Up North: Proctor Speedway Hosts 68th Annual Race Opener

Eyewitness Sports
May 15, 2017 11:08 PM

The 2017 racing season has officially shifted into gear. This Sunday the Proctor Speedway hosted it's 68th Annual Race Opener.

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Along with the other WISSOTA Series area tracks, the gates are officially open at the Proctor Speedway which has plenty of drivers excited for this race season.

"Waiting all winter it gets kind of antsy," said Jeffrey Wood of Chisholm. "Now that's it started I'm pretty excited."

It was a breezy opener as fans came bundled up to watch the action. Everything from Late Models to Modifieds circled the red clay track. The season will run through the end of August and race track employees hope this is the beginning of a regular season crowd.

"We're excited to bring everybody to the races. We got a lot of work done in the off season to make things better at the track, so we're looking for a great crowd," said Proctor Speedway President Dennis McCauley.

The Proctor Speedway is one of the longest running tracks around and has the longest running end-of-the-season specials in the country. For Hermantown native and Late Model Driver Darrell Nelson, it's a special place for him and his family.

"It's been here for forever," said Nelson. "My dad used to race, so I've been here forever and now my kids are hanging around here, so it's just kind of a family deal," he added.

Family was also the spark for seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Wood to get behind the wheel.

"My dad's been racing for twenty-six years now. He's actually up in the stands tonight. I had just been pitting with him ever since I could walk and got a love for it," said Wood.

The adrenaline is what he loves most about the sport and says the race track feels like home. With their family influences, both racers hope they can continue to bring in fans to watch the weekly shows.

"A lot of people come to watch me, more people than I would even think," said Nelson. "So I have to be here. The people are driving me to keep going."

Proctor Speedway will kick off its weekly Sunday races this Sunday, May 21st.


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