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Midland Mayor Joe Woitte to race in Mayors Challenge at Oahe Speedway on May 3rd

Oahe Speedway's 2008 season has officially begun. Test and tune sessions on Saturday, April 19th, allowed the racers to work out the bugs and shake off the cobwebs.

Racers from South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming and Nebraska braved the cool, windy conditions to challenge the prepped track. Sunday proved to be just as breezy, with the running of the first races of the year.

In the No Box division, Paula Duncan of Midland in her 1996 Cougar, could not make it through the eighth finals. Her reaction time (RT) was -.014. Her dial in (DI) was 15.87 and her Elapsed Time (ET) was 15.927. She clocked in a run of 87.91 miles per hour on the quarter mile track.

Oahe Speedway is now set to host a unique race on Saturday, May 3rd. In what will be an afternoon of civic pride and rivalry, the mayors will face off in competition on the quarter mile. The winner will take home bragging rights as the winner of the first competition. Mayors slated to participate include Joe Woitte, Midland, Dennis Eisnach, Pierre, Sam Tidball, Fort Pierre, Gary Wickersham, Onida, Dennis "Swede" Larson, Blunt, Jack Axsom, Gettysburg, Vicki Day, Highmore, Clyde Pfeifle, Timber Lake and Carl Brakke, Presho. All the cities have been invited to participate in support of their mayor. All city employees and their families will be admitted for half price on Saturday.

Other competition will be Box, No Box, Trophy and Junior Dragster Shootouts. In addition, the first of five Dale's A-1 / Midwest Construction Super Series will be contested. This season long competition brings together Super Comp, Super Gas and Super Street racers in a five race points series.

On Saturday, gates open at 8:00 a.m. and qualifying for the Mayors Challenge begins at 1:00 p.m., along with the balance of the racing program. Eliminations will start at 5:00 p.m. with the first round of the 2008 Mayors Challenge race.

Sunday will see the return of the Points Series. The series features Super Pro, Pro, Motorcycle/ Snowmobile, Sportsman, Street Trophy, High School and Junior Dragster. The series will be contested throughout the summer. Qualifying will be at 9:00 a.m. and eliminations will be at 1:00 p.m.

Racing covers all ages, including junior dragsters with drivers as young as eight-years-old. Families are encouraged to watch the races together. The speedway features covered grandstands on both spectator and pit sides.

Oahe Speedway is located 14 miles north of Pierre on SD Hwy. 1804. Access to the pits is included with the general admission fee, where everyone has the opportunity to visit with the racers and see their cars up close.