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By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Stockholm Motorsports Park in Cokato is the only asphalt road course in Minnesota in which people come from all over the state to join in the karting fun.

What began four years ago, as a karting center, has now become a motorsports park, offering the Super moto racing series combined with the Delano Sports Center.

The 3/4-mile race track is open March 1 through Nov. 30 depending on weather for participants as young as five years of age.

Stockholm Motorsports Park is involved in the Northland Region Karting Association and hosts races nearly every weekend during the season.

The NRKA racing series offers 15 classes to choose from based on the racers age and type of kart.

“We have a kart for just about anyone,” said general manager Anne Polk.

The tracks largest class is between 30 and 40 with kids ages five to seven, according to Polk.

The family-oriented track offers overnight stay for racers who choose to camp out at the park during race weekend.

“More than half of our racers stay over,” she said.

The SKC offers a showroom and is the exclusive dealer

Because the race track does not have barriers, it is a safer track to race on, according to Polk.

Fun among the locals

Racers will travel from Canada, Wisconsin, Iowa, North and South Dakota for the world class racing facility, but many of the locals share in the fun and competition as well.

Kelly Keaveny of Cokato has sponsored racers for more than three years and now the race track provides him with a family environment to spend time with his wife and two children.

Before his kids were old enough to race, Keaveny bought a kart and found racer David Cole, 51, of Cokato to drive his kart.

Now, Keaveny also sponsors Robin Hillmeyer, 49 of Cokato, Keaveny’s son Killian, 8, and daughter Delaney, 6.

“This is more of a family sport,” Keaveny said.

Everyone in the family has a good time, he said.

“What kid wouldn’t have fun going 50 miles per hour around a race track?” Keaveny said.

Ted Fasching of Winsted and his 6-year-old son Connor, are at the track as much as they can be.

“We have a blast,” Fasching said.

Connor is in the beginners program but “jumped right in,” when he began last year at the age of five, said Fasching.

They began renting karts and now they own two; one for father and one for son.

Fasching has been in drag racing much of his whole life, but after beginning a family, he has been home, he said.

Now, he gets his “racing fill” and gets to spend time with his son doing something they both enjoy.

“Once racing’s in your blood it’s hard to get it out,” he said.

Connor is known throughout the track not only as a racer but as a on-site helper.

“Little Connor is one of our favorites here,” said Polk after describing all the help he brings to the staff at the park.

Fasching recommends the track to anybody. “With their rental program, it’s only $12.50 to have fun,” he said.

“It’s a good thing for the area,” he added.

The beginners don’t race for place. Instead, each one goes home a winner with their very own trophy.

The rental program gives racers all they would need including suits, helmets, expert instruction and 50 plus miles per hour karts.

The track is also available for parties such as birthday, bachelor and bachelorette parties.

For more information about Stockholm Motorsports Park checkout the website at www.stockholmmotorsportspark.com.

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