After narrowly escaping the rains one week ago, Mother Nature was not as kind this week as rains forced the cancellation of the July 13 events at St. Croix Valley Raceway. A dire forecast and threatening radar images forced track officials to pull the plug around 6:00 on Friday – and the skies opened up shortly thereafter, soaking the region with a 15 minute downpour.
Rain may have soaked the clay at St. Croix’s racey quarter-mile speedplant, but that didn’t dampen spirits at the facility as preparations already began to focus towards next weekend’s free food promotion. Friday night, July 20 is “The Valley 500”, where the first 500 fans will receive a voucher for a free hot dog. All regular classes, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, UMSS Traditional and UMSS Micro sprints, SCVR Pure Stocks and Future Fours will all be in action. Looking even further ahead on the calendar, anticipation is building for Thunder in the Valley #3. For the first time ever, the Bumper-to-Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series visits The Valley. A new all-time track record will most certainly be established on that night when the 900 horsepower, fire-breathing 410 winged sprint cars attack the quarter mile bullring on July 27. Reigning series champion and current points leader Billy Balog, Mike Reinke and the rest of the IRA contingent are set to dazzle area fans with a speed display of historic proportions. UMSS Traditional sprint cars, WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, and SCVR Future Fours will also be in action that night. Additional details for these or any other future events at St. Croix Valley Raceway can be found on the track’s website, www.scvraceway.com.
Article Credit: Terry Lehnertz