Tomahawk Speedway vandalized SundaySubmitted: 06/26/2017

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TOMAHAWK - A Northwoods racetrack plans to put on a world-class show for former NASCAR driver next week.

But the Tomahawk Speedway will now have several hours of extra work ahead of them after someone used the Tomahawk Speedway Sunday night when the track wasn't even open.

Co-owner Andrew Bartelt says he believes they took just two or three laps. Even though it was only a few laps, it left behind tire grooves that can cause bad damage.

"It allows moisture to get in, into those deeper divots and the track's going to hydrate at a deeper rate," Bartelt said. "The corners have the potential to chunk out a little bit to get a pothole, which affects the drivers, and the drivers get a rougher ride," said Bartelt.

The track recently booked former NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace for the Fourth of July. With such a big event right around the corner, seeing the track like this was a bit aggravating for Bartelt.

"It's like going out. You put your best shoes on, your best pair of pants and then stuff like this just slows us down," Bartelt said.

The Tomahawk Campground behind the track says they also saw damage Sunday night. They believe it was from the same vehicle. 

The police have not been called, but the owners just want whoever did it to not do it again.

"We have played things pretty loose here in Tomahawk where we have grates and graders to block everything," Bartelt said. "But we haven't really had a problem with people coming out and tearing anything up or really anything bad, so maybe it's time to throw the gates up."

Story By: Katie Leszcynski

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