BRANDON, S.D. – Good things are in store this season for IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers and fans of the winged division at Badlands Motor Speedway.
The sanctioned division returns to weekly shows at the much-renovated dirt facility in Brandon. Opening night is Saturday, May 28.
“Saturday is going to be a big night for racing around here and we’re glad to have the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars part of that,” said promoter Tom Savage. “We love this division and we love the affordability.”
Constructed in 1954 and open every season but two since, the former Huset’s Speedway was purchased by Chuck Brennan of the Badlands Entertainment Group last spring. Brennan hired Savage, whose resume includes public relations posts with Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indy Car, the NFL and NBA.
More than six million dollars of renovations have already been completed and include new lighting, grandstand seating and electrical work.
The most obvious addition is the turn four building with concessions and restroom facilities on the first floor, spacious suites on the second and seating for nightly sponsors on the top floor.
“A lot of people driving down the highway have seen that building and texted me to say ‘Holy cow!’” reported Savage.
The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season at Badlands runs into September.
“IMCA RaceSaver Sprints will race on the same night as our 410 sprints. We’re encouraged by them and think they will help build our car counts,” Savage said. “We like the idea behind IMCA. If you’re a race fan, you know what those four letters stand for.”
“After seeing first hand the renovations in progress, it’s clear that no detail has been overlooked in making this facility state-of-the-art,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “It’s an honor for us to be part of their Saturday night program.”