By Jason D Searcy (www.speedtalkon1360.com)
The Golden Spike Speedway in Sauk Rapids MN has been purchased by GCR Properties LLC and will reopen in the Spring of 2012 with a new name, Granite City Speedway. Opening night will be on Sunday May 6th 2012.
"The Spike" has been closed down for the last two years with the exception of one weekend of racing in September. See Article here http://racefansradio.blogspot.com/2011/09/golden-spike-back-on-track.html
The new Granite City Speedway will have a new clay surface covering the high banked 3/8th mile dirt track. A new restaurant building and press box has been added and the entire facility has been remodeled and cleaned up for the 2012 reopening.
Long time St Cloud resident and FYE Entertainment owner Chris Stepan will be the promoter and General Manger of the race program. They anticipate getting a WISSOTA Sanctioning and racing WISSOTA Modifieds, Super Stocks, Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Mod-4's. A Sixth divison of racing will rotate between Pure Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Hornets, NorthernVintage Stock cars and a possibility of specials with the UMSS Sprint Cars and USMTS Modifieds.
Chris Stepan was a guest on "Speedtalk on 1360" in September, he is a well respected announcer and promoter. St Cloud (Sauk Rapids) is the economic hub of Central Minnesota and they have a large population base to draw from. If done right, I think a the new Granite City Speedway could be a big success.
The new owners have a partnership with KCLD/KNSI/Wild Country radio stations and I'm sure they will promote the racing on radio and the facility will probably host concerts and events throughout the summer.
They plan on racing on the traditional Sunday nights at 5pm beginning with the opening night on May 6th. A new web-site is not ready yet but if you have any questions you can contact Chris Stepan at Chris@FYEMotorsports.com
Here is the link to their new website
Here are photos from Practice day
*Photo by Dean Reller 2011