Friday, July 28, 2017

2017 Podcast Listing for Speed Talk on 1360

Here is the listing of the Podcasts for the 2017 season:

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Performance Driving School at BIR
ELKO Speedway
Highway 55 Trailer Sales in Buffalo
Lou Fegers Racing Equipment in Delano
STB Screen Printing and Embroidery
Radio-Active Mobile Electronics in Buffalo

Elko Drivers:
Taylor Goldman
Owin Giles
Jacob Goede
Dave Reed
Baiden Heskett
Dylan Moore
Joe Neisius
Brent Kane
Michael Beamish
Michael Ostdiek
Derek Lemke

ARCA at Elko:
Austin Theriault
Cole Anderson
Christian Eckes
Riley Herbst
Cole Anderson Post Race
Entire Recap
Kevin Cywinski
Willie Mullins
Final 5 Laps Audio:

IndyCar at Iowa Speedway:

JR Hildebrand
Charlie Kimball
Ed Carpenter
IndyCar Recap
Racing SFX

Flat Track Motorcycles:

Recap of Race
Jake Mataya
Jake Mataya Post Race

Trans Am at BIR:

Race Recap:
Vinnie Allegretto
Ernie Francis Jr
Cameron Lawrence
Tony Buffomante
Gar Robinson

Xfinity Series at Iowa Speedway

Ross Chastain
Dakota Armstrong
Ty Majeski
Race Recap

Camping World Trucks at Iowa Speedway

Race Recap:
Grant Enfinger
Chase Briscoe
Christopher Bell

World of Outlaws at Granite City Speedway:

Tony V race preview:
Race Recap:
Jason Johnson
Brad Sweet
Donny Schatz
Racing SFX

Kyle Petty Charity Ride:

Harry Gant:
Rick Allen:
Charity Ride Recap

Granite City Speedway:
Shane Sabraski
Danny Vang
TJ Inderieden Race Call
Justin Schelitzche
Dave Cain
Adam Prieve
Matt Baker
Dave Mass
Tyler Kaeter
Keith Thell
Shane Sabraski
Trever Roediger
Corey Mehrwerth
Chris McClain
Shane Sabraski
Eric Cleasby
Clayton Wagamon
Mitchell Hribar
Landon Atkinson
Tim Johnson 3 wins
Randy Laage
Justin Schelitzche

Mystic Lake Events & Other

Scott Brandt Traditional Sprint car
Natalie Decker ARCA
Bobby Labonte NASCAR Cup Champ
Adam Brachle Youth Impact Racing
Jason's philosophy (April 1)
Dale Jr retirement
LIVE from Indy 500
Silly Season update with Jordan
Lenny Batycki from PRN

Race Call 
Owin Giles
Dirk Henry
Chris Marek
Dusty Mann
Jacob Goede
Jackson Lewis
Joe Neisius 3rd win
Jacob Goede
Grant Brown 1st win
Joe Neisius
Final 5 laps of ARCA
TJ Inderieden (Dean)
Dusty Mann Power Stock
Goede win
Brent Kane 7th win

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Sammy Halbert wins Flat Track at MOA

Sammy Halbert won the inaugural Flat Track race on a temporary track built in a parking lot at Mall of America to begin the 2017 X-Games.  Halbert had a dominating run, he was fast time in qualifying, won his heat race and led all but the first two laps in the feature event, his margin of victory was over 12 seconds.

JJ Flarity from Wisconsin won the Hooligan race.

The 1/3rd mile flat dirt track had a big hole in the fourth corner but held up pretty well, it was mainly one groove but fairly consistent.  A large crowd estimated 4,000 or so packed into the temporary facility, all the food trucks ran out of food before the feature event started and the lines for the Porta-Pottys were long.

Indian Motorcycle riders continued their strong Flat Track Motorcycle season, #9 Jared Mees and #6 Brad Baker finished 2nd and 3rd.

MN racer Jake Mataya was riding with a separated shoulder, he had a bad start in his heat race and had to run the Last Chance Qualifier, he finished 8th in that race.  Overall he was happy with the experience, "being at X-Games was awesome, I'm so glad I could make it here," said Mataya.  Listen to his entire interview HERE

Here are the official results for the race

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Helio Castroneves silences the rumors and wins Iowa Corn 300

Rumors swirled this week that it might be the final year of racing for Team Penske in IndyCar for Helio Castroneves, he silenced those rumors and ended his long winless drought of 1,134 days on Sunday July 9th 2017 by winning the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.  It was his 30th career win. He led 217 laps (out of 300) in the race and now is fourth all-time in laps led with 5,947.  The media was instructed not to ask Helio about his upcoming contract in the post-race press conference, we were told that all questions should be addressed to Team Penske and at this time they have no comment.

JR Hildebrand (photo above) led 38 laps but had older tires at the end and held on for second place.  Here is the Speed Talk on 1360 Exclusive interview with Hildebrand after the race.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (photo above) is a three time winner of this race, he started 15th on the grid and drove his way up to third.  The race was Red Flagged for a very brief time on lap 208 for Rain.  It also was very hot with air temperatures in the 90's and track temperatures above 130 degrees.

Will Power (photo above) started the race on the Pole, led the race three different times for 23 laps but dropped back after the last caution period and finished fourth.

Graham Rahal (above) finished the race in the fifth position 10.1811 seconds behind the leader.  2016 race winner Josef Newgarden started the race 16th and finished 6th.

Charlie Kimball (photo above) started the race 14th and with pit strategy actually led ten laps in the second half of the race but he dropped to 15th at the finish.  Here is a Speed Talk on 1360 exclusive interview with Charlie Kimball

Ed Carpenter (photo above) did the Kids "Q and A" earlier in the day and started the race in 4th, he dropped back and finished 12th.  Here is an exclusive Speed Talk on 1360 interview with Ed Carpenter.

Here is the article about the Kids "Q and A" at Iowa Speedway.

Point leader Scott Dixon had a poor qualifying effort starting the race 17th, he finished the race in 8th.

We will have a full recap of the Iowa Corn 300 Verizon IndyCar series race including commentary and full interviews with Jason and Dean Saturday 10-11am (CDT) on Speed Talk on 1360 radio.  Listen on or search KRWC on the free Tunein app.

Here is a :50 Sound Bite of the opening laps for the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway.

Kids Q & A at Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway held a Kids Q & A Session preceding the Iowa Corn 300 for the Verizon IndyCar Series.  It was held at the Crash Course located under the Main Grandstand.  IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter was the celebrity guest and kids were given the opportunity to ask questions, just like the professional media.

Here are some of the interesting Kids Questions that were asked-with a summary of the answer.

Q:  How does it feel to go Airborn?
A:  It is very Quiet.

Q:  Did you watch racing when you were little?
A:  Yes, I was always a big IndyCar fan growing up.

Q:  How long does it take for you to get into the car?
A:  We have a maximum of 6 minutes when it is announced for drivers to do so but, it usually only takes me about 3-4 minutes.

Q:  How does it feel when you need to go to the Bathroom?
A:  I was waiting for that one!  It's just like when you go on a long road trip with your parents, you have to   go to the bathroom before the race and if you don't you just have to hold it.  But we sweat out a lot in the car so it usually isn't a problem

Just like working media, the kids were not allowed to take photos with the driver or get autographs but the parents were allowed to take a group photo at the end.

Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar Iowa Speedway preview

The Iowa Corn 300 IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway is coming up today with green flag scheduled for 4:40pm.  The race will be televised on NBCSN beginning at 4pm (CDT).

Will Power #12 was the fast qualifier with a lap time of 17.3612 seconds, average speed of 185.210 mph on the 7/8th Oval at Iowa Speedway located in Newton (IA).

The 2016 winner was Josef Newgarden Here is the link to our race story

Here is our 2014 Recap

Here is our 2013 Iowa IndyCar Recap

Scott Dixon #9 is the current point leader with 379 pts
Simon Pagenaude #1 is second in points 34 behind
Helio Castroneves #3 is third in points 37 behind Dixon.

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Sunday, July 2, 2017


By Dean Reller

BRAINERD, MN (July 2, 2017) –  If there was such a thing as a "perfect race"  for Tony Buffomante, this would have been it as Buffomante won the Trans Am TA2 Ryan Companies Muscle Car Challenge at Brainerd International Raceway.

After having been the fastest car in all of the practices and then qualified for the pole with a Track Record lap of 1:29.562 seconds, Buffomante led the field to the green in the 40 lap race on Brainerd International Raceway's 2.5 mile Competition Road Course.  From the wave of the green, Buffomante took control of the race staying ahead of Gar Robinson and teammate Shane Lewis. The cautionless race played into Buffomante's favor as he held off every challenge that Robinson threw at him, leading every lap in taking the win.

"I don't know how much he had left," said Buffomante following the race.  "We had a little bit left, but I didn't want to see that traffic at the end, but that's TA2 racing.  It's hard to get away from people in this series.  The series is so close, Ford vs Chevy this weekend and fortunately the Mustang ended up on top."

Click to listen to interview with Tony Buffomante

Points leader Robinson chased Buffomante from the start, but despite several challenges and a small opportunity to capitalize on some lapped traffic near the end, he would have to settle for second.

"He (Buffomonte) had a nice car today," said Robinson afterwards.  "I think both our cars were equally matched.  It came down to who made mistakes and Tony didn't make mistakes and I got to try and minimalize mine.  It was a clean hard race all the way.  I thought it was going to get interesting with lapped traffic, but we'll have to wait until Mid-Ohio to do it again."

Click to listen to interview with Gar Robinson

Shane Lewis started third and maintained that position the entire race, finishing a considerable distance behind the leaders.

This event will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Saturday August 12th  at 11am

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By Jason D Searcy

The driver whose name had to be written in by hand with a sharpie on duct tape won the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic Trans Am series race presented by Pirelli at Brainerd (MN) International Raceway.  Twenty-four year old Cameron Lawrence from Dania (FL) won his first career TA series race in just his second career start.

The number 6 car is not the usual ride for Cameron Lawrence, Mickey Wright has driven that car for Shakopee (MN) based Derhaag Motorsports for the last few years, but Lawrence was in that seat for the Indianapolis race and now the win at BIR.  Lawrence had to start the 100 mile, forty lap event at the back of the pack in 8th on the grid because a busy racing schedule elsewhere prevented him from qualifying this car on Saturday.

The crew members of the #6 car cheered as Cameron Lawrence crossed the finish line at BIR in first.  The 40 lap race saw the lead swapped numerous times as pole sitter #41 Vinnie Allegretta and current point leader #98 Ernie Francis Jr battled for the top spot.  Allegretta finished as the runner-up and was all smiles after the race "It was hard trying to hold off Ernie, the kid is fast and he always has a good car for the long haul and our car got a little loose," said Allegretta "I had an absolute blast out there Ernie and Cameron are true sportsmen and great racers, it's an honor to be running with these guys."

Here is our exclusive interview with Vinnie Allegretta

It looked like #98 Ernie Francis Jr was going to win the race at BIR, he had a nice lead until a shocking moment happened with just three laps remaining.  "When I came around turn 12 and when I got off the throttle to get on the brakes the throttle just stuck to the floor, it was something random, don't know what happened yet" said Francis "we had a good race going, we had a fast car, we will get it at the next one."

Here is our Speed Talk exclusive interview with Ernie Francis Jr

Brainerd Track owner Jed Copham #44 did a great job to finish just off the podium in fourth even though he struggled with some mechanical problems and two time defending Trans Am Champion #23 Amy Ruman finished fifth.  Minnesota born driver and four time winner at BIR Tony Ave lost power steering, pitted and finished fourteenth.

Even though it was the first career TA victory for Cameron Lawrence he is no stranger to winning, he is a two time TA2 Champion and has won 20 races in his ever growing Trans Am career.  Lawrence was subdued in Victory Lane and mentioned thoughts about a fellow racer and friend who died at the track during a regional SCCA race held at BIR just a few hours earlier, the start of the Trans Am race was delayed by more than an hour because of that accident.  Victory lane had more hugs than high-fives and the mood was somber and reflective.

Speed Talk on 1360 had an exclusive interview with Cameron Lawrence, he mentions the recent death of fellow racer Mel Shaw who died at Brainerd International Raceway earlier that day while racing in an SCCA race.

The Results can be found HERE

The Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic TA race was televised and can be seen on CBS Sports Network on Saturday July 22nd at 11am (CDT).

The Ryan Companies Muscle Car Challenge TA2 race was also televised and can be seen on CBS Sports Network on Saturday Aug 5th at 11am (CDT).

A full audio recap of the race can be heard Saturday morning 10-11am (CDT) during Speed Talk on 1360 radio on or search KRWC on the free Tunein app.

Saturday, June 24, 2017


William Byron has already been a winner at Iowa Speedway in the Truck Series, but the young driver added more to his legacy as he won the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES E15 250 Presented by Enogen Saturday at Iowa Speedway.

Byron started 6th and was at or near the front a good portion of the race, leading five times for a total of 78 laps.  The win was his first in the XFINITY Series in just his 14th carreer start. Byron is also the youngest series winner at Iowa speedway at the age of 19 years, 6 months and 26 days.  (The previous record was Erik Jones after his win last year at 20 years, 2 months and 0 days.)  Following the win, Byron took a phone call from owner Rick Hendrick while in Victory Lane.

Ryan Sieg finished second, his first top 10 finish in 2017.  Sieg started 22nd and a strange combination of the leaders pitting under green late in the race coupled with a caution in the middle of the pit sequence put Sieg in position for a top five finish.

Tyler Reddick moved from a 15th place start to a career best 3rd place finish and first top 10 finish at Iowa Speedway.

Ross Chastain put himself in  position for a good finish when his team worked the strategy to give him a career best 4th place finish.

Click to hear interview with Ross Chastain

Dakota Armstrong flirted with the lead cars the entire race and was also one of the cars that did not pit under green, which helped him to a 5th place finish.

Click to hear interview with Dakota Armstrong

Pole sitter Christopher Bell led 3 times for a race leading 152 laps and was the leader when many of the other top cars pitted under green.  Bell was caught up in a wreck with Ryan Reed and  Brennan Poole.  Bell was part of the caution that he was looking for.  He would finish 16th.

Midwest Late Model star Ty Majeski made his first carreer NASCAR XFINITY SERIES start in the number 60 Ford.  Majeski started 10th, but by making some bold moves on the outside, he quickly moved up to fifth.  Near the end of the first stage of the race, Majeski slowly began to fade as his tires went away.  On lap 114, while running in the middle of the pack, Majeski tangled with the already spinning car of Kyle Benjamin.  The pair collided hard in turn four and Majeski suffered considerable damage.  After making several pit stops for repairs, he was able to continue.  Then on lap 146, Majeski pounded the wall in turn one to bring out the 6th of 9 cautions on the night.  Majeski limped his car back to his pit with heavy damage including a fire on the right front tire, thus ending his night with a disappointing 34th place finish.  Due to the impact of the crash, he we examined and released from the infield care center with no injuries.

NASCAR XFINITY SERIES E15 250 Presented by Enogen

Fin   Str   Driver                        Laps    Status
1.     9      William Byron           250     Running
2.    22     Ryan Sieg                  250     Running
3.    15     Tyler Reddick            250     Running
4.    14     Ross Chastain            250     Running
5.    7       Dakota Armstrong     250     Running
6.    20     Michael Annett          250     Running
7.    18     Jeremy Clements       250     Running
8.    4       Elliott Sadler             250     Running
9.    5       Justin Allgaier           250     Running
10.  31     Garrett Smithley        250     Running
11.  30     Tommy Joe Martins   250     Running
12.  27     Quin Houff                250     Running
13.  25     JJ Yeley                     250     Running
14.  32     David Starr                250     Running
15.  28     Dylan Lupton            250     Running
16.   1      Christopher Bell        250     Running
17.  26     BJ McLeod                250     Running
18.  37     Joey Gase                  250     Running
19.  17     Ryan Reed                 250     Running
20.  21     Ben Kennedy             249     Running
21.  11     Daniel Hemric           249     Running
22.   9      Matt Tifft                   249     Running
23.   23    Brandon Jones           249     Running
24.   24    Cole Custer               249     Running
25.   13    Blake Koch               249     Running
26.   16    Brendan Gaughan     249     Running
27.    8     Brennan Poole          249     Running
28.   38    Timmy Hill               247     Running
29.   34    Ray Black Jr.            246     Running
30.   19    Spencer Gallagher    244     Running
31.    2     Kyle Benjamin         241     Running
32.   12    Scott Lagasse Jr.      236     Running
33.   33    Dexter Bean            161     Accident
34.   10    Ty Majeski              143     Accident
35.   40    Mike Harmon          121     Engine
36.   29    Harrison Rhodes     118      Engine
37.    3     Sam Hornish Jr.        78     Accident
38.   39    Carl Long                 18      Brakes
39.   36    Morgan Shepherd    16      Vibration
40.   35    Jeff Green                  6      Electrical

Time of Race:  2 Hrs, 32 Min, 52 sec.
Cautions:  9 for 65 laps
Lead Changes:  11 among 6 drivers
Lap Leaders:  Bell 1-64; Black Jr 65; Byron 66-86; Allgaier 87-91; Byron 92-103; Bell 104-114; Gaughan 115-123; Byron 124-142; Bell 143-219; Byron 220-224; Lupton 225-229; Byron 230-250

Friday, June 23, 2017


John Hunter Nemechek took the lead with 5 laps remaining and held on to win the NASCAR CAMPINGWORLD TRUCK SERIES M&M's 200 Presented by Casey's General Stores at the Iowa Speedway on Friday June 23rd.

The final 6 laps, would be the only ones that Nemechek would lead in the race.

Johnny Sauter finished second, leading twice for 72 laps and surrendering the lead on lap 194 after a late restart.

13th starting Brandon Jones finished third and did not lead any laps during the race.

10th starting Grant Enfinger finished 4th.

Click Here to listen to Grant Enfinger

Christopher Bell started second and led once for 99 laps, but a caution before the end of stage 2 got him out of pit sequence and he finished 5th.

Click Here to listen to Christopher Bell

Third starting Chase Briscoe led once for 7 laps and finished 7th.

Click Here to listen to Chase Briscoe

NASCAR CAMPINGWORLD TRUCK SERIES M&M'S 200 Presented by Casey's General Stores

Fin   Str   Driver                             Laps Completed  Status
1       5     John Hunter Nemechek        200                Running
2       4     Johnny Sauter                       200                Running
3       13   Brandon Jones                      200                Running
4       10   Grant Enfinger                      200                Running
5       2     Christopher Bell                    200                Running
6       1     Noah Gragson                       200                Running
7       3     Chase Briscoe                       200                Running
8       11    Austin Cindric                      200                Running
9       9     Jesse Little                            200                Running
10     7     Justin Haley                          200                Running
11     14   Harrison Burton                    199                Running
12     15   Cody Coughlin                      199               Running
13     20   Scott Lagasse Jr.                    196               Running
14     6     Ben Rhodes                           195               Running
15     19   Jordan Anderson                   193               Running
16     18   Trey Hutchens                       192               Running
17     29   Wendell Chavous                  191               Running
18     22    Josh Reaume                        185               Running
19     12    Matt Crafton                         184               Accident
20     8      Ryan Truex                           166              Overheating
21     32    Mike Senica                          143              Too Slow
22     27    Norm Benning                      126               Transmission
23     17    Austin Self                            124               Accident
24     16    Kaz Grala                             115                Accident
25     28    Bryce Napier                          98               Engine
26     24    Kyle Donahue                        68               Engine
27     31    Ted Minor                              25               Brakes
28     26    Kevin Donahue                      24               Brakes
29     21    TJ Bell                                   15                Electrical
30     25    Tyler Young                           12                Electrical
31     23     Joe Nemechek                        3                 Rear Gear
32     30     JJ Yeley                                  3                 Oil Pump

Time of Race: 1 hr, 47 min. 42 sec.
Average Speed:  97.493 MPH
Margin of Victory:  1.62 sec.
Cautions:  4 for 34 laps
Lead Changes:  5 among 5 drivers

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Schatz wins at Granite City Speedway

At Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids (MN) Donny Schatz #15 won his 11th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car series race of the year and he extended his point lead.  Schatz has now won two of the three events held at Granite City Speedway.

Jason Johnson #41 might have had the fastest car, he won time trials with a time of 11.572 around the .284 mile dirt oval at Granite City Speedway, not even close to the track record time of 10.720.  Johnson also won his heat race and the fast dash and he led the first 13 laps of the Main Event until a caution slowed the field and Schatz passed Johnson just after the restart.  Schatz held back a few darting moves from both Johnson and #49 Brad Sweet to score the win and the $6000 first place check and the cool Granite trophy.

Brad Sweet had a terrible time in qualifying, he was only the 16th fastest qualifier out of the 22 cars competing.  Sweet was a half second slower than Johnson in qualifying but his car was awesome in the main event.  Sweet started the race 10th and moved up to the fourth position when the caution was displayed on lap 13, Sweet was able to charge up one more position and finished third, he also was the hard charger of the race.

Here are our exclusive interviews with the TOP 3 finishers at Granite City Speedway.  Click on the link for audio.

Donny Schatz 1st Place
Jason Johnson 2nd Place
Brad Sweet 3rd Place
4th- Kerry Madsen
5th- David Gravel
6th- Sheldon Haudenschild
7th Jason Sides
8th Shane Stewart (2016 winner)
9th Logan Schuchart
10th Joey Saldana #17

The extreme speed from the 900 horse power World of Outlaws Sprint Cars was amazing to see and the pass for the lead was very exciting.  The track was tacky and multiple grooves were available, small clumps of mud were flying into the stands and the nearly packed crowd seemed very pleased with the show.  The four wide salute at the beginning of the Main Event was a highlight

The only wreck of the night occurred during time-trials when #9 Jared Goerges flipped his car between turns three and four.  His crew worked feverishly in the pits to try and return the car to the track.  He did start the main event but ended up getting scored last place in the feature (22nd) after completing only one lap.

For More information go to

Here is our Segment on Speed Talk on 1360 radio where Jason and Dean recap the WoO race at Granite City and hear interviews with the TOP 3 drivers.

For Full Race Highlights on Youtube Click HERE