Badlands Motor Speedway: For And Against

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Homeowners and racing fans are speaking out for and against Badlands Motor Speedway.  

Monday, KELOLAND News told you how the race track owner Chuck Brennan, cancelled the public auction to sell the track after the county sent him a letter notifying him the track is no longer in compliance with zoning laws after its conditional use permit expired. 

Tuesday, lots of people showed up at the Minnehaha County Commission meeting to voice their concerns about the future of the track. 

Even though Badlands Motor Speedway remains closed, crews continue to maintain it, in case there’s a potential buyer.  

But while they’re packing the track, homeowners and race fans packed into the Minnehaha County Commission meeting today, even though commissioners will have no say on the matter. 

“The county commission does not make a decision on Badlands Motor Speedway, that goes to the planning commission which meets once a month on a Monday night they will make the decision,” County Chairwoman Cindy Heiberger said. 

A decision on what used to be called Husets Speedway that many want to weigh in on.   

“Husets Speedway isn’t just a dirt track it’s a sanctuary for thousands of people to unite as a family and enjoy the sport we so dearly love, Rod Pattison said. 

“More sensible minds can prevail in this situation because it’s a true asset to our community and it would be really really sad if it were lost” Randy said. 

Mary Niedringhaus has lived in Brandon for almost 50 years, she says she’s not opposed to racing, but would like some restrictions on how long the races last into the evening. 

“I am opposed to the noise and the way the race track has been run the last few years,” Niedringhaus said. 

A feeling echoed by others. 

“Since new ownership took over the events have changed it seems the noise has increased the events have nearly doubled and activities continue through midnight,” Tom Wiertzema said. 

Pastor Dennis Bossman is a lifelong race fan. 

“I’ve always been proud of the fact that here is a place that always begins with prayer, no race ever starts without prayer, no race starts without our national anthem, all these people standing as a family, enjoying a wonderful sport and I’ve shed tears over the fact that we have lost it, but I also have prayer and hope that we will have racing again because of the wonderful people who support this magnificent sport,” Bossman said. 

A sport the planning commission will now ultimately decide whether it gets the green light.  

At this time there’s been no formal request for a conditional use permit. Brennan has three options; he can appeal the decision to the planning board of adjustment, file for a conditional use permit or sell the property as agriculture land. 

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