Granite City Speedway Has New Ownership
The Granite City Speedway, located in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota has new owners headed into the 2021 racing season. Local businessman and longtime racer James Trantina and his family have purchased the facility from GCR Properties LLC, who has held ownership of the track since it re-opened back in 2012.
The former Golden Spike Speedway, which went through a major renovation before it opened as Granite City Speedway in the Spring of ‘12 held Sunday night races throughout the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons before switching to Friday nights for the 2015 and 2016 seasons and then moving back to their traditional Sunday night program in 2017 and held Sunday night races in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The track sat idle during the 2020 season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Trantina, who owns Collins Brothers Towing of St. Cloud, Burda’s Towing, Always Available Towing, Shaggy’s Towing, Cardinal Towing, Centre Towing and Granite City Roll Off, has now added the speedway to his portfolio heading into 2021.
Trantina, along with his wife Briana and children Bentley, Braelyn and Brody, live in nearby St. Joseph, MN. James has raced cars since 2011 and has been heavily involved in the auto racing and automotive industry his entire life. James said ‘I have a love for motorsports and grew up around them. From tractor pulling, demolition derbies, monster trucks and racing, I’ve always wanted to own a track and it’s a dream come true to buy Granite City. I want to bring it to the next level in the racing world and also motorsports. I’m very excited to be able to ‘play’ and bring some new big events to the St. Cloud area.’
The track, which will now be called Granite City Motorpark, plans to open in late April 2021 and will feature WISSOTA racing action on Sunday nights throughout the summer months. Plans also are in the works to host Monster Truck, Tractor Pull, Demolition Derby and other events on the property throughout the year as well.
More information will be available in the coming weeks and over the winter months, but fans should make plans to be at the Granite City Motorpark on Sunday nights in 2021.