(Racine, Wis., March 23, 2011) – Lately I have been thinking about all the different local race tracks I have visited over the years, especially the tracks that are no longer in existence. I feel lucky that I have been to so many tracks over the past 15 years, and am so glad that I can still visit some of my favorites.
Slinger Speedway – One of my all-time favorites. They race Sunday evenings around one of the fastest, high-banked, 1/4-mile, asphalt tracks in the world. The best part are the Figure-8 and trailer races they hold often.
Madison International Speedway – I have not visited Madison in a while, but from my trips there, I have really enjoyed this unique 1/2-mile asphalt track. The racing is fast and furious at times, and is always exciting. Friday evening races are held from May to September.
Wilmot Raceway – Although it has always been the closest track to my home, I have only visited Wilmot a few times. Over the years, the track hasn’t really been the best racing, especially because the track maintence of the clay was not always high quality, leading to many cancellations. But more recently, the track has improved under new management. Saturday nights are getting a little more exciting at Wilmot.
Lake Geneva Raceway – One of the tracks that have been lost in history, Lake Geneva Raceway was the track I visited the most. Saturday night races on the 1/3-mile paved track was always very exciting. I loved going there 5-6 times a year to see all the great races. I think the one event I will miss the most is the imfamous “Run What Ya Brung” races, held on the last night of races each season, which was usually in October, and usually a little on the cold side. Here I would see cars that usually raced on dirt, cars with special bodies, and other crazy racing. It was always a great way to end each year.
Hales Corners Speedway – Another track lost was Hales Corners Speedway. The clay oval was another track I visited often each year (about 3-4 times a year). Racing at Hales was equally as exciting as Lake Geneva, just slightly different, since it was clay. The best memories of this track comes from being covered in dirt and dust at the end of a night that had winds out of the south or southeast. The track was also one of the last with the flagman on the inside of the front stretch.
So, the only tip I have for you is to get to your local race track before it is too late. The times you have there will be memorable, as well as hopefully help the track continue well into the future.