The Nodak Speedway has a brighter look to it this spring.
The newest addition to the track is a primary reason for that. A new lighting system was installed at Nodak Speedway during the offseason, lights that were formerly installed at Corbett Field before their removal three years ago.
In need of a brighter atmosphere, the track adopted those lighting structures for its own, and they've already made a noticable difference.
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The local racing season begins at 6 p.m. Sunday with opening night at Nodak Speedway.
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New lighting structures are installed at Nodak Speedway this season.
"When they installed those lights, it seemed like sun had just come up," track announcer Larry McFall said. "It's been a long time coming."
Racing resumes at Nodak Speedway at 6 p.n. this Sunday and will feature a number of interesting storylines, including the return of the Beeter brothers.
Last season, Brock Beeter, the younger of the two, edged his brother, Brandon, by 0.083 seconds in the final race, giving him a narrow two-point advantage in the International Motor Contest Association Hobby Stocks title race.
Though he finished just short of his ultimate goal, Brandon Beeter seemed more than happy for his brother.
"What a cool way to end the year," he said following last year's final race. "That's the biggest thing. We raced neck and neck all summer, side by side many times for feature wins. Why not come down to the championship side by side?"
But it wasn't Brock Beeter's only championship in 2013. One day prior to winning a title in Minot, he won the Williston Basin Speedway championship, his second in as many days.
Another returning track champion is Nathan Burke, who finished last season with a 16-point lead in the IMCA Sport Modified standings.
Unlike most returning champions, a repeat is not on the agenda for Burke this season. His focus will be less on points and more on pace.
"We're gonna try and find some speed first, and we'll see how that goes," Burke said. "When you're racing for points, you've gotta be conservative, you can't always take chances. When you're not, you can take those chances and go for more wins."
Burke took first in eight feature events last season. He also ended up 26 points short of winning another championship in the IMCA Stock Cars division, finishing fourth.
Modifieds, stock cars, sport modifieds, hobby stocks and legend cars will be in action Sunday as Burke, the Beeter brothers and a host of other drivers will bring in what fans hope will be another exciting season at Nodak Speedway.
Joe Mellenbruch covers high school sports and general assignments. Follow him on Twitter @Mellenbruch_MDN.