SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. — December 2, 2014 — History will be made at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series visits the track for the first time. The event will also mark the first-ever 410-winged sprint car race at the track in the St. Cloud metro area.
Granite City Speedway, a semi-banked three-eighths-mile, formerly was Golden Spike Speedway, which changed names prior to the 2013 season when a new group assumed ownership of the track. Numerous improvements have been made to the facility over the last couple of years, with more in the works, including the installation of new light towers in the spring of 2015.
“We have upgraded the facility from the old Golden Spike Speedway and are very excited to take it to the next level with the World of Outlaws,” said Denny Niess, one of the owners of Granite City Speedway. “Our goal is to be a premier facility and to have premier races. The community and all of our advertisers have been very supportive of the track and that is why we are bringing in the best of the best with the World of Outlaws.”
Granite City Speedway joins Crawford County Speedway in Iowa, and Dakota State Fair Speedway in South Dakota, as tracks in the upper Midwest hosting inaugural World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events in 2015.
“Fans are going to see a phenomenal race track at Granite City Speedway,” said Niess. “The drivers will have a great surface to race on as well. The World of Outlaws put on an amazing show, and I believe this is going to grow and get even bigger in the future. I look forward to this being an annual event in St. Cloud, Minnesota.”
Last season, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series raced three times in Minnesota, with veterans Paul McMahan and Joey Saldana picking up wins, as well as first-time winner Roger Crockett. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series has raced at seven different tracks in the state of Minnesota, dating back to 1979, the second year of the series.
Minnesota native Craig Dollansky, who is 10th on the World of Outlaws all-time win list with 59 A-Feature triumphs, and who will return to the tour full-time in 2015, is a former winner in his home state with the series. Donny Schatz, who won his sixth series title this past season, also is a past winner in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, as is Daryn Pittman, the 2013 series titlist. David Gravel, one of the young guns on the circuit, won in Minnesota in 2013. Kraig Kinser, son of 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, has also been victorious in Minnesota with the series.
Additional information on tickets for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series inaugural event at Granite City Speedway on June 16, 2015, will be available at a later date at www.slspromotions.com.