It’s a chilly December morning at the I-90 Speedway. Despite the cold temps, volunteers are out helping the racetrack reopen its doors.
“We’re just so excited to have people to come out and help us. It’s kind of ironic that it’s the first full day of winter and we’re out working at the racetrack. We knew that fans wanted to come out and help and people are coming out to help. It’s just an unbelievable sight,” general manager Rod Pattison said.
Volunteers helped remove the current bleachers to make way for new aluminum stands.
One volunteer says he helped put the original bleachers in when I-90 Speedway opened in 1976.
“I came out here with my stepdad and a bunch of other guys. We helped put them together. I decided I’d come back and help take them apart,” Tim Foster said.
Another volunteer says he used to race at the speedway.
“It’s been one of the biggest racetracks that we’ve raced, or the most important ones for us. It’s close to home so we’ve been coming here for a long time,” Troy Schreurs said
Both volunteers and speedway management agree the community needs a racetrack.
“It’s a huge economic impact for not only the city of Hartford, but for Humboldt, and really the entire county of Minnehaha,” Pattison said.
“The racing family, we’ve been without it for a couple years now, locally. So, everybody is excited to get back,” Schreurs said.
“We need racing in this area. It’s long overdue,” Foster said.
Pattison says the racetrack is expected to be open sometime this spring.