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Scheid Diesel Extravaganza to leave Terre Haute

An annual event drawing thousands of people to Terre Haute is leaving the city for a different venue in the Hoosier state.

Posted: Oct 29, 2019 12:37 PM
Updated: Oct 29, 2019 6:35 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Next year’s Scheid Diesel Extravaganza will not take place in Terre Haute, officials announced Tuesday through a Facebook post.

According to the post, the 2020 Scheid Diesel Extravaganza will be relocating to Wagler Motorsports Park in Lyons, Indiana. It's slated to take place on August 28th & 29th.

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Indiana State Police patrol results from 2019 during Scheid Diesel Extravaganza

Traffic Citations………………………..198
Traffic Warnings………………….…..367
Seatbelt Citations…………………  ...58
Vehicle Crashes Investigated….....3
Truck Citations………………...........24
Suspended Driver Citations…… …18
DUI Arrests…………………………….....19
Criminal Arrests…… 95 Misdemeanor/ 22 Felony (Drugs/Warrants, etc)
Police K-9 Searches………………….…5
Crashes Investigated……………….…3
Portable Breath Tests Given….…27
Police Services in General……...145

Owner Dan Scheid says they specifically wanted to partner with Wagler Motorsports for a few reasons. First, the park has the capabilities for diesel drag racing and truck and tractor pulling. Second, Wagler Motorsports is owned by Wagler Competition Products. The post says the event will still be two days jam packed with everything diesel and, “…the added bonus of a venue that shares our passion for not only supporting but growing the sports of Diesel Drag Racing and Truck & Tractor Pulling!”

“We are confident that the change of venue will bring a renewed energy to Scheid Diesel Extravaganza while also alleviating any participants, vendors, and most importantly attendees past experiences of a less than warm welcome from the Terre Haute area,” the post said.

The event has been held in Terre Haute for 19 years. According to the company's website, "This event began in 1997 as a TDR Rally in Effingham, Illinois. Due to the tremendous turnout, the TDR Rally evolved into the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza (SDX) and relocated to Terre Haute, Indiana in 2000. This year the event was relocated to Wagler Motorsports Park to get out of the city environment."

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Scheid did want to thank those who have supported them in the Terre Haute Community for 19 years. "We'd like to thank especially the Terre Haute Visitor's Bureau," he said, "They've been a big help to us. We'd also like to thank the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds."

The Fairgrounds rented out their venue to the Extravaganza for 10 years. "They were good people to work with and were a great client," President of the Wabash Valley Fair Association Mike Morris said, "They are good people in our community and brought a lot of jobs to Terre Haute."

For more information, follow the official Facebook page for next year's event.

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