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Racing returns at Wisconsin International Raceway

Posted at 9:43 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-25 11:28:08-04

TOWN OF BUCHANAN, Wis. (NBC 26) -- Friday, the public was able to return to Wisconsin International Raceway for a night of street drags.

Owner Dan VanDaalwyk said the spring was concerning, unsure when they would be able to open back up. He was excited to be able to welcome the community back to the track. They were taking precautions, though. He said there would be announcements made, reminding people to social distance. He added that they were encouraging people to stay with their families and leave room between groups of people. They were also limiting the amount of people there.

"Six to ten feet is a no brainer. No one else is driving your motorcycle. It's just you. When you grab a slip, it's probably fine. You're wearing gloves. This one seems like it's pretty easy to stay safe with some common sense," said Rocky Koenig, one of the racers.

He was also wearing a mask while he wasn't racing. Spectators were maintaining distance in the stands.

Wisconsin International Raceway's website has guidelines for people when at the track, including a COVID waiver to sign. For more information, click here.

VanDaalwyk said people were glad to be back at the track.

"You could see it today. People smiling ear to ear, everybody having fun, just being happy to be back at the track," said VanDaalwyk.