South Dakota tracks planning to race this weekend

Tue 4-21-2020

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. - A couple of the first sporting events in the country in more than a month could be held within about a two-hour drive of the Iowa Great Lakes area this weekend as two race tracks in South Dakota are planning race cards.

Events are scheduled for Park Jefferson International Speedway in North Sioux City Saturday and New Raceway Park in Jefferson Sunday.

Park Jefferson is owned by Martin County West graduate Adam Adamson, who also owns A to Z Promotions. The event is being co-promoted by veteran driver and promoter Terry McCarl.

Classes to be run at the event, called the Open Wheel Nationals, are 410 sprints and IMCA modifieds.

Each class is being capped at 32 cars for a total of 64. The infield can hold about 150 cars at its maximum.

The modified field is full. As of Monday night, there were still five available spots in the 410 class.

The grandstand holds 4,000 spectators, but capacity has been capped at 700. All tickets have been pre-sold. Spectators will have their temperature checked at the gate. Face shields are being sought for all fans and employees.

The entire event will be cashless. There will be no ticket booth, and concessions will be done by credit card.

Skylar Prochaska of Lakefield is on the 410 driver's list for Saturday, with many of regular drivers in the region also on the list.

Scheduled to run in the Sunday show at Raceway Park are IMCA modifieds, stock cars, sport mods, hobby stocks and sport compacts.

Both tracks are located outside of city limits, so they don’t have to follow city ordinances. County officials say there isn’t anything they can do legally to stop the races.

During her news conference Monday, Gov. Kristi Noem said she had not heard about the events.

Noem has called for South Dakota residents to practice social distancing and avoid large gatherings, but she's one of the few governors who hasn't issued a statewide stay-at-home order.