Start your engines!

 - by julie

Auto racing at the Grand Forks Speedway has been a part of our history since the late 1920′s, but in 1999 it gets taken to a whole nother level.  Along with an innovative group of partners, including Wayne Anderson, Donny Mack, Linus Mack and Darren Evavold, came a new name and lots of great changes.

In recent years, huge investments and improvements have been made at River Cities Speedway.  Just some of the changes include a new clay track, kitchen, sound system and grandstands, plus additional corporate suites, total refurbishment of the Speedway surroundings and a new focus on making racing a fun event for people of all ages.

On Friday nights, May through mid September, this 1/3-mile track is packed with Outlaw Sprints, Late Models, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks all vying for the checkered flag.  A big drawing card is the fact that River Cities is the only speedway in the Midwest which races both Outlaw Sprints and Late Models weekly.  In addition to River Cities’ Premier Racing Series, it also hosts four to six specials each year, including the World of Outlaw Sprints and World of Outlaw Late Model Races.

Throngs of devoted race fans from the U.S. and Canada continue to fill the stands, making River Cities one of the top racetracks in the upper Midwest.  The Canadian presence has actually grown so much that the Speedway has a special section dubbed “Little Canada”.  Weekly attendance is in the thousands and increases to as many as 6,500 when the World of Outlaws come to town.

Not only is a night at the Speedway full of nonstop action and thrills, it’s also affordable.  Parking is free and tickets for the Premier Racing Series are just $16 for adults, $5 for kids 7 to 12 years and free for those 6 and under.  Save $3 off an adult ticket by either picking up a Visitor Bargain Brochure at the Greater Grand Forks Visitor Center or purchasing your tickets in advance at Home of Economy, University Station, Gateway Cenex, StaMart, Tesoro East and El Roco.  For more information, call 701.780.0999 or visit the River Cities Speedway online or on Facebook.

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