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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.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 15:10

Winding Down To Championships

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Ready for the 44th Annual Oktoberfest Race Weekend? I am too like you don't know!!! But there are quite a few races left at other tracks as we wind down to the La Crosse Speedway. 
For instance, Elko Speedway has the ARCA Midwest Tour for the Thunderstruck 93 on Friday and Saturday, Deer Creek Speedway has its Fall Jamboree today through Saturday and the Dells Raceway Park has its 2nd annual September Showdown on Friday and Saturday.'s the Short Track Nationals at Rockford Speedway.'s Fest time.
I would encourage you to travel over the next two weeks and attend a race at a track you've never been too. I have had a chance to hit Raceway Park and Slinger this year, something I have not had the chance to do in years. Points battles are still out there. Drivers still have scores to settle with opposing drivers. And it all comes back to La Crosse where the crowns will be handed out left and right. Show area tracks your support and thank them for providing you a venue. 
The best in the Midwest, and Canada (Greg Van Gool who will carry the colors of his native Saskatchewan) will be here in two weeks, racing for four straight days. I hope to see you at the track or in the campgrounds. And when it's all said and done for the year.......we thank you in advance....advance of the 2014 race season.
Friday, 11 October 2013 11:45

Another Race Season Here And Gone

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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!

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 21:57

Race Banquet Time

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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.

Tickets will only be available in advance, and will be available between December 2nd and January 10th. Space is limited to the first 250 guests. For more information about the 2013 LaCrosse Speedway Champions’ Banquet or the 2014 race season, please contact the speedway office at 608-786-1525, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the track website at

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!

Monday, 02 December 2013 11:03

New Race Report Coming

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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 

Thursday, 05 December 2013 16:40

John's Bay Race Report 12/5/2013

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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

Thursday, 26 December 2013 16:48

Deicher Up For National Honor

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WKTY's Dan Deicher, the host of the Mississippi Thunder Race Report and also the track announcer at the La Crosse Speedway and Mississippi Thunder Speedway has been nominated for the best short track announcer in the nation for 2013, according to And you can help him along. Click the link below, place a vote in all categories including announcer and submit. You can vote once a day from one email address a day. But you must place a vote in all categories for it to count. Voting goes until February 8th. Thank you!

Monday, 20 January 2014 13:42

La Crosse Speedway 2013 Award Winners

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LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway and its 2013 competitors celebrated the season just completed last Saturday night at the 27th annual Champions’ Banquet.

The 2013 Rookies of the Year were honored, which were JR Tourtellott in Thunderstox, Jeff Thompson in Sportsmen and Branden Berg in Late Models.

Jason Bolster was the 2013 Novelty Division and Figure-8 Division champion.

The champion in each division was honored, featuring Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Model champion Steve Carlson, Exhaust Plus Sportsmen champion Jake Arneson, United Auto Supply Thunderstox Champion Adam Moore, Jake Bemis, ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornet Champion, and Volden Construction Outlawz champion Jerrod Loging. Arneson, Bemis and Loging were first time champions in 2013.

Pastor Andy Buhrow presented his annual “Racing Family of the Year” award to brothers Adam and Andy Moore, who have raced in Thunderstox for a decade.

The event drew to a close with the annual Sportsman of the Year Award. This prestigious award was presented to Mary Schill.


2013 LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway Award Recipients: Champions: Kwik Trip NASCAR Late Models: Steve Carlson, Exhaust Plus Sportsmen: Jake Arneson, United Auto Supply Thunderstox: Adam Moore, ANTS Complete Pest Control Hornets: Jake Bemis, Volden Construction Outlawz: Jerrod Loging, Coca-Cola Figure-8: Jason Bolster, Budweiser Dash: Steve Carlson (Late Model), Jake Arneson (Sportsmen), Adam Moore (Thunderstox); Novelty Events: Jason Bolster;

Rookie of the Year: Thunderstox – JR Tourtellott, Sportsmen – Jeff Thompson, Late Model – Branden Berg;

Best Appearing Car Award (Fan Vote): Outlawz – Jerrod Loging, Hornet – Garrett Thicke, Thunderstox – David Cavin, Sportsmen – Bill Martin, Late Model – Jonathan Eckelberg;

Best Appearing Car Award (Race Team Vote): Outlawz – Tom Luethe, Hornet – Sammy Linnehan, Thunderstox -JR Tourtellott, Sportsmen – Jake Arneson, Late Model – Mike Carlson;

Tough Man Award: Thunderstox-Andy Moore, Sportsmen-Greg Scheck, Late Model – Steve Carlson;

“Note-toSelf” Award: – Jerrod Loging;

Outstanding Performance Award: Thunderstox – David Cavin, Sportsmen – Jeff Thompson, Late Model – Brad Powell;

Extra Lap Award: Albert Locy Racing, Eckelberg Racing Teams;

Showmanship Award: Bill Martin, John Piotrowski;

Fan Club Award: – Outlawz – Tom Luethe, Hornets – Jake Bemis, Thunderstox – Adam & Andy Moore, Sportsmen – Jeff Thompson, Late Model – Jonathan & Curt Eckelberg;

Competition Achievement awards: Justin Mullikin, Jill Oostdyk, Matt Inglett, Taylor Dobbs, Jerimy Wagner

Racing Family of the Year by Pastor Andy: Adam & Andy Moore;

Best Use of Social Media: J. Herbst;

Most Improved Driver: Thunderstox – Jordan Myers, Sportsmen – Brian Hesselberg, Late Model – Cole Howland;

Best Appearing Race Team: FMW Racing – Branden Berg & Jerimy Wagner, Jake Arneson Racing;

Special Recognition Award: Matthew Henderson, Bill Martin;

Hard Charger Award: Thunderstox – Josh Inglett, Sportsmen – Jamie Dummer, Late Model – Nick Clements;

Good Luck Award: Outlawz – Cole Scholze, Hornets – Jill Oostdyk, Thunderstox – Kayla Lockington, Sportsmen – Mark Challet, Late Model – Matt Inglett;

Quick Decision Award: Branden Berg;

Sharing Award: Brad Powell;

Most Popular Driver Award (Fan Balloting): Outlawz – Jerrod Loging, Hornet – Jake Bemis, Thunderstox – JR Tourtellott, Sportsmen – Jeff Thompson, Late Model – Branden Berg;

2013 Sportsman of the Year: Mary Schill.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 13:09

Winter Protest Is On

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Officials for the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway announced today that the staff of the race track located in western Wisconsin will begin to protest winter starting on Friday. Although winter is very much part of the lifestyle based on the geographic location of the track, this winter has overstepped its bounds. "Enough is enough," speedway Promotional Director Dave Noelke stated.   
February, race fans may purchase a single-event group ticket (four admissions, four beverages, four food items) valid for any regular event for $50 (a $72 value).
The first event of 2014, the Frostbuster, will take place April 27 - gates open at noon, first green flag at 2 p.m. The regular season will commence on the evening of May 17, featuring weekly racing through late August.
Other key dates on the 2014 schedule will include the June 14 Smash O' Rama, Racing and Fireworks on July 3, the Tundra Super Late Models on July 26, a Trailer Race on August 2 and the popular Eve of Destruction on September 6.  The Midwest's oldest and most prestigious short-track racing weekend, the Oktoberfest Races, will conclude the 2014 season Oct. 2-5. 
In 2014, race fans will have the opportunity to see more double-feature nights for the NASCAR Late Models.  In addition, the fan favorite buck nights will take place twice, plus a new Street Stock division, and the always fun and thrilling novelty will entertain the guests at LaCrosse Speedway. The detailed 2014 schedule will be released in mid-February.   
Race fans and fellow “winter protesters” can visit the Speedway’s website here for more information.  Be sure to "like" LaCrosse Speedway on Facebook and "follow" @laxspeedway on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news as the 2014 season approaches.
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:48

More Post Season Awards

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The ARCA Midwest Tour as well as the SCAG Midwest Truck Tour each crowned a 2013 Champion this past Saturday night in Wisconsin Dells, WI. Dan Fredrickson and Jerry Wood were honored as the series' champions. This was Jerry Wood's third championship in the Midwest Truck Tour

In addition to the two champions, several others were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the ARCA Midwest Tour and Midwest Truck Tour

James Swan earned the ARCAMT Rookie of the Year honors after a hard-fought battle
for the title

Finishing third in points, Natalie Decker was crowned Rookie of the Year in the 
Midwest Truck Tour

Dan Fredrickson Hard Charger award 

This year's tech award went to Andrew Morrissey

Scott Lofquist, who was unable to attend, received a very special award given by
Tim Olson, President, and Steve Einhaus, Vice President. He grabbed Official of the Year

David Fredrickson Spotter of the Year Award. Fredrickson also named the Crew Chief of the Year. 

The newly announced "Seal the Deal" Award was awarded to Nathan Haseleu. 

Jeff Storm the Dedication Award

Joe Hunter Car Owner of the Year

Larry Detjens Sportsmanship award went to James Swan. 

Natalie Decker received the Sportsmanship Award in the Midwest Truck Tour 

Ken Schmelzer the Crew Chief of the Year in the Midwest Truck Tour 

B&B Engines was recognized as the engine builder of the year

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwest tour) and Twitter
(@midwesttour) Learn more about the Automobile Racing Club of America Midwest Tour, by logging on to 
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 09:59

Tundra Rewards Drivers and Crews

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The 2013 TUNDRA Super Late Model Series awards banquet wrap up.

Nick Panitzke was officially honored as the first touring TUNDRA Champion.

Paige Decker 2013 Rookie of the Year Award.

Mike Egan 2013 Most Improved Driver.

Mike Egan and Steve Lichtfeld, as a TUNDRA Iron Man.

Claire Decker The Outside-Looking-In

Monte Gress Mr. Silent

Nick Panitzke and Dalton Zehr Turning Point of the Year

Brandon Selle Mr. Fast Dash

Jeff Weinfurter Hard Luck

Eugene Gregorich Jr. More with Less

Rene Scheinoha Best Appearing Car ( won the online fan vote).

TUNDRA Person of the Year Dan and Chad Devine

For more information on TUNDRA including news, results and the final 2013 standings, archived results and standings, and more visit Also, interact with us on Facebook ( or Twitter (@TUNDRAslms).

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