One of Wisconsin’s most historic short tracks has gone up for sale.
It was recently brought to light that Wisconsin International Raceway track owners Dan and Ginger VanDaalwyk have listed the property for sale, which includes a half-mile oval and a drag strip. According to the listing found online, it is described as “once in a lifetime history to own a piece of history.”
The Kaukauna, Wisconsin facility has played host to racing since 1964, with some of short track racing’s all-time greats turning laps at the unique track on their way to stardom. Its weekly racing program has been run by the Fox River Racing Club for several years, who continues to do so today.
The track has also played host to the Red, White, and Blue State Championship Series since 1972, and what has become the ARCA Midwest Tour-sanctioned Gandrud Auto Group 250 (formerly the Dixieland 250) since 1981.
While attempts to reach VanDaalwyk proved to be unsuccessful, River Racing Club President Kurt Schweitzer spoke with Speed51 about the sale. While he found out about the news in similar fashion as many other people, he was not surprised by the listing.
“It wasn’t a surprise, Dan and Ginger (VanDaalwyk) have been talking about offering the track up for sale before. I didn’t think they were serious,” Schweitzer told Speed51. “I didn’t know about it before it was posted so that was a bit of a surprise but it’s not a total shock. It’s got good land value and if they can get the money they’re asking for, kudos to them.”
In the meantime, it’s still business as usual for the FRRC at WIR, who just completed their Red, White and Blue State Championships last Thursday. Three nights remain for the 2020 points season, with the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series finale on September 20 and a 300-lap Enduro on October 3 also on the schedule.
With potential new owners looming at Wisconsin International Raceway, Schweitzer hopes to continue the partnership he and the Fox River Racing Club has shared with the VanDaalwyk family for many years.
“It’s just up for sale, it doesn’t change anything as far as we go. We have a contract through the end of the year. With the Fox River Racing Club, the way we are partnered with them I think it works out well for the owner. They don’t have to worry about all the competition issues and rules and promoting the events on Thursday nights. They help us there but it’s our responsibility.
“If someone does take it over, we would be open to partnering with somebody new. It works out well for us and I feel it works out well for the owner. It’s a big facility, with 90 events a year there’s a lot to do with that facility.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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