Saturday, April 23, 2016

History of I-94 Raceway Pod-cast

Dean Reller and Jason Searcy, hosts of Speed Talk on 1360 radio, are celebrating their 25 years of covering Motorsports by doing a pod-cast centered around I-94 Raceway.

These pod-cast segments focus on different era's of the closed down but not forgotten iconic Race Track in Sauk Centre MN.

Segment one is on the DIRT YEARS 1991-1993.

Segment two is about the switch from dirt to ASPHALT in 1994 and the early struggles on the new surface

Segment three focuses on some of the real characters and the big events that were held at the track

The last segment talks about the best drivers who raced at the track before it closed in 2008.

If you would like more information about this track and its history check out this website.

Monday, April 11, 2016

2006 Labor Day 200 ASA Late Model race at ELKO

Here is the broadcast of the Labor Day 200 at Elko Speedway back in 2006.  This race features great drivers including:  Jacob Goede, Jonathan Eilen, Dean Cornelius, Chad Wood, Tim Schendel, Landon Cassill and Kelly Bires.

This was the very first race that Dean Reller and Jason Searcy broadcast at Elko Speedway, it also was the first event that we broadcast on KRWC radio.  It was a rainy day, which delayed the race program, but the weather cleared in time for a great race that night.

Here are the official race results

Just before the main event we also broadcast the Great North Legends Regional Qualifier race.  Many of the big names of the era raced in this event including:  Tyler Sjoman, Jaycen Brockhouse, Dirk Henry, Patrick Brejcha, Gary Mueller, Tom Silver, Doug Petty, Todd Tracy, Scott Brandt, Robbie Carter, Mike Tuma, Jon Lewerer, Brian Miles, Mark Skjerven etc.

Here is the link to that Great North Legends race, we were not planning on broadcasting this race, but we are glad we did!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Speed Talk on 1360 Radio will be back for its 8th year on KRWC radio in Buffalo MN.  We will be on LIVE from 10-11am Saturdays from now through September.  Listen at 1360 AM radio, at or on your phone by downloading the FREE Tunein app and search KRWC.

10-11am every Saturday

You can expect great weekly NASCAR knowledge from Jordan Bianchi (right) who covers the circuit better than anyone in the nation on and he is from right here in MN.

Dan Plan (left) from the Midwest Racing Connection will also join us weekly talking about Local and Regional Racing in the North.

Jason Searcy, announcer at Elko Speedway and Dean Reller, announcer at Princeton Speedway will host the discussion and bring you 50+ interviews from drivers and industry pro's.

A big Thank you to our sponsors, please support them.  Without them the show would not be possible.

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You can listen to the show on KRWC radio 1360 AM radio or go to and "Listen Live" or listen on you phone by downloading the FREE Tunein app and search for KRWC.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Goede named 2015 MN Driver of the Year

By Jason D Searcy

Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) has been named the 2015 Minnesota Asphalt Driver of the Year.

This is the second year in a row that Goede has won this award.  Jacob won ten feature events and his second track Championship at Elko (MN) Speedway in 2015 plus he was the fastest qualifier in every points event the entire year.  "Elko has great competition, so to do that I was pretty stoked," said Goede "going into the final night my number one goal to maintain that qualifying streak and we got it done."

Goede also was incredibly close to winning the Midwest Tour Thunderstruck93 event, leading numerous times and losing to Ty Majeski by 2 feet at the finish line.  "Thats what racing is all about, we need to put a good show on for the fans," said Goede "I don't think I've ever driven that hard the last 30 laps."

Midwest tour announcer Eric Huenefeld said it was the best Super Late Model race he had ever seen and the top 3 competitors were given lots of accolades for exciting but clean racing.  "Danny Fredrickson was right there the whole time and he got into me a little bit and then I got into him a little to take the lead," said Goede "it was all just a little rubbing, we all respect each other, it was awesome racing, if we could do that every week the stands would be packed."

Jacob gives a lot of the credit for his great success to his crew and teammate.  "Matt had a great season too, as a team we had a great season," said Jacob "our cars are very similar so we can bounce things off each other and work together to make the best set-ups we can."  Jacob's brother Matt had three feature wins even though he raced part of the season with a broken wrist on one hand and a broken forearm on the other hard from a motocross accident.

Goede not only won the Elko Super Late Model track championship but also won the NASCAR Whelen All American series Minnesota State Championship and he placed 6th in the National point standings for division I.  "It goes to show that hard work and having a fast car pays off," said Jacob.  Goede plans on racing for his third consecutive championship at Elko Speedway in 2016.

Previous winners of MN Asphalt Driver of the Year.

2004 Dan Fredrickson
2009 Adam Royle
2010 Brent Kane
2011 Chad Walen
2012 Jonathan Eilen
2013 Ricky Martin
2014 Jacob Goede
2015 Jacob Goede

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Most popular interviews of 2015

Jason and Dean interviewed drivers and motor sports personalities every week on Speed Talk on 1360 radio a total of 60 different drivers.

These interviews are broadcast live Saturday mornings 10-11am on KRWC 1360am radio and but they are also pod-casted on Soundcloud.

Here is the listing of our TOP 10 most downloaded interviews of 2016.

JASON interviews:

1-Matt Allen (Elko Legends driver)
2-Grant Brown (Elko Power stock Champion)
3-Adam Brachle (Youth Impact Racing)
4-Michael Ostdiek (Elko Big 8 and Legends driver)
5-Tom Doten (Elko Power stock driver)
6-Ted Reuvers (Elko Thunder Car driver)
7-Jon Lemke (Elko Big 8 driver)
8-Matt Peterson (World Racing League)
9-Tina Davis (Elko Thunder Car driver)
10-Darrin Giles (Elko Super Late Model driver)

DEAN interviews:
1-Chris Buescher (NASCAR Xfinity Champion)
2-Matt Panure (TUNDRA Announcer)
3-Dan Fredrickson (Oktoberfest winner)
4-Mitchell Hribar (Princeton driver)
5-Amy Ruman (Trans-Am Champion)
6-Lexi Kastner (Princeton driver)
7-Michael Stien (Princeton driver)
8-Ted Hough (Legends driver & road racer)
9-Dillon Machavern (Trans-Am 2 winner)
10-Tim Olson (ARCA Midwest Tour)

Thank you to everyone who listened to the show LIVE on the radio and those of you who listen to our interviews via pod-cast.  Click the links below and check out what you might have missed in 2015.  Be sure and follow us on Soundcloud and you will never miss and interview and if you want to download and save an interview please do so now, we will be erasing many old interviews as we begin the 2016 racing season.

When you see our interviews on Social Media please share then and promote racing in MN!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Elko driver sign-up News and Notes

Dec 5, 2015

By Jason D Searcy

The first Elko Driver sign up was held on Saturday at Turtles bar in Shakopee (MN).

The star of the show was clearly #55 Hornet driver Brandon Plekkenpol's one year old daughter (photo above).

The 2016 schedule was released, the season begins a little later than last year.  The season opener begins on Saturday night May 28th as one of the eight Eve of Destruction shows.  Thunderstruck93 will be on September 24th and the season will end on October 1st.

Here is a link to the season schedule

The Super Late Models and Big 8 divisions will both have 4 OFF nights during the season, they alternate being OFF during Eve of Destruction events.   Every time the Super Late Models and Big 8 cars race, they will be racing double features, so barring rain-outs they would get 26 races for NASCAR points (NASCAR only counts features).  So, if the car counts are as good as last year, drivers would have an opportunity to race for a National point title.

The points were changed slightly for 2016.... Last year it payed 10 points to win qualifying, down one point per position to 10th getting 1 point.   In 2016 its 15 points to win down to 1 point for 15th in group qualifying.

The Heat race winners still score 21 points, the point structure changes slightly after that, but very similar to last year.

The Feature event winner gets 51 points, then it drops to 48 points for 2nd, then down by two points per position until 10th place, then down by one after that until 18th.  Last year it was 51 for the winner and 49 for second and then down by one point per position.

This puts more importance on doing well in the the Feature events.

For example;  in 2015 10th place earned 41 points.... now in 2016 10th place only earns 32 points.  It also means a driver can make up points faster if the point leader has a bad night.

Here is the line-up and point explanations

Some interesting driver news...

NASCAR Division 4 National Champion and Elko Speedway Power Stock Champion Grant Brown will be travelling with his family to the NASCAR Home Tracks banquet in Charlotte NC next weekend, he said he has thought about his speech but has not practiced yet.

Don't be surprised to see Grant racing against his dad Doug Brown next year in a Big 8 car at Elko Speedway.  He will join other father/son duo's racing each other on the track including Jon and Derek Lemke in the SLM's and Bruce and Matt Allen and Tim and Jaycen Brockhouse in the Legends also look for a father/daughter pairing of Don Whitebear and Tina Davis in the Thundercars in 2016.

Hornets driver Brandon "positivity" Olson plans on continuing racing in the Hornets division in 2016 but also he has made the first payment to purchase the Power Stock driven by Grant Brown last year.  He will be a great addition to the already strong field of Power Stock cars at Elko.

Super Late Model Champion Jacob Goede and his brother Matt will be racing their snowmobiles again this winter, they are looking forward to the Eagle River (WI) event in early January and also the Viking Speedway event in Alexandria (MN) in late January.

It was also really nice to see one of our great sponsors HIWAY Federal Credit Union in attendance, they are very supportive of Elko Speedway and love the loyalty that race fans have to sponsors.

Great North Legends owner Tim Brockhouse, the only driver to win both the Asphalt and Dirt Nationals events for Legends cars, is attempting to race a Midget car at the Chili Bowl... many Elko Speedway drivers and fans have contributed to the effort.  Here is his GoFundMe page, it appears he is very close to making his goal!

The next Driver Sign up event will be held at the Endzone bar in Elko on Saturday February 27th 1-3pm.

For more information go to