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Independence Speedway going strong after nearly half a century

INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

Traffic moves at a snails pace through the streets of Independence Sunday through Friday, but things heat up on Saturday nights.  For nearly half a century, the Independence Speedway has played host to some of the best dirt track racing in the state of Iowa.

"This is probably one of the best tracks there are right now, the way the track is," said veteran driver Drew Johnson, "The track's perfect, great competition.  It's a good place to come on a Saturday night."

Johnson should know.  The late model driver's been coming to the speedway for about 30 years, and despite the fact that he hasn't won a feature race in nearly 12 years, the competition keeps him coming back.

"They're great guys and I enjoy racing against them," he said.

It's that family aspect that's kept track announcer Ryan Clark here as well for the past 12 years.  It's kept the fans coming back as well.

"A lot of diehards, if you talk to them in town, they come to every race since they were born," Clark said.

They'll keep coming back every May through September as long as the dirt's flying on the 3/8 mile oval, because everyone at the Independence Speedway agrees that dirt is better than asphalt.

"It might be a tacky track.  It might turn out to be dry slick, it might rubber down.  You just don't know in dirt track racing what you're going to have from night to night," Johnson said.

"It's quite a bit more exciting.  There's more wheel to wheel action.  There's a lot more bumping and grinding.  It's a lot more fan friendly," Clark said.

The Independence Motor Speedway is one more reason why Independence is Iowa Proud

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