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May 19, 2017 06:08 PM

Upset Race Car Drivers

Normally, a soaking rainy few days like we've had this week would force the cancellation of races at Badland's Motor Speedway.  

Only they don't have to worry about that anymore after owner, Chuck Brennan, announced Thursday that he's cancelling the remaining races while he continues to look for a buyer. 

While Brennan blames an onslaught of negative attacks on social media after he told Med-Star Ambulance its services were no longer needed at the track, local drivers aren't buying it. 

"To shutdown a race track over bad publicity or negativity 'cause you let our medical staff go, I think that's an excuse," 2016 Late Model Street Stock Champion, Shawn Taylor said. 

Taylor has loved racing all his life.  Last year at Badlands, he won his first-ever championship in the late model street stock.  For him, it was a life-long dream come true. Only this year that dream has turned into a nightmare. 

"To have a championship and not be able to defend your title it's tough, I can't even put it into words," Taylor said. 

Taylor says he's heard from other drivers who are as equally disappointed, but it's bigger than that when you shut down a race track; especially one that has a long history.

"The amount of people that it affects is if you stop and think about it, it's unbelievable from business owners to race car owners and drivers, sponsors to motor builders to chassis builders to, it's a ripple effect all the way down the line," Taylor said. 

Including fans, who have been loyal to this race track for decades, but are currently being shut out of the opportunity to see what these guys do best.  

"Fire fighters put out fires, police officers chase bad guys, race car drivers race cars," Taylor said. 

Taylor says he's weighing his options as to where he'll be racing this season. 
As for the track, it's still up for sale for $7.5 million.

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