The famed dirt track is under new ownership and heading into 2021 will a massive dirt racing event
Huset’s Speedway sat dormant, for years. Last year, Tod Quiring, owner of the Jackson Motorplex purchased the South Dakota track and he’s brought the 3/8-mile favorite back to life.
The Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals is coming in a big way for 2021. The event will feature the AMSOIL National 410 Sprint Cars and USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midgets.
Event Date: September 10-11-12
The race will offer a combined purse of $200k. Every night will feature double features. The finale night on September 12th will pay $20,000-to-win in both feature races.
The event now becomes the highest purse on the 2021 USAC National season schedule.
Format: The preliminary events will see inversions with the fastest qualifying cars being sent to the back. Passing points and finishing order will be calculated to set a points total throughout the event.
After Quiring purchased Huset’s Speedway, he went looking for a track promoter. Matt Wood came knocking…
“I really enjoyed the promoter’s side of it, and I said, let’s find another venue and do something else,” says event promoter Matt Wood.
“We used to race at Huset’s, and it’s always been one of my favorite racetracks in the United States. Then, when I heard rumors that Tod (Quiring) was going to buy it – we actually reached out to him before he had it bought. Once he got it bought, he and I got together, and I told him what I’d like to do, and he thought it was a pretty neat idea. They were very excited about it.”
“I think there’s a big, pent-up demand for it. We’ll have a vendor midway and we’ll have meet and greets with the drivers. We’re going to do everything we can do to make it as fan friendly and as driver/racer friendly as we can.”
“I look at what a promoter can do just to make life easier. That’s really what we’ve done at the Hangtown 100 and what we’re going to do at Huset’s. You’ve got three nights of racing; you don’t have to move your rigs and your travel expenses are minimal.”
“The more nights you can run at one place, the more efficient it becomes. I think there’s going to be a tremendous amount of interest. Non-wing 410 sprint car and midget racing at Huset’s with a $200,000 purse will be amazing.”
Only four races in 2021 feature USAC Midgets and USAC Sprint Cars.
“Huset’s is tailor-made for non-wing 410 sprint cars and midgets,” says event promoter Matt Wood. “It’s going to be crazy, crazy good racing.
Wood added, “We want to try to make this the premier event on USAC’s schedule every year. To do that, we have to have a wonderful facility, we need seating for a bunch of people and a bunch of racers, then throw a bunch of money at them, and I think that makes for a pretty good mix for what I think is going to be one of the best races of the year, quite honestly.”
USAC comments on the race at Huset’s Speedway
USAC has only visited the track on two occasions. Once in 1996 and again in 2016.
“It is truly exciting to witness the reemergence of Huset’s Speedway and to add a new event of this magnitude to the USAC schedule alongside our already established events,” USAC Executive Vice President Levi Jones said.
Jones added, “The Huset’s Speedway USAC Nationals adds to what is a sensational schedule of events for us in 2021, and we are enthusiastic to have USAC’s brand of Sprint Car and Midget racing showcased for the great racefans of South Dakota.”