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Theriault edges Eckes in ARCA Elko thrill show; wins Shore Lunch 250

June 4th, 2017

ELKO, Minn.– With cars wrecking every which way in his mirror, Austin Theriault edged Christian Eckes by about two feet at the final stripe to win the wild Shore Lunch 250 Saturday night at Elko Speedway. Theriault, in Ken Schrader’s No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Toyota, nudged Eckes out of the way inside of four laps remaining before Eckes rooted Theriault off the bottom lane coming to the checkered flag. With their cars locked together off turn four, Theriault held firm on the high side just long enough to earn his second career ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards victory.

“This hasn’t really set in yet,” said Theriault. “We need a little time to process this one. We were running fourth or fifth through the middle of the race. Then we put four General Tires on it…that’s when it came to life. Those last few laps were rough…definitely a lot of back and forth. We got some marks on the car but we got the win.”

Eckes, after leading 91 laps, had to settle for second in the No. 15 New York Bus Sales Toyota.

“We had a really fast 15 car,” said Eckes. “The General Tires had plenty of grip. I hate it for my guys. We’ve led every race we’ve run this year…we’re so close. I just couldn’t put it together at the end. Congratulations to Austin. It was really fun racing with him. That was really wild. I knew it was going to come down to the end…that’s what racing is all about. Great race.”

Riley Herbst finished third in the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink-UFC Gym Toyota, which was probably a hard pill to swallow after leading 130 laps. Herbst, on a different pit strategy, was part of a multi-car pile-up coming under the checkered flag.

“We were fast…faster than everybody,” said Herbst. “We were going for the win on that last corner. I saw the smoke and came around to this mess.”

The “mess” that Herbst was referring to involved several drivers fighting for position, including himself, Zane Smith, Shane Lee, Bret Holmes, Cole Anderson and Gus Dean. The cars driven by Smith, Lee and Anderson were destroyed. Smith was also transported to a local area hospital for further evaluation, examined and released.

Holmes slid through in fourth in the No. 23 Holmes II Excavation-Southern States Bank Chevrolet.

“We needed this,” said Holmes. “We weren’t good enough on longer runs, but to come out with a solid top-five after the season we’ve had almost feels like a win. We needed to break our bad luck. I don’t know how we avoided the wreck but we made it through.”

Dean, with heavy right-side damage, barely squeezed through for fifth in the No. 32 GREE Cooling Products Toyota. He finished with heavy right-side damage.

“That was a “days of thunder” moment coming to the checkered flag,” said Dean. “All I saw was smoke. I knew the stripe was close, but we came out the other side. We were fortunate to make it through.”

Local Northfield, Minnesota favorite Cole Anderson was racing among the top-five in the No. 78 Mason Mitchell Motorsports Chevrolet, but got caught up in the same melee. He was still credited with the 10th finishing position but not without a wrecked race car.

“Be honest we couldn’t see too much through all that smoke,” said Anderson. “I did see the 18 rough-housing in front of me. We saw the smoke…tried going low…not sure what happened from there. We had a great run. Everyone at Mason Mitchell Motorsports executed really well. Overall, it was a great night…hopefully we can build off it.”

Smith, with a badly-wrecked car, finished sixth. Lee finished seventh with his Cunningham Motorsports teammate Dalton Sargeant trailing in eighth. A.J. Fike was ninth.

Herbst, the General Tire pole qualifier, jumped out into the lead at the onset and led the first 75 laps before pitting under caution with the majority of the leaders. Herbst took right-side tires only and quickly raced his way back into the lead, taking the top spot away from Dalton Sargeant, who didn’t pit. Herbst led up through lap 125 before Smith raced his way into the lead for 19 laps. Then Eckes took his turn up front, leading from lap 145 through 196 before Herbst, on four fresher tires, reclaimed the lead for the next six laps. Herbst’s lead would be short-lived however when most of the front-runners came down pit road under caution for four fresh tires while Herbst stayed out. After the restart, Eckes got by Herbst for one lap, but Herbst took it right back to lead laps 204 through 208. Then Eckes got back by Herbst and led up through lap 245. That’s when Eckes got the nudge from Theriault, who got underneath Eckes. But Eckes returned the favor and wiggled Theriault from the lead on the 248th lap, only to give it up over the final two laps.

Theriault extended his point lead headed to Pocono.

“To be back in the ARCA Series and have a run like this is amazing,” Theriault added. “I have such a good group of guys behind me on this Ken Schrader Racing team. Donnie Richeson (crew chief) made all the right calls. We didn’t have the dominate car but we had it when we needed it most. Thanks to Federated Auto Parts for coming on board to help us with this one.”

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has a tight turnaround for Pocono Raceway where several teams will be testing Wednesday ahead of next Friday’s race, the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible200 at Pocono, live on FS1.

From Elko short track to Pocono big track; ARCA entries grow for Pocono open test Wednesday; Media welcome

June 6th, 2017

TOLEDO, Ohio — From the smallest track on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards tour to one of the biggest, there’s a lot on the plate for ARCA teams, officials and fans in the week ahead.

On the heels of the Shore Lunch 250 on the 3/8ths-mile Elko (Minn.) Speedway short track Saturday night (June 3), race teams will hightail it toward Pocono (Pa.) Raceway in time for the open test on the 2.5-mile triangle Wednesday, June 7. And don’t forget about the 1,100-plus mile ride in between.

The open test at Pocono is essentially three-fold…it’ll offer up the opportunity for some of the veterans to get a jump-start on race set-ups while for the rookies, it’ll be the chance to get approved to race in the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible200 ARCA race Friday, June 9, just two day later. For others, the open test is also a step toward approval to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Pocono later this summer.

Pre-entries for the open test include a wide range, from Daytona winner and current ARCA points leader Austin Theriault, who finished fourth in the ARCA race at Pocono in 2014, to Eagle River, Wisconsin’s Natalie Decker (Venturini Motorsports), who has never seen the place. Theriault, who drives for Ken Schrader Racing, is already good to go in the approval process while Decker’s on-track performance in Wednesday’s test will come under the watchful eyes of ARCA Racing Series officials. If things go well for Decker, she plans to make her superspeedway debut at Pocono Friday.

(Left to right: Christian Eckes, Natalie Decker, Zane Smith) In addition to 19-year-old Decker, Venturini Motorsports is testing three other rookie drivers with Christian Eckes (Middletown, N.Y./2016 Snowball Derby winner), Spencer Davis (Dahlonega, Ga.) and Zane Smith (Huntington Beach, Calif.) Smith, who finished a career-best fourth at Toledo Speedway, is running ARCA’s full schedule in ’17. Smith will also be celebrating his 18th birthday at Pocono June 9, day of the race.

MDM Motorsports is coming with four drivers, including NASCAR Camping World Truck and Xfinity Series driver Brandon Jones (Atlanta, Ga.), Lucas Oil Stadium Super Truck champion Sheldon Creed (Alpine, Calif.), Park City, Utah’s Michael Self and Metamora, Michigan’s Vinnie Miller.

Win-Tron Racing has entered two drivers for the open test to include Bluffton, S.C.’s Gus Dean (2016 ARCA Talladega winner) and Fletcher, N.C.’s Justin Fontaine (pictured right). Fontaine, 19, suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae during a late-race accident in ARCA’s season-opening event at Daytona. With his clearance, Fontaine will return to ARCA and compete in Saturday’s Shore Lunch 250 at Elko Speedway in the No. 33 ProMatic Automation Toyota.

Joe Gibbs Racing has also filed an entry for the Pocono test with Las Vegas, Nevada’s Riley Herbst in the No. 18 Toyota. Herbst is running the full ARCA tour in 2017 and finished a career-best fifth recently at Toledo Speedway.

Other entries for Wednesday’s test include AJ Fike (Galesburg, Ill.), John Ferrier (Middletown, N.Y.), Kirk Horton (Eldred, N.Y.), Dan Bainey (Phillipsburg, Pa.) and Kevin Kromer (Walnutport, Pa.).

While ARCA’s tenure at Pocono is impressive, so too is the list of winners over the years. It includes Tim Steele, Bob Schacht, Mike Wallace, Blaise Alexander, Kerry Earnhardt, Ryan Newman, Casey Atwood, Casey Mears, Scott Riggs, Frank Kimmel, Travis Kvapil, Justin Allgaier, Joey Logano, Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne and Grant Enfinger.

ARCA made its first Pocono appearance on May 30, 1969 on the now defunct three-quarter mile oval that once existed inside the present-day triangle. Bobby Watson, in a Dodge, won the 200-lap/150 mile race on the three-quarter mile track, with Benny Parsons (1968 and ’69 ARCA champion) winning the pole in his yellow No. 98 Ford Torino.

ARCA didn’t return to Pocono until 1983 when it competed for the first time on the big track – Bob Schacht the inaugural winner. Since ’83, ARCA has been a mainstay on the Pocono triangle, running two events each year since 1987.

Media Welcome at ARCA Open Test
Media is invited out to cover the open test Wednesday, June 7 (on-track from 9-5). The morning of Thursday, June 8 is reserved as a rain date for the test.

Pocono Raceday Schedule
Practice for the General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is raceday, Friday morning from 9:30 – 10:55 a.m. with General Tire Pole Qualifying at 2 p.m.. The General Tire #AnywhereIsPossible 200 is live on FS1 Friday afternoon at 5:45 p.m.

Media Coverage
In addition to live coverage on FS1, arcaracing.com will feature live timing and scoring and live chat of all on-track activities.

Race tickets are now on sale at PoconoRaceway.com.

2017 ARCA Racing Series schedule released; Elko, Road America return

November 13th, 2016

TOLEDO, Ohio – The 65th consecutive season for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is set in stone, as Series officials released the 2017 schedule Thursday to include 20 race-dates across 13 states.

Another healthy mix of superspeedways, paved short tracks, dirt tracks and a road course will highlight the 2017 tour, including returns trips to Elko Speedway in Minnesota and Road America in Wisconsin. ARCA raced at the Elko short track 2012-2014 and once at the Road America road course in 2013.

“We are pleased to announce our full and complete 20-race, 2017 schedule,” said ARCA President Ron Drager. “From superspeedways recognized as among the most famed tracks in the world, to historic short tracks, to mile dirt tracks and road course venues, the schedule highlights the long standing diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. We’re especially pleased to welcome back to the schedule Elko Speedway and Road America.”

The series will kick off the 2017 campaign with the 54th running of the Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona February 18 which precedes NASCAR’s Unlimited later that night. For the sixth consecutive year, the ARCA Racing Series will crown the Series champion at Kansas Speedway where ARCA’s race season concludes under the lights October 20.

In between Daytona and Kansas is one of the most diverse schedules in racing with race events on eight superspeedways, nine paved short tracks, two dirt tracks and one road course. The series will race at conjunction event venues with all three of NASCAR’s top-tier divisions including Cup, Xfinity and Camping World Trucks, as well as the Verizon IndyCar Series, the USAC Silver Crown Series and the ARCA CRA Super Series. Prior to the 2017 season, series officials will celebrate the 2016 season one final time with the annual national championship awards banquet at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis Saturday, December 10.

dradebaugh@arcaracing.com [
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Elko Race Recap From Saturday

September 20th, 2016

Elko, MN- Under beautiful clear skies and a full harvest moon fans witnessed real life drama rarely seen in motorsports as two drivers fought for the title in the Hiway federal credit union Big 8 division..

After a full year of racing the point standings were incredibly close with #54 Dylan Moore from Northfield (MN) leading #17 Jon Lemke by 11 points coming into the night. Jon Lemke was faster in qualifying and picked up two points so entering the first feature Moore led by only 9 points.

In the first 20 lap feature Moore and Lemke started nose to tail mid-pack. Lemke is a former two time Late Model Champion at Elko Speedway, he used his veteran skills to get past Moore and finish fourth, Moore started sixth and finished sixth in that first Big 8 main event. So after that race Moore was still leading Lemke by 5 points.

Moore has raced in the Big 8 division since 2008 and has finished second in points twice, he was very motivated to win his first ever Championship. Coming into the second feature Moore again started just ahead of his rival, he was 9th and Lemke was 11th. Early in the race things seemed to be going well for Moore, he was still ahead of Lemke mid-pack. On lap 7 everything changed, there was a chain reaction accident that sent numerous cars spinning, including Moore. The result of the wreck was chilling for Moore, “with how many times we got hit after we spun, I thought for sure we were done, but my spotter told me there was air in all four tires and it moved when I put it in gear so I drove it back to the pits,” said Moore.

His car sustained major damage with the entire rear bumper cover hanging on by a thread and obvious suspension damage. “About half the pits had rolls of duct tape and we taped it back together and was able to get back out,” said Moore. “Before I pulled back out to the racetrack my steering wheel was turned about half a turn and I asked the guys which way my wheels were turned and they said it was straight, so I knew obviously something wasn’t right, but we went out and gave it everything we had and that is what teamwork is all about and never give up attitude,” said Moore.

After a delay to clean up the track and clear the other wrecked cars the race resumed with the #54 car driven by Moore in last place of the 19 car field. Meanwhile Jon Lemke was having his own problems, his car was fast
but he just could not get in position to make a pass, Lemke was blocked in behind two other cars in 10th place.

The rest of the feature went cautionless, Moore could keep up with the field but was still in last place, fortunately for him Dylan Warner, Nick Beaver and Adam Benzick never got their cars back on the track after the
big wreck and Bryan Wrolstad couldn’t keep up and eventually pulled into the pits moving Moore up to the 15th position. On the last lap Lemke tried to get by #51 Justin Neisius for 9th but came up just .144 seconds behind. Lemke finished 10th scoring 32 points, Moore finished the race with his tires rubbing and tire smoke pouring our from under the fenders, he finished the last car on the lead lap in 15th scoring 27 points.

Since Moore had a 5 point lead coming into the race and there is a 1 point differential for every position between 10th and 15th place, the two drivers ended up TIED with 1061 total points for the season. The
tie-breaker is number of total wins and Moore had four wins this year to Lemke having just one, so after a short delay to make sure the points were correct, Moore was declared the Champion. “It was a huge roller coaster of emotions going from getting wrecked and thinking we lost it to then winning it, it’s pretty hard to explain,” said Moore. This was the first ever Championship for Dylan Moore.

Jon Lemke showed his true class shortly after the races posting on social media a congratulations to Dylan Moore and the #54 team.

Michael Ostdiek #18 finished third and fourth in the two Hiway federal credit union Big 8 features and he ended up third place in the Elko Speedway points, only 11 behind Moore and Lemke. Ostdiek is also racing
for a National title in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Division II, he was the point leader in the entire country coming into the night. NASCAR takes a drivers TOP 14 best finishes in Division II to determine the standings so, with those two good finishes Ostdiek may have become the National Champion. We will update this story as soon as NASCAR declares the official final points.

The first Big 8 feature was won by #5 Jake Sernett from Prior Lake (MN), Jake is a 16 yr old driver in his third part-time year driving a stock car. Sernett was a three time “Little Elko” Quarter Midget Champion that
also traveled the country winning hundreds of races and many National titles. This was his first ever Hiway Federal Credit Union Big 8 win, Grant Brown #14 finished second, #18 Michael Ostdiek was third, #17 Jon Lemke finished fourth and #13 Bryan Wrolstad was fifth.

The second feature event went to #7 Tony Brewer from Shakopee (MN) it was his second consecutive feature win after going years without a win at Elko Speedway. Brewer held off #40 Michael Beamish who has been red hot the
second half of 2016, #14 Doug Brown finished third, #18 Michael Ostdiek was fourth and #2 Kyle Kirburger was fifth.

The MN Corn Growers Super Late Model Championship was not as dramatic as #72 Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his third consecutive title at Elko Speedway. Goede was fast all night long being second quick in qualifying
and scoring third and fifth place finishes in the two 30 lap main events.

“It took a long time to win that first Championship but now to be three in a row it’s pretty sweet and Matt (Goede) pulling off second place for the second year in a row is pretty impressive, for what we have going on to finish one and two is pretty cool” said Goede. Goede ended up finishing the points season with three wins and a winning margin of 84 points over his brother Matt #28 with Joey Miller #15 finishing third in points.

Nick Panitzke #22 from Sauk Centre (MN) won his first MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature of 2016 at Elko Speedway. Panitzke is a former TUNDRA Series Champion, he won the first of two features by 1.099 seconds over #3 Chris Marek with #72 Jacob Goede finishing third, #28 Matt Goede getting fourth and #41 Donny Reuvers a 9 time Elko Champion finishing fifth.

The second 30 lap feature went to #91 Ty Majeski from Seymour (WI), he battled #62 John Heath for a few laps before taking the lead after a restart on lap eight. Majeski then shot to a big lead and won by 3.599 seconds. Heath finished second, Matt Goede third, #77 former Midwest Tour Champion Jonathan Eilen fourth and #72 Jacob Goede fifth. Majeski did what he could to secure enough points to win the NASCAR Whelen All American
Series Division I National Hometracks Championship, NASCAR takes a drivers TOP 18 finishes in the Super Late Model division to crown a Champion and coming into the night Majeski was in third place Nationally.

Twenty five of the top Super Late Models in the entire country raced at Elko on Saturday night. The star studded field included #91 Ty Majeski, two time defending ARCA Midwest tour Champion and winner of the Kulwicki
Driver Development Program last year who is currently signed with Roush-Fenway racing on a developmental deal. Austin Nason #14 from Roscoe (IL) was the fastest in qualifying, #35 Travis Dassow came from West Bend
(WI), #23 Chris Weinkauff from Merrill (WI) who a State Park Speedway Champion, #77 Jonathan Eilen who was a Thunder Car Champion at Elko Speedway and former Midwest tour Champion, #41 Donny Reuvers a nine time Elko Champion and #44 Justin Mondeik from Gleeson (WI) who was “Rookie of the Year” at three different race tracks in 2016.

These drivers and many others will return to race the Thunderstruck93 ARCA Midwest Tour even next Saturday September 24th at Elko Speedway. On track Autograph session begins at 3pm with action on track beginning at 4pm.

The first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car 20 lap event was won by #3 Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) it was his sixth win of the season at Elko Speedway. Jorgenson squeezed past #8 Ted Ruevers on the low side to take the lead at the half way point of the race and then he held Reuvers off by 1.802 seconds for the win. Reuvers finished second with #18 Tina Davis coming across third, point leader #32 Jeremy Wolff was fourth and #07 Dillon Sellner finished fifth.

The second Genz-Ryan Thunder Car feature was won by #99 Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN), Kane is a four time Champion at Elko Speedway and is currently second in the point standings. This was the first win of the season for Kane, he won this caution free race by a full straight-away and a margin of 3.918 seconds over #25 Eric Campbell, Dillon Sellner was third, Jeremy Wolff fourth and Ted Reuvers finished fifth.

Jeremy Wolff now holds a 31 point lead over Brent Kane going into the final night of racing in the Thunder Car division next Saturday night during the Thunderstruck93 race event.

It was a very dramatic win for #56 Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) in the first of two Pepsi Power Stock features. Hamilton followed closely behind #3 Ryan Varner the entire 20 lap race until the final set of corners, Hamilton and Varner had some contact on the last lap and then had a drag race down the front stretch. Hamilton had the better drag car and won by .003 seconds at the finish line, it was the third win of the season for Hamilton. Varner finished second, Taylor Goldman #8 was third, #37 Bryce Blohm fourth and #6 Joey Prusak finished fifth of the 18 cars that finished.

The second feature saw former Champion #88 Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) win his first trophy of 2016 in the Pepsi Power Stock division. Oxborough had to fight back the many challenges of #54 Tim Hollen for the win by only .355 seconds, #62 Tom Doten the current point leader was third followed by Bryce Blohm and Ryan Varner. Championship contender Brandon Petersen #7 had nothing but back luck, with mechanical problems prerace taking out his primary car and then a wreck in a borrowed car in the second feature causing him to finish dead last.

The point standings are incredibly close coming into the final night of racing in the Pepsi Power Stock division next Saturday during the Thunderstruck93 event. Tom Doten #62 leads Bryce Blohm #37 by only 6
points.

The Great North Legends feature event was once again a very exciting affair. Brady Fox-Rhode #4 took the early lead. Tim Brockhouse, the national INEX point leader in the Masters division, was involved in a wreck on lap three and could not continue. The race was then between Fox-Rhode and #71 Derek Lemke, those two drivers swapped the lead and were side by side and seemingly on the brink of disaster every lap. Finally with four laps to go Lemke made the pass on the inside coming out of corner four and he held on by .450 seconds for the win. Some of the most intense racing we have seen at Elko Speedway in quite some time, it was the sixth win of the season for Lemke. Fox-Rhode was second, #3 Dirk Henry third, #16 Matt Allen fourth and #7 Jackson Lewis fifth out of the large 21 car field.

With the win Lemke has a huge 82 point lead in the standings as he is looking for his third straight Championship at Elko Speedway.

Alex Vincent #36 from Owatonna (MN) won his third Hornets feature of 2016 at Elko Speedway. Vincent took the early lead and then watched in his mirror as #36 Brandon Olson and #7 Ridge Oien raced each other for the runner up position. Olson ended up edging Oien by only .027 for second place, #14 Justin Schelitzche fourth and #55 Brandon Plekkenpol finished fifth of the 12 cars competing.

Justin Schelitzche now has a 28 point lead over Brandon Olson in the Championship standings, the Hornets, Bando’s and Great North Legends all end their points season on October 1st during the final Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway.

These results and points are unofficial at this time, official results will be posted later in the week at ElkoSpeedway.com

Up next at Elko Speedway the the Thunderstruck93 event in honor of Dan Ryan in support of the fight to cure ALS. It is Saturday September 24th, spectator gates open at 3pm and an on-track autograph session will occur until action begins at 4pm. Racing includes a 125 ARCA Midwest tour feature, 58 lap Big 8 Late Model feature, Thunder Car and Power Stock Championships plus Great North Legends and Hornets.

Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com or follow Elko Speedway on social media or the free Elko Racing App. Elko Speedway is located 30 minutes South of Downtown Minneapolis just off of I-35 and County road 2 in Elko (MN).

Bandos and Great North Legends take Center Stage at Elko

October 6th, 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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 www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

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 www.ElkoSpeedway.com or follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for updates.

Thunderstruck93 Race Story

September 28th, 2015

Elko, MN- With one of the most improbable moves ever seen at Elko Speedway Ty Majeski from Seymore (WI) passed both Dan Fredrickson and Jacob Goede in the last three laps to win the 7th annual Thunderstruck93 ARCA Midwest tour race
presented by NAPA Auto Parts.

Dan Fredrickson won fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.595 seconds, Fredrickson is a four time winner of this event, and a two time Midwest tour Champion. Jacob Goede is the 2009 winner of this event and he dominated racing at Elko Speedway this summer, scoring 10 wins in route to his second MN Corn Growers Super Late Model title.

Front row starters Steve Apel and Matt Goede battled for the top spot early, but then a spin by Paul Paine brought out the caution at lap 20 of this 125 lap race. Majeski was involved in the accident and put to the back of the 26 car field. “I dug myself in a hole early, I had some contact with the 27 car (Paine), just one of those racing deals,” said Majeski “I tried to methodically make my way up through the field and I tried not to use too much tire, I knew the two guys I had to beat were up front already.”

Dan Fredrickson and Jacob Goede were in the familiar position of racing each other for Thunderstruck glory. In the 2012 race these same two guys battled throughout and then had contact on the last lap with Fredrickson pulling out the victory.

Fredrickson took the lead from his 10th starting spot just after the restart on lap 20, he and Goede then swapped the top spot numerous times with frequent side by side and close racing for the lead. The traditional 10 minute break in the race is at lap 93, the number used by Dan Ryan, an Elko Speedway Hall of Fame member who died from A.L.S (Lou
Gehrig’s disease) in 2009 and who this race is a memorial for.

At the break and with 32 laps to go Dan Fredrickson was the leader with Jacob Goede second, Ty Majeski had made his way back up to fifth on the board. On the restart Goede shot to the lead and the battle with Fredrickson continued.

Meanwhile Majeski was ready to pounce “When I got into third they were at least a straightaway in front, I didn’t know if I would have enough time to get them but they started battling, they got into lapped traffic and I was
able to make some ground up and make the move for the win” said Majeski.

Fredrickson and Goede raced so hard for the lead that they both wore out their tires and that opened up the door for Majeski to make one of the most epic runs to the front ever seen at Elko Speedway. “I saw the top two were
sliding each other up in the 3rd and 4th groove and I got underneath Fredrickson and cleared him and then got a good run on Goede, I got to the inside of him, trying to get at least even with him, I used him up a little bit in 3 and 4 and it was enough at the line” said Majeski.

It was the closest finish in Thunderstruck93 history, Majeski beat Jacob Goede by only .054 seconds with Fredrickson a car length behind rounding out the podium trio.

“I’ve wanted this guitar (trophy) for a while, I almost had it last year and really wanted it this year,” said Majeski “I’m really thankful for the Ryan family, its really special to win on this night, it means a lot to me
for sure.”

Chris Weinkauf had a consistent run finishing 4th with veteran racer Tim Sauter in 5th and Jonathan Eilen finished 6th even though he had a tire slowly going down.

Full results can be found at www.arcamidwesttour.com

Austin Nason from Roscoe (IL) won the 68 lap BIG 8 Late Model series race at Thunderstruck93 he took the lead on lap 26 and held off numerous charges from Elko Speedway Hiway Federal Credit Union 12 time winner and BIG 8 Champion Chris Marek for the win. Michael Beamish finished third in this impressive 23 car field.

Full results can be found at www.Big8series.com

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) held off a great challenge by Jeremy Wolff to win his fourth Genz-Ryan Thunder Car title at Elko Speedway.

Both drivers won their heat races, Wolff won his heat in spectacular fashion, going three wide in the closing laps not once but twice bringing the large Thunderstruck93 crowd to its feet. The two drivers started the feature side by side in the fifth row. Kane had a 9 point cushion so Wolff had to get to the front and hope that Kane had problems. Wolff did his part, weaving through traffic and passing cars left and right, but Devin Schmidt from Belle Plane (MN) ran away from the field, took a big lead, and won his second feature of the year by 1.978 seconds.

Wolff finished second and Kane did the smart thing, held his position, finished 6th and won the Championship by 5 points. Kane was emotional in victory lane thanking his crew, sponsors and all the people who had helped him win 9 races in 2015.

Eric Campbell finished third, Tina Davis fourth and Dillon Sellner fifth in points.

15 year old Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won his first ever Pepsi Power Stock Championship at Elko Speedway. Brown finished the feature in second place and won the title by 56 points over Tom Doten with Taylor Goldman third, Brandon Peterson finishing fourth and Paul Hamilton fifth.

The 20 lap and 22 car feature had a wild ending. Joey Prusak from Hopkins (MN) was declared the winner. Paul Hamilton led most of the race, he was caught by Brandon Peterson on the last lap and the two had contact through turns 3 and 4. Hamilton ended up with heavy damage and into the wall and Peterson was disqualified giving Prusak his first ever win at Elko Speedway.

It has been a challenging season for Prusak who has struggled with mechanical problems and bad luck all year long, but his luck changed at the right time. “I told my dad that I didn’t care if I won a race all year long just as long as I win Thunderstruck93!” said Prusak.

It was a big week for Grant Brown who got a phone call from NASCAR telling him he was declared the National Champion in Division 4. “I didn’t know until Friday, during my fourth hour biology I got the call from NASCAR that I had won.” Grant and his crew will be honored by NASCAR as National Champions at the awards banquet in Charlotte (NC) this winter.

Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won his 4th Great North Legends feature of the year, he beat 16 year old Wil McCully by 2.044 seconds at the line, it was a career best finish for McCully. Shon Jacobsen finished third, Brady Fox-Rhode fourth and Jaycen Brockhouse fifth.

With the win Lemke extended his lead to 25 points over Brockhouse in the race for the Championship. The Great North Legends will crown their Champion next Saturday night October 3rd at Elko Speedway.

Matt Suhl from Richfield (MN) won his second Hornets feature of 2015. Suhl started up front and stayed there the entire 15 lap race. Alex Vincent gave Suhl a good run but Suhl ended up winning by .226 seconds with Craig Allers finishing third and Ashley Bell fourth.

Justin Schelitzche finished the race in 7th but still has a sizeable lead in the race for the Hornets Championship. Schelitzche leads Ashley Bell by 49 points going into the final night of racing next Saturday October 3rd.

For full results and point standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

The #Thunderstruck93 event is in memory of Elko Speedway Hall of Fame racer Dan Ryan who passed away in 2009, it has raised thousands of dollars to help fight ALS, to donate go towww.araceworthwinning.org

Up next at Elko Speedway is the final race of the 2015 season and Eve of Destruction presented by Leo’s South on Saturday October 3rd. Champions will be crowned in the Hornets, Great North Legends and Bandoleros divisions plus entertainment by the Green Mamba Jet car, Burn out contest, the world famous Figure 8 trailer race and much more. The evening will conclude with a huge Rock n Roll Fireworks show. Gates open at 5pm, action begins at 6pm.

Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2, get more information by calling (952) 461-7223, go to www.elkospeedway.com or follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Thunderstruck93 Points Battle at Elko

September 26th, 2015

Elko, MN-The ARCA Midwest tour headlines the #Thunderstruck93 presented by NAPA auto parts at Elko Speedway but the action does not stop there. Two Elko Speedway track Championships will be earned on Saturday night September 26th.

The battle in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division is very close coming into their final race of the season. Three time Champion Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) has had a season full of the highest highs and the lowest of lows. Kane has spent a lot of time in victory lane this season, he has 9 feature wins at Elko Speedway but he also has spent some time in the hospital recovering from a concussion that occurred during a nasty wreck in late June, his car was damaged so badly that he had to race multiple different cars to continue racing. Kane won not once but twice in a
borrowed car, he went to victory lane in a car owned by Scott King and also one on loan from Conrad Jorgenson.

Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) is only 7 points behind Kane going into the final night in the race for the Thunder Car Championship. This is a familiar position for Wolff, he finished second in points to Conrad Jorgenson last year at Elko Speedway. Wolff has two wins this year and is always near the front. Wolff has beaten Kane before, he won a furious battle for the Hobby Stock Championship at Raceway Park in its final year finishing just a few points ahead of Brent Kane.

Both of these drivers have a healthy respect for each other and they both boast a large contingent of vocal race fans, it should be a very entertaining Thunderstruck93 finale in the Thunder Cars.

The Pepsi Power Stocks also will crown a Champion during Thunderstruck93. 15 year old Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) has rebounded from the disappointment of losing the Championship in 2014 on a tiebreaker to come back and have a fantastic season, he has exploded for six wins this year. He was also named the NASCAR Home tracks National Champion in Division 4.

Tom Doten from St. Paul (MN) is still within striking distance, he is 30 points behind going into the final night of racing in the Power Stocks. Doten has two wins this year and has used his veteran insight to stay out of trouble in a division where trouble seems to be lurking around every corner. Third place in points is Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) she has four feature wins and has been red hot as of late, she is 65 points out of the top spot.

Both the Thunder Car and Power Stock divisions will race heat races and then a feature during #Thunderstruck93. A driver can earn 21 points for a heat race win, 18pts for second, it then goes down by 2 points per position for the top 4, then down by one point per position after that.

The feature event can earn a driver 51 points for the winner, it then drops to 49 for second and then down by one until the basement at position of 18th and below earning 34 points.

Both the heat races and features will be very important as we count points and crown two more Champions at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.

#Thunderstruck93 will have an on-track autograph session with all its drivers at 3pm on Saturday, so fans are encouraged to come early, spectator gates open at 3pm. Qualifying and heat races begin at 4pm with features to follow.

In addition to the touring ARCA Midwest Tour and BIG 8 Late Model divisions, the Hornets and Great North Legends will also be racing Saturday September 26th at Elko Speedway located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2. Thunderstruck93 is in memory of Dan Ryan who passed away from ALS in 2009. Get more information about Lou Gehrig’s disease at www.araceworthwinning.org

Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Use hashtag #Thunderstruck93

Carver Wins 10th Feature at Elko

September 21st, 2015

Elko, MN–Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) capped off an incredible NASCAR Whelen All American season with his 10th feature win and second consecutive Championship in the MN Corn Growers Super Late Models at Elko Speedway.

2003 Champion Danny Fredrickson led most of the 40 lap main event until getting challenged for the top spot by Matt Goede with 15 laps remaining, after hard racing for ten laps Matt Goede finally took the lead from Fredrickson but contact in corner two sent Goede spinning and then both cars exited the track for the pits. That put 3rd place runner Jacob Goede to the lead and eventually the win by .725 seconds over Billy Mohn.

Jacob Goede won his second Elko Speedway point title by 108 points over his brother Matt Goede. “It’s been a great year, an awesome year” said Jacob “it feels as good as last year, actually better, because the first one was like taking a big weight off my shoulders.”

Goede said the key to his championship was having a fast car, he was the fastest of the 19 cars in qualifying with a time of 13.751, “what I’m most proud of is that we set fast-time in qualifying every night, all year, I don’t think that has ever been Done before,” said Goede.

Dylan Moore from Northfield was just one lap short of being the 10th different winner in the Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 Division at Elko Speedway. A last lap incident between Moore and Chris Marek resulted in Moore finishing in the pits and Marek scoring his worst finish of the year in 16th position.

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) took advantage of the top two dropping back to score his third win of 2015, he won by .250 seconds over Michael Beamish in the very competitive 18 car field. Even with the poor finish, Chris Marek won his third consecutive BIG 8 season Championship, he finished 71 points ahead of Ryan Kamish in the final standings and had a very impressive total of 12 feature wins in 2015.

Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) won his sixth Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event this year at Elko Speedway. Jorgenson started up front and had a huge lead until Adam Wiebusch spun just before the white flag lap, after the restart Jorgenson slipped in some oil on the final corner but held off a hard charging Jeremy Wolff by a mere .027 seconds to score the win.

Brent Kane started the 25 lap race in seventh in the nineteen car field, he moved up to third at the finish, right behind Jeremy Wolff, his closest competitor in the race for the title. Kane now leads Wolff by only 9 points going into the final points race in the Thunder Car division at #Thunderstruck93 next Saturday night.

Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN) won his third Pepsi Power Stock feature of the year, he led this impressive 22 car field from start to finish. The twenty lap race went quickly with no cautions to slow the action. Tom Doten gave it all he had to finish second, he was .285 seconds behind Mann at the finish.

Point leader and six time winner Grant Brown started tenth and could only work his way up to 6th at the finish, just ahead of four time winner Taylor Goldman. Brown won his heat race earlier in the night though and they helped him to increase his lead to 30 points over Tom Doten in the race for the 2015 Championship. The final point race for the Power Stocks will be Saturday night during #Thunderstruck93 at Elko Speedway.

Jaycen Brockhouse was cruising to victory with a big lead in the Great North Legends main event until a caution with five laps remaining closed the gap and opened the door for Brady Fox Rhode to sneak past him and claim his 6th win of the season at Elko Speedway, doubling the win total of any of his rivals.

Rhode won by a whisker, only .069 over Brockhouse at the finish line with Derek Lemke following close behind in third.

Lemke now has a 25 point lead over Brockhouse in the race for the Championship, Fox-Rhode is a distant third after missing a race night earlier in the season to attend his grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. When asked if he regretted missing a race night and his chance for the point title Fox-Rhode said “family is the most important and it was a fun day” but he added that he might be a little bitter at the awards banquet.

Defending Hornets Champion Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) has had a season full of mechanical failures and bad luck driving three different cars, but that all changed on Saturday night with his first win of the year. “This was my Championship car from last year,” said Adams “I got an offer last week to buy it back, I got it and I couldn’t be any happier to have it back.”

Adams was a part of some great three wide action on his way to the front and then he battled with TJ Christensen for the lead at the end.

“It’s awesome, its been a really tough year, I’ve struggled all season long, its been an uphill battle and it just feels good to finally redeem myself with a win” said Adams. Nine different drivers have now gone to victory lane this season in the Hornets division at Elko Speedway.

Justin Schelitzche started 11th and moved up to finish fourth, he now has a 52 point lead over Ashley Bell in the race for the Championship.

Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandoleros main event, he and Owin Giles now both have six feature wins on the season. Giles has a 21 point lead over Allen in the point standings.

For Full Results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

The Great North Legends, Bandoleros and Hornets will all decide their Champions during Eve of Destruction October 3rd at Elko Speedway.

Up next a Elko Speedway is the 7th annual #Thunderstruck93 event presented by NAPA auto parts, a race in memory of Dan Ryan and to benefit the fight against A.L.S. better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Get more information at www.araceworthwinning.org

Thunderstruck93 will feature racing in the ARCA Midwest tour Super Late Model series, the BIG 8 series, the Thunder Cars and Power Stocks will both crown their Champions and also racing in the Great North Legends and Hornets divisions. Gates will open at 3pm with an immediate on-track autograph session, followed by qualifying beginning at 4pm with feature races in all divisions to follow. The famous Pink Flamingo party will take place immediately following the races in Champions event center.

Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2 in Elko (MN). Get more information by following Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or phone (952) 461-7223.

Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway

September 14th, 2015

Elko, MN–Wings Financial Credit Union presented an Eve of Destruction with racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series at Elko Speedway.

Billy Mohn from Lakeville (MN) won his second MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature of the year in race number one. He took the lead early in the 30 lap event and extended it to a full straight-away lead by mid-race when Derek Lemke and Joey Garofalo battled side by side for second place.

It took quite some time but defending Champion Jacob Goede moved up from his 8th starting spot to the runner up position by the end of the race, Goede finished 2.139 seconds behind Mohn. Danny Fredrickson started the feature 13th, he passed a lot of cars on his way to finishing third.

Danny Fredrickson from Lakeville (MN) took home his first Elko Speedway trophy of 2015 in the second MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature, he became the 9th different winner in this division this season. Fredrickson grabbed the lead early and never looked back in this cautionless race. Current point leader Jacob Goede battled with Paul Paine for many laps but eventually moved up from his 8th starting position to finish 2nd with Paine coming home third in this strong field of 17 cars.

With his two runner up finishes, Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) extended his lead to 92 points in the race for the Championship. Since there is only one more points earning night at Elko Speedway and the maximum number of points a driver can accumulate in one NASCAR night is 81, Jacob Goede has clinched his second consecutive title in the Super Late Model division.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the first Hiway Federal Credit Union feature on Saturday night to score his 12th win of the season. Veteran driver Jon Lemke put the pressure on Marek and finished only .597 seconds behind in this tough 13 car field.

Ryan Kamish from Farmington (MN) won the second feature of the night and became the 9th different BIG 8 winner of the year at Elko Speedway. “It was a good night, the car felt really good,” said Kamish “I got out there and just broke to my lead and didn’t look back.” Cole Anderson led the first portion of the 20 lap race but Kamish was out front before the half-way point and held on for the win by .541 seconds over Nick Beaver who finished 2nd. Defending Champion Chris Marek spun with 6 laps remaining and then fought back to finish 9th.

Marek now has an 81 point lead, which is the exact amount necessary to clinch a tie, and since he hold the tie-breaker, Marek will win his 3rd consecutive Championship in the BIG 8 division.

Three time Champion Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) won the first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event of the night. Michael Gilomen led the first six laps but then Jorgenson moved up from his 6th starting position to grab the lead and never let go. Jorgenson beat Brent Kane to the finish by .906 seconds in this impressive 19 car field of Thunder Cars.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) did it one spot better in the second feature and won for the 9th time this season. Kane passed the early leader Devin Schmidt on lap 11 and fought him right to the end, winning by only .153 seconds. Seven different drivers have gone to victory lane this season at Elko Speedway in the Thunder Car division.

With his two good finishes Kane retook the point lead from Jeremy Wolff, Kane now leads by 7 points in the race for his 4th Championship at Elko Speedway. Brent Kane is also leading in NASCAR Home tracks points, he is currently the top point getter in the Nation in division 3.

The Pepsi Power Stock main event was a quick one, the sixteen car and 20 lap cautionless race took only 5 minutes and 48 seconds to run and Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) was the quickest of them all. Goldman started up front and won for the fourth time this year, she beat Paul Neisus by 2.257 seconds at the stripe. Eight different drivers have won features this year in the Power Stock division.

15 year old Grant Brown finished 5th and holds onto the point lead. Brown is the leader with Tom Doten in second and Taylor Goldman third. Brown is also the National NASCAR Home tracks point leader in division 4.

Tim Brockhouse from Webster (MN) won his first of the year at Elko Speedway and his 133rd career feature in the Great North Legends main event. Shon Jacobsen and Dirk Henry swapped the lead early in the 20 lap race, Brockhouse came up from his 5th starting position to claim the lead with 8laps remaining, he then had to hold off a hard charging Brady Fox-Rhode and Derek Lemke to win by only .205 seconds with 3rd place just .006 behind the runner-up in this 19 car field. Six different drivers have now won Legends features is year at Elko Speedway.

Derek Lemke now holds a 26 point lead in the race for his second Great North Legends Championship at Elko Speedway.

The Hornets main event became a battle of attrition as many of the top competitors were involved in incidents that prevented them from finishing, 19 cars started the race but only 10 finished on the lead lap. Luke Geisler led the early portion of the race, then Ridge Oien took his turn up front, those two wrecked with five laps remaining in the feature. Then the race to the finish really heated up with Michael Wachs Jr and Ashley Bell both crashed into the wall in corner number three on the last lap handing the win to Brandon Plekkenpol from Shakopee (MN), it was his first win of the season. He is the 8th different driver to win a Hornets race at Elko Speedway this year.

Justin Schelitzche finished second and padded his point lead, he now has a 50 point advantage over Ashley Bell in the race for the point title.

Zach Lovera from Prior Lake (MN) won the Spectator Drags portion of the race program in a 1994 Chevy Camaro Z28. Stu Berg from Bloomington (MN) won the Outlaw Drags in a 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo.

For full results and updated point standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

Thunder 4×4 and Tailgator Monster Trucks both entertained the huge Eve of Destruction crowd and Freestyle Motocross stunts were performed by JJ Romans and Eric Farr including the ever popular back flip. The Timberworks Lumberjacks also showed off their skills before the races and during intermission.

Up Next at Elko Speedway will be the Championship night for both the Super Late Models and BIG 8 divisions on Saturday September 19th, gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm. The Power Stocks and Thunder Cars will crown their Champions on September 26th during the annual #Thunderstruck93 event to benefit ALS and the Championship night for the Great North Legends, Hornets and Bandoleros will be during the final Eve of Destruction on October 3rd.

Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cites just off of I-35 and County Road 2. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223, follow Elko Speedway on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Elko Speedway Race Story 9/5/2015

September 10th, 2015

Elko MN– A state-wide heat advisory greeted fans and racers at Elko Speedway over Labor Day weekend and the racing on the track proved to be just as hot as the temperature outside.

Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) endured quite the battle to win his 9th MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature of 2015. Billy Mohn was looking for two wins in a row as he took the early lead in this 40 lap event in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, he held off former Champion Danny Fredrickson at the start.

Fredrickson worked on Mohn and finally did take the lead just before the half-way point, then defending Champion Jacob Goede advanced from his fourth place starting spot to challenge for the lead. At lap 20 Fredrickson and Goede were side by side at the front and stayed that way lap after lap.

On a restart with 15 laps remaining Goede shot ahead of Fredrickson for the lead, Fredrickson then pulled off the track and into the pits thinking that his new engine was overheating. It turned out to be a faulty temperature gauge that ruined a great run for Fredrickson, who ended up 15th.

Goede then extended his lead and won over nine time Champion Donny Reuvers who finished 1.272 seconds behind, with Matt Goede getting third and Billy Mohn fourth in this incredibly strong 17 car field.

Jacob Goede now has an 88 point lead over his brother Matt in the race for the Championship at Elko Speedway.

Four time Elko Speedway Champion Doug Brown from Prior Lake (MN) finally earned his first HiWay Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature of 2015 and he held off eleven time winner Chris Marek to do so. “The car was driving off the corners real nice, it was a little tight in the middle of the turns but I just managed the tires and gave it what it needed so I had something for the end” said Brown. Defending Champion Marek started eighth but he finished runner up, .627 seconds behind Brown at the finish line. “I saw him in the mirror,” said Brown “he was far enough back so I didn’t over-drive it, but his car is definitely fast.”

Marek is now has an 82 point lead over Ryan Kamish in the race for the BIG 8 Championship.

The Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event saw Eric Campbell from Lonsdale (MN) win his second feature of the year. James Lindgren led early before Campbell took over the lead on lap 3 of the 25 lap race. Every one of the nineteen cars seemed to be battling for position and Campbell held onto the top spot though the numerous restarts and spin outs, even though the top 2 point leaders were breathing down his neck. Then with 10 laps remaining a big wreck happened, Tony Holm ended upside down and into the fence in corner number one, he was OK but it gave one more chance for the challengers.

Campbell nailed the restart and went on to win by .554 seconds over Jeremy Wolff with Brent Kane finishing third in this 21 car field.

The race for the point Championship has gotten extremely close. Jeremy Wolff now leads Brent Kane by 3 points with three race weekends remaining in this division. These are two of the most popular drivers at Elko Speedway with both guys having a very vocal group of fans.

Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) won her third Pepsi Power Stock feature of the year at Elko Speedway. Goldman started up front and ran away from the 20 car field, she won by an impressive 3.733 seconds. Tim Hollen finished runner-up for the sixth time this year, he has been on the verge of winning all year long. Brandon Petersen finished third with point leader Grant Brown having carburetor problems and finishing fourth, Paul Hamilton was fifth and Tom Doten sixth.

15 yr old Grant Brown holds onto the point lead by 24 points over Tom Doten and with the win Taylor Goldman is now 52 points back.

Brady Fox-Rhode from Loretto (MN) won his 5th Great North Legends main event of the year. 2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse led early and then raced side by side with defending Champion Derek Lemke for the top spot. Lemke then went high and dropped all the way back to seventh, opening the door for Fox-Rhode who moved up from his 4th row starting position. Hans Roeschli had a back wreck and rolled his machine in corner number four, he was alright but his car was not, he did not finish the race and was scored 19th.

Brady Fox-Rhode then went on to win finishing .925 seconds ahead of Jon Lemke who passed Dirk Henry on the front stretch coming to the line, Lemke beat Henry by .001 seconds. Jaycen Brockhouse dropped back to fourth and Derek Lemke came home sixth.

Derek Lemke still leads in the standings, he now has a 17 point lead over Brockhouse in the race for the Championship.

Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) won his first Hornets feature of 2015 in a runaway fashion. Wachs won by 2.413 seconds over the point leader Justin Schelitzche and four time winner Alex Vincent finished third.

Schelitzche now has a 32 point lead over Ashley Bell in the race for the 2015 Hornets point title.

Owin Giles from New Market (MN) was patient enough to wait for an opportunity that finally happened on the last lap in the Bandoleros main event. Giles took advantage of the top two drivers having contact on the last lap to scoot past for the win. Giles won for the sixth time in 2015 with Lennon Watkins finishing second and Luke Allen in third.

Giles now has a 26 point lead over Allen in the race for the title.

For full results and point standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

The Jeremy Johnson memorial Sportsmanship plaque was awarded to Kathy Hough at intermission for her many years helping with the Legends and Bandoleros divisions at Elko Speedway.

Two drivers at Elko Speedway are now leading the National NASCAR Hometracks point standings. Brent Kane is currently in first place in division 3 and Grant Brown is the point leader in division 4. Fans can follow their favorite local drivers quest to win a National NASCAR point title by going to http://hometracks.nascar.com/standings/Whelen-All-American-Series/national_top500/2015

Up next a Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction with racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series on Saturday September 12th. Two monster trucks will compete, the Timberworks Lumberjacks will perform along with School Bus figure 8 racing, Spectator drags and much more. Gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm. Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2. Get more information by going to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling 952 461-7223.

Eve of Destruction Race Story at Elko

August 1st, 2015

Elko, MN– Billy Mohn from Elko (MN) won his first MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature since 2010 during Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway.

Mohn started the 30 lap NASCAR Whelen All American series race in the second row and capitalized early when the front row of Jason Schneider and Michael Ostdiek had contact and dropped out. Mohn then had an intense battle with Bryan Syer-Keske for the lead “after the wreck I started inside of Keske and we ran each other about as hard as you can run anybody” said Mohn, “I think we touched a couple times, but it’s not often that you have races like this, we both really respect each other.” Mohn ended up winning by .458 seconds over Keske with Jacob Goede finishing a close third in the 19 car field.

The huge crowd was thrilled by the great racing in the second Super Late Model feature, Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) won for the third time this year but it did not come easy. Nine time Elko Speedway Champion Donny Reuvers swapped the top spot with Goede numerous times during the race, Goede finally took over the lead for good with five laps to go. Matt Goede won by only .173 seconds over Reuvers with Paul Paine finishing third.

Defending point champion and current point leader Jacob Goede had to come from the back of the pack during a late race caution and could only work his way up to 14th position at the finish. Jacob Goede still has an impressive lead in the points, he has an 82 point advantage over his brother Matt Goede in the race for the Championship.

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) avoided a first lap wreck, took the lead and never looked back in the first Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 division feature. This was the second win of the season for Ostdiek, who just recently was enrolled at Iowa State University. Jamie Farrell finished a close second and Dylan Moore was third in the 17 car field. Point leader Chris Marek started 16th and worked his way up to 5th at the finish.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) took advantage of a much better starting spot in feature number two, he lead all 20 laps and won his 11th race ofthe season by 1.392 seconds. The battle in this feature was for the runner-up position, teenager Cole Anderson and veteran Doug Brown racedside-by-side for most of the race, Anderson edged Brown by .304 seconds at the finish line. Marek now has a 70 point lead over Ryan Kamish in the race for the Championship.

Three time Champion Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) started and ended up front in the first 20 lap Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event. Kane had a good battle with Dillon Sellner early in the race and then held off another three time Champ Conrad Jorgenson by .175 seconds for the win, his 8th of the season.

Jeremy Wolff was a winner for the 3rd time this season in the second Thunder Car feature, “Eric Campbell was right there waiting for me to make a mistake,” said Wolff “I made a few mistakes and he was right there.” 20 cars raced in both the ultra competitive 20 lap main events, “very good car counts and very good cars, so its been a good year,” said Wolff. Point leader Brent Kane started dead last and worked his way up to 11th at the finish. Brent Kane continued his slight point lead over Wolff in the standings, Kane is now 7 points ahead of Wolff in the race for the Championship,

Brandon Petersen from Fairbault (MN) won his second Pepsi Power Stock main event at Elko Speedway in a very dramatic fashion. Mike Stoer lead every lap of the race except for the final one, Brandon Petersen just edged ahead coming out of corner number four and won a drag race to the finish line. Petersen won by only .181 seconds over Stoer and 20 other drivers. Current point leader Grant Brown finished third in the feature and held on to his lead in the standings, he is now 23 points ahead of Tom Doten in the race for the Championship.

Alex Vincent from Owatonna (MN) won his third consecutive Hornets main event by 3.517 seconds but the race was behind him. Michael Wachs Jr beat Ashley Bell and Justin Schelitzche to the finish line for the second position by .081 and .132 seconds in a great bat le to the checkers. This was the fourth win of the season for Vincent. Schelitzche lost the battle in this race but he is still winning the war, he is leading the point standings by 21 over Bell and 50 over Wachs.

For full results and point standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results Elko Speedway was honored to have a film crew from NASCAR Home Tracks in attendance shooting racing and crowd footage as well as interviewing drivers who are contending for a NASCAR division National point title.

The Eve of Destruction Spectator drags are always a crowd favorite, Paul Brisson from Bloomington (MN) driving a 1991 Honda CRX and Brian McMenomy from Rosemont (MN) driving a hopped up 1979 Cadillac won their divisions.

Megasaurus put on a great car crunching show as a finale and a Jet powered golf cart melted a car during intermission (this is not a misprint). It had to be seen to be believed.

School bus races entertained the crowd and for the third year the steel wall school bus stunt went perfectly as a bus resting on its tail was crashed into by another bus resulting in the buses resting on top of each other.

Up next at Elko Speedway is racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series on Saturday September 5th, gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm. Johnny Holm will entertain for free after the races in Champions Event Center. Get more information by following us on social media, go to ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223. Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.

History Night at Elko

August 17th, 2015

Elko, MN– It was a night to celebrate both youth and history at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.

The 22nd Annual Dwain Behrens memorial MN Corn Growers Super Late Model event was raced on Hiway Federal Credit Union “Kids Night” at the races.

Nine time Elko Speedway champion Donny Reuvers from Dundas (MN) took home the traditional clock trophy going to the winner of this annual event. “This one means a lot with the history of it, and how much he still means to the sport here, it’s awesome,” said Reuvers. Dwain Behrens was an Elko Speedway Champion and eventual Hall of Famer who was killed in a snowmobile accident in 1993.

Reuvers started the 40 lap race on the third row but made his way to the top spot by lap 14, he won by .781 seconds over Bryan Syer-Keske and the rest of this impressive looking field of 21 NASCAR All American Series drivers. It was his second win of the season. Current Point Leader Jacob Goede started in the 11th position and moved up to 4th by the end of this cautionless race. Goede still leads in the point standings, he has a 94 point lead over his brother Matt Goede who finished 12th. Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won his 10th Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event this year at Elko Speedway. Marek got out front early and never looked back, winning by 1.118 seconds over Jake Ryan and the 15 car field. Marek now has a 62 point lead in the standings over Ryan Kamish.

Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) won the 20 car Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event. Eric Campbell had the early lead until Jorgenson took the top spot with 19 laps to go in the 30 lap cautionless feature. “The key moment for me was passing Ted Reuvers early,” said Jorgenson “then I just had to look at what Dan Plan put on my dash… C.P.R which stands for Calm, Patient and Relax.” The three time Elko Speedway Champion won for the 4th time in 2015.

Point leader Brent Kane started 10th and finished 4th, he now has a slim 12 point lead over Jeremy Wolff in the standings.

The most dramatic race of the night was in the Pepsi Power Stock division, 21 cars raced 20 laps capped off with an exciting finish. Colin Neisius led the first half of the race until defending Champion Nick Oxborough Challenged for the top spot. 15 year old Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) then came up from his 4th row starting position and passed Neisus on the high side for the lead but also opening the door for Oxborough to fight for the win. Oxborough tried everything possible to muscle his way past Brown, even a last corner jab to the inside, nothing worked. Brown emerged with a battered car and another trophy for his collection, this was his 5th win of 2015. Tim Hollen finished 2nd only .366 behind Brown with Ryan Varner third and Oxborough dropping to 4th on the last lap.

In the race for the Championship Grant Brown now has a 17 point lead over Tom Doten who started 12 and finished 8th on Saturday night.

Brady Fox-Rhode from Loretto (MN) won the Great North Legends feature at Elko Speedway. Fox-Rhode took the lead from 3 time winner Jaycen Brockhouse with just 4 laps to go in the 20 lap race. He then had to endure a Green-White-Checkerd finish and a broken oil line on the last lap to grab his 4th win of the season.

“I was hanging-on at the end just hoping the car wouldn’t blow up,” said Rhode. Jaycen Brockhouse finished second and made up a lot of points on Derek Lemke who finished 10th in the feature. Brockhouse is now only 11 points behind Lemke in the race for the Championship.

Alex Vincent from Owatonna (MN) beat out 12 other cars to win his third Hornets feature of 2015, Vincent topped Michael Wachs Jr by 1.140 seconds for the win. Justin Schelitzche finished third and holds onto the point lead, he now leads Ashley Bell by 19 points in the race for the Championship.

Owin Giles from New Market (MN) won his 5th Bandolero feature of the year, he finished just ahead of Tristan Swanson for the win, he also extended his point lead to 23 points over Luke Allen in the race for the Point Title.

To get complete results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

Over 700 kids participated in the School Bus rides around the track, a very popular portion of the Kids Night activities, kids also enjoyed the petting zoo and free pony rides.

Up next at Elko Speedway is racing in the NASCAR All American series on Saturday August 22nd, gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm and opening ceremonies at 7pm. Get more information by following Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or by calling 952 461-7223. Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.

Incredible Action at Elko Speedway

August 11th, 2015

Elko, MN-A full crowd was treated to some incredible action at Elko Speedway for the Minnesota Professional Towing Association Eve of Destruction presented by Pepsi.

Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) started 8th in the 20 car field of MN Corn Growers Super Late Models in feature number one, he drove his way to the front by half way through the 30 lap race and stayed ahead of the trouble to win his 2nd race of the season in the NASCAR Whelen All American series at Elko Speedway.

In a very unusual wreck the car driven by 15 year old James Wenzel ended up on top of the car driven by Bryan Roach causing a restart on lap 15, that was when Matt Goede took the lead and a trio of Championship cars all battled for the runner up position. Matt Goede won by 2.274 seconds but the next three cars finished only .12 of a second apart. Former Minnesota State NASCAR Champion Chad Walen took home second followed by former TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke and defending Elko Champion Jacob Goede.

49 year old Paul Paine from Mound (MN) won the second Super Late Model feature of the night. Jason Schneider took the early lead until Paine grabbed the top spot on lap 10. Current Point Leader Jacob Goede then made his way to the front, he got past 2 time Champion Schneider and then tried to catch Paine, Jacob Goede came up just short, finishing second by only .14 seconds.

Jacob Goede, the oldest of the two Goede brothers, still has a commanding lead in the point standings. Jacob leads Matt Goede by 81 points in the race for the Championship.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) made it a clean sweep in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division at Elko Speedway. James Lindgren lead the majority of feature race number one, he was passed by Kane on lap 18, two laps before the finish. Kane won by .629 seconds over Lindgren and David Robinson.

Thunder Car feature number two had a very dramatic finish. Brent Kane started 13th in the 20 car field, he was making his way to the front but laps were running out, with two laps to go Kane was still in fifth place. Meanwhile up front there was a furious side by side battle between 3 time Champion Conrad Jorgenson and title contender Jeremy Wolff, contact was made and both cars spun down the front stretch causing a yellow flag and both cars being put to the back of the field. Suddenly that put Adam Wiebusch and Eric Campbell to the front of the pack on a Green-White-Checkered restart, before the field went back to racing Campbell had to pit and Wiebusch had mechanical problems putting the 5th place car (Kane) on the point.

Kane then held off newcomer Josiah King for the win by .475 seconds and completed the clean sweep of both the Thunder Car features. The bad luck occurred by Jeremy Wolff dropped him 18 points behind Kane in the race for the Championship.

Defending Elko Speedway Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) has been on an incredible roll in 2015. Marek scored his 9th win of the season in feature #1. Marek got past Ryan Kamish and bested the 17 car field by .957 seconds in the first feature.

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won the second BIG 8 feature and he led from start to finish in the 20 lap event. “I got a good draw for the second feature, but the car has been great, just trying to keep the momentum going,” said Ostdiek. Ostdiek held off Cole Anderson and Doug Brown for the win with Chris Marek finishing fourth.

Marek continues to hold onto a 51 point lead in the standings over Ryan Kamish.

Jaycen Brockhouse from Savage (MN) won the Great North Legends feature, that is his second consecutive trophy and third in total for the year. He started the 20 lap race fourth in the 19 car field, worked his way to the top spot, had a great battle with Brady Fox-Rhode, eventually winning by only .26 seconds.

Point leader Derek Lemke had problems for the second week in a row, came from the back of the pack and finished 8th. Lemke now holds a 31 point lead over Brockhouse in the race for the title. Both drivers have won one previous Championship in the Legends division.

Alex Vincent from Owatonna (MN) won his second Hornets feature of the year. He edged Michael Weiss by .306 seconds with Michael Wachs Jr finishing third and Ridge Oien fourth. Justin Schelitzche finished 5th and till holds onto the point lead, he has a 19 point lead over Ashley Bell in the race for the Championship.

For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

The Spectator drags saw one truck slam the wall in corner number four in the finals race causing a huge reaction from the large crowd at Elko Speedway, the driver was OK but his truck had extensive damage and had to be removed by two tow trucks.

Jim Bendzick in the Thunder 4×4 Monster Truck thrilled fans with his incredible slap wheelies and award winning cyclone spins. The Dirty Love Drifters and Vertical Mischief put on a great show for the crowd.

The Olate’ Dogs, winners of the 7th season of America’s Got Talent, performed twice for the gathered fans on the concourse.

The School Bus figure 8 race concluded another thrilling Eve of Destruction event at Elko Speedway.

Up next at Elko Speedway is Kids night presented by Hiway Federal Credit Union, it also will feature the 22nd annual Dwain Behrens memorial event. Kids get in FREE also bus rides, petting zoo and pony rides for children. Gates open at 5pm, action begins at 6pm. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or by following Elko Speedway on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.

50th Anniversary night at Elko Speedway

August 3rd, 2015

Elko, MN-It was a night to celebrate 50 continuous years of racing at Elko Speedway, the fans were encouraged to remember the racers of the past, but they couldn’t help but to appreciate the racing taking place right now.

Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his 8th feature event in the MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division, Goede has now won over half of the feature events so far in 2015.

Goede led the field of 20 cars the entire 40 lap main event in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, he was challenged though by his brother Matt Goede who finished right on his back bumper only .129 seconds behind.

Jacob Goede is now 81 points ahead of Matt in the standings with Paul Paine in third and Billy Mohn in fourth.

Eric Campbell from Lonsdale (MN) started the race 7th on the grid but found a way to best all 20 cars to win the Genz-Ryan Thundercar main event, he was emotional in victory lane since this is the first feature he has won at Elko Speedway since 2010.

Adam Wiebusch led the 25 lap race early but he was overtaken by Ted Reuvers and Conrad Jorgenson who both were sent to the back of the pack on a caution with 13 laps to go. Jeremy Wolff then took the top spot, Campbell fought Wolff side by side and was just slightly ahead when another caution came out with 4 laps remaining, meaning Campbell would start on the point for the single file restart as they raced to the finish.

“When the green flew (on the final restart) I didn’t even look back, I don’t know where anybody else was, I was just focused on hitting my marks, I knew Jeremy (Wolff) was really fast, so I had to figure out a way to get away from him,” said Campbell who ended up winning by .851 seconds over Wolff.

Five time winner and point leader Brent Kane finished fourth and holds onto a slight advantage in points, he now has a 3 point lead over Wolff in the standings.

The day for Jake Ryan from Farmington (MN) did not start off well thanks to some ill tempered bee’s, but it ended perfectly as he won the Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event.

Jake had the race car loaded and was about ready to come to the track when he accidentally disturbed a bee hive and was stung nearly a dozen times in the face and head. The stings quickly swelled up as he arrived at Elko Speedway causing a very challenging situation during the prerace practice sessions. He talked to the paramedics, took some antihistamine and proceeded to have his best night of racing in years.

“I won the Championship in the BIG 8 division in 2012 and never won a race, so I haven’t won since I raced Super Late Models back in 2010, so it was a lot of fun.”

Ryan passed Ryan Kamish early in the 25 lap race and then held on to win by 1.174 seconds in the caution-less race. Ryan was happy to take the good-natured ribbing about his bee stings just as long as it ends with a trophy at the end of the night.

Point leader and 8 time winner Chris Marek finished fifth in the feature, he still holds a 45 point lead over Kamish in the point standings.

Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won his fifth Pepsi Power Stock feature of the season. Cole Neisus led early in the 20 lap race but Brown quickly moved up to the top spot followed closely by Tim Hollen. Hollen never let up and pressured Brown the entire feature but was never able to take the top spot. Brown won the race even though smoke poured from his car through turns 3 and 4 on the final lap, he won by .355 seconds over Hollen.

Point leader Tom Doten finished 12th in the 20 car field and dropped back into a tie for the lead, he is now tied with Brown as they both have 858 points on the season. Last year Brown tied for the Championship and lost on the tie breaker because he had no wins. The situation is much different this year because Brown has more wins (5) than any other driver, Tom Doten is one of three drivers with two wins on the season.

2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse from Savage (MN) won the Great North Legends feature at Elko Speedway. Brockhouse edged out Matt Allen by .707 seconds to win his second feature of the year. Point Leader Derek Lemke had a rough night, he had to pit during the race to fix some damage to his front bumper causing him to lose a lap to the leaders, he finished 17th in the 19 car field.

Lemke still holds the point lead but it is now much closer, Brockhouse is now in second only 31 points out of the top spot.

After two years of trying, Matt Suhl from Richfield (MN) won his first ever Hornets feature event at Elko Speedway. Suhl said “patience” and “not wrecking” were the keys to him winning, he finished on top of the 16 car field by .626 seconds over Justin Schelitzche with Michael Wachs Jr in third.

Schelitzche now has a 26 point lead over Ashley Bell in the race for the Championship.

Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandoleros main event for his fourth win of the year. Point leader Owin Giles was caught up in a wreck and did not finish the race. Giles still leads in points by 13 over Allen in the standings.

For full results and point standings go to ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

During this 50th Anniversary night Elko Speedway was proud to unveil a series of vintage photos now framed on the wall in Champions Event Center, vintage race footage was shown on monitors, and lots of memorabilia was on display for the crowd to enjoy. Three vintage race cars were showcased, the Kamish family brought a Dick Trickle 99 Purple Knight tribute car, Bob Heine brought a #39 Dan Ryan ’69 Chevelle race car and Skip Pollack brought his 1955 Ford Sportsman race car. Long time entertainer Johnny Holm capped off the night with a performance. For more information on the history of the track, go to ElkoSpeedway.com/history

Up next a Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction on August 8th featuring the Thunder 4X4 Monster Truck, the Drifters, Burn-out contest, School Bus Figure 8 race, spectator drags, Double features of racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series and a special performance by the Olate’ Dogs animal act, winners of America’s got Talent.

Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or by following us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Elko Speedway Race Story From Saturday

July 29th, 2015

Elko, MN-A packed house was entertained by numerous close finishes on a steamy-hot night for Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway presented by the MN Lottery and the New Prague Auto Group.

The first MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature went to Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) by the slightest of margins. Matt won this 30 lap race by only .033 seconds over Paul Paine. “It was a close finish, I was really happy to be able to pull off the win,” said Goede “Paul got a little loose out of turn two and I got a good run, thankfully he left me enough room coming out of turn four and we drag raced to the finish line, I barely beat him.”

This is the first win of the year for Matt Goede, he has overcome many hurdles to achieve this success including breaking his arm and wrist in May. “I went out on the dirt bike and crashed, it was dumb on my part I lost control, hit some trees and hit the ground, I wish it wouldn’t have happened, it cost me some points” said Goede. “I’m happy that everything is healed now and back to normal.”

Matt’s brother Jacob finished third in the first feature and former two time Champion Jason Schneider lead the first half of the race and finished fourth in the 16 car field.

The second feature went to Nick Barstad of Prior Lake (MN), he lead the cautionless 30 lap NASCAR Whelen All American series race flag to flag. “No cautions really helped out, we were on old tires, so we were hanging on and running our line and it was all she wrote,” said Barstad. Nick was the ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year last year and has raced a lot of places but a win just 15 minutes from his home is something special. “Elko is without a doubt the nicest facility in the entire Midwest, I love running here,” said Barstad.

Former I-94 Raceway Champion Bryan Roach finished 2nd and Jacob Goede scored another third place finish on the night. Jacob Goede holds a commanding 80 point lead in the standings over his brother Matt with Paul Paine 102 points back in Third.

Jamie Farrell from New Prague (MN) won the first Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event. Farrell took the lead on lap one and never looked back, he lead all twenty laps and finished .356 seconds ahead of Jake Ryan for his first win of the season.

Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) came out on top of the 16 cars in feature number two. Lemke had a great battle side by side with Dylan Moore for the top spot and ended up winning by only .085 seconds as the crowd roared with excitement. It was the second win of the season for Lemke.

Chris Marek was stuck back in the pack and finished 9th in both of the feature events. Marek still has a sizable point lead, he leads Ryan Kamish by 45 points with Dylan Moore 49 points out of the top spot.

Brandon Petersen from Fairbault (MN) won the first Pepsi Power Stock 20 lap main event, he got past defending Champion Nick Oxborough on the start and held off current Point Leader Tom Doten on a green-white-checkerd finish for the win by .940 seconds. This was the first win of the season for Petersen.

The second feature went to Grant Brown who bested all 16 cars and won his fourth feature of 2015. Brown had to fight off Tom Doten during a furious battle to the stripe. Brown won by an incredibly close .009 second margin as the two cars appeared to be side by side at the finish.

The consistency of Doten helped him increase his point lead to 16 over Brown. After some mechanical problems Taylor Goldman had to borrow a car for the second feature and lost some ground in the point standings, she is now 50 behind the leader.

Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won his third Great North Legends feature of the year. He finished just ahead of Matt Allen and Jaycen Brockhouse in the 21 car field to take home the trophy.

Defending Champion Lemke increased his point lead to 42 over both Allen and Brockhouse who are tied for second place in the standings.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won his fourth feature of 2015 and he did it the hard way, he passed current point leader Justin Schelitzche for the top spot. Oien won by .234 seconds with Schelitzche finishing runner up and Matt Suhl in third. Schelitzche is still the point leader, he has a 20 point lead over Ashley Bell in the standings.

The crowd enjoyed the close finishes but also liked the show put on by Mechanical Mischief and Alter Ego Monster Trucks. Devin Jones in Alter Ego was declared the winner in the Duel.

J J Romans and his crew performed Freestyle Motocross for the fans.

Brian McMenomy was the Outlaw Drags winner in a 1979 Cadillac Seville and Doug Skang won the Spectator Drags in a 2000 Cadillac Seville.

Tim Brockhouse from Prior Lake (MN) beat Chris Freeland from Monroe (LA) in the Outhouse race finals.

The School Bus Figure 8 presented by RentMyPartyBus.com ended in a rollover and was the finale of the night.

For full results and point standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and Click RESULTS.

Next up at Elko Speedway we will be celebrating our 50th year of racing on Saturday night August 1st. Vintage race cars will be on display and many Elko Speedway Hall of Fame members will be introduced to the crowd. Vintage races will also be shown on the video screens in Champions Entertainment Center. A free concert by Johnny Holm will take place after the races. For Elko Speedway racing history information go to ElkoSpeedway.com/history and Follow us on YouTube for interviews with important people from the history of Elko Speedway.

Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to ElkoSpeedway.com

Giles Wins Super Late Model Feature

July 22nd, 2015

Elko, MN- At the age of 43 Darrin Giles from New Market (MN) won his first ever MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature event at Elko Speedway, and he held off Jacob Goede to do it.

Giles and fellow veteran racer Jason Schneider had a great side by side battle for much of the 40 lap main event in the NASCAR Whelen All American series, “Jason is a fellow competitor but also he is my neighbor so, I had to race him nicely,” said a smiling Giles in victory lane.

Giles got ahead of Schneider and then had to stay ahead of current point leader and 7 time winner Jacob Goede, “Goede is definitely the guy to beat this year” said Giles “I didn’t look in my mirror, when I heard he was coming I really had to hit my marks.”

Giles won by .225 seconds over Jacob Goede with Paul Paine in third and Jason Schneider finishing fourth in the 17 car field. Matt Goede had mechanical problems and finished 16th but he hung onto second place in points, 64 markers behind his brother Jacob.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won his 8th Hiway Federal Credit Union feature event at Elko Speedway. Marek had to come from 7th in the field of 14 cars in the 25 lap main event to take the win. Adam Bendzick lead the first half of the race, Marek then made his way to the front of the pack on lap 15 with Joe Neisius following close behind, Marek won by 1.266 seconds over Neisius at the checkered flag.

Marek now has an big 56 point lead over Ryan Kamish in the point standings. Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event, It is his 90th career win, and his 5th win this year at Elko Speedway.

Kane had been borrowing the Scott King car the previous two weeks after a vicious wreck that sent Kane to the hospital and his car in for a total rebuild three weeks ago.

Kane started near the front of the 19 car field but had to get past the point leader Jeremy Wolff who started on the pole. After a long battle and numerous restarts Kane passed Wolff and then had to fight back Devin Schmidt for the top spot, “Devin has really picked up the pace these last couple of years, he has really earned my respect, he got me loose a couple times” said Kane who won by .743 seconds even though his car was smoking the last few laps of the race. “I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat on the victory lap, I have so many people I want to thank for the help,” said Kane.

Wolff ended up with mechanical problems and finished 16th dropping him from the point lead, Kane is the new leader with a 9 point advantage over Wolff.

15 year old Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock main event, it was his 3rd win of the year. Brown won by 1.969 seconds over Brandon Peterson at the finish line but the story of the race occurred just seconds earlier.

Taylor Goldman had won the previous two Power Stock features and she was leading on the last lap in this race as well. It was a tight 20 lap race throughout, on the last set of corners Goldman dove below a lapped car with Grant Brown immediately behind her fighting for the top spot.

Some contact was made and Goldman ended up by the wall with all the lead lap cars driving past her, she finished the last car on the lead lap and Brown took home the win.

The Point leader Tom Doten finished third in the race, he is now 15 points ahead of Grant Brown in the standings with Taylor Goldman in third in points.

Derek Lemke of Shakopee (MN) won the Great North Legends main event. Lemke beat Jaycen Brockhouse by .913 seconds to the checkered flag in this 20 lap affair that featured State Champion drivers from not only Minnesota but also Wisconsin and Iowa. Lemke now has a 38 point lead in the standings over Matt Allen who finished 7th in the 25 car field.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) bested 16 cars and won the 15 lap Hornets main event for his third victory of 2015 at Elko Speedway. Oien battled with Ashley Bell and won by 1.132 seconds, Bell also has three feature wins, as does third place finisher Justin Schelitzche. Schelitzche now has a 20 point lead over Bell in the race for the point Championship.

The Bandoleros National Qualifier race was held at Elko Speedway and Owin Giles won the feature race, he was best in the 10 car field and gets a free pass into the National Championship race feature event this year held in Anderson South Carolina this November.

Get full Results by going to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

Immedately after the races 1980′s tribute band Hairball took to the outdoor stage and entertained the assembled crowd on the concourse.

Up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction presented by the Minnesota State Lottery on Saturday night July 25th. Two Monster Trucks, School Bus Figure 8 Races, Spectator Drags, Double features, prize giveaways and much more. Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 and follow us on Social Media, search Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Elko Speedway is located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2.

Elko Speedway Spends Independence Day as Eve of Destruction

July 8th, 2015

Elko, MN–Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) continued his drive for another MN Corn Growers Super Late Model Championship at Elko Speedway during the Independence Day Eve of Destruction Double feature night.

Goede won his 6th feature in 9 races in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing at Elko Speedway. Derek Lemke lead most of the 30 lap main event but Goede made his move and passed for the lead with 2 laps remaining, Goede eventually won by .719 seconds over Mark Lamoreaux who got past Lemke on the final lap. Paul Paine from Mound (MN) won the other 30 lap Super Late Model race. Paine started up front in the 18 car field but raced Steve Anderson side by side for 7 laps before taking control of the race. Paine held off Anderson by .752 seconds at the finish line for his first win of the season “I figured this would be my last year racing,” said 49 yr old Paine “but maybe I won’t quit yet!” Jacob Goede started 13th and made his way up to 5th at the finish. Goede now has a 58 point lead over Nick Panitzke in the race for the Championship.

Two travelers joined the strong field of Super Late Models, TUNDRA Rookie of the Year Reagan May from DePere (WI) finished 13th and 16th and TUNDRA Champion Dalton Zehr from Boise (ID) finished 9th and 8th in the two feature events.
Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) had a roller coaster week, he crashed out of the feature last Saturday night in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car divsion. He ended up in the hospital and spent much of the week nursing a concussion. With Kanes’ car beyond repair the Scott King team loaned their car to him before the races, the three time Elko Speedway Champion then took that unfamiliar car with a new Duct Taped Number 99 to victory lane. Kane beat Eric Campbell to the finish line by 1.003 seconds to claim the win with point leader Jeremy Wolff taking third. It was the fourth win of the season for Brent Kane.

Conrad Jorgenson won for the 2nd week in a row in the other 20 lap Thunder Car feature. Tina Davis lead until lap 3, then Jorgenson took off and won by an impressive 3.954 seconds. Dillion Sellner finished 2nd with Davis in 3rd in the 16 car field. Jeremy Wolff still leads in the Point Standings, but by only 9 points over Brent Kane. Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN) won for the 2nd time in the Pepsi Power Stock division, he had a great side by side battle with Tim Hollen for much of the race, Mann eventually bested the 20 car field by 1.219 seconds at the finish line in Feature number 1.

The Second Feature was won by Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN), she raced defending Champion Nick Oxborough early in the race but then extended her lead to 1.399 seconds at the finish line. “I’m thankful that I got a win early this year, and I hope I can get some more,” said Goldman “I really have to give this one to my Dad, our starter went out in the first feature, we didn’t know if we could fix it, luckily my Dad had a spare one, if he wouldn’t have put that starter back in we wouldn’t have raced the second feature.” Tom Doten had some bad luck and lost some of his cushion in the Point Standings, Taylor Goldman is now only 9 points back and 15 yr old Grant Brown is 11 points behind Doten.

16 year old Matt Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won his second Great North Legends feature event. Allen lead flag to flag and won by .459 seconds in this 20 lap and 20 car main event. Derek Lemke finished second and moved into the point lead, he is 10 points ahead of Allen in the Standings. Previous leader Brady Fox-Rhode did not race and moved back to 7th in the Standings.

Matt Allen is a Type 1 Diabetic but that has not slowed his racing career one bit, he scored his first career win 3 weeks ago at Elko Speedway and was promptly congratulated by his racing idol NASCAR Xfinity driver Ryan Reed on Twitter. Reed is also a Diabetic, the two met last year at Iowa Speedway.

Blake Dorweiler from Montgomery (MN) won the Hornets feature event. Dorweiler and Ashley Bell raced door to door for much of the 15 lap event, Dorweiler eventually won by .69 seconds over Bell.

Justin Schlitzche finished 5th in the 18 car field and still holds onto the points lead, he is 20 points ahead of Bell in the race for the Championship.

Troy Tuma won his third Hornet Figure 8 feature event, he shot low on the last lap and just got past Brian Adams for the win.

For Full Results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS

Mark Goddard in a 2006 Dodge Charger and Brian McMenomy in a 1979 Cadillac won the Spectator Drags.

Larry and Shannon Quick from Aledo (IL) had a great competition that thrilled the capacity crowd in their two Monster Trucks. Ghost Ryder driven by Larry won the Free Style Competition over Shannon in her truck named La Chica Loca.

The J.J. Romans Motocross stunt team took big air doing tricks 30 feet over the crowd.

The RentMyPartyBus.com Figure 8 School Bus races were crazy as usual and were a great lead-in to the awesome Fireworks show to end the Eve of Destruction night at Elko Speedway.

Next up at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities will be NASCAR racing in the Whelen All American Series on Saturday night July 11th, gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm. A movie will follow the races at Elko Drive in Theater. Get more information by going to ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-7223.

Elko Speedway Race Story

June 30th, 2015

Elko, MN-Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) continued his incredible string of great finishes in the NASCAR Whelen All American series MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division at Elko Speedway with his fifth win in seven opportunities so far in 2015.

Goede started 7th in a field of 20, Derek Lemke lead the first half of the 40 lap feature before Billy Moen took over the top spot, Moen was then quickly swallowed up by Goede who lead for the final 14 laps of the race.

Goede held off veteran driver (1976 Champion) Mark Lamoreaux by .374 seconds at the finish line for the win, with Moen rounding out the top 3. Goede now holds a 54 point lead over Nick Panitzke and 55 points over his brother Matt Goede in the standings.

Three time Champion Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) finally swore off his bad luck and won the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car 20 lap main event.

Harm Alken took the early lead until point leader Jeremy Wolff took over with 15 laps to go, Conrad Jorgenson then slipped past Wolff at the half-way point and took home the hardware for his first win of 2015. He won by 2.368 over Wolff and 4.035 seconds over Tina Davis who finished third.

Three time Champion Brent Kane wrecked and hit the wall on lap 6, he finished 13th and went to the hospital for observation, Kane remains second in the point standings, 10 points behind Jeremy Wolff.

The Pepsi Power Stock main event was full of drama from start to finish. In the end it was Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN) declared the winner. Mann lead most of the 20 lap race but ran out of fuel on the last lap, was passed by Nick Oxborough and crossed the line second. “The car was running out of gas for four laps before the end, I started swerving, trying to slosh the fuel around in the tank just hoping to hang on,” said Mann “once we were out of gas, there wasn’t much I could do but just coast.”

Defending Champion Oxborough and his fans were jubilant in victory lane with the dramatic last lap win but that all changed when he was disqualified after post race inspection. “Nick came up to me in the tech barn (before inspection) and said that he hates to win one that way and we shook hands,” said Mann “then ten minutes later he ended up getting DQ’d and I ended up going back to him and saying that I hate to win one that way.”

“It was a great night overall for us, I want to thank Paul Hamilton and his crew for letting me race his spare car, I just like to have fun for as long as they will let me do it,” said Mann. The results don’t lie, Mann won the feature and became the sixth different winner in 8 races so far in 2015. Taylor Goldman scored a second place finish and point leader Tom Doten was credited with third, now he has a 26 point lead over Cole Neisius and 28 points over Goldman in the standings.

Defending Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won another Hiway Federal Credit Untion BIG 8 Late Model feature event at Elko Speedway. Marek edged Michael Ostdiek by 1.065 seconds at the finish line of this 25 lap event to win his 6th trophy in 9 races so far in 2015. Marek now has a 44 point lead over both Ryan Kamish and Dylan Moore in the standings.

Brady Fox-Rhode from Loretto (MN) has lead the point standings all year in the Great North Legends but has not won since week two of the season. That changed with a win on Saturday night at Elko Speedway. Fox-Rhode passed Robby Carter with 7 laps to go and held off Jaycen Brockhouse by only .130 seconds at the line to take the victory.

23 cars started the 20 main event and everyone finished on the lead lap with the exception of Matt Ostdiek who hit the wall hard in corner number four, did major damage to his car and did not finish the race. This is a very evenly matched division with five different winners in seven races so far in 2015. Brady Fox-Rhode has a 12 point lead over Derek Lemke in the
standings.

Alex Vincent from Owatonna (MN) won his first ever Hornets feature event at Elko Speedway and he had to hold off the current point leader Justin Schelitzche for the win, “It was a little nerve-wracking I knew it would be hard to stay in front of him, so I just ran my line and stayed out front, it was fun” said Vincent. This is the third year of racing for Vincent and it was his first win, “it’s great, my family has put in a lot of time and working hard on the car and the hard work is starting to pay off, it feels good” said Vincent. Schelitzche now has a 24 point lead over Ashley Bell in the Hornets point standings.

The new Hornets Figure 8 division ran two exciting 15 lap feature events. Troy Tuma from Waseca (MN) won the first race and Dan McCarthy from Bloomington (MN) won the second. Both features were full of close calls and near collisions in the “X,” Brian Adams drove Brandon Olsons’ car to a second place finish in both the races.

12 year old Owin Giles from New Market (MN) won his 3rd feature of the year in the Bandolero division. Giles holds a 27 point lead over Luke Allen in the standings.

For Full Results and Point Standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and Click RESULTS.

Coming up next at Elko Speedway will be an Independence day celebration Eve of Destruction on Saturday night July 4th. Expect racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series plus a HUGE Fireworks show, Dueling Monster Trucks, School Bus races, Spectator Drags and much more including a free concert by Johnny Holm after the races in Champions Event Center at Elko Speedway located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities just off of I-35 and County Road 2. Gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm.

For more information follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, call (952) 461-7223 or go to ElkoSpeedway.com

Carver Wins Super Late Models Feature for the 4th Time!

June 22nd, 2015

Elko, MN–Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his fourth MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature of 2015 at Elko Speedway.

Goede started up front and never looked back, he bested the 23 car field for the entire 40 laps in the NASCAR Whelen All American series, he finished just in front of 9 time Champion Donny Reuvers by 1.127 seconds at the line. Jacobs’ younger brother Matt Goede started seventh and moved up to third.  Defending Champion Jacob Goede now has a 21 point lead over Donny Reuvers in the point standings. Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) won the 3rd annual Scott Kingery memorial Thunder Car race at Elko Speedway.

The past two winners of this event both had problems that prevented them from being a factor at the end of the race. Defending winner Conrad Jorgenson only completed 18 laps in the 40 lap feature, he dropped out with mechanical problems and finished 23rd. Inaugural winner Brent Kane ended up with a flat tire and had to pit causing him to finish 21st. “We did have a little bit of contact,” said Reuvers “I guess I don’t know if I caused that (flat tire) to Brent, if so, I am sorry, that’s racing.”

Dusty Mann lead the 24 car field of Genz-Ryan Thunder Cars to the green, he lead early in the race and then had a great battle with Reuvers for the top spot. “Dusty is a good hard racer and nobody wrecked so that is what counts,” said Reuvers who finally got past Mann on a restart with 14 laps to go. Dillion Sellner started 11th and raced his way up to 2nd, he finished .835 seconds out of the lead, the Great Northern Sportsman Series Champion Devin Schmidt ended up third and Dusty Mann came home fourth.

This race is in honor of Scott Kingery a former racer and car owner at Elko Speedway who died of cancer. His wife and family was in attendance and actively participated in all aspects of the race night, “Scott was out here (at Elko Speedway) for as long as I can remember,” said Reuvers “it’s a tough deal, but his memory keeps going.” With a 13th place finish Jeremy Wolff now has a 6 point advantage over Brent Kane in the Point standings.

Two former Jefferson Speedway (WI) Champions made the 4 hour 30 minute trip up to Elko Speedway to compete in the race. Jason Thoma blew a motor in practice and never started the feature and Mark Deporter finished on the lead lap in 14th, 7.293 seconds behind Reuvers. Lawrence Berthiaume from Albertville (MN) won the Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event.

Jon Lemke and Ryan Kamish had a furious side by side battle for the lead until lap 7 when Berthiaume passed them both on the low side in corner number two, “I just closed my eyes and made the pass,” said Berthiaume jokingly “these wins are hard to come by.”

Berthiaume took the lead and increased it as the race went on, he finished 1.715 seconds ahead of Kamish with Dylan Moore 2.215 seconds behind. Chris Marek who is the Defending BIG 8 Champion and 5 time winner this year started 8th and worked his way up to 4th during the 25 lap main event. Marek has a 38 point lead over Dylan Moore in the standings.

Matt Ryan from New Market (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock 20 lap feature. Ryan lead the race from flag to flag but had to hold on the last five laps when his power steering was failing. Ryan finished just ahead of Joey Prusak by .281 seconds at the finish line, Taylor Goldman got third and 14 yr old Grant Brown finished 4th in the 20 car main event.

Tom Doten finished 7th in the race and holds onto a 19 point lead over defending Champion Nick Oxborough in the standings, Grant Brown is 22 points out of the lead. Robby Carter from Burnsville (MN) was the best of the 23 cars in the Great North Legends 20 lap feature. Carter lead all the laps but was pressured by previous winners Matt Allen and Brady Fox-Rhode, Ted Hough finished a season high fourth place.

Brady Fox-Rhode holds a 15 point lead over both Matt Allen and Derek Lemke in the Standings. Ashley Bell from Lester Prairie (MN) won her 3rd feature of 2015 at Elko Speedway in the Hornets division. Bell finished ahead of Brandon Plekkenpol by .257 seconds at the finish line, front row starters Michael Weiss and Chandler Ulrich finished third and fourth. The Hornets car counts have been very good this year, 19 cars started the main event. Ashley Bell is now 25 points behind Justin Schelitzche in the race for the Point Championship.

11 year old Coy Wulf from Lakeville (MN) won his first ever Bandoleros feature event, he finished just ahead of a hard charging Owin Giles for the win.

For Full Results and Updated Point Standings go to ElkoSpeedway.com

Coming up next at Elko Speedway will be NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing on Saturday June 27th. The highly popular Hornet Figure 8 division has been added to the race program, gates open at 5pm with action beginning at 6pm. Elko Speedway is located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities on I-35 and County Road 2.

For information and promotional items follow Elko Speedway on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, call (952) 461-7223 or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway

June 17th, 2015

Elko, MN-It was a very explosive Saturday night Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway with great racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series and lots of destruction after the racing was complete.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) continued his great 2015 season with another win in the Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 Late Model division, Marek has taken home the trophy in 5 of the first 6 races of the season. Dylan Moore finished 2nd place by 1.452 seconds and Michael Ostdiek finished third place in feature number one.

The field was inverted for the second feature and veteran driver Jon Lemke took home the trophy. “It feels good to get the first win out of the way,” said Lemke “the BIG 8′s are a tough class, anyone can win on any given night,” said Lemke “these cars are fun to drive, the 8 inch tire can really be a challenge.”

Marek moved his way up from the back of the pack in feature number two to finish in the third position, right behind Ryan Kamish who lost to Lemke by only .611 seconds.

Marek extended his point lead to 32 points over Dylan Moore in the standings.

Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) won feature number one in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car divison. Wolff beat out Conrad Jorgenson by .359 seconds with Harm Alken closely following in third place. This was the second win of the year from Wolff.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the second feature of the night, he shot to the front on a green-white-checkered finish and beat Adam Wiebusch by .734 seconds at the stripe. That is the third win of the season for Kane.

Jeremy Wolff is in a great battle with Kane for the lead in the point standings. Wolff leads Kane by only 3 points.

Tom Doten from St Paul (MN) won the first Pepsi Power Stock main event. Doten started up front and never looked back, he won by 1.111 seconds over Shawn Grabinger. “I’ve been here since the early 1990′s, it’s fun, it’s my adrenalin,”said Doten “it’s actually my sobriety, I’ve been clean and sober for over 13 years now.”

Paul Neisius from Hastings (MN) won the second Power Stock main event, he held off defending Champion Nick Oxborough by 1.724 seconds at the finish line. This was the first win of the season for Paul, his son Cole Neisiuswon on opening night.

Tom Doten raced years ago when Power Stocks struggled to get a good car count at Elko Speedway. Now the field is large every week, 22 cars raced on Saturday night,”this is a great class with lots of great guys to race with” said Doten. Doten has taken the point lead by 17 points over Oxborough in the standings.

2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse from Savage (MN) won the Great North Legends main event. Brockhouse passed Brady Fox-Rhode late in the race and held on for the win by .367 seconds. Last weeks’ winner Matt Allen finished third followed by Jaycens’ dad Tim Brockhouse in fourth.

A strong field of twenty two cars raced in the 1250cc motorcycle motor powered race cars in the Legends divsion. Brockhouse is the fourth different winner in the five races so far in 2015. Rhode is the point leader by 10 over Allen, with Derek Lemke in third only 12 points out.

Justin Schelitzche from Lester Prairie (MN) won for the second week in a row in the Hornets division. Schelitzche took advantage of a late restart to pass Alex Vincent for the win by .297 seconds.

Schelitzche is also the point leader with a 27 point advantage over Ashley Bell in the standings.

Get full results by going to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

After the racing the crowd was entertained by two incredible stunts. In the first time back since recovering from a injury, Jennifer Schneider better know as Cannon Lady, was shot out of a cannon over 127 feet through the air into a net. Her husband Radical Rob cut short his stunt man career to travel with Jennifer and perform his TNT stunt, he enters a box and blows himself up with a stick of dynamite.

Both stunts were performed flawlessly and the Eve of Destruction crowd was not disappointed.

Doug Rose then thrilled the crowd with his 11 time National Championship Jet car named the Green Mamba. He melted two junk cars down to the ground with his J46 Jet engine powered drag car.

The School Bus races, J J Romans Motocross Stunt team, and Spectator drags also entertained the lively crowd.

Coming up next at Elko Speedway located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities is NASCAR racing on Saturday June 20th plus the annual 50 lap Scott Kingery memorial Thunder Car race. Gates will open at 5pm, action begins at 6pm. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223, follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Rain Holds off for MN Corn Growers Night at Elko Speedway

June 8th, 2015

Elko, MN–The rain held off just long enough for the packed house to enjoy the entire NASCAR Whelen All American series race program on MN Corn Growers Tasseldega nights at Elko Speedway.

Nine time Champion Donny Reuvers from Dundas (MN) won the 40 lap MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature event. He fought off challenges from defending Champion Jacob Goede who was pressuring him from below “the bottom is so tough to get by, you can only run about 4 or 5 laps down there before you have to cool your tires down,” said Reuvers. Goede eventually slipped back to fourth and Nick Murgic charged to the front and had a great battle with Reuvers, “Nick is a good driver” said Reuvers “you never have to worry about him sliding up and hitting you, it’s fun to race hard like that.”

Reuvers did win by the slightest of margains, only .143 seconds at the finish line, Murgic finished second with Matt Goede finishing just ahead of his brother Jacob Goede in this 20 car field of Super Late Models in the NASCAR Whelen All American series.

This was the first win at Elko Speedway in two years for Reuvers who has spent some time racing regional touring series recently “it’s nice to travel just twenty minutes and be at the race track, especially tonight with how many fans were here,” said Reuvers.

Two time defending Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 feature event. It took a last lap pass for Marek to edge Michael Ostdiek by only .030 seconds at the finish line. Ostdiek, the 2013 Elko Speedway Driver of the Year, was the fastest in qualifying and lead most of the 25 lap feature event, but he dropped to second by only a couple feet on the last lap. Ryan Kamish lead early in the race and finished third with Joe Neisus coming across fourth in the sixteen car field.

Its the fourth win in five events for Chris Marek in the BIG 8 division so far in 2015.

Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) won his first Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event of 2015. Wolff and Tina Davis thrilled the crowd by racing wheel to wheel for half of the 20 lap feature before he finally pulled away and won by 1.759 seconds at the finish line.

Davis finished second in the 19 car field with Michael Gilomen a very close third and three time Champion Brent Kane in fourth.

Sixteen year old Matt Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won his first ever Great North Legends feature event on Saturday night, “It felt amazing” said Allen “I’ve thought about this feeling for quite a while, it’s hard work but awesome.” Allen beat out Derek Lemke by 2.4 seconds with Will McCully finishing third and Shon Jacobsen fourth.

Allen has type 1 diabetes but he has not let it slow his racing career, after some advice from his NASCAR idol Ryan Reed, whom he met at Iowa Speedway last year, he now wears a continuous Glucose monitor to make sure his blood sugar level is OK and in range at all times, he also has a sugar drink in his race car just in case his blood sugar gets low.

Matt Allen races against his father Bruce who finished the race 10th out of the 23 cars in the Legends race. His younger brother Luke also races at Elko Speedway and is a winner in the Bandolero divison.

Fourteen year old Grant Brown won his second Pepsi Power Stock main event. Brandon Peterson and Cole Neisius got together while battling for the lead and that opened up the door for Brown who started seventh in the twenty car field.

Once Brown got the lead he had to fight back the many challenges of Dustin Mann to win by .311 seconds at the finish line. Defending Champion Nick Oxborough finished third and last weeks’ winner Tom Doten got fourth.

Justin Schelitzche from Lester Prairie won the Hornets feature. Schelitzche is a many time winner at Elko Speedway and a former Flag Pole race Champion. Alex Vincent finished second 3.405 seconds behind at the finish line and two time winner Ridge Oien finished third in the 16 car field.

Twelve year old Owin Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandoleros main event passing his main rival Luke Allen on the bottom side of the track, its the second win of the season for Giles.

For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com/results

Up next at Elko Speedway is an Eve of Destruction event on Saturday June 13th. In addition to the racing fans can see a woman being shot out of a cannon and a man being blown up by a stick of dynamite, also School Bus races, spectator drags and Doug Rose will drive his 12 time National Champion Jet drag racer the Green Mamba and melt a car down to the ground. An Elko Drive-in Movie will begin 15 minutes after the races are over. Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm.

Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to ElkoSpeedway.com and follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

Elko Speedway Highlights

June 1st, 2015

Elko, MN– Elko Speedway defending Champion Jacob Goede is continuing his winning ways in 2015. The Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model NASCAR Whelen All American series 40 lap feature was won by Jacob Goede of Carver (MN), he
outpaced his brother Matt Goede by .791 seconds at the finish line. Nick Murgic was third followed by Donny Reuvers fourth and Nick Panitzke fifth in the 21 car field.

With his third win in four races Jacob Goede now leads 9 time Champion Donny Reuvers by 18 points in the standings with Nick Panitzke just 1 point behind for third.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won his second Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event of the year holding off Jeremy Wolff by .364 seconds at the stripe. Kane started third row outside in the 18 car field, he had to get past Tony Holm who lead the first half of the 20 lap race. Kane was very thankful in victory lane, thanking his crew, sponsors and motor builder for their hard work and extra effort coming back from mechanical problems the previous week.

Kane has a small 2 point lead over Jeremy Wolff in the season point standings.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) took the lead early and never looked back in the 25 lap feature, he won his third Hiway Federal Credit Union BIG 8 main event of the 2015 season. Marek won by .971 seconds over Joe Neisius in the 12 car field. Marek now leads Neisius by 16 points with Doug Brown 19 points and Ryan Kamish only 20 points out of the lead in the standings.

2014 Champion Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) bested 22 other cars and won the 20 Lap Great North Legends feature event. “I got out to a nice start, but then the caution came out with eight to go, I looked in my mirror and saw Brady behind me,” said Lemke. “I knew it would be hard, luckily we had the car hooked up and I was able to pull away after the green came back out.”

Lemke beat Brady Fox-Rhode by 1.842 at the finish line with Robby Carter third and Dereks’ father Jon Lemke fourth. Fox-Rhode had won the previous two feature events and he leads in the point standings with the elder Lemke 18 points behind in second followed by Shon Jacobsen and Matt Allen in the point standings.

The Pepsi Power stock 20 lap Main event was won by Tom Doten from St Paul (MN). Doten beat Tim Hollen and 16 other racers to the finish line by 1.485 seconds. Doten was tired but happy in victory lane after the big win, “this is a young man’s sport, and I’m not a young man anymore,” said the veteran racer Doten.

A 17 year old man named Cole Neisius is leading in the point standings now with Tom Doten 2 points behind. 14 year old Grant Brown and 22 year old Taylor Goldman are tied for third only 5 points out of the lead.

Ashley Bell won the first two Hornets features of 2015 and she was out front and looking for number three on Saturday night until her car had fuel pick-up problems and she dropped back to finish third in the 18 car field.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won his second consecutive Hornets feature event as he passed Bell and then edged Brandon Olson by .095 after a furious side by side battle for the win.

Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) finished just ahead of Owin Giles to win his second Bandolero feature event. Giles is still the point leader by 12 points over Allen and 20 points over Coy Wulf.

Get full results and point standings at www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Racing continues at Elko Speedway on Saturday night June 6th for Tasseldega Night sponsored by the MN Corn Growers, FREE admission for everyone plus a FREE concert after the races by High Country and FREE movie in the parking lot at Elko Drive-in theatre.

Gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm at Elko Speedway, located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities on I-35 and County Road 2. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223, follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Goede Wins MN Corn Growers Super Late Model Feature

May 27th, 2015

Elko, MN-It was a night full of racing and wrecking at Elko Speedway for the first Eve of Destruction of 2015 presented by KQRS.

MN Corn Growers Super Late Model Defending Champion Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won the first of two thirty lap feature events in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. Goede finished ahead of Joel Theisen by .962 seconds
for the win. Nick Panitzke from Sauk Centre (MN) won the second Super Late Model feature of the night. Billy Mohn lead most of the race until a late caution. 2013 TUNDRA series Champion Panitzke then took the lead with five laps to go, and held on for the win by .933 seconds. Nick Murgic finished 2nd and Mohn third in the twenty-one car field.

Goede now leads Panitzke by 9 points in the standings with nine time Champion Donny Reuvers in third, 19 points behind.

Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) won the first of two Hiway Federal Credit Union Big 8 Main events. Neisius beat four time Champion Doug Brown by .404 seconds at the stripe.

Defending Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the second Big 8 feature, he passed Dylan Moore with a few laps to go and won by .359 seconds. Marek leads Moore by 12 points in the standings with Neieius 15 points back.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) had a great night in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division. He won the first race by edging Jeremy Wolff by .554 seconds. His car then had motor problems and he was forced to change cars and start at the rear of the field for feature number two. 2014 Champion Conrad Jorgenson is not running for points this year so he loaned Kane his car and Kane drove all the way up through the field to finish second.

Devin Schmidt from Belle Plaine (MN) took the win in feature number two, he bested Kane by 2.470 seconds at the line.

Brent Kane now leads Jeremy Wolff by 5 points in the standings with opening night winner Tina Davis in third, 17 points behind.

The Pepsi Power Stock main event went to fourteen year old Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) he beat Matt Ryan by 2.723 seconds to win his first ever Power Stock feature. Brown tied for the point Championship last year but lost out on the tie-breaker of most wins.

“Its nice to have the security of a feature win,” said Brown “I don’t want to possibly lose because of that, it’s a big relief off my shoulders.”

Opening night winner Cole Neisius finished third and holds onto the point lead by 2 over Tom Doten with 2012 Bandolero Champion Grant Brown only 4 points out of the lead.

Brady Fox-Rhode from Loretto (MN) won the Great North Legends main event. Rhode started sixth in the twenty-two car field, he battled with Michael Ostdiek for many laps and eventually beat out 2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse by 1.320 seconds for the win, his third in a row at Elko Speedway.

“We raced each other pretty hard, I was able to get out in front and set the pace, it was a lot of fun,” said Rhode.

Fox-Rhode leads the season standings by 3 points over Shon Jacobsen and 9 points over Jon Lemke.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won the 15 lap Hornets main event, he finished the race 1.791 seconds ahead of Brandon Olson for the win in the twenty car field.

Justin Schelitzche finished third and moves into the point lead by 5 over Ashley Bell with Michael Wachs Jr in third 19 points behind.

The new Hornet Figure 8 divison debuted at Elko Speedway and the drivers and crowd both responded in a positive way. An impressive field of sixteen cars dared to race each other and cross in the X.

Two veteran Figure 8 divers won, Todd Tacheny from Mankato (MN) and Troy Tuma from Waseca (MN) were the two winners. Tacheny has spent countless hours building cars for other people to race and pushing for the addition of Figure 8 racing to the Elko Speedway race program.

Troy Tuma is no stranger to the figure 8 division, he won a figure 8 championship at Elko Speedway in 2005 when the cars and rules were much different.

Brian Adams finished second in both the Figure 8 races and he leads the point standings, with Tacheny in second and Tuma in third. The racing was exciting and the collision in the X never did happen even though it seemed inevitable numerous times during the feature events, the crowd loved it.

Monster Truck driver Jim Bendzick in Thunder 4×4 from New Prague (MN) won both the Wheelie Contest and Freestyle Competition over Devin Jones from Miami (OK) driving the Barbarian truck. Both drivers put on a great show for the crowd.

Jason Vanberg from Red Wing (MN) won the Spectator Drags portion of the show, he drove a 2015 Polaris Slingshot. Brian McMenomy from Rosemount won the Outlaw Drags, he drove a modified 1979 Cadillac.

The Timberworks Lumber Jack show entertained the crowd, the Figure 8 Bus races were a big hit as per usual and Scott Turkewitz refered to as the Demolition Devil performed three incredible stunts to thrill the crowd at Elko Speedway.

Turkewitz jumped his street car into a stack of cars standing up vertically in a domino formation, then he jumped over another car while his stunt ramp was moving in various directions. For the finale he jumped 80 feet over a tipped over bus and landed nose first into a pile of crushed cars, amazingly he emerged unhurt. For video of these amazing stunts follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and search Elko Speedway.

Next up is NASCAR Whelen All American Series racing at Elko Speedway, just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities, Saturday night May 30th, gates open at 5pm and action begins at 6pm. Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223.

One Feature Completed before Rain foils Racing at Elko

May 18th, 2015

Elko, MN – An unfortunate downpour caused the NASCAR Whelen All American series racing to be rained out at Elko Speedway.

The only feature event completed was in the Hornets division. Ashley Bell from Lester Prairie (MN) has had an incredible start to her 2015 season, Bell won her first ever Elko Speedway race last weekend and she went two for two this weekend.

Bell started on the front row of the 22 car Hornets field, “I’ts easy but it’s hard starting up front because you have the whole field behind you, its nerve wracking” said Bell. “I try to remind myself in the car to just chill and take it one lap at a time,” said Bell “once I got the lead it was like, I got this!”

Ashley’s teammate Justin Schelitzche put a lot of pressure on her the last few laps of the race but he finished second. “It’s fun, of course I want to beat him (Schelitzche) more than anyone else, but its cool that the two cars he built finished 1st and 2nd” said Bell.

Fans at Elko Speedway were excited for the debut of the new Hornets Figure 8 division, that race was rained out but some familiar veteran Figure 8 driver names were on the entry list including: John Lebens, Todd Wilson, Troy Tuma, Dan McCarthy, Todd Tacheny, Jack Purcell and Scotty Westphal. The Hornet Figure 8 division will return to race 7 more times in 2015 including next weekend.

The ticket stubs from Saturday night sponsored by Whelen Engineering will be honored for admission on Elko Speedway NASCAR nights May 30th or June 20th.

Next up at Elko Speedway is an incredible Eve of Destruction night on Saturday May 23rd. In addition to double features the race program will include Dueling Monster Trucks Thunder 4×4 vs Barbarian, Timberworks Lumberjacks, Justinsayne Motorsports stunts, Hornets Figure 8 racing, Terri Traen from KQ92 will be handing out $5 in cash to fans on the concourse and much more. Gates open at 5pm, action begins at 6pm.

Get more information by following Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, go to ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-7223. Elko Speedway is celebrating its 50th year or racing in 2015, its located 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities off of I-35 and County Road 2.

Elko Speedway Weekend Results

May 13th, 2015

Elko, MN–The first night of the 50th season of racing at Elko Speedway saw the pits overflowing as 129 cars raced in seven divisions on Season Opener Night presented by Leo’s South.

2014 Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model Champion Jacob Goede continued his hot streak at Elko Speedway. Former Champion Mark Lamoreaux set the early pace in the 40 lap main event. Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) started the 22 car field in 6th position, he worked his way to the front, took the lead on lap 14 and held on for the win.

9 time Champion Donny Reuvers finished second .527 seconds behind Goede, former TUNDRA Champion Nick Panitzke got third. Two time Midwest tour Champion Danny Fredrickson had mechanical problems and finished 20th.

Tina Davis from Rosemount (MN) won her first ever Elko Speedway Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event as the large opening night crowd all rose to their feet. Davis had a furious side by side battle with Matt Wiebusch for 22 consecutive laps before finally pulling ahead by one car length on the last lap, she held a .29 second margin of victory in the 25 lap feature. Davis never gave up the bottom grove and drove a near perfect race even though she felt pressure from behind. The top 7 drivers all finished within 1 second of the lead.

Defending Thunder Car Champion Conrad Jorgenson was near the front of the pack the first part of the race but fell out with mechanical problems on lap 10.

17 year old Cole Neisius from Hastings (MN) won the 22 car Pepsi Power Stock main event. Neisus won from his fourth row inside starting position, he got past Joey Prusak who lead the first half of the race and then he held off another teenager, Grant Brown by 2.24 seconds at the finish line. Neisus won one race in 2014 but did not compete in every event, he said that he plans to run for points this year and hopes to win the Championship.

Defending Champion Nick Oxborough had some ups and downs, ultimately finishing in the 5th position.

Nothing could slow Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) as he won the 25 lap Big 8 feature event. Marek is coming off two consecutive Big 8 Championships at Elko Speedway. He got to the front early and never looked back, beating Joe Neisus and the other 15 drivers by .819 seconds at the stripe.

Brady Fox-Rhode from Loretto (MN) won the Great North Legends 20 lap main event. The 2014 Elko Speedway Most Improved Driver Award winner has been traveling this Winter competing in events from Florida to Texas and Nevada. He won the feature event at Hawkeye Downs (IA) the night before winning the opener at Elko Speedway. After getting past early leader Matt Allen he bested Shon Jacobsen by .603 seconds at the finish line. Defending Champion Derek Lemke finshed 6th in the 22 car field.

Ashley Bell from Lester Prairie (MN) won the Hornets 15 lap main event. Just like Tina Davis, she won her first ever Elko Speedway feature race after years of trying. Bell and TJ Christensen raced side by side until a caution reset the field on lap 12, Ashley captured the lead at that point and won by .445 seconds at the line. Bell is a former Champion at KRA Raceway in Willmar and one of the few drivers that excels on both dirt and asphalt tracks in the area.

Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandolero main event, he bested 7 other young racers to begin the 2015 season at Elko Speedway.

Interviews with these drivers can be seen on our social media pages, just follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and go to ElkoSpeedway.com for full race results and updated Point Standings.

The next event will be Saturday May 16th with a full night of racing action including the debut race of the new Hornet Figure 8 division. Spectator gates open at 5pm, action begins at 6pm, opening ceremony at 7pm. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to ElkoSpeedway.com

Saturday night May 9th will be opening night of the 50th race season at Elko Speedway.

May 8th, 2015

The pit area was filled with vehicles and optimistic drivers on Practice Day May 2nd with 94 different cars taking to the track in preparation for the 2015 Season Opener.

2014 Super Late Model Champion Jacob Goede was practicing right along side of his brother Matt Goede. Jacob will be defending his first ever Championship at Elko Speedway. Paul Paine did not have his car at the warm up event, “we just got the motor last night and we just did not want to push it,” said Paine “it seems to work better if we just show up on opening night!” Paine finished 2nd in points in 2014, he did not have a win but he did finish runner up 7 times during the season. “We were going to travel around last year,” said Paine “we did so well at the beginning of the season we decided to stay and actually I think it was more fun staying at Elko, Saturday night racing, you can’t beat it” said Paine. Nine different Super Late Model drivers won races last year with Jacob Goede winning 7 events and the Championship. Steve Anderson, Matt Goede, Dan Fredrickson, Bryan Syer-Keske, Mark Lamoreaux, Joey Miller, Chad Walen and Derek Lemke all won feature events in 2014.

Chris “cruiser” Marek won the Big 8 Championship in 2014, he was back at practice day with his new white colors on the #3 car. The field of Big 8 cars were very evenly matched, ten different Big 8 drivers won races at Elko Speedway last year. Marek had 5 wins, four time Champion Doug Brown had 3 wins, Cole Anderson, Nick Beaver and Jon Lemke all had two wins, with Michael Beamish, LB Berthiaume, Ryan Kamish, Joe Neisius and Michael Ostdiek all scored a trophy in victory lane as well. 2015 looks to be just as competitive in the Big 8 division, look for some new young faces as both Dylan Warner and Jared Duda will be moving up from the Great North Legends division.

The Power Stock division was hotly contested all year long in 2014, two drivers actually tied for the Championship with Nick Oxborough edging Grant Brown on the tie breaker. The Power Stock division was the fastest growing division last year with 20 or more cars racing every week. Nick Oxborough scored 3 wins last year, Tom Doten and Taylor Goldman each had two wins, Paul Hamilton, Dustin Mann, Cole Neisius, Paul Neisus, Brandon Peterson, Shawn Prins and Ryan Varner all took home one victory in 2014. Fans can look for an influx of even more new Power Stock cars in 2015. “Even at the end of last year I knew cars were ramping up and getting faster,” said Oxborough “I am anticipating a lot more cars this year, I hope to defend my title on the 50th year at Elko Speedway.”

Conrad Jorgenson became a three time Elko Speedway Thunder Car Champion in 2014, twenty years after his first title. Conrad had three wins and seemed to score a top 5 every race night. His main rival was Brent Kane who is also a three time Elko Speedway Thunder Car Champion, he scored 8 wins in 2014. Jeremy Wolff finished 2nd in points with two wins, Ted Reuvers had 3 victories and Michael Gilomen scored two wins in 2014. Jorgenson says he plans on racing a limited schedule in 2015 but don’t be surprised if you see him back in victory lane.

The Great North Legends car counts just seem to continue to rise every year. Derek Lemke won the title in his number 5 car in 2014, he will be back but with a new car number, he will be number 71 this year with his father Jon in the 17. Tim Brockhouse will run a limited schedule again, he had 4 wins last year, Derek Lemke and Robby Carter both had 3 wins, Tyler Sjoman had two victories. Brady Fox-Rhode was named “most improved driver of the year” at the Elko Speedway awards banquet last fall, he only scored one win but he moved up to second in points and had some great battles with Lemke on a nightly basis. Michael Ostdiek, Shon Jacobson and Jon Lemke also scored wins in 2014. 2009 Champion Jaycen Brockhouse is planning on racing the full schedule and many new drivers appeared at the practice day.

The new Hornets division is sure to be the fastest growing division in 2015, twenty drivers showed up on practice day. This division was called the Mini-Stocks in 2014, Brain Adams won 6 races and the Championship, Ridge Oien, Justin Schelitzche and Michael Wachs Jr won two races each with TJ Christenson, Brandon Olson and Todd Tacheny all winning one race. The drivers in this division will also be legal to race in the new Figure 8 Division racing 7 different times in 2015. I will not be surprised if the fans are treated to as many as 30 Hornets drivers racing on a weekly basis at Elko Speedway, lets just say the flat turns 1 and 2 will be very interesting and the Figure 8 races will be something you don’t want to miss.

The Bandolero’s will also be back racing on most non Eve of Destruction nights, a great place for future Elko Speedway stars to get their start.

Judging by the number and quality of drivers in 2015, the future of Elko Speedway in its 50th season looks very bright.

The season opener will be Saturday night May 9th, gates open at 5pm action at 6pm, opening ceremonies at 7pm. FREE post race entertainment by the Johnny Holm band in Champions event center. Get more information at ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223. Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for updates.

Elko Speedway 2014 Finale

September 30th, 2014

Elko, MN–The final three Champions of 2014 were crowned in front of a full house on a beautiful September night during Eve of Destruction at Elko Speedway.

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won the Great North Legends feature event after a furious battle with Tim Brockhouse. Benny Van Cleve held the early lead until Ostdiek, the 2013 Elko Speedway driver of the year, took over on lap 3 of the 20 lap main event. Ostdiek spent the rest of the race battling with Brockhouse for the win, eventually winning by .203 seconds.

The Great North Legends point Championship was up for grabs all night long. Derek Lemke held an 8 point lead coming into the race night, Brady Fox-Rhode cut that margain to 4pts after setting a new track record time in qualifying of 15.682 seconds or 86.086 mph. Lemke then beat Fox-Rhode in the heat race and increased his lead to 11 points going into the feature event. Fox-Rhode was making his way from his mid-pack starting spot to the front when the engine let loose and ending his chance for the Championship. With the pressure off, Lemke raced up to the 5th position and won the Championship by 23 points. “It was a great year, it was decorated with some wins and some wrecks and some mechanical failures,” said Lemke “I’m glad we won the Championship, I’ve always wanted a banner hanging up in Champions.”

The Mini Stock feature event saw Julie Davis from Bloomington (MN) lead early, then Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) took the top spot on lap 7. Oien fought off Matt Suhl who came from the 9th starting position all the way up to second. Oien won the 15 lap race by .218 seconds for his second consecutive win in the Mini Stock division.

The Point Championship went to Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN), Adam scored 6 feature wins this season and he only had to start the heat and feature to secure enough points to clinch the title. “To make this happen you have to be consistent each week and take it one race at a time,” said Adams “I did my best and it came to my favor.” Adams won the title by 52 points.

The runner-up in points ended up being a tie between Michael Wachs Jr and Brandon Plekkenpol both from Shakopee (MN), Wachs got the position on the tie-breaker with his two feature wins in 2014.

Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandoleros feature race but Brody Wulf from Lakeville (MN) won the point title over Giles by 6 points. After the main event Brody saluted his recently passed Grandfather by wearing a driving suit his Grandfather wore when he raced at Elko Speedway many years ago. “It feels like I accomplished something really big, it helps me get through not having my grandfather here, it helps a lot” said Wulf.

Many other special Eve of Destruction events were held on the last race night of the year including a Flag Pole race that was won by Ashley Bell from Lester Prairie (MN).

To get full results and points go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

The crowd was also entertained by School bus races, a motorcycle stunt team, spectator drags and a wild figure 8 trailer race. Doug Rose melted a car with his Green Mamba Jet car and the night was capped with a fireworks display.

Next up at Elko Speedway is the Champions Banquet that will be at Champions Event Center on Saturday night October 18th with music by Johnny Holm. 2015 will mark the 50th year of operation at Elko Speedway.

Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-RACE.

Thunderstruck93 Race at Elko

September 23rd, 2014

Elko, MN– Dan Fredrickson from Lakeville (MN) was the class of the field in the ARCA Midwest tour Thunderstruck93 event presented by NAPA Auto Parts at Elko Speedway.

The 6th annual Thunderstruck event is in memory of Elko Speedway Hall of Fame member Dan Ryan who died of ALS. To Dan Fredrickson this race has special meaning “my buddy Dan died of Lou Gehrig’s disease, its really a tough deal to experience and I think about him a lot,” said Fredrickson who has now won 4 of the 6 Thunderstruck93 races and its trademark guitar trophy.

Fredrickson is both a former Elko Speedway track Champion in 2003 and two time ARCA Midwest tour champion in 2008 and 2013. Dan took most of this year off from racing but came back to racing at Elko Speedway a few weeks ago to get his car ready for Thunderstruck93. “It payed off,” said Fredrickson “the car was pretty good, much better than last year.”

Fredrickson was fastest of the 32 cars in Time Trials with a time of 13.700 but the 12 car inversion for the 125 lap feature event put him back in the 6th row to begin the race. Brad Keith from West Bend (WI) lead the race early but fell back after Hampton (MN) driver Jonathan Eilen shot to the lead on lap 6. Fredrickson passed Eilen on lap 24 and never gave up the lead even though he got loads of pressure late in the race from Ty Majeski from Seymore (WI). “We thought it might rain, so I worked my tires a bit too hard early in the race” said Fredrickson. Majeski who was 2nd in ARCA Midwest tour points moved to second on the track by lap 100 and raced side by side with Fredrickson for the lead the rest of the race “I gave him the bottom a couple times, I was nervous that I might miss a corner here or there, but it was a really good race,” said Fredrickson.

19 year old Majeski finished second by only .326 second with Rosemount (MN) driver Nick Murgic finishing 3rd. ARCA Midwest tour point leader Nathan Haseleu from Marshall (WI) finished 4th and Elko Speedway MN Corn Growers Super Late Model Champion Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) rounded out the top5.

The Big 8 Late Model series appeared in Minnesota for only the second time ever at Thunderstruck93 and it was 18 year old Austin Nason from Roscoe (IL) who won. Nason started the 58 lap race 10th but worked his was to the lead by lap 18, he passed Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) on the high side for the top spot. Nason then had to hold off Elko Speedway Big 8 Champion Chris Marek and then Big 8 point leader Casey Johnson from Edgerton (WI) for the win. Nason won by only .203 seconds at the finish line with Johnson 2nd, Marek 3rd another Minnesota driver Jon Lemke in fourth and Neisus dropped to 5th in the 24 car field.

The 11th annual Genz-Ryan Thunder Car Nationals race also took place at Elko Speedway during Thunderstruck93. It was Dillion Sellner from Farmington (MN) leading the 25 car field the entire 50 lap race. Sellner was challenged numerous times during the race by Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) and then it was Tina Davis from Rosemount (MN) putting on the pressure late, Sellner won by .240 seconds. Scott King finished 13th, he and his bride Tracy were married at the track just before opening ceremonies.

The Mid American Stock car series raced a 50 lap feature at Thunderstruck93. Lyle Nowak from Wausau (WI) started on the front row, took the lead and then fought back a hard charging Scott Dunning from Bolingbrook (IL) for the win. Dunning started fourth row outside, made some bold moves diving down low early in the race and ran his way up to second place by the half-way mark, he closed the gap but could get no closer, he finished second by .267 seconds behind Nowak. Jeremy Spoonmore finished third and picked up a few points on Championship leader Jeff Holtz who finished 5th.

Tim Brockhouse from Prior Lake (MN) won the 20 lap Great North Legends main event, he had a furious battle with Dirk Henry from Sauk Centre (MN) as the two went side by side for much of the race, swapping the top spot. “It was really cool, Dirk and I must have rubbed 7 or 8 times, he raced me clean though and we didn’t crash and he was the first one to shake my hand in victory lane,” said Brockhouse. Point leader Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) broke a gear mid-race and finished 15th in the 19 car field, Brady Fox-Rhode finished 8th and closed the gap in the point standings. Lemke has only an 8 point lead over Fox-Rhode going into the final race night.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) won the 20 lap Mini Stock race, Oien lead the entire way for his first win of the year. Brandon Olson who won last week finished second, Ashley Bell third and point leader Brian Adams coming in 4th. Adams increased his point lead over Michael Wachs Jr to 57 points going into the final race night at Elko Speedway.

For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS

Up next at Elko Speedway is family fun entertainment just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cites for the Eve of Destruction on Saturday September 27th. We will crown Champions in the Great North Legends, Mini Stocks and Bandolero divisions plus School Bus racing, the unforgettable Figure 8 trailer race, the Green Mamba Jet car and much more. Gates open at 5pm, action at 6pm, main events at 7pm. Search social media by using #ElkoSpeedway for more information or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE

Championship night Elko Speedway

September 15th, 2014

Elko, MN–Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his first Championship and Bryan Syer-Keske from Lakeville (MN) won his first MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature of the year on Championship night at Elko Speedway.

Jason Schneider lead the majority of the 40 lap race but with 13 laps remaining Bryan Syer-Keske took the lead and then held off Steve Anderson by .156 seconds for the win. ARCA Midwest Tour star Ty Majeski from Seymour (WI) started 17th and worked his way up to finish third.

Jacob Goede beat Paul Paine by 34 points and was crowned the SLM champion in the NASCAR Whelen All American series at his home track. “I had a lot of fun this year,” said Goede “seven wins is great and my family is here
every week and that is pretty cool.”

Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN) passed Tom Quade, took the lead on lap six, beat out 23 other cars and won the 20 lap Pepsi Power Stock main event. Two Rookie drivers Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) and Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) stole the show with a Championship battle fans won’t soon forget.

Oxborough and Brown tied with 922 points after a full season of racing, Oxborough was awarded the Championship on the first tie-breaker, he had three race wins and Brown had none.

Going into the final race night Oxborough lead by 4 points, Brown gained two points by finishing just ahead of Oxborough in the heat race. In the feature event 14 year old Grant Brown passed Oxborough who finished fifth, Brown moved up to the third position in the race to tie for the points lead. Brown was challenging Cole Neisius for second as Neisius bobbled coming out of turn four on the final lap but Neusius beat Brown to the line and Oxborough got the Championship on the tie-breaker by the most slim margin imaginable.

“What a great feeling, the thing is, he had to beat me tonight by a few cars to take it so, it was tough,” said Oxoborough. “I want to thank my Dad and my crew and the unbelievable fan support.” Oxborough said he will be back next year to defend his points Championship.

Michael Haggar from Greenfield (MN) had a big lead and looked on his way to winning the Big 8 Main event on Saturday night but a caution came out with 11 laps to go. Michael Beamish from Eagan (MN) shot to the lead off the restart and didn’t look back, he held off Jon Lemke and became the 9th different winner in the Big 8 division this year at Elko Speedway.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) finished third and locked up his second consecutive Big 8 Championship. That makes five total Championships for his career and he also scored his 50th career win in 2014. Marek got off to a hot start by winning the first three races of the year and stayed consistent through out the season. “We try to finish every lap of every race, when times get tough just salvage the best you can, don’t make any enemies on the track,” said Marek “that’s what Championships are built off of.”

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won again in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event, he held off Dillon Sellner from Farmington (MN) by .273 seconds for the victory.

Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) won the Championship by 52 points over Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN). This is the fourth title at Elko Speedway for Jorgenson, he first one was twenty year ago. “It feels great,” said Jorgenson “it’s really hard to get one of these deals done, a great bunch of competitors, it’s been a fun year.”

Brady Fox-Rhode from Loretto (MN) won his first feature event at Elko Speedway in the 1250cc Great North Legends division. He started fourth and moved to the lead, then he held off Derek Lemke for the win by .825 seconds.

Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) still leads in the standings, he has a 20 point lead over Fox-Rhode in the race for the Championship. Final points- night in the Legends division is September 27th.

Ridge Oien from Bloomington (MN) had the early lead but Brandon Olson from Minneapolis (MN) took the lead half way through the 15 lap race and then held off Ashley Bell by 1.733 seconds to win his first Mini Stock feature of the year.

Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) finished 6th but holds onto a commanding 54 point lead over Michael Wachs Jr in the standings. The 4cyl Mini-Stocks will race for points until the final race night September 27th.

Brody Wulf from Lakeville (MN) won his third Bandoleros feature of the year at Elko Speedway. Wulf held off Luke Allen and Owen Giles for the win. Giles had trouble in the heat race and did not finish. That dropped him in the standings to second, Brody Wulf now is the leader by 7 points with only one race night left, September 27th.

For full race results and point standings go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS. For interviews with our Champions go to Facebook or YouTube and search Elko Speedway.

Up next at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities is the 6th annual #ThunderStruck93 event in memory of Dan Ryan, benefiting ALS and presented by NAPA Auto Parts on Saturday September 20th. The ARCA Midwest tour will race 125 laps, Big 8 Touring series will race 58 laps, the 11th annual Thunder Car Nationals will race 50 laps and the Mid Am Stock Car series will race along with the Great North Legends and Mini-Stocks.

Gates open at 3pm, Qualifying begins at 4pm and Feature events begin at 7pm with HUGE Fireworks show to follow. Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE.

7 in a Row for Goede at Elko Speedway

September 8th, 2014

Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his 7th feature of the season during Thermo King Eve of Destruction night at Elko Speedway.

Goede has won four of the last six feature events in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division. Goede lead the race from the green flag to the checkered but former Champion Dan Fredrickson was right on his tail finishing second by only .197 seconds. Fredrickson and Goede raced clean side by side for many laps near the end of this race.

Dan Fredrickson from Lakeville (MN) won the other main event during this double feature night at Elko Speedway. Chad Walen had the early lead until Fredrickson joined the fight for the lead. Walen and Fredrickson thrilled the huge crowd by swapping the top spot numerous times, Fredrickson won the race by .102 seconds over Walen. “We had a good race side by side,” said Fredrickson “I ran him up the track a little bit, then he ran in the back of me and we both turned sideways, it was pretty wild, I’m sure the crowd liked it… it was a fun race.” Fredrickson said he was getting the car dialed in for the upcoming Thunderstruck93 race event on September 20th.

Jacob Goede is in search for his first point Championship at Elko Speedway. He now has a 22 point lead in the season point standings over Paul Paine with only one more points night remaining.

Doug Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won the first of two Big 8 feature events. Brown started up front and lead the entire race “we went back to some old set-up notes and it just happened to work out for us tonight, everything was in the rear view mirror” said Brown. He beat Michael Beamish to the line by 2.6 seconds with Chris Marek finishing third.

Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won the second feature event. Michael Ostdiek lead many laps and battled Lemke side by side for much of the race. Then on the final Green-White-Checkered restart Ostdieks car seemed to have a mechanical problem and he dropped back to the 10th position. Chris Marek took advantage and moved up to the runner-up position. With one points paying race night remaining the defending Champion Chris Marek now leads the standings by 14 points over Lemke.

Michael Gilomen from Northfield (MN) and Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) won the two Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main events on Saturday night. Conrad Jorgenson finished second in both of the races and increased his point lead in the division. Jorgenson now leads Jeremy Wolff by 51 points going into the final night of points racing next week.

Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock feature event. Brandon Petersen and Ryan Varner were both disqualified post race in the Garage Door Doctor Tech shed giving the win to Goldman, it is her second victory of 2014. Point leader Nick Oxborough finished in the 10th position of the 23 cars who finished the race and that opened the door for fourteen year old fellow rookie Grant Brown to gain many valuable points by finishing 2nd to Goldman.

Oxborough now leads Brown by only 4 points and Tom Doten is still within striking distance at 21 points out of the lead going into the final night of racing in the Power Stock division on Saturday night September 13th.

Robbie Carter from Prior Lake (MN) won his second consecutive Great North Legends Main event at Elko Speedway. Carter started up front in the 18 car field and never looked back, winning the race by .236 seconds over Derek Lemke with Brady Fox-Rhode finishing 3rd.

Lemke now leads in the standings by 24 points over Fox-Rhode, this division does not end its points season until the final night of racing September 27th.

Justin Schelitzche from Lester Prairie (MN) won the Mini Stock main event. He started on the front row and held off Brandon Plekkenpol by .801 seconds to take his second win of the season at Elko Speedway.

Point Leader Brian Adams finished 4th in the 21 car field and held onto his commanding lead in the standings. Adams now leads Michael Wachs Jr by 51 points in the race for the championship. Mini Stocks will also continue to earn points until the final race night on September 27th.

Get full Results at www.ElkoSpeedway.com and Click RESULTS.

Kaila Savage entertained the hug Eve of Destruction crowd by attempting the back-flip with her Heart Breaker Monster Truck. It did not go completely as planned and substantial damage was done to the truck but Kaila emerged unharmed. Jim Bendzick in Thunder 4X4 also thrilled the crowd with wheelies and his trademark cyclone tricks.

In a stunt to end the Eve of Destruction Jennifer Schneider better known as “Cannon Lady” was shot out of a cannon 125 feet in distance and 50 feet in the air and successfully landed in the catch netting. For photos and video of these incredible events go to YouTube, Twitter or Facebook and search Elko Speedway.

Up next at Elko Speedway is our Season Championship night with racing in 7 divisions of cars on September 13th. Gates open at 5pm and racing and heat racing at 6pm. Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE.

Goede Wins Late Model Feature at Elko

September 1st, 2014

Elko, MN-Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won his 6th feature event in the NASCAR Whelen All American series MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division at Elko Speedway.

Goede started third row outside and worked his way to the top spot by lap 16 of the 40 lap main event “I used the bottom, everyone can skate around in the second groove but we worked on our car to get around on the bottom,” said Goede “it’s good down there and it’s good to be in victory lane.”

Matt Goede finished second to his older brother with former Champion Dan Fredrickson taking home the third spot. Nine time Champion Donny Reuvers made his first start of the season, he started in the 8th row and moved up to finish in the 9th position.

Jacob Goede still leads in the points with Paul Paine in second and Matt Goede moving up to third in the standings. Only two points paying race nights remain in the Super Late Model division.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won for the fifth time this season in the Big 8 division. Marek started on the pole, took the lead and never looked back winning the 25 lap main event by 2.229 seconds over Michael Beamish with Jon Lemke finishing third.

Cole Anderson had a rough night finishing 10th in the feature, he has been runner-up in the point standings for much of the year but now he has slid back to the third position. Marek now leads Jon Lemke by 15 and Anderson is 22 points behind in the race for the Championship.

Twenty cars started the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event and it was an eventful race. Tony Holm lead the race early then Conrad Jorgenson took the lead on lap 6. Ted Reuvers came from his fourth row starting position to move up to 2nd, then with four laps to go Reuvers and Jorgenson had contact sending both of them to the back of the pack. Defending Champion Brent Kane capitalized on the situation and then held off Jeremy Wolff and Eric Campbell for the win.

Jorgenson came back to finish 10th in the 20 car field, he holds onto the point lead by 39 over Wolff with Kane moving to the third position in points.

Robby Carter from Prior Lake (MN) won the 20 lap Great North Legends National Qualifier race at Elko Speedway, it was his second win of the season. Michael Hanson and Dylan Warner battled side by side for the lead early in the race before Derek Lemke took over the top spot at lap 10. Carter took the lead from Lemke with 4 laps to go and held on to win by only .226 seconds at the finish line.

By winning a National Qualifier event Carter will get a provisional starting spot at the Legends National Championship Main Event on October 18th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Derek Lemke continues to lead in the standings, he has a 23 point lead over Brady Fox-Rhode with his father Jon Lemke moving to the third position. The Great North Legends will continue to have points paying races until September 27th, the final race night of the season.

Tom Doten from St Paul (MN) won his second consecutive Pepsi Power Stock main event. 24 cars filled Elko Speedway with action, it was Shaun Prins who took the early lead and Doten moved up to the top spot by lap 7 of the 20 lap race. Tom Quade finished second with Dusty Mann coming home third.

Nick Oxborough finished 5th, one spot ahead of Grant Brown. Oxborough is now 13 points ahead of Brown in the race for the championship but Doten continues to close in, he is now only 20 points behind with two points paying race nights remaining for the Power Stock division.

Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) lead flag to flag in the 15 lap Mini Stock main event for his 6th win of the year. The race night was delayed because of rain before this race but the front wheel drive 4 cyl Mini-Stock cars seemed to have no trouble with the damp conditions. Brandon Plekkenpol finished 2nd with Ridge Oien getting third.

Adams extended his lead to 43 points over Michael Wachs Jr who finished fifth in the feature event, the Mini Stocks will also have their Championship night on September 27th.

Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandoleros feature event. Giles now also took over the lead in the standings by 2 points over Brody Wulf in the race for the Championship.

For Full Results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS

The Jeremy Johnson memorial Sportmanship award was presented to Natalie Bartyzal from Cedar View Electric for her contributions to the Motorsports community.

Up next for family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities is an Eve of Destruction RAW event on Saturday September 6th. Double features plus Cannon Lady will be shot out of a cannon and Radical Rob will be blown from a box loaded with dynamite. Monster trucks Thunder 4X4 and Heartbreaker will compete and entertain the crowd, plus spectator drags and many other events.

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Anderson Won his Third NASCAR Whelen All American Feature at Elko Speedway

August 26th, 2014

Elko, MN–Steve Anderson from Lakeville (MN) won his third NASCAR Whelen All American feature event of the year at Elko Speedway during the Eve of Destruction presented by the MN Professional Towing Association on Saturday night.

Anderson grabbed the top spot and lead from the green flag to checkered flag in the first of two main events in the MN Corn Growers Super Late Model division. “You can’t ask for a better place to start than on the outside of the front row,” said Anderson “the car was good enough to stay up there, I just put the gas to the floor and away I went!” Matt Goede finished second and Dan Fredrickson moved up to third after starting 12th in this 30 lap cautionless race.

Point leader Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) finished fourth in the first feature and then dominated the second feature after starting on the front row. Goede won by 1.046 seconds over Paul Paine with Dan Fredrickson again finishing third.

Goede now has five feature wins at Elko this year, he leads a winless Paul Paine by 9 in the season championship point standings with three points nights remaining in the 2014 season.

Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) became the 8th different winner this year in the Big 8 division at Elko Speedway. He lead the entire 20 lap feature and finished .941 seconds ahead of Michael Ostdiek for the win.

Rookie competitor Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) also won a Big 8 feature event, he raced side by side with Michael Beamish for the first half of the race before finally pulling ahead for his second win of the year. Beamish finished second with Doug Brown in third only 1.1 seconds behind the leader.

Defending Champion Chris Marek finished 4th and 8th in the two races. He still leads in the standings but only by 3 points over Anderson for the top spot.

Brent Kane of Lonsdale (MN) got his 80th career victory on Saturday night. He dominated the first of two Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main events at Elko Speedway. Kane won by 3.13 seconds over Dillon Sellner and the rest of the 20 car field.

Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) won the second race. Jeremy Wolff lead most of the race but Reuvers snuck past him just before receiving the white flag. Reuvers won by only .339 seconds to claim his second win of the season.

Conrad Jorgenson finished 4th and 5th in the two races and remains the point leader, he has a 39 point cushion over Wolff in the standings.

Derek Lemke of Shakopee (MN) won the Great North Legends feature. Tim Brockhouse crossed the finish line first but was disqualified in the Garage Door Doctor Tech Shed for a post race violation. Lemke edged Matt Allen by only .232 seconds for the win.

Lemke regained the lead in the standings as previous leader Shon Jacobsen was not able to race. Lemke now has a 22 point lead over Brady Fox-Rhode in the standings.

Tom Doten from St Paul (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock main event. 23 cars started the race and Cole Neisius crossed the finish line first but was disqualified in post race inspection giving the trophy to Doten. “It’s unfortunate that we have to win that way, but we’ll take it” said Doten.

Doten won his heat race and came from his fourth row starting position to make it up to the front. Rookie competitor Grant Brown lead some laps and had a furious battle with Neisius before dropping a couple positions late in the race.

Nick Oxborough finished 5th and held on to the lead in the standings by 12 points over Grant Brown and Doten is now 22 points out of first in the Power Stock division.

Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) won his 5th Mini Stock main event at Elko Speedway. Ashley Bell lead early in the 15 lap feature but Adams took the lead with 9 laps remaining and held on by .93 seconds for the win. Bell finished second and Justin Schelitzche came in third.

Brian Adams now has a 42 point lead over Michael Wachs Jr who had mechanical problems and finished 16th in the feature event.

Todd Tacheny from Mankato (MN) and Brandon Olson from Minneapolis (MN) won the fan favorite Flag Pole races at Eve of Destruction.

Dangerous Dan McCarthy performed the Steel Wall Bus stunt in a spectacular fashion and Taylor Goldman won the School Bus figure 8 race. The first ever BUSball event at Elko Speedway was won by the Green team even though the Purple fans believed they were “out of bounds” on their game winning drive.

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Up next for family fun entertainment just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities at Elko Speedway is a NASCAR event on Saturday August 30th with seven divisions of racing. Gates open at 5pm and events beginning at 6:00pm and a movie at Champions Drive-in Theater will follow the races.

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Trio Of Elko Drivers Battle For Minnesota Title Goede Brothers Lead Paine In Close Race

August 21st, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Elko Speedway is known throughout the Midwest as one of the nicest short-track facilities in the region. From first-class fan accommodations to a drive-in movie theater on site, there is something for everyone at the track.

The one thing that all fans in the area are drawn to the most? The best NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action featured at the track each week.

In the Super Late Model Division at Elko a three-way battle between brothers Matt and Jacob Goede, and Paul Paine has developed for the Minnesota state championship.

Jacob Goede led the standings through July until his brother Matt scored back-to-back wins to vault from third-place to the lead. Paine has used a string of consistent top-10 finishes to move into second place leading into last weekend.

Last Saturday night, Jacob captured his fourth win of the season in the Dwain Behrens Memorial to recapture the lead in both the track and state points.

Jacob holds just a two-point edge on Matt (240-238) with Paine a close third at 236 points heading into the final six weeks of the season.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I drivers are ranked by their best 18 NASCAR points finishes in series-sanctioned events. Drivers receive two points for every car they finish ahead of – up to 18 cars – and three points for a win, with an additional two points available if the driver starts 10th or lower.

Anthony Anders (South Carolina), maintains his lead in the national standings, although the battle in tightening up between the newcomer and a former champion.

Defending national champion Lee Pulliam, from Semora, N.C., cut into Anthony Anders lead this week to trim the deficit from 19 points to just six in the national standings. Pulliam picked up four wins last weekend while Anders scored just two victories on track.

Rocco remains in third place and has 12 wins, 28 top fives and 31 top 10s in 36 starts.

Ryan Preece (Thompson, Stafford, Waterford and New York’s Riverhead) sits in fourth with 633 points and Dillon Bassett (Anderson, Hickory, E. Carolina, Langley, Southern national, Greenville, Caraway) moved back in to the top 10 this week with 631 points. Sixth thru 10th moved around a little as Peyton Sellers (South Boston, Langley, Caraway, Motor Mile) dropped one position from last week with Kres Van Dyke (Virginia’s Lonesome Pine and Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway), Tommy Lemons Jr. (South Boston, Southern National, Caraway and Motor Mile) seventh and eighth, respectively. Chad Finchum (Lonesome Pine and Kingsport) moved up one spot to ninth and Matt Bowling (South Boston, Motor Mile, Southern National and Caraway) moved down one position to complete the top 10.

For Matt Goede, he enjoys the competition each week at Elko Speedway and enjoys racing at the track located just south of the Twin Cities in Elko, Minnesota.

“The facility is one of the nicest around and it is top notch,” Matt Goede said. “The asphalt is in good shape and there are two grooves to race on that provides some great racing for the fans.”

He adds that winning a NASCAR title would be a big accomplishment.

“I have never won a track title or a NASCAR Whelen All-American state title and that is something that would be neat to do,” Matt said. “Getting to go to Charlotte for the banquet would be a good thing from what I hear. NASCAR really treats you well during that event.”

The top three in the national standings, as well as state and province champions, track champions, top finishers in the Div. II-V and special award winners, will be honored at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards in December at the NASCAR Hall of Fame / Charlotte Convention Center on Friday, Dec. 12.

Established in 1982, the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series is NASCAR’s national championship program for weekly short track auto racing. In all, 58 paved and dirt tracks throughout the United States and Canada participate.

Connecticut-based Whelen Engineering is the series’ title sponsor. Whelen Engineering is a leading manufacturer of automotive, aviation, industrial and emergency vehicle lighting. NASCAR tracks and pace cars across North America are among the many showcases for Whelen products.

Dwain Behrens Memorial Race at Elko Speedway

August 19th, 2014

Elko, MN–Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won the Dwain Behrens memorial race presented by Anchor Bank in the NASCAR Whelen All American series MN Corn Growers Super Late Models at Elko Speedway. Behrens was a two time Elko Speedway Late Model Champion who died in a snowmobile accident 21 years ago at the age of 31. Goede was presented a memorial clock trophy by Dwains’ sisters Teresa and Laurie.

Derek Lemke took an early lead in this 40 lap race but he had power steering problems and Goede took the lead and never looked back. “It was a good battle in the beginning and then I was able to get away, I was able to be smooth and not mess anything up,” said Goede “the car has been good all year, its good to finally put a finish together instead of a DNF.”

It was the fourth feature win this year for Jacob Goede but his closest competitor Paul Paine finished right behind him in second. Goede now leads Paine by 6 points in the standings with Chad Walen in third only 14 points from the top spot.

In the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event at Elko Speedway Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won for the 79th time in his career. Jack Purcell took the lead off the start but Kane ran him down during this cautionless 25 lap race “I finally caught Purcell, went to the outside and the rest was history, it was working awesome” said Kane.

Conrad Jorgenson finished second and held on to the point lead, he now leads Jeremy Wolff by 36 points in the race for the Championship. Lawrence Berthiaume from Rogers (MN) became the 7th different winner this year in the Big 8 division at the Midwest Center for Speed. Berthiaume grabbed the lead from his front row starting position and lead flag to flag without a caution in the 25 lap main event. L.B. had a big lead during the middle portion of the race but Michael Ostdiek closed the gap to just .474 seconds at the finish line.

Chris Marek finished a close third and continues to lead in the standings, he now has a 7 point lead over Cole Anderson .

It was a father-son battle for the win in the Great North Legends main event. Brady Fox-Rhode lead the 20 lap race early but then the Lemke family took over. Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) came from his fourth row starting position to take the lead on lap 7 and hold off his son Derek Lemke by .116 seconds at the finish line, it was his first win in a Legends car this year.

Derek Lemke lead the point standings for numerous weeks before two straight DNF finishes dropped him back to second. Shon Jacobsen finished 5th in the feature event but holds onto the lead in points by 11 over the younger Lemke.

16 year old Cole Neisius won the Pepsi Power stock main event. He took advantage when Grant Brown and Taylor Goldman were battling for the lead, he passed both of them with 12 to go and held on for his first ever Power stock win. Like father, Like son, Coles’ dad Paul won the main event one month earlier in that same car.

Twenty cars raced in the Power Stock feature, Nick Oxborough started 12th and moved his way up to 6th, that was good enough to hold onto his point lead by 13 points over Grant Brown in the race for the Championship.

Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) won the Mini Stock feature in a tightly contested battle with Brian Adams. Wachs beat Adams to the line by only .121 seconds with Ashley Bell finishing third.

Brian Adams leads Wachs by 24 points in the season long standings.

Luke Allen from Chanhassen (MN) won the Bandoleros main event with Tristan Swanson in second. Brody Wulf finished fourth but still leads in the standings by 3 points over Owen Giles who had his three race win streak snapped, he finished third.

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Up next for family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities is an Eve of Destruction event on Saturday August 23rd. In addition to the Double features of racing you will see a School Bus Wall Crash and a Bus Ball event pitting Minnesota vs Wisconsin buses in a battle never seen before at Elko Speedway. It is recommended to get there early, all seats are general admission, gates open at 5pm.

Get more information by going to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-RACE or follow #ElkoSpeedway on Youtube, Facebook or Twitter.

Second race in a Row for Matt Goede

August 12th, 2014

Elko, MN – Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) won his second consecutive NASCAR Whelen Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model feature at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.

Derek Lemke lead the early portion of this 40 lap event but Goede took the lead on lap 13 after the two cars battled for position. “I finally got a little opening under Derek when he got loose and we made a little contact,” said Goede “it could’ve been bad, my car went up in the air and we tore the heck out of his left rear quarter, I feel bad about that.”

Matt Goede then took the lead and never looked back, gaining a full straight away advantage at one point. Paul Paine started 9th in the 16 car field and finished second with Steve Anderson third. “It got my season turned around, the beginning of the year I was off the pace,” said Goede “we have the car going better now, the last month or so it’s been really good.”

Jacob Goede had transmission problems and finished 15th but he still leads the standings by 3 points over Paul Paine with Chad Walen just seven points out of the top spot. Matt Goede is in fourth, he moved within 22 points of his brother in the chase for the SLM Championship at the Midwest Center for Speed. Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won his first ever Big 8 feature event at Elko Speedway. Bryan Wrolstad from Northfield (MN) lead the early portion of the race before dropping out with mechanical issues and finishing 13th. Ostdiek started way back in the fifth row, he took the lead from Doug Brown with 8 laps remaining and held on by .918 seconds for the win.

Ostdiek is in his rookie campaign in the Big 8 division, he was the Great North Legends champion and Elko Speedway driver of the year last year. Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) finished third and leads in the standings by 12 points over rookie Cole Anderson.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the 25 lap Genz-Ryan Thundercar main event. He started on the outside pole and pulled out to a commanding lead, he beat Devin Schmidt to the checkered flag by 1.786 seconds for the win. Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) finished fourth and still leads in the standings by 24 points over Jeremy Wolff.

After five years of racing, Shaun Prins of Otsego (MN) won his first ever Pepsi Power stock main event. Dustin Mann lead early in the race but dropped out with mechanical problems and finished 18th in the 21 car field. “I got a little luck with Dusty blowing up,” said Prins “the car was good, the Power Stocks are a handful to drive but they are a ton of fun.” Grant Brown finished second to Prins and just ahead of Nick Oxborough. Oxborough still leads in the race for the Power Stock Championship by 18 points over Brown.

Shon Jacobsen from Oak Grove (MN) won the Great North Legends 20 lap main event after starting 11th on the grid. He took the lead with seven laps remaining and edged Brady Fox-Rhode by just .195 seconds at the finish line. The bad luck continues for Derek Lemke, he was involved in a early wreck and finished 14th in the 18 car field. Lemke now drops from the point lead to second behind Jacobsen by 10 points.

Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) won his fourth Mini Stock main event of 2014, Brandon Olson finished runner up in this 16 car field. Adams now leads in the standings by 23 points over Michael Wachs Jr in the race for the Championship. Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won his third consecutive Bandoleros main event.

For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.  It was Kids night at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities, kids packed school buses for rides around the track and were entertained by jugglers, acrobats and magicians all night long.

The memory of a recently closed race track was also acknowledged as the famous Raceway Park “Wall of Champions” went on permanent display at Elko Speedway. Long time Raceway announcer Kevin Busse was in attendance to recognize numerous drivers and fans who made that racetrack a very special place. Up next for family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway is the annual Dwain Behrens memorial race night night with six divisions of racing. Gates open at 5pm, qualifying races at 6pm and the program begins at 7pm. Get more information by searching Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or by calling (952) 461-RACE.

MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature on Eve of Destruction night at Elko Speedway

August 5th, 2014

Elko, MN–The Goede brothers each won a MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature on Eve of Destruction night at Elko Speedway.

The older brother Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) started seventh on the grid and worked his way to the front. He won the first 30 lap feature event by .823 seconds holding off Darrin Giles for his third win of the season.

Younger brother Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) won for the first time this year in feature #2 of the NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Models after a closely contested match with last weeks’ winner Joey Miller.

“It was definitely a battle, I was happy to be able to pass him,” said Goede “we raced side by side for it seemed like forever.” Matt Goede finished just ahead of Paul Paine for the win with Miller fading back to 4th late in the race.

Jacob Goede continues leading in the standings, he has a 11 point advantage over Paul Paine and a 19 point lead over Chad Walen in the run for the Championship.

Defending Champion Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) and current point leader Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) both won in a convincing manor against 17 cars in two separate features in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division on Saturday night.

Conrad Jorgenson now leads in the standings by 8 points over Jeremy Wolff with Adam Wiebusch in the third position.

Nick Beaver from Rosemount (MN) won the first of two BIG 8 feature events at Elko Speedway, the Midwest Center for Speed. Beaver edged Michael Ostdiek for the win by 1.857 seconds for his second win of the year. Doug Brown from Prior Lake (MN) won the second feature and this makes two weeks in a row he was won at Elko Speedway, he beat out Jon Lemke by only .599 seconds at the checkered flag.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) had a third and sixth place finish in the 15 car field, he holds on to the lead in the standings by 9 points over Cole Anderson who finished eighth and sixth in the two races in this very competitive division.

Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) won her first feature of the year in the 18 car Pepsi Power Stock division Saturday night. She started up front and held off two rookies drivers for the win, but those two guys are sitting in the top two positions in the point standings. “This feels so good, you have no idea,” said Goldman “with having such good drivers in our division now and a huge pack of cars, it’s really a challenge, I’m so happy.”

Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) finished third and fellow rookie Grant Brown finished second. Oxborough now leads Brown by 17 points in the race for the Championship.

Four time Dirt Nationals Champion Tim Brockhouse from Prior Lake (MN) won the 19 car Great North Legends main event. He finished just ahead of Shon Jacobsen and Jon Lemke for the victory.

Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) finished 5th but still leads in the standings by 4 points over Jacobsen and 7 points over his father Jon Lemke in the race for the Championship.

Brian Adams from Shakopee (MN) won his third trophy of 2014 in the 19 car Mini Stock main event, he beat out Brandon Plekkenpol for the win by over 2 seconds at the stripe.

Brian Adams now has a 21 point lead over Michael Wachs Jr in the point standings, Wachs finished third on Saturday night.

The capacity crowd was also entertained by Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet car, a Drifting exhibition, Spectator drags, Burn out competition, School Bus race, Motocross stunts and many other activities that make the Eve of Destruction events so popular.

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Up next for Family Fun entertainment at Elko Speedway, just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities its Kids night at the races. FREE Bus rides around the track and many other activities just for Kids on Saturday night along with NASCAR racing in 6 divisions of race cars and a tribute to Raceway Park. Gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7pm. Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE

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Drivers Entertained during the Races, Hairball entertained After the Races

July 29th, 2014

Elko, MN – Joey Miller from Lakeville (MN) won the NASCAR Whelen All American Series MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature event, he held off the quickly approaching Matt Goede car from New Germany (MN) by only .094 seconds at the finish line.

Greg Borchardt and Paul Paine both lead early in the 40 lap race but Miller passed both of them and took the lead before the half way mark, even though he started 7th in the 18 car field. Joey has had success racing in the ASA, ARCA and even the NASCAR Truck series in the past, but winning at his home track is special, “this is the first win I’ve ever had with my two year old daughter here, so that is pretty cool.”

An added incentive was the extra $1,000 check presented to him in victory lane donated by the family of long time Elko Speedway race fan Jerry Enfield, who recently passed away. “I really want to thank them for that,” said Miller “anyone who helps out racing like that and gives money to the local racers, so they can keep on racing is very special.” In the point standings Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) leads by only 5 points over both Chad Walen and Paul Paine in the race for the Championship.

Four time Big 8 Champion Doug Brown from Prior Lake (MN) took advantage of his front row starting position and got his first win of the season on Saturday night, he finished ahead of last weeks winner Joe Neisius for the victory. Six different drivers have won a Big 8 race so far this year at Elko Speedway. Defending Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) finished 6th still has a narrow 6 point lead over 16 year old Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) in the standings.

Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) won his second straight Genz-Ryan Thunder Car feature event at Elko Speedway. He started up front and then held off a hard charging Conrad Jorgenson in a side-by-side battle for the win in this 18 car field. With the second place finish Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) still holds a 14 point lead over Wolff in the standings.

Tim Brockhouse from Prior Lake (MN) won Great North Legends 20 lap main event. Brockhouse started 6th in the 19 car field and worked his way to the front eventually holding off Shon Jacobsen from Oak Grove (MN) for the win. Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) finished 15th after a car fire ended his night early. Lemke still leads the point standings over Jacobsen but, the margin has narrowed to just 9 points.

The Pepsi Power Stock main event was won by Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) who won his 3rd feature of the year in just his Rookie season. Oxborough edged last weeks winner Paul Neisius by only .273 seconds at the finish line in this 19 car field. Oxborough also leads in the point standings, he has a 15 point advantage over fellow Rookie Grant Brown who hales from Prior Lake (MN).

Michael Weiss from Bloomington (MN) won the 15 lap Mini Stock main event at Elko Speedway finishing just ahead of Justin Schelitzche from Lester (MN). Weiss became the 6th different winner in 7 races so far this year. The only two time winner is Brian Adams from Norwood (MN) who leads in points by 24 markers over Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN).

Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandoleros main event, this is his second straight win at Elko Speedway. Brody Wulf from Lakeville (MN) now leads in the point standings by 4 points over Cole Klein who had mechanical problems and finished 7th. For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS

Rock band Hairball entertained a packed crowd on the concourse at Elko Speedway after the races concluded. Next up at Elko Speedway is the Eve of Destruction RAW on Saturday night August 2nd. In addition to six divisions of racing at the Midwest Center for Speed, Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet Car will entertain along with the Drifter cars, a Burn-out contest, Mechanical Bull rides, the Burnt rubber fire show, Motocross stunts, School Bus races and much more.

Gates open at 5pm, Family Fun Entertainment begins at 6pm, Feature racing begins at 7pm just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities at Elko Speedway. A movie at Champions Drive-In will be shown after the Eve of Destruction is over, that is included with your admission. Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-RACE.

MN Corn Growers Super Late Models brings Large Crowd to Elko

July 22nd, 2014

Elko, MN-Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) won the second MN Corn Growers Super Late Model feature in front of a huge crowd at the Eve of Destruction Saturday night and took over the point lead at Elko Speedway. Goede had a good points night, he started 7th in the 17 car field of NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Models in feature number two. He wound up on top by avoiding the wrecks and holding off Darrin Giles from New Market (MN) by .852 seconds to take the win, it was his second victory at Elko Speedway this year.

Steve Anderson of Lakeville (MN) started up front and stayed there to win the first Super Late Model feature of the night, he beat Paul Paine from Mound (MN) to the checkers by .206 seconds to score his second win of 2014. Jacob Goede now leads in the standings by 5 points over Paul Paine with Chad Walen only 6 points out of the top spot in this closely contested race.

The Genz-Ryan Thunder Cars thrilled the crowd again this week with 23 cars taking the green flag. Michael Gilomen from Northfield (MN) just edged Adam Wiebusch from Shakopee (MN) by .182 seconds to win the first of two feature events. Jeremy Wolff from Chaska (MN) grabbed the top position after Conrad Jorgenson and Brent Kane spun while battling for the lead in feature number two. Wolff then held off James Lindgren from Apple Valley (MN) by .134 seconds for his first victory of the season at the Midwest Center for Speed. Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) had a rough night, finishing 7th and 17th in the two feature events, he still leads in the standings but now only by 10 points over Wolff.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) had impressive first and second place finishes in the BIG 8 division. He started on the front row and held on to win the first feature by 1.17 seconds over Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN). Maybe just as impressive was his run up to second place in the second feature after starting 15th on the grid. Joe Neisius from Rosemount (MN) won the second BIG 8 feature, it was his first win since 2007. “We had a good car tonight and a good starting spot, and I was able to work my way up there,” said Neisius. Joe misses some race nights at Elko Speedway to help Nick Murgic who races Super Late Model touring series events across the country. “When I’m home we race and have fun when we do it,” said Neisius. Chris Marek has won four feature events so far this year and he leads the standings by 9 points over rookie Cole Anderson who has one win.

It was a first and second place finish for the father-son team from Shakopee (MN) of Derek and Jon Lemke in the Great North Legends feature event. Both Lemke drivers came up through the pack to finish up front, they started 8th and 9th on the grid of 19 drivers. With his second win of the year Derek Lemke extended his point lead to 18 points over Shon Jacobson from Oak Grove (MN), who got into a wreck and finished 17th. Paul Neisius from Hastings (MN) filled in for his son Cole who was not in attendance and won the Pepsi Power Stocks main event at Elko Speedway. Paul has not won at Elko Speedway in nearly ten years and then he did it on the same night as his brother Joe who won in the BIG 8 division.

Paul started 11th of the 24 cars in the feature and worked his way to the front, “just takes patience” said Neisius “I had to wait for some guys to make mistakes and capitalize on them, I’ve had a lot of track time here.”Neisius beat Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) to the finish line by .236 seconds to take the win. Oxborough still leads by 11 points over Grant Brown in the standings.

Bryan Adams from Norwood (MN) won his second feature of the year in the Mini Stock division at Elko Speedway. He started 10th in the 22 car main event and beat Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) to the checkered flag. He extended his lead to 15 points over TJ Christenson in the standings.

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Up next at Elko Speedway is NASCAR Whelen All American series racing on Saturday July 26th with an outdoor post-race concert by 80′s Rockers Hairball. Gates open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm, the concert will immediately follow the races.

The Champions Drive-In will not be open Saturday night due to the concert this one night only.

Get more information on family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities by calling (952) 461-RACE or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Jorgenson wins Kingery Memorial at Elko Speedway

July 14th, 2014

Elko, MN-Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) came up from the 19th starting position to win the $1,000 Scott Kingery memorial 50 lap Genz-Ryan Thunder Car race at Elko Speedway on Saturday night “I owe this one all to my crew after crashing in the heat race, they bused their rumps to fix this thing up,” said Jorgenson “they did a great job getting it fast, it was a lot of fun coming from that far back.” Jeremy Wolff lead much of the race but finished 16th in the 21 car field after an incident with a lapped car put him to the back. Jorgenson and Michael Gilomen then raced side by side many laps to the finish with Jorgenson winning by just .036 seconds at the line. “It’s good to see Michael run that good,” said Jorgenson “him and I have a great time racing together and we raced each other pretty hard, it was fun.”

With the win Jorgenson increased his point lead by 23 points over Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN), defending champion Brent Kane missed the race night due to a family wedding ceremony. Chad Walen from Prior Lake (MN) won the MN Corn Growers NASCAR Whelen All American Super Late Model 40 lap feature event. Walen has been very close to the front this year and finished runner up on July 5th, but this week he did that one spot better. “The car worked in either lane and things went our way, each week we get a little better,” said Walen. TUNDRA series champion Nick Panitzke from Sauk Centre (MN) started 17th and worked his way up to the second position.

Paul Paine from Mound (MN) finished 4th and held on to the point lead, but Chad Walen is gaining ground just 2 points behind and Jacob Goede is only 6 points back in third. Rookie Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) won the BIG 8 feature event, he bested three time winner and defending Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) for the trophy. Anderson also took over the point lead from Marek, he now has a two point advantage in the standings.

Ryan Varner from Minnetonka (MN) won his first ever feature event at Elko Speedway in the Pepsi Power Stock division. Varner won by 1.795 seconds over Tom Quade from Bloomington (MN). Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) had an off night finishing 9th but still leads the point standings by 8 points over fellow rookie competitor Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) who finished 3rd.

Robby Carter from Prior Lake (MN) won the Great North Legends main event. He held off Shon Jacobsen from Oak Grove (MN) for the win by just .376 seconds. Benny Van Cleve finished 17th after a big wreck in corners 3 and 4 that caused a lengthy delay and incredible damage to his car. Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) finished 7th and held onto the point lead by 3 points over Shon Jacobsen.

Todd Tacheny from Mankato (MN) won the 15 lap Mini Stock main event, he finsihed just ahead of Brain Adams from Norwood (MN) who leads in the point standings by 2 markers over Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) who finished fourth. The Mini Stock division has seen five different winners in the five feature races at Elko Speedway so far in 2014.

Owen Giles from New Market (MN) won the Bandolero main event.

For full race results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS

Great Family entertainment will continue at the Midwest Center for Speed, Elko Speedway located just 20 minutes South of the Twin Cities on Saturday July 19th for an Eve of Destruction event. 6 divisions of racing plus the Megasaurous and Jet Smart car, School Bus races, Flag Pole races, Outhouse races, Vertical Mischief and much more. Gates open at 5pm with double features beginning at 7pm. A movie will be shown at Champions drive-in theater after the races have concluded.

For more information follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE.

Race Recap at Elko Speedway

July 8th, 2014

Elko, MN-It was a pleasant home coming for Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) who won the 40 lap MN Corn Growers NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model
main event at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.

Goede started 9th in the 16 car field and slowly picked his way towards the lead, but not before an intense battle for the top spot with Chad Walen. “He was racing me real tight once I started making ground,” said Goede “he started not giving me any extra room but, that is what you have to do when your racing for the win.” They had some contact with just a handful of laps remaining in the race “I let him gather it up and then we battled again” said Goede “it was a good, fun race.”

Jacob has been racing across the country in various Super Late Model touring series for much of the last decade, scoring wins in such places as Bristol Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Mansfield (OH). This year he has decided to stick closer to home this year and compete for the championship at Elko Speedway. “I miss racing here,” said Goede “our family is growing and it’s nice to drive just a half hour to the race track, it’s also nice to be in front of all the family and friends.”

Paul Paine from Mound (MN) is still the leading in the point standings, he has an 11 point advantage over Jacob Goede, 13 points over Chad Walen and Jacobs’ brother Matt Goede is now 14 points behind in the race for the Championship at the Midwest Center for Speed. An impressive field of 26 cars took to the track in the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car division. Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) started 7th on the grid and quickly moved his way to the front of the field on lap 6 of the 25 lap main event. He held off the hard charges of Jeff Partington and Brent Kane to take the win.

Jorgenson holds a slim 3 point lead in the point standings over defending champion Brent Kane who blew a motor in the pre-race practice session, his crew changed the power plant and got the car ready to race without missing a lap of race time.

Ryan Kamish from Farmington (MN) won the thirty lap cautionless main event in the Big 8 division at Elko Speedway. Kamish won by just .233 seconds over a hard charging Michael Ostdiek. Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) finished fifth in that race and held onto the Championship point lead by just five points over rookie contender Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) who finished 7th.

Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) won the crazy 20 lap Pepsi Power Stock feature. The race went without a caution, but not without action “there was a lot of stuff going on out there,” said Hamilton “I was praying for no caution, no caution.” Hamilton was able to take the lead early and stretch out a 2.493 second advantage at the finish line even though drivers in his rear view mirror were battling each other three wide in the corners. “It was nice to get that lead, so I could just go and hit my marks,” said Hamilton.

Two time winner Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) leads the point standings by 8 over rookie racer Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN), Hamilton currently
sits third place in the standings. Tyler Christensen from Bloomington (MN) started fifth on the grid and won the 15 car and 15 lap Mini Stock main event. He edged Brian Adams from Norwood (MN) by only .113 seconds at the finish line. Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) leads a very tight point battle, he has a two point advantage over Brian Adams and a five point lead over Tyler Christensen.

For full race results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

Great family entertainment continues on Saturday night July 12th with racing in 7 divisions of cars at Elko Speedway including the special Scott Kingery memorial Thunder Car race. Gates open at 5pm, qualifying at 6pm and racing beginning at 7pm. A movie will be shown at Champions Drive-In theater 15 minutes after the completion of the race program at Elko Speedway.

Get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-RACE. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube by searching Elko Speedway.

‘Kid’ Benjamin and Ken Schrader…they meet at Elko Speedway bull-ring

June 20th, 2014

There are 43 years between them – the oldest ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards winner, Ken Schrader, and the youngest winner in series history, Kyle Benjamin.

Despite the generational gaps and years apart, Schrader, 59, and Benjamin, 16, will likely get inches apart on the tiny .375-mile Elko Speedway short track this Saturday during the third annual Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care.

“These kids today are not only coming with a lot of talent, but they’re all in really good stuff,” said Schrader, whose victory last September on the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds dirt mile squarely place him in the record books as the oldest ARCA winner in history.

“I’m sharing the track with kids younger than mine. But, once the green flag drops, they’re all just another racer I’m trying to beat. It doesn’t matter who’s in the seat, or how good they are; your job is to go out there and beat them to the checkered flag.”

In classic Schrader form, he adds, “We’re all strapped in the cars; I can’t see him. It’s not like we’re wrestling or pushing cars around the track.”

Schrader, who has amassed more than 700 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts and has also won 17 ARCA races, attended the inaugural Akona 250 in 2012, and vowed to come back and race, which he did in 2013, earning the Menards Pole presented by Ansell and finishing fifth in the race. Schrader drives his own No. 52 Federated Auto Parts Chevrolet.

Benjamin, driving then for Venturini Motorsports – he now drives for Roulo Brothers Racing – finished seventh last year at Elko. And like Schrader who changed the history books in 2013, Benjamin did the same on the other end of the scale – becoming the youngest winner at Madison Int’l Speedway last August at 15 years young.

“It’s really cool racing with Ken Schrader,” Benjamin said.

“He’s so knowledgeable about this sport; you can definitely learn a lot from him. You can also talk to him and learn a lot; he’s really good that way. Those things mean a lot to us…that he takes the time to talk about things we should be learning.

“Even without talking, all you have to do is get behind him on the track and take notes. It’s an honor for all of us to be on the same track with him.”

Benjamin hopes to improve on last year’s finish at Elko.

“It’s a small track, and I’d say it’s absolutely a little difficult because of it. The cars don’t want to turn because the cars are so heavy. But I like the challenge of it. I look forward to getting back there and running. I know we can do better than seventh.”

Benjamin actually drove for Schrader at one time.

“He (Benjamin) did an awesome job for us in our K&N car…ran third at Dover,” Schrader added. “He’s a good kid; he runs good.”

Benjamin is also the youngest Menards Pole winner in ARCA history, having earned the honor at Toledo Speedway last year. After becoming the youngest winner at Madison, Benjamin turned right around and won at Salem Speedway in September of 2013.

Raceday at Elko starts with ARCA Racing Series practice from 1:30-2:15 p.m., with final practice following from 2:45-3:30. Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell follows at 5:30 with the Akona 250 set to take the green flag at 8.

Legends Cars will accompany the ARCA Racing Series for this year’s event with a feature event race at 6.

The Akona 250, along with ARCA Racing Series events at Winchester Speedway and Madison Int’l Speedway, marks the first of three events to be televised live on the CBS Sports Network in 2014.

ARCAracing.com will also feature ARCA Racing Series live timing and scoring of all on-track activities.

Akona 250 Discount Tickets on Sale at 36 Menards Stores Across Minneapolis Tickets are on sale now for the Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care at Elko Speedway. Tickets are $20, compared to $30 on race day, and will be available at 36 Menards stores in the Minneapolis, Minn. market.

@DonRadebaugh
dradebaugh@ARCAracing.com

Tasseldega night at Elko Speedway

June 10th, 2014

Elko, MN-Steve Anderson from Lakeville (MN) returned to Victory Lane in the Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model division at Elko Speedway on Saturday night after taking a year off to heal a torn Rotator cuff. He started the race from the inside of the third row and slowly made his way to the front during this 40 lap race, he avoided wrecks and then held off Mark Lamoreaux from Bloomington (MN) by .558 seconds to win the race. “Mark has been around even longer than me,” said Anderson “it’s fun racing with him, he is a good racer.”

Paul Paine from Mound (MN) finished in the 10th position but is still the point leader by 10 points over Mark Lamoreaux in the NASCAR Whelen All American series standings.

Even though it rained part of the afternoon in the Twin Cities area a huge crowd was in attendance for Tasseldega night at Elko Speedway presented by the Minnesota Corn Growers.

Nick Beaver from Rosemount (MN) started way back in the pack in the 17 car Big 8 main event and somehow took the checkered flag first . Nick was in fourth place with one lap to go, “I was going to be highly satisfied with fourth place after starting 14th, but going through three and four the guys in front of me were starting to get a little loose,” said Beaver “then they all three got in a wreck and I thought I can find a gap and get through it, it played out perfect.” The crowd rose to its feet in unison as the top 3 cars were all spinning down the front stretch, it looked like a scene out of a Hollywood movie with Nick Beaver getting the staring role.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) is still leading the BIG 8 point standings with Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) 9 points behind him.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won his second Genz-Ryan 25 lap Thunder Car main event of the year and captured the point lead at the same time. Kane was the first of 20 cars to the finish line, he won by .991 seconds over Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN). Kane leads Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) by just one point in the point standings.

Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) won the Pepsi Power Stock main event on his 23rd birthday. He started 9th in the 16 car field and beat Grant Brown from Prior Lake (MN) by just .127 seconds at the stripe. Oxborough also leads 14 yr old Brown by five points in the point standings.

Tim Brockhouse from Webster (MN) won the Great North Legends 20 lap main event at the Midwest Center for Speed. Brockhouse held off two time winner Tyler Sjoman from Alexandria (MN) by only .133 seconds in this 19 car field for the win. Shon Jacobsen from East Bethel (MN) leads Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) by 14 points in the Championship point standings.

Justin Schelitzche from Lester (MN) won the 15 lap Mini Stock feature. He held off the hard charges of Tyler Christensen of Bloomington (MN) for the win by only .375 seconds. Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) leads the standings by 3 points over Brian Adams for the Championship.

Cole Klein from Rogers (MN) won his second Bandoleros feature race of 2014 by edging Owen Giles from New Market (MN). Klein is now tied with Brody Wulf from Lakeville (MN) for the point lead with 202 points each.

For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

Next up for family fun entertainment at Elko Speedway is the NASCAR Whelen All American series racing in 7 divisions on Saturday night June 14th, time trials begin at 6 and racing at 7pm. After the races enjoy a free concert with 70′s rock band Head East in Champions event center.

To get more information go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-Race. Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube for promotional and informational updates daily.

Rain Foils Elko’s Racing

June 2nd, 2014

Elko, MN- Bad weather in the Twin Cities won again on Saturday night as only two feature events were completed in the NASCAR Whelen All American series on New Prague Auto group Eve of Destruction night at Elko Speedway.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the Big 8 feature at Elko Speedway. Marek stared up front and lead all 20 laps, he beat Nick Beaver from Rosemount (MN) to the finish line by 1.083 seconds for the win. That was three straight feature wins for Marek to start the 2014 season at Elko Speedway. “That’s pretty big, before this little streak go going I’ve never even won two features back to back,” said Marek “it’s pretty cool.” Marek also leads in the point standings by 8 points over Michael Beamish.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) started on the front row in this 20 car field and won the Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event at Elko Speedway. The race was stopped because of rain after 10 laps but was considered a complete feature because at least half of the scheduled 20 laps were completed. Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) moved up from his sixth starting position to finish second. Jorgenson leads in the season point standings by 5 points over Kane.

A few heat races were run with Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) and Shon Jacobsen from East Bethel (MN) winning in the Great North Legends division. Jacobsen leads two time winner Tyler Sjoman by 9 points in the standings.

Norm Grabinger from Medford (MN) and Ryan Varner from Minnetonka (MN) won the two Pepsi Power Stock heat races. Joe Tacheny from Mankato (MN) was involved in a big wreck as his car hit the wall exiting corner number two causing extensive damage. Motor problems caused Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) to race a back up car, she finished fourth in her heat race and holds on to the Championship point lead by just one point over Grant Brown of Prior Lake (MN).

Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) and Brian Adams from Norwood (MN) won the two Mini Stock heat races. Wachs now has a slim one point lead in the point standings over both Justin Schelitzche and Tyler Christensen.

To get full race results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

Race fans in attendance were given rain tickets good for a FREE admission to the races at Elko Speedway the Midwest Center for Speed on either June 14th or June 28th, the ticket is not good for the ARCA race scheduled for June 21st.

Next Saturday night June 7th it’s great family entertainment as the Minnesota Corn Growers Association is hosting FREE NIGHT at Elko Speedway. Admission for everyone is FREE. Racing will take place in all seven divisions beginning at 7pm plus a FREE concert after the races in Champions Event Center by the Rowdy Cowboy show. Elko Speedways’ Larry the Cable guy will also entertain at intermission.

Get more information by liking Elko Speedway on Facebook, or following Elko Speedway on Twitter and YouTube. You can also call (952) 461-RACE or go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com

Race Recap at Elko Speedway

May 27th, 2014

Elko, MN–Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won the MN Corn Growers NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model 40 lap feature event at Elko Speedway on Memorial weekend Saturday night.

The teenager Lemke was very close to winning a Super Late Model race last year but was shut out two different times on a last lap pass. This year it was a different story as he increased his lead on the white flag lap. “I was thinking, just keep the car straight and keep it off the wall and not get too excited when dad (his spotter) was telling me one to go” said Lemke.

Derek Lemke won by .932 seconds over fast qualifier Paul Paine from Mound (MN) who drove a majority of the race without power steering, Paine held off the charges of Jason Schneider and Mark Lamoreaux to nail down the runner up spot. Paine now leads in the season point standings by 8 points over Jacob Goede who finished in the 9th position in this competitive 17 car field at Elko Speedway.

2013 Big 8 Point Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the feature event by .764 seconds over Michael Beamish from Eagan (MN). Beamish was leading the race when he narrowly avoided disaster by dodging a car as it was exiting the track, Beamish hit the brakes and opened the door for Marek who took the lead and never gave it up. Marek now leads Beamish by 5 pts in the point standings after winning the first two features of the year.

Brandon Peterson from Fairbault (MN) won an eventful 20 lap Pepsi Power Stock race at Elko Speedway. Peterson and Todd Tachney from Mankato (MN) battled to the checkered flag with Peterson winning by a minuscule .008 seconds. “I got a little loose coming out of the fourth corner and ended up banging up some other cars for the finish, it was a wild finish and an exciting race,” said Peterson. Brandon is racing his rookie year in the Power stocks in memory of his step-dad Scott Kingery who recently passed away, “he did a lot for me and I wanted to race in memory of him, its just me giving thanks for what he had done for me” said Peterson. Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) took over the early season point lead by one point over both Nick Oxborough and Grant Brown.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the 19 car Genz-Ryan 25 lap Thunder Car main event. He came from fifth on the starting grid to take over the lead and then hold off Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) to win by .315 seconds. 2013 Champion Brent Kane is now again the point leader, he leads Ted Reuvers by five points and Jeremy Wolff by 6 in the standings.

Tyler Sjoman from Alexandria (MN) won his second straight Great North Legends main event at the Midwest Center for Speed. Sjoman started 12th in this 18 car field, he worked his way up to the top spot by mid-race and held off Shon Jacobsen of East Bethel (MN) by .338 seconds at the finish line. Sjoman now leads Jacobsen by 11 points in the standings at Elko Speedway.

Brian Adams from Norwood (MN) won the Mini Stock feature event after starting 8th on the grid of 15 cars. “I basically was patient and picked the right spots, go at the right time and it worked to my favor,” said Adams. Tyler Christensen from Bloomington (MN) came from 10th to move up to the runner up position at the Checkered flag. Christensen now leads Justin Schelitzche by one in the championship point standings. Bob Heine from New Prague (MN) won the IMCA Old-Timers race, he drove a 1969 Chevelle to the Elko Speedway victory lane.

For full results go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com and click RESULTS.

The first Eve of Destruction of the year will take place at Elko Speedway at 7pm on Saturday May 31 presented by the New Prague Auto group. The program will include double features plus, the Timberworks Lumber Jacks, Dueling Monster trucks, Spectator drags, Outhouse races, Flag pole race, a School bus race, Free Mechanical bull rides and much more. The Johnny Holm band will play a free concert after the races in Champions Lounge.

For more information on fun family entertainment follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE

Elko Celebreted Youth Saturday Night

May 19th, 2014

Elko MN – The accomplishments of youthful drivers in motorsports is celebrated and well documented, but on this Saturday night at Elko Speedway youth was not served in the NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model division presented by Mobil 1.

Mark Lamoreaux from Bloomington (MN) bested 18 cars and won the 40 lap Minnesota Corn Growers main event by just .095 over Paul Paine from Mound (MN). Lamoreaux was the Point Champion at Elko Speedway in 1976 and he had not won a race at the Midwest Center for Speed in quite some time, “I’m more than a veteran,” said Lamoreaux “I think it was the mid 1980′s since my last win here, we’ve won a lot of features, but it’s been a long time.”

Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) started third and won the 25 lap Genz-Ryan Thunder Car main event, he held off a fast charging Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) by 1.281 seconds. In this 20 car field Jorgenson charged from his 12th starting position up to second place in this cautionless race.

2013 Champion Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) picked up right where he left off with a win in the BIG 8 division. 16 yr old Cole Anderson from Northfield (MN) drove up from his 7th starting position to finish runner up in this highly competitive 17 car field.

The Great North Legends 20 lap main event was won by Tyler Sjoman from Alexandria (MN) who started 12th in the 20 car feature race. Shon Jacobsen from East Bethel (MN) scored a second place finish .0845 seconds behind Sjoman. The race was marred by a huge wreck involving three top racers on lap 6: Todd Tracy, Tim Brockhouse and Dylan Warner all sustained heavy damage and did not finish, Warner’s car barrel rolled down the backstretch numerous times but all three drivers emerged OK.

Nick Oxborough from Savage (MN) won an incredibly entertaining Pepsi Power Stock main event. Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) lead until the last lap of the race, Oxborough edged Hamilton by just .078 seconds at the finish line as the crowd rose to its feet. The race ran the entire 20 laps without a caution even though cars seemed sideways at every corner of the track throughout.

Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) started 8th on the grid and won the Mini Stock feature event, he finished just ahead of Justin Schelitzche from Lester (MN) who started 10th in this 16 car field. The Mini Stocks have been added to the weekly race schedule at Elko Speedway for the entire 2014 season.

Cole Klein from Rogers (MN) won the Bandolero’s feature race, he held off Tristan Swanson from Elko (MN) for the win.

Next Saturday night May 24th join us at Elko Speedway for family fun entertainment with 7 divisions of racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American series. Also the IMCA Old Timers will race and a FREE Live concert after the races by G.B. Leighton in Champions bar. Gates open at 5pm and racing at 7pm, get more information at www.ElkoSpeedway.com or call (952) 461-RACE. Be sure and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, just search Elko Speedway.

Opening night for the 49th season of racing at Elko Speedway rained out Saturday night

May 12th, 2014

A few events were completed though including Qualifying Time Trials for the two fastest divisions. The Fast Time of the 18 Minnesota Corn Growers Super Late Model cars went to Paul Paine from Mound (MN), he clocked in at time of 13.921 seconds registering 96.976 MPH on the 3/8th mile oval at Elko Speedway, he edged out Chad Walen of Prior Lake (MN) by .039 seconds.

The Big 8 fast time was set by Cole Anderson a 15 year old from Northfield (MN) who bested all 18 cars in attendance. He scored a time of 14.845 seconds, that is 90.94 MPH, he beat out Michael Beamish from Eagan (MN) by .048 seconds. Anderson is a former 1/4 midget champion making a splash in his first full year in a full bodied stock car.

The Pepsi Power Stocks completed two heat races before the rain came. The first one was won by Jack Purcell from Bloomington (MN) who finished just ahead of Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN). Purcell moved up from the Mini-Stock division after winning the championship last year.

The second heat was won by 2013 point standings runner-up Tom Doten from St Paul (MN), he fought off the hard charges of Dave Robinson from Eagan (MN) for the win.

The front wheel drive 4cyl Mini-Stocks have been added to the weekly race program at Elko Speedway. Michael Weiss from Bloomington (MN) won the heat race by finishing just ahead of Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN).

The only Main Event that was completed was in the Bandolero division. Brody Wulf is one of three brothers from Lakeville (MN) who race in that class, Brody beat his siblings and everyone else to sweep both the heat and the feature. Tristan Swanson from Elko (MN) finished runner up at the checkered flag.

The rain came and did not stop, causing a cancellation of the rest of the race program. Spectators were issued rain tickets good for one of the next two race events at Elko Speedway, either May 17th or 24th.

Racing will resume at Elko Speedway Saturday May 17th at 7pm with the NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Models, Big 8, Thunder Car, Power Stock, Great North Legends, Mini-Stocks and Bandolero divisions. Free Music after racing in Champions bar by Lost Highway. Remember to follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and go to www.ElkoSpeedway.com for more deatails or call (952) 461-7223

2013 Champions banquet at Elko Speedway

October 14th, 2013

Elko, MN The 2013 race season at Elko Speedway came to an end with the Champions banquet on Saturday night October 12th.

2013 Elko Speedway Champions were crowned:
Super Late Models – Adam Royle
BIG 8 – Chris Marek
Thunder Cars – Brent Kane
Power Stocks – John Lebens
Great North Legends – Michael Ostdiek
Mini stocks – Jack Purcell
Bandolero’s – Jared Duda

Adam Royle was also named the NASCAR Whelen All American series Minnesota state Champion.

2013 Brother’s Jorgenson Rookie’s of the Year were recognized:
Super Late Models – Ryan Wolke
BIG 8 – Kyle Kirberger
Thunder Cars – Matt Weibusch
Power Stocks – Norm Grabinger
Great North Legends – Brady Fox-Rhode
Mini Stocks – Ashley Bell

The drivers with the Most Feature Wins were recognized:
Super Late Models – Adam Royle 7
BIG 8 – Chris Marek 5
Thunder Cars – Brent Kane 8
Power Stocks – John Lebens 4
Great North Legends – Michael Ostdiek 9
Mini Stocks – Jack Purcell 4

Flag Pole Champions:
Power Stocks – Todd Tacheny
Mini Stocks – Justin Schelitzche

Special Awards were presented:
Young Gun – Taylor Goldman (Power Stocks)
Most Improved Driver – Devin Schmidt (Thunder Cars)
Sportsman of the year – Tom Doten (Power Stocks)
Mechanic of the year – Jarry Royle (Super Late Models)
Driver of the year – Michael Ostdiek (Great North Legends)

The preliminary 2014 Elko Speedway race schedule has been released with opening night set for May 17th, 2014. Mini Stocks have been added to the weekly race program to join the Super Late Models, Big 8, Thunder Car, Power Stock, Great North Legends and Bandolero divisions. Seven “Eve of Destruction” events are planned for next summer. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to www.elkospeedway.com

Final Eve of Destruction for 2013 at Elko Speedway

September 29th, 2013

Elko, MN – The final night of racing in 2013 started with rain showers but that did not dampen the spirits of the huge crowd to witness the Racing and Wrecking at Elko Speedway. Jeff Belzer’s Chevy, Dodge and Kia sponsored a wild and crazy Eve of Destruction RAW event to end the 2013 season.

Three Champions were crowned in racing with 16 year old Michael Ostdiek of Lakeville (MN) winning his 9th feature event of the season and his first Championship in the Great North Legends division. “This is the best year I’ve ever had in racing, “said Ostdiek “I’ve been racing since I was five, and nothing beats this.” Ostdiek edged Derek Lemke by just .032 seconds in the 22 car feature event and he also beat out Lemke by 51 points in the final standings. Ostdiek said they plan on keeping the Legends car but have some thoughts of moving up to the BIG 8 division in 2014.

Jack Purcell from Bloomington (MN) took home the hardware again in the Mini Stock division, its his third straight championship at Elko Speedway. “This one was a lot more close cut,” said Purcell “the points battle was a lot closer towards the end, so I had to work harder and stay clean.” Purcell finished just ahead of Ridge Oien and Dan Knish in the 26 car Mini Stock feature race. Purcell won the championship by 32 points over John Vandenheuvel in the season ending standings. Purcell is ready to move up a division for 2014, “we bought a Thunder Car, so we will rebuild it over the winter and have some fun next year” said Purcell.

Tyler Kingery from Prior Lake (MN) won both the heat and feature races in the Bandoleros division on Saturday night but Jared Duda from St Michael (MN) was the overall points champion. Duda won by 34 points over Cole Klein for the 2013 crowd.

Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet car melted two cars and Jim Burns in the Mechanical Mischief Monster Truck put on a great show for the crowd.

The Figure 8 bus race was a big hit as always and the Figure 8 Trailer race was one to remember with boats, snowmobiles and debris scattered all over the 3/8th mile track at Elko Speedway.

The Flag pole race was won by T J Christensen from Bloomington (MN).

Mike Tuma won the burnout contest in a 1964 Econoline Van and the spectator drags were a crowd favorite with over 30 cars entered. Terry Gilomen was the winner in the stock division driving a Oldsmobile 98 to the win.

Dangerous Dan McCarthy drove a school bus into another school bus that was standing on end, he landed that bus exactly on top of the bus he was driving. It was one of those moments that had to be seen to be believed and a perfect way to end the incredible 2013 season at Elko Speedway.

The next event will be the season ending awards banquet at Champions bar at Elko Speedway on Saturday October 12th with music by Hitchville after the program which begins at 6pm.

Race fans are invited to follow along on social media during the off season. Search Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube or go to www.elkospeedway.com, call for more information at (952) 461-7223.

From Tom Ryan and all the staff at Elko Speedway, THANK YOU race fans for making 2013 a season to remember. We will see you at the track in 2014.

Thunderstruck 93 Race weekend at Elko Speedway

September 25th, 2013

Elko, MN-The ARCA Midwest tour Super Late Models capped off an incredible Thunderstruck 93 weekend of racing at Elko Speedway. This fifth annual event is a memorial to former racer Dan Ryan and raises funds to help fight ALS.

Andrew Morrissey from DeForest (WI) swapped the lead with veteran NASCAR star Rich Bickle before finally taking the top spot with 27 laps to go in the 125 lap main event. Morrissey held on for the win by .823 seconds over a hard charging Chris Wimmer who came from 8th place on lap 93 to second place at the finish line. Bickle dropped back to third in his final Elko Speedway race before retirement.

Three Minnesota rivals finished together in the finishing order. ARCA Midwest tour point leader Dan Fredrickson from Lakeville (MN) got 6th, 2013 Elko Speedway Point Champion Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) 7th and Jacob Goede from Carver (MN) 8th.

Nick Murgic from Rosemount (MN) took the lead early in the race that saw 79 consecutive green flag laps to begin, Murgic then faded back to 23rd due to mechanical problems. Defending ARCA Midwest tour champion Jonathan Eilen from Hampton (MN) started 7th and raced his way into the top 3 before backing into the wall, he was forced to pit numerous times and then fought his way back to finish 12th.

Elko Speedway 2013 Thunder Car Champion Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the 10th annual Thunder Car Nationals 50 lap event during Thunderstruck weekend. Kane came from his sixth starting position in the 25 car field to win by .739 seconds over Ted Reuvers and Jacob Goede who finished third.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) capped off his 2013 Championship season at Elko Speedway the right way by winning the wild 58 lap BIG 8 main event on Saturday night. 30 cars from all over the Midwest entered the race and 24 started the feature event.

Marek did Minnesota proud by leading most of the race and taking home the hardware. Dylan Moore had the lead early but took a wild ride and rolled his car down the front stretch, he landed on his roof and ended his night early. Jon Lemke also sustained damage in the incident, he had to pit and eventually finished 6th. The BIG 8 touring cars finished 2nd through 5th with point leader Casey Johnson from Edgerton (WI) scoring the runner up position 1.714 seconds behind Marek at the finish line.

Ten Mid American Stock Cars raced a 30 lap feature with Dan Gilster from LaCrosse (WI) winning his first ever feature with this series. Gilster won by an impressive 4.952 seconds but it was very close for the runner up position, point leader Brad Keith edged Kyle Nowak by a bumper to finish second Mark Pluer was in the mix for that position until last lap mechanical problems dropped him back to 7th.

Camden Murphy from Itaska (IL) won the 30 lap Midwest Super Truck main event, it was his first ever truck win. He won by .448 seconds over Jacob Vanwazer and Natalie Decker, point leader Jerry Wood finished fourth.

The Great North Legends had two feature races over the Thunderstruck 93 weekend. On Friday night Dirk Henry from Sauk Centre (MN) won his 4th feature of the year, he beat out Tim Brockhouse for the win.

On Saturday night 24 cars took to the track for the 20 lap feature and Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) came home with the win, the top 4 crossed the finish line just .473 seconds apart. Derek Lemke finished second, Brockhouse third and James Wenzel fourth. Michael Ostdiek now has a 43 point lead over Derek Lemke going into the final race night at Elko Speedway.

The Mini Stocks also ran two features over Thunderstruck 93 weekend. Michael Wachs Jr from Shakopee (MN) started the 15 lap race seventh and won the Friday night main event, he beat Jack Purcell and Dan Knish to the finish.

On Saturday it was Brandon Plekkenpol from Shakopee (MN) winning the feature, Jack Purcell got second and Ridge Oien third. Jack Purcell from Bloomington (MN) was the overall Thunderstruck 93 weekend top point getter and was awarded a huge trophy and free season pass into the pits for all of 2014. Purcell now leads John Vandenheuvel by 24 points in the standings.

Racing Continues at Elko Speedway on Saturday night September 28th for the final event of 2013. Its an Eve of Destruction and Championship night presented by Jeff Belzer’s Chevy, Dodge and Kia. See racing in the Bandaleros, Mini Stocks and Great North Legends also the world famous Trailer Race. Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet car is also scheduled to perform along with a Monster Truck, School Bus races, Spectator drags, School Bus crash and much more.

Music by Hitchville in Champions bar after the event. Gates open at 5pm and racing at 7pm, get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to www.elkospeedway.com. Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for promotional announcements.

Champions crowned at Elko Speedway

September 16th, 2013

Elko, MN–Due to a persistent light rain NASCAR Whelen All American series racing was washed out at Elko Speedway Saturday night. Four race teams celebrated a new 2013 point title at Champions bar when the races were finally called of.

Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) won his first Elko Speedway Super Late Model Championship. “My crew is the key to this,” said Royle “you have to be good 24 times per year and we only dropped out of one race this whole season.” Royle ended up winning 6 races and beat out 9 time Champion Donny Reuvers by 41 points for the title.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won his third Elko Speedway Thunder Car Championship. “Its been a dream season,” said Kane “we didn’t crash and the worst finish we had all year was fourth. I kept my nose out of trouble and we kept up on maintenance, I tried to be clean all year long.” Kane won 7 Thunder Car features and he finished ahead of Ted Reuvers by 53 points to win the points Championship.

John Lebens from Shakopee (MN) won the Power Stock Championship for the second year in a row at Elko Speedway. “This year everybody was faster,” said Lebens “I got more heat wins than last year, not as many features but that is because everybody in the division stepped their game up.” Lebens won four main events and edged Tom Doten by just two points in the standings, Taylor Goldman was third but only four points back from Lebens in the closest point race in recent history at Elko Speedway.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the BIG 8 title. “We kept it clean all year,” said Marek “no bad nights, you need to run the best you can every time you hit the track.” The BIG 8 division had eight different winners this year “the class had more competition this year, more cars and some guys were faster,” said Marek “everyone is real tight and close, anyone can win on a given night.” Marek won four feature events in 2013 and he edged Dylan Moore by 23 points for the title.

The point title is yet to be determined in the Bandolero, Great North Legends and the Mini Stock divisions. For full season points and results go to www.elkospeedway.com and click RESULTS.

Racing at Elko Speedway continues Friday and Saturday September 20th and 21st for the 5th annual Dan Ryan Thunderstruck 93 event. Race fans can finally see the ARCA Midwest tour in Minnesota along with the 10th annual Thunder Car Nationals, Mid Am Stock car series, BIG 8 series, Midwest Super Trucks and much more. Johnny Holm performs in Champions bar after the Friday night races and Karaoke Dave on Saturday night.

Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to www.elkospeedway.com

Syer-Keske Wins Big at Elko

September 10th, 2013

Bryan Syer-Keske from Lakeville (MN) won both his first and second career NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model races during the Eve of Destruction RAW night at Elko Speedway.

Bryan is a teenager and former Great North Legends champion at Elko Speedway who recently moved up to race Super Late Models. “We’ve been working on this for about a year now and we finally got it done” said Keske.

Keske held a sizeable lead midway through both the features, but he had to fight hard to hold onto the lead in each of his wins. “I was freaking out a little bit with about ten laps to go in the first one, but by the second feature I felt like I’ve done this before” said Keske.

Bryan Roach slipped ahead of Keske during a dramatic restart with only one lap to go in the first 30 lap feature, but the win was later awarded to Keske due to a tech violation.

Point leader Adam Royle had another strong performance, he finished third in the first Super Late Model feature and runner up in the second feature event.

Kyle Kirberger from Ramsey (MN) won the first BIG 8 feature during Eve of Destruction. “We got out front and kind of pulled away from the field,” said Kirberger “(Chris) Marek was catching me at the end, but we held on for the win.” This was the first win for Kyle in his rookie season in the BIG 8 division, “it’s really fun to run with these guys,” said Kirberger “every week anyone can win, it’s a competitive class.”

Travis Stanley from Prior Lake (MN) won for the fourth time this year in the second BIG 8 feature event during Eve of Destruction. Point leader Chris Marek finished second to Stanley by just .224 seconds. Marek now has a 23 point lead over Dylan Moore in the standings going into the final point night.

Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) won his third Thunder Car race of the year by beating point leader Brent Kane by only .162 seconds in feature number two. Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won his seventh feature at Elko Speedway in the first race. With his second place finish in the other feature he extended the point lead to 53 over Ted Reuvers who finished third in both feature events.

John Lebens from Shakopee (MN) had a clean sweep in the Power Stock division races and retook the point lead. Lebens won both his heat race and the feature. Tom Doten edged Taylor Goldman for the runner up position in the 20 lap main event. Lebens goes into Elko Speedway Championship night looking to defend his 2012 point title in the Power Stocks. Lebens leads Doten by only 2 points and Taylor Goldman is just 4 points out of first place.

Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) won for the second time of the year in the Great North Legends main event, he was victorious in the 20 lap feature by .789 seconds over James Wenzel. Point leader Michael Ostdiek had mechanical problems and finished 17th, Ostdiek still leads in the point standings by 44 points over Lemke.

Jack Purcell from Bloomington (MN) was declared the winner in the Mini Stock main event. Aaron Hopkins crossed the finish line first in this wild 18 car race but was disqualified in the tech shed giving the win to second place finisher Purcell. Purcell now leads John Vandenheuvel by 8 points in the standings.

The Flag pole races were won by David Robinson in the Power Stock division and Michael Wachs Jr in the Mini Stock division.

Next up at Elko Speedway is Championship night Saturday September 14th crowning 2013 Champions in the Super Late Models, BIG 8, Thunder Car and Power Stock divisions, also racing for points will be Bandoleros and Great North Legends. The Fur-Ever wild wolf exhibit and the MN Fords will be on display as well.

Gates open at 5 pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for video and promotional announcements. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to www.elkospeedway.com

Rain Cut Short Features at Elko

September 2nd, 2013

Three feature events were completed before the rain caused an early end to the night of NASCAR Whelen All American series racing at Elko Speedway.

Norm Grabinger from Medford (MN) won his first feature of the year in the Power Stock division. He and Todd Tacheny started on the front row and drove side by side for much of the 20 lap feature. With just a few laps remaining John Lebens and Tacheny made contact, resulting in a flat tire for Lebens and a smashed grill for Taylor Goldman who lost momentum and dropped back to 6th.

Tom Doten took advantage with the race still under a green flag condition and drove up to second place to challenge Grabinger, they were neck and neck at the finish line with Grabinger winning by .029 seconds.

With his runner up finish Doten took over the point lead by two over John Lebens and Taylor Goldman dropped to third just three points behind Doten in the battle for the Power Stock Championship. Only two race nights remain in the regular season for the Power Stock division and this is the closest three way point battle in recent history.

Benny Van Cleve from Farmington (MN) won the Great North Legends feature event and broke the 7 race win streak set by Michael Ostdiek.

Van Cleve took an early lead and never gave it up in a 20 lap, caution free race to win in the Great North Legends division. “Those guys were stuck in traffic, I got out front and away we went,” said Van Cleve who won his first feature event of the year.

Dirk Henry drove up from his 12th starting position to finish second and Michael Ostdiek moved up from 10th place to finish in third. Ostdiek is still the leader by a commanding 65 points over Derek Lemke in the season standings.

Jared Duda from St Michael (MN) won the Bandoleros main event, he is now 31 points ahead of Cole Klein in the standings.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) is still the leader in the Big 8 division, he has a 24 point lead over Dylan Moore. Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) leads the Thunder Car point standings by 48 over Ted Reuvers.

Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) leads the Super Late Model points by 20 over Donny Reuvers in the standings.

Next Saturday is an Eve of Destruction RAW night at Elko Speedway with the point battles becoming a big story. See 6 divisions of NASCAR Whelen All American series racing plus, the Smashasaurus Monster Truck, Lumber Jacks, Freestyle Motocross Stunts, Mechanical Bull, School Bus races, Spectator drags, Flag Pole Race and much more. Post race music by 6 string playground in Champions bar.

Gates open at 5pm, feature racing at 7pm, get more information at www.elkospeedway.com or call (952) 461-7223. Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for special promotional items.

Elko Speedway Features Noble RV Eve of Destruction RAW Night

August 27th, 2013

Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) swept both NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model features on Noble RV Eve of Destruction RAW night at Elko Speedway.

“We found some stuff on the car this week and now we are back to what we were at the beginning of the year,” said Royle. Adam won the first feature by 1.499 seconds over Matt Goede and the cautionless second feature by 1.027 seconds over Joey Garofalo.

Royle extended his lead to 22 points over Donny Reuvers in the standings, “I don’t look at points until the end of the year,” said Royle “if we keep winning and doing well, the points will come.”

Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) won both the Thunder Car main events. He held off Conrad Jorgenson by .295 seconds on a green, white, checkered finish in feature one and he edged Brent Kane by just .233 seconds in the second feature.

Reuvers has now won three straight features and has moved up to second in the Thunder Car point standings, 46 points behind leader Brent Kane.

Nick Beaver from Rosemount (MN) won the first feature in the Big 8 division, the caution free event had an average speed of 86.148 mph. Nick had not won at Elko Speedway since opening night, eight different drivers have won Big 8 features this year.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) won the second feature event after a battle with veteran racer Darren Wolke, “when I pulled out of victory lane, Darren was the first one to congratulate me,” said Marek “that was cool, getting respect and everyone is having fun racing here.”

Marek extended his lead to 22 points over Dylan Moore in the Big 8 standings.

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won his 7th straight feature event at Elko Speedway but it was his closest finish of the year. Ostdiek beat Derek Lemke by just .018 seconds at the finish line and extended his lead to 61 points over Ted Hough in the standings.

Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) won the Power Stock main event finishing just ahead of Tom Doten and Todd Tacheny. John Lebens still leads a very tight point battle, Taylor Goldman is 5 points back and Tom Doten his just 8 points behind in the standings.

Aaron Hopkins from Burnsville (MN) won the Mini Stock main event besting Jack Purcell by .496 seconds at the finish line of the 15 lap feature. Purcell still leads in points by 4 over John Vandenheuvel.

Purcell and Todd Tacheny from Mankato (MN) won their divisions in the highly entertaining flag pole race.

The spectator drags were won by Cody Detlie from Lonsdale (MN) in a 2002 Subaru WRX and Joe Culver from Elko (MN) in a 1979 Pontiac Trans-am.

The Monster truck competition prize was awarded to Jim Bendzick in Rolling Thunder over Devon Jones in Barbarian by fan applause. Both trucks put on a great show.

Brent Kane won the wild and crazy figure 8 school bus race.

The next race at Elko Speedway is Saturday August 31st with six divisions of racing plus the Johnny Holm band performing after the races in Champions bar. Gates open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm.

Get more information at www.elkospeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223

Dwain Behrens night Race Story

August 18th, 2013

Elko, MN-Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) won the Dwain Behrens memorial 40 lap main event for the Super Late Models in the NASCAR Whelen All American series at Elko Speedway.

Derek Lemke started up front and lead the entire race until he was passed by Matt Goede on the last lap, “I kind of feel bad for Derek, he should’ve won” said Goede. “The lapped traffic didn’t do him any favors and he got super loose. In three and four we rubbed a little bit, but I was able to beat him to the line, it was a good race.”

Goede started the race outside of the fourth row and battled side by side with third place finisher Joey Garofalo for many laps before making his way to the front of the pack and winning by .238 seconds over Lemke.

Dwain Behrens was an Elko Speedway track champion and Hall of Fame member, this is the 20th annual memorial race in his honor. “I’m happy to win the Behrens race,” said Goede “this is our biggest race of the year and a lot of people come out to support Dwain, it meant a lot to everybody.”

Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won the Great North Legends Regional qualifier race, it was his sixth straight win at Elko Speedway. Ostdiek started on the pole but an electrical problem dropped him back to third. He later took advantage when Derek Lemke and Dirk Henry fought side by side, he snuck past them both to take home the win. “With everyone here
for the Dwain Behrens race it meant a lot,” said Ostdiek “I’m usually not a softy but, it was pretty special.”

Ostdiek was the winner in the Young Lions division of the Great North Legends, Dirk Henry was the highest finishing Pro driver, Dylan Warner won the Semi-pro category and Greg Erhardt was the top finishing Masters driver. Each of those winners get an invitation to the Legends Asphalt National Championship Main event September 14th at Lake Erie Speedway in
Pennsylvania.

Ryan Kamish from Farmington (MN) started on the pole and won the Big 8 feature event after a hard fought battle with Joe Neisius. “It wasn’t easy” said Kamish “I had to use him up a little bit and do what I needed to win.” Kamish was a winning Short Tracker racer for many years, but the Big 8 division has proven to be a real challenge. “This win is a big moment,” said Kamish “I was in tears in victory lane, its the best feeling I’ve ever had in a race car.” Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) ran away with the Thunder Car main event, Dustin Mann finished second with Devin Schmidt third and point leader Brent Kane in fourth.

Tom Doten from St Paul (MN) won his second feature of the year after a tough battle with John Lebens “I was waiting for the hit, but he kept it cool, so it was a lot of fun,” said Doten. Doten won by only .398 seconds at the finish line, Lebens got second and held onto the point lead, Norm Grabinger finished third and Taylor Goldman fourth.

Tyler Kingery from Prior Lake (MN) won the Bandoleros main event Jared Duda finished second and Brody Wulf in third.

Up next at Elko Speedway is the Eve of Destruction RAW event on Saturday August 24th presented by Noble RV. Two Monster Trucks, the St Paul Bouncing team, Freestyle Motocross, Bus races, Spectator Drags, Flag pole race, Freestyle bicycle stunts, 6 divisions of racing, No Exit band and much more. Gates open at 5pm and racing at 7pm, get more information at www.elkospeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223.

Elko Speedway Race Story

August 13th, 2013

Elko MN-Nine time Elko Speedway Champion Donny Reuvers from Dundas (MN) scored maximum points in the NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model division on Kids Night Saturday August 10th, 2013.

Ruevers started the night by setting fast time in qualifying with a 13.816 second lap, that is 97.713 mph around the 3/8 mile track at Elko Speedway. He then won the heat race and started the 20 car, 40 lap feature event on the outside of the third row. 2012 Big 8 champion Jake Ryan started on the front row and lead much of the race until Reuvers challenged him for the top spot in an epic 20 lap duel to the finish. “It was fun to race side by side” said Ruevers “fortunately we came out on top so, that makes it even better.” Jake Ryan finished second with Matt Goede in third and Adam Royle edging Joey Garofalo by .001 for fourth place.

Adam Royle now has only a 6 point lead over Donny Reuvers in the point standings.

Travis Stanley from Prior Lake (MN) came from the outside of row three to win his third Big 8 feature of 2013. Jon Lemke started on the front row and had a big lead until he had a tire problem and slowly faded back to 6th position. Stanley took the lead and held off Chris Marek by 1.502 seconds at the finish line.

Marek now has a 10 point lead over Dylan Moore and 20 point lead over Jon Lemke in the point standings.

Ted Ruevers from Dundas (MN) came from the second row starting position to win his second feature of the year in the Thunder Car division. “I was patient with the front guys and then I watched my mirror because I knew Brent Kane was there, so I just drove as fast as I could” said Reuvers.

Kane finished second in the 25 lap cautionless race and now leads Reuvers by 50 pts in the standings with Dustin Mann in third.

Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) won her third Power Stock feature event of 2013 after starting inside third row “I worked my way to the top, the race came to me,” she said. Goldman held off the hard charges of Tom Doten the last few laps “I was telling myself, don’t look in the mirror, just drive forward and drive your heart out, I surely did and boy did it pay off!” said Goldman.

John Lebens is still the point leader with Taylor Goldman 13 points behind him in second and Tom Doten currently 16 points back in third.

16 year old Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) won his fifth consecutive Great North Legends feature and now holds a commanding 51 point lead in the standings. Derek Lemke finished second and Ted Hough in third.

Tyler Kingery from Prior Lake (MN) won the Bandoleros feature event, Jared Duda finished second and still leads in the standings by 23 points over Cole Klein.

Eleven time National Jet Car Champion Doug Rose and the Green Mamba entertained the crowd for Kids night at Elko Speedway. Kids also had the opportunity to ride a school bus around the track and paint a bus that will compete in an upcoming Eve of Destruction event.

Coming up next at Elko Speedway will be a NASCAR Whelen All American series race night featuring the Dwayne Behrens memorial race main event on August 17th. Free petting zoo and pony rides also available. Gates open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm. Get more information at www.elkospeedway.comor by calling (952) 461-7223.

A Perfect night of Racing at Elko

August 5th, 2013

Elko MN–A huge crowd enjoyed perfect weather and a full night of Racing and Wrecking during the Eve of Destruction event at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.

Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) won the first NASCAR Whelen All American Series Super Late Model feature event. Royle started in the first row in front of the full field of 23 cars taking the green flag. He won this caution free 30 lap race by only .326 seconds over Matt Goede with an average speed of 94.021mph.

Veteran drivers Mark Lamoreaux and Bryan Roach lead the early portions of the 30 lap second feature in the Super Late Model division. Matt Goede from New Germany (MN) started third row inside and worked his way to the lead with ten laps remaining. The race was extremely tight for the runner up position as Roach edged a hard charging Adam Royle by .011 seconds at the finish line. Nine time Elko Speedway Champion Donny Reuvers finished a consistent third and fourth in the two features and now trails Adam Royle by a slim 13 point margin in the point standings.

Travis Stanley from Prior Lake (MN) won the first of two Big 8 features by passing Dylan Moore on the high side after a restart mid-race. He then held on for the win after another similar restart, “it feels great to win,” said Stanley “it never gets old.”

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) finished runner up in the first 20 lap Big 8 feature after starting fifth row inside, he then started up front and won the second feature by .499 seconds over Dylan Moore. Marek holds a very slight two point advantage over Moore in the point standings with Jon Lemke only 15 points out of the lead.

Devin Schmidt from Belle Plaine (MN) raced hard with James Lindgren before taking the lead and holding off the entire 19 car field for the win in the Thunder Car division. “A lot of fun, its our first win in almost two years,” said Schmidt in victory lane.

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) bested his “Raising Kane” teammate Scott King for the win in the second Thunder Car 20 lap main event. Kane now extends his point lead to 31 points over Daryl Blohm in the standings.

Brandon Peterson from Faribault (MN) won his first ever Power Stock main event in just his fifth week of racing. “It was an exciting race,” said Peterson “the car was a little loose but fast.” Peterson is racing in memory of his step father Scott Kingery who recently died of cancer. “I mainly tried to race the track and race for my step-dad,” said Peterson who is planning on competing for a “rookie of the year” title at Elko Speedway next year. John Lebens finished second to Peterson and extended his lead to 16 points in the standings over last weeks winner Tom Doten who finished fifth.

Ted Hough and James Wenzel tangled while fighting for the top spot and opened up the door for Michael Ostdiek from Lakeville (MN) win his fourth consecutive Great North Legends feature at Elko Speedway. Hough fought back for a 12th place finish and Wenzel tagged the wall and finished 19th. Ostdiek now holds a 31 point lead over Shon Jacobsen in the standings.

Aaron Hopkins from Burnsville (MN) started on the pole and won the Mini Stock main event, holding off a hard charging Jack Purcell and John Vandenheuvel who both started in the fifth row. Purcell now leads Vandenheuvel by six points in the standings. The highly entertaining Flag Pole race was won by Justin Schelitzche from Lester (MN) in the Mini Stocks and Todd Tacheny from Mankato (MN) in the Power Stocks.

Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) won the Figure 8 school bus race. Dale Gerding from Union (MO) entertained the crowd with the Monster Truck “Big Dawg.” JJ Romans and Vince Morgan performed Freestyle Motorcross and the Dirty Love Drifters also put on a exhibition of driving talent.

Eighteen different people brought their street cars onto the track to compete in the spectator drags and Dangerous Dan provided the grand finale for the huge crowd for Eve of Destruction RAW at Elko Speedway with the Flaming Steel Wall crash.

The next event will be Kids night Saturday August 10th at Elko Speedway. Free admission for Kids and Free Klondike bar ice cream, kids will also have the opportunity to paint a school bus for an upcoming race. Doug Rose and the Green Mamba Jet Car will be performing along with NASCAR Whelen All American series racing. Gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7pm.

For more information just follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, go to www.elkospeedway.com or call (952) 461-7223.

The rain wins at Elko Speedway July 27th

July 30th, 2013

A slow persistent rain shower prevented the NASCAR Whelen All American series racing from happening at Elko Speedway on Saturday night.

The band Hairball did perform as scheduled on the concourse for the large crowd who waited out the rain delay at Elko Speedway.

All ticket stubs from July 27th will be honored for a free admission for NASCAR Whelen All American series racing either August 10th or August 17th. The Green Mamba Jet car is an added attraction on Kids Night August 10th with Free admission and a Free ice cream bar for all kids. A Petting Zoo and Pony rides have been added to the Dwain Behrens memorial race night on August 17th.

Join us for an Eve of Destruction RAW event next Saturday August 3rd at Elko Speedway. See racing in 6 divisions of racing plus a Flaming steel wall crash, Big Dawg Monster Truck, Mechanical Bull, JJ Romans stunts, Drifters, Rich Weiber show, Flag Pole race, spectator drags, Free carnival rides and much more. Feature racing begins at 7pm, gates open at 5pm.

Follow Elko Speedway on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and get more information at www.elkospeedway.com or call (952) 461-7223.

Royle Scores 3 in a Row at Elko

June 24th, 2013

Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) made it three Super Late Model victories in a row in the NASCAR Whelen All American series at Elko Speedway with a win by just .201 over Chad Walen. Royle started sixth row outside and worked his way up to second place when the caution flew with just 5 laps remaining. Walen was the leader and had lane choice, “I was doing the fist pump when he took the bottom,” said Royle “then I got out front, it’s been cool.” Royle has a 14 point lead over Donny Reuvers in the standings with Walen in third 26 points back.

Dusty Mann from Farmington (MN) started in the front row and won the Thunder Car main event in a race that went green for the entire 25 lap feature. “It’s funny how when you lead the entire race, it seems to take forever,” said Mann. Scott King finished second with a hard charging Brent Kane getting third and holding on to the point lead by 8 points over Ted Reuvers in the standings.

Chris Marek from Lakeville (MN) became the first two time winner in the Big 8 division this year at Elko Speedway. He finished just ahead of Michael Bemish and Kyle Kirberger for the win and extended his point lead to 15 over Dylan Moore.

Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) had a clean sweep in the Power Stock division after passing both David Robinson and Bryan Wrolstad who battled side by side for the lead early in the 15 lap race. “I was trying to be patient and hold back,” said Hamilton “finally they broke up and I was able to go through for the win.” Hamilton now is only 1 pt behind point leader John Lebens in the Championship standings.

Tyler Sjoman from Alexandria (MN) won the Great North Legends feature after starting third row outside. He edged Shon Jacobsen by .557 seconds in the 20 lap main event. Michael Ostdiek leads the point standings over Jacobsen by just two points.

Jared Duda from St Michael (MN) won the Bandoleros feature and extended his point lead to 9 points over Cole Klien.

Racing at Elko Speedway continues on Saturday June 29th with an Eve of Destruction RAW event. Racing in 6 divisions of cars plus *Fireworks*, the Incinerator Monster Truck, Cannon Lady being shot out of a cannon over 500 feet, Radical Rob, Rich Weiber Freestyle bicycles, Mechanical bull, School bus races, Free carnival rides, Larry the Cable Guy impersonator and much more. Gates open at 5pm and racing at 7pm.

Follow Elko Speedway on youtube, facebook and twitter for promotional updates. Get more information at www.elkospeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223.

Super Late Models Make a visit at Elko

June 18th, 2013

Elko Speedway Race Story June 15, 2013
Elko MN–Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) became the first two-time winner in the NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Models at Elko Speedway in 2013. He used the same formula as the previous week, starting mid-pack an slowly picking off cars during a long green flag run before taking the lead late in the race. Royle passed Billy Mohn with ten laps to go and held off the field during a late caution to take home the win and hold on to the point lead over Donny Reuvers by 12 points.

Twenty five year racing veteran Darren Wolke from Belle Plaine (MN) became the fifth different winner in the Big 8 division this year by holding off Dylan Moore by only .299 seconds at the finish line. “The Big 8 cars are one of the most difficult cars to drive,” said Wolke, “they have a small 8 inch tire and lots of horsepower, that makes for a lot of fun.”

Brent Kane from Lonsdale (MN) won the feature event and now leads in the point standings by just one point over Ted Reuvers in the Thunder Car divsion. He passed Dillon Sellner for the lead and held off last weeks winner Daryl Blohm for the victory. In celebration, Raising Kane racing then donated a new bicycle to a lucky fan in the stands.

Seventeen year old Dylan Warner from Northfield (MN) pulled off the victory in the Great North Legends division. “It was awesome, a perfect gift for my dad on fathers day,” he said “now I don’t have to get him a card.” Warner bested two time champion Kyle Hansen by only .017 seconds, the closest margin of victory of the year at Elko Speedway. “That was the most fun I’ve ever had,” said Warner.

Shawn Evans from Northfield (MN) held off a hard charging Tom Doten to be the fifth different winner in the Power Stock division. “It was not easy, but that is what makes it fun,” said Evans “Tom has won a lot of features and to beat him is pretty cool.” It is a very tight point race with Taylor Goldman leading but the top four drivers are separated by only nine points.

The NASCAR Whelen All American series resumes at Elko Speedway on Saturday June 22nd at 7pm with five divisions of racing plus an exotic animal fair and free camel rides. Free carnival rides all summer as well. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or at www.elkospeedway.com also follow Elko Speedway on facebook and twitter for updated results, video and promotions.

Royle wins on last lap at Elko Speedway

June 11th, 2013

Elko, MN-So far in 2013 we have seen a different winner at Elko Speedway in all four feature events in the NASCAR Whelen All American series Super Late Model division.

Adam Royle from Lonsdale (MN) won on Saturday night with an exciting last lap pass over Nick Panitzke. “I went around the bottom where my car was working good,” said Royle who started fourth row inside, slowly making his way to the front during the forty lap race. “Just like last year my car picks up at the end of the race,” said Royle.

Royle is now the early season point leader, but he vows it will not change his driving style. Royle has finished second in season ending points numerous times, “I never think points,” he said.

Dylan Moore from Nothfield (MN) became the fourth different winner in the Big 8 divison this year, “I fought with Chris Marek a little bit after the restart and was able to pull around him, it was a good clean race,” said Moore.

Taylor Goldman from Minnetonka (MN) had a clean sweep winning both the heat and feature in the Power Stock divison. She had to work her way to the front after starting third row outside. “I had to have temper control and patience,” said Goldman “rubbing is racing, I have to hang tough and drive my line the best I can, respect other drivers and hopefully get the same thing back, tonight it paid off” she said. Goldman is now tied for the point lead with defending champion John Lebens in the Power Stock division.

In the Great North Legends feature, Derek Lemke from Shakopee (MN) edged James Wenzel by only .033 making it the closest finish of the year thus far.

Daryl Blohm from Elko (MN) won the Thunder Car main event after slipping past Devin Schmidt and holding off the hard charges of Ted Reuvers late in the race.

Racing resumes with the NASCAR Whelen All American series on Saturday night June 15. Five divisions of racing plus incredible aerial acrobatics from “Galaxy Girl,” spectator gates open at 5pm with racing beginning at 7pm.

Get full results and more information at www.elkospeedway.com or by calling (952) 461-7223. Follow us on facebook and twitter for photo, video and promotional updates, just search Elko Speedway.

A Raw Opener for Elko Speedway

May 28th, 2013

Elko MN, – A cold and windy start to the season, but it was full night of Racing and Wrecking at Elko Speedway with double features over Memorial weekend.

Nine time champion Donny Reuvers from Dundas (MN) took over the point lead by winning and taking second place in the two Super Late Model features. “It was a good way to start the night, I couldn’t ask for the car to be any better in the first one,” said Reuvers “the second feature we needed the car to be a little better.”

Reuvers outlasted veteran driver Mark Lamoreaux for the win, Matthew Goede won the second feature event leading from start to finish. Reuvers didn’t make it easy though, using the inside groove to pull along side for many laps at the end. It was the closest finish of the year with Goede winning by just .05 seconds.

The Big 8 division is close and competitive all the through the field, Jon Lemke from Shakopee (MN) has a one point advantage in the point standings after winning the first of two features. The man just behind him is Chris Marek who won the second feature after making the right moves on a restart and holding off a lot of pressure from Travis Stanley late in the race. “I like the way we do restarts at Elko with the lane choice, it’s not just the guy out front dictating what the rest of the field does” said Marek.

Dirk Henry from Sauk Centre (MN) has been perfect so far in 2013 with three feature event wins and the point lead. He moved up from twelfth starting position in the seventeen car field to win the first race and from fifth up to the front in the second feature event.

Brent “the freight train” Kane extended his point lead and was runner up in both Thunder Car features. Ted Reuvers from Dundas (MN) won the first race and Conrad Jorgenson from Lakeville (MN) lead the entire second feature flag to flag.

Paul Hamilton from Hastings (MN) was the big winner in the Power Stock division, the previous week he lost by just .142 seconds to point leader John Lebens. This week he got out front and stretched the lead to win by just over two seconds. Tom Doten came through the field to capture second place with Shawn Evans leading some laps and finishing third. Todd Tacheny from Mankato (MN) was declared the winner in the Flag pole race.

Jack Purcell from Bloomington (MN) won the Mini Stock main event, and Justin Schelitzche took home the top prize in the Flag pole race.

The evening was capped off with a wild Figure 8 school bus race, Dan Riggs and Cane Peterson from 96.3 K-Twin radio drove busses in a race that was not approved of by bus monitors all across Minnesota with lots of bumping and contact.

Jim Bendzick and Rolling Thunder put on a Monster Truck exhibition and the Timberworks Lumber Jacks entertained the crowd. Kids enjoyed the free carnival rides and the brave ones took their turn riding the free mechanical bull.

Next at Elko Speedway is the ARCA Racing Series Akona 250 presented by Federated Car Care. On track autograph session begins at 6:30pm with racing at 8pm. Get more information by calling (952) 461-7223 or go to www.arcaracing.com or www.elkospeedway.com

Brennan Poole Dominates for Second ARCA Win in Akona 200 at Elko Speedway

June 3rd, 2012

(ELKO NEW MARKET, Minn.) – Brennan Poole passed Frank Kimmel for the lead in the Akona 200 presented by Federated Car Care on Lap 134 of 200 and did not relent, winning his second race in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

The race was the first for ARCA at Elko Speedway, just south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. ARCA’s top division had never before appeared in Minnesota.

Poole had shown his dominance early in the race, pulling away to leads of over three seconds on second place and more than 10 seconds on third. His final margin of victory was 1.206 second.

Poole also won his career debut at Salem Speedway last season. Matt Lofton finished second over Chris Buescher, and they were followed by Kimmel and Tom Hessert.

ARCA will release more information from the Akona 200 shortly. The results are currently available at ARCARacing.com.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will visit Pocono Raceway for the first of two events this season next Saturday, June 9. SPEED will air the race at 2:30 p.m. on a same-day delay, one of 10 broadcasts for the series on the network this season. ARCARacing.com will feature live timing and scoring of all on-track events Friday and Saturday.

2012 is the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ 60th Anniversary Season, featuring 20 races at 18 tracks. The complete 2012 event schedule is available at ARCARacing.com.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 26 states since its inception. The series has tested the abilities of drivers
and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.375 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course in its most recent season. This year, the series visited Alabama’s Mobile International Speedway and Minnesota’s Elko Speedway for the first time.

Founded by John and Mildred Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in three professional touring series and local weekly events.

Akona Manufacturing to Sponsor June 2 Event at Elko Speedway

December 11th, 2011

(COVINGTON, Ky.) – Akona Manufacturing, LLC will sponsor the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards’ first visit to Elko Speedway on Saturday, June 2, 2012. Tentatively titled the Akona 200, the race is scheduled as the sixth of 20 races in ARCA’s 60th Anniversary Season.

Representatives from ARCA and Track Enterprises, the race promoter, made the announcement at today’s ARCA Racing Series press conference in advance of tonight’s Championship Awards Banquet at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.

Akona Manufacturing’s home base is in Maple Plain, Minn., which sits just west of Minneapolis and under 50 miles from the 0.375-mile Elko Speedway. The company manufactures sweeping compounds, concrete sealers, and oil liquid absorbents.

“We’re fortunate to bring a corporate sponsor on board for ARCA’s first trip to the state of Minnesota and first trip to Elko Speedway,” said Bob Sargent of Track Enterprises, the company which also promotes races at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
and the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, and in 2011 ushered the ARCA Racing Series back to Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis.

Sargent highlighted a number of impressive new amenities at Elko Speedway, including improved parking and grandstand seating.

“We’re excited to deal with the active corporate community and the population base in the Minneapolis metropolitan area, which looks to make a win-win situation,” said Sargent. “This will be a good race for ARCA’s teams, and the fans at Elko will
enjoy watching a nationally-recognized sanctioning body. Anybody that follows motorsports nationally will enjoy this event.”

Akona’s involvement with ARCA is part of a business-to-business vendor program with series presenting sponsor Menards. The manufacturer joins Ansell, Messina Wildlife Management, and Herr’s, all companies who connected in-store presence at Menards
to participation in the ARCA Racing Series through marketing relationships, contingency programs, and race sponsorships.

“Menards has asked ARCA to consider an event in the Minneapolis area for the last several years, as it’s the second-largest retail market in their footprint,” said Mark Gundrum, vice president of marketing and communications for ARCA. “A combined effort by ARCA, the track, event promoter Track Enterprises, and Menards to introduce a new vendor partner allows this to happen this summer.”

Though Akona’s relationship with the ARCA Racing Series is new for 2012, the company has previously been involved with Menards in other motorsports programs.

Founded in 1950, Akona’s mission was based on the development of a unique patented product, a water-proofing cement-based coating. That innovation, along with unparalleled customer service and technical support, continues to drive the company today. The basis of Akona’s future growth is focused on spec blended construction products. Akona’s premium concrete repair products serve both homeowners and professional contractors.

The ARCA Racing Series has never raced in Minnesota, adding significance to the June visit to Elko and establishing the North Star State as the 29th visited by ARCA’s premier national tour since 1953.

The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards featured 19 events at 16 tracks on its 2011 schedule. The series has crowned an ARCA national champion each year since its inaugural season in 1953, and has toured over 200 race tracks in 28 states since its inception. In 2011, the series has tested the abilities of drivers and race teams over the most diverse schedule of stock car racing events in the world, visiting tracks ranging from 0.4 mile to 2.66 miles in length, on both paved and dirt surfaces as well as a left- and right-turn road course.

The full 2012 ARCA Racing Series schedule is currently available at ARCARacing.com.

Founded by John Marcum in 1953 in Toledo, Ohio, the Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is recognized among the leading sanctioning bodies in the country. Closing in on completing its sixth decade after hundreds of thousands of miles of racing, ARCA administers over 100 race events each season in two professional touring series and local weekly events.

Myer wins rain-shortened AMSOIL Dirt Nationals finale

July 23rd, 2010

ELKO, MINN. – Tommy Myer captured a rain-shortened main event Saturday night as the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour returned to the Elko Speedway for the second and final night of the 2nd Annual AMSOIL Dirt Nationals.

With Myer leading and 32 of the scheduled 40 laps in the books, the first caution of the WIX Filters “A” Main occurred when third-running Mike Steensma came to a stop on the racing surface after contact with a lapped car resulted in a flat tire.

During the delay, the rain arrived to seal the victory for Myer and thwart an impending battle for the spot from Ken Schrader.

From the outside of the front row, Steensma snagged the lead at the start of the race, but Myer ran him down and grabbed the position away on lap 11.

Meanwhile, Ken Schrader was clawing his way to the front and moved around Steensma at the race’s halfway point. With the leaders maneuvering through lapped traffic, Schrader was reeling in Myer when the action was stopped with eight laps to go.

After several minutes of weather-watching, too much rain had fallen and continued to fall, so officials were forced to pull the plug and call the event complete.

For Myer, it was his third triumph in his last five starts and fourth overall this season – all of them coming in the
highly-competitive Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region. The $3,000 win was the 40th of his United States Modified Touring
Series career.

Polesitter Doug Hillson held on for a third-place finish, followed by Ryan Gustin, Tim Donlinger, Corey Dripps, Friday night’s winner
Jason Krohn, Ryan Ruter, Al Hejna and Kelly Shryock. Jon Tesch finished 11th but earned the PBM Performance Hard Charger
Award after passing 13 Modifieds from his 24th starting spot.

Gustin remains the Yeager Machine Upper Midwest Region points leader with Myer trailing by just 12 points (901 to 889). Krohn is close behind with 869 markers, followed by Shryock (862), Donlinger (820), Tesch (800), Zack VanderBeek (710), Hillson (696), Dereck Ramirez (678) and Steve Wetzstein (647).

The tireless USMTS touring titans get 10 days of rest before hitting the trail hard and heavy again with five straight nights of
racing through South Dakota and North Dakota, followed by a sixth show back in the Gopher State.

The “modFURY.com Chaos in the Dakotas” kicks off on Tuesday, July 27, at the Park Jefferson Speedway and wraps up at the Jamestown Speedway in Jamestown, N.D., on Saturday, July 31.

MODFURY.COM CHAOS IN THE DAKOTAS:
Tue Jul 27 … Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, SD ($2,000 to win)
Wed Jul 28 … Red River Valley Speedway, Fargo, ND ($2,000 to win)
Thu Jul 29 … Casino Speedway, Watertown, SD ($2,000 to win)
Fri Jul 30 … Brown County Speedway, Aberdeen, SD ($2,000 to win)
Sat Jul 31 … Jamestown Speedway, Jamestown, ND ($2,000 to win)

Then on Sunday, Aug. 1, the series returns to the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn., for the sixth straight $2,000-to-win blockbuster event of the week. All six shows will reward points in the Dart Great Plains Region presented by Allstar Performance.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube.

Jimmy Heavlow Stirs Up Some Heat in Minnesota

October 12th, 2008
Concord, NC (October 7, 2008) – The weather may be getting chilly in Elko, MN, but
Jimmy Heavlow’s season continued on a hot streak this past weekend in the Legends
Asphalt Nationals at Elko Speedway.  In both, Heavlow and Ladyga Motorsports, first
appearance in a National event, Jimmy blazed through to a victory on Friday
afternoon and followed that up with a stout third place finish on Saturday.

The weekend kicked off with the Race of Champions on Friday.  This race is a special
feature run for those who had won a state championship, since Heavlow is the
Maryland State Champion, he was invited to race.  Heavlow qualified fifth for the
heat race, but due to an inversion of the field, had to start last.  He quickly
worked his No. 48 Ladyga Motorsports Semi-pro car through the field and won the
12-lap heat.  After a late race pass on the outside, Heavlow then went on to win the
feature event.

“It’s such a great track.  It didn’t take me long to get the handle of things,”
explained Jimmy.  “I just stayed patient and made my move in turn two on the last
lap, taking the win.”

Still riding high from his victory the day before, Heavlow was ready to pick up
where he left off.  In his longest race in a Legends Semi-pro car, Heavlow started
in the fourth position in the 50-lap National event.

Heavlow wasted no time and quickly moved to the second spot, where he remained for
the majority of the race, restart after restart.  With just five laps to go in the
caution-filled feature, Heavlow’s car turned loose on him and he was shuffled back
to the fourth spot.  With just a few laps left in the race, Heavlow ran out of time,
leaving him a fourth place finish.  In a change a circumstances, the winner of the
event was disqualified, which eventually moved Jimmy up one spot, officially
finishing third.  After setting the most basic of goals for the weekend, to be
competitive and finish top five, a top three finish turned out to be more than they
had hoped for.  

“Our goals were really simple, we just wanted to be competitive,” commented the 16
year-old driver.  “Tim had to fly back to Talladega, so he missed the race on
Saturday, but he was pretty happy when I told him how we finished.”

Next up for Heavlow will be Bojangles’ Pole Night at Lowe’s Motor Speedway.  Jimmy
will tackle the quarter-mile oval located on the front-stretch of the speedway this
evening before the NASCAR Sprint Cup series sets their lineup for the Bank of
America 500.   The Legends race is set to begin at 4:40pm.

If you would like more information on Jimmy or Ladyga Motorsports, contact Tami
Heavlow at (410) 708-7061.