PROCTOR — There aren’t many racing traditions in northern Minnesota which are older than Proctor’s Silver 1000.
The race has loads of historical past, from Menomonie’s Jimmy Mars profitable his third Late Mannequin characteristic in 2022 again to the start and founder Jerald “Crash” Carlson, based on Halvor Strains Speedway board member Mike Donahue.
The Silver 1000 returns for its 51st working Thursday at Halvor Strains Speedway in Proctor.
“It’s the grandaddy of invitationals round right here — it’s the second longest working within the U.S.,” Donahue mentioned. “We’re hoping for a giant present, it could possibly be wherever from 40 to possibly 50 late fashions, in all probability near the identical for modified. There will likely be quite a lot of motion that night time.”
Donahue mentioned he wasn’t certain if Mars would return to go for a fourth win, however 2021 champion Darrell Nelson is returning, as is 2023 runner-up Pat Doar and “trailers will hold coming in” proper up till race time, Donahue mentioned.
The Silver 1000 kicks off the Northland’s year-ending invitationals and racing postseason. The one Late Mannequin dirt-track occasion with an extended historical past on the identical facility than the Silver 1000 is the World 100 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. It was based in 1971, two years previous to the Silver. Eldora is now owned by NASCAR champion and workforce proprietor Tony Stewart.
The Silver 1000 options top-level Late Mannequin and Modified racing solely, no help lessons, and is a part of the Wissota Late Mannequin Problem Sequence. Late Fashions are racing for a high prize of $6,000 whereas Modifieds will likely be racing for $3,000-plus as sponsors proceed to return on board and incentives improve. Scorching laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing instantly to observe.
Grandstand admission is $25 for these 13 and older and $5 for 12 and underneath.
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