Golden Sands resumes racing season

By Brandi Makuski

After an extended delay due to the coronavirus, racing action returns to Golden Sands Speedway on May 25.

Since the Safer at Home order was issued in late March, track owner Cody Smiley said his staff has been sanitizing and cleaning in preparation for reopening. Smiley said he’s been working with local health and government officials to ensure “Central Wisconsin’s Power Playground” is ready for public events.

“We haven’t been very vocal on social media because we have made mistakes in the past about making decisions too quickly,” Smiley said. “We didn’t want to make any schedule changes and create turmoil in the racing world. [Now] I am happy to report we’ve got the green light.”

Racing will resume at the high-banked asphalt track on Memorial Day, May 25, for the Dick Trickle Memorial. Super Late Models will headline with the Midwest Truck Series, Upper Midwest Vintage Series, and the Wisconsin Sports Trucks.

Pit Gates will open at 9 a.m. Fan gates open at noon, and qualifying will be held at 1 P.M. Racing begins at 2 p.m. Smiley said the track will employ “the highest employee standards” to ensure safety.

Super Late Model drivers who sign up for the event will be entered into drawings to receive special
prizes which include pit passes, food, grandstand admission tickets, beer, and other prizes, Smiley said.

“Without everyone, there would not be a Golden Sands; we look forward to seeing many familiar faces, and hopefully some new ones,” he added. “We are thankful for the support of all our wonderful fans, competitors, employees, and our local government agencies.”

Golden Sands Speedway is located at 10992 State Hwy. 54 just west of Plover.