Baer Field Speedway Opens 50th Season Saturday (VIDEO)

By Dean Pantazi
By Eric Dutkiewicz

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 5:05 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Baer Field Speedway will celebrate its 50th season of racing when the track opens for the season on Saturday night.

The track is under new management with promoter John Raney; and new improvements, notably a 3/8-mile track, have been made at Baer Field, too.

"That will make it more competitive," Dean Cook, late model driver, says. "On the half-mile last year, we could only get 10 cars at a time; and they were spread out. You run it 3/8, it will make it closer.

But race organizers say the familiar half-mile track will not totally go away.

"On the nights when the sprints and super-modified and the outlaw late models are here, we'll go back to the half-mile," Bob Koorsen says.

Qualifying is at 5 p.m. Saturday. Races start at 7:30.

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