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Badlands Motor Speedway Auction Saturday

BRANDON, S.D. - Saturday will be a big day for area race fans. 

Chuck Brennan plans to sell Badlands Motor Speedway, formerly known as Huset's. 

People from across the area have taken in races there since the 1950s. 

There have been big names like The Beach Boys and Willie Nelson and NASCAR superstars, such as Tony Stewart and Kasey Kahne.

"That's how I got into the races was if you sold popcorn, you got in free," Shawn McCain said.

Brandon resident Shawn McCain grew up going to the races.

"I wish they'd open up a quarter mile Harley drag racing track. That would really draw a lot of people like Sturgis does," McCain said.

One of the things that may limit what goes into the property is that some of the area is in a floodplain. 

"It really can't be developed for much more than what's already existing," Brandon City Administrator Bryan Read said.

Read says the track not only helps drive more customers to Brandon, but also is a winner when it comes to publicity.

"If people come through town when they're coming to the racetrack, it exposes Brandon to them. It may peak their interest in wanting to move here if they're looking for a place in southeast South Dakota. They may even relocate a business in the area," Read said.

As far as this business, the opening bid is more than $3 million.

"I think they need to get the races started back up again to make this town what it used to be," McCain said.

A town that's track has sent dirt flying for decades. 

The auction is closed to the public. 

Only qualified bidders, who have made a $500,000 deposit, will be allowed in. 

You can find more details about the event here.
 


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