Three More New Winners as Rice Lake Speedway Rolls On

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (July 11) – The Rice Lake Speedway returned to action after nine days off for the holiday and racing action saw three new, first time winners reach victory lane. All winning in close contests were Cody Kummer, Grant Southworth and Matt Leer for the first time while Jason Forehand and Nick Traynor returned to victory lane for the second and third times respectively.

Racers will make a quick turnout for the second time this season as after completing Saturday night's program, racing will quickly return to the speedway with the special pre- Barron County Fair special event on Tuesday, July 14th.

Kummer started on the outside pole for the Street Stock feature race but he was pressured from start to finish in the event which actually saw four cars running within a car length or two for the course of the race. Kummer and Jay Kesan raced side by side during the early part of the race, with Kummer edging ahead slightly at the start. Behind them, Adam Soltis ran third but Hunter VanGilder was on the move as he raced up from the fourth row and got up beside Soltis to battle him for position.



Kintner, Mahder Top Rice Lake Speedway Firecracker Special

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (July 2) – Tyler Kintner and Cory Mahder topped the open wheel divisions as both scored their initial feature wins of the season at Rice Lake's Speedway Firecracker special on Thursday night. Other winners on this special night of racing included Curt Myers, Hunter VanGilder and Shawn Amundson.

Kintner's win was his first ever at the Rice Lake Speedway after he won the MidWest Modified main event in what was the closest and most competitive main events of the evening. Kintner and Kent Baxter raced side by side for the entire distance of the main event and also had four other cars tight behind them as the lead pack exceeded a half dozen cars for most of the event.

Kintner started on the pole with Baxter outside of him and thats the way they ran for the entire distance of the race with Kintner working the low side and Baxter up racing off the cushion. Never were they more than half a car length apart with the official lead at the finish line alternating on virtually every lap. Dan Kingsley started right behind the lead duo and on several occasions he nearly stole the point from the front two and he stuck his nose between the leaders and nearly pulled off a bold pass on several occasions. Michael Truscott, Shane Halopka and Grant Southworth were just inches behind the leaders as they battled for position and also looked for an opening to get by the leaders.



Richter Shocks Rice Lake Speedway Regulars

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (June 27) – Due to schedule quirks and rain, it's been eighteen days since the last race at the Rice Lake Speedway. So, when racers pulled into the track on Saturday, it was almost like the opener again with a number of new cars and drivers on hand for the first time this year. It was also Kid's night at the track with over sixty bicycles given away along with many door prized for the adults on hand too.

Making the most impact of any of the new drivers by far was Kori Richter. The veteran from Rice Lake, who ran a Super Stock one night this year at the track but hasn't seriously raced since he retired in 2007, put together a Street Stock along with another veteran racer Mark Ewert and they debuted the car Saturday night. When the final checkered flag flew, Richter had left the strongest field of Street Stocks of the season in his dust as he drove to a feature win in his initial appearance of the year.

It was a good night for the Anderson brothers from Colfax too as both Mike, in the Modifieds and Travis in the Midwest Mods, won their second feature races of the season at the track. Other winners included Shawn Amundson, who had a special night of his own as he won his first ever feature race at the track and Tim Johnson who dominated the Super Stock feature.



Rice Lake Speedway Wet; Kid's Night Upcoming
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI (June 20) – Heavy overnight rains, along with continuing showers on Saturday that ended attempts to work the track resulted in the cancellation of racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. The AFCO Race of Champions qualifiers, with the winners of the four WISSOTA sanctioned divisions automatically qualifying for the Race of Champions event to be held at the WISSOTA 100 in Huron South Dakota in September, have been rescheduled for August 1st with the draw/redraw format to be in effect that night.

Upcoming to the speedway will be two of the biggest attractions of the entire racing season. Next Saturday, June 27th, will be Kid's Night at the track. The drivers will bring their race cars on to the speedway before the program starts and fans will be allowed to go down on the track to visit with the drivers and their crews and pick up goodies that most of the drivers provide. There will also be a huge bike drawing for the kids with well in excess of fifty bikes having already been donated by drivers, fans and businesses with more expected by race night. Fans are encouraged to get to the track early so that they can register their kids and take advantage of all prerace activities.

Then, only five days later, the biggest spectator draw of the entire racing season takes place on Thursday, July 2nd with the presentation of the annual Firecracker special. Along with a full program in five divisions of racing, the annual Fireworks display, considered one of the best in the entire area, will be shot off after sunset with both aerial and ground displays as a part of the program. With Friday, July 3rd being celebrated as the legal holiday, a huge field of both fans and racers is expected on July 2nd with both groups encouraged to get to the track early for best seating and parking.

With the speedway running on July 2nd, there will be no racing at the track on Saturday, July 4th. However, if the Firecracker is rained out on July 2nd, the complete event will be held on Saturday, July 4th.

For both events, draw cut off for drivers is 6:30 p.m with hot laps and racing to follow. For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway, check the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net or the facebook page. The speedway phone number is 715-236-2002 or Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.

Bogdanovic Bedazzles Rice Lake Speedway Foes

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (June 8) – Kevin Bogdanovic was the number one star of the special Tuesday night racing program at the Rice Lake Speedway honoring the city wide Aquafest celebration. Winning his first feature race anywhere since the second Clinton administration was in office, Bogdanovic held off a stout field of Street Stocks to highlight the racing program. Also winning his first feature race at Rice Lake in quite some time was Mike Knopps in the Pure Stocks while Ryan Viltz, Curt Myers and Kevin Adams, who are all familiar with victory lane at Rice Lake, added to their 2015 feature win totals.

Bogdanovic started on the pole for the Street Stock feature race but his win was anything but an easy task as he was hounded the entire fifteen laps of the main event by a series of competitors. Bogdanovic fought off the early challenges of Jimmy Randall before he settled in as the leader and for most of the early laps, he rode on top with Ron Hanestad nailed to his rear bumper while Randall rode the high side of the track beside Hanestad.

Cody Kummer was working his way into contention as he began to pressure the leaders also as the top six or so ran in tight formation. Hanestad was really picking up the pace and a couple of times he nearly got a nose under Bogdanovic as they battled for the lead.



Minnesota Drivers Cop Rice Lake Speedway Wins

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (June 6) – Minnesota drivers Dave Cain and Jimmy Gullikson slipped across the border Saturday into the Badger State, rolled into the Rice Lake Speedway and then returned across the border later in the evening bearing feature win stickers and checks to prove that both won their first feature races of the year at the track. Joining those two in victory lane for the first time in 2015 was local driver Tito Viltz while both Curt Myers and C. J. Wagner continued to build on their win totals for 2015.

With weather bearing down on the track, officials sped up the proceedings as much as possible and despite one short delay during the Modified heats to pack after a brief sprinkling of rain, the final checkered flag flew at 9:11 p.m.

Cain's victory was relatively easy as he drew the outside pole for the Modified feature and led all twenty laps. A spin and a collision stopped the race twice before more than one lap could be completed and eliminated three cars from action. After that the race went nonstop to its finish and Cain cruised away from the field, winning by nearly a straightaway.



Rice Lake Speedway Makes Revision To June 9th Race
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI (June 1) - Dave Adams, co-owner of the Rice Lake Speedway along with Mitch Hansen, made a revision for the special, Tuesday night race program scheduled for June 9th at the Rice Lake Speedway.

“I'm expected a lot of out of town cars for this race,” stated Adams. “So, to be more fair to the drivers that don't race here every Saturday and give everyone an even chance, this program will utilize the draw-redraw format rather than the point average system used for the weekly shows.”

The Aquafest Trophy races, run as a part of the city wide, Rice Lake celebration, have returned to the official Aquafest list of events after a number of years and drivers will be racing hard to earn the trophies.

This program will still award track points and fans are reminded that because the speedway will be running this special Tuesday night program, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, June 13th.

Draw cutoff and hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 pm with racing to follow. Scheduled to be in action are the WISSOTA Polydome sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

The Rice Lake Speedway is located one mile north of Rice Lake midway between state highway 48 and Barron County SS. The track phone number is 715-236-2002 and Dave Adams can be reached at 715-205-2861.


Auqafest Race at Rice Lake Speedway June 9th
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI - An old tradition will be renewed at the Rice Lake Speedway on Tuesday night, June 9th. For many years, one of the highlights of the racing season and most sought after feature wins was the Auqafest Trophy race at the Rice Lake Speedway.

This year that tradition will be renewed but with a new twist. The Rice Lake Auqafest Committee and Adams-Hansen Inc, the owners of the Rice Lake Speedway, have partnered to renew the traditional Auqafest Trophy races at the Rice Lake Speedway, but on a new race night.

On Tuesday, June 9th, the speedway will present a very special Tuesday night edition of racing featuring all five classes that race at the Rice Lake Speedway in a full racing program, battling for the highly sought Auqafest trophies. But then the speedway will be off on Saturday, June 13th so racers and fans can enjoy the activities of the Auqafest.

Because this program will be presented on a night when no other tracks are racing, and due to the high amount of rainouts that have prevented many tracks from getting much racing accomplished so far this year, a full field of racers in all five divisions is expected with a number of out of town visitors anticipated. This program will utilize the regular point average system for racers and will be a track point program for all five classes.

The cut off for racers will be 6:30 p.m (drivers, call if you're running late) with hot laps and racing to follow immediately. Call Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 with any questions. The speedway phone number is 236-2002 and the speedway facebook page will be updated with any weather related information.


Baxter Nips Balduc By Inches in thriller; Lee Grosz is great, Joseph Kouba doubles up at Rice Lake

By Ed Reichert &
Greg Parent, UMSS Media Director

RICE LAKE, WI (May 23) - In a race that saw three different leaders in the last three laps, Dave Baxter made a last corner move to nip Neil Balduc by inches and win the modified feature race Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. With close finishes predominating, other winners Saturday included Curt Myers, Shane Halopka, Adam Soltis and Jason Havel. The special event series, the UMSS, visited the speedway for the first time this year also and their winners included Lee Grosz in the winged Sprint Cars and Joseph Kouba in the Traditional Sprints.

The northern invasion of the Upper Midwest Sprintcar Series (UMSS) continued at the Rice Lake Speedway on Saturday night May 23. Lee Grosz of Harwood, North Dakota passed Winnipeg, Manitoba racer Thomas Kennedy on lap 17 of the 25 lap winged sprint car feature en route to his fifth career UMSS victory. Kennedy was looking for a clean sweep in weekend double-header action, as he took home top honors the night before in the Tabor Memorial at St. Croix Valley Raceway. Grosz, also a winner on Friday night down in Jackson, made the winning pass while utilizing the middle lane with Kennedy running up top. The race was only slowed once under caution with seven laps remaining.



Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2105 Hall of Fame Members
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI – The Hall of Fame Committee of the Rice Lake Speedway met recently and voting was done to determine the newest members that will be added to the speedway’s Hall.

Voting was done in two categories and named as members of the 2015 class for the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame in the Driver’s category were Bruce Davis, Chuck Kurtzhals and Larry Quinn. Elected in the Friends of the Speedway category were Jerry Curnow, Don Stodola and Dan Schuster.

These six gentlemen, members of the fifth class elected to the Hall, will join the thirty two existing members of the Hall. The official induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, August 15th as a part of the racing program that night at the speedway.

For more information on the Rice Lake Speedway Hall of Fame, visit the Hall of Fame link on the speedway’s website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.


Kesan Tops List of New Rice Lake Speedway Winners

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 16) – Jay Kesan won the Street Stock feature race by a razor thin margin to highlight the first time winners Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Also taking their first feature wins of the year at Rice Lake Saturday were Jason Forehand and C.J. Wagner while both Michael Truscott and Kevin Adams became multiple winners.

The Street Stock feature was one of the most intense feature races seen during the early part of the 2015 season with the drivers coming to the finish line three wide after much two and three wide racing throughout the field during the race.

Kevin Bogdanovic took the early lead in the race with Adam Soltis and Sam Fankhauser quickly moving in to challenge him. Kesan moved up from the third row to be a part of the lead battle and by moving to the outside groove, Kesan worked his way into second and repeatedly tried to drive around Bogdanovic, who himself was fighting for his first win also.



USMTS Race at Rice Lake Speedway Canceled
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI (May 13) – The United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) special race scheduled for Thursday, May 14th at the Rice Lake Speedway has been canceled. The announcement was made mid-morning to day by track co-owner Dave Adams along with USMTS head Todd Staley.

With a forecast that called for a ninety per cent chance of rain by rain time and rain slated to continue throughout the evening, it was decided that in the best interests of both the competitors and spectators that an early cancellation call should be made.

“We wanted to run this USMTS race,” stated Adams. “However, every weather media that we've checked with gives us virtually zero chance of getting the show in. There is no point in getting all our spectators on the road, and the race teams to burn expensive fuel to get here, only to find us under water and with no chance to race.”

The USMTS schedule has no available options for rescheduling the race, so the program will be lost for 2015.

“We've had really bad luck trying to get a USMTS race in for the last few years.” declared Adams. The rain out marks the third straight year that the Spring race has been rained , or snowed out, with a “Hunt Race” in 2013 the last time the series has been successfully able to complete a program at Rice Lake.

A regular, five class program is next scheduled for the speedway this coming saturday, May 16th. The next special event on the speedway calendar is the Auqafuest trophy races slated for Tuesday night, June 9th.


Nelson Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modified Drivers

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 9) – Darrell Nelson made his first appearance of the year Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and the “Hermantown Hammer” topped the biggest field of Modifieds of the season as he won his first open wheel feature race at the track in twelve years to highlight the fourth racing program of the year at the track.

Also winning his first feature race of the year was Ryan Viltz while repeat winners emerged in Curt Myers and Jason Havel. In the meantime, Hunter VanGilder became the top winner at the track as he added yet another feature win to his early season totals.

Tim McMann and Matt Leer battled during the opening laps of the Modified feature as first McMann and then Leer took the top spot. Running the high line, Leer was able to edge past McMann to take over the point, and he then quickly began to put some distance on the field.

Jason Gross was on the move along with Mark Hessler and they pulled in to add to the battle for second. Nelson started fifth on the grid, and he chose the low line on the track and after a couple of laps he started to quickly move forward. He drove past Hessler and then McMann to take over second as the yellow flew.



Mike Anderson Doubles at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 2) – Saturday night belonged to Mike Anderson at the Rice Lake Speedway. Not only did the Colfax driver top a very competitive Modified feature, he also drove Jerry Weigel’s Super Stock to a main event win also, making him a rare double winner for the night. Also taking main event wins were Hunter VanGilder, Shane Halopka and Nick Traynor.

A season high one hundred and fourteen drivers signed in to race on a glorious early May evening and a full night of racing was held with drivers on hand from three states and Canada.

Anderson’s Modified win was a sparkling one as Mike drove forward from the fourth row to win the event. Tim McMann and Jeff Spacek dueled for the lead in the early going of the event. First Spacek took the lead and then McMann fought back and took the top spot. However, he continued to be challenged by Spacek and Mark Hessler while Anderson and Kevin Adams were advancing from their starting positions.

Anderson snuck under Hessler to take third and then closed on the leaders while Adams and Hessler were dueling also.

As McMann continued to lead, Anderson took over second and closed on the Minnesota driver. McMann led at the halfway point but one lap later Anderson swept past him on the outside to take over the point.



Adams and VanGilder Dazzle at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (April 25) – It was a night of historic achievements Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Kevin Adams broke the week old tie he held with Dave Morgan and became the all time feature win holder at the  Rice Lake Speedway as he won his one hundred and fourth main event win. On the other side of the spectrum, Hunter VanGilder, in only his third time ever behind the wheel of a WISSOTA Street Stock, outraced veteran campaigner Adam Soltis to win his first ever Street Stock main. Travis Anderson became the first driver in Rice Lake Speedway history to win a main event using WISSOTA’S  new concept motor while former track champions Curt Myers and Jason Havel both reached victory lane for the first time in 2015.

Adams started eighth in the Modified main event but quickly worked his way up to third as defending point champion Mark Hessler fought his way past Matt Leer to take the early lead. Adams worked past Leer to take over second and then gradually closed in on Hessler, who continued to lead the way.

Adams tested the inside on Hessler on a couple of occasions in turn two but each time Mark was able to fight him off. The winning move came on lap eleven and was a spectacular pass in turn three. The lead duo came up on a lapped car entering turn three and Hessler hesitated for just a second. Adams shot to the outside of Hessler, squeezing past between Hessler and the outside wall, then cut down low on the track to clear the lapped car. Adams slid high in turn one but was able to gain just enough traction to retain the lead and then edge away from Hessler.



Adams Tops Rice Lake Speedway Modifieds; Ties Record

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (April 19) – The Rice Lake Speedway opened up the 2015 racing season Saturday night in style, as the sixty third consecutive opener at the venerable track on the cities’ North side saw one of its long standing records tied.

Kevin Adams won the opening night modified feature and in doing so, tied “The King” of the Rice Lake Speedway, Dave Morgan, for all time feature wins at the track by recording his 103rd main event win.

Other winners on a breezy, windy and increasingly threatening night included two defending WISSOTA national champions in Tim Johnson and Shane Sabraski along with Michael Truscott and Nick Traynor on the five division program.

Adams’ win was not an easy one as Kevin started in the third row of the modified main and had three different drivers challenge him mightily before the final checkered waved.

Dave Cain and Mike Anderson sat on the front row and as the green flew, things got wild right from the start as Bob Broking dove low in turn one and he and Cain slid up the track opening the door to Anderson. Adams found a hole on the low side of the track and quickly stormed into second and closed on Anderson and before a lap was completed, Adams had the lead.



Rice Lake Speedway Racers Celebrate

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (February 21) – A full house was on hand Saturday, February 21 at the Rice Lake Moose Lodge as racers, crews, friends and families helped the top drivers celebrate their accomplishments during the race season at Rice Lake Speedway. The speedway honored its top drivers and wrapped up the 2014 race season and looked forward to 2015.

The top 10 drivers in all five classes that race at the speedway weekly were honored as well as the Rookies of the Year in each class along with some special awards given to track employees.

Upon completion of the meal, the evening’s Master of Ceremonies Scott Tiefs gave a brief overview of the 2014 season at the speedway.
Ed Reichert then gave a review of some of the more interesting statistics generated during the racing season and followed up with an update on the all time track records and record holders in each class of competition.

Track co-owner Dave Adams then came on stage to thank everyone involved with the operation of the speedway as well as give a preview of the 2015 track schedule.

Twenty four races at on the track schedule for the 2015 racing season. The annual car show at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall will once again open up the season with the show scheduled from April 1 through April 4.

The first on track activity is scheduled for Thursday night, April 16 with an open practice session slated and the 2015 season opener is scheduled for Saturday night, April 18 with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Among the special events slated at two appearances by the Upper Midwest Sprint Series on May 23 and July 25. Both the winged and non winged cars will appear on the card both nights.

The United States Modified Touring Series(USMTS) is scheduled to bring their high powered open wheel cars to the track on Thursday, May 14. The last two years their special event has been cancelled by bad weather and track officials are hopeful that the third time will indeed be the charm.

The speedway is partnering with both the Aquafest and Barron County Fair committees in 2015. On both occasions, the speedway will run a special Tuesday night program sponsored by each group and the speedway will then remain dark on the Saturday night of both events.
The Firecracker special along with fireworks will take place on Thursday, July 2 with a rain date of July 4.

The biggest race at the speedway all year will take place on Tuesday night, August 4 with a rain date of August 5 when the annual Street Stock “Little Dream” race will be held. With a first place prize of over twelve thousand dollars last year, speedway officials hope to keep the ante increasing in 2015.

Season Championships are slated for August 29 and the season will conclude with a Labor Day weekend doubleheader scheduled for September 5 and 6. More special events could still yet be added to the tentative schedule.

The top ten drivers in points in each class were then introduced by Tiefs to the crowd.

Leading the way in the Pure Stocks was Jason Havel from Rice Lake. He was followed by John Erickson from Rice Lake, C.J. Wagner from Rice Lake, Hunter Van Gilder from Rice Lake, Jay Folz from Rice Lake, Bob Thompson from Cameron, Joel Hinrichs from Chetek, Rob Grabon from Bruce, Brent Miller from Cameron and Jimmy Holden from Rice Lake.

The point champion in the Street Stocks was Ron Hanestad from Glenwood City. He was trailed by Cody Kummer from Medford, Adam Soltis from Ladysmith, Kolby Kiehl from Cameron, Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake, Troy Chaplin from Barron, Scott Clark from Cameron, Josh Amans from Rice Lake, Heidi Karshbaum from Chetek and Simon Wahlstrom from Rice Lake.

The Midwest Modified point champion was Greenwood’s Shane Halopka. He was trailed by Tito Viltz from Rice Lake, Travis Anderson from Colfax, Ryan Viltz from Chetek, Nick Koehler from Bloomer, Josh Wahlstrom from Rice Lake, Dan Tautges from Colby, Joe Chaplin Jr. from Cameron, Austin Ellis from Rice Lake and Mike Schnider from Rice Lake.

Tops in the Super Stocks and winning his first title ever was Willie Johnsen Jr. from Superior. Behind him were Jason Forehand from Eau Claire, Eric Olson from Ladysmith, Jim Cimfl from Turtle Lake, Kyle Helling from Rice Lake, Curt Myers from Cameron, Bart Steffen from Eau Claire, Jim Harris from Menomonie, Patrick Heikkinen from Eveleth MN and Scott Zitelman from Taylors Falls MN.

Grabbing his first point title in 31 years of racing and topping the Modifieds was Mark Hessler from Menomonie. Chasing him were Mike Anderson from Colfax, Kevin Adams from Cameron, Matt Leer from Bruce, Pat Hoffman from Rice Lake, Tim McMann from Duluth MN, Scott Miller from Rice Lake, Cory Mahder from Eau Claire, Paul Brust from Rice Lake and Steve Hallquist from Eau Claire.

Named as Rookies of the Year were Dusten Holub from Chetek-Pure Stocks; Cory Dykhoff from Perham MN-Street Stocks; J. Wahlstrom-Midwest Modifieds; Derek Baskin from Menomonie-Super Stocks and Cody Cimfl from Rice Lake-Modifieds.

Cash prizes went to a random driver in each division and the winners were Hessler, Harris, Ellis, Karshbaum and Grabon.
Adams also presented “Thanks a Lot” awards to track employees Dale Johnson and Joe and Lanette Grilley.

Numerous door prizes were then handed out with the top prize, a new rifle donated by Henry Wisconsin going to VanGilder.

The complete schedule should be ready to be posted on the track website soon and race fans should continued to monitor www.ricelakespeedway.net along with Facebook to find the most current information as the racing season approaches.