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Wee Town Outlaw Speedway

Wee Town Outlaw Speedway

This is what remains of Wee Town Outlaw Speedway (also known as Lake Region Speedway and West Central Speedway) northeast of Fergus Falls.  This was once a very cool place to watch stock cars and outlaws.  Fergus Falls Journal wrote an interesting story about this place back in 2007.

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Originally opened in 1962, the speedway went through multiple owners and several periods of inactivity over the years.  In 1986, high water began to become a problem at the speedway, and the track was closed from 1987 to 1989.  It reopened in 1990 before closing down for good in 1993.  What you see above is how it looked in 2012, nineteen years after it shut down.  The pits and a good portion of the track are completely flooded.

Racing at Wee Town Outlaw Speedway, 1990
Screenshot from Corey Litton’s video. Racing at Wee Town, 1990.

For an interesting contrast, I actually found a long-form video which features racing at the Weetown Outlaw Speedway when it reopened in 1990.  The first part of this video is recorded at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.  Jump to the 1:35:00 mark (that’s one hour, thirty five minutes) to see racing action at the Wee Town Outlaw Speedway from 1990 courtesy Corey Litton.

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Wee Town Outlaw Speedway

The former water truck sits in about three feet of water on the track infield.

Wee Town Outlaw Speedway

Wee Town Outlaw Speedway

See Also: I94 Speedway

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Demolished: Abandoned I94 Speedway

Demolished: Abandoned I94 Speedway

This is the former I94 Speedway, also known as the I94 Raceway for a time.  It was right off Interstate 94, in Stearns County, about 40 miles northwest of St. Cloud, right outside of Sauk Centre.

There was some question as to whether this track might re-open after the final race on Sept 4, 2009, but the track has now fallen into such disrepair, it seems clear the track will never reopen.  It was a dirt track for four years, asphalt for about twelve years, and operated with a clay surface for the final season in 2009.

Update: This place has been demolished. I94 Speedway is no more.

I actually raced here once in a media race, in the summer of 1999.  I raced against five other media personalities from the region, and placed third out of six.  You can see some pictures of the track in it’s heyday here, and read the obit for the track here.

The track was wide open on the day I visited in 2012 — no gates or no trespassing signs.

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During construction of the CapX2020 transmission line, the land next to this track was temporarily used as storage for the power poles.

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What do you know about the former I94 Speedway? Please leave a comment below.

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