Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. Minot is a city of 35,000 people in the north central part of the state and home to a large U.S. Air Force base nearby. The track is located on the ND State Fairgrounds which has a seating capacity of 6,000. The Nodak Speedway is the oldest club run racetrack in the United States and one of the three original Tour tracks. Tour races here over the years have been a staple of modified fands since 1990!
TECHNICAL INFO: MINOT, ND is a big, wide, high banked 3/8 mile clay oval that is typically “farmed” whenever the track becomes dry. For you racers who have not seen this practice, its basically a track preparation procedure in which they open up the track with farm type drills, water and then pack in rapid order with a larger amount of equipment. This allows for better racing and less “follow the leader” next to the guardrail type events. The gear ratio most racers will pick to come off the trailer with is 5.43. However, some racers with stout engine programs might opt for a 5.67 and I’ve seen 5.29’s a time or two.
Estevan Motor Speedway in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada. Estevan is a bustling city of 15,000 residents just north of the US-Canadian border and 100 miles from Minot. The track is a beautifu, new 3/8 mile facility with seating for over 3,000 and some great racing fan who love modifieds! The five previous Tour events held here were capacity plus for fans and great car counts.
TECHNICAL INFO: ESTEVAN, SK has shorter straights than Minot, but is also considered to be a “short” 3/8 mile track. The corners are wide, sweeping and high banked. The club run track has a wide array of equipment that usually allows the track to start out tacky and turn somewhat dry, although they have the capability to “farm” their track as well. Typically they won’t so it could get dry slick by feature time. If you select a 5.67 you will be close for gears. Some will go with a 5.83 and some racers don’t change gears from Minot to Estevan by running .43’s for both.
Williston Basin Speedway in Williston, ND. Williston is a quick 90 miles from Estevan and home to 15,000 people. The track is located on the Upper Missouri Valley Fairgrounds and is a big 1/4 mile facility. The track has seating for over 3.000 fans and this event is one of their largest events of the year.
TECHNICAL INFO: WILLISTON, ND is basically a big circle with shorter straights and wide corners. Some will call it a short 3/8 mile, but really it’s a long ¼ mile. The tracks looks flat but in reality its high banked by most standards. History has proven the track starts out wet and gets dry by feature time. The club does not have “farming” capabilities so be ready for a dry track. Most everyone uses 5.83’s and some will switch to a .67 for the feature.
Southwest Speedway in Dickinson, ND. Dickinson is 125 miles south of Williston through some of the best scenery in North Dakota. The tight 1/4 mile track is 10 miles south of town, with two unique seating areas that hold 2,500 spectators. The track has been recently reconfigured with numerous improvements for fans and drivers alike! This event is Dickinson's largest of the year, so expect to see some great racing.
TECHNICAL INFO: The track itself is ¼ mile, but its longer straights and high banks have many racers picking different gears. Putting the 5.67’s in will get you close, but some will keep that same set of .83’s they had from Williston. One thing is for sure, Dickinson has a very unique surface that I have never seen go dry, so be ready for some good ‘ole fashioned heavy track racing.
Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, ND. Mandan is the twin sister to Bismarck in the south central part of the state. The Mandan-Bismarck metro area has over 85,000 residents. The club run track is located in a beautiful park-type setting with elevated seating for 4,000 spectators. This state-of-the-art 3/8 mile high bank track was one of the original Tour stops dating back to 1990.
TECHNICAL INFO: MANDAN, ND is very similar to Minot in size, but Dacotah Speedway is higher banked and the entire back straight is banked as well. Most racers use a 5.43 at Mandan and it’s a great gear if the track is heavy. Some will switch to a 5.29 if it starts to go dry and typically that is what happens by the feature. Since this track always has Championship Night you’ll see two and three grooves develop with room for four if need be. The track does not farm so be ready for changing conditions that may call for a gear change.