WAGNER — A new ownership group will operate Wagner Speedway in 2020, and has announced plans for the upcoming race season.
The leadership group includes owners Crystal and Kevin Manthey, of Bonesteel, and Kyle Moos, of Naper, Nebraska, along with managers Joel Namminga, of Avon, and Rod Pattison, of Harrisburg. At the end of 2019, the family of Lynn Fischer said it would no longer be operating the track and was looking for a new owner/operator.
“(The Fischer family) put in countless hours and a large amount of their own resources to save the track from extinction and continue to operate the facility for all these years,” Pattison said in a statement. “They literally saved racing in our community."
The track has been open off and on since opening as Tomahawk Speedway in 1990. It reopened as Wagner Speedway in 2007, and but was closed again for a period prior three straight years of racing from 2017 to 2019.
As for 2020, the track’s regular race classes will include Late Models, B-Modifieds, Sport Modifieds and Hobby Stocks. The season will begin on May 22, with races on mostly Friday nights through Labor Day weekend, when the season championship will be held. The season’s test-and-tune night will be held on May 8.
The Midwest Sprint Touring Series will also make a stop in Wagner on Aug. 28 with the popular 360 sprint cars. The Midwest Non-Wing Sprints will also race at Wagner on July 17 and Pattison said it will be the first time since 2007 and the third time in track history that the non-wing sprint cars will make a trip to Wagner.