Building off a successful and promising 2012 season, St. Croix Valley Raceway is chomping at the bit to unleash the excitement for the upcoming season. Track co-owners Rick Mastell and Ron Bernhagen, along with the rest of the SCVR team, continue to transform the racy little quarter-mile speed plant just south and west of Centuria, Wisconsin. Fan favorites from last season will be back, and in what is becoming a mantra at SCVR, new wrinkles will continue to be added.
The opener is just a few short weeks away, set for Friday night, April 26 – with an open practice session the prior evening, Thursday, April 25. The hot and heavy action starts immediately on opening night as the Minnesota Mafia presents Thunder in the Valley #1. The UMSS winged sprints headline this event, the first of five Thunder events this summer.
Just two weeks later, on Saturday, May 11, The Bullring Blast brings WISSOTA late models to the quarter mile, and the hits just keep on coming. Two weeks after the late models, the winged sprints are back for Thunder in the Valley #2 as part of the Davey Tabor memorial. The very next week, the IRA sprints make their second appearance ever at the Raceway highlighting Thunder in the Valley #3.
Of course, the most talked about and highly anticipated show of the season takes place on Friday and Saturday, June 28 and 29 – the second annual Open Wheel Nationals. The inaugural Nationals saw a stellar field of winged and traditional sprint cars along with Midwest and open Modifieds. The second installment of this signature event has expanded to two days and is sure to please another overflowing grandstand with throttle stomping racing action.
The winged sprints get two more chances to shine, on July 26 and August 17 with the fourth and fifth installments of the Thunder in the Valley series, and the Traditional sprints headline the show on July 12 for the Traditional 40. The UMSS Traditional sprints have consistently kept fans riveted since their inception in 2011, and with the number of new teams entering the wing-less foray in 2013, the quantity of racers will match the quality with most certainly over two dozen sprint teams set to attack the quarter mile.
Open Modifieds will headline the action on July 18 with the Modified Dawg Days Dash, and the late models get one last shot at Bullring Blast #2 on Friday night, August 30.
The area’s best value for family entertainment will also host Trailer races, a fireworks display, a huge bike giveaway on kids’ night, and the Crash-tastic Smash-o-rama featuring Kaila Savage and her monster truck, Heartbreaker, along with myriad other specials and promotions throughout the racing season. A full calendar of event can be found at the raceway’s website, www.SCVRaceway.com, and late changes are available on the track’s Facebook page.