Lincoln County Raceway opens up for test runs

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NORTH PLATTE, NEB. (KNOP)- After nearly closing at the end of last season, Lincoln County Raceway opened up today for drivers to test and tune their cars.

A race car takes a test run at t he Lincoln County Raceway on Sunday morning. (Credit:Sam Pirozzi/KNOP-TV)

Dave Craft was in town last summer to watch some races from Arizona when he got word that the track was planning on closing down. He and his wife placed a bid to buy the track and keep it running.

"We heard the track was closing due to support and some other things, I looked at my wife and she looked at me and said if I wanted to put in for it to go ahead," said Craft.

The raceway worked with the Lincoln County Fair Board and under their guidance, worked to come up with a way for five cars to be allowed out on the track at a time. One drive and one crew member were allowed per car and the raceway is allowing groups two hours to be making test runs.

As for when races can start up again this season, Craft said they are going to continue listening to what state health officials are saying and operate in the safest manner possible.

"We'd love to race, but people's health and the safety of everybody is the most important thing."