by Bruce Strand, Sports editor
About one thousand fans turned out for the finale of the popular Beatercross auto races at Elk River Extreme Motorsports Park on Thursday evening.
This was the third summer ERX has hosted these races for small cars, utility vehicles and trucks on a modified motorcycle track with vehicles hurtling into the air like two-wheelers.
Feature winners for the sixth and last evening were David Elia in UTV Stock, Tyler Rath in UTV Open, Brandon Derks in Compact One, Wayne Nelson in Compact Two and Matt Schouviller in Trucks One. (Trucks Two had only one entrant).
“We had a good season. The crowds were good, and we were lucky with the weather, with just one rainout,” said Chris Carlson, co-owner of ERX with Todd Plaisted.
“We had plenty of drivers, although a lot of the cars didn’t last and we were missing a few at the end. The guy who won the trucks season points never won a race, but he was able to race all year.”
The racers and hosts poke a little fun at the fact that this is not Daytona or Indy. The minivans are nicknamed “Grocery Getters.” One of those, a blue van with No. 3, is probably the most popular driver at the track, said Carlson, with his own fan club of 15 to 20 people each week.
ERX, which also hosts motorcycle and snocross, will make some tweaks on Beatercross in 2013.
“We will have some exciting new things next year,” said Carlson. “We’re going to add a class and change the rules a little to make races more interesting.”
Season championship standings were being calculated at the close of racing Thursday evening. The Star News will add the list of champions when we receive it from ERX.