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Brush run races still scheduled for mid-June in Crandon
CRANDON -
Loud cars and large crowds mark the unofficial start of summer in Crandon every year.

So far, they're set to happen again at the Crandon International Off-Road Speedway's annual brush run races in just six weeks.

"We feel like we're in really good position to bring racing back and bring sports back," track promoter Marty Fiolka said. "We're certainly excited about the fact that we can be one of the first real sports to come back."
The drivers share that excitement.

"Hopefully it can be a start to opening things up for the summer and getting back to having fun and spending time at the lake with family," said driver Keegan Kincaid.

Even if drivers are allowed to race, having fans would violate Gov. Tony Evers' Badger Bounce Back initiative, which would only allow gatherings of 50 people or fewer until the program's final phase. At race time, it might only allow gatherings of 10 or fewer.

"The brush run races in June tend to be a lot smaller than the big Labor Day weekend so we have less people," Fiolka said. "We have 400 acres of space, so the ability to space them out is something we're looking at."

Of course, the speedway could always host races with few or no fans, but with most of the track's revenue coming from gate receipts and concessions, that may not be a feasible option.

"As far as the tracks go, fans are really what they make their living off of," Kincaid said.

Still, Fiolka says he's hoping to get racers on the track on time.

"This is our lifeblood and the lifeblood of Forest County," Fiolka said. "It's going to be a balancing act, but we're in a position where we think we can balance it."

There have not been any reported cases in Forest County yet.

It is likely that any non-severe cases would go undiscovered due to under-testing.

Story By: Andrew Goldstein


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