Don began racing at the Rice Lake Speedway in 1986, racing in the Bomber class. In his first year of racing he won three feature races. Then, in 1987, he set a track record with ten feature wins in the Bomber class.
In 1989 Don moved to the Super Stock class and raced for seventeen years in that class. During that time, he won an unprecedented fifty seven feature wins at Rice Lake in the Super Stocks before retiring after the 2005 racing season. His seventy feature wins in total ranks him third on the all time feature win list at Rice Lake. Between 1990 and 2005, a period of sixteen years, Don won at least one feature win at the speedway each year, an all time track record.
Known as “The Flying Farmer”, Don won seven point championships at Rice Lake in the years of 1987, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2003. He won four Season Championships in the years of 1987, 1994, 1996 and 1998 and was the winner in five WISSOTA Super Stock Invitationals at Rice Lake in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2004.
Exclusively driving the #21 car, Don’s car was always one of the sharpest on the track and he garnered many Best Appearing Car awards during his racing career. Every year, race fans would anxiously await the annual car show to see what spectacular looking creation Don had put together during the off season.
Don also enjoyed much success racing at other speedways throughout WISSOTA, but particularly the Red Cedar Speedway in Menomonie. He also set the standard for local racers with his constant and repeated success at invitationals and also in the WISSOTA national point races. Eight times during his Super Stock career he finished near the top in the national point standings, highlighted by a second place finish in 1996 and third place finishes in both 2002 and 2003 and in 2004 he also won the Super Stock feature at the WISSOTA 100.
During the years that Don raced with WISSOTA and traveled to tracks all over the region, he was widely known as one of the toughest competitors around and dazzled competitors and fans alike with his hard charging yet smooth driving style.
Don currently works as a heavy equipment operator and resides in the Rice Lake area with his wife Tammy.