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Huset's Speedway damaged by severe storm, two events canceled

The severe weather that hit the Huset's Speedway in Brandon damaged the scoring tower, the suites and caused water and electrical damage that resulted in canceling the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars race on Monday, May 30 and the Arch Allies Concert on Saturday, June 4.

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Shown here is the roof of the suite rooms at Huset's Speedway that was torn of from a severe storm that wrecked havoc early Monday morning on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Brandon, South Dakota.
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BRANDON,S.D. — In wake of a severe storm that hit Huset’s Speedway sometime between 2:30 and 3 a.m. on Monday, May 30, a couple of this week’s events have been canceled, but South Dakota's preeminent speedway is still planning on hosting the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars race on Sunday evening.

The severe weather managed to cause damage to the scoring tower and suites, resulted in water damage and a light pole falling onto the track.

“When the roof came off the suites, it took down our front stretch fencing and our light pole,” Huset’s Speedway general manager Doug Johnson said. “There’s three levels to the scoring tower, so the top level is destroyed and the roof is off. The second level is still intact, but we have water damage that we need to take care of.”

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Bill Plunkett and Randy Jameson working on building a new wall to the suite rooms at Huset's Speedway after being torn apart from Monday, May 30, mornings severe storm on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 in Brandon, South Dakota.
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On Monday, May 30, workers began removing electronics and other items from the suite tower to try and prevent any further damage. Cleaning crews arrived later that morning to assist and a crew from Minnesota came and helped remove some of the trees and tree branches that fell as well as the light pole that fell onto the track.

Huset’s Speedway also worked with the National Weather Service the following morning on Tuesday, May 31 to take an overall look at the damages. Over the next couple of days, they’ll be in the process of rebuilding the fence and attempting to rebuild everything else that was damaged as quickly as they can.

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Due to the storm, the NOS 410 Outlaw Sprint Cars race that was supposed to take place Monday was canceled. On Saturday, June 4, the Arch Allies Concert and Fan Fest was scheduled, and while the Fan Fest is still part of this week's schedule, the concert has officially been canceled.

“We made a decision to cancel the concert on Saturday night, but we’re still going to have our fan fest during the day,” Johnson said. “Where we would have held the concert, we just became aware of some electrical damage so we feel it's best to cancel that. … The fan fest will still take place in the pit area, just east of the race track where the race cars pit.”

The Huset’s Fan Fest will still take place Saturday, June 4 from 3-7 p.m in the back pit area.

There is no timetable on how long it will take for the Huset's Speedway to be fully restored, but Johnson said they’re planning on being able to race by Sunday night.

Branden is a sports reporter that graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in communications and a focus in journalism. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 and covers prep and collegiate athletics. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Full-Court Press, providing a weekly web-exclusive look at high school basketball throughout all of South Dakota. Branden can be reached at bhull@mitchellrepublic.com and found on Twitter at @bhullreports.
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