Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Year, New Things at Historic Princeton Speedway

By Dean Reller
The Snow is gone, racing season is almost here.  If that isn’t enough to get anyone’s motor running, I don’t know what will.  This year brings a new racing opportunity for me as I will be taking on the announcing duties at the Princeton Speedway on Fridays this summer.  Though announcing is something I’ve done in the past, this new opportunity comes as a part of many changes at the ¼ mile track located just off Highway 169 in Princeton.
The biggest change is the switch in sanctioning bodies from WISSOTA to IMCA.  Previously, IMCA has been a fixture in Iowa and southern Minnesota along with other parts of the country.  The addition of Princeton and North Central Speedway in Brainerd marks some new territory for the sanctioning body.  What’s that mean for race fans?  It’s nothing noticeably different for the casual race fan.  All the classes that ran previously will return albeit with some slightly different names and a few rule changes.  That being said, one thing that will probably be noticed is the competition level will be much more even.  The IMCA rules, specifically the tires, allow for more consistency in the cars and should produce a greater number of winners, rather than seeing just a few cars dominate week in and week out.
Another change at the Princeton Speedway is the new Promoter will be Mary Beth Cripe.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with Mary Beth in the past at I-94 in Sauk Centre and so I look forward to working with her again.  Also coming on board will be Buzz Cripe, a former Track Champion at the Princeton Speedway.  Buzz will be handling the flagging duties.  I like to refer to members of the racing community as family and Mary Beth and Buzz are two family members that are highly dedicated and very committed to putting on a great running show.  Race fans will enjoy their contributions to the track.
The Princeton Speedway has a long history and part of that involves Sprint Cars.  If Sprints are your thing, then this season will be really special as the IMCA Winged Sprints are scheduled for 4 events, plus the UMSS Sprints will visit twice this season as well.  The ¼ mile high banks produce some great Sprint Car racing and if past shows indicate, this year’s Sprint Car shows should be as exciting as ever.
As I anxiously await the start of the season, I realize it will be a big learning curve for me as I jump back into the announcer’s seat.  There are a lot of names I need to learn how to pronounce and I apologize in advance for the names that I will botch, especially in the first few weeks.  I look forward to working the pits beforehand and getting to know the drivers and to share their stories with everyone.  So, let’s get this season started, I’m ready to roll.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Jacob Goede named MN Driver of the Year

   Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) has been named the 2014 Minnesota Asphalt Driver of the Year by Speed Talk on 1360 Radio.
   Goede returned to his Minnesota racing roots in 2014 after spending much of the last decade racing in regional Late Model touring series.  Goede won the highly contested Elko Speedway Super Late Model division, scoring seven wins along the way including the prestigious Dwain Behrens memorial race.

   For the first time in his career, this homecoming made it possible to race side by side the entire season with his brother Matt.  The younger Goede also had a successful year, winning two times and finishing fourth in points at Elko Speedway.  Jacob and his wife Erica had a new addition to their family with another baby girl born just after the race season concluded.
   Jacob Goede was also crowned the NASCAR Minnesota state Champion, he took part in the ceremony at the NASCAR Hall of Fame located in Charlotte North Carolina.  "It was fun," said Goede "NASCAR does a great job, they treat you like royalty and it really makes you feel like you accomplished something."
   Jacob plans on defending his Super Late Model point title at Elko Speedway in 2015.  "We want to focus on Elko again this year," said Goede "plus I would like to race the Thunderstruck 93 and the Oktoberfest race at the end of the year."
   2015 has started out the right way for both the Goede brothers, they have been busy winning snowmobile races.  Jacob and Matt raced in seven different divisions of vintage snowmobiles at the recent Eagle River (WI) classic vintage weekend.  The duo took home five titles including the Vintage World Championship where speeds reached 90 mph on a banked 3/8 mile oval track. 
   For Jacob it's about time to put the sleds back in storage and start concentrating on the Super Late Model, it took him nearly a decade to win his first Championship.  He is determined not to wait that long for the second one.  

Here are the previous Speed Talk on 1360 MN Asphalt Driver of the Year award winners:
2004 Dan Fredrickson

2009 Adam Royle

2010 Brent Kane

2011 Chad Walen

2012 Jonathan Eilen 2013/01/eilen-named-2012-mn-asphalt-driver-of.html

2013 Ricky Martin

2014 Jacob Goede

Speed Talk on 1360 is a weekly Saturday morning radio show April through September with Jason Searcy and Dean Reller covering Motorsports in Minnesota on KRWC 1360 AM radio.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Speed Talk 2014 Season Wrap

2014 Marked the 6th season of covering Motorsports on KRWC for Jason and Dean.  We reported on many great races in the Upper Midwest from Iowa Speedway to Elko Speedway and Brainerd International Raceway.  We also broadcast live from lots of interesting venues including the Gear Head Get Together in Maple Lake, the Classics by the Lake Car show in Buffalo and the Mud Spectacular at the Wright County Fair.  We were able to interview 67 different drivers this year, we love to hear the emotion in their voice from telling their story in their own words.

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Here are the TOP 10 most popular stories on this year:

#1 Dan Fredrickson wins his 4th Thunderstruck93 race at Elko Speedway

#2 Ricky Martin named 2013 MN Asphalt driver of the year in Raceway Parks final season

#3 Local female racers selected for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program

#4 Sam Hornish wins Spring race at Iowa Speedway

#5 Power Stock division championship race is one for the record books as Oxborough and Brown tie in points.

#6 Minnesota NASCAR team owner Nate Thiesse continues to have success

#7 Doug Peterson wins Trans-Am race again at Brainerd International Raceway, car count continues to rise

#8 Seventeen year old Erik Jones dominates Iowa Speedway truck series race

#9 Grant Enfinger wins ARCA race at Elko Speedway

#10 Ryan Hunter-Reay stuns Tony Kanaan with late pit stop and on fresh tires wins at Iowa Speedway

Here is a recap of the 2014 season Champions banquet at Elko Speedway.  Jason at Elko (photo below)

We were able to Pod-cast many of the interviews done on Speed Talk radio.  Here are links to the Top 10 interviews done in 2014.

#1 Nate Thiesse talks ARCA and Trucks

#2 Dan Fredrickson-Thunderstruck winner

#3 Brooke Tatnell wins Sprint Car race at Princeton

#4 Tommy Kendall- Trans-Am 2 racer at BIR (photo below)

#5 Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small

#6 Amy Ruman- Trans-Am racer

#7 Local racing segment with Dan Plan, Jacob Goede and Paul Hamilton

#8 Dirt Track announcer Ron Krog on Speed Talk

#9 Elko racer Joey Prusak in studio at KRWC

#10 Chris Hawkey from KFAN Motorsports

Also, a big Thank You to our two weekly guests: Jordan Bianchi from for his awesome NASCAR coverage and Dan Plan from for his local racing knowledge.

Here is the full list of people interviewed in Speed Talk in 2014:
Brady Fox-Rhode (Legends)
Bryan Syer-Keske (SLM)
Jonathan Eilen (ARCA MwTour)
Ty Majeski (ARCA MwTour 2014 Champion)
Matt Panure (TUNDRA Announcer)
Dan Fredrickson (SLM)
Doug Brown (Big 8)
Matt Crafton (Trucks)
Joey Coulter (Trucks)
Ryan Blaney (Trucks)
Doug Peterson (Trans-Am)
Ron Keith (TA 2)
Tommy Kendall (TA 2)
Robby Carter (Legends)
Tom Doten (Power Stocks)
Amy Ruman (Trans-Am)
Buzzy Cripe (race official)
Brent Kane (Thunder Cars)
Scott Chantland (Gear Head Get-Together)
Shon Jacobsen (Legends)
Michael Ostdiek (Big 8)
Shaun Prins (Power Stocks)
Matt Goede (SLM)
Taylor Goldman (Power Stock)
Doug Brown (Big 8)
Nick Oxborough (Power Stock)
Michael Weiss (Mini-Stock)
Jeremy Wolff (Thunder Cars)
Joey Miller (SLM)
Joe Neisius (BIG 8)
Paul Neisius (Power Stocks)
Chad Walen (SLM)
Conrad Jorgenson (Thunder Car)
Juan Pablo Montoya (Indy Car)
Helio Castroneves (Indy Car)
Jacob Goede (SLM)
Paul Hamilton (Power Stocks)
Chris Hawkey (KFAN Motorsports)
Mason Mitchell (ARCA 2014 Champion)
Grant Enfinger (ARCA)
J J Haley (ARCA)
Tom Hessert (ARCA)
Frank Kimmel (ARCA)
Tim Brockhouse (Legends)
Steve Anderson (SLM)
Nick Beaver (Big 8)
Brooke Tatnell (Sprint Cars)
Doug Selle (Best Buy racing)
Chris Marek (Big 8)
Derek Lemke (SLM)
Brandon Petersen (Power Stocks)
Brian Adams (Mini-stock)
Mark Lamoreaux (SLM)
Trevor Bayne (Nationwide)
Landon Cassill (Nationwide)
Nick Murgic (SLM)
Ron Krog (Announcer)
Jimmy Small (Iowa Speedway president)
Nate Theisse (Win-Tron racing co-owner)
Joey Prusak (Big 8)
Ashley Bell (Mini Stock)
Justin Schelitzche (Mini Stock)
Tim Olson (ARCA Midwest tour president)
Thank you race fans for listening to our show, we plan on being back on the air in April 2015!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Elko Speedway 2014 Season Wrap up

   The Champions banquet wrapped up the 49th season of racing at Elko Speedway.  It was interesting looking at some of the 2014 season ending facts and numbers.  We saw nine different winners in the Super Late Model division, Jacob Goede won the point title, the driver of the year and seven races, but Paul Paine had an incredible year finishing second and was very consistent but had no wins.  1976 Elko Point Champion Mark Lamoreaux won a race early in the season and Kyle Hansen finished 9th in points and received the Rookie of the Year award. 

  Jacob Goede (photo above) was very emotional in his victory speech and had to pause to gather his emotions at one point.  He said "the decision to come back home to Elko was easy, I learned that racing is not as much fun if you're not doing it with people that you love."  He mentioned to me many times during the year it was really nice to race against his brother and with his young and expanding family nearby.
   Ten different drivers won races in the Big 8 division, proving that the cars were evenly matched and nearly anyone could win on a given night.  Chris Marek won the point title and five races, three in a row at the beginning of the season.  Jon Lemke closed the gap in the points late in the year finishing second, Michael Beamish was much improved and finished the season third in points in addition to winning the Oktoberfest race.  Rookie Cole Anderson turned some heads with his two wins and four "fast times" in qualifying, more than any other driver, he also received the Rookie of the Year award.
   Conrad Jorgenson won the Thunder Car title his fourth Championship at Elko Speedway.  He has now won in the Thunder Cars in 1995, 2003 and 2014, he also won the Super Truck Championship in 1997.  Only 5 different drivers won races this year with Brent Kane getting 8 victories but finishing fourth in points because he missed a race night mid-season to be in a family wedding.  Jack Purcell finished 10th in points and won the Rookie of the Year award.
   The Great North Legends title was won by Derek Lemke (photo above), he scored three wins during the season in the Legends and one in the Super Late Models.  Brady Fox-Rhode finished second in points and won the "Most Improved Driver" award, he moved up from 7th in points last year to 2nd in 2014.  He also scored a win at Elko Speedway, Hawkeye Downs and the Dells in addition to winning the "race of Champions" in the Asphalt National Championships at the Bull Ring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  Eight different drivers scored a win this year, Tim Brockhouse lead the way with 4 wins racing part-time and Jared Duda won Rookie of the Year.
   The Power Stock division was arguably the most entertaining division all year long at Elko Speedway.  Nick Oxborough won the Championship in his rookie season at the track, he scored three important wins, very crucial because they were the determining factor when he tied with Grant Brown for the points Championship.  Brown finished runner-up in the Championship but he won the UNOH Youth Achievement Award, what he accomplished at the age of 14 was astounding.  Ten different drivers won races in the Power Stock division and the 20+ car count every race night was very encouraging for the future of that division.
   Brian Adams won the Mini Stock title with six wins, Michael Wachs Jr and Brandon Plekkenpol tied for second with Wachs getting the tie breaker with his two wins.  Eight different drivers won in the Mini Stock division and Collin Neisus won Rookie of the Year.
   Brody Wulf won in the Bandoleros, he had four wins and Owin Giles had five wins and finished second in points.  This division is very important to Elko Speedway to keep talented young drivers here, a good transition from the "little Elko" 1/4 midget track to racing in front of the big crowds at the big track.  Power Stock driver Grant Brown won the Bandolero Championship in 2012 and Great North Legend driver Jared Duda won in 2013, they are both moving up the ranks and continuing their racing careers at Elko Speedway.
   The Nick Beaver race team won the Elko Speedway Goodwill award for their efforts in helping Rylie (photo above), a young autistic girl become their biggest fan.  They made her part of the team and gave her the trophy after a big win.  Their compassion touched many people in the audience and they got a standing ovation at the conclusion of the program when Rylie and the Beaver team came up to accept the award.
   Now that 2014 is wrapped up time to recharge our batteries and look ahead to next year, the 50th season of racing at Elko Speedway.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014 Power Stock division race was one to remember

The 2014 Power Stock division provided excitement, and action on a weekly basis at Elko Speedway.  The finale of the Power Stock season did not disappoint fans looking for drama as two rookies battled for the Championship.

Coming into the final night, #88 Nick Oxborough was the leader, he had lead most of the season and picked up three wins in his rookie season at Elko Speedway.  He lead #14 Grant Brown by 4pts, Grant is the son of four time Sportsman/Big 8 Champion Doug Brown.  Before the races I talked to Doug about Grant, he said he was proud no matter what happens, he also said his advice to his 14 yr old son would be, "drive it like you stole it." 

The heat race saw the two competitors race in the same heat with Brown finishing just ahead of Oxborough and knocking the margin down to two points.
A huge field of 24 cars started the feature event, the winner of the race gets 51 points, 2nd place 49 and then it goes down by one point per position after that. 

Nick Oxborough started third row outside and Grant Brown began the race directly behind him knowing not only he would have to pass his rival but either he would have to win or finish more than one position ahead because Oxborough held the tie breaker with those three wins.
Veteran racer Tom Quade held the early lead then Dusty Mann driving the Ricky Martin car that won all those figure 8 championships at Raceway Park stuck to the bottom and took over on lap 6 of the 20 lap shootout, he would later win the race.  The racing up front was exciting but the drama was the battle for the Championship as Oxborough was in 5th and Brown got pushed back to 8th.
Both drivers narrowly avoided disaster during the race, the action was wild just in front of Oxborough as Taylor Goldman had contact and spun coming into corner number four then on the restart Shawn Prins was bumped and did a 360 right in front of the entire field.  Brown took advantage on the inside and passed Oxborough for the third position but time was running out, he needed help and got it from Paul Hamilton who passed Oxborough dropping him back to fifth meaning they were tied for points on the white flag lap.
Brown was two car lengths behind Cole Neisius for second, Neisius slipped and Brown got to his back bumper right as they crossed the stripe.  Oxborough held on the finish two positions behind Brown securing the Points Championship by the most narrow of margains.  After a full year of racing both drivers tied with 922 points, Oxborough won the Championship on a tie-breaker due to his 3 wins during the season.
Oxborough was thrilled to win in his rookie year, thanked his family and crew and vowed to come back next year to defend his Championship. 

Brown went on Facebook after the races and posted this "Well, I had a lot of fun this year. My guys did a great job giving me the best car I have ever had. Ended up tying for championship win, but I lost the tiebreaker due to my amount of feature wins. But I still had a great time, and to me that is worth a lot more than a trophy."

Well said for anyone, let alone a 14 yr old.  Grant Brown surpassed the expectations of everyone in his rookie season, he was super strong and consistent he finished 2nd five times, well make that five runner-ups and one tie for a Championship.  From beginning to end racing in the 2014 Power Stocks division was one we won't soon forget.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fredrickson wins Thunderstruck93

Dan Fredrickson from Lakeville (MN) was the class of the field on a stormy night in the ARCA Midwest tour Thunderstruck93 event presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Elko Speedway. 

The 6th annual Thunderstruck event is in memory of Elko Speedway Hall of Fame member Dan Ryan who died of ALS.  To Dan Fredrickson this race has special meaning "my buddy Dan died of Lou Gehrig's disease, its really a tough deal to experience and I think about him a lot," said Fredrickson who has now won 4 of the 6 Thunderstruck93 races and its trademark guitar trophy.

Here is an emotional interview with Dean Reller and Danny right after the race 

Fredrickson is both a former Elko Speedway track Champion in 2003 and two time ARCA Midwest tour champion in 2008 and 2013.  Dan took most of this year off from racing but came back to racing at Elko Speedway a few weeks ago to get his car ready for Thunderstruck93.  "It payed off," said Fredrickson "the car was pretty good, much better than last year."

Fredrickson was fastest of the 32 cars in Time Trials with a time of 13.700 but the 12 car inversion for the 125 lap feature after a short rain delay put him back in the 6th row to begin the race.  Brad Keith from West Bend (WI) lead the race early but fell back after Hampton (MN) driver Jonathan Eilen shot to the lead on lap 6.  Fredrickson passed Eilen on lap 24 and never gave up the lead even though he got loads of pressure late in the race from Ty Majeski from Seymore (WI).  "We thought it might rain, so I worked my tires a bit too hard early in the race" said Fredrickson.  Majeski who was 2nd in ARCA Midwest tour points moved to second on the track by lap 100 and raced side by side with Fredrickson for the lead the rest of the race "I gave him the bottom a couple times, I was nervous that I might miss a corner here or there, but it was a really good race," said Fredrickson.

19 year old Majeski (photo above) finished second by only .326 seconds and moved into the Midwest tour point lead.  Here is an interview with Dean Reller and Ty after the race

Rosemount (MN) driver Nick Murgic (above) finished 3rd.  Here is Dean Reller an interview with Nick immediately after the race

ARCA Midwest tour point leader Nathan Haseleu from Marshall (WI) finished 4th and Elko Speedway MN Corn Growers Super Late Model Champion Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) rounded out the top 5.  Veteran racer Tim Sauter 6th, TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke 7th, Jason Weinkauf 8th, Chris Weinkauf 9th and MN Driver Joel Theisen got his first ever Midwest Tour Top 10 finish.

The Big 8 Late Model series appeared in Minnesota for only the second time ever at Thunderstruck93 and it was 18 year old Austin Nason from Roscoe (IL) who won.  Nason started the 58 lap race 10th but worked his was to the lead by lap 18, he passed Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) on the high side for the top spot.  Nason then had to hold off Elko Speedway Big 8 Champion Chris Marek and then Big 8 point leader Casey Johnson from Edgerton (WI) for the win.  Nason won by only .203 seconds at the finish line with Johnson 2nd, Marek 3rd another Minnesota driver Jon Lemke in fourth and Neisus dropped to 5th in the 24 car field.

The 11th annual Genz-Ryan Thunder Car Nationals race also took place at Elko Speedway during Thunderstruck93.  It was Dillion Sellner from Farmington (MN) leading the 25 car field the entire 50 lap race.  Sellner was challenged numerous times during the race by Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) and then it was Tina Davis from Rosemount (MN) putting on the pressure late, Sellner won by .240 seconds.  Scott King finished 13th, he and his bride Tracy (Photo below) were married at the track just before opening ceremonies.

The Mid American Stock car series raced a 50 lap feature at Thunderstruck93.  Lyle Nowak from Wausau (WI) started on the front row, took the lead and then fought back a hard charging Scott Dunning from Bolingbrook (IL) for the win.  Dunning started fourth row outside, made some bold moves diving down low early in the race and ran his way up to second place by the half-way mark, he closed the gap but could get no closer, he finished second by .267 seconds behind Nowak.  Jeremy Spoonmore finished third and picked up a few points on Championship leader Jeff Holtz who finished 5th.

Tim Brockhouse from Prior Lake (MN) won the 20 lap Great North Legends main event, he had a furious battle with Dirk Henry from Sauk Centre (MN) as the two went side by side for much of the race, swapping the top spot.  "It was really cool, Dirk and I must have rubbed 7 or 8 times, he raced me clean though and we didn't crash and he was the first one to shake my hand in victory lane," said Brockhouse.  Point leader Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) broke a gear mid-race and finished 15th in the 19 car field, Brady Fox-Rhode finished 8th and closed the gap in the point standings.  Lemke has only an 8 point lead over Fox-Rhode going into the final race night.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won the 20 lap Mini Stock race, Oien lead the entire way for his first win of the year.  Brandon Olson who won last week finished second, Ashley Bell third and point leader Brian Adams coming in 4th.  Adams increased his point lead over Michael Wachs Jr to 57 points going into the final race night at Elko Speedway.

Listen for full coverage of the Thunderstruck93 event on Speed Talk on 1360 radio Saturday morning 10-11am on