Ethanol-fueled “Tasseldega Nights” coming to Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway

Ted Tassel wants to see you at "Tasseldega Nights" this summer.

Ted Tassel wants to see you at “Tasseldega Nights” this summer.

For the third consecutive year, racing fans at Elko Speedway and Deer Creek Speedway will receive free admission during “Tasseldega Nights,” a special family event brought to you by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to promote clean, renewable, homegrown ethanol fuel.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on June 4 at Elko Speedway. On July 16 at Deer Creek Speedway near Rochester, pit gates open at 2 p.m., and gates open at 3:30 p.m. for music and other family activities, with racing kicking off at 6 p.m.

Admission to both “Tasseldega Nights” races is free. In addition to a night of free racing, fans can play games, try and catch a commemorative “Tasseldega Nights” T-shirt from the T-shirt cannon, win free ethanol-blended fuel, and support Minnesota corn farmers.

Fans can also stroll through the 45-foot long Biofuels Mobile Education Center at each race, get a pre-race picture in Jonathan Olmscheid’s ethanol-powered race car and visit the American Lung Association in Minnesota booth to learn more about the air quality benefits of ethanol.

Fans at Deer Creek can purchase special “Tasseldega Nights” T-shirts in the weeks leading up to the big event. All proceeds from “Tasseldega Nights” T-shirt sales will be donated to a local charity.

“We had more than 10,000 people at last year’s ‘Tasseldega Nights’ races and we hope to top that this year,” said Noah Hultgren, MCGA president and a family farmer in Raymond, Minn. “Racing events are a great way to reach large audiences with a  positive message about ethanol, a fuel made from corn grown right here in rural Minnesota.”

For more details on “Tasseldega Nights,” go to www.mncorn.org, www.elkospeedway.com or www.deercreekspeedway.com.

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