Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- If the title "granddaddy of racing" ever exists in the Northland, one of the leading candidates would have to be Don Roseen.
He died late last month at the age of 73, leaving behind a racing community he largely led for the past three decades. That group includes his grandson, Donnie Lofdahl, now left to drive on without his longtime mentor.
"It's a tragedy. We weren't really expecting it," Lofdahl said. "It's been an emotional ride ever since we lost him because we continued on racing. It's tough but we have to keep going."
Lofdahl says he has his Grandpa to thank for introducing him to racing.
"We grew up around it ever since I was old enough to crawl," Lofdahl said, "and it just continued on from there."
It's his racing family he wants to thank for all of their support.
"Everybody is always there for you," he said of the racing community. "We went through this hard time and everyone's support has just been overwhelming."
AMSOIL Speedway opened its doors on Friday for the first time this summer, and Lofdahl was there, helping to get the track ready.
"That's the only reason I've been working all day since 8:00 a.m, just trying to help out," Lofdahl said. "I know if my Grandpa was here, he'd be doing it, and I'd be here too."
Even though his Grandpa is gone, Lofdahl says he knows one thing for sure.
"I don't think there's ever been a time where he wasn't proud," Lofdahl said.
A proud Grandpa that will continue to see his grandson race --- just from a different grandstand.