Thursday, January 4, 2018

Jorgenson wins MN Asphalt Driver of the year

By Jason D Searcy

Veteran driver Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) has been named the 2017 Minnesota Asphalt Driver of the Year by Speed Talk on 1360 Radio.

Jorgenson had an incredible year at Elko (MN) Speedway winning 9 feature events and scoring 22 TOP 5 finishes out of the 29 races in the highly competitive Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division where 33 different drivers scored points in 2017.

Jorgenson won the point title at ELKO by 52 points over Jeremy Wolff, it was the fifth Championship at Elko Speedway for Jorgenson and the tenth overall title in his career that started over 30 years ago.  His overall win total is now up to a very impressive 127 feature events.

Conrad also scored well in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Home Track Division II point standings, he finished second place in the Nation and attended the Awards Ceremony in Charlotte (NC) with his family and crew.

"2017 is the best overall racing season I've ever had, this is probably the biggest accomplishment of my career," said Jorgenson.

Conrad plans on returning to racing in the Thunder Car division at Elko Speedway again in 2018 along with mentoring his daughter Julie Jorgenson as she continues to gain experience in the Power Stock division.  "My wife said I should keep racing until I don't win anymore, so I guess were still going racing," said Conrad with a smile. 

MN Asphalt Driver of the Year winners:

2004 Dan Fredrickson

2009 Adam Royle  2009 Driver of the year article

2010 Brent Kane  2010 Driver of year article

2011 Chad Walen  2011 Driver of the year article

2012 Jonathan Eilen  2012 Driver of the year article

2013 Ricky Martin  2013 Driver of the year article

2014 Jacob Goede  2014 Driver of the year article

2016 Tim Brockhouse 2016 Driver of the year artcle

2017 Conrad Jorgenson  2017 Driver of the year article

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2017 Speed Talk Stats

2017 was the 9th year of Speed Talk on 1360 radio on KRWC and
Jason interviewed drivers from Elko Speedway and Dean Reller interviewed drivers from Granite City Speedway every week.

We had the opportunity to interview some retired NASCAR stars this year at events organized by Mystic Lake Casino, and also during the Kyle Petty Charity Ride.

Harry Gant:
Rick Allen:
Charity Ride Recap
Rusty Wallace NASCAR
Bobby Labonte NASCAR Cup Champ
Michael Waltrip at Mystic

We also were lucky enough to cover the IndyCar event at Iowa Speedway and get exclusive interviews with drivers JR Hildebrand, Charlie Kimball and Ed Carpenter.

JR Hildebrand
Charlie Kimball
Ed Carpenter
IndyCar Recap
Racing SFX
IndyCar at Iowa 2017 Race Story

We covered the Truck Series event that Jon Hunter Nemechek won at Iowa Speedway.
Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell
Truck Series at Iowa Race Story 2017

There was an incredible ARCA race at Elko Speedway with Austin Theriault as a winner, we also did three weeks of preview interviews before the race.

We covered an exciting Xfinity Series race won by William Byron at Iowa Speedway.

Here is the interviews we did after the World of Outlaws race won by Donny Schatz at Granite City Speedway.

We covered what could be the final Trans-Am series races at Brainerd International Raceway in 2017.

We ended the year covering the ARCA Midwest tour during #Thunderstruck93

Our TOP Stories receiving the most clicks were:
1- All Time Pod-cast listing Full Pod-cast listing
2- Speed Talk is BACK 9th year on KRWC
3- End of Trans-Am era Trans-Am at BIR
4- Matt Goede is recovering Goede injured on Snowmobile
5- Schatz wins WoO at Granite City Donny Schatz 2017
6- ARCA at ELKO preview ARCA ELKO preview 2017
7- Theriault wins ARCA at ELKO ARCA at ELKO 2017
8- Lawrence wins TA1 at BIR Cameron Lawrence win 2017
9- Helio Castroneves wins IndyCar at Iowa Helio 2017 win
10- Q and A from Iowa Speedway Ed Carpenter at Iowa

Jason's Most Played Interviews:
1- Natalie Decker Natalie Decker 2017
2- Derek Lemke Derek Lemke 2017
3- Brent Kane Brent Kane 2017
4- Tristan Swanson Tristan Swanson first win
5- Cameron Lawrence TA winner at BIR
6- Dillon Sellner Dillon Sellner 2017
7- Taylor Goldman Roller Girl 2017
8- Donny Schatz WoO winner at Granite City
9- Baiden Heskett Baiden Heskett 2017
10- Dave Reed Dave Reed 2017

Dean's Most Played Tracks:
1- Taylor Goldman Rollergirl Interview 2017
2- Ron Krog, Rick Allen, Harry Gant Segment Kyle Petty Charity Ride Segment 2017
3- Scotty Brandt Interview Ice Man 2017
4- Tony Buffomante TA 2 winner at BIR
5- Adam Brachle Youth Impact Racing 2017
6- Jason's April Fools Segment River Crow Radio Show
7- Willie Mullins ARCA driver
8- Kevin Cywinski ARCA Former Champ
9- Cole Anderson ARCA 2017 ELKO preview
10- Brody Willett ARCA driver 2017
11- (tie) Dalton Zehr Midwest Tour ELKO winner

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Friday, November 17, 2017

New Trans Am era at Brainerd International Raceway ends

By Jason D Searcy

The Trans Am road racing series has made the decision to not be returning to Brainerd (MN) International Raceway this year.  Here is the 2018 schedule Trans Am 2018

Here is a portion of the press release with quotes from Trans Am president John Clagett;  "the 2018 schedule was crafted to reduce the time teams spend on the road,” continued Clagett.  “We’ve reduced the number of events by two based on competitor feedback, but we’ve also focused on how we cut back the time commitment for each weekend.  Our goal is a three-day event wherever possible, including load-in and test day.  Over the course of the season, it should save teams over two weeks at the track in comparison to 2017.” 

The Trans Am road racing series had its "glory days" during a twenty year history of racing at Brainerd International Raceway from 1969-1989.  

The Donnybrooke 3 mile road course at BIR hosted some big purses and big name winners, like Parnelli Jones driving a Mustang for Bud Moore winning $3,300 in the inaugural event in 1969 and Mark Donahue in a AMC Javelin scoring $6,500 for his win in 1971.  

Peter Gregg won $2,560 in a Porsche in 1977 and actor turned road racer Paul Newman won $7,500 racing a Datsun 280ZX Turbo in a 41 car field in 1982.  Irv Hoerr in his Oldsmobile Cutlass edged Dorsey Schroeder in 1989 and won $12,000.

Brainerd International Raceway was an integral part of the resurrection of the historic Trans Am series that had dwindled down and finally ceased operations in 2005.  Jason Searcy and Dean Reller with Speed Talk on 1360 covered every Trans Am race at BIR from 2010-2017.   Included in the Race Stories are photos and audio interviews, here is recap:

In 2010 Brainerd International Raceway helped revive the series, they reconfigured a 2.5 mile competition road course and held a race on the Sunday just before Labor Day.  Only 7 cars were entered, Minnesota born racer Tony Ave (photo below with Jason) won the race by almost a full lap over Tomy Drissi and Legendary Minnesota driver Jim Derhaag raced for the 151st and final time of his career finishing 5th.

2010 Trans Am at BIR Race Story 
2010 TA results

In 2011, to help the series, BIR had a double header of races over Labor Day weekend.  Tony Ave won both races, Cliff Ebben finished second on Sunday (after wrecking his primary car the day before, photo below) and Dan Ramoutarsingh was runner-up on Saturday.  Only 12 cars raced.

2011 Trans Am Race Story
2011 TA Results Day 1
2011 TA Results Day 2

In 2012 the field increased to 17 cars and Tony Ave won his fourth consecutive race at BIR on Saturday and then Amy Ruman (photo below) won her first race at Brainerd International Raceway.

2012 Trans Am Race Story
2012 TA Results Day 1
2012 TA Results Day 2

In 2013 the race field increased to 22 and it was a thrilling race to the finish as the top four cars crossed the finish line just 1.356 seconds apart.  Doug Peterson won the race and Tony Ave was second.  Cameron Lawrence won the TA2 event.

2013 Trans Am race story
2013 TA Results

In 2014 Doug Peterson wins TA again with Amy Ruman second and Cliff Ebben third.  Ron Keith won the TA2 race with Tommy Kendall and Adam Andretti joining him on the victory podium. (below)

2014 Trans Am Race Story

In 2015 the race was moved off it's traditional Labor Day weekend to the Independence Day weekend.  Amy Ruman won the TA race over Doug Peterson and Dillon Machavern was the TA2 winner.  The car count went up to 39 with the addition of TA3 and TA4 cars.

2015 Trans Am Race Story

In 2016 Paul Fix (photo below) won the TA race when Cliff Ebben again had bad luck, he experienced mechanical problems on the last lap while leading the race.

2016 TA Race Story at BIR

Gar Robinson and his team (photo below) won a wild TA2 race, which was now run separately from the TA race.  Veteran Tommy Archer, who was fighting back cancer, finished second.

2016 BIR TA2 Race Story

Brainerd International Raceway made a sizeable investment in the facility before the 2017 race by adding curbing, a new paddock area, building a new three story scoring tower and expanding the tunnel by adding an extra lane for race control.

In what would be the final weekend of Trans Am racing in this new era Cameron Lawrence won the TA race and was very emotional in Victory Lane because his racing mentor Mel Shaw died earlier in the day.  We had a heart touching interview with Lawrence after the race.  Ernie Francis Jr led many laps but finished third of the 17 cars entered in the TA race.

2017 TA Race Story at BIR

Tony Buffomante won the final TA2 race at Brainerd, 12 cars entered the TA2 Race.

2017 TA2 Race Story at BIR

Brainerd International Raceway has not announced what will replace the Trans Am series on the race schedule for 2018 but they are looking into their options.  BIR is a wonderful road racing facility and has had incredible success with the BIR Performance Driving Schools and the Street Smarts Advanced Defensive Driving Course for Teens get more information HERE

When events at BIR are announced it will be posted HERE.  2018 BIR Schedule

I hope you enjoyed our coverage of Trans Am at BIR, we want to thank Gary, Jed and everyone at Brainerd International Raceway for their hospitality, they were nothing short of professional at every turn.  The drivers and staff at Trans Am were wonderful to work with and cover.

Results (winner and 2nd place)

2010 Tony Ave, Tomy Drissi
2011 Tony Ave, Dan Ramoutarsingh
         Tony Ave, Cliff Ebben
2012 Tony Ave, Doug Peterson
          Amy Ruman, Simon Gregg
2013 Doug Peterson, Tony Ave
2014 Doug Peterson, Amy Ruman
2015 Amy Ruman, Doug Peterson
2016 Paul Fix, Cliff Ebben
2017 Cameron Lawrence, Vinnie Allegretta

*All photos property of Jason Searcy or Dean Reller Speed Talk on 1360 radio

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Speed Talk on 1360 in 2017

  2017 Podcast Listing for Speed Talk on 1360

Here is the listing of the Podcasts for the 2017 season: Speed Talk on 1360 radio

May-September on KRWC radio in the Twin Cities

The final Speed Talk on 1360 Broadcast of 2017 is posted HERE 

Final Speed Talk show for 2017

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Harry Gant
Michael Waltrip
Bobby Labonte
Rusty Wallace

Elko Drivers:
Taylor Goldman
Owin Giles
Jacob Goede
Dave Reed
Baiden Heskett
Dylan Moore
Joe Neisius
Brent Kane
Michael Beamish
Michael Ostdiek
Derek Lemke
Jacob Goede Memorial winner
Jeremy Wolff memorial winner
Owin Giles 2nd win
Ted Reuvers
Chris Marek
Dave Reed
Nick Panitzke
Mike Homan
Taylor Goldman 2nd win
Dillon Sellner TC win
Jacob Goede CHAMP
Tristan Swanson 1st win

ARCA at Elko:
Austin Theriault
Cole Anderson
Christian Eckes
Riley Herbst
Cole Anderson Post Race
Entire Recap
Kevin Cywinski
Willie Mullins
Final 5 Laps Audio:

Thunderstruck93 Midwest Tour at ELKO:
Dalton Zehr
Ty Majeski
Jonathan Eilen
Brody Willett
Thunderstruck93 Recap

IndyCar at Iowa Speedway:

JR Hildebrand
Charlie Kimball
Ed Carpenter
IndyCar Recap
Racing SFX

Flat Track Motorcycles:

Recap of Race
Jake Mataya
Jake Mataya Post Race

Trans Am at BIR:

Race Recap:
Vinnie Allegretto
Ernie Francis Jr
Cameron Lawrence
Tony Buffomante
Gar Robinson

Xfinity Series at Iowa Speedway

Ross Chastain
Dakota Armstrong
Ty Majeski
Race Recap

Camping World Trucks at Iowa Speedway

Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell

World of Outlaws at Granite City Speedway:

Tony V race preview:
Race Recap:
Jason Johnson
Brad Sweet
Donny Schatz
Racing SFX

Kyle Petty Charity Ride:

Harry Gant:
Rick Allen:
Charity Ride Recap

Granite City Speedway:
Shane Sabraski
Danny Vang
TJ Inderieden Race Call
Justin Schelitzche
Dave Cain
Adam Prieve
Matt Baker
Dave Mass
Tyler Kaeter
Keith Thell
Shane Sabraski
Trever Roediger
Corey Mehrwerth
Chris McClain
Shane Sabraski
Eric Cleasby
Clayton Wagamon
Mitchell Hribar
Landon Atkinson
Tim Johnson 3 wins
Randy Laage
Justin Schelitzche
Mike Meuller
Brooke Tatnell
Ashley Mehrwerth
Tim Johnson
Dexton Koch
Ashley Mehrwerth
Justin Schelitzche
Tim Johnson
Dennis Czech


Michael Waltrip at Mystic
Scott Brandt Traditional Sprint car
Natalie Decker ARCA
Bobby Labonte NASCAR Cup Champ
Adam Brachle Youth Impact Racing
Jason's philosophy (April 1)
Dale Jr retirement
LIVE from Indy 500
Silly Season update with Jordan
Lenny Batycki from PRN
Rusty Wallace NASCAR
Snowmobile museum

Race Call 
Owin Giles
Dirk Henry
Chris Marek
Dusty Mann
Jacob Goede
Jackson Lewis
Joe Neisius 3rd win
Jacob Goede
Grant Brown 1st win
Joe Neisius
Final 5 laps of ARCA
TJ Inderieden (Dean)
Dusty Mann Power Stock
Goede win
Brent Kane 7th win
Cole Klein 1st win
Owin Giles 2nd win
Ted Reuvers 1st win
Derek Lemke 8th win
Dusty Mann TC win
Baiden Heskett GNL win
Brent Kane 8th win
Dillon Sellner TC win
Dusty vs Julie PS finish
Tristan Swanson 1st win

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