What would become KG Raceway and now the Eagle River Speedway originally started in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s as an oval playground in a field. The Glembin family who owned the land would hold competitive races between family members on weekend afternoons.
In 1974 the Glembin family decided to open the facility to the entire northwoods.
First Oval at KG Raceway in 1975
By 1975 Ken Glembin opened KG Raceway which originally was a 1/4 mile clay track. The track was slowly converted to a 1/3 mile D-Shaped oval through the years.
KG Raceway was a one-of-a-kind Northwoods racing destination that attracted the who’s who of racing.
Early Sprint Car race around 1977
Events in the early years such as the Badger Midgets in 1977 were the first of many featured events. Tractor and Truck Pulls, Monster Truck Races and Concerts were also held at KG Raceway through the years.
Midgets around 1977
Tuesday nights during the summer months were known for racing in Eagle River. Street Stocks and Sportsmens were the original two classes.
Through the years additional classes were formed to become what is now the WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds, WISSOTA Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Sport Fours.
KG Raceway was sold in the fall of 1996 to Don Scharf and the track became known as Riverside Raceway. Riverside Raceway continued the tradition of exciting racing action for 12 years.
In November 2008, Riverside Raceway was purchased by Mark and Sandy Glembin. Eagle River Speedway became the new name to reflect the community that has been a part of the racing tradition at the track for more than 30 years.
In 2015 the track was purchased by and is currently operated by Hodag Hospitality.
Bob Croker #10 and Mark Glembin #97