Cedar Lake Speedway Hosts USA Nationals
NASCAR Late Models to run two events during special weekend
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Special events are the hallmark for short-tracks across the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series – dates that fans and competitors alike, circle on the calendar.
One of the biggest in the Midwest will take place this weekend as Cedar Lake Speedway plays host to the 27th Annual USA Nationals.
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I Late Models will compete on both Friday and Saturday nights during the three-day event, scheduled to begin Thursday.
The show at the .375-mile dirt track located in New Richmond, Wisc., has become one of the must-attend events in Wisconsin for short track racing fans.
The track features five weekly NASCAR divisions with the Late Models running during Saturday night’s main events. While Cedar Lake Speedway Owner Bob Kaufman expects the race to be a competitive one featuring some of the best drivers throughout the upper Midwest, he said the fans are treated to more than just great racing during the weekend.
“We are proud of this weekend and it has become clearly our crown jewel event at the track,” Kaufman said. “But we also get positive feedback from the fans about the entire weekend and all of the activities we offer for a complete fan experience.”
In addition to two days of racing action on the track, fans enjoy fireworks, concerts and opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with shuttles that offer fishing and infield parties at the track after racing is complete.
The weekly competitors list is a who’s who of late model drivers and many of the regulars are expected to race this weekend at Cedar Lake. This year the track partners with Badger Storage and Excavating and will offer to purchase a temporary NASCAR license for any competitor that enters the USA Nationals Late model race that doesn’t have a current NASCAR license.
“We are thrilled and can’t thank everyone at Badger Storage and Excavating enough for stepping up and supporting this event,” said Kaufman. “This partnership will allow us the opportunity to attract some of the best dirt late model drivers from the area to compete and entertain our fans this weekend.”
Cedar Lake is one of eight NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks that compete on a dirt surface. The others are Iowa’s Adams County Speedway in Corning; Nebraska’s I-80 Speedway in Omaha and Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction; New York’s Utica-Rome Speedway; Ohio’s Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima; Oklahoma’s Salinas Highbanks Speedway; and Pennsylvania’s Grandview Speedway in Bechtesville.