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NASCAR in Big Lake MN!

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A state-of-the-art motorsports track complex, envisioned to attract the biggest names in racing, is being proposed for 400 acres in the Big Lake area.

The $200 million facility would be built for 90,000 fans and could expand to more than 150,000, said the developer, International Motorsports Entertainment and Development Corp. of Coon Rapids.

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As a Big Lake resident, and racing fan, this would be great for MN and all racing fans in the midwest!

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I vote for making it a dirt track. This one appears to be another cookie cutter race track. Why not make it something different to attract more attention. I remember years ago one of the higher ups in nascar answering the why don't you race on dirt question with, because there isn't a facility large enough to handle the event!

Haasn't this been a rumor for the last several years?

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They HAVE been looking that way for a awhile. This sounds like its more serious than an idea.

I heard this one miler would at least have some banking so it could be better than cookie cutter flat tracks. Don't know how much though.

Dirt.... Hmmmm..... Could be a great idea!

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I'll believe it when I'm there hearing the roar of the engines and smelling the fraquent bocquet of racing exhaust fumes!!!!

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$200 Million sounds a lot low for a facility to seat 90,000 people. Double that number and you would be closer to reality I think.

That being said, I would love to see another track closer to town. Dirt, Concrete, or Asphalt....any of them would be great.

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I hate to say it, but Nascar would be hard pressed to take a race from somewhere else, and I doubt they would add another to the season.

As much as I would like it to happen, I'll believe it when I see it. Sorry.

DD

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I haven't heard anything about this till this topic and that would be great if it was built, but does anyone remember Albertville? I can remember reading in the Elk River paper that the track was going to be built, but then all of a sudden there's a mall sitting there.

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Okay, so I took a look at that link. My original estimate of 400 Million is out the window, they are looking at more along the lines of 600 Mill. That along with 400 acres not being large enough for what they wish to do. Sorry guys but this thing is a big hoax to get some publicity. They can't actually be serious about this. Tiny budget and poorly thought out plans don't add up to the next big NASCAR track, not in the least.

I could draw up some plans for a track and see how they look. (I actually do have a bit of ability in that area though.)

What really gets me is that they haven't even talked to city or county officials or any of the residents of the area yet. Just the big press release on their HSOforum.

Sorry for the rant, but there has to be someone that calls their bluff.

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hmmm??? only if the G.O.A.T. gets 2 come and show off his new skills then why the [PoorWordUsage] not? right? i am talking about Ricky Charmichael smile

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I work with a guy on the Big Lake city console and they are aware of this. It will take like a year to get threw the last of the red tape, but who knows. I have heard, in the area chosen, the 400 aches could grow into 900 with the right purchase price. NASCAR can not be used in the press releases due to legal matters, but if they can make a start and show progress, it could be a possibility at the future site.

It will be a year before any ground is broken though, unless something major breaks threw.

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There are different levels of NASCAR so it could be possible that a lower tier division puts this track on the schedule some day down the road such as the Whelen or Camping World series.

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