In preparation for the May 4 season opener at Miller Central Speedway, local race car drivers Domanick Havard, Tanner Grohs, James Reiner and Chad Kopfmann brought their cars to Main Street in Wessington Springs for a driver meet and greet outside of Slippery’s last Saturday. 

Slippery’s owner Sean McDannel grilled brats and dogs for attendees, as race car fans and curious passersby checked out the race cars, visited with the drivers and enjoyed a sunny afternoon outdoors. 

In his 15th year of racing, James Reiner said that he sticks with racing for a simple, yet powerful reason, “Everybody wants to go fast,” he said, mentioning that top speeds of 75 mph on a half-mile oval dirt track can be quite a thrill. 

For Tanner Grohs, in his third season of racing, the adrenaline rush that racing brings is unmatchable. “When you’re out there racing, nothing else matters,” he said.

Chad Kopfmann, who began racing in 2016 said that he’s glad that Grohs talked him into trying racing. He explains the bottom line for his racing passion win one short phrase, “I wanna go fast.” 

Domanick Havard initially got into racing because he was inspired by longtime race car driver Roger Thompson, Havard’s grandfather. He also points out that being on the race track is good for his health, “It’s a great stress reliever.” 

The Miller Central Speedway (MCS) is a half-mile, oval dirt track located in Miller, SD. Races are Saturday nights and feature Late Model, A-Mod, Super Stock, B-Mods, Street Stock, and Purestock.

More information about upcoming races can be found at the MCS website.