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North Central Speedway: Focus on families as season opener approaches

Family fun, and more racing to watch. That’s the theme at North Central Speedway this year.

The green flag drops on the 2012 season Saturday night with racing action starting at 5 p.m. Seven classes will run at the speedway this season with the addition of the Mod Fours to go along with the Hornet, Pure, Street, Midwest Modified, Super Stock, and A-Modified classes.

Family is the key area of focus for promoter KT Torbert and owner Cliff Sasker. There will be weekly games for the kids at intermission, which may include a ring toss, tire race, or other fun activities.

“We want this to be a great family environment where the kids will work hard just to be able to come out to the races on Saturday,” Torbert said.

To help move the program along quicker, and get families home at an earlier hour, racing will begin each night at 5:00 with the Pure Stock and Hornet heat races.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with the grandstand opening at 5 p.m.

Last year, Torbert encouraged local communities to be a host for race night and that will continue this year. Starting with Baxter Night May 6, and going through Pequot Lakes Night on July 28, five local cities will participate in the program. For these nights, fans can pick up free tickets at an area establishment for the race that week.

It all plays in to the idea of having an affordable product for families looking for a fun night out.

“Something you can count on is in an economy where the prices are going up all around us. We refuse to do that and we will maintain our affordable cost,” Torbert said. “We are hoping that families will give us the chance to impress them and their kids, and know that they won’t have to worry about paying a lot of money to be somewhere with the people that matter most.”

There will be lots of exciting entertainment this year with a 15-week points racing season, beginning Saturday, and ending with the season championships Aug. 25.

The season will close with the Mighty Axe Nationals, a tremendously popular event that includes sprint car racing and six classes competing over Labor Day weekend.

This year, Sasker and Torbert are introducing a new event, the Worldwide Wissotafied Event (WWE) over Memorial Day weekend.

“One of the biggest excitements this year is the WWE event,” Torbert said. “We are running it just like the Mighty Axe Nationals. It’s a two-day, two complete shows event with winners receiving leather championship belts. Each class will also race for $1,000 to win one out of the two races.”

The AMA Pro Stars Vintage flat track motorcycle series will also return for a special event June 28.

Torbert is also working to increase awareness of NCS through social media. There is an online store on its website ( where tickets and pit passes can be purchased. The store can also be reached through the Facebook page. Fans can also sign up for text message alerts and newsletter signups, which will include weather reports the day of races.

Last, but not least, is the food. The concessions team will introduce a new item, “Hot dog in a mitt,” which Torbert is certain will be a big hit.

It all adds up to a wonderful summer season at the dirt track.