Sunday, January 31, 2010

New You tube posting

Dean and I went on a great road trip for the Speedtalk TV show in June of 2005 to an ASL (American Stock car League) race at Hawkeye Downs in Cedar Rapids IA.

The ASA National touring series had just dis-banded and the ASL series utilized the same ASA cars and rules package. Unfortunatley the series only lasted one year.

Dean and I had access to all the drivers before and after the race. We interviewed: Tim Olson, Trevor Stewart, Jarit Johnson (Jimmie's brother), Andrew Morrissey and a 15 year old Landon Cassill.

Stephen Leicht won the race and this Youtube video is an interview we did with him in victory lane.

Jason D Searcy

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

NASCAR 2010 Preview; guest article #2

2010 NASCAR Preview (

Jan 28, 2010

by Cat Nelson

2010 should be an interesting season. With Aric Almirola being placed in the #09 car for the entire season and Brad Keselowski in the #12 car with Penske, I see an interesting battle with those two!

Brad is going to be under the microscope to bring the #12 back to the glory days of old, (sorry Mr Mom)! Eric will have to prove that he is what the hype about him in the past is correct, and not just a "flash in the pan."

My jury is out on Danica. I truly don't know that she can bring to the table what NASCAR and Junior are hoping for. As those of us fans know, Indy and NASCAR are worlds apart and it takes a very special driver to make that transition. Yes Jeff Gordon, Robbie Gordon, Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart made it look easy, but guys like Hornish, Carpentier and Franchitti showed that while there could be some brilliance, for the most part, Indy is where they belong.

That being said, I see the Hendrick dominance continuing. I don't see anyone being able to stop Jimmie Johnson, however with shining hopefuls in Brad (Keselowski) and Joey (Logano) showing off their skills, maybe the changing of the guard is in the future.

I don't see Junior winning the championship this year and I fear that if he doesn't win it within the next 2-3 years, he never will. Kyle Busch still has the potential but needs to bring his attitude in check, until that happens, no cup championship for him.

*Cathy was a regular contributor to KFAN Motorsports, you can find her most summertime Saturday nights at Elko Speedway .

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Lou Fegers Racing swap meet

The Lou Fegers racing annual winter swap meet is coming up Friday and Saturday (Jan 29 & 30).

Come on down for good deals inside and outside 8am-5pm on Friday and 8am-1pm on Saturday.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Monster jam Minneapolis (1-23-10) recap

January 23 2010

Jason D Searcy (

The Monster jam at the Metrodome in Minneapolis featured 18 trucks taking to the new Mall of America field inside, as the cold rain poured outdoors.

Maximum Destruction won the racing portion of the show beating Avenger in the finals. Grave Digger was out in the semi-finals.

Albany MN racer Paul Strong in Martial Law broke in the introductions, so he was out for the racing but came back for the free-style. He did a crazy slap-wheelie and slammed into the wall, thrilling the crowd.

Jim Koehler driving Avenger was the big winner in free-style. The crowd exploded and jumped to their feet when he rolled over and got back on his wheels not once, but twice!

Grave Digger driven by Randy Brown tried to follow Avenger but couldnt quite capture the same energy as usual. He hit some big jumps but did not tear-up the truck.

Tom Meents with Maximum Destruction lived up to his name... he cross-threaded a massive jump and rolled... tearing the entire body of his monster truck off, then continued to hit jump after jump leaving the crowd in a frenzy of excitement.

As the scores were posted, some people seemed in shock that Avenger held the top spot, edging Maximum Destruction by one point and Grave Digger by two.
Click on the Link at the top of the page to a Youtube video of AVENGER FREESTYLE

Unofficial Final Scores:

Avenger 32

Maximum Destruction 31

Grave Digger 30

Bounty Hunter 25

Felon 23

Wrecking Crew 22

Spike 22

El Toro Loco 20

Martial Law 20

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Friday, January 22, 2010

ASA Midwest tour races on TV

Four ASA Midwest tour races will be broadcast on Fox Sports North in Minnesota.

One of the four chosen races is the June 5th race at Elko Speedway. The race will air tape-delayed on TV two weeks later at 11am on Saturday morning (immediately after Speedtalk).

Jim Tretow will be doing the race call, Jana Jurkovich doing the pit road and victory lane coverage and Bill Holland will co-host.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

I-94 Speedway Closed summer of 2010

I-94 Speedway in Sauk Centre will be closed the summer of 2010.....................

I-94 Raceway was changed back to a dirt track a year ago after 15 years as an asphalt track, and it was renamed I-94 Speedway.

Update Oct 3 2010*

I heard that the backstretch concession stand was tore down last week, I dont know why.  I know Tim Olson has nothing to do with it, he is out of the picture.

I will post if I hear anything else.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Monster trucks in Minnesota on Sat January 23rd

Monster Jam is coming to the Minneapolis Metrodome on Saturday January 23rd. You can see the huge mega-star trucks "Maximum Destruction" and "Grave Digger."

Two great Minnesota drivers will have a chance to thrill the 50,000 fans at the dome too.

Jim Bendzick from Faribault MN driver of "Rolling Thunder," who is the KING of the cyclones, a monster truck version of the donut.

Paul Strong from Albany MN drives Martial Law. Two top-notch Minnesota drivers to watch if you are going to the dome this weekend.

Monster Jam is Saturday night (January 23rd) doors open at 5:30pm, show begins at 7pm.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Chris Hawkey 2010 NASCAR prediction

Former KFAN Motorsports host and singer for Rocket Club pickes Tony Stewart to win the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

NASCAR 2010 Preview ..guest article #1

NASCAR 2010 Preview by Erin Gillis ( guest article)

January 14, 2010

I think a handful of drivers could do well in 2010. Of course you're going to have the Hendricks Motorsports drivers besides maybe Dale Jr, who could struggle a bit. The Joe Gibbs Racing drivers should do well and a couple others.

When it comes down to it, I think Kevin Harvick is going to do well. Richard Childress racing has finally figured some things out at the end of 2009 and I think that will continue into 2010.

When I look at what Kevin Harvick did at the end of the season last year, it seemed like things really clicked into place for him. Kevin Harvick can get it done, and with this upcoming season being his last year of the contract with Richard Childress racing, he is likely to be more motivated to get good results.

Yes, you can say its because he is in a contract year, but I think he wants to forget what happened at the beginning of 2009 and continue what he was doing the last few races of 2010. Not to mention that he wants to prove that he can still run well and win some races. Maybe even attract a contract somewhere, whether its at RCR or at another organization that is looking for a driver. Maybe Stewart-Haas if they decide to add another car or two.

Hopefully RCR can continue what they were doing late last season into this year and not go down the wrong road, like last off-season.

With the improvement of what RCR is building and the motivation that Kevin Harvick is more than likely to have this season, I expect him to perform better.

Don't just look for Harvick to have a good season at RCR, keep an eye on his teammates Clint Bowyer and Jeff Burton. I wouldn't be surprised if they do well this season, in addition to Kevin Harvick.

*photo above is Erin Gillis with Richard Petty

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Raceway Park Snowmobile racing

Raceway Park in Shakopee (MN) will be having vintage snowmobile ice racing around the oval on Saturday January 16th from Noon-3pm.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Craig Hartman funeral notice

Paul Hartman's father Craig Hartman 53 of Willmar MN, died Friday at St Cloud Hospital after a car accident. Memorial services will be at 1:30pm Thursday (1-14-2010) at Calvary lutheran church.

Friends may call Wednesday from 5-8pm at Harvey Anderson funeral home and on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.

Rest in Peace Craig.
The picture is of Paul Hartman's Mod 4 car at the WISSOTA Expo. Dean and I spent time with Craig and Paul when they raced Legends cars at I-94 Raceway. Both great people, Craig will be missed by many.
Jason D Searcy

Friday, January 8, 2010

New ASA racing minute

The ASA racing website has put together a new "ASA Minute" update.

Check it out, they will explore different topics including a bunch of stories on the upcoming ASA race in South Africa.

New Racing TV show on History Channel

The History Channel has a new show focusing on four different Modified race teams at Bowman Grey racetrack in Winston-Salem North Carolina.

It will air at 9pm Sunday nights on History Channel.

Its a very unique 1/4 mile flat track in a stadium.