Sprint car series coming to DSFS

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HURON — Dakota State Fair Speedway is set to play host to the first ever 410 sprint car show, put on by the Midwest Sprint Touring Series.

Track promoter Orville Chenoweth has lined up the series to open its 2024 season at the Huron track on May 11. The event is being presented by West-Way Trailers, Under the Sun Rental and Dr. Robert Hohm.

“We’ll be the very first one of all of it and we’ll be the day before Huset’s Speedway starts, so we should get a good number of cars,” Chenoweth said of being able to bring a sprint car show back to DSFS for the first time in a number of years. “A lot of them will come just to try it out before they head to Huset’s.”

The MSTS has been hosting 360 sprint car events since it was established in 2015. It has held races at more than 160 events across South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

The series will continue to host 360 events throughout the season in addition to the 410 shows, according to Dale Furby of Sioux Falls, who is the MSTS director.

“Over the last few years there’s less interest in tracks wanting the run 360s,” Furby said. “Using the 360 name I don’t know if you get the same crowd as you would with the 410 name, even though a lot of time it’s the same drivers.”

Furby said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to put on a show at Dakota State Fair Speedway.

“I used to race late models up in Huron and we’re looking for new venues and new places to go,” he said. “I reached out to Orville, knowing that he has run 410 shows there before, to see what his interest was in having us there.”

Chenoweth has been looking to bring the sprint cars back to the Huron oval for the past several years but couldn’t get things to fall into place until this season.

“I can’t get the World of Outlaws because Huset’s has them so many times and is gobbling them up and then the other 360 ASCS couldn’t get them they were never close enough,” Chenoweth said of trying to lineup a sprint event. “The NOSA 410 is trying to stick close to North Dakota, so I talked with Furby about bringing the MSTS here.”

While the 410 portion is new to MSTS, the caliber of drivers for the events will be top notch, juast as it is for the 360 shows the series has hosted in the past, according to Furby.

“We’ll have drivers like Mark Dobmeier, Jack Dover and Caleb Johnson,” he said. “They are at the top of their games, so there are some good names, who are looking for something different to do, who will be there.”

Already committed to compete at the event is Australian driver Scott Bogucki, who pilots a car for Shane Liebig Racing out of Rapid City and was an A-main qualfier at the Knoxville Nationals in 2023.

“I’m excited. I loved racing in Huron it was my favorite place to go,” said Liebig. “I was always pretty dominant there, so it’s a pretty special place for me.”

Although it will be the first MSTS event in which Liebing will be fielding a car, he knows Furby and the caliber of events that he puts on.

“Dale is a good guy and is part of that crew at Huset’s Speedway,” he said. “He deals with the group of Sioux Falls drivers, North Dakota drivers and NOSA drivers so it should be a great crowd and good car count. I’m really looking forward to it.”

In addition to the time-trial format traditionally used for qualifying on race nights, the series will also hold events featuring the draw/passing points format for qualifying, which will be used at the DSFS event. It is something that sets it apart from some of the various other sprint car series.

“There was an opening with some other series not traveling as much and seeing what we wanted to do with the non-qualifying. I felt like it would attract totally different guys,” Furby said of adding the 410 shows. “It would be a more affordable series for the tracks and the guys to come in a race this sort of series. It’s not geared toward just the super expensive race teams.”

Joining the sprint cars for the May 11 event will be the WISSOTA street stocks, Midwest modifieds and super stock classes.

“I hope a lot of people come to view it, because it will be our first show,” Furby said. “I hope we can put on a great show for the fans in the Huron area. I think they’ll be surprised, I think it will be a good event.”

Also slated for the 2024 season at Dakota State Fair are programs featuring the Tri-State Late Models on June 6, June 8 and Aug. 17. More details on those events will be released at a later date.