BRANDON, S.D. – Badlands Motor Speedway officials have made the decision to suspend racing, effective immediately, following a dispute with the local emergency services provider that was working with the facility.
After the conclusion of the Silver Shootout race on May 13, track officials made the decision to discontinue their relationship with the Med Star Dirt Track Rescue Team.
A track statement said that the facility provided Med Star with a check covering “their fees for the entire 2017 season” as well as a letter stating that the track would be going in a different direction.
The statement went on to explain that Jay Masur of Med Star expressed his opinion on the matter through social media, by calling and texting track employees and appearing on KELOLAND News Wednesday evening.
Due to the ensuing negativity and backlash from the situation, track officials made the choice to suspend racing until they “can complete our search for a new ownership group to take over. We will keep the facility race-ready for whomever purchases BMS so they can take advantage of the 2017 season if they would like.”
The facility has been re-priced for sale, down from roughly $10 million to $7.5 million. The new number is approximately half of what track management has put into the project and remodel of the facility, according to their released statement.
The track was scheduled to host six special events this year, including a two-night World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series program on July 1-2, and the status of the remaining events is currently unknown.
Badlands Motor Speedway and KSFY News contributed to this report.