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SOUTH DAKOTA

The Mount Rushmore State

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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

   

Highlights
 

 

All-Time Favorite South Dakota Track:  

 

 

 

Interstate Speedway      

 

 

 

Current lifetime trackchasing state rank: 1

 

 

 

Best Memories:

 

 

 

   

I’ve had a lot of interesting experiences up in South Dakota since my first visit to the Huset’s Speedway in 1984.

 

 

 

My visit to the Buffalo Chip race in Rapid City allowed me to visit the famous Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis. It was their 75th anniversary. This was a major addition to my sports spectating resume. I want to go back when I can stay longer than one day and night.

 

 

 

   

Some of the most competitive racing I ever saw happened on a Saturday night at the Interstate Speedway in Jefferson. In the dictionary under, “little hole in the wall dirt bullring” you will find a picture of the Interstate Speedway. When I’m out in that neck of the woods I drive right by that track on I-29. It seems that I’m always rushing to somewhere else and don’t have time for a return visit.    

 

 

 

Then there’s the Butte County Speedway in Belle Fourche. It took them a long time to open. Then they raced for only one show. I was there for that show! Carol and South Dakota’s Jim Holland joined me on that day. This driver raced at Belle Fourche for that one and only show.

 

 

 

The day of my visit to the Brown County Speedway I went golfing with Alan Brown. At the Black Hills Speedway, I had a great interview with newspaperman Jim Holland. At the Heartland Speedway, I almost didn’t get to see the racing because the EMT was late in showing up. At the Lake County Speedway, the entire place was evacuated in the middle of the program when a tornado approached. Then for the next few hours, I drove east on I-90 under the blackest of clouds trying to outrun that storm. About ten people died that evening from the tornado. Then there was the night Carol and I hooked Ed Esser up with reporter Jim Holland at the J.C. (Pappy Hoel) Short Track at the Jack Pines Motorcycle Club (above). At the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center indoor show I met Doug Napier and picked up fellow competitor Butch Knouse to give him a ride to this faraway event. I’ve also traveled with South Dakota race fan Rob Palmer to tracks in his home state and elsewhere. Of course, during my South Dakota trackchasing travels, I’ve taken the time to visit Mount Rushmore and Wall Drug. Lots of good times in the Mount Rushmore state.  

 

 

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
Huset’s Speedway Sioux Falls South Dakota United States July 11, 1984 DO
Hartford Speedway Hartford South Dakota United States May 28, 1998 DO
Lake County Speedway Madison South Dakota United States May 30, 1998 DO
Interstate Speedway Jefferson South Dakota United States September 20, 1998 DO
Brown County Speedway Aberdeen South Dakota United States August 12, 2002 DO
Turner County Fairgrounds  Parker South Dakota United States August 13, 2002 DF8
Casino Speedway Watertown South Dakota United States May 29, 2005 DO
Park Jefferson Speedway Jefferson South Dakota United States May 25, 2006 DO
Tri-State Speedway Sisseton South Dakota United States May 29, 2006 DO
Miller Speedway Miller South Dakota United States August 11, 2006 DO
Black Hills Speedway  Rapid City South Dakota United States June 27, 2008 DO
Heartland Speedway Rapid City South Dakota United States June 27, 2008 DO
Dakota State Fair Speedway Huron South Dakota United States July 16, 2009 DO
Wagner Speedway Wagner South Dakota United States July 17, 2009 DO
Butte County Raceway Belle Fourche South Dakota United States June 19, 2010 DO
J.C. (Pappy) Hoel Short Track A the Jackpine Gypsies Short Track Sturgis South Dakota United States June 19, 2010 DO
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Rapid City South Dakota United States March 1, 2013 INDOOR-PO
Buffalo Chip Sturgis South Dakota United States August 4, 2015 DRC
Lonetree Creek Race Park Scotland South Dakota United States August 22, 2015 DO
Turner County Fairgrounds  Parker South Dakota United States August 16, 2016 DO

 

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.     Below is a key to surface types and track configurations so you can understand the above list just a little bit easier.    

 

Surface types:  D-dirt; P-paved; M-mixed   Configuration types:  O-oval; RC-road course; F8-figure 8 track    

 

 


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