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Wagner Speedway set to host opening night of inaugural Rushmore State Wide Open Tour on May 13

The three-day racing tour is scheduled to begin Friday, May 13 at the Wagner Speedway, serving as the opening day for Wagner’s 2022 season

The Wagner Speedway grandstand, pictured in 2017
The Wagner Speedway grandstand, pictured in 2017
Mitchell Republic file photo

WAGNER, S.D. — The Wagner Speedway is getting set to host the opening night of a inaugural race tour that spans three racetracks in three nights for the track's opening in 2022.

The inaugural Rushmore State Wide Open is scheduled to begin Friday, May 13 at the Wagner Speedway, serving as the opening day for Wagner’s 2022 season.

Wagner Speedway will host the first night of races on Friday, while the rest of the weekend’s races will be in Jefferson, S.D. Saturday’s races will be at Park Jefferson International Speedway and Sunday’s will be at the New Raceway Park.

Five classes of International Motor Contest Association vehicles will be on display all three nights, including stock cars, sport mods, hobby stocks, sports compacts and, for the first time at Wagner Speedway, IMCA modifieds.

“Wagner Speedway races Friday nights throughout the summer and has never hosted the IMCA Modifieds,” according to a Wagner Speedway Facebook post. “We’ve had a lot of interest over the past years and felt that this would be a great tour to be a part of.”

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Drivers of the IMCA modifieds and stock cars have the opportunity to win $1,000 each night, the sport mods and hobby stocks can win $400 a night, and the sport compacts can win $200 a night. Sponsors put up $1,000 to any modified driver that can sweep all three nights, and an extra $1,000 will go to any sport modifieds driver that can sweep all three nights.

Pit passes are $35 and the entry fee each night for the modifieds and stock cars are $25.

Wagner opens the pit gate at 4 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m., with hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and racing to follow. The track's test night on May 1 and opening night of competition on May 6 were both washed out due to rainy conditions.

The track will run races weekly on Friday nights (with no races on June 17) and the season championship is planned for Aug. 19.

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Dylan is sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. A native of Michigan, he graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelors of science in journalism before joining the sports staff in March 2022. He covers 35 high schools along with NAIA's Dakota Wesleyan, which are all within Mitchell Republic's 17 county coverage area. Before joining the Mitchell Republic, Dylan covered sports in Michigan for a year, coached baseball for the Lakeland High School freshman team in White Lake, Mich. and played baseball and basketball in high school.
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