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Red Cedar Speedway, Season Number 34
The Eyes, the Eyes!  Chris Burback photo collection
The Eyes, the Eyes! Chris Burback photo collection
April 7th 2007 - The 34th Season

By Jim Gorecki
Menomonie, WI

Founded in 1973, The Red Cedar Speedway opens it’s doors for the 34th Season in 2007. The Friday Night races have become a tradition for many race fans in this area, lining up early for tickets to get their favorite seats. This year promises to be a memorable one, as many of the same teams and drivers that have run this track the past few years are ready to get on the track and “have at it.”

If you are new to racing, or just new to this track, welcome to a night of fun filled excitement and racing action! Stick around after the races, journey across the track to the pit area, and visit with the drivers and crews.

The Red Cedar, by definition, is a 1/3rd mile clay surfaced oval, semi-banked, with cars entering at the start of the front straight away, and pit entrance being at the beginning to turn four. The average crowd in the seats is 1,200, and another 500 in the pit area. The track is run by the Red Cedar Racing Association, which leases the track from Dunn County. The races are sanctioned by WISSOTA, and the cars all run Hoosier Racing Tires. Average car counts are about 120 cars, in six different classes. Classes are Late Models, Modified, Super Stock, Midwest Modified, Street Stocks, and Red Cedar Pure Stocks.

ANTICIPATION

After a long winter, anticipating the Daytona 500 and the start to the NASCAR season, the ice finally melting off of Lake Menomin, I am ready for the local drivers’ to start slinging some mud! Mother Nature gave us some beautiful warm days in March, only to pick us up, and slam us down with some extreme cold temperatures a week prior to the scheduled opener, as if to say, “Wait a minute, I am still in charge of the weather!” I can only reply with, “Global warming my eye!”

Just a bit of trivia here for you concerning the weather in Wisconsin. 150 years ago, the year round average temperature was 45 degrees F. In 2006, the year round average temperature was 45 degrees F! The 2007 temperatures will be typical Wisconsin, most notably at the beginning of the season. When the sun sets, the track can get real slick, and those aluminum seats can get cold. Pack yourself a blanket and a coat until June 1st, at least!

My favorite part of opening night is not necessarily the racing, but the cars. Sheet metal nice and straight, new paint jobs, new sponsors, and in many cases, new drivers. Once the racing starts, my heart races, my senses heighten, the sound I have been dreaming of all winter is back, the smell of the exhaust, the dust, the brats! Yes, the brats. As far as race track food goes, the Red Cedar has great brats. I like mine with sour kraut and hot peppers, with a dash of ketchup. Wash it all down with an iced tea, and I am really happy. I always tell my son Christian, “It is the simple things in life that make life worth living.” Just like spending a night at my favorite dirt track.
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Weather permitting...the opener is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2007
 
Further Resources:
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