Raceway Park bids farewell to fans this weekend

10:44 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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Raceway Park, Shakopee

SHAKOPEE, Minn. - Friday started the final weekend of racing at Raceway Park in Shakopee.

The short track enjoyed a full house for Friday night's program. Folks came out to enjoy the races and pay tribute to the track that opened in Shakopee in 1957. It has had drivers as famous as Dale Earnhardt and Dick Trickle race around the egg-shaped oval.

But the good ol' track is now set to be torn down to make way for an asphalt recycling plant.

There are no announced plans to construct a new Raceway Park elsewhere in the Twin Cities; however, that was the hope of the thousands of fans on hand Friday night.

It's also the hopes of the drivers who will have to find somewhere else to rev their engines after this weekend.

Elko Speedway, south of the Twin Cities, is the closest motor speedway to the metro area.

Ironically or prophetically, a sign beyond the track invited fans to be at Elko in 2014. For some, it may be their only option.

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