So you think you are big into the local auto racing scene?

Sioux Falls, SD, business man Chuck Brennan is giving you a chance to prove it.

The owner of the Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, SD, formerly known as Huset’s Speedway, is hosting a race on Aug. 13 and the winner gets ownership of the entire venue.

Brennan is proclaiming it is the largest purse in the history of auto racing, or any kind of racing, in American history.

He purchased the track in 2015 and estimates he has spent more than $18 million on remodeling the facility. He put the track up for sale in 2017 with an asking price of $9 million. Brennan said he thought there were deals in place a few times, but each one fell through.

His new idea is to put the track up as the purse for a sprint car race. The property includes more than 70 acres of land, the track, the buildings, the lights, the website and the entire operation.

On Wednesday, there was a change in the plan for what is being called “The Race.” The winner now has the option of taking ownership of the track or pocketing a winner’s purse of $3.6 million.

The preliminary plan is to have 18-36 cars involved. If the maximum number is reached, there will be three heats, with the championship pitting the top 24 cars in a 40-lap race. The entry fee is $200,000 and it is nonrefundable. The winner gets the entire operation. The second-place car gets its $200,000 entry fee back. If the maximum number of entries is reached there will be $100,000 prizes offered for third and fourth place.

Entries are first come, first served and no cars will be accepted once the maximum number of 36 entries is reached. If the minimum number of 18 entrants is not reached, the race will not happen and the funds will be returned from the trust company.

Rain dates for the race are Aug. 14-15.

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Butler and Schipper win

The Northwest Iowa Junior Golf Championships were held at the Spencer Golf & Country Club on Monday and a few N’West Iowa athletes were at or near the top of the leader board.

The girls 10th- through 12th-grade division was a neck-and-neck contest between Grace Butler of Arnolds Park and Rachel Sohn of Sutherland. Sohn led the competition after nine holes, shooting a 44 while Butler carded a 45. The players then played a “three-hole finale” and Butler overtook Sohn. Butler finished with a 12-hole total of 58 and Sohn shot a 59.

In the boys 10th- through 12th-grade division, Justin Schipper of Hospers won the championship. Players faced a nine-hole qualifying round and a nine-hole finale. Schipper shot a 33 in the qualifying round and a 34 in the finale for a 67 total. Jackson Lavel of Okoboji was third. He shot a 35 and a 36 for a total of 71. Four other area golfers did not make the top four and reach the finale. Drew Van Roekel of Boyden shot a 41 on his qualifying round. Marshall Schuiteman of Sioux Center shot 42, Kole Carstens of Arnolds Park 46 and Willeam Cam of Sioux Center 49.

Trey Van Roekel of Boyden placed third in the boys seventh- through ninth-grade division. He shot a 41 on his qualifying nine and after a three-hole finale finished with a 54.

Spring sports honors

The Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association and Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association recently released their all-state honors for 2019.

In golf, Justin Schipper, a junior at MOC-Floyd Valley, was named to the all-state first team and made the all-state tournament team in Class 3A. Sioux Center senior Freddy Bullock was all-state first-team in Class 2A. On the girls side, in Class 2A Okoboji senior Hannah Butler and Okoboji sophomore Grace Butler made all-state first team. Unity Christian senior Justine Malenke, Okoboji junior Martha Stein and Unity Christian sophomore Laura Beltman were named to the second team. Hannah Butler made the all-tournament team.

In soccer, Unity Christian senior Jori Bronner, who was the state’s leading goal scorer in all classes, made the all-state first-team list in Class 1A. Western Christian senior Emma Bousema received honorable mention. On the boys side, Sioux Center senior Zeke Foltz, Sioux Center junior Isa Granillo and Western Christian junior Kobi Baccam received Class 1A honorable mention.

Schouten steps down

The longest-tenured baseball coach in the Great Plains Athletic Conference has decided to resign his post.

Dordt University coach Jeff Schouten has decided to step away from his positions as coach and as a professor in the health and human development department to pursue other interests.

Schouten has been the Defenders’ baseball coach since the 2003. He coached 14 seasons, taking a one-year leave of absence in 2008 to complete his doctorate from Florida State University.

During his time at the helm, 67 Dordt players earned all-conference honors and 35 earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards.

Schouten coached two Academic All-Americans and had eight groups that netted NAIA Scholar-Team honors.

Kramer hits milestone

Congratulations to West Lyon High School baseball coach Koury Kramer, who reached career victory No. 200 in a win over Sheldon on June 14.

Kramer has coached the Wildcats for 11 seasons. He had a career mark of 203-86 as of Friday.

“There have been a lot of good players, assistant coaches and youth coaches that have contributed along the 11-year journey,” Kramer said.


My apologies to Sioux Center High School baseball coach Chase Rozeboom and the Warrior program.

It has been brought to my attention that in some of my recent stories I mistakenly gave attribution for his quotes to former coach Ryan Bomgaars.