Ben Ryba had one of the shortest careers in racing of any of the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame members, but what he accomplished in his few short years of racing at Rice Lake no doubt makes him worthy of Hall of Fame induction.
Ben burst on to the local racing scene in 1973 and as a rookie driver won eight feature wins in the Street Stock class. He followed that up with another eight feature win season in 1974.
In 1976 he switched to the Super Stock class and recorded three feature wins. In 1977 he had a monster year winning thirteen feature wins and setting a record for most feature wins in a single season in the Super Stocks.
In 1978 he was on the move again, switching to the new Hobby Stock class at the speedway and he won a division high six feature wins in the class. And in 1979 he broke another record as he won seven more times and set the standard for most yearly wins in the Hobby Stock class.
In all, Ben won forty five feature wins in three different classes of competition in seven years of racing.
During those seven years he won five point championships at Rice Lake in the years of 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978 and 1979. Ben won the Midseason Championship three times, and interestingly, all three were split between the three classes he raced in during those seven years. He won in a Street Stock in 1974, a Super Stock in 1977 and in a Hobby Stock in 1979. In addition, he won one Season Championship race and two Auqufest Trophy feature races.
Always driving the #7 car, in five of the seven years he raced he led the class he was racing in, in feature races won.
Ben and his wife Dorothy reside in Cameron and Ben owns and operates Cameron Auto Body.