Racecar drivers know that the green flag means go, the checkered flag means the end of the race, and the red flag means that it's time to charge straight at the matador standing at the start-finish line. Activate adrenaline with today's Groupon to Raceway Park, located in Shakopee. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get two tickets to any racing event of your choice between May 1 and June 12, plus a bucket of popcorn (up to a $33 value).
- For $80, you get to drive a track car in an eight-lap race during events held on May 8, May 15, June 5, June 10, or June 19 (up to a $165 value).
Since 1955, the quarter-mile, banked-asphalt Raceway Park has thrilled velocity fiends of all ages with weekly NASCAR races and other auto attractions. Raceway Park’s 2011 schedule features the chance to feel the breeze from late models, short trackers, and, in eclectic Friday Night Destruction events, motorcycles and abnormally speedy school buses. With no limit on the number of Groupons you can buy, fans of burnt rubber can treat an entire family or just the neighborhood mailbox-painter to an evening of rooting for your favorite prime number while holding popcorn-munching races in the stands.
Driving-age spectators who can hardly refrain from hitching a ride on a passing racecar can climb into a specially prepared vehicle and rev up to beat four other speedsters in an eight-lap race held before the main event or during intermission. Experience an exhilaration of acceleration rarely found outside of sneaking the minivan out to do donuts on the lawn, then retire to the stands to watch others try to outdo your feat. Call ahead to secure your spot in the lineup.
Tickets for kids ages 5–12 are regularly $5.
Uproarious cheers from the crowded stands compete with roaring engines zooming down Raceway Park's 1/4-mile banked asphalt track. Between April and September, weekly race events invite late-model, short-tracker, and mini stock cars to compete against one another in races that culminate in a final karaoke lap. Other festivities include Friday Night Destruction events, where motorcycles, trailers, and school buses put their axels to the test. Raceway Park also puts fans behind the wheels of real track cars during occasional racing-experience events.