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Greg, Dusty Caspers make up generational Bemidji Speedway lineage

If you’ve been around Bemidji Speedway over the years, one name you’ll likely recognize is Caspers.

Greg, left, and Dusty Caspers have each built a career in racing at Bemidji Speedway.
Dennis Peterson / Special to the Pioneer
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BEMIDJI -- If you’ve been around Bemidji Speedway over the years, one name you’ll likely recognize is Caspers.

Beginning in the mid-1970s, Greg Caspers -- shortly after graduating from Bemidji High School -- took up the interest in racing. Dick Jacobson was well known in the area for his racing skills and happened to be Greg’s brother-in-law, and so Caspers was soon on the track himself in the No. 5 stock car.

Caspers won several track championships at Bemidji Speedway and competed up until his final race in 2001, the Wissota Super Stock Special, where many of the top drivers in the region were on hand. Greg won the race and retired.

Sort of.

Just a few weeks ago, Greg’s son Dusty was unable to race, so Greg got into the car and proceeded to win his heat race and finish in the top five in the feature.


Dusty got the bug himself in 2016 and decided to try his hand at racing. In his first year, Dusty was Wissota National Rookie of the Year. Dusty was racing his dad’s familiar No. 5 and in 2021 was track champion at Greenbush Speedway.

One of the highlights of Greg and Dusty’s racing career was a race when both dad and son were on the track together and finished first and second in the feature.

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