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.

La Crosse Speedway 2014 Schedule Announced!

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

Veteran's Speedway Awards Clear Way For New Season

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

RIP "Trunk Monkey" Kaleb Miller

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.

2014 La Crosse Speedway Meetings Set

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.

Tundra Rewards Drivers and Crews

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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