2013......a year in the local racing world that some will look back upon and smile and cry. Champions were crowned, rookies raced through the year to take that "stripe" off their cars and for some drivers....trying to find a new home will be discussed when the snow flies. Here's a breakdown of the local track scene and where things could go in 2014.
La Crosse Speedway:
Late Models: Champion Steve Carlson. 2nd at La Crosse and first since 2007. He also finished 17th in national NASCAR Whelen All American Series points. Also Wisconsin NASCAR Champ.
Rookie Of The Year: Brandon Berg.
Wisconsin NASCAR Late Model Rookie Of The Year: Matt Inglett
Sportsmen: Champion Jake Arneson, first ever.
Rookie Of The Year: Jeff Thompson who also finished 3rd in Hornet points.
Thunderstocks: Champion Adam Moore to go with his track leading 6 feature wins. His second track championship at La Crosse.
Rookie Of The Year: J.R.Tourtelott
Hornet Champ: Jake Bemis
2014? Will the Thunderstocks stay around? More Hornet races? How many new Late Models and Sportsmen will they see?
Mississippi Thunder Speedway:
Street Stocks: Champion Doug Wojcik to go with his 8 feature wins.
Super Stocks: Champion Tommy Richards.
USRA Modifieds: Champion Josh Angst. His first since 2010.
USRA B-Modifieds: Champion Jacob Blees. That goes with his 5 feature wins this year.
Pure Stocks: Champion Bobby Fort Jr.
600 Modifieds: Champion Don Werner
A Mini Modifieds: Champion Alex Stevens
B Mini Modifieds: Champion Matt LaDuke
2014? What does the future hold for the Pure Stocks? Can the track maintain an average of 24 USRA B-Mod's? Are the 600 Mod's "the new class"?
Raceway Park, Shakopee, MN. Long gone...but not forgotten. The track witnessed it's last race this year after 56 years, leaving some drivers to call it quits on their careers and others scrambling to see where they can race next year. Give those folks credit....they tried as hard as they could to save the track this year....just didn't happen.
So all in all....I announced at two great tracks...met some new race fans and drivers...and once again, don't know why, will be the Facebook rumor mill central during the winter.
I also want to thank Bob Timm at MTS for sponsoring my radio and TV show this year and Chuck Deery for the great prizes I gave away this year. Working for those two gentleman has been, again, outstanding and I look forward to lending my voice to both tracks again next year.
See you at the banquets!