Without Stouffer, AMSOIL Speedway Would Struggle

By KBJR News 1

June 27, 2014 Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 7:51 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Ed Stouffer's no rookie when it comes to AMSOIL Speedway.

"I've probably got more laps on this track than most of the drivers around here," Stouffer said.

Most weeks, he spends three to four days working on the track. That's on top of his day job.

"Yeah, I don't think a lot of people know how much work goes into it," he said.

That's why most weeks, he's " running around like a chicken with my head chopped off on a Friday."

It's for good reason. Stouffer and the rest of the crew have to cut the grass, use a grater, skid steer, and even a bulldozer sometimes to get the track prepped.

"You got to think of it as lots of people like their gardens," Stouffer said. "I got a race track. Got to water it, you know. If it rains out, it's all which way the winds blows and sun shines."

It's a garden that Stouffer's been working on for a long time.

"It's been about 15 years I've been doing this now," he said.

That's why Stouffer takes a lot of pride in his work, and racers make sure he hears about it.

"Hey, you did a good job. You know, you guys did a good job on the track. Track is great, you know. You get a lot of that," Stouffer said.

It's not all daisies and butterflies though.

"You get the good with the bad," Stouffer admitted. "It's just like anything else. It's just part of the job."

Like anything else, it takes a lot of practice. Even with the endless hours spent driving, Stouffer couldn't imagine being anywhere else during the summer.

"You know if it wasn't for the people, you know good friends and everybody else out here. I don't think I'd be here," he said.

Without Stouffer, AMSOIL Speedway wouldn't be the same.

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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