Sunday, October 11, 2015

Fredrickson HOT at Oktoberfest

By Jason D Searcy - Speed Talk on 1360

On a sunny and 80 degree day #36 Danny Fredrickson from Lakeville (MN) won his fourth ARCA Midwest tour event at the 46th annual Oktoberfest 200 at La Crosse (WI) Fairgrounds Speedway.

After spinning in qualifying Fredrickson started the 200 lap race 19th on the grid, he worked his way though the field but had to pit during a caution period because of overheating.  Fredrickson cooled his car enough to make a run at the lead, he took the top spot from Ty Majeski after a wild restart with 10 laps remaining. "

"Everybody's car was real hot, its a common problem on these Sunday afternoon races" said Fredrickson.   "I think the fuel was boiling in the carb because it was so hot, Ty's car started missing down the straight away and I shot under him, actually I got a good run off underneath him then my car started missing and then (Jacob) Goede got along side of me, so we came into number one three-wide.  I think the fans liked it, but I'm glad we came out on top on the other end."

"My motor was running really hot" said #91 Majeski.   "I had a bunch of leaves stuck on the grill, I tried to suck-up on the pace truck but it just wasn't enough, the motor vapor locked on me coming down the front stretch and out of turn two so I didn't have any power and they got around me."  Ty Majeski from Seymore (WI) finished third in the race and won his second ARCA Midwest tour Championship.

"It was one heck of a season, we set the record for the most ARCA Midwest tour wins in a season (5) and had a really good back half, we won 4 of the last 5 races and the sixth one come up just a little bit short" said Majeski who will now return to college in UW Madison studying Mechanical Engineering.  His future racing plans are undecided as of now, but he hopes to come back and win Oktoberfest next year, "we are working on a few things, hopefully something good will come through," said Majeski.

#72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) had a great run and finished second to Majeski just as he did a few weeks earlier at #Thunderstruck93 at his home track Elko (MN) Speedway where he had 10 wins and a Championship this year.  Minnesota drivers took three of the top 4 spots with Nick Murgic from Rosemount (MN) finishing 4th and Skyler Holzhausen 5th, Tim Sauter 6th, Natalie Decker 7th.

Here is an audio interview with winner Dan Fredrickson

Here is an audio interview with ARCA Midwest tour Champion Ty Majeski

Here is the YouTube Highlight Video of the Oktoberfest 200

Here is the YouTube Video of the starting line-up just before green

NASCAR Star Johnny Sauter accepted the $5000 Ultimate Challenge to start at the back of the 28 car field.  He advanced up to second by lap 58 but faded back and had mechanical problems resulting in a DNF.

#91 Ty Majeski won the BIG 8 Style JMcK overall title, he tied the record for the best score ever with two wins and a second place finsh (4 points).  Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) scored the other win.  Michael Beamish from Eagan (MN) finished second in the first segment of the race.

Two Elko Speedway drivers finished out the podium with #3 Chris Marek finishing second and #5 Ryan Kamish coming in third.

Many vintage cars raced, Woody Poole was the winner in the finals.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Season Finale at Elko Speedway

October 3, 2015 - Elko, MN

The 50th season of racing ended with a bang at Elko Speedway on Saturday night with a Rock n Roll fireworks show after the final Eve of Destruction event presented by Leo's South.

It was a night where the Hornets, Bandos and Great North Legends divisions get to shine and take center stage.  #13 Tim Brockhouse from Webster (MN) beat out 20 other drivers to win his second feature of the year at Elko Speedway, it is his 137th career win and he had to hold off the Track Champion by .177 seconds to do it.  

#71 Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) finished second in the race and that won him his second consecutive Great North Legends title.  Lemke celebrated with his Father Jon with both drivers doing a burnout near the flagstand.

Derek thanked his family, sponsors and crew for the incredible support they have shown him this season.  He had four feature wins and he finished 24 points ahead of 2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse for the title, Robby Carter got third in points, Matt Allen fourth and Brady Fox-Rhode had mechanical problems on Championship night causing him to drop to 5th in points even though he had six feature wins.

#36 Alex Vincent from Owatonna (MN) won his 5th Hornets main event of 2015, he won by only .145 seconds and had a great battle with Thunderstruck93 winner Matt Suhl for the top spot.  Vincent had more wins than any other driver in the Hornets division this year.

#14 Justin Schelitzche from Lester Prairie (MN) finished 5th in the feature and he secured his first Hornets Championship at Elko Speedway.  He finished just ahead of his two teammates in the point standings.  Ashley Bell was 53 points behind and Brandon Plekkenpol was 79 points back.  Alex Vincent finished 4th in points and Michael Wachs Jr was fifth.

Here is an audio interview with Justin Schelitzche

Schelitzche said that consistency was the key to his success this year, he had 18 "top 5" finishes in his 19 starts at Elko Speedway.  He also did well in the NASCAR Home tracks standings, he finished 2nd in the Nation in Division 5.  This is the seventh title in less than 5 years for Schelitzche who races at numerous different tracks during the season, but on Saturday nights he and his crew are always at Elko Speedway.  "There are 10+ cars who could win on any given night at Elko Speedway, and that is one of the most fun parts of this class, it is so competitive" said Schelitzche. 

#3 Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won an exciting Bandoleros main event, it was his 7th win of the season, the most of any Bando driver this year at Elko Speedway.  Allen finished just ahead of his rival #6 Owin Giles from New Market who won his first Bando Championship.  Giles finished with 6 wins and 20 points ahead of Allen in the race for the points Title.  These two young men showed great sportsmanship battling each other for race wins and the Championship during the year.  Lennon Watkins ended up third in points, Coy Wulf won a race and finished fourth in points and Tristan Swanson fifth.

Bob Heine won the crowd favorite spectator drags portion of the race program.  The big crowd also liked the burnout contest, vertical mischief and Figure 8 bus races.

Brandon Olson from Minneapolis showed his off his merging and shifting skills by winning the Flag Pole race and Justin Schelitzche was declared the winner during the World Famous Figure 8 trailer race.  A race in which the object is to knock the trailer off your competitors vehicle, debris was scattered all around the 3/8th mile track at Elko Speedway.

Doug Rose in his 12 time National Champion Jet Car named the Green Mamba melted a Jeep as the on-track finale for the 2015 season.

For full results and final point standings go to

Up next is the season ending Championship Banquet on Saturday evening October 17th in Champions Event Center at Elko Speedway, Johnny Holm will entertain after the ceremony.

Elko Speedway wants to say a big THANK YOU to all it's fans, drivers and sponsors for an entertaining and successful 2015 season.  During the off season check or follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for updates.