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If a new Vikings stadium isn't built on the old Army ammunitions site in Arden Hills, something else could take its place. Sources have told KSTP a $300 million NASCAR racetrack is being considered for the Ramsey County location. Commissioner Tony Bennett confirms meetings with NASCAR investors have taken place.
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If a new Vikings stadium isn't built on the old Army ammunitions site in Arden Hills, something else could take its place. Sources have told KSTP a $300 million NASCAR racetrack is being considered for the Ramsey County location. Commissioner Tony Bennett confirms meetings with NASCAR investors have taken place.

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