Officials at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota, have released the schedule of events for the 2020 race season. This year will mark the 25th anniversary of the track and will be the 19th year with the Queensland family at the helm.
Fans have become accustomed to the facility being hosts to big events. That will not change in 2020 along with the stout weekly program on Saturday nights.
The season preview will once again kick off on April 4. This always gives fans a look at the new cars for the upcoming season and usually draws a great crowd. The show hours will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
There will be an open practice session held on April 18 to give the drivers to test out their machinery before the season starts. The first night of racing is scheduled for April 25 at 6:00 p.m. The line-up will remain the same with the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring USRA Modifieds and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus Street Stocks and Super Stocks.
There will be two more points night programs on May 2 and 9, before the North Star Nationals on May 16, featuring the Lucas Oil Late Model Series. Then on May 23, race fans will look on as the nation’s top Modified drivers compete Memorial Day Weekend when the United States Modified Touring Series (USMTS) tackles the facility for the Southern Minnesota Spring Challenge before another points show will end the month on May 30.
June will start with a points race for on June 6. On June 13, the school bus races will invade the track along with Mascot Night. The bus races always entertain with their crazy antics along with the full five class program. The annual Pink-Out event returns on June 20 with Join-The-Journey to raise awareness and money in the fight against breast cancer. On June 27 there will be another points night.
The month of July starts off with a literal bang. We celebrate our nation’s independence on July 4 with the annual fireworks show that takes place after the races. The next event will be the 41st Annual Gopher 50 as the summer classic moves back to a weekday event for 2020. This year’s edition of this racing tradition will be held on Thursday, July 9. The Lucas Oil Late Model Series as the featured attraction and the USRA Modifieds will also be on the program, so get your tickets early for this epic event.
July 11 will feature another five-division points night of racing action. Then expect another huge crowd on July 18 when Tasseldega Nights returns to educate the fans on the corn growers and the ethanol industry presented by the Southeastern Minnesota corn growers. The benefit for anyone that attends is admittance to the speedway is free that evening.
The month ends on July 25 with the 5th Annual Driver Recognition Night. The afternoon and night is meant to recognize the drivers and pioneers from our sport’s history. There will also be several vintage race cars on display that day. All five classes will be in action that evening as well.
August will feature the final nights for track points and the battles heat up for track championships on August 1 and 8, and Veterans Night will return for the fourth consecutive year on August 15.
The pressure of the points chase continues August 22 with another night of valuable track points up for grabs for all five divisions. Season Championship Night is August 29 and it is the final chance to accumulate track points and claim a track championship.
Then attention gets turned to a big month of September.
The month fires up with the Labor Day Duel on September 5. The USMTS Modifieds will be on hand along with the Arnold Motor Supply Iron Man Challenge featuring American Racer USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, plus Street Stocks.
On September 19, the 2nd Annual Stock Car Nationals for American Racer USRA Stock Cars and Mensink Racing Products USRA Hobby Stocks will take place. Last year’s show was fabulous with great car counts and some very intense racing. Look for more of the same when this event will continue to grow.
The season will come to an end with the running of the 22nd Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree—the most prestigious Modified event in the nation. The week kicks off Wednesday, September 23, with an open practice session. Then the Modifieds will race on Thursday and Friday with back-to-back $5,000-to-win shows. On Saturday it's another complete program with a cool $10,000 on the line for the Modified main event winner. The Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will bring a big field of cars to race three complete shows in the three nights of modified mayhem too.
Tickets for 2020 events will go on sale December 16 at 9:00 a.m. Fans that had reserved seats for the 2019 Gopher 50 will have until January 2 to renew their seats for the 2020 event. After that date, those seats will be up for grabs.
The Deer Creek Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval which sits on 60 acres just 15-miles south of Rochester, Minnesota, with one of America’s most popular state-of-the-art racing complexes and an adjoining campground. For more information on the schedule or tickets for upcoming events go online at deercreekspeedway.com or by calling the track office at 800-DCS-RACE. Make sure to like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter or check out our YouTube channel.