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Gerdes goes the distance in USMTS Viking voyage

June 15th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.-The outside front row was the place to be for the start of Wednesdays main event, and Thursday night was no different as Brady Gerdes led all 35 laps in dominating fashion to capture his career first USMTS victory in the series first-ever voyage to the Viking Speedway.

Gerdes, a United States Modified Touring Series Rookie of the Year contender with less than a dozen career starts, looked like a veteran on the big half-mile clay oval as he beat runner-up Rodney Sanders to the finish line with a seven-car-length cushion.

Less than 24 hours after having his rear end fail on the first lap of the feature and finishing dead last at the KRA Speedway Wednesday night, Gerdes turned the tables in a big way using a borrowed quick change from Bob Gierke.

With an extra grand thrown in by an anonymous donor, the winners share of the prize money expanded to $4,000 for the 20-year-old from Villard, Minn.

Rodney Sanders, who only finished two laps the night before after being involved in the early-race melee, rebounded to register a second-place finish after getting around Jesse Sobbing with just four laps remaining in Thursday’s nightcap.

Sobbing suffered a blown engine on the final circuit but nursed his No. 99 Home Pride machine to the finish line to hang on for third while last nights winner, Craig Thatcher, finished fourth with Zack Johnson fifth.

As the highest-finishing WISSOTA competitor, Johnson pocketed an extra $250 for his efforts.

Joey Jensen turned the QA1 Fastest Lap of the evening in his heat race and brought home a sixth-place paycheck. Seventh through tenth, respectively, were Jason Thoennes, 25th-starting Jesse Glenz, 23rd-starting Tim Johnson and Eric Pember.

Tomorrow, the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental blasts into the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., for another bout in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region and the first of two days at the legendary speedplant for the 17th Annual Masters.

The event will also feature the UMP Hell Tour Late Models both days, with grandstands opening at 5 p.m. on Friday and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Race time is 7 p.m. both nights. Ticket prices are $25 on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Kids ages 6-16 are half price and children ages 5 and under are free.

The Cedar Lake Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 1.0 mile east of SR 35 on SR 64 (in Somerset), then 4.2 miles north on CR C to CR CC, then left 1.8 miles. For more information call 715-248-7119 or check out online.

On Sunday, the 13th Annual Stars & Stripes Shootout takes place at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, to wrap up the five-race swing in the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region.

The event will also put the feature on the Holley Iron Man Series for USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods. USRA Hobby Stocks will also be in action at the Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds with hot laps starting at 6 p.m. and racing to follow.

The Cresco Speedway is a high-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 0.2 miles north of SR 9 on SW 7th (at the Howard County Fairgrounds). For more information call 563-547-3400.

After a three-day rest, action heats back up on Wednesday and Thursday, June 17-18, for a pair of MSD Central Region shoot-outs at the Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., and C. Ray Halls 81 Speedway located just outside of Wichita, Kan.

The annual USMTS Southern Speedweek commences on Friday, June 19, at the new Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas, for the first of seven events in nine days in the highly-competitive Double H Bands Southern Region.

With trips to the Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo, Texas, on June 22; Heart O Texas Speedway near Waco, Texas, on June 23; Devils Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on June 24; Mountain Creek Speedway in Grand Prairie, Texas, on June 25; and Southern Oklahoma Speedway in Ardmore, Okla., on June 26; the swing through the south wraps up on Saturday, June 27, at the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla.

Nearly $40,000 has been earmarked for the winners from an overall purse of more than $250,000 for events during the month of June.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at or subscribe to our YouTube channel at

Ricky Weiss Takes Pair of Weekend Feature Wins

May 16th, 2015

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada- Ricky Weiss enjoyed a great weekend as he went two-for-three with a pair of wins and a runner-up finish in his Derrick’s Sandblasting #7 Bloomquist Chassis/Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Ricky Weiss went two-for-two at I-94 Speedway in 2015 on Friday evening by sweeping the event. Ricky won his heat race from the 4th starting spot and then backed it up by charging from the 8th starting position on the feature grid to snag the victory. Full results from the event are available at .

Saturday night took the team back to Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota). The night started with the previous week’s feature, which was postponed due to rain, being contested. Ricky enjoyed a great run in the feature as he charged from the 6th starting spot to the victory. He was followed across the finish line by Zach Johnson, Matt Aukland, Jeff Wildung, and Cody Skytland.

With a stout field of eighteen entries in action in the new program, Ricky earned the 8th starting spot for the feature. He would go on to advance six spots to register a 2nd place finish to race winner, Cody Skytland. Full results from the event are available at .

The team is currently monitoring the forecast to determine, where they will race this weekend. Keep your browsers pointed to for the latest schedule news.

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On ExcavatingInc., Forest Flying Services, Keewaitn Truck Service, J&C Trucking, Cousins Farms, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Wulff Pumps, New Vision Graphics, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Schaeffer Oil, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at .

Viking Speedway added to USMTS slate June 11

January 26th, 2015

ALEXANDRIA, Minn.–Officials from the United States Modified Touring Series announced today that the Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minn., will host the fire-breathing modifieds of the USMTS for the first time ever on Thursday, June 11.

The event, positioned one day prior to the 17th Annual Masters race at the Cedar Lake Speedway, will be part of the USMTS Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region presented by Day Motor Sports, and will feature a $3,000 top prize for the main event winner.

“We’re really looking forward to bringing the USMTS to Viking Speedway this summer,” said USMTS President Todd Staley. “A lot of USMTS regulars have raced there in some of their big events, and several of them have commented on the quality of the facility. It should be a great show.”

The Viking Speedway is celebrating 50 years of operation in 2015, and there is no better way help celebrate a half-century of racing than bringing in the largest dirt modified touring series. It’s been over 20 years since a touring series this large has competed at the semi-banked half-mile clay oval.

The track’s grandstands hold close to 2,300 fans with several VIP suites too. For traveling fans, camping is available with water and a dumping station on site.

The pit gate will open at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7 on Thursday, June 11.

Tickets: Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 6-15 are $10 and children ages 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes will be $35. Advance tickets to the inaugural event will be available Saturday, June 6, at the Viking Speedway, as well as Elden’s Food Fair and NAPA Auto Parts.

Directions: From I-94, take exit 100, and then at the stop sign at the top of the ramp go straight onto CR 45 and continue until you get to the T at the next stop sign (this is the intersection at CR 45 and 82). Turn right on CR 82 and head east toward Alexandria. Before reaching the next stop light, take a right to enter the Douglas County Fair Grounds.

The USMTS Casey’s Cup Series powered by S&S Fishing & Rental kicks off the 2015 campaign at the South Texas Speedway in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 12, with a three-night affair to open the MVT Gulf Coast Border Region.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at or check out our YouTube channel at

Another Week, Another Win for Ricky Weiss; Triple Header Next

May 30th, 2014

Headingly, Manitoba, Canada -Ricky Weiss carried his recent momentum into a doubleheader Memorial Day weekend special at Viking Speedway (Alexandria, Minnesota) with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA), and came away with his second victory of the 2014 season in his #7 Derrick’s Sandblasting/Bloomquist/ Pro Power Racing Engine Super Late Model.

Action opened on Saturday for the NLRA Late Models with twenty-six entries in the pit area. Weiss charged from fourth to the win in his heat race, earning him the pole position for the feature with Pat Doar alongside. When the feature went green Weiss took to the lead and never looked back to score the victory over Jeff Wildung, Brad Seng, Dustin Strand, and Mike Balcaen.

Sunday evening at Viking Speedway saw Ricky finishing third in preliminary heat race action among the twenty-five competitors on hand to lock into the ninth starting spot on the grid for the feature. Despite starting near mid-pack he had hopes of claiming his second win of the weekend. During the course of the main event Weiss advance seven positions, but would be unable to sweep the weekend as he crossed the finish line in the second position behind race winner, Brad Seng. Donny Schatz, Eric Breeschoten, and Pat Doar rounded out the top five finishers.

“It was another great weekend for us,” commented Weiss. “I really wanted that win on Sunday night to complete the sweep, but Brad (Seng) was just a little too tough. I’ll definitely take a second though and move onto the next one!”

Full results from the weekend are available at .

The upcoming weekend will see the team participating in a trio of WISSOTA events. Action opens on Friday with a special event at Dacotah Speedway (Mandan, North Dakota), while Saturday will see the team battling at Estevan Motor Speedway (Estevan, Saskatchewan). The ultra-busy weekend will draw to a close on Sunday night at Nodak Speedway (Minot, North Dakota). For more information on the events please visit,, and .

Ricky Weiss would like to thank his marketing partners and sponsors including Derrick’s Sandblasting. A.I.E. Bell Mobility, Hands On Excavating Inc., J&C Trucking, Turk Enterprises, Eibach Springs, Metalz In Motion, Speedworld Indoor Kart Track, New Vision Graphics, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Ricky Weiss please visit his website at .

Free Admission to 9 Race Tracks this Summer Thanks to Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s Jam the Stands Promotion

June 30th, 2013

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Last summer, record crowds took advantage of free admission and packed the grandstands at four sold-out Jam the Stands stock car racing events sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). The promotion was such a success, MCGA is doing it again in 2013, this time at nine tracks throughout Minnesota.

Admission is free and race fans will have an opportunity to win one of two $50 Visa gift cards throughout the evening courtesy of MCGA. Corn farmers will also be at each track to connect with race fans about the environmental and economic benefits of clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

“MCGA welcomes the opportunity to partner with Minnesota’s passionate racing community to promote local ethanol,” said Chad Willis, a member of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council and chair of the National Corn Growers Association’s ethanol committee. “Free racing while getting the facts about homegrown ethanol makes for a great evening with your friends and family.”

At select races, fans can learn more about ethanol and renewable fuels by stepping inside the Biofuels Mobile Education Center. The 45-foot long mobile learning center will roll into six of the nine races for fans to learn more about ethanol fuel through interactive touch-screen computers, educational displays, movies and a tools to help people locate flex-fuel pumps in their area.

Ethanol has a multiplier effect that benefits many economic sectors across Minnesota, including farming, manufacturing, transportation and construction. According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, ethanol generates $5 billion
in total economic output and more than 12,600 jobs annually. Ethanol is also less energy intensive to produce than gasoline and helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 29 percent.

A 56-pound bushel of corn generates 2.8 gallons of ethanol while also simultaneously generating 17.5 pounds of high-protein livestock feed.

Be sure to come out and Jam the Stands with MCGA at a race in your area this summer:

Saturday July 13
Deer Creek Speedway – Spring Valley
Start Time: 6:00p.m.

Friday July 19
I-94 Speedway – Fergus Falls
Start Time: 7:00p.m.

Saturday July 20
Madison Speedway – Madison
Start Time: 6:00p.m.

Thursday July 25
KRA Speedway – Willmar
Start Time: 6:30p.m.

Friday July 26

Fiesta City Speedway – Montevideo
Start Time: 7:00p.m.

Saturday July 27
Viking Speedway – Alexandria
Start Time: 6:00p.m.

Sunday July 28
Granite City Speedway – Sauk Rapids
Start Time: 5:30p.m.

Saturday August 3
Jackson Speedway – Jackson
Start Time: 6:30p.m.

Wednesday August 7
Redwood Speedway – Redwood Falls
Start Time: 7:00p.m.
(Special FarmFest race)
*Biofuels mobile education center will be at track.

About Minnesota Corn Growers Association
MCGA works closely with the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, which administers the efficient and effective use of Minnesota’s corn check-off. By working together, the two organizations identify and promote opportunities for corn farmers, while enhancing Minnesota’s quality of life. Although these two organizations are separate and distinct entities, they share the common goal of expanding the use, marketing, and efficient, environmentally sound production of corn while helping others understand the value and importance of corn production to our nation’s economy. Learn more at

Adam Czech
Public Relations Manager
Office: (952) 460-3610
Cell: (320) 309-1160
Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council

Pipeline Travel Plaza Named Official Travel Plaza of 7th Viking Fall Classic

September 24th, 2009

The Pipeline Travel Plaza, located just off of Interstate I-94 at Exit 100 in Alexandria, MN has been named as the official Travel Plaza of the 7th annual Viking Fall Classic coming up on October 8th, 9th and 10th 2009. Pipeline has awarded a long tow award to one lucky driver each week throughout the entire regular season at the Viking Speedway, but has really stepped it up for the year ending Fall Classic.

Pipeline will be offering a $100 fuel card to the driver that tows the farthest in EACH of the six divisions in competition at this year’s Fall Classic. One driver per class will be rewarded with some free fuel to help offset the costs of towing so far to support the 7th annual Fall Classic.

Pipeline also has a full truck repair shop that is open from 7am to 5pm on Friday as well as from 7am to noon on Saturday for racers or fans that may need any repairs done to their big or small rigs throughout the course of the weekend. They will also
have mechanics and parts ‘on call’ all weekend for emergency repairs if needed.

Pipeline will also offer 10% off all food purchases made at Willy’s Roadside Café (located inside Pipeline Travel Plaza) and you can take an additional 10% off of your meal purchase (20% total) if you fuel with Pipeline throughout the course of the weekend.

Pipeline promises to have a full line of ice cold beer, ice, assortment of snacks and even firewood for you campers who are coming to town for the weekend.

And finally, Pipeline will offer a discounted truck wash/wax for racers who want a clean rig either before or after the Fall Classic, by offering this service for only $50 and all you have to do is mention the Fall Classic to get the discount.

Thanks to Bill and Kevin from Pipeline for stepping up to support the event and help the racers in such a big way!