Hibbing, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- NASCAR drivers Ken Schrader and Kenny Wallace took different paths to the Hibbing Raceway on Wednesday night, but both are now hooked on the experience of dirt track racing.
"I'm not really gettting back because I never quit doing it, even when we were Cup racing we continued to do this all the time," Schrader said. "Kenny grew up on asphalt, and he went to a couple dirt races and just fell in love with it."
"I never raced dirt in my life," Wallace said. "It was about six years ago I wanted to race dirt, and everyone was asking me why. I said because the great A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Tony Stewart and all these great drivers can drive both dirt and asphalt."
It was a special treat for Northland racing fans, but track officials said the night was made even better by the enthusiasm of the two NASCAR pros.
"Especially when you get a face like Kenny Wallace, a guy you see on the SPEED channel and he's just electric," Hibbing Raceway's Ryan Aho said. "He got over to the meet and greet at Hardee's and the first thing he asked was if he could drive more than one car."
"Dirt track racing is the backbone," Schrader said. "This is Hibbing Speedway. If you're going to race, you've got to do it here, so it's important every place."
Besides racing, the two had the chance to tour Hibbing a little, and Wallace said he was impressed with what he saw.
"This is my first time to Hibbing," Wallace said. "I've already learned Bob Dylan is from here, and the mine pit with the iron ore, and the racetrack."
Which is basically all these two guys need.
Posted by Zach Schneider