Larry Leeds

The area racing season will come to a close this weekend as Dakota State Fair Speedway hosts the Wissota 100.

Once again, the racing season flew past all of us way too fast. I was very impressed with the renovation project at Badlands Motor Speedway as all of the improvements have made the track look very nice.

Badlands Motor Speedway was the track where I saw the most races this summer. However, one Friday night I made a trip to Slayton, Minn., and that was a very nice place to watch the races.

Hopefully next summer I will make it to more races and at different tracks throughout the area. However, I always say that; I just don't always get the job done.


Larry Leeds was born and raised in South Dakota, graduating from Colman High School in 1974. He continued his education at USD/Springfield and Dakota State University and received a bachelor's degree in physical education and history in 1979. He later obtained a journalism degree from South Dakota State University.

Before coming to Madison, Leeds worked at weekly papers in Flandreau, St. James, Minn., Redfield and Hayti (Hamlin County Publishing with Castlewood and Estelline).

He has a passion for all sports, especially high school sports and amateur baseball, because these teams are filled with players who want to be playing the game.

His favorite teams are the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Twins and Timberwolves, and New York Yankees.

Leeds is also a NASCAR fan whose favorite drivers are Dave Blaney and his son Ryan.