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RRVS now in Schatz's hands

The Red River Valley Fair Board voted Tuesday, Nov. 17, in favor of Danny Schatz's three-year lease proposal for the Red River Valley Speedway.

Schatz's initial proposal was to lease the track and then overhaul it, starting with shortening the length from the current half-mile to a sportier three-eighths mile oval.

Those changes, however, proved too expensive for Schatz, who is the father of World of Outlaws star Donny Schatz.

"I think the cost was something like $700,000 altogether and that was just too expensive," said Bryan Schulz, RRVF general manager.

Schulz said the board is very happy Schatz is taking over.

"We are not able to take and do the infrastructure that Danny is talking about," he said. Even though Schatz isn't shortening the speedway this season, "he will be bringing in dirt for the track and is updating the drainage system."

Race day also will change from Friday to Wednesday. This increases racing opportunities for drivers as the River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks also holds races on Fridays.

The Red River Valley Fair board also gave up responsibility for managing staff at the speedway.

The reason behind Schatz taking control of RRVS had to do with finances. The speedway has become a financial burden and the RRVF board was considering shutting it down.

Schulz doesn't see RRVF taking back control of the speedway anytime soon.

"I don't know why we'd want to take it out of (Schatz's) hands," he said. "It would be silly for us to do something like that, but it's completely up to the board."