The Voice (62)
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.
A Kentucky man who scammed more than $11,000 in cash, goods and perks from a kindhearted Fox Valley race car driver last month is in jail after he raised suspicions by trying the scam again.
Every now and then I like to dabble in the "where are they at" rankings with local race drivers at the La Crosse Speedway.
I'm not sure how many people know this, but out of the five divisions that race at La Crosse, three of them are ranked within the NASCAR realms - NASCAR Late Models, Sportsmen and Thunderstocks.
They are not just driving to win a track championship, they are also going for national and state titles, some of which have been accomplished by La Crosse drivers. Here's the breakdown as of June 9.
Most people know I announce at two different race tracks....one is dirt and the other asphalt. Two different sets of race fans, stock cars and of course surfaces. Most people also know the economy has taken it's toll on the sport of local racing as well. And technology, everyone has Ipads, cell phones and computers and gaming is huge. From car counts to purses to fans in the stands, things are not how they used to be.
There has been a huge push in Minnesota as race fans there are not trying to save their favorite track from closing. No, they are trying to enjoy the last days of Raceway Park in Shakopee being open. It was announced this year, that an asphalt recycling plant will be built where the track now stands. The last checkered flag will fly over the track on September 1st.
This past weekend a concerted effort was put together to try and break the track's all time attendance record of around 3,200. I hear the number was close to 3,000. Cudo's to each and every driver and fan that showed up. That is simply outstanding. Some folks had not been to that track in 15 years or more for one reason or another. They were there this weekend. One last shout, one last popcorn and one last time for some to watch a driver they had not seen in years. What a way to support your local track! The future? Who knows. Hopefully racing will not leave the hearts and minds of those that are at Raceway Park now. They, the drivers, were the ones trying to garner support to pack the stands. Again, cudo's!
As for The Mississippi Thunder Speedway and La Crosse Speedway? Wow. What a weekend. Both tracks had outstanding fan bases. MTS was a circus. Balloon makers, giveaways, flying frisbees and flying dirt. What a recipe for a Friday night. And La Crosse. I heard from fans that had not been to the track in years that were thrilled by the racing, the food and Trailer Race of Destruction. I think there will be some extra Oktoberfest tickets sold this year for that premiere racing event coming in 2 months.
In closing, you, the fans, should be congratulated for getting to that local track and supporting a sport enjoyed by those 5 to 60. I keep getting the vision of the track in Black River Falls. A picture taken by Kenny Hutchins. What once was a track that saw many, many miles of tires put down on it is now covered in weeds. Raceway Park.......we can't stop what's going on there. Other local tracks? Yes, we can. Keep showing up! And keep racing!
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!
Officials of La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway today have announced details of the Annual Champions’ Banquet. The Champions’ Banquet will be held on Saturday night, January 18th, and will return to the popular Stoney Creek Inn’s Northwoods Conference Center, located in Onalaska, Wisconsin. The doors will open at 6:00, with a social hour, presented by Bud Light. Dinner will take place at 7:00, and the awards presentation will immediately begin following dinner.
Over 100 awards will be handed out to recipients. Highlighting the evening will be presentation of the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Track Champions in Late Model, Sportsmen and Thunderstox, plus the Hornets and Outlawz champions, Dash Champions and Novelty Champion.
Also.....................................From MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY:
Just a reminder of the 2013 MTS Awards banquet Dec 7th at the Riverport Inn & Suites! Tickets must be purchased ahead of time as there will be no tickets sold at the door. To reserve your tickets contact Bob Timm @ 507-429-9639. Tickets can be reserved and paid for at the door. All classes will be awarded trophies for the top 5 in points and points checks for USRA and Wissota will be given to the top 10. Lots of free prizes will be given out throughout the evening!
Yes Winter is here, but stock car drivers are busy working in their shops either tearing down and putting back together race cars or are wheeling and dealing for a new car or truck to race in 2014. Where to race is the big question for some come 2014, and the new "John's Bay Race Update" with Dan Deicher will hopefully guide you along to filling in that schedule.
The minute and a half program will air Thursday's starting December 5th during the Sports Exchange Show at 5pm. The program will run until late March, when the "Mississippi Thunder Race Report" with Dan Deicher begins. That show will again air starting in March on Saturday's from 1p-2p on 580 WKTY.
If it happens in the area, and it pertains to racing, Dan Deicher has you covered with the new "John's Bay Race Update" on 580 WKTY and www.580wkty.com
Hey folks I'm Dan Deicher and this is the John's Bay Race Report on Am 580 WKTY. John's Bay on La Crosse's Southside...ya he can fix that!
The Mississippi Thunder Speedway Banquet this Saturday night...Winona's Riverport Inn and Suites......Tickets can be reserved and paid for at the door. All classes will be awarded trophies for the top 5 in points and points checks for USRA and Wissota will be given to the top 10. The new schedule comes out soon.......find it on Mississippi Thunder dot com. They have also just added a Hornet/Flyer class that will run once a month in 2014, using La Crosse Speedway Hornet rules.
The La Crosse Speedway's Champions’ Banquet will be held on Saturday night, January 18th, and will return to the Stoney Creek Inn’s Northwoods Conference Center, located in Onalaska. Over 100 awards. Tickets will only be available in advance, and will be available between now and January 10th. Space is limited to the first 250 guests. Watch for their new schedule soon at La Crosse Speedway Dot Com.
After a successful first campaign on the road in 2013 the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series will again branch out in 2014. TUNDRA and Wisconsin International Raceway officials announced the series will open 2014 on Saturday, May 10th. TUNDRA Round One will serve as a preview to WIR’s Thursday Night program, which kicks off two weeks later. Joining TUNDRA will be the Mid-American Stock Car Series with the Vercauteren Memorial and another division to be named later. Complete schedule coming in next two weeks. Visit the Tundra Super Lates dot com website for more info.
And in NASCAR..........In a strategic move designed to expand its commitment to enhancing event experiences and fan engagement, as well as solidify the future of one of the premier racing and entertainment facilities in the Midwest, NASCAR announced that it has purchased Iowa Speedway. NASCAR has no plans for Iowa Speedway to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race next year or in the immediate future. NASCAR will host a special event in Des Moines next Thursday to outline additional details on the purchase and plans for the future.
And the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour schedule will be released December 12th.
That's your race report brought to you by John's Bay located on the southside of La Crosse......John's Bay...ya he can fix that! I'm Dan Deicher