2008 marks the end of a longtime
tradition in the Southern Wisconsin racing scene
and the beginning of a new breed of race track.
Owner Jeff Duelman made the decision to sell the
track at the close of the 2008 season for various
different reasons. The Tri-Oval Speedway was rejuvinated
in 2006 by Jeff, after many hours of back breaking
work, he brought the speedway back to life after
years of silence.
The famed three turn race track breathed life for
three full seasons. From the days of the old, many
of the drivers returned. Leroy Scharkey, Troy Langowski
and Kevin Glander just to name a few. Though many
changes had been done to the facility after Jeff
took ownership, it was still a favorite Friday night
destination for many of local race fans. Nestled
in the bluffs of Buffalo County, the picturesque
race track will forever live in their hearts.
Out with the old and in with the new!
With the sale of the facility nearly complete, construction
began in late fall of 2008. New owner Bob Timm,
began the tranformation of a new speedway, four
high banked sweeping corners, banked straights and
wide enough to thrill drivers and fans alike. Many
truck loads of new clay have been brought in to
complete the new Mississippi Thunder Speedway. While
much work is yet to be done, the 2009 season promises
to be a season like never before.