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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.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 09:56

2014 La Crosse Speedway Meetings Set

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Officials from LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway announced today that the annual pre-season competitors' orientation meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, March 23rd. The meeting will take place at the Fox Hollow Banquet Hall, which overlooks the beautiful golf course located in Barre Mills, Wisconsin. Drivers, crew members, and anyone interested in participating during the LaCrosse Speedway's 2014 season is encouraged and invited to attend. The meeting will cover race night procedures, memberships, pit parking, and other topics regarding the new season. All interested race teams will meet at the same time. Doors will open for the meeting at Noon, when registrations and media forms will be accepted. The meeting will begin at 1:00. Those in attendance are eligible for some great door prizes pertaining to the upcoming racing season. The LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway's racing season for the first time ever will begin under the daylight. Budweiser presents the "Frostbuster" on Sunday April 27th featuring the Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets and Outlawz. Qualifying will begin at 12:45 and Green flag racing will start at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, 14 February 2014 09:35

RIP "Trunk Monkey" Kaleb Miller

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The racing community has lost a family member. 24 year old Kaleb “Trunk Monkey” Miller went to the best race track in the world this week, this after a bad snowmobile accident last weekend. Surrounded by family and friends, Kaleb left us Wednesday with two images that will last forever. His heart and smile.

I only knew Kaleb and his family for 8 years, but they were a close 8 years. I went to grade school with momma, Denise.

Kaleb and his brothers Dakota and Brad Warthan, followed in the footsteps of their father BIlly, racing and making names for themeselves through western Wisconsin. Dakota "The Kid" raced Thunderstocks and did stunts and while his brother, "Bad" Brad Warthan, who ran Thunderstocks, will try his luck at the rookie of the year title in the Sportsmen class at the La Crosse Speedway in 2014. Billy ran for years at the Sparta/Tomah Speedway and the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Kaleb ran door to door with and against both brothers for over 10 years locally in the Hornet and Thunderstocks divisions. Brothers off the track, competitors on. Billy, past track champion and wife, Denise, always "on the hill" rooting their sons to victory. And BIlly of course always showing me his favorite beer of choice down below while I was stuck with a trusty bottle of water. Denise always blowing me a kiss before the races started.

Racing nicknames don't mean a whole lot to some, but to Kaleb, the name "Trunk Monkey" was not only a fan favorite, but his favorite. About 4 years ago during a roll over competition, Kaleb had rolled a car onto it's roof, crushing it so bad that he couldn't get out. After several minutes of track safety crews thinking safety first, Dakota came running through the pits to the crumpled car. He smashed out the back window and pulled Kaleb out, somewhat through the trunk of the car. When I knew everyone was safe, I announced to the crowd....." And here folks is the Trunk Monkey, Kaleb Miller." I think, while at the hospital with his family and friends, I heard that name used more then his REAL name. 

Kaleb, was loved in the pits as names like Critter ( Chris Sampson), The Joker ( Harley Jankowski), Double 8 (David Cavin) and others were always around the famed 08 cars. Never an argument, that I saw, just friends helping friends do what they loved. And beer of course, Lot's of beer. Miller High Life. 

As we get set for another exciting race season at the La Crosse Speedway, The Trunk Monkey pitstall will still be there. Another driver parked in it. Friends all around. No matter what kind of car it is, what division it is and what number it is, the 08 will always be parked there. With Dakota, Brad, drivers and family always knowing that spot. 

So when you walk in the pits this year, smile. Smile at the Trunk Monkey. Because I know damn well, he will be smiling at you. He always did. And he always will. Smile. - Dan Deicher La Crosse Speedway Track Announcer


Services will be Saturday, February 15th at the United Methodist Church, Sparta, with Jeff Burrows officiating. Family and friends are invited to call from 9 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church. Online condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014 14:19

Veteran's Speedway Awards Clear Way For New Season

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The Veteran's Speedway in Tomah held their first banquet in about 10 years last weekend, handing out trophies and plaques to 2013 award winners. Here's the list. 
Hornets Division
Dash Points Champion – Dan Rozek #77H
3rd Place in Points – John Radtke #7R
2nd Place in Points – Wayne Maulsby #72
Season Champion – Dan Rozek #77H
Hornets 2013 Rookie of the Year – Dan Frye #52
Thunderstock Division
Dash Points Champion – Jay Potter #33
3rd Place in Points – Jay Potter #33
2nd Place in Points – Brad Warthan #22
Season Champion – Bert Young #34
Thunderstock 2013 Rookie of the Year – Mark Pergande #52
Sportsman Division
Dash Points Champion – Chris Weber #97
3rd Place in Points – Rick Johnson #33
2nd Place in Points – Ryan Phillips #62
Season Champion – Chris Weber #97
Sportsman 2013 Rookie of the Year – Ryan Phillips #62
Other Awards
Best Looking Car of the Year –  Jay Potter #33 from the Thunderstock Divsion
Most Improved Driver of the Year – Ryan Phillips #62 from the Sportsman Division
Bad Luck Driver of the Year – Lonnie Wood Jr. #8 from the Hornet Division
2013 Mechanic of the Year – Jay Raines Jr.
Employees of the Year – Beth Westerman(Concessions) and Paul Brown(Pits)
2013 Mike Inglett Sportsmanship of the Year Award – John Radtke #7R from the Hornet Division
Friday, 28 February 2014 12:46

La Crosse Speedway 2014 Schedule Announced!

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Officials from LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway today announced details of its 2014 event schedule. 
"Fans and race teams should be as excited about this season as we are," commented Speedway President Gregg McKarns, hinting about some of the things planned for the 2014 season.  "Race fans every year are treated to some of best short track racing in the country.  The divisons that race weekly, as well as those that race on a limited schedule each are unique in their appearance and style of racing.  That brings a variety of flavors for the fans at every event," continued McKarns.
"The weekly racing menu will consist of the traditional divisions, the Late Models, Sportsmen, and Thunderstox.  But each week will mix in a different side dish.  An additional division or divisions, including the Hornets, Outlawz, Figure-8, or our new division, the Street Stocks, will give fans an extra thrill."
The Street Stocks are the newest class of cars, built similar to the small Hornet class. They are larger, six cylinder cars, strictly OEM stock, with a minimum 106 inch wheelbase.
"Short tracks are well known not only for putting on a great racing program, but entertainment show as well," continued McKarns.   "And this year will be no different, as fans will get to see Trailer Races, T-Bone Crashes, a race with the lights off, and fireworks, for example on the dessert menu this year," concluded McKarns.
LaCrosse Speedway will for the 26th consecutive season be a part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The first race of the season will take place for the first time under afternoon sunny skies, on Sunday, April 27th, as Budweiser presents the "Frostbuster" event.  Weekly racing will begin on Saturday nights starting May 17th and will run through August 23rd.    
The NASCAR Late Models will run double feature nights three times this season, having two 20 lap races on the same night.  The first one will be May 31st, the second during the LaCrosse Interstate Fair on July 19th, and the third will be on "The Fantastic Five" night, August 16th.  The Fantastic Five will feature five 20 lap features, consisting of two for Late Models, two for Mid-American Stock Cars, and one for the Sportsmen division.
Other key dates on the 2014 schedule include the Smash-O-Rama on Saturday, June 14th, a full racing program on Thursday night July 3rd with Fireworks, the Eve of Destruction on September 6th, and the 45th Oktoberfest will conclude the season October 2nd through 5th.
In addition to the oval racing will be the popular "Street Drags," on Friday nights.  The Street Drags is entering its eighth consecutive season, and will take place the second Friday night of the month starting in May, and ending in September. Plus, additional events will take place on Friday, July 18th during the Interstate Fair and the Speedway's final event of 2014, the 300' Bracket Nationals on Saturday, October 11th.
To view the entire 2014 schedule of events, please visit 
Race fans should be able to find information about LaCrosse Speedway just about anywhere on social media during 2014.  Fans are encouraged to follow @laxspeedway on Twitter, "like" it on Facebook, and tag Instagram photos with #lacrossespeedway. LaCrosse Speedway can also be found on Google plus, Pinterest and Foursquare.
For more information about the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway or the 2014 season, please visit or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call the office at 608-786-1525.
LaCrosse Speedway is the only paved oval track in Wisconsin as part the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, a proud NASCAR Hometrack.
LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway 2014 Event Schedule:
Sunday April 27 - Frostbuster - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets, Outlawz, Racing @ 2pm
Friday, May 9 - Street Drags, Burnout Contest, Shine N' Show Contest
Sat. May 17 - : Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets
Sat. May 24 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Outlawz, Street Stocks
Sat. May 31 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets, TWO 20 LAP Late Model Features
Sat. June 7 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Outlawz, Street Stocks, Double Spin to Win race
Friday, June 13 - Street Drags, Burnout Contest, Shine N' Show Contest
Sat. June 14* - Smash-O-Rama, Monster Truck, Jet Car Meltdown, Hornets, Figure-8 Boat Race & More
Sat. June 21 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Street Stocks, Figure -8 Race
Sat. June 28 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets, Faster Pastor Race, Autograph Session
Thurs. July 3* - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets, Street Stocks, Fireworks
Sat. July 5 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Outlawz, Figure-8 Race, Race in Total Darkness
Friday, July 11 - Street Drags, Burnout Contest, Shine N' Show Contest
Sat. July 12 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Outlawz, Vintage Cars, Festival Buddy Night
Friday, July 18* - Fairtime Special Street Drags, Burnout Contest, Shine N' Show Contest
Sat. July 19* - Fairtime Special Two (20) Lap Late Model Features, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets
Sat. July 26* - TUNDRA Super Late Models, Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, 
Sat. August 2* - Trailer Race of Destruction, Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Street Stocks
Friday, August 8 - Street Drags, Burnout Contest, Shine N' Show Contest
Saturday, August 9 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Hornets, Outlawz, Tuff Truck Competition
Saturday, August 16* -(5) 20 Lap Features -Mid-Am Stock Cars, Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox,
Saturday, August 23 - Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstox, Outlawz, Street Stocks
Saturday, September 6* - Eve of Destruction, Jet Car, Monster Trucks, Trailer Race, Hornets & More
Friday, September 12 - Street Drags, Burnout Contest, Shine N' Show Contest
October 2-3-4-5* - 45th Oktoberfest Race Weekend
Saturday, October 11* - Street Drags 300' Bracket Nationals, Shine N' Show, Burnout Contest
Monday, 10 March 2014 11:26

ARCA Midwest Tour Names Drivers

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by Kari Shear-Carlson

Mar 10, 2014 - The 2014 Touring Stars, a combination of veterans and new faces, 
will lead the ARCA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment into a full season
of short track racing throughout the Midwest.

To qualify for this elite program, competitors must adhere to strict guidelines 
that ensure the highest quality of driver talent and the strongest level of competition
among the Touring Stars. Touring Star positions were selected this year based on
 a variety of different requirements ranging from; overall past and current racing
success, series success and racing stats, years of racing with the Tour and prior
Touring Star status. Consideration is also given to how the driver represents himself,
his sponsors and the series.

"The Touring Star program is something the series has taken great pride in since
 day one. These are the cars and stars of the Midwest Tour and this allows us to
 build that excitement for fans that attend their local race track and look forward
to seeing their own hero's, "their local stars," battle against the travelers at
 each event. That's what short track racing is all about and we are proud to bring
the best of the best to tracks around the Midwest," said Steve Einhaus, VP.

Each of the drivers below has met the criteria and will represent the ARCA Midwest
Tour in 2014.

Nathan Haseleu
Nathan Haseleu, the first ever Midwest Tour Champion, has made every race since 
the inception of the Tour in 2007; the only driver to do so. He has seven Tour wins,
10 fast qualifier awards, 41 top-fives and 65 top-tens. Two of his victories included
the 1st Annual Joe Shear Classic at Madison International Speedway as well as last
year's Oktoberfest 100 at La Crosse Speedway.

In 2001, Haseleu competed in 12 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races accumulating
four top tens. In addition he has numerous wins all over the state of Wisconsin 
since the beginning of his career which started in a hobby stock when he was 16 
years old.

In 2014 Nathan will once again be sponsored by and The Swiss Colony.

Andrew Morrissey
Andrew Morrissey, the 2011 Tour Champion, also returns as a Touring Star in 2014.
Morrissey has 69 starts, two wins, 16 top fives and 32 top tens since his career
 began with the Tour.

Morrissey got his first win in 2012 winning the Joe Shear Classic. His second win
came last fall at Elko Speedway in the Thunderstruck 93.

Andrew will be sponsored by Spring Green Health Mart & Pharmacy, DMJ Trucking of
 Deerfield, WI and B&B Racing Engines.

Jonathan Eilen
Jonathan Eilen was the 2012 Midwest Tour Champion. He has 73 starts, five wins, 
one fast qualifier award, 23 top fives and 36 top tens in the series.

Jonathan started racing in the Thunder Car division at Elko Speedway where he
found success, which continued to follow him as he moved up through the ranks.

Eilen joined the Midwest Tour in its first year. He became the first ever winner
 in the series in 2007 taking home the victory at Elko Speedway. He also found himself
capturing the first ever Rookie of the Year honors that year.

He will return in 2014 as a Touring Star sponsored by Eilen and Sons Trucking/Landscape
Supply's, B&B Racing Engines, and TraLo Trucking.

James Swan
James Swan is the newest Midwest Tour Rookie of the Year, taking home the honors
 in 2013. He has nine starts and two top tens so far in the ARCAMT.

Swan has been successful in anything and everything he has ever raced. Swan has 
five series championships, including a championship in the Midwest Truck Tour in
 2012, his rookie year in the division. He also has countless track championships
and victories in various divisions.

In 2014, he will be sponsored by Elements by Hankscraft, Durham Hill Auto Sales 
and DRM Industries.

Chris Weinkauf
2014 will be the fourth year that Chris Weinkauf will be with the ARCA Midwest Tour.
In his 38 starts, he is fifth in the overall most fast qualifier awards with five.
He has eight top fives and 18 top tens.

Chris is a State Park Speedway Champion and a winner of the Trickle 99.

The Merrill, WI native will be sponsored by Jay VanDerGeest Cattle, Professional
 Drywall, and Breber Music.

Jason Weinkauf
Jason Weinkauf joined the Tour full-time in 2012. He has 28 starts, one win, one
 top five and eight top tens. Weinkauf's first Tour win was an emotional one, winning
in front of a hometown crowd at Marshfield Speedway.

The driver out of Merrill, WI will once again be a part of the Touring Star program.
Weinkauf will be sponsored by Jay VanDerGeest Cattle, Professional Drywall, and 
Schaeffer's Racing Oil.

Cardell Potter
Cardell Potter will return for his third year with the ARCA Midwest Tour. Potter
 has 23 starts, and five top tens so far.

Cardell is an avid and very successful snowmobile racer. He began his career in 
1996. He holds multiple state championships, driver of the year awards and rookie
of the year awards. In 2009, Potter was the USSA Ice Oval Driver of the Year.

Potter jumped into a limited late model in 2007 and raced at Dells Raceway Park.
 He was the Rookie of the Year in 2008 and had two feature wins. He started competing
in a super late model in 2011 and joined the ARCAMT in 2012.

He returns to the Tour as a 2014 Touring Star. Tommy Lipar Racing, Hableman Bros.
Cranberry and Advanced Compressor Technology will be Cardell's main sponsors for
 the 2014 season.

Ty Majewski (ROY Candidate)
La Crosse, WI native, Ty Majewski will not only be a part of the Touring Star Program,
but he is also a 2014 Rookie of the Year candidate. Majewski has eight starts which
include one fast qualifier award in the ARCAMT.

He had six National go-karting championships between 2004-2009. In 2013, only his
second year in a super late model, he accumulated four feature wins and three fast
times racing in four different late models. The 19 year old attends UW-Madison majoring
in Chemical Engineering.

Majewski will be sponsored by Le Juene Bolt of Lakeville, MN and Ted Mannstedt &
 Son, Inc Structural Steel Fab of La Crosse, WI.

Casey Johnson (ROY Candidate)
Casey Johnson will join the ARCAMT, not only as a Touring Star, but as a Rookie 
of the Year candidate. Johnson comes to the Tour with much success already under
 his belt.

The young driver is no stranger to winning. Some of his success includes, a Big 
8 Series Champion in 2012, which also included a win at the Milwaukee Mile, as well
as a Madison International Speedway Triple Crown Championship. He is a multiple 
time champion at Jefferson Speedway. He also won a segment of the Trickle 99 at 

Casey will be sponsored by Lein Acres, Hogan Farms and UAW Region 4.

Donny Reuvers
Donny Reuvers also returns to the ARCAMT as a Touring Star once again. Reuvers was
one of the early drivers in the Tour and accumulated four wins and three fast
awards in his 35 starts. 24 of those starts were top tens. He finished second in
 points in 2007, 2008, and 2009.

In addition to his Tour success, Reuvers has won countless championships at Elko
 Speedway and Raceway Park.

Reuvers will be sponsored by Short Track Racing Experience, Apple Autos, Lifesprk
and others.

Boris Jurkovic
Boris Jurkovic will join the Touring Stars Program for the first time in 2014. Boris
has 13 Midwest Tour starts with two top fives and five top tens. Jurkovic is a veteran
driver who has raced all over the Midwest and South in various late model series.

Some of Boris's successes include five career wins at the famed Winchester Speedway,
including the Winchester 400, six fast qualifier awards, 23 top fives, and 32 top
tens in 71 CRA Super Series starts. He is also an Illiana Speedway champion.

Boris will be driving for long-time car owner, Mike Butz and will be sponsored by
Reliable Recovery Services.

Matt Kocourek (ROY Candidate)
Matt Kocourek will join the Tour full-time in 2014. He has 22 starts in the series
including one top five and five top tens.

Matt holds a championship at Lake Geneva Raceway. He is a short track journeyman
 with great success.

This season he will be sponsored by United States Concealed Carry Association, Five
Star Bodies and Perfection Auto Body.

Nick Barstad (ROY Candidate)
The youngest Touring Star in 2014 will be 18 year old Nick Barstad. While he may
 be young, Barstad has plenty of experience under his belt. His career started in
Quarter Midgets in 2004 where he found plenty of success. After moving up through
sportsman and limited late model divisions, in 2011 Nick became the Rookie of the
Year in the NASCAR super late model division. He will join the ARCA Midwest Tour
 in hopes of adding another Rookie of the Year title in 2014.

Barstad will be sponsored by Interstate Truck Driving School, VMS Motorsports, B&B
Racing Engines, and Topline Landscape.

Joel Theisen (ROY Candidate)
Joel Theisen returns to the Midwest Tour in 2014. He has 19 starts with the Tour.

Joel's racing career started at Elko Speedway where he continues to compete. His
 last win at the track was in 2012. He was the 2006 Rookie of the Year.

This year he will be sponsored by Lifesprk, Ruevers Racing, and Educare.

Be sure to follow the ARCA Midwest Tour on Facebook (midwest tour) and Twitter
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 16:54

Racing TV And Radio Shows Close To Kick Off

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It's about that is around the corner and two shows kick off their 4th year this month! The multi-award winning Mississippi Thunder Speedway Race Report starts on Saturday, April 12th from 1-2 on AM 580 WKTY. The award winning 7 Rivers Racing Show starts this Thursday night and airs Thursday Nights at 5:30 and 9, Friday morning at 6:30, 9, and 12:30 pm and Sunday night at 6:30 just before the La Crosse Speedway race playback called the Knights Of Thunder through October on KQEG-TV 23 and Channel 4 and Charter Cable channel 5. You can also find the complete shows on Youtube by searching our channel, 7 Rivers Racing. Driver interviews, highlights and contests!

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:26

Henderson " Always In The Hunt"

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Here's a great article about La Crosse Speedway NASCAR Late Model Driver, Matt " Always In The Hunt" Henderson!

Friday, 18 April 2014 12:50

Mississippi Thunder Race Report Week 2

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Tune in this Saturday from 1-2pm pm on AM 580 WKTY for this week's show! My guests include Mississippi Thunder Speedway Owner/Promoter, Bob Timm, MTS Announcer, Dan Bailey ( the other half of the D&D Show w/me at MTS), La Crosse Speedway NASCAR Late Model Drivers, Bill Doc Niles and Matthew Henderson! Can't catch the show? It will be on Soundcloud. com on Monday!

Monday, 21 April 2014 22:06

TUNDRA Comes To Mississippi Thunder Race Report

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More good news! Besides the show being on every Saturday from 1-2pm on WKTY and me putting complete shows on SoundCloud for you to hear where ever you may be, (this past week's show will be uploaded tomorrow) the Mississippi Thunder Race Report is now your exclusive home to radio! Driver interviews, schedules, point standings all the way to FEST! You wanted TUNDRA, YOU GOT IT! Starting May 3rd on AM 580 WKTY! 

Sunday, 27 April 2014 12:33

Rain At La Crosse; Gorgeous At MTS

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Well, Mother Nature just continues to have her way with outdoor sports, this time raining out  the first ever Sunday afternoon race at the La Crosse Speedway. The next race there is scheduled for May 17th.

At the Mississippi Thunder Speedway, a gorgeous night was seen throughout Fountain City and the racing was just as spectacular for night number 1 of the 2014 season. Here were your winners!

USRA Modifieds: Lucas Schott

USRA B Modifieds: Jacob Blees

Super Stocks: Tim Johnson

Street Stocks: Tim Johnson

600 Modifieds: Bob Cisewski

Pure Stocks: Jason Havel

Next race at MTS is Friday night, May 2nd at 7pm.

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