AMSOIL Speedway cancels opener to honor RoseenRoseen, 73, died Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital. Roseen spent much of his life being part of dirt-track racing, as a former driver, promoter and president of Wissota, the sanctioning body of dirt tracks across the Upper Midwest.
AMSOIL Speedway in Superior canceled tonight’s season opener to honor Don Roseen.
Roseen, 73, died Tuesday at St. Luke’s Hospital. Roseen spent much of his life being part of dirt-track racing, as a former driver, promoter and president of Wissota, the sanctioning body of dirt tracks across the Upper Midwest.
Roseen had been preparing the track for the opener on Monday when he was found passed out in his car after an apparent heart attack. First repsonders were able to get a pulse back and Roseen was later put on life support before succumbing the next day.
Joe Stariha with AMSOIL Speedway posted a message on the track’s website stating Don Roseen is “back in victory lane.”
“One of the nicest guys you will ever meet passed away (Tuesday) and the dirt-track world won’t be the same,” Stariha said. “Don had such a love and a passion for the sport we all love. He passed away at the track, and I don’t think he would have wanted it any other way. RIP Don, you will be truly missed. I am truly blessed I got to see you one last time.”
There will be a visitation from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at Sunrise Memorial Park (4798 Miller Trunk Hwy., Hermantown, MN 55810). There also will be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral at 1 p.m. Monday at Sunrise Memorial Park.
The AMSOIL Speedway season opener is now scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, June 7.
Proctor Speedway is still planning to open at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.