August 3, 2020
BRANDON, S.D. (AP) — Thousands of fans packed the stands at a race track in southeastern South Dakota despite the ongoing pandemic.
The fans came to Huset’s Speedway in Brandon Sunday night for the reopening of the track that has been closed for several years. The 9,000-seat speedway was at near capacity, with face masks nearly obsolete.
Minnesota businessman Tod Quiring purchased the track from Chuck Brennan, who closed the facility after just one race in 2017. Brennan said he spent north of $10 million in upgrades to the facility and opened it as Badlands Motor Speedway in 2016.
“We finally have this premiere facility back open that’s been sitting dormant for so long,” said Tea resident and 2002 track champion Justin Henderson, who finished 15th Sunday night. “It’s really bringing that racing fever back into Sioux Falls.”
South Dakota health officials reported 88 newly confirmed cases of the coronavius and one new death on Sunday. But hospitalizations sunk to just 35, and nearly 88 percent of all South Dakotans who’ve tested postiive have recovered.
KWAT’s Mike Tanner contributed to this story