Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Elko Speedway Preview

By Jason D Searcy

Elko Speedway begins its 51st season with an Eve of Destruction on the Saturday night of Memorial weekend, a couple weeks later than usual.

Some new but familiar faces will be taking over race control at Elko. 

Midwest tour founder Tim Olson (above) was hired to oversee race day operations and two time former Super Late Model champion Jason Schneider has taken over the race director role.  Both men are well respected in the racing community and have been open to suggestions coming into the 2016 season.

One thing that will be highlighted at Elko will be the "gentlemen's tap out" rule.  This has been used at some Wisconsin tracks for years.  If a driver feels they are solely at fault for an accident they may pull to the bottom of the start/finish line and tap their roof, at that time only that driver will be sent to the tail of the single file line with all others deemed involved awarded their prior position.  This rule will surely provide some additional drama to every caution period, so I would advise people to plan their bathroom breaks accordingly.

Some slight format changes on race night will occur as well.  In previous years in addition to the normal show double features were run in three divisions on Eve of Destruction nights making for a very compact race schedule when you consider all of the extra entertainment that happens on those very long race nights. 

This year, in addition to the normal show, double features in four divisions will be run on the NASCAR nights, giving the die-hard traditional race fan exactly what they want, more racing.  Eve of Destruction nights will have single features in all the division except for one (either the Big 8 or Super Late Models), reducing the chance of an extra long race night, that dear sir is a win-win scenario.  

The Super Late Model and Big 8 divisions will each have four nights off this year, they rotate doing the Eve of Destruction nights, all other nights they will run double features.  Giving those drivers an opportunity to travel with the car if they wish or simply just spend more time with the family.  Having a shorter season with some off nights has been more of a priority for families in this modern age of racing.

Some season schedule notes:  The popular MN Corn Growers FREE Admission night will return on Saturday June 4th.  Elko Speedway will have fireworks on Saturday July 2nd and on the final race night Eve of Destruction October 1st.  The 8th annual Thunderstruck93 event will be a one day event on Saturday September 24th. 

Some story lines to follow coming into the 2016 season include:

**How will Chris Marek do in his first year racing with the Super Late Models? 

Marek has done things the right way, he has climbed the ladder one rung at a time.  Winning a Hornets Championship in 2005, then a Power Stock title in 2006, he then won the ASA Sportsman Championship in 2010 & 2011 before moving up to the Big 8 division and winning the Championship 3 years in a row 2013-2015.  In 2015 he won an incredible 12 features at Elko Speedway.  Next is his biggest Challenge but, if history means anything, expect Marek to challenge the Goede brothers for the Super Late Model title in the next couple of years at Elko Speedway.

**Can Grant Brown continue his rise? 

Fifteen year old Grant Brown won the NASCAR division 4 National title in the Power Stock division at Elko Speedway in 2015.  Now he moves up to the highly competitive Big 8 division and if that is not enough of a challenge, he is also recovering from a pretty serious injury.  Brown hurt in his lower leg while skiing this winter.  On a warm day Brown caught a rut and his foot jerked backwards and off to the side, when that happened his ankle folded over and smashed his leg against the side of the ski boot causing a spiral fracture that wrapped all the way around the bone.  He spent the off season rehabbing, just got the boot off his left leg and plans on being ready for the season opener at Elko Speedway.  Grant said he feels like he has "a lot to prove" this year and is motivated to do well.

***Will the Kane vs Wolff rivalry continue to grow?  

The best rivalry at Elko Speedway might be in the Thunder Car division.  Brent Kane and Jeremy Wolff had a great point battle in 2015 and they seemed to always be racing near each other.  The rivalry is also fueled by intensity, a mutual respect and a passionate fan base supporting each driver.  I'm curious if it will be the Kane-iacs vs the Wolf pack again in 2016.

***How will the KDDP help Michael Ostdiek?  

Michael Ostdiek was chosen from hundreds of applicants to be part of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program in 2016.  His race team is granted a prize of $7,777 with a chance to win $54,439 at the end of the year if he is the chosen winner of the Kulwicki Cup.  Ostdiek is a former Great North Legends Champion in 2013 and he had three Big 8 division wins in 2015 at Elko Speedway.  He plans on racing in both the Super Late Model and Big 8 divisions this year on a semi-regular basis at Elko Speedway while traveling as well.

Tons of stories to follow this year, don't miss out, I hope to see you all at Elko Speedway on Saturday nights this summer.

Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or download their FREE app by searching Elko Racing

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 KRWC1360.com 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 SBNation.com/NASCAR 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.  TheRacingConnection.com

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.

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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 KRWC1360.com 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.



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