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This year, I attended two season ending specialevents that are near to my home base. The two eventswere the Silver 1000 and the Legendary 100 at CedarLake Speedway.

In the last few years, I learned from the Powersfamily (I can’t remember if I saw it first fromJonathan or Troy) the second longest Dirt Late Modelspecial event in the country takes place right here inMinnesota. The longest running event is the World 100at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Most racefans have heard of the World 100, but not nearly asmany know about the Silver 1000 in Proctor, Minne-sota.

Just two years after the World 100 started in1971, Proctor Speedway (now known as Halvor LinesSpeedway) held the first Silver 1000 in 1973. Theinaugural event was won by Dave Bjorge of Austin,MN. The list of past winners is a venerable “who’s -who” of regional racers. I’ve been lucky enough toattend this event two times in the past, but the 2021version was my first trip to Proctor in almost 20 years.

While the Silver 1000 may not be as big as theWorld 100 or attract drivers from across the nation, itis a pretty big deal in the town of Proctor. The event iswhat I dream of when it comes to a weeknight specialas a race fan. There are just 2 divisions, Modifieds andLate Models. Even though the event takes place on aweeknight (the Thursday before Labor Day) a largefield of travelers from the region are on hand.

In this part of the country there are “pockets” ofracers. Some from the Twin Cities area, some fromthe Twin Port area of Duluth/Superior, WesternWisconsin, the Dakota’s and more. All of the TwinPorts racers show up and a sprinkling of all of theothers show up making for a great field.

This year’s event was up against adverseweather conditions. It was refreshing to hear theofficials in the drivers meeting acknowledge thepotential weather coming and letting everybody knowthey were going to be in hustle mode. I’m a firmbeliever that all shows should be run as if rain is on theway, but that seems to happen less and less oftenthese days.

With the hustle put forth by the officials andminimal cautions by the drivers, all heat races and B-Mains were completed before 9pm. Although theweather did finally arrive to cause a slight delay, theygot the whole show in without people having to comeback from many miles away for a rain date. TravisBudisalovich picked up the big in the Late Models overJesse Glenz and James Giossi. Weekly competitorDerek Vesel was the highest finishing local driver, justoff the podium in 4th. The Modified portion wascaptured by Darrel Nelson over Ashley Anderson andBrandon Copp.

The next one on my agenda was The Legendary100. I like to refer to this event as the “Working Man100.” The format is setup to where you do not need toshow up Thursday to qualify for the Saturday. Just last

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year, Brandon Jensen skipped the Thursday show,won his qualifying feature on Friday and lockedhimself into the big show on Saturday night.

While the Silver 1000 is a one day show thatwrapped up early, the Legendary 100 is not for thecasual race fan. You have to be a die-hard fan for thisone. This year’s event set a new car count recordwith 324 cars on hand for the Friday show. The crewat Cedar Lake hustled all night long, but the simplemath tells you it will take a long time to time trial andrace 324 cars in one day. It’s no easy feat to keep atrack raceable with that many cars on it, but the trackheld up all weekend and had multiple grooves through-out the weekend.

I use the time allotted for time trials to visit mydirt track friends before the show starts one moretime. With the addition of several divisions that nor-mally do not get a chance to race at Cedar Lake, thereare plenty of unfamiliar names and cars to see, andsome surprise entrants. One of the neat things Inoticed was several names of drivers that used tocompete at Raceway Park in Shakopee. They’vefound a new home in Hornet and Pure Stock divisionsand that is good for the sport.

Of the 10 divisions on hand, the Saturday nightmain event winners were:

AJ Diemel - Late ModelsDaniel Bargender - ModifiedsKyle Copp - Pro StocksBrandon Jensen - Midwest ModifiedsGavin Tarras - USRA Late ModelsChase Viebrock - Winged Sprint CarsMike Mueller - Traditional Sprint CarsNick Traynor - Street StocksAndrew Eischens - Pure StocksBrody Rivest - Hornets

The most dominating performance of the week-end went to Chase Viebrock in the UMSS WingedSprint Class. This class was started just three yearsago in 2019 with a seven-car field. At this year’sLegendary 100, they had over 30 different carscompete over the course of the weekend. I would saySprint Car racing is healthy once again in this areathanks to the UMSS group.

Now it is time to wrap up the season in this partof the country. This will be the final print issue of the2021 season. Make sure to check out the digital, onlineissues at www.theracingconnection.com

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Travis Budisalovich picked up the big win in the Silver 1000 over Jesse Glenz and James Giossi.

30 Winged Sprints were on hand atCedar Lake's Legendary 100

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Charlie Spry

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Although I don’t get e chance to go there asmuch as I would like, I always enjoy the races at StatePark Speedway near Wausau. Season championshipnight has been one for me that I do not want to miss.

This year there wasn’t much drama as to whowould be the track champions, as most were alreadydecided or close to it. But, like always, the racing wasclose and exciting.

Justin Mondeik is one of the young drivers towatch in the future in the Midwest, and he was adominant factor here this year in the super late models,winning seven features along the way to gaining hissecond consecutive points title here. Top rookie awardwent to third generation driver Rayce Haase.

The pure stock title went to Mitch Stankowski,who won only one feature all season, but was amaz-ingly consistent with his finishes. Brett Breitenfeldtwas the top rookie.

George Seliger was the champion in the Mini-mod class, his fourth title here, winning eight features

in a dominating performance.Eric Breitenfeldt was likewise, a dominating

presence in the mini-stocks, winning five featuresearly in the year before getting blanked the later part.Garrett Strachota was not far behind, followed byChris Boykins, and Hunter Landwehr, who won threefeatures later in the year.

Cohen Henze won the Badolero title, coming allthe way from Juda, Wi., which is right near the Illinoisborder. Anna Malouf finished second to close out herBando career.

I only managed to make it here for two times thisseason, but I really enjoy the track and the peoplehere. The racing is always close and exciting. It hasalways been a special place for me.

Rockford Speedway named their division cham-pions over the last three weeks of the regular season.The HSRA (High School Racing Association) was thefirst to crown a 2021 champion, with Mady Meyersgetting the title. Mady was fast all year, but also racedvery cleanly, edging out Jayden Dahlberg on the finalpoint night. Her Dad is Mike Meyers, who raced forseveral seasons some years ago. Her car sports thesame medium blue colors that Dad raced with.

Nice to see Ryan Finley get his first Banditfeature win here. Ryan said that he started racingback in 1988 in karts, and did this until 1996, and sincethat time he has raced in many different divisions,including Mid-Am cars and even super late models atGrundy. He now races with the Illini Midget group aswell as in the Bandit class, and also races enduros.Never enough racing!

Roadrunner division racer Braden Noble got hisfirst win in the class grabbing a heat race victory. Hehad many problems early in the year getting the car torun right, and traced most of the problems back to anill-fitting air cleaner. Now that the car is running right,

he had transmission trouble. Once all the bugs getworked out he will be a threat for more wins. Onseason championship night he led the feature for mostof the event before dropping down to fourth at thefinish. Still, a great run.

Figure-eight championship came down to thefinal night, with Jeremy Watson getting his first evertitle, edging out perennial front runner and championNick Schneider. Jeremy was consistent every nightout and avoided problems to get the title.

Patrick Featherston II has been racing well in thesportsman division during the latter part of the season,saying, “I really have been working hard in learningwhat the car wants in regards to springs and suspen-sion setups. During the Hugh Deery classic I racedwheel to wheel with Robert Hansberry, and he is oneof the best anywhere, so things are looking better.”Patrick proved just how much improvement he hasmade when he set fast time for his division on seasonchampionship night.

Jon Reynolds Jr. overcame a slow start to theseason, coming on strong at the end to take the pointtitle in the late models once again. Jerry Gille had theopposite kind of year, running very strong in the earlypart of the season until a bout with the wall severelydamaged his car, with Jerry saying the car was not thesame after that. Jerry faded to third in the standingsbehind Reynolds and his Brother, Tom. For Reynolds,it was his fourth late model track title here, winning in2014, 2018, 2020 and now 2021.

Rookie-Of-The-Year was Randy Sargent, whoscored one feature win this year and was in the huntmost nights.

John Robinson II won his second sportsmandivision track title, edging out his Brother Terrance onthe last night to get the title, his second here in thesportsman division. He also won in 2014. As crewchief Travis Robinson told me, “It is tough being crewchief for both of them. You are happy for one brotherbut a bit heartbroken for the other one.”

ROTY honors went to former Roadrunnerchampion Justin Wagner.

Kelly Evink was pretty dominant all season in theAmerican Short tracker division, winning most of thefeatures run all year. He also won the track title herein 2014.

Top rookie of the year was Garrett Braden, whomoved to North Carolina late in the year to attendcollege and flew back here to race the final fewnights. Garrett is attending college for motorsportsengineering, so you will probably be hearing about himin the future.

The Roadrunner division put on an exciting nightof racing every time they ran, and fittingly, the titlecame down to the final night. Phil Speciale won thetitle over Austin Fowler, who won the feature on thechampionship night, doing everything he could to win. Ihad to laugh at Phil’s speech at the start of the night,

Going In Circles continued on page 7Justin Mondeik captured track titles at State Park Speedway in Wausau

and Goldend Sands Speedway in Plover.

Ryan Nuttleman photo

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as he said, “Maybe if I lock Austin and Kevin(Memoli) in the bathroom before the feature thatwould work.” Well, that didn’t happen, and it didn’tneed to, as he got the job done on the track with all therest present.

The Bandit division championship also camedown to the final night, with Erik Pearson edging outJeremy Watson to win that title.

I took in the opening night show for the BobLarson memorial race at the Lafayette County Speed-way. Nice to get back to this track for one last flingfor the season.

The hobby stocks put on their usual outstandingshow, with Jimmy Doescher getting the win overDavid Crimmins. These two did battle with each otherthroughout most of the season here, so it was notsurprising.

David Webster drove to victory in the latemodels, with misfortune falling into the laps of many.He finished ahead of Jimmy Hendricks, the“Rockstar.” No, not Jimi Hendrix!

The AIRS vintage cars were on hand tonight.For awhile there was a Packard leading an Edsel,running 1-2 in the feature. Not so sure I have everseen this before in a race. The Edsel won out withR.J. Lank behind the wheel.

Chase Brunscheen won the mini-late modelfeature.

Had a chance to talk to sportmod racer PaytonHendrickson. Payton has had happen to him whatmany have, in that he started racing with the idea ofspending little, and only racing for a short time. Prettysoon you have spent more, moved up divisions, andfind yourself with years of racing experience beforeyou know it.

Payton said that he started racing about 2001 or2002 in the four cylinder class here at Darlington. “Myfirst car was a four cylinder Mercury Capri convert-ible, which I welded a Dodge Daytona roof onto, but Imanaged to get my feet wet in racing, finishing 9th outof 104 cars that raced that year.” He then moved ontoa Toyota Corolla, racing that for two years, goingthrough many transmissions, but still managed a 10thplace point finish.

From there on it was time to move up, as he said,“I then went out and bought a limited street stock carfrom Jimmy Doescher, but only ran that for one yearhere.”

Then it was time for another change, not only inracing, but also in location. “In 2004, I moved toWyoming, and raced for two years there in a divisioncalled street stock. Then, we had a baby, and it wastime to take a couple more years off. During that time,I had a friend who was racing a limited late model. Hehad trouble keeping the car running and making itwork, so he asked me to take it out in hot laps to see ifI could help. I took it out for five hard laps and broughtit in and told him that it isn’t the car, it is more in drivererror. I gave him my input on what he needed to do to

drive the car different, and he got steadily better,” SaidPayton.

After this, he would get a chance to buy anotherlimited late model for $1,800, one that admittedlyneeded a few things. “I found out that it would costabout $14,000 to put it all together, and I would beworking in the cold. My Dad told me that I didn’t needto be racing, and he was ready to burn it to theground!” So, this car soon got sold.

Payton would then get a sportmod, which heraced at Craig, Colorado for awhile. “It was acobbled-up mess, and I wasn’t really into it. Thatdidn’t last too long,” said Payton.

After all of this, Payton would soon move backto Wisconsin. it didn’t take long for the racing bug tohit once again. It seems he could not get away fromracing, as he noted, “My Wife’s Cousin wanted to giveit a try, so I was back into it again.”

Payton then would find himself behind the wheelagain, as he had a friend have a transmission fall onhis hand, resulting in a long recovery, asking Payton torace his car. He also traded a four-wheeler for aDirtWorks chassied sportmod, getting back into it onceagain with his own equipment. “I bought a bunch ofstuff from Lars Paulson that I needed for the car, gotit put back together, and got seat time with it. I ran atLancaster and then Dodge County in Beaver Dam, gotmore parts from Lars, got faster, then finally bought amotor from Tim Shepard. I finished ninth or tenth inpoints.” Said Payton.

Just when things were going good, he got put intothe wall the next year, put the car together enough tofinish out a season, and still finished sixth in points witha very bent chassis.

During the off season, he would take the car to

Wes Digman for advice on what to do with it. “Westold me, do you want the good news, the OK news, orthe bad news first,” Said Payton. “I told him to let mehave it. He told me the bad news was that the car wasbasically junk. The OK news was that I could get$350 for the chassis for scrap, and the good news wasthat he had a 2011 Victory chassis that he would sellme for $1,500. I got the chassis.”

In 2020 he had a bad season with the car at first,blowing up three engines. Finally, things began to turnaround in 2021. Making small changes all the time, hehas been able to get things settled, except for onething, saying “I always have the LF up in the air.People tell me that should not work, but it seems to bewhat the car likes and I like. I had one night therewhere I was running up near the front, and there wasa huge pileup, “I got into it a bit, then had to re start atthe back of the pack. I got it back up to ninth and washappy with that. His 2021 season went pretty well,where he finished in third in points at Darlington, eventhough he got hit hard in the side at the end of theseason while racing at Lancaster. This weekend wasa chance for him to see how the car works afterrepairs were made. This guy does not give up!

We took in the show at Marshfield for the FallSpectacular. I merely paid to go sit in the stands anddid absolutely no writing, just kicked back to watch.However, one thing must be noted. John Beale pulledoff the feat of winning all three fifty lap super latemodel features here on this night. Someone doing thisis practically unheard of, as I remember Dick Trickledoing this at an ARTGO event around 1979 but can’tremember much of that happening since. Congrats toJohn and his team!

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Dan Margetta

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Is it really Fall already? Where did the Summergo? It seems like just yesterday we were kicking offthe 2021 racing year and now the regular season haswound down at many tracks. The leaves turning colorsonly signals one thing to race fans in the UpperMidwest…the Fall Specials highlighted by the biggestgathering of them all, the Oktoberfest Race Weekendat the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.

The Oktoberfest Race Weekend, set for October7th-10th, is the perfect culmination of the race seasonfor me as while it is not the absolute final event of theyear (that would be the Falloween 150 at the Dells), itdoes represent the last chance to hang out with all myracing friends before we go our separate ways for theoff-season. The weekend races at La Crosse arespecial because EVERYBODY is there. Before theweekend is done, I’ll get a chance to catch up with oldfriends from La Crosse, Slinger, The Dells, Kaukauna,Madison, Rockford, State Park, Golden Sands, andJefferson as well as newly made friends from theMinnesota area tracks. How much fun is it? This yearI’m skipping the opening two Milwaukee Brewersplayoff games and giving up my primo seats near the

field (my parents and sister were quick to scoop upthose tickets) to be there. The weekend is capped offby the ARCA Midwest Tour 200-lap season finale onSunday afternoon and so far that series has enjoyed acompetitive 2021 schedule. Ty Majeski already haswins at Jefferson, the Milwaukee Mile, State ParkSpeedway, and Hawkeye Downs this year and is mostlikely considered the favorite at La Crosse where hewon last year. Majeski is also coming off another bigwin in the Bettenhausen Memorial at the GrundyCounty Speedway. However, the second placefinisher from last year, Rich Bickle has been on a tearin his final season of competition having scoredvictories at Madison in the Joe Shear Classic and themost recent Tour race, the Jim Sauter Classic at theDells. This year’s Fest will be Bickle’s final timecompeting at La Crosse and he went out in style at theSlinger Speedway by beating Luke Fenhaus to win hisfinal start there. Speaking of Fenhaus, he’s the newlycrowned Slinger Speedway super late model championand currently leads in the Kulwicki Cup standings forthe Kulwicki Driver Development Program. He hasalso won the Ice Breaker 100 at the Dells and the

prestigious Slinger Nationals and has been in conten-tion in every Midwest Tour race so far this season. Infact, it was Majeski and Fenhaus tangling whilebattling for the lead that opened the door for Bickle’svictory at the Dells. The ARCA Midwest Tour hasalso seen some surprise winners this year in PaulShafer Jr. in the Dixieland 250 at Kaukauna andCasey Johnson in the Howie Lettow Memorial atMadison and both should be at La Crosse. JohnnySauter brought out his new super late model in Augustand won at the Dells and he along with DanFredrickson have traditionally been contenders at theOktoberfest races. Hopefully, I’ll see many of youthere and we can get a chance to hang out at thetrack, or in the campground, or in the music barn, or atthe Flamingo, or at any other of the many traditionsassociated with the racing weekend.

The weekend before Oktoberfest will be spent atthe Rockford Speedway for the National Short TrackChampionships. Originally, super late models were

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Nick Anvelink (left photo) won the Dirt Kings late model race at Wilmot and was crowned Kingas the champion of the series for 2021.Scotty Thiel (right photo) was finally able to break into

victory lane this season in the IRA main event at the Outagamie Speedway

Ryan Nuttleman photo

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going to be left off the program as the Big 8Late Model Series takes center stage forthe Sunday main event. That all changedquickly as driver Brad Mueller spearheadedan effort amongst other drivers and fans tocreate the Bickle Twin 45’s for super latemodels on Saturday night of the NationalShort Track Championships. The event isan invitational event that will feature twin45-lap features in honor of Rich Bickle’slast drive at Rockford and no pre-racepractice or testing will take place. Sponsorsof the event had a hand in selecting thesixteen drivers and the list contained somesurprises. Obviously Rich Bickle was one ofthe invitees and he will be joined by Rock-ford drivers, Austin Nason, MichaelBilderback, Jake Gille, Max Kahler, andSteve Rubeck. Steve Apel and Rich Lochhead up the Slinger contingent of driverswhile Casey Johnson, Dale Nottestad, JoshNelms and James Swan are guys who racejust about anywhere. The final four inviteesare the big surprises and they includelegends Lowell Bennett, Larry Schuler (Iknow where Minooka, IL is because ofLarry Schuler), Tony (The Tiger!) Strupp,and Al Schill, who will be racing for the firsttime in several years. There’s no way I’dmiss this and I’m sure I’ll stick around forthe Big 8 main event on Sunday whereanother legend, Jerry Eckhardt plans tocompete. The last several years, I watchedthe National Short Track Championships inthe grandstands with Al Schill and JerryEckhardt and it will be special to see both ofthem on track this year.

The Wisconsin racing season officiallyconcludes with the Falloween 150 super latemodel event at the Dells Raceway Park onOctober 23rd. The weather for this one is hitor miss as I‘ve been there when it wassummer like and beautiful and I was therelast year when it was brutally cold (as in Ican’t feel my fingers and my feet fell likeice blocks). No matter what the weatherconditions we’ll all be there because it’s thevery last chance to do what we love untilnext Spring and we’re going to do every-thing we can to squeeze just one more racein before we are forced to face the realitiesof Winter.

As far my racing schedule this pastmonth, after attending the Jim SauterClassic at the Dells, I spent most of Sep-tember with the pavement crowd wrapping

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Motorsports author and Green Bay, Wis.native Joe Verdegan has announced a six-datebook tour in December 2021 to promote hisseventh book titled “5-10-32 – McBride, Parker &Anvelink” which will feature the trio of NortheastWisconsin dirt late model icons.

Those icons featured in the book are M.J.McBride from Shawano, Pete Parker fromKaukauna and Terry Anvelink from Navarino.

“5-10-32 – McBride, Parker & Anvelink”will be the fourth book Verdegan has penned withPedal Down Promotions of Manitowoc, Wis. Thebook launch is set for Saturday, Dec. 4 from noonto 3 p.m. at Lenny’s Tap in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

From there the book tour travels through ahandful of communities in Shawano andOutagamie Counties. On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the tourstops at the Lighthouse Bar & Grill in Shawano,Wis. (one of McBride’s longtime sponsors) from 6p.m. to 8 p.m.

Two nights later, Thursday Dec. 9 the tourswings into Anvelink’s hometown of Navarino fora stop at Peppermint Josie’s from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Peppermint Josie’s is formerly Walt’s Bar, whichwas a longtime sponsor of Anvelink’s.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, Hustle Inn inSeymour, Wis. will host a signing from noon to 3p.m. The local watering hole has always been alongtime favorite of Seymour race fans and driversalike.

The tour’s fifth stop is set for Club 117 inBonduel, Wis. Thursday, December 16 from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. Club 117 is a supporter of localracing including both Shawano Speedway andsecond-generation racer Nick Anvelink.

The six-date tour wraps up where it started inGreen Bay Saturday, Dec. 18 at Bosse’s NewsStand from 11 a.m. to 1p.m.

All three driversearned extremely popularfan followings beginningwith McBride. TheShawano speedster’scareer began in 1965 athis home track ShawanoSpeedway. McBridewould go on to battle inUSAC stock car competi-tion in the early 1970s andeventually would wind updominating at his home-town half-mile, baggingfive straight track titles inthe 1980s and still winningfrequently into the ‘90sand into the 2000s era.McBride, who would

wind up winning 13 track championships in all, wasushered into Shawano Speedway’s Hall of Fame in2007.

Parker, from Kaukauna, Wis., began his careerin drag racing after a stint in the military. It didn’ttake long for the Eagle River native to explode ontothe dirt late model scene. Parker began winningfeatures and track titles frequently in the late 1970sand for the next few decades. Parker spread hiswings in the 1980s chasing big-money specialsthroughout the United States, including the long-defunct National Dirt Racing Association (NDRA)circuit. After an estimated 450 feature wins at boththe local and regional level and a pair of WISSOTAlate model national crowns, Parker was inducted intothe National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006.

Anvelink won his first late model feature in1977 and wasted little time becoming a consistentfrontrunner and fan favorite in the years ahead atShawano Speedway as well as nearby SeymourSpeedway.

The “Navarino Nightmare” as he’s affection-ately known has scored multiple feature wins and 13track championships. Anvelink has also won somebig races along the way, including the $5,000-to-winLegendary 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway in westernWisconsin and the $4,000-to-win Mid-SummerClassic at Shawano. Anvelink was a 2009 inducteeinto the Shawano Speedway Hall of Fame.

For more details on “5-10-32 – McBride,Parker & Anvelink,” email Verdegan [email protected] or follow his websitejoeverdegan.com.

For more information on Pedal Down Promo-tions contact publisher Jeff Pederson [email protected] or visitpedaldownpromo.com.

‘5-10-32 – MCBRIDE, PARKER ANVELINK’2021 HOLIDAY BOOK TOURup the season at the Slinger Speedway where

Luke Fenhaus edged Rich Bickle for the superlate model championship. Jack Stern won thechampionship in the late models and othertrack champions included Andrew Meyerhoferin the sportsman, Tyler Schley in themodifieds, Zach Greer in the super beez,Brady Held in the Slinger bees, and BillShavlik in the figure 8 division. DillonSchwanbeck won the Slinger championship inthe legend cars and Aryton Brockhouse wasthe bandolero champion. The SlingerSpeedway’s final 2021 event was the inaugu-ral Bracket Racing show which featured awide variety of cars from different divisionscompeting together on track. It was the firstbracket type racing event for me and it waspretty cool to see the variety of cars and learnhow the bracket concept works with qualifyingrounds and breakout rules. I really hope thisfirst event sets the stage for this fun event tobecome a steady tradition to bring down thecurtain on the Slinger racing season.

On the dirt track side of things, I got ahead start on the Fall Special season byattending a few sprint car and late modelevents beginning with the IRA Sprint Carshow at the Outagamie Speedway in Seymour,Wisconsin. Scotty Thiel was finally able tobreak into victory lane this season in the IRAmain event. The next night, I was at theWilmot Raceway at the Kenosha CountyFairgrounds for the Dirt Kings Late ModelSeries and the Jimmy “Wildman” Watsonmemorial race. A good field of 27 dirt latemodels were on hand and there was plenty ofaction until power issues with the track lightsturned the oval into a large dance club as thelights began to strobe on and off. While thelight show was really cool, there was no wayto race safely in those conditions and unfortu-nately the race had to be cancelled. The nextweekend I was back in Seymour at theOutagamie Speedway for the Dirt Kings finaleas part of the track’s Fall Brawl with sevendivisions in competition. I worked the videocamera for the PPV internet broadcast forWatchFYE.tv and for the amount of cars onhand, the show moved along really well. NickAnvelink won the Dirt Kings late model raceand was crowned King as the champion of theseries for 2021. A highlight on the night cameduring the sport mod feature as Jeff Schmuhlmasterfully tip-toed along a very high cushionto capture the victory. Overall it was a funevent at a track I haven’t had a chance to getto often and I enjoyed the opportunity see newdrivers and make new friends.

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Photo Galler Photo Galler Photo Galler Photo Galler Photo Galleryyyyy

Chase Viebrock swept all 3 nights of the Legendary 100 at Cedar LakeBrewster Baker photo

John Bealle swept the Fall Shootout at Marshfield Motor SpeedwayTJ Harron photo

Teddy Kottshade picked up the Minnesota NASCAR Rookie of the YearDan Plan photo

Casey Johnson in JJ Mueller's truck at the Wisconsin State ChampionshipJeff Taber photo

Darrell Nelson won the Modified portion of the Silver 1000 at ProctorDan Plan photo

Dustin Doughty leads the Street Stock field at Red Cedar SpeedwayBrewster Baker photo

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Sauter family menbers Tim, Jay, & Jim Jr at Dells Raceway ParkDoug Hornickel photo

Chris Weber picked up the Sportsmen championship at the DellsJeff Taber photo

R.J. Lank's Edsel at Lafayette County SpeedwayJason Morgan photo

Superman on his way to capturing the World 100Jacy Norgaard photo

Ayrton Brockhouse picked up Bandolero titles at Slinger and ElkoDan Plan photo

Jake Miller finished in the top-10 in points at Red Cedar and Cedar LakeDan Plan photo

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New DirtNew DirtNew DirtNew DirtNew Dirt

Jacy Norgaard

Dear Eldora: I get it.

Dear Eldora,

I get it. I really do. You are the most frustratingtrack to shoot at. You challenge me with your impos-sible angles and your limited spaces. But isn’t that thepoint of why you exist? Isn’t that what makes you sospecial? Mastering you is a task only so many haveever accomplished. You command people to excel attheir best. To live up to the highest levels of their talentand hope that it is enough.

The best drivers in the world walk through thatgate and maneuver around your technical banks. Themost devoted fans give you their time and wadethrough large lines. Us photographers try to take inevery moment and produce work that explains yourgreatness.

I got 8 shots at it this year and I hope I’vefigured you out. I went toe to toe with some of thebest our sport has to offer. That came with nights offrustration and hours of deleting blurry andunderwhelming shots. At times I thought about riding itout and just dealing with your shortcomings. Youcommanded much more. I couldn’t give up on you justas Earl never gave up on his dream of building you,Tony never gave up on crafting you into a worldrenown facility, and Overton never gave up on tryingto perfect winning you.

When I first walked out of that tunnel in Juneand saw your fences and limited opportunities, Icursed under my breath. I can usually make the bestof any shooting situation, but you made things compli-cated. Through 7 nights of shooting I never reallyunderstood you. Until that night that it all made sense.I had slowly made my way through a sea of people toget to the roof after browsing vendor row. The sheeramount of people reminded me of a Minnesota StateFair. Wall to wall races fans of every background andfan allegiance. Everyone devoted and tuned in for thebiggest dirt track race there is. Opening ceremonieskicked off with a memorable fly over and tribute to the20th anniversary of 9/11. Chills were in the air and youcould feel that you were part of something bigger. All6 heat races were entertaining and nail biting.Bloomquist got the pole and everyone thought MikeMarlar’s night was over. I got some of my favoriteEldora shots up on that roof. I started feeling as if Icould handle Eldora.

Then the magic happened. As the cars staged onpit row and I walked through the rows, the atmospherechanged. The excitement wore into a tranquility likenone other. Everyone seemed relaxed and without acare in the world. My mind flashed back to myfavorite childhood movie, Gone in 60 Seconds. Thatscene where they’re all standing around the garagewith their eyes closed listening to Low Rider beforeembarking on their mission. The oddity of that thoughtcoming to mind at that moment had nothing to do withcars and everything to do with the peacefulness.

The feature rolled onto the track and 25,000settled in for 100 laps. Things started going BrandonOverton’s way and it felt like Groundhog’s Day again.

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I.M.C.A. Old Timers was formed to promote and preserve I.M.C.A.(International Motor Contest Association) history, including the

preservation and excellent restoration of former I.M.C.A. race cars;to maintain records and documents of I.M.C.A. history; recognition

of former drivers, owners, mechanics and others involved inI.M.C.A. history; and provide an opportunity for the social and

technical interchange of members interested in auto racing history.

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I would have loved to have seen Overtoncomplete the unthinkable and totaldomination of Eldora on the year. Iappreciate being able to witness anddocument the history of our sportunfolding. Davenport had other plans.Superman saved the World and themagic of Eldora. Overton is not an evilvillain or imminent threat to the sport byany means. When I say Davenportsaved the World and the magic ofEldora, he did exactly what Eldoradesigned him to do. He beat the Kingand upset the Dynasty. He proved thatthe character of a 1/2 mile oval forged inan Ohio cornfield all those years ago stillshined bright. And if there was ever anyquestion about whether Eldora summonsyou to the highest level of your talent,look no further than Mike Marlar. Fromdeep in the Last Chance Showdown tothe last transfer spot for the World 100.He fired off 26th and drove by a fieldloaded with the best, passed the tentativeowner of Eldora Speedway (Overton)and settled for a close 2nd place finish.

As Davenport exited his car heasked Misha Geisert if someone couldget behind victory lane and take a shot ofhis world view. For whatever reason Iwas chosen and hurried a top a ladderjust above victory lane. As I made myway to the top of the ladder, I saw whatDavenport saw. Likely the same visionthat Earl saw of Eldora and the World100 five decades prior. All that the eventcould be, all that dirt track racing couldbe. It was right there in front of me.

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Racing NuggetsRacing NuggetsRacing NuggetsRacing NuggetsRacing Nuggets

PJ "Jacklyn" Nuttleman

As we prepare for the 52nd Annual OktoberfestRace Weekend, I find myself fondly remembering theyears that my brother-in-law, Bruce created a giantcutout of Johnny Gilbertson’s head which was carriedaround the grounds, unleashing great fun everywhereit went.

Johnny has been a notable character around LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway for quite some time.Not only is he a huge history buff of auto racing, buthe’s been a racer in the vintage class, and an impor-tant supporter of race events as well as racers likeNick Clements and Steve Carlson in the NASCARLate Models.

Johnny is “Johnny’s Hobbies” that has been seenemblazoned on the side of many race cars over theyears.

I should also add that Johnny has been a favoritehuman of our Boxer, Pudge. I’m not sure if it’sbecause they both have furry faces or because Johnnyplays with him non-stop. It’s likely both!

Earlier this week, (September 21), Johnny washaving pain in the center of his chest. He laid down togo to bed, but the pain wouldn’t go away. He wassweating and had diarrhea, so naturally he chalked itup to something he ate. Perhaps it was food poison-ing?

He tossed and turned, suffering through the nightand by 5am, the pain was excruciating and Johnnywas struggling to breathe. He feared he had COVID.Things were definitely not right, so Johnny finallycalled his brother, Dave to take him into the hospital.

After a quick and thorough exam, it was deter-mined that Johnny was having a heart attack due to amajor blockage in his artery! He was rushed intosurgery. He says he was conscious for the entireprocedure!

Johnny said it wasn’t too bad. It involved thesurgeon placing a catheter into his wrist on his right

arm, working up the artery to the blockage. Itwas then that the pain started to sear through hisbody. That must’ve been when the balloonangioplasty was working to open the artery andplace the stent. Johnny said it was quite uncom-fortable. It wasn’t long though and the stent wasin place and they withdrew their microscopictools out of his arm and that was that.

Another brother-in-law of mine, Peter is asurgeon. He would probably be completelygeeking out over the process. Me? I’m strug-gling to even type about it without vomiting orpassing out. I’m ridiculously squeamish. AndJohnny is incredibly brave and lucky.

He says he feels pretty good and as of thiswriting, he is expected to make a full recovery.Johnny says it was a wake-up call for him to eatbetter and exercise more. He admits he wasactually wondering WHEN it would happen;NOT if. I think we all wrestle with that kind ofstuff. We KNOW we shouldn’t eat or drink halfof the things we do, but they’re oh-so-good!

HearHearHearHearHeart oft oft oft oft of Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold

The situation even has Johnny revisiting hisfuture racing plans. Despite having fixed up hisJavelin, he says he won’t be racing it at Fest this year.I could hear the wistfulness in his voice as he sharedthat he hasn’t raced since 2017 and he doubted hewould ever get back behind the wheel now. He sayshis days of driving race cars are likely over.

I reminded Johnny about (my husband) Toby’ssurgery for colorectal cancer back in 2014. He had acolostomy bag during Oktoberfest that year. I figuredhe would be up in the stands with me, but instead hewas crawling around under race cars, as if therewasn’t a bag filled with human waste attached to hisside.

We all react a little differently when we ponderour own mortality.

Johnny was still in the hospital when I spoke withhim for this column. The fear and pain still very freshin his mind. And don’t get me wrong, there is definitelysomething positive to be said for re-evaluating lifechoices. Do I eat this donut with frosting and sprinkles,or opt for the apple?

We all have our own paths to walk in life andJohnny will make his own choices. It sounds like thosechoices will also include doing physical therapy/rehabfor quite some time as he continues to recover fromthe ordeal.

I just don’t know if Johnny will stand by hiscurrent decision to never get behind the wheel of hisJavelin again to race that blue beauty again. He madesuch a great tribute to Tom Reffner with that car. Itwould be a shame to not be able to see it turn circuitsagain on the track—with Johnny behind the wheel.I’m not convinced he’s done pondering that one yet.

If you see Johnny at Fest, be sure to give him a(gentle) hug and wish him well. Hopefully, his familiarsmile will make an appearance at Fest. I know ourdog, Pudge can’t wait to see him again, with his littlenubby tail wagging like crazy! (Pudge’s tail, notJohnny’s!)

HearHearHearHearHeart oft oft oft oft of Gold Gold Gold Gold Gold

PJ Nuttleman photo

PJ Nuttleman photo

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Rich Bickle picked up the Midwest TourJim Sauter Classic at the Dells

(Doug Hornickel photo)

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Racing HistoryRacing HistoryRacing HistoryRacing HistoryRacing History

Dale P. DanielskiAuto Racing will make its return to Wisconsin

Rapids, WI., for the first time in 5 years. Midgets,straight stock cars and Go-Karts will roar around anew $20,000 asphalt-surfaced Griffith Park Speedway,now under construction in a natural bowl near Four-Mile Creek, one mile west of Highway 13 on GriffithAvenue.

The new track, with seating facilities to accom-modate more than 3,000 fans by the 1961 season, isabout half complete. Tentative opening will be Satur-day, July 9th, when midgets sponsored by the BadgerMidget Association of Milwaukee, WI., will raceduring the twilight hours.

Behind the giant racing venture are Promoter,Sam Bartus, owner of Sam’s Auto Fair, Schofield,WI., and Manager Gerald Richter, Wausau, WI.

“Wisconsin Rapids has always been highlyenthusiastic about auto racing and in the post-warperiod outdrew Wausau Speedway crowds by about4-1, Richter said. We feel that fans certainly willwelcome this new facility, and because of the centrallocation, ‘Rapids should be an ideal addition to theracing circuit.”

Bartus’ lofty plans include turningthe area, a tree covered bluff leasedfrom John Murgatroyd, WisconsinRapids realtor, into an “attractive park”complete with a lighting system for nightracing, terraced strips where seatingfacilities will be installed, concession andparking areas and picnic grounds.

The oval track itself, measuredapproximately one-quarter mile long witha width of 50 feet so midgets can runfive abreast, is being shaped by gradersand bulldozers owned by HarryBasseuner, contractor, and is almostready for surfacing by the CarringtonConstruction Co., Lake Delton, WI.

More than $3,000 of the five-figureinvestment has already been spent,Richter added.

“We cannot hope to have every-thing completed by July 9th, but the trackitself will be finished for racing heindicated.”

The track has a base of severaltons of sand and gravel which is de-signed to keep the hard surfacing intacteven after years of use by stocks andmidget racers. A center strip has beenadded to shorten the oval for Go-Kartracing and will allow either figure 8 orpiton-flanked obstacle type Kartingcourses.

Bartus said midget racing will be held Saturdayevenings under lights, Go-Karts will run anytime andfill in on those Saturday’s when midget racing is notscheduled. Stock cars, including models up to 1955,will run every Sunday. Midget racers will be the sameas those currently running at Sun Prairie, WI., State

Fair Park in Milwaukee and Depere, WI.The regular season Richter added,

will generally run from mid-May untilmid-September, but the Speedway willprobably wind up its 1960 activitiesaround Labor Day.

Explaining the complete park, hepointed out that the sides of the bowl willbe terraced with blacktopping andeventually have stadium-type seating. Tothe North, atop the bluff will be a con-cession area, and behind it will beparking. The entrance of the speedwaywill be at the corner of Witte and Griffithavenues where a drive flanked withtrees, will also be fenced. A ticket boothwill be placed along the drive near the

parking area.To the East of the track will be the racing car

entrance approaching from the bluff. Farther east isFour-Mile Creek.

Richter, who will be moving shortly fromWausau to Wisconsin Rapids to manage racingprograms and generally supervise construction, saidthat a meeting will soon be scheduled to interest localdrivers and car owners in the project in order toexpand the competitive field of drivers. During theracing season, the track, under constant supervision,will probably be open for practice runs by localdrivers. Both gentlemen this week extended invitationsfor fans to look over their facility prior to opening ofthe racing season. (End of track opening previewarticle.)

Certainly, a huge undertaking, and you canimagine the excitement it was generating in theWisconsin Rapids area. After 5 years auto racing wasreturning to Central Wisconsin, this time in the form ofsuper fast pavement racing!



June 24th, 1960, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

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Although a week later than planned, the BadgerMidgets opened the brand new Griffith Park Speed-way, on July 16th, 1960. Billy Woods won the firstever Feature at the track as he took the main event onJuly 16th, 1960. Landy Scott won the Semi-Feature,with heat race wins going to Jim Rice, Scott, and DonBoorse. Boorse also toured the new oval in 14;72seconds. Stock car action got its inaugural race in onSunday night, July 17th playing in front of a hugecrowd, whom paid a $1.00 to get in to the event. To noone’s surprise, local favorite and area hot shoe, #27,Jere O’Day took the 25 lap Feature win. FollowingO’Day to the finish in the main were #77 Don Ruder,#29 Ken Pancratz and #37 G. Hall. The 15 lap Semi-Feature went to O’Day followed by #60 Jim Gurneyand #15 John Detert. Heat one was captured by #7-11John Moquin followed by #10-10, Len Matthews and#99 Dick Trickle. 2nd heat victor was #64 AugieWinkleman, followed by Detert and #7-11 MorriePiotrowski. The 3rd heat found Ruder 1st followed byPancratz and Gurney. Fastest qualifier was O’Day butno time was reported for his lap.

With the popularity of the stock car group, theybecame the top attraction at the new speedway. JereO’Day also became tough to beat as he won theSunday, July 24th Feature race. He was followed onthis occasion by Don Ruder, John Moquin and LenMatthews. The Semi-Feature went to #66 Jerry Volm,followed by Dick Trickle and #11 Erv Klawitter. Heat

race one went to#Me-2 JackMoen, #78 JerryWagner and #88Bruno Swiderski.2nd heat winnerwas #19 DickShefchik followedby Len Matthewsand #45 Ron

Domine. The 3rd heat found Ruder 1st followed byO’Day and Barney Pliska. A non-winner race was

Racing History from page 19 run with John Moquin taking 1st followed by #68 RonDeboer and #71 Jerry Moen. O’Day was again fastqualifier. 34 cars participated in the program and theinterest for the speedway was skyrocketing.

Sam Bartus pioneered the effort to establishracing in Central Wisconsin and his experience in thefield greatly enhanced the effort. “ I built Griffith Park,which at the time was the first asphalt track other thanthe Milwaukee Mile. I built it against all odds, becauseall the drivers said, don’t do that, it’ll burn the tiresright off the cars and nobody will be there! It scaredme, but I wentahead and did itanyway.” Ioriginally triedto renegotiatethe deal to runthe CrownsSpeedway,from thelandowners,their name wasJaecks Ibelieve, whoalso owned the tavern there, but couldn’t reach anagreement. I knew Clayton Crown, (See prior CrownsSpeedway column) he was a friend of mine, for whichthe track was named, and for some reason he wentout of business. I just thought that would be a goodarea to have a track and with the Crowns deal off thetable, I picked out a nice location with a hillside andput Griffith Park Speedway there.” And the rest ishistory as they say. The track did not burn the tires offthe race cars, and fans came in large numbers towitness the action.

John Moen won the July 31st Feature race atGriffith Park, besting Ken Pancratz, Len Matthewsand Dick Trickle. Semi-Feature racing found RonDeboer 1st followed by Jerry Volm and Joe Kundiger.Heat race one went to Moen followed by GlenKatzenberger, and Marv Marzofka. Heat two waswon by Dick Trickle followed by Mike Wallace andErv Klawitter. Heat race three went to John Moquinfollowed by Pancratz and Matthews. The dash waswon by Jere O’Day followed by Vic Kopacz andMarzofka. Time trials went to Pancratz. Over 30 cars

raced on the night.Special thanks to Jim Cleveland and Gary Hall

for contributing to this feature story. Also to BobBergeron for his contributed photos. And with that,stay tuned for part two of the Griffith Park Speedwaystory, where we talk to drivers that raced at the trackand also discuss why Sam Bartus was ousted from thedream facility he created.

And for those interested in these kind of old-time racing memories, Champions Reunion XIII willtake place, Sunday, October 10th, 2021 from 11am-2pm in the Hospitality Chalet as part of theOktoberfest Racing weekend, at La Crosse Fair-grounds Speedway, West Salem, WI. For those racersinterested in attending contact Dale P. Danielski at thee-mail listed below. Also looking to recruit old racecars from the last 60 or so years of racing for displaypurposes at the show. For additional information call608-783-5125, 608-518-2478, or go to where you cansign up for the event, Champions Reunion XIIIFACEBOOK page.

Photos. Advertisement in July 15th, 1960 editionof the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune announcing theGrand opening of the newly built Griffith Park Speed-way, Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Sam Bartus, behind theGriffith Park track construction effort. $74 JereO’Day 1st hot shoe of Griffith Park, early race car.Dick Trickle #99, Marv Marzofka #91 and TomReffner all raced at Griffith Park in its first year ofoperation, 1960.

Questions, comments, opinions and other infor-mation welcome at [email protected]

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Quarter Midget Kids

There are quarter midget tracks located on the grounds of both Cedar Lake Speedway and Elko Speedway. Many of today’s drivers got theirstart in quarter midgets and remain involved to this day. Just like their bigger counter parts, the quarter midget drivers enjoy the thrill of

victory, and have a hard time listening to track officials when it comes to lineups following a caution. When the 2022 season rolls around,make sure to check out one of these facilities. You might just see a future star of the sport taking their first laps on a race track.

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Jacob Goede wrapped up his 2021 season with 3 different championships. Jacob won the NASCAR Weekly Series MinnesotaState title after capturing his 8th Elko Speedway track championship. In addition to the state and track titles, Goede also was

crowned as the NASCAR Division 1 Midwest champion, finished second in the NASCAR Weekly Series National Points, alongwith second place finishes in Wisconsin state points and fourth place in Florida state points.

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