The Rice Lake Speedway is one of the largest tracks in the United States. It is located in the town of Rice Lake in Rice County, Wisconsin. The track is actually a combination of two different racetracks: the main track and the auxiliary track. There is also an outdoor-enclosed practice area next to the track.
The track opened for racing in 1952 and was originally a half-mile dirt oval. The track’s surface changed over the years but did not become concrete until the 1960s. In the early 2000s, a makeover led to an extended track and grandstands being built. The biggest change came in 2006, when the track gained a super speedway configuration that is now used today.
Track Length And Configurations
The track’s length has been extended repeatedly. The short oval was expanded to a mile in 1960 and then to a mile and a half in 1970. An additional half-mile of track was added in 1978. In 2004, the track’s owners extended it for another half-mile, essentially making it a mile and a half again. This resulted in the super speedway configuration discussed below.
The track is still expanding. In 2008, the oval’s surface was changed from dirt to asphalt and a new surface was laid down. Additionally, a new grandstand was built (opened in 2013) that doubled the track’s capacity from 7,000 to 14,000. This is also enough space for the all-electric cars that World of Outlaws founder Vern Steele drives. He also races at the track occasionally.
Track Surface And Conditions
The track is still dirt and hasn’t changed since it opened. However, it is subject to some modification. The outside wall is used as a catch-fence and there is a shaded area in the middle that can be used by fans. The inside wall is covered in sponsorship logos.
The track’s surface changes depending on the time of year. During the summer, the track is covered in dirt with no markings. In the winter, the track is cleaned and waxed to increase its speed.
The track is usually open during the summer and winter. However, the track closes during the spring and autumn months. As a result, the weather conditions change a lot. The track is most susceptible to the seasons in the Midwest. As you would expect, Wisconsin is largely affected by the weather conditions in the northern part of the US. For example, the month of April is usually cold and snowy, which isn’t ideal for turning wrenches.
Sports And Entertainment
The track is most well known for hosting dirt-car racing events, especially the legendary Bandsaw Battle. The Bandsaw Battle was first held in 1968 and remains one of the country’s most popular events. Some of the world’s greatest drag racers have taken part in this event over the years, including Dick Beattie, Leo Loughran, and Tim Wilkerson. Additionally, the Bandsaw Battle was the starting point for Dusty Haase’s incredible run of victories that lasted for almost a decade. The event is named after the Bandsaw, a type of hand saw that the drivers use to cut their tires free from the mounting bolts after racing.
There are also some road-racing events and motorcycle races that take place at the track. Some of the most famous motorcycle racers to have taken part in events there include Pete Henn, Elmo Langley, and Jim Whitehead. Additionally, there are three short-track oval and one dirt-track sprint car races that take place weekly in the summer months. These are hugely popular and always sell out quickly. The best part is that people can get up close and personal with the drivers. There are also some major events, including the Minnesota State Fair, that are held at the track. This is one of the largest tracks in the country and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.