mod Fours, while Fiesta City and Madison both offer Lake Model races. The three songs are presented on different nights: KRA on Thursday, Fiesta City on Friday and Madison on Saturday.

For something a little more explosive, NHRA racers go head-to-head at Grove Creek Raceway outside of Grove City. Classes include Sportsmen, Super Pro, Pro Street, Street Eliminator, Junior Dragsters, Superbikes and Sleds.

In Atwater, Karting Speedway organizes kart races for rookies, juniors and adults on Saturday evenings with racers aged 5 to 72 years old. Atwater is free for spectators.

One mile east, half mile southeast of Atwater

Season: May 7 to August 28… Races: Saturday 5:30 p.m., pits open at 2 p.m…. Free admission for spectators. Field Concessions…Lineup: Cage and non-cage divisions, rookies, juniors, adults…for more information, contact President Angela Hansen, 320-368-2522…Approximately 75% of runners are youngsters aged 6-15… Motto: “Where kids get addicted to dirt”… Website:


Drag race, 2 miles east of Grove City

Season: May 8-October 2…. The Scoop: NHRA, Division 5 Member…. Money & Trophy Eliminator, Jr. Dragster Series plus All-Street Nite (NHRA Street Legal Drags)… Classes : Silver Eliminator, Trophy Eliminator, Junior Street, Junior Dragster, Street Drags… Races: doors open at 8 a.m. for the Day Drag Races, time trials start at 9:30 a.m.; practice begins at 4 p.m. for the nightly drag races… Grandstand/pit admission: adults $15, students (7-12) $6, 6 and under free; camping $10/night, cash or check only… Promoter: Rick Austin at 612-280-7301 …Phone 320-857-2152… Website:

Montevideo at the Chippewa County Fairgrounds

Season: May 6-August 26 (Championship) … Race Nights: Fridays at 7 p.m. Sanction: WISSOTA … Lineup: Late Models, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stock, Hornets … Admission spectator: adults are $15, seniors $1 and 12 and under are free… Promoter: Juanita Knutson… Website:

Willmar at the Kandiyohi County Fairgrounds

Season: May 19 – September 1… Race Nights: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m…. Sanction: WISSOTA… Track: 3/8 mile semi-banked dirt track… Lineup: Modified, Super Stock, Street Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Mod-4, Hornets, Pure Stock… Admission: Adults (18 and over) $12 (specials not included); 17 and under are free with a paying adult; season pass is $125… Promoter: Kandi Racing Association (KRA)… Phone: 320-905-9280… Website:

Madison at Lake Talking Valley Fairgrounds

Season: May 30-October 1… Race Nights: Saturdays at 7 p.m…. Clearance: WISSOTA… Track: 3/8 mile high banked oval… Alignment: WISSOTA Modified, Super Stock , Modified Midwest , Street Stocks and Hornets … Admission: Adult tickets are $15; children 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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