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Antigo to Host Top-Level Off-Road Races in June

Katie Thoresen/WXPR

Antigo expects a new championship off-road racing event will draw high-level drivers and fans to the city next month.

It’s part of the same series that attracts thousands of people to Crandon each year.

The Antigo Lions are hosting the first-ever Roaring Raceway event at the Langlade County Fairgrounds on the first weekend of June.

The races are part of the AMSOIL Championship Off-Road races series.

This is the same racing circuit, for those that know, have been to the Crandon race or the Bark River race in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The same drivers from all over the country are going to converge here on Antigo for that weekend and run a full slate of races,” said Antigo City Administrator Mark Desotell.

Workers are updating the grounds at the Langlade County Fairgrounds to accommodate the event.

“The track is being revised right now to put together a pretty good event for people to be able to see the entire race from the grandstand,” Desotell said.

He said the Lions Club is working to share the benefits of bringing off-road racing to Antigo.

“They’re really trying to make this an event where local charitable organizations who have been impacted through COVID can maybe get out and have a chance to raise some funds, which has been difficult for them for a great deal of the time here,” said Desotell.

Other series races in Wisconsin include two stops in Crandon and one in Lena.

Ben worked as the Special Topics Correspondent at WXPR from September 2019 until November 2021. He now contributes occasionally to WXPR. During his full-time employment, his main focus was reporting on environment and natural resources issues in northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula as part of The Stream, a weekly series.
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