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Sprint Cars return to Rooks County Speedway

August 17th, 2016

STOCKTON, KS—The 2016 racing season concluded at Rooks County Speedway in Stockton, KS, on Friday evening, August 12, with the United Rebel Sprint Series making their first ever appearance at the ½-mile oval. They were joined by the Bombers, Cruisers and Kansas Antique Racers.

Keefe Hemel of Cimarron led all 20 laps in the caution free URSS main event. Hemel took advantage of his outside pole starting spot to shoot to the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back. The ‘Hill City Hotshoe’ Jeff Radcliffe gave chase the entire distance but had to settle for the runner-up spot. John Webster was third, followed by heat race winners ‘Flyin’ Brian Herbert and Luke Cranston.

Kensington’s Jeromy Wagner did the same in the Bomber feature. Wagner led all 12 laps to make his was to victory lane. A caution with 2 laps to go set up a green-white-checkered finish but Wagner was able to hold off first heat winner Colton Pfeifer for the win. Rhett ‘The Rocket’ Kingsbury, Brett Henke and Spencer Hilbrink completed the top five. Wagner won the other heat race.

The Cruiser feature only went 4 laps due to attrition. Heat race winners Brian & Shaylon Holloway broke with half a lap to go and did not make the feature. Levi Ryan & Justin Yarmer took the lead on the opening lap, but they broke on lap 3, giving the lead and the win to Brett Henke & Travis Coop.

Chad Walen from Prior Lake (MN) is the 2011 Speedtalk MN asphalt driver of the year.

January 3rd, 2012

Chad had an incredible season racing at Raceway Park in Shakopee (MN), winning the Super Late Model Points Championship after finishing second the previous two years. He was 8 points behind defending Champion Adam Royle with three weeks remaining in the season but ended up winning the title by 11 points.

Chad scored six wins on the season at Raceway Park but said the reason for success was limiting the bad nights, “We didn’t have any mistakes this year, not one DNF.”

Chad was a crew member when his uncle Mel was a Champion at Raceway Park back in 1993-1995. Walen racing might be known as a throw-back team because they draw heavily on past experience. “We went back to what we knew back then, and the same stuff works today,” said Chad. He went from crew member to behind the wheel in 2001 driving a Modified, then moved to the Late Model division in 2005 with his father as the car owner.

Raceway park is a tight 1/4 mile track with the fast groove on the bottom but you still will see plenty of two-wide racing. “The only way you are going to win is to figure out that second groove, it’s where you’ve got to pass people” said Walen. The racing is not the only reason why Chad likes Raceway Park, “its a great family atmosphere” he said “the other competitors are really good, we get along and they help each other out.”

Even though Walen racing spent most of their time racing in Shakopee, they also won a race in September at Elko (MN) Speedway and travelled to La Crosse (WI) to compete in the Oktoberfest races. They also enjoyed travelling to Charlotte (NC) for the annual NASCAR Member track National awards banquet in December.

Chad mentioned that the plans are to come back and try win another championship at Raceway Park on Sundays and hit a few more shows on Saturday nights in 2012.

Speedtalk on 1360″ is a weekly MN motorsports radio show based out of Buffalo (MN) on KRWC 1360am.

Past reciepients of this award are:

2004 Dan Fredrickson
2009 Adam Royle
2010 Brent Kane
2011 Chad Walen