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.
The smell of racing fuel, the tastes of concession stands, the crack of a beer pop top and old friends reuniting with one another. Yes, racing is back in Western Wisconsin and it seems as though race fans were needing this for quite some time.
In talking with fans at the La Crosse Speedway and Mississippi Thunder Speedway the past 2 weekends, the opening of local tracks was a welcome sight. Though La Crosse took last weekend off, race fans in Fountain City grabbed their lawn chairs and settled in for a long night of dirt track racing. In it's fifth year now with owner Bob Timm at the reigns, close to 1000 fans packed into the 4 corner track, thanks in part to every dirt track in Minnesota still being snow covered. In the end, several drivers retained their spots from last season while some first place finishes were seen from others. And some ended up with a lot of garage time coming as there were a total of 7 rollovers.
Pure Stocks (12 cars): George Richards.
600 Mods (12 cars): Don Werner
Street Stocks (14 cars): Cory Kummer
USRA B-Mods (27 cars): Corey Crapser
Super Stocks (16 cars): Shane Sabraski
USRA-A Mods (14 cars): Brandon Davis
Next up for Fountain City, a huge USMTS traveling series stop Friday night and the Iron Man B-mod's. At La Crosse, Saturday nigh, May 4th will see the return of racing with Late Models, Sportsmen, Thunderstocks and Outlawz! Gates open at 6 PM...and the action will start at 7:30.
Support your local race tracks and remember to always bring a friend!
King Of The Short Tracks. Steve Carlson. Another Saturday night win. I wonder if sports writers that cover racing, save their articles from past Carlson wins and just rearrange the words. Why would they do that you ask? Because he wins so much.
Wisconsin showed it's true colors over the weekend as we had hail, sleet, snow and rain all withing a 4 hour period Saturday. Friday night was just windy and cold. Keep race fans away? Heck No! Just bring some extra blankets, your winter coat and huddle around the hot chocolate. (Yes, add something to the hot chocolate after the races are done)
Thank you Mother Nature! Race fans from all around the area finally had an enjoyable night to watch racing at La Crosse Speedway Saturday night. Not the case at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City though. Rain washed out their program Friday night.
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!