Sunday, August 2, 2015

50th anniversary night at Elko Speedway

August 1, 2015 - Elko, MN

It was a night to celebrate 50 continuous years of racing at Elko Speedway, the fans were encouraged to remember the racers of the past, but they couldn't help but to appreciate the racing taking place right now.

Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his 8th feature event in the MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division, Goede has now won over half of the feature events so far in 2015.

Goede led the field of 20 cars the entire 40 lap main event in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, he was challenged though by his brother Matt Goede who finished right on his back bumper only .129 seconds behind.

Here is the last lap video of the Goede brothers finishing 1st and 2nd...

Jacob Goede is now 81 points ahead of Matt in the standings with Paul Paine in third and Billy Mohn in fourth.


  Eric Campbell from Lonsdale (MN) started the race 7th on the grid but found a way to best all 20 cars to win the Genz-Ryan Thundercar main event, he was emotional in victory lane since this is the first feature he has won at Elko Speedway since 2010. 

  Adam Wiebusch led the 25 lap race early but he was overtaken by Ted Reuvers and Conrad Jorgenson who both were sent to the back of the pack on a caution with 13 laps to go.  Jeremy Wolff then took the top spot, Campbell fought Wolff side by side and was just slightly ahead when another caution came out with 4 laps remaining, meaning Campbell would start on the point for the single file restart as they raced to the finish.

Here is an audio interview with Eric

  "When the green flew (on the final restart) I didn't even look back, I don't know where anybody else was, I was just focused on hitting my marks, I knew Jeremy (Wolff) was really fast, so I had to figure out a way to get away from him," said Campbell who ended up winning by .851 seconds over Wolff.

Five time winner and point leader Brent Kane finished fourth and holds onto a slight advantage in points, he now has a 3 point lead over Wolff in the standings.
  The day for Jake Ryan from Farmington (MN) did not start off well thanks to some ill tempered bee's, but it ended perfectly as he won the Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event.
  Jake had the race car loaded and was about ready to come to the track when he accidentally disturbed a bee hive and was stung nearly a dozen times in the face and head.  The stings quickly swelled up as he arrived at Elko Speedway causing a very challenging situation during the prerace practice sessions.  He talked to the paramedics, took some antihistamine and proceeded to have his best night of racing in years. 

"I won the Championship in the BIG 8 division in 2012 and never won a race, so I haven't won since I raced Super Late Models back in 2010, so it was a lot of fun."
  Ryan passed Ryan Kamish early in the 25 lap race and then held on to win by 1.174 seconds in the caution-less race.  Ryan was happy to take the good-natured ribbing about his bee stings just as long as it ends with a trophy at the end of the night.

Point leader and 8 time winner Chris Marek finished fifth in the feature, he still holds a 45 point lead over Kamish in the point standings.
  Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won his fifth Pepsi Power Stock feature of the season.  Cole Neisus led early in the 20 lap race but Brown quickly moved up to the top spot followed closely by Tim Hollen.  Hollen never let up and pressured Brown the entire feature but was never able to take the top spot.  Brown won the race even though smoke poured from his car through turns 3 and 4 on the final lap, he won by .355 seconds over Hollen.
Here is the last lap video of the Brown win..

  Point leader Tom Doten finished 12th in the 20 car field and dropped back into a tie for the lead, he is now tied with Brown as they both have 858 points on the season.  Last year Brown tied for the Championship and lost on the tie breaker because he had no wins.  The situation is much different this year because Brown has more wins (5) than any other driver, Tom Doten is one of three drivers with two wins on the season.
  2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse from Savage (MN) won the Great North Legends feature at Elko Speedway.  Brockhouse edged out Matt Allen by .707 seconds to win his second feature of the year.  Point Leader Derek Lemke had a rough night, he had to pit during the race to fix some damage to his front bumper causing him to lose a lap to the leaders, he finished 17th in the 19 car field.
Lemke still holds the point lead but it is now much closer, Brockhouse is now in second only 31 points out of the top spot.
  After two years of trying, Matt Suhl from Richfield (MN) won his first ever Hornets feature event at Elko Speedway.  Suhl said "patience" and "not wrecking" were the keys to him winning, he finished on top of the 16 car field by .626 seconds over Justin Schelitzche with Michael Wachs Jr in third.
Schelitzche now has a 26 point lead over Ashley Bell in the race for the Championship.
  Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandoleros main event for his fourth win of the year.  Point leader Owin Giles was caught up in a wreck and did not finish the race.  Giles still leads in points by 13 over Allen in the standings.
For full results and point standings go to and click RESULTS.

  During this 50th Anniversary night Elko Speedway was proud to unveil a series of vintage photos now framed on the wall in Champions Event Center, vintage race footage was shown on monitors, and lots of memorabilia was on display for the crowd to enjoy.  Three vintage race cars were showcased, the Kamish family brought a Dick Trickle 99 Purple Knight tribute car, Bob Heine brought a #39 Dan Ryan '69 Chevelle race car and Skip Pollack brought his 1955 Ford Sportsman race car.  Long time entertainer Johnny Holm capped off the night with a performance.  For more information on the history of the track, go to
  Up next a Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction on August 8th featuring the Thunder 4X4 Monster Truck, the Drifters, Burn-out contest, School Bus Figure 8 race, spectator drags, Double features of racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series and a special performance by the Olate' Dogs animal act, winners of America's got Talent.
Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.  Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or by following us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

An Eve full of Close Finishes at Elko Speedway

 A packed house was entertained by numerous close finishes on a steamy-hot night for Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway presented by the MN Lottery and the New Prague Auto Group.
 The first MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature went to Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) by the slightest of margins.   Matt won this 30 lap race by only .033 seconds over Paul Paine.  "It was a close finish, I was really happy to be able to pull off the win," said Goede "Paul got a little loose out of turn two and I got a good run, thankfully he left me enough room coming out of turn four and we drag raced to the finish line, I barely beat him."
Here is an audio interview with Matt

 This is the first win of the year for Matt Goede, he has overcome many hurdles to achieve this success including breaking his arm and wrist in May.  "I went out on the dirt bike and crashed, it was dumb on my part I lost control, hit some trees and hit the ground, I wish it wouldn't have happened, it cost me some points" said Goede.  "I'm happy that everything is healed now and back to normal."
 Matt's brother Jacob finished third in the first feature and former two time Champion Jason Schneider lead the first half of the race and finished fourth in the 16 car field.
 The second feature went to Nick Barstad of Prior Lake (MN), he lead the cautionless 30 lap NASCAR Whelen All American series race flag to flag.  "No cautions really helped out, we were on old tires, so we were hanging on and running our line and it was all she wrote," said Barstad.  Nick was the ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year last year and has raced a lot of places but a win just 15 minutes from his home is something special. "Elko is without a doubt the nicest facility in the entire Midwest, I love running here," said Barstad.
 Former I-94 Raceway Champion Bryan Roach finished 2nd and Jacob Goede scored another third place finish on the night.  Jacob Goede holds a commanding 80 point lead in the standings over his brother Matt with Paul Paine 102 points back in Third.
Here is an audio interview with Nick Barstad 
 Jamie Farrell from New Prague (MN) won the first Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event.  Farrell took the lead on lap one and never looked back, he lead all twenty laps and finished .356 seconds ahead of Jake Ryan for his first win of the season.

   Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) came out on top of the 16 cars in feature number two.  Lemke had a great battle side by side with Dylan Moore for the top spot and ended up winning by only .085 seconds as the crowd roared with excitement.  It was the second win of the season for Lemke.
 Chris Marek was stuck back in the pack and finished 9th in both of the feature events.  Marek still has a sizable point lead, he leads Ryan Kamish by 45 points with Dylan Moore 49 points out of the top spot.

    Brandon Petersen from Fairbault (MN) won the first Pepsi Power Stock 20 lap main event, he got past defending Champion Nick Oxborough on the start and held off current Point Leader Tom Doten on a green-white-checkerd finish for the win by .940 seconds.  This was the first win of the season for Petersen.
 The second feature went to Grant Brown who bested all 16 cars and won his fourth feature of 2015.  Brown had to fight off Tom Doten during a furious battle to the stripe.  Brown won by an incredibly close .009 second margin as the two cars appeared to be side by side at the finish.
 The consistency of Doten helped him increase his point lead to 16 over Brown.  After some mechanical problems Taylor Goldman had to borrow a car for the second feature  and lost some ground in the point standings, she is now 50 behind the leader.

    Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won his third Great North Legends feature of the year.  He finished just ahead of Matt Allen and Jaycen Brockhouse in the 21 car field to take home the trophy.
 Defending Champion Lemke increased his point lead to 42 over both Allen and Brockhouse who are tied for second place in the standings.

 Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won his fourth feature of 2015 and he did it the hard way, he passed current point leader Justin Schelitzche for the top spot.  Oien won by .234 seconds with Schelitzche finishing runner up and Matt Suhl in third.  Schelitzche is still the point leader, he has a 20 point lead over Ashley Bell in the standings.

 The crowd enjoyed the close finishes but also liked the show put on by Mechanical Mischief and Alter Ego Monster Trucks.  Devin Jones in Alter Ego was declared the winner in the Duel.
Here is a video of an awesome slap wheelie performed by Jim Burns in Mechanical Mischief
J J Romans and his crew performed Freestyle Motocross for the fans.
 Brian McMenomy was the Outlaw Drags winner in a 1979 Cadillac Seville and Doug Skang won the Spectator Drags in a 2000 Cadillac Seville.
Tim Brockhouse from Prior Lake (MN) beat Chris Freeland from Monroe (LA) in the Outhouse race finals.
 The School Bus Figure 8 presented by ended in a rollover and was the finale of the night.
For full results and point standings go to and Click RESULTS.
 Next up at Elko Speedway we will be celebrating our 50th year of racing on Saturday night August 1st.  Vintage race cars will be on display and many Elko Speedway Hall of Fame members will be introduced to the crowd.  Vintage races will also be shown on the video screens in Champions Entertainment Center.  A free concert by Johnny Holm will take place after the races.  For Elko Speedway racing history information go to and Follow us on YouTube for interviews with important people from the history of Elko Speedway.
 Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.  Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Darrin Giles wins his First Super Late Model feature

July 18, 2015 - Elko, MN

  At the age of 43 Darrin Giles from New Market (MN) won his first ever MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature event at Elko Speedway, and he held off Jacob Goede to do it.

  Giles and fellow veteran racer Jason Schneider had a great side by side battle for much of the 40 lap main event in the NASCAR Whelen All American series, "Jason is a fellow competitor but also he is my neighbor so, I had to race him nicely," said a smiling Giles in victory lane.

  Giles got ahead of Schneider and then had to stay ahead of current point leader and 7 time winner Jacob Goede, "Goede is definitely the guy to beat this year" said Giles "I didn't look in my mirror, when I heard he was coming I really had to hit my marks."

  Giles won by .225 seconds over Jacob Goede with Paul Paine in third and Jason Schneider finishing fourth in the 17 car field.  Matt Goede had mechanical problems and finished 16th but he hung onto second place in points, 64 markers behind his brother Jacob.

HERE is an audio interview with Darrin Giles after the races

  Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won his 8th Hiway Federal Credit Union feature event at Elko Speedway.  Marek had to come from 7th in the field of 14 cars in the 25 lap main event to take the win.  Adam Bendzick lead the first half of the race, Marek then made his way to the front of the pack on lap 15 with Joe Neisius following close behind, Marek won by 1.266 seconds over Neisius at the checkered flag.

Marek now has an big 56 point lead over Ryan Kamish in the point standings.

  Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event, It is his 90th career win, and his 5th win this year at Elko Speedway.

  Kane had been borrowing the Scott King car the previous two weeks after a vicious wreck that sent Kane to the hospital and his car in for a total rebuild three weeks ago.

  Kane started near the front of the 19 car field but had to get past the point leader Jeremy Wolff who started on the pole.  After a long battle and numerous restarts Kane passed Wolff and then had to fight back Devin Schmidt for the top spot, "Devin has really picked up the pace these last couple of years, he has really earned my respect, he got me loose a couple times" said Kane who won by .743 seconds even though his car was smoking the last few laps of the race.  "I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat on the victory lap, I have so many people I want to thank for the help," said Kane.

  Wolff ended up with mechanical problems and finished 16th dropping him from the point lead, Kane is the new leader with a 9 point advantage over Wolff.

  HERE is an audio interview with Brent Kane after the races

  15 year old Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock main event, it was his 3rd win of the year.  Brown won by 1.969 seconds over Brandon Peterson at the finish line but the story of the race occurred just seconds earlier.

  Taylor Goldman had won the previous two Power Stock features and she was leading on the last lap in this race as well.  It was a tight 20 lap race throughout, on the last set of corners Goldman dove below a lapped car with Grant Brown immediately behind her fighting for the top spot. 

  Some contact was made and Goldman ended up by the wall with all the lead lap cars driving past her, she finished the last car on the lead lap and Brown took home the win.

  The Point leader Tom Doten finished third in the race, he is now 15 points ahead of Grant Brown in the standings with Taylor Goldman in third in points.

  Derek Lemke of Shakopee (MN) won the Great North Legends main event in the National Qualifier race.  Lemke beat Jaycen Brockhouse by .913 seconds to the checkered flag in this 20 lap affair that featured State Champion drivers from not only Minnesota but also Wisconsin and Iowa.  Lemke was the Pro division winner, Ted Hough was the Semi Pro winner, Shon Jacobsen was the Masters winner and Will McCully was the Young Lions winner.  The Asphlat Nationals will take place November 12-14 in Anderson South Carolina.

Lemke now has a 38 point lead in the standings over Matt Allen who finished 7th in the 25 car field.

  Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) bested 16 cars and won the 15 lap Hornets main event for his third victory of 2015 at Elko Speedway.  Oien battled with Ashley Bell and won by 1.132 seconds, Bell also has three feature wins, as does third place finisher Justin Schelitzche.  Schelitzche now has a 20 point lead over Bell in the race for the point Championship.

  The Bandoleros National Qualifier race was held at Elko Speedway and Owin Giles won the feature race, he was best in the 10 car field.

Get full Results by going to and click RESULTS.

  Immedately after the races 1980's tribute band Hairball took to the outdoor stage and entertained the assembled crowd on the concourse.

  Up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction presented by the Minnesota State Lottery on Saturday night July 25th.  Two Monster Trucks, School Bus Figure 8 Races, Spectator Drags, Double features, prize giveaways and much more.  Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm.  Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 and follow us on Social Media, search Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Goede wins 7th at Elko Speedway

By Jason D Searcy

Elko, MN - July 11, 2015

 #72 Jacob Goede from New Germany (MN) is on an incredible roll at Elko Speedway, winning for the 7th time in just 10 races so far this year in the MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division.

 Former Raceway Park Champion Chad Walen took the early lead in the 40 lap race, he then fought side by side with former TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke for the top spot.  Panitzke took the lead on lap 12 before Goede made his way though the pack, on a restart Goede captured the lead and held on the final 15 laps for the win by .656 seconds.

 "Elko Speedway is the premiere facility in the country pretty much," said Goede "for two groove racing, it doesn't get any better."  Panitzke did not pass post race Tech inspection and was disqualified, Derek Lemke was then scored in second and Matt Goede third in the 19 car field.

 Jacob Goede has now taken a commanding lead in the point standings, his closest competitor is his brother Matt now 64 points behind.

Here is an audio interview with Jacob Goede after the races

 # 3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) bested 18 cars and won his third feature in the last four events at Elko Speedway in the NASCAR All American series Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division.

 Brent Kane, still driving a replacement car loaned to him by Scott King, took the early lead in the 20 lap feature.  It took until half way through the race for Conrad Jorgenson to move up from his 4th row starting spot to Challenge for the lead.  Kane protected the bottom groove but Jorgenson finally took the lead with 3 laps remaining and won by 1.37 seconds.

 "It's got to be about 15 years that Brent and I have been racing against each other, it's been a lot of fun, he is a great competitor," said Jorgenson. "Everybody we race with (in the Thunder Car division) is fun and most of them are my customers (at Bros Jorgenson racing), I help a lot of guys, you can build a really nice car, not spend a fortune and have a lot of fun."

 It was 20 years ago that Conrad won his first of three Championships at Elko Speedway, he started the season with some bad luck and is not running for points this year, he mentioned that this might be his last full-time season.  "I'm building two Power Stocks for my kids to race, we might bring one of them out in the next few weeks, when they are racing I won't have time to run full-time," said Jorgenson.
Jeremy Wolff finished 9th but still leads by 8 points over Kane in the race for the Championship.

Here is an audio interview with Conrad Jorgenson after the races
Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won his 7th Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature race at Elko Speedway.  Marek started 7th in the field of 16 cars, Kyle Kirberger had the early lead, then Dylan Moore took the top spot before Marek grabbed the lead for good and won by .871 seconds over Moore and Michael Beamish.
Marek now has a 48 point lead over Ryan Kamish and 52 point lead over Moore in the race for the title.
 Taylor Goldman (video above) won her second consecutive Pepsi Power Stock Main event but, it did not come easy.  Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) had a furious battle with Tim Hollen side by side and lap after lap through most of the 20 lap feature.  The crowd was thrilled by the hard nosed driving and a roar went through the stands as Goldman crossed the line just .105 seconds ahead of Hollen.
 Tom Doten finished the feature in 5th spot out of 20 cars, he now leads Goldman by 13 points and Grant Brown by 14 points in the race for the Championship.
 Robby Carter from Burnsville (MN) beat 20 other cars and won the 20 lap Great North Legends Main event.  Matt Allen had the early lead but could not hold off Carter as he took home the trophy for the 2nd time in 2015.  Defending Champion Derek Lemke finished runner up .354 seconds behind Carter.
 Derek Lemke now leads his father Jon in the points battle, Derek has a 34 point lead over his Dad and 35 points ahead of Matt Allen who sits in third.
 Justin Schelitzche from Lester Prairie (MN) won his third Hornets feature event of the season.  Schelitzche dominated the 15 lap affair and won by an entire straight away, he finished 3.903 seconds ahead of Matt Suhl to win the race.
Justin now has a 18 point lead over the other 3 time winner Ashley Bell in the Championship points battle.
 Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandoleros main event and closed to only 8 points behind Owin Giles in the race for the Championship.
For full results and point standings go to
 Up next at Elko Speedway is racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series on Saturday July 18th.  After the racing Hairball will perform on the outdoor stage.  No movie will be shown at the Elko Drive in Theater on this specific race night due to the concert.  Gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm at Elko Speedway located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities, just off of I-35.  Get more information by following us on Facebook, YouTube or Twitter, call (952) 461-7223 or go to

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ruman Wins Trans-Am race at BIR

By Dean Reller
(Brainerd, MN)  Amy Ruman continued her strong season as she was the driver to beat in the Trans-Am Series Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic at Brainerd International Raceway.  Doug Peterson led the field to the green and managed to hold off Ruman until she took the lead on lap 5 of the 40 lap (100 mile) race.  Ruman would stretch her lead, putting all of the TA3 cars and a good majority of the TA2 cars a lap down before the only caution of the race waved just past the half-way point of the race for a stalled car on the track.

“It was a hard fought race, it was hot, it was slick, it was dirty, dusty, everything they could possibly throw at us and we came out on top”, said Ruman as she tried to catch her breath following the race.  The biggest challenge for Ruman was to get by leader Peterson early on in the race.  “I was quicker than him in a couple of turns.  He gave me room and we were side-by-side and we had a great drag to the next turn.  And I just tried to take him deep.  That offline was real slippery, I tried it earlier on and I locked up, just like he did and I doubled passed him back and after that we just took off.” 

Here is an audio interview with Amy Ruman immediately after the race

Cliff Ebben would also work his way past Peterson but could only chase Ruman as the leaders ran close as they worked the lapped traffic late in the race. “For a while I think I had something”, said Ebben following the race.  “The last six or seven laps, I was used up and I couldn’t get a hold of anything.”  Ebben would finish 3.98 seconds behind Ruman as she scored her 5th win in 6 races in the Trans-Am series this season.  Peterson would hold on to finish 3rd.

In the TA2 class, Dillon Machavern took home his first career win.  Polesitter Tommy Archer made his Trans-Am return after successfully overcoming prostate cancer and he led from the start.  Lapped traffic would cause problems for the veteran as he tangled with another car and spun in turn 13.  This gave the lead to Gar Robinson.  Machavern and Archer would track down Robinson as the laps ticked off.  On the last lap, Machavern would get by Robinson in turn 6 to take the lead, bringing Archer along in the dash to the checkers.  “We tried to save some tires for the end and a yellow flag and that’s what we got”, said Machavern following the race.  Archer would try to track him down, but would finish .01 seconds behind, with Robinson also close, taking home 3rd, just .04 seconds behind race winner Machavern.

 Here is an audio interview with the TA2 winner

Here is a link to the full race results

Listen for a recap of the race and full interviews with Amy Ruman, Dillon Machavern and Cliff Ebben on Speed Talk on 1360 radio, Saturday 10-11am on