The Twin Cities are home to a vibrant car-racing scene that attracts thousands of die-hard enthusiasts every year. From high-speed drag races to challenging off-road courses and everything in between, there is something for everyone in the Minneapolis/St.Paul area. As we look forward to 2023, there are a lot of exciting car races to look out for. Let’s take a look at some of the best in the region that are sure to thrill fans of all ages. Whether you’re a spectator or participant, the Twin Cities has something for you – so buckle up and get ready for some heart-pumping, high-octane action as we highlight the best 2023 car races.
SCCA Autocross Kick-Off
Dates: May 20-21, 2023
Location: Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
More information: scca-racing.com
Get ready for a two-day event hosted by one of the area’s top car clubs, the Sports Car Club of LaCrosse! This SCCA Autocross event features a test-and-tune on day one, followed by racing on day two. This event is part of the prestigious Land O’Lakes Championship Series and takes place on a challenging course utilizing an approximately 5/8 mile long course. Drivers will have the opportunity to showcase their skills and compete against other talents in the region. All entrants are required to work at various positions around the track to help facilitate the event. Spectators can watch the action from the stands. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this exhilarating event and test your driving skills on the challenging course!
World Of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Date: June 3, 2023
Location: Ogilvie Raceway
More information: ogilvieraceway.com/events/woo-sprint-cars
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is one of the most prestigious dirt track racing series in the country and features some of the best drivers in the sport. Fans can expect high-speed action as these powerful machines take to the track at Ogilvie Raceway for the first time ever on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Don’t miss out on this historic event and be sure to secure your reserved seating tickets in advance, which are bound to sell out.
DTCT Track Day
Date: June 24, 2023
Location: Dakota County Technical College Track
More information: mnhealey.com/event/dtct-track-day
Get ready for a rip-roaring day of vintage import car racing at the DTCT Track Day, taking place on June 24 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Dakota County Technical College Track. This car race brings together a variety of cars from local vintage import car clubs for an action-packed day of competition. In addition to the races, the event will feature Valve-Cover Racing and a Peoples’ Choice Award, adding an extra layer of fun to the day. DTCT Track Day also showcases a selection of vintage cars from the Vintage Car Race events, both closed and open wheel, that are typically raced in the Midwest, including at Brainerd International Raceway. Whether you’re a retro car enthusiast or just looking for a day out, this auto event shouldn’t be missed.
Dates: Events run once a month
Location: Motokazie Supercross Course
More information: motokazie.com
If you prefer your races on two wheels, take a look at events hosted monthly by Motokazie, a leading organizer of supercross races in the Midwest. Supercross is an exhilarating and challenging short course racing event that features a variety of rhythm sections, jumps, and berms to test the skills of even the most experienced riders. The race series features both dirt bikes and ATVs, and travels to various fairs throughout the region, including the Twin Cities. Pricing for the events is affordable, with a race fee of $30 per class, practice fee of $30, and a gate fee of $10 per person. Come witness the thrills and spills of supercross racing at Motokazie!
ARCA Menards Series at Elko Speedway
Date: July 20, 2023
Location: Elko Speedway
More information: elkospeedway.com
Elko Speedway is the ultimate destination for speed enthusiasts in the Midwest region, located just 10 minutes south of Burnsville, Minnesota off I-35. This premier racing venue boasts a 3/8 mile paved oval, high banked track that delivers fast-paced entertainment for fans of all ages. Notably, Elko Speedway is also a part of the ARCA Menards Series, a professional stock car racing series that features some of the best up-and-coming drivers in the country. The series is known for its high-spirited races and intense competition, and Elko Speedway hosts several events for the ARCA Menards Series throughout the racing season. Beyond the racing action, Elko Speedway also offers a wide variety of other things to do while you’re there, including live music in the Champions Entertainment Centre and a full bar. With its newly remodeled, state-of-the-art facilities, Elko Speedway guarantees a complete fun experience for the whole family, whether day or night. Don’t miss out on the excitement of this event and many others at Elko Speedway, NASCAR’s Midwest Center for Speed!
36th Annual USA Nationals
Date: August 3-5, 2023
Location: Cedar Lake Speedway
More information: cedarlakespeedway.com
Get ready for a thrilling weekend at the 36th Annual USA Nationals – a highly anticipated car racing event held every year at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. This auto racing event showcases some of the best dirt late model drivers from across the United States, all vying for a prize purse of over $200,000. As one of the biggest races on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series schedule, the USA Nationals draws in thousands of racing fans from far and wide. The event is set to take place over a three-day weekend, with a jam-packed schedule that includes practice sessions, qualifying races and the highly anticipated main event – a 100-lap race around the 3/8-mile dirt track at Cedar Lake Speedway. Watching from the stands, you can expect to witness high-speed racing, heart-stopping moments, the chance to see the fastest race cars and an electric atmosphere, as fans cheer on their favorite drivers.
Mille Lacs County Fair Races
Date: August 8, 2023
Location: Princeton Speedway
More information: princetonspeedway.com
Come and join us at the Mille Lacs County Fair Races for a night of high-speed action! The pit gate opens at 4:00, followed by the grandstand gate at 5:00. Make sure you arrive on time as the registration/draw cut-off is at 6:30 sharp, with the green flag expected to wave around 7:00. This exciting event features a wide range of classes, including WISSOTA Super Stock, Crystal Cabinets IMCA Sport Mods, Micro Sprints and more. Happening at the same time as The Mille Lacs County Fair, take a break from the race to explore a wide range of activities and entertainment. This family-friendly fair features livestock exhibits, carnival rides, games, live music, food vendors, and much more.
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