The economic impact of the Redwood Speedway goes beyond the races now being promoted by several local men, Brent Prouty and Paul Swoboda.
“Last week we had about 1,500 people in the grandstand and the pits,” said Prouty last week. “Many people who come to town make a day of it. They shop at the local stores, and eat at the restaurants.”
In addition, the Speedway hires local businesses to maintain the facilities, “to push dirt around on the track,” said Prouty.
Local businesses (including Daktronics, McDonalds, Scott Preusse, and Farmers Union Industries) sponsor racing nights. Several non-profits use the races for fundraising.
Prouty said during racing season the track hires up to 30 part-timers to take care of the track, work in the pits, staff the concession stands, and keep the races moving smoothly.
And the winning drivers come out ahead, too. Prouty said the pay-outs to drivers is around $15,000 a week.
You gotta love that economic impact.