Racing returns to DSFS

PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE SPIEKER/WORLD OF OUTLAWS Track promoter Orville Chenoweth presents Donny Schatz of Fargo, N.D., with his trophy after winning the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at Dakota State Fair Speedway in 2017. Schatz and the World of Outlaws will be returning to the Huron oval for an event slated for Aug. 22, 2020,

HURON — Racing is set to return to Dakota State Fair Speedway during the 2020 season.
Track promoter Orville Chenoweth of Dakota Promotions and South Dakota State Fair officials have announced that three events will be held at the 3/8-mile oval.
Two will be held during the 2019 Wheel Jam in June, while the third will be the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series making its third appearance at the Huron oval on Aug. 22 presented by Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.
“Racing is important to not only the fairgrounds, but also the community. We are thrilled to be working with Orville Chenoweth and Dakota Promotions to host a handful of races this coming summer,” said South Dakota State Fair manager Peggy Besch.
The two events held during Wheel Jam will be part of the WISSOTA Late Model Challenge Series. The first is scheduled for June 4 and is being presented by American Bank and Trust, while the second will be the $10,000-to-win Challenge Cup 19 presented by Prostrollo GM on June 6.
“Seeing the green flag drop on June 4 is going to be exciting,” said Chenoweth who has served as promoter at DSFS for more than 20 years. “I’m working with the fairgrounds to keep racing going, and to hopefully attract a full-time promoter.”
The nation’s top sprint car racing series made its most recent appearance at Dakota State Fair Speedway in 2017, after making its inaugural trip to Huron in 2015.
“We are excited to head back to Dakota State Fair Speedway in 2020,” said Tony Veneziano of SLS Promotions. “It’s always great to work with Orville (Chenoweth) and his crew. Huron has some fantastic race fans, who have been waiting patiently for the Outlaws to return. The track lends intslf to side-by-side racing and is one that the drivers truly enjoy coming to.”
Donny Schatz of Fargo, who is a 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion, claimed wins during the series first two appearances at DSFS.
Schatz will be returning to Huron along with Brad Sweet, who claimed the 2019 championship by a mere four points over Schatz. The California native won a series-best 16 races en route to his first championship.
Also scheduled to compete on the tour in 2020 will be David Gravel in the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41, along with 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, who claimed the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award in 2019, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brent Marks, Kraig Kinser, Jacob Allen and Jason Sides.
Mason Daniel, a 19-year-old from California, will join the Outlaws tour in 2020 for his rookie season, with former series champion Danny Lasoski serving as his crew chief.
“The 2019 season was one of the best in World of Outlaws history and 2020 is shaping up to be another for the ages,” said Veneziano. “The level of competition continues to grow and with the championshp decided by just four points this past season, it shows how important every race and every lap, for that matter, truly is. Dakota State Fair Speedway will certainly play a key role in the 2020 championship battle.”
A support classes will be included for each of the events slated to be held in 2020.
For more information on events being held at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds and camping information contact the fair office at 800-529-0900, visit sdstatefair.com or find it on Facebook or Twitter.
Ticket information for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to DSFS will be available soon at slspromotions.com.

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