The Twin Ports' two dirt tracks plan a full weekend of action, with the Monster Truck Racing League Friday and Saturday at Proctor Speedway and the third annual Great Lakes Border Battle on Saturday and Sunday at Gondik Law Speedway in Superior.
Monster Trucks start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a meet-and-greet before the race program. Proctor Speedway expects six Monster Trucks in addition to the Monster Truck fans can ride for $10, featuring Dragon Slayer, national champion Ghost Rider, Wicked, Get Er Done and Girl Power. “Tough Truck” racing is also part of the lineup. Presale tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12 (otherwise $25 and $12), with kids 4 and under admitted free.
The Great Lakes Border Battle features a complete show, with five divisions each night starting at 6 p.m., and a total payout of more than $100,000 for the weekend. Wissota Modifieds pay $3,000 to win each day, Late Models $2,000, Midwest Modifieds $1,500 and Pure Stocks and Hornets $250. Sunday night also features $500 to win Canada Day Dash for Midwest Mods.
Race promoter Chris Stepan expects an event-record 150 cars from five states and two Canadian provinces, including national touring Late Model stars Jimmy Mars, Pat Doar, John Kaanta, Jake Redetzke, Jake Timm and Lance Matthees, and two-time United States Modified Touring Series national champion Rodney Sanders from Texas in Modifieds.
Gondik Law Speedway is also looking forward to showing off its new scoreboard installed earlier this week. The scoreboard runs off the track’s transponder system and is automated; before, someone had to manually add the leaders, and when anything changed, had to manually change the spots while hitting a button to decrease the laps every lap.
“When we got the contract (for the speedway) in 2011, four of the five places worked,” said Joe Stariha of Gondik Law Speedway. “Lightning hit the board in 2014, and after we fixed it, three spots displayed. Then in 2017 lightning hit the board again and after it was fixed only the top two spots displayed. There are no parts available for the old scoreboard anymore, so we could only repair it and hope it was a common part that went bad.
“The old scoreboard is estimated to be 25 years old, so our group is super excited to make this investment in the race track and continue to add to the racing experience.”