The Voice

Dan Deicher, "The Voice" of the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway and the Mississippi Thuunder Speedway covers racing at La Crosse, Fountain City, Tomah and Wisconsin Dells. News, off season moves, schedules, rule changes and more.

WKTY And Henderson Motorsports To Play Santa

Area boy to get amazing holiday surprise

Kayden Johnson likes all things race cars. And, thanks to an area racing team and its sponsors, the five-year-old and his grandmother, Robyn Mumford, are going to have an extra special Christmas this year.

At 4 p.m. this Friday, a caravan led by Matt Henderson and Henderson Motorsports in his NASCAR late model, followed by Mid-West Family Broadcasting, the La Crosse Loggers and Shenanigans trucks and last, but not least, Santa Claus himself will surprise Kayden and his grandma with everything on their Christmas list and then some.

“This has just been an amazing project,” shares WKTY/WIZM’s Dan Deicher, who is spearheading the effort for the second year in a row. “What started out as a small conversation has turned into something magical.  The day is as meaningful for all of the donors and organizers as it is for the family receiving the surprise.”

The Henderson Motorsports team and Midwest Family Broadcasting contacted the school in October to identify a family in need that had an interest in racing. School officials were then able to gather a list of needs and wants that would allow the family to have an extra special holiday. Since then the duo has been contacting sponsors and collecting donations from businesses and friends including Altra-Federal Credit Union, the School District of La Crosse, Greg Mader of Maderweb.com, Robert Butterfield Photography and the La Crosse Speedway.

“This has been just amazing project,” shares Matt Henderson, a Central High School graduate. “It is an opportunity to give back and make a difference. There is no better feeling.”

Organizers say that everything on Kayden and his grandmother’s Christmas list has been collected. Santa and the volunteers will fill his house with holiday cheer on Friday afternoon. If Kayden’s lucky he’ll even get a chance to sit in the Henderson car.

“This is yet another example of the amazing community that we live in,” shares Superintendent of Schools Randy Nelson. “This will be a holiday Kayden will never forget and we are thankful for all the organizations that have supported our students this time of year as well as throughout the school year.”


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.


Dec. 19, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 2nd Annual WKTY And Henderson Motorsports Christmas Drive. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

McKarns Takes Over ARCA Midwest Tour Ownership

December 5, 2014 - Tim Olson, President of the ARCA Midwest Tour, announced on Wednesday that he has sold the ownership of the ARCA Midwest Tour to former Big 8 Series Director and Rockford Speedway General Manager Gregg McKarns. Olson will continue to stay involved in the series as the race daydirector and tire sales with the series that he and Steve Einhaus created in 2007.

For Olson, he feels that the series has come full circle as it was Gregg's father,
the late John McKarns, who played a major consulting role when the series was created
in late 2006.  He feels confident that the second-generation promoter will continue
building the popular Midwest series.

They are already in the planning stages to put together a 12-race schedule in 2015
and we will keep everyone updated on ARCAMidwestTour.com.
McKarns also said that there is nothing major planned as far as changes within the series. He did confirm that Mike "Lumpy" Lemke will remain as the Tech Director, but will be working on revamping the "Touring Stars" program. He also confirmed that the series would continue to be sanctioned with ARCA Racing. McKarns is already in discussions with tracks and sponsors for the 2015 season and will have future announcements coming soon and will be posted on arcamidwesttour.com.

6th Annual Fall Fest, Mississippi Thunder Speedway; Day 2

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 11, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

 

6th Annual Fall Fest, Mississippi Thunder Speedway; Day 1

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 10, 2014; Fountain City, WI. USA; 6th Annual Fall Festival racing action at Mississippi Thunder Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

45th Annual Oktoberfest Races, Day 4

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; John Gilbertson in his '76 AMX Javelin wins the 15-lap Oktoberfest Vinatage Car feature for the 45th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; Michael Beamish in his Big 8 Series #40 scores 1st, 4th and 3rd place finishes in each of the 21 lap segments to win the overall JMcK 63 Invitational for the 45th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; #5 Travis Sauter wins the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 200, this marks his fourth Oktoberfest championship in 5 years at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  Travis won the historic and prestigious event  won in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014. Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; Travis Sauter battles his Father #99 Tim Sauter to take the lead and never look back in his 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 200 win at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; Hard Charging #36 Dan Fredrickson finishes second in the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 200 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; 3rd place finisher #64 Griffin McGrath battling hard with the #45 of Jim Sauter Jr. in the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 200 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; The 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 200 podium finishers at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway, (left) Griffin McGrath (center) Travis Sauter and (right) Dan Fredrickson.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; Season ending Championship was settled at the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Oktoberfest 200 at La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway with Rookie of the Year and Season Championship going to #91 Ty Majeski.  Ty's season was a record for the ARCA Series as nobody has ever won Rookie of the Year and the Series Championship in the same year.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; Ty Majeski shares a special moment with his Mother Susan (left) and his car owners Brad and Nancy Mannstedt (right).  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

Oct 5, 2014; La Crosse, WI. USA; Your 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year and season Champion, #91 Ty Majeski.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Butterfield, Butterfield Photography-Midwest Family Broadcasting.

 

 

 

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UPCOMING GAMES
 
Denver at Cincinnati
Monday, December 22, 2014 6:45pm
 
Menomonie boys at Logan
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 7:20pm
 
Bucks vs. Hornets
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 9pm
 
Bucks at Hawks
Friday, December 26, 2014 6:30pm
 
Bucks vs. Hawks
Saturday, December 27, 2014 7:30pm
 
Lions at Packers
Sunday, December 28, 2014 10am