- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) - A new promoter, a new class and a new starting time headline the Brown County Speedway this season.

Todd Neuendorf of Aberdeen is one of three brothers who represent Bullet Sports, the new promoters of the BCS. His two brothers, Scott and Troy, operate Bullet Sportswear in Watertown.

Todd Neuendorf is looking forward to the challenge of being the promoter, but knows there are several challenges that come with the position - such as dealing with weather conditions, preparing the track and concessions among other things.

“It is a fun new venture,” Neuendorf said. “It is also a nerve-racking venture because you have a lot of things that you want to make sure go well. We want to make sure the fans have a good experience and the drivers have a good experience.”

A new experience at the BCS, at least on a regular basis now, is the addition of the Midwest Modified Division. The class has run in Aberdeen during special shows, but this will be the first year they’ll run regularly at the track, the Aberdeen American News (http://bit.ly/1cyaz7y ) reported.

“I think it is a really good class for guys who are maybe starting out,” Neuendorf said. “You feel a lot of guys that are starting out racing will get into that Midwest Mod. It is a pretty affordable class.”

Midwest Modified driver Roger Bitz of Aberdeen said it is a more affordable class and it offers local drivers a chance to stay closer to home for races on Friday nights.

“It gives the drivers another option to run their cars locally here that were running them out of town,” Bitz said. “Plus, it seems to be a growing class everywhere you go. It seems like the fans really like it, too.”

Bitz thinks by midseason it could be one of the bigger classes in Aberdeen.

“It is more economical for people that want to run the modified class that couldn’t before and it seems like everywhere you go, they get 30-plus cars,” said Bitz, who also has experience racing in the Super Stock and Pure Stock classes.

Neuendorf said the class very well could have the most cars out of the six total classes. Two other local tracks, Huron and Watertown, also run the Midwest Modified class.

“We try to work hand and hand with those two tracks,” Neuendorf said. “It is a situation where we want to kind of keep that little triangle working between Aberdeen, Huron and Watertown. It was just kind of a natural fit where they would have somewhere to go on Friday nights.”

The other classes in Aberdeen are Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Late Models. The additional class has moved up the starting time as well. In recent years, the races started at 7:30 p.m., but now they will begin at 7 p.m. With the time change and the additional class, Neuendorf hopes for less downtime in between races to keep the show moving, so they get over sooner.

Neuendorf recently watched races in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to see how they operate with six classes. He expects a short intermission at the BCS and then right back at it to keep the races moving.

“We are going to talk to the drivers too and we are going to ask them to police themselves a little bit, because people want to come watch races,” Neuendorf said.

One thing working in the track’s favor this year is the Miller Speedway is now running on Sunday nights as opposed to Friday nights like in previous years. Neuendorf has already heard from drivers in the Miller area that plan on coming to the BCS on Fridays.

The opening night of the races was May 29 and will now take place regularly throughout the summer.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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