It's history: historic Raceway Park set to close Sunday night

Author:
Updated:
Original:

This is the final weekend of stock car racing at Raceway Park, Minnesota's first paved speedway, and fans filled the stands Friday night to pay tribute to the track that opened in 1956, reports KARE 11.

Over the past 57 years, some of the biggest names in motorsports, like Dale Earnhardt, Mark Martin and Dick Trickle, raced on the small oval speedway along Hwy 101 in Shakopee.

Back in April the Star Tribune reported, that Recovery Technology Solutions was buying part of the racetrack site to build a $20 million asphalt-recycling center, and Raceway's owner felt he had to sell.

“This was a difficult decision,” owner John Hellendrung said in a statement on the track's website. “However, economic conditions leave me [no] choice but to pursue this avenue.”

Shakopee's Mayor Brad Tabke told the Strib: “It’s really sad to be losing [Raceway Park] as part of our community. It’s been a huge asset to Shakopee for a long time."

Fans are still holding out hope that the track will be relocated somewhere else in the Twin Cities, but there are no current plans. Elko Speedway is the closest motor speedway to the metro area, reports KARE 11.

Raceway Park's grand finale will be Sunday, Sept. 1, with the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Season Championships.

Gates will open at 5pm on this historic night of racing with fast lap qualifying at 5:30.

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

coronavirus, covid-19, icu

Minnesota's COVID-19 hospitalizations increase by 27.5% in 24 hours

Bring Me The News confirmed that the dramatic increase is not a numbers error.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Related