Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sam Hornish wins E15 250 at Iowa

By Jason D Searcy

Sam Hornish didn't even have his name above the door of his race car at Iowa Speedway.  He was a late replacement driver for the #18 Joe Gibbs Xfinity series car filling in for the injured Matt Tifft.

Hornish had the best car all day, he lead 183 laps.  He became emotional during the post race talking about  how important it was for him to have his entire family (his 3 kids and his wife) enjoy the victory lane celebration with him.

Here is an exclusive post race interview with Jason and Sam Hornish

Ty Dillon driving for RCR finished second place.  Dean Reller had an interview with him.

Brad Keselowski (above) was a contender all day long working his way through the field after starting at the back of the field, he finished 3rd.

Daniel Suarez (above) driving the #19 car for Joe Gibbs lead 62 laps and battled with Hornish for much of the race for the top spot.  He eventually finished in fourth.  Here is the interview Dean had with Suarez.

Alex Bowman driving the JR Motorsports #88 finished 5th.

Ben Kennedy had his first career Xfinity start.  He drove the #2 for RCR and finished 10th.  Here is the interview Jason did with Ben.

Local Iowa driver #52 Joey Gase (above) won a Late Model race on Friday night at Hawkeye Downs, he finished 25th on Sunday at Iowa Speedway.  Here is the interview with Jason and Joey.

The other Joe Gibbs car #20 Erik Jones was fast but had nothing but mechanical problems.  He finished 27th.  His pit crew actually switched over and pitted the (winning) #18 car after Jones went multiple laps down.

Mike Harmon drives the #74 car and he had a local MN company as a sponsor.  Here is an interview with Mike and Jason

Finally #97 Paige Decker (above) from Wisconsin had her first career Xfinity series start.  She finished 31st after having spent some time in the garage.  Here is the post race interview with Paige and Jason

We will have a full recap of the action from the 6th annual American Ethanol E 15 250 Xfinity Series race from Iowa Speedway on Speed Talk on 1360 Radio Saturday 10-11am on KRWC 1360 am or or on the free Tunein app, search KRWC.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stewart wins World of Outlaws at Granite City

By Jason D Searcy

A rainy day at the race track is the worst thing in the world for race fans and promoters but, for the #2 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series team and driver Shane Stewart the rain on Tuesday night postponing the races was a welcome sight after a rough weekend of racing in Iowa.  "I tried to empty the trailer in Knoxville," said Stewart "we crashed two nights, wrecked the car, actually was able to salvage a couple decent finishes, but it creates so much work, especially when we are out on the road."  That rain day became of work day for the Kyle Larson/Marks racing team and that extra work payed off with a win (his fourth of the season) on Wednesday night at Granite City Speedway.  "Our wing guy bent over backwards to get us two new wings and honestly the rain out last night kind of helped us because it gave them an extra day in Knoxville to get that stuff" said Stewart.

Stewart post race interview

The new parts and pieces did the trick and helped Stewart start on the outside pole and take the lead on lap 11 just before the lone caution period on lap 13.  The Red flag was displayed for Greg Wilson who flipped in corner number four.  Seven-time Champion and defending winner of this race Donny Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart, had a rough night all around, he qualified 15th, was involved in that wreck with Wilson and never recovered, he finished 23rd.

#49 Brad Sweet who drives for Kasey Kahne battled for the lead with Stewart but came up just short.  Sweet made up a lot of points on Schatz as they vie for the points Championship and he was happy with the night.  "The track was awesome," said Sweet "I thought it was multi-grooves and lots of good racing and at the end of the day we can't be mad about finishing second."  With the Schatz DNF, Sweet now takes the point lead by 1.

Brad Sweet post race interview

#29 Kerry Madsen seemed to have the best car coming into the feature event, he won his heat race, won the fast dash and missed the fast time to Joey Saldana by .003 seconds.  He started the 30 lap feature on the pole but dropped to third by the finish.

Kerry Madsen post race interview

"Shane (Stewart) and the #2 car was way better than us tonight," said Madsen "disappointed not to be in position to get it done at the end and we didn't, but still a great result."  Madsen was impressed with the overall event "great crowd here (Granite City) and the track was fantastic" said Madsen.

Here are the Results of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids (MN) presented by Marthaler Chevrolet of Glenwood.

1- Shane Stewart
2-Brad Sweet
3-Kerry Madsen
4-Daryn Pittman
5-Jason Johnson
6-David Gravel
7-Logan Schuchart
8-Jacob Allen
9-Jason Sides
10-Joey Saldana
11-Ian Madsen
12-Craig Dollansky

Other Notables:
15-Danny Lasoski
16-Brooke Tatnell
22-Rob Caho
23-Donny Schatz

It was a redemption of sorts for Shane Stewart, helped by Mother Nature and maybe a little bit of Speed Talk Karma.  We interviewed Stewart on the Saturday before the event.  You can hear that interview HERE

"Finally we were able to win here, last year we were close and weren't able to pull it off and this year we were able to," if the Speed Talk on 1360 interview Karma helps Stewart pick up those trophies we might have to talk to him more, "maybe every week" said Stewart.

The support division was the Midwest Modifieds and #88 Eric Lamm from Zimmerman was the winner.

After the races some luck race fans went home with a free souvenir and actual used Hoosier race tire from some of the racers.  These tires cost $200 each new, and used they are nothing but a conversation piece.

Get more information on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series at

Listen to more coverage of this race on Speed Talk on 1360 radio, Saturday morning 10-11am on or search KRWC on the FREE Tunein app for your phone.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The NASCAR Double at Iowa Speedway

All NASCAR eyes will be on Iowa Speedway this weekend, no it's not the Sprint Cup Series, but it is the next best thing, an Xfinity and Truck Series Double Header on a weekend where Cup is off.  Here is your Fan Guide.

It all starts with the Camping World Truck Series Spediatrics 200 on Saturday (6/18/16).

* Autograph session is from 2:00-2:45pm under the turn 4 grandstand.
* Truck series Qualifying from 3:45-4:45pm
* Xfinity series Qualifying from 5:45-6:45pm

Truck series driver intro's at 7pm, racing begins at 7:30pm.

* Post-race concert from Buckcherry

This is only the 8th race of the year in the Truck series.  Matt Crafton leads in points by 18 over Timothy Peters and William Byron is third 23 points behind.

Winners so far include:
Matt Crafton-2
William Byron-2 (18 yrs old)
John Hunter Nemechek-1
Johnny Sauter-1
Kyle Busch-1

-Thorsport will enter four trucks even though their shop burned down this week.
Matt Crafton, Rico Abreu, Ben Rhoads and Cameron Haley all are entered.
-Daniel Suarez is scheduled to race the #51, he scored his first ever Xfinity series win at Michigan last week.
-Tickets start at just $20 for adults and $10 for kids

On Sunday its the Xfinity series American Ethanol E15 250 (6/19/2016),

*Spectator gates open at 8:30am
*Kids press conference 9:00-9:15am in Media Center (infield)
*Xfinity series driver autograph session 10:30am on access road. (fan walk pass needed).
*Drivers meeting (open to the public) access road at 11:15am
*Driver intros at 12 noon with racing beginning at 12:30pm
*Tickets start at $20 for adults and $10 for kids

This will be the 14th race of the season, Daniel Suarez just won for the first time last week at Michigan he is the point leader and has an 18 point lead over Elliott Sadler and 36 points over Ty Dillon.

Winners so far in 2016:
Kyle Busch-4
Erik Jones-2
Kyle Larson-1
Austin Dillon-1
Dale Jr-1
Chase Elliott-1
Denny Hamlin-1
Elliott Sadler-1
Daniel Suarez-1

Notable entries:
-Brad Keselowski will race the #22- he has won at Iowa Speedway 3 times in the past.
-Sam Hornish Jr will drive the #18 for Joe Gibbs, he is filling in for Matt Tift who is injured.
-Drew Herring will drive the #24 car.
-Two Decker girls from WI will attempt to make the race, Claire Decker will drive the #77 car and Paige Decker (photo below) will drive the #97.  These cars are owned by Obaika racing, the first African owned race team to compete in NASCAR. 

Jason and Dean will be covering the race LIVE from Iowa Speedway.  Keep checking back for updated stories and interviews or follow us on Twitter and Facebook

Chris Buescher won this Spring race last year after a furious battle with Chase Elliott.  Here is our recap

Friday, June 10, 2016

World of Outlaws come to St Cloud

By Jason D Searcy

Marthaler Chevrolet of Glenwood presents the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be racing at Granite City Speedway (formerly the Golden Spike) in Sauk Rapids (MN) on Tuesday June 14th.

 The World of Outlaws sprint cars have spent nearly 40 years as the most successful traveling Motorsports series in America, and their next stop is right here in Minnesota.  They are in a busy stretch of 11 different tracks in 10 different states during the month of June.

This is the second time the WoO series has visited Granite City Speedway, last year 7 time Champion Donny (the kid) Schatz from Fargo (ND) won with Shane Stewart finishing 2nd.

Schatz, who drives for Tony Stewart Motorsports, has 8 wins and is looking good again in 2016, he is currently tied for the point lead with former NASCAR driver Brad Sweet who has 6 wins.  Daryn Pittman has 3 wins and is third and 3 time winner Shane Stewart is fourth with Joey Saldana currently in 5th in points, also with 3 wins so far in 2016.

Other big names including Sammy Swindell, Bryan Clauson and Kraig Kinser are also in the Top 20 in the point standings.

Local drivers will also be included and trying to make the $10,000 to win feature event.

The World of Outlaws can put on a good show no matter what the track or the racing conditions, so race fans can attend knowing they will get their money's worth.

NASCAR stars Tony Stewart, Kyle Larson and Kasey Kahne all own World of Outlaws teams and are passionate about Sprint Car Racing.  I wouldn't be surprised if one or more of those drivers show up at Granite City on Tuesday night.  The NASCAR Sprint Car series is on a rare off-weekend with no race on Sunday June 18th.

To get tickets you can call SLS promotions at (815) 344-2023 or go to

Ticket prices are $39 for a reserved seat or $40 for a pit pass.

HERE is our Pod-cast interview of Shane Stewart who drives for Larson/Marks  Kyle Larson the NASCAR driver is co-owner of this car.

****** UPDATE******

Due to the rain, the race has been postponed until Wednesday night at 7:30pm

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 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.