I-80 Speedway closing and selling all equipment at auction; Drivers reminisce on past races

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Published: Jan. 3, 2023 at 1:39 PM CST
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - After thirty years in business, I-80 Speedway in Greenwood is closing and selling all its assets in an online auction.

The I-80 Speedway has been hosting races in southeast Nebraska since the 90s, but recently the owners decided to shut it down.

“This is a tough change for many fans out there that enjoyed it,” said Steve Kosiski, the owner.

A race in mid-October was the final lap for the I-80 Speedway.

“An independent track,” Kosiski said Tuesday, “some of those will be getting tougher to go by.”

The Kosiski family hosted dirt track and go-kart races. They said after high-speed summers, with workers tough to come by, it’s just time to slow down and pursue other ventures.

“The land value here is increased heavily,” Kosiski said. “We’re right off the interstate. We’ve had a lot of interest in the land, to have it all sold and done.”

What the land will become is still unknown. For racers like Nick Corbin and his two sons, it means the loss of a landmark.

“That’s where they both won their first features,” Corbin said. “Which is super cool to say that all three of us have won at I-80 Speedway in a sense.”

Racer John Anderson was at the track regularly in the early 2000s. He won the Alphabet Soup Race against over 70 other drivers.

“I’ve won my fair share, that’s for sure,” Anderson said. “I’ve had a lot of success there, which is great. It was definitely a great place for me.”

Corbin and Anderson said their favorite sport will not be the same without the speedway.

The Kosiski family said they are in the final stages of selling the land and has hired the Steffes Group to sell all the equipment. The Steffes Group, Inc. announced on Tuesday that an online auction will be held in January.

A Steffes’ spokesperson said that the auction will include five rings offering a variety of items, including track prep equipment, Musco lights & poles, grandstand bleachers, food & concession equipment, playground equipment and more.

The preview date for the auction is Monday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The auction will open for bidding on Monday, Jan. 9, and will close on Monday, Jan. 16.

There will be staggering closing times for each of the five rings.

A full catalog and auction details can be found at SteffesGroup.com

For more information about this auction, contact Steve Kosiski with I-80 Speedway at 402-630-5200, Steffes Representative Chris Richard at 319-217-0657, or Steffes Representative Lynn Richard at 319-931-9090.