The New Granite City Speedway Set To Rock In 2012
Race fans in central Minnesota have waited long enough. The dirt is set to fly once again at the 3/8 mile clay oval formerly known as the Golden Spike Speedway just northeast of the metropolis of St. Cloud, Minnesota. The newly named Granite City Speedway, located at 2540 Golden Spike Road NE in Sauk Rapids, MN, has been purchased by GCR Properties LLC and is set to re-open bigger and better than ever before this coming May.
Fans will notice immediate improvements to the facility including a completely new racing surface, a newly remodeled restaurant building, a renovated Wild Country press building, the removal of a non-used building as well as general clean up, beautification and modernization to the overall facility.
Along with the new name and new ownership will come a new management team to oversee and operate the day to day events held at the speedway. Longtime area promoter, St. Cloud resident, and FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan has been hired to serve as the General Manager and Promoter of the Granite City Speedway and will be in charge of all events that take place at the facility throughout the year.
Plans are to race on the customary Sunday nights at 5pm throughout the 2012 season and although the schedule is still pending approval from WISSOTA, the goal is to race WISSOTA sanctioned Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds, Street Stocks and Mod Fours weekly with the sixth class of cars nightly to be rotated between Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Hornets along with the Northern Vintage Stock Cars, UMSS Wingless and Winged Sprint Cars and possibly USMTS Modifieds tentatively dotting the schedule as well.
A 22 race schedule is planned with a tentative open practice session set for Sunday, April 29th as long as the track and facility is ready depending on the weather in the spring. If things go as planned, the new grand opening is set for Sunday, May 6th with racing action occurring every Sunday – with the exception of Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, where the track will run on Mondays those weekends and the 4th of July weekend, where the track will run on Wednesday, July 4th instead of Sunday, July 8th. Once the regular season concludes on Labor Day Monday, the track plans on racing on Sunday, September 9th, then will host a 2-day special on Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd and then will wrap up its inaugural season on Sunday, September 30th.
A new website is currently being designed and more information will be released as soon as things get a bit more firmed up regarding the exact schedule, competition divisions, employment, payouts and other track related items. For more information, please contact Chris at email@example.com.
Come out & be a part of the final events EVER
Saturday & Sunday, September 24th & 25th, 2011
Saturday, September 24th
Sunday, September 25th
Up to 120 cars will all begin at the same times and the first car to complete 200 laps or when the 2 hour time limit has expired will be the winner. Pit stops are allowed but they will be made under green flag racing, meaning you will lose your position if you pit. There will be NO mandatory pit stops or yellow flags – this is an all green flag race. Each driver will supply one score to help score this event (no experience necessary). He or she MUST pay admission to the grandstands. The scorers will be instructed at a special meeting before the races on race day and MUST sit in a designated scorer’s area in the grandstands. Any areas not covered in the rules shall be left to the discretion of the management.
1) All drivers MUST be 14 years of age or older. All drivers under 18 years of age must have a signed minor’s release requiring a parent or guardian signature. This release will be available at the pit gate on race day.
2) Each entry MUST have a scorer (see above for details).
3) A MANDATORY driver’s meeting will be held in the pits before the race begins.
4) All cars will be checked for safety rules only before the race and will be impounded until race time. Pit gates will open at noon with teching taking place between 1p-2p. The driver and one pit person are allowed in the tech line. After the races, the top 10 cars will be inspected for rule violations. Any car found to be illegal will be disqualified and not paid.
5) Each driver will draw for his/her starting position.
6) The race will be started with three cars abreast with a maximum of 120 cars.
7) Drivers will hold their position until the green flag is displayed.
8) The yellow flag will not be used. If there are cars with breakdowns or cars in accidents, the others cars will avoid them while continuing to race.
9) The red flag will be displayed if there is a fire, rollover or the track is blocked. All cars MUST stop immediately. There will be no assistance from pit crews who are not allowed on the track at any time. The race will be restarted with the cars in the same position as before the red flag after a 10 second countdown from the announcer and fans.
10) If your car is black flagged for any reason, you MUST exit the track immediately.
11) Unless a hazard exists, the driver may not get out of his/her car on the racing surface or service his/her car on the infield.
12) In the event your car become inoperable, try to get off the track. If you stall, you will be removed from the track as soon as possible.
13) The flagman will indicate the middle of the race with crossed flags. The white flag will indicate one lap to go and the checkered will indicate the end of the race.
14) Driver changes are NOT allowed.
15) Cars will be allowed to enter the pits for repair during green flag racing only. Pit stops are only allowed in designated areas. Re-entry to the race surface will be allowed as the track officials indicate only. During a red flag, the entrance and exit will be blocked.
16) Pit stops MUST be done in a safe and orderly fashion in the pit stop area.
17) Disqualification is the penalty for any violation.
18) The first car to complete 200 laps or the car leading when the 2 hour time limit expires is the winner, pending post race inspection.
19) Payoff assumes 50 entrants. First place is guaranteed with 2nd-10th determined on race day by the total number of entrants. The purse will be adjusted pro rata dependent upon entrants on race day.(50-entrant payoff: $1,000, $750, $500, $400, $300, $200, $175, $150, $125, $100)
Car and Body Rules
1) Any 4-cylinder car with a maximum wheelbase of 105.5”. No pintos, trucks, t-tops or convertibles.
2) Cars MUST be strictly stock with NO modifications. This includes all engine components, drive train, suspension, ignition system or cooling system, exhaust system, and axles (exhaust system does NOT need a catalytic converter but must have a muffler).
3) No chopping, channeling, bracing or shortening of frame allowed (door plates may be used for safety only). No exceptions. Full steel body MUST remain original and intact at all times. No rub rails or sharp edges on outside of body.
4) Passenger tires only. Wheels and tires MUST be of like size on all four corners. Right front wheel MUST be reinforced to prevent it’s lost during race. Plating washers and/or oversized nuts MUST be used. Tire size: any size original stock rim is acceptable. Max tire width is 7.5”. No altering tires in any way. No mud or snow tires. Regular road tire that say M & S are acceptable. No bias ply tires allowed. No pipes or protectors welded over tire valve stem. Hubcaps MUST be removed.
5) NO turbos or superchargers allowed. One stock carburetor (2 or 4 barrel) or fuel injection only.
6) Batteries MUST be located in original position under hood and securely fastened.
7) Hoods and deck lids MUST have original hinges or pins/chains keeping them in place or they MUST be removed.
8) The stock steel floor pan, firewalls, truck floor and wheel wells MUST be retained.
9) All cars MUST have windshield removed, car must have bracing over the windshield area covered with mesh. All other class and trim must be removed including headlights, taillights and outside mirror assemblies. No broken glass in the car.
10) Cars MUST have steering wheel, steering column and pedals in stock position.
11) Cars interior MUST be completed gutted except dash and front seat. Dash can be removed if you wish.
12) Racing seat MANDATORY.
13) No passengers allowed.
14) All doors MUST be welded, chained or bolted shut. If driver’s door opens – car will be disqualified.
15) Bumpers MUST be chained or reinforced to frame.
16) Mufflers are MANDATORY.
1) Fire suit and gloves are MANDATORY. Neck brace is highly recommended.
2) Window Net is MANDATORY.
3) Full face helmet is REQUIRED. Snell approved, SA95, 98, 2000, 2005 or 2010 only.
4) Racing seat belts and harness REQUIRED. Minimum of 4-point safety belt system Required. 5-point harness recommended.
5) Six point roll cage REQUIRED. (at least /095 x 1,625 steel tubing) MANDATORY with steel mounting plates on each end welded or bolted to the floor. If bolted, a minimum of four bolts on each plate is REQUIRED. Roll bar MUST be located directly behind the driver and reach as close as possible to the roof and left side of car. Also, MUST have a door plate that is welded on left side 1/8” thick by 8-12” wide between front and rear wheel wells at bumper height. 3 door bars on left side REQUIRED. All roll bars MUST be padded where contact is possible in driver’s area.
6) Driver compartment bracing MUST remain inside driver’s compartment and may NOT pass through any firewall.
7) Extra bracing may be installed as a safety feature only and may NOT reinforce the body or frame or alter the geometry of the car5. Ross bar installation is subject to inspection.
8) Gas tanks located above or in front of rear axle do not need to be relocated. All others MUST be replaced with a fuel cell (maximum 12 gallon) or boat tank (maximum 6.6 gallon). Fuel cell/boat tank MUST be secured and located in the front of the trunk. The fuel line MUST exit from the top or side of the cell/tank. A complete firewall MUST seal the trunk area from the driver’s compartment if the fuel tank is placed in the trunk. No gas line in driver’s compartment.
9) Mascots, decorating cars, advertising nicknames etx. are encouraged. Mascots and decorations MUST be secured to not fall off.
10) No suggestive language, symbols or numbers will be allowed. Anything on the car that is in bad taste will not be allowed to compete. Management discretion.
11) Your car number MUST be painted on both side of the car in contrasting color at least 18 inches high and 5 inches wide. Numbers must be legible and are limited to 3 numbers/letters total.
12) No 2-way or 1-way radios, cell phones or other communication devices allowed.
13) Cars MUST be removed from speedway property by owner after event.
Hornet/Short Tracker/Pure Stock Payouts
10th-24th: $40Non-Qualifiers: $25
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