Effective immediately at Rice Lake Speedway, Eagle Valley Speedway, Red Cedar Speedway & Mississippi Thunder Speedway there will be no independent rear suspension and/or rack & pinion steering cars allowed in the Pure Stock class. Also, there will be a torque converter rule to be announced in the near future.

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.


Season Championships Decided at the Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (August 23) - Season Championships were decided Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as the racing season winds down to a conclusion and track points earned during the season were used to line up the heat races with the results of the heats used to start the main events. The five winners on Saturday, who could proudly hoist their trophies as champions were Cory Mahder, Eric Olson, Tito Viltz, Jay Kesan and Jason Havel. The racing season will conclude next Saturday for 2014.

Mahder jumped into an immediate lead in the Modified main event as he came off the outside of the front row to grab the top spot from Mark Hessler. As Mahder immediately put distance on the field, Hessler was being challenged for second by Kevin Adams. The two veterans roared around the track, slicing and dicing as they tried to gain the edge on each other. Finally Adams was able to slide past Hessler in turn four and take over the runner up slot. However, by this time Mahder had built up a substantial lead and with no yellows to close up the field, catching Mahder would be a daunting task.

Meanwhile, Dave Baxter, Mark Hanson, Mike Anderson and Matt Leer were having a good four car battle for position behind the leaders. Adams was able to cut into Mahder’s advantage somewhat and Cory got hung up once in lapped traffic and Adams closed to about two car lengths in arrears, but once Cory cleared traffic, he was again able to extend his lead as Adams had to deal with the same traffic. At the line, Mahder was comfortably in front as he earned his second Rice Lake win of the year. Adams settled for second with Hessler finishing a solid third with Baxter and Hanson trailing.



Myers and Adams Continue to Roll at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (August 16) - Curt Myers and Kevin Adams, both in the hunt for WISSOTA national point championships, helped their cause Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway as both won feature events in their respective divisions as the final track points race of the year was held. Other feature winners included Ryan Viltz, Jay Kesan and Nick Traynor.

With the track points wrapping up on Saturday, five point champions were also declared at the end of the evening’s racing and they included: Mark Hessler-Modified, Willie Johnsen Jr-Super Stock, Shane Halopka-Midwest Modified, Ron Hanestad-Street Stock and Jason Havel-Pure Stock.

The speedway received a half inch of rain in just a few minutes in a late afternoon Saturday cloud burst which made for some muddy conditions in the pits and required considerable effort by the track crew to make the track race ready, but after a one hour delay the racing proceeded as planned as the drivers did a nice job of adjusting to the track conditions.

It took Myers only three laps to proceed from his third row starting spot to take over the lead and then cruise the rest of the way in the Super Stock feature. Don Cimfl Jr. and Scott Heikkinen battled for the lead on the opening lap but Myers quickly found his way to the front using the high side of the track and with a power move off turn four, blasted into the lead.



Bart Steffen Wins First Ever Feature at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (August 9) - Fifth year Super Stock driver Bart Steffen of Eau Claire won his first ever feature race to highlight Hall of Fame night Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other  winners Saturday included Mark Hessler, Ryan Viltz, Sam Fankhauser and Darwin Brown while the two make up features that were completed after having been rained out two weeks ago went to Kevin Adams and Cody Kummer.

Steffen drove a whale of a race to top the field in a highly competitive Super Stock feature that saw three different leaders during the twenty lap main. Steffen started on the outside of row two and it wasn’t until the second half of the race that he became the third different leader of the event and would eventually go on to record the memorable win.

Darrel Hazelton was the early leader of the race as he fought off Steffen and Eric Olson in the early going. Meanwhile, Curt Myers was on the move from row four and after he moved to the cushion, Myers really picked up the pace, passing car after car as he charged to the front.

The leaders went three wide with Myers blowing by on the high side for the lead and Steffen using the low side to race into second with Olson chasing. However, Steffen continued to run his line and he began to reel back in Myers who was working the high side.



Johnson’s Little Dream Win at Rice Lake Speedway Nets Over Twelve Grand

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (August 5 – The twentieth annual renewal of the Street Stock “Little Dream” race Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway smashed all records for this event. This unique event, in which the purse the drivers’ race for is largely funded by fan contributions, set all kinds of new records Tuesday.

An event record fifty eight WISSOTA Street Stocks, representing five states and two Canadian provinces signed in to race and thanks to some incredibly generous fans, the winner of the thirty lap main event, Tim Johnson of Brainerd Minnesota, after the final figures were fully calculated, went home with twelve thousand, two hundred and forty one dollars and ninety eight cents! This broke the old record by nearly four thousand dollars and is believed to be a national record payoff for this type of car as fans dug deep into their pockets to reward the Street Stock drivers’ efforts. In the companion WISSOTA Modified main event, Jake Hartung earned his first ever feature win at Rice Lake.

The fifty eight cars were narrowed down through qualifying action with twenty five taking the green for the thirty lap main event. Johnson, who had driven from eighth starting position to win the dash and earn the pole, took the early lead. Cody Kummer battled Johnson for a couple laps and then settled into the second position. Kummer was soon challenged for the second position as Ron Hanestad and Eric Olson moved in to race him for the second spot.



Eric Olson Double Winner at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (August 2) - It was a glorious Saturday night for Ladysmith’s Eric Olson at the Rice Lake Speedway. Not only did he win the make up feature race for the Super Stocks in an event that was left over from last week’s rain shortened event, he came back to win the regularly scheduled main event also to score a rare double win.

On a Saturday night that was again threatened with a weather issue, with showers during the Modified heat races triggering a seventy five minute rain delay, other winners included Kevin Adams, Shane Halopka, Ryan Viltz, Jimmy Randall and C.J. Wagner.

In the make up feature race, Olson engaged in a blazing duel with one of the hottest Super Stock drivers in all of WISSOTA right now in the presence of Curt Myers and outfought him for the win. Scott Zitelman led the opening lap of the race until Olson came up from the second row and powered into the lead. Myers was quickly on the move from the third row using the high side and he gradually rolled into contention. Continuing the high side, Myers was able to drive up around Olson and take over the lead. Myers was not able to put any distance on Olson however and Eric started to fight back as the race moved into the second half of the event.



Mike Chaplin Tops Stormy Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (July 26) - Only one feature race was completed Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway before officials ordered the facility evacuated due to impending severe weather as second year Pure Stock driver Mike Chaplin won his first ever feature race. The remaining four features for the WISSOTA classes will be completed next Saturday night before another full program is presented.

Chaplin took the early lead in the Pure Stock main with Jay Folz, Bob Thompson and Rob Grabon all putting heavy pressure on him for the lead. An early tangle between Jimmy Holden and Andy Ladd caused a yellow flag and eliminated both cars.

Chaplin continued to lead with at least five more cars running in a swarm and battling for position behind him. Thompson and Folz got together and Folz stopped with a flat tire, triggering another yellow flag.

Chaplin now found Grabon putting on heavy pressure as Hunter Van Gilder also became a strong challenger. Other contenders fell by the wayside as first Joel Hinrichs was turned and then, with only two laps to go, Thompson spun in turn four triggered a quick sprint to the finish.



Baxter and Randall Join Rice Lake Speedway Winner’s List

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (July 19) - Racing action Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway saw two more new drivers join the list of feature winners for 2014 while the top winner at the track won yet again. Dave Baxter and Jimmy Randall won the WISSOTA Modified and Street Stock features respectively and took home their first wins at the track this year while Jason Havel added to his top winning total for the year. Others winners on a balmy and breezy Saturday night included Ryan Viltz, Willy Johnsen Jr. and Curt Myers.

Baxter has shown times this year when he has been very fast but has not been able to put together a complete race, but that all changed Saturday as Dave led from start to finish in the Modified main event. He came off the top side to take the early lead with pressure being applied by Pat Hoffman and Steve Hallquist. As Baxter continued to race the cushion, Cory Mahder started to move forward after starting fifth in the field. He got past Hallquist and then Hoffman to take over second and then tried to track down the leader.

Two quick midrace yellows for minor incidents bunched the field and on the final green, Baxter got a surprise as Hoffman got a great restart on the low side and shot into the lead down the back chute. However, Baxter got back up on the cushion and blasted past Pat through turn three to again claim the top spot.



Adams Doubles at Rice Lake Speedway Firecracker

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (July 3) - Before possibly the largest crowd in the three years that Adams-Hansen Inc. has owned the Rice Lake Speedway, Kevin Adams, looking the strongest he has during the 2014 racing season, won the Modified feature and then doubled up on his pleasure by also winning the makeup feature in the Modifieds left over from last Saturday night’s rain shortened program. Other winners at the Firecracker special were Willie Johnsen Jr, Nick Koehler, Scott Clark and C.J. Wagner.

One hundred and twenty eight race cars from three states signed in to race Thursday and the large throng on hand was treated to a twenty six race program. Adams bookended the night by winning the first and last events on the racing program.

The makeup feature was the first event of the night and Adams would come from the fifth starting spot to take the win in a nonstop race. Steve Hallquist led much of the first half of the race after having an early battle with Dave Baxter for the top spot. Adams moved to third and then fought several laps before he was able to get by Baxter also. He closed on Hallquist and they raced hard side by side for a couple of laps before Adams was eventually able to edge into the lead. With the race staying under the green flag, Adams widened his gap over the field as Mike Anderson moved up from eighth to challenge Hallquist for second.

As Adams drove home for the win, Hallquist held off Anderson for second in earning his best finish of the year to date. Scott Miller also had a strong run as he finished fourth ahead of point leader Mark Hessler.



Wagner, Viltz and Olson Beat Rice Lake Speedway Rains

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (June 28) - Looking at the weather radar all afternoon, it was more of a question of when, not if, the rains would hit Rice Lake Speedway Saturday. However, with a quick running program and everyone hustling things along, Rice Lake Speedway was able to get three of their five main events completed before the deluge hit and C.J. Wagner, Ryan Viltz and Eric Olson took home feature wins before the rest of the program was postponed with the Super Stock and Modified features to be made up next month.

All three drivers earned their first feature wins of the year at the track and all three wins were tough, hard fought contests.

Mike Grover started on the pole of the Pure Stock feature and led the first round with a scramble on the second lap causing the running order to be jumbled even though the yellow flag was not displayed. Six time winner Jason Havel was on a charge as he came from the fourth row to quickly move into contention. With a strong move on the high side, Havel swept into the lead on the third lap and the race appeared to be over.

However, Wagner stayed close to Havel and at one point nearly got by him coming off turn two. The lone yellow of the event flew at the halfway point and bunched the field.

On the green Wagner shocked the crowd and perhaps even himself and he powered past Havel and took over the lead. Jason would run close behind Wagner in an attempt to get the top spot back but he wasn’t up to the challenge. Havel’s motor seemed to sound off pitch and he appeared to be lacking power as he could stay near Wagner but not truly challenge him.



Firecracker Special Scheduled For Rice Lake Speedway
By Ed Reichert
RICE LAKE, WI – Rice Lake Speedway will celebrate the Independence Day holiday in a big way with the annual Firecracker special slated for the speedway on Thursday, July 3.

Traditionally the largest crowd of the year gathers at the speedway on Rice Lake’s north side for the Firecracker special, which offers a full racing program plus one of the best fireworks displays in the area.

A full racing program will be held for all the divisions that normally race at the track and that would include WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with Rice Lake Pure Stocks and Hornets.

With this being a off night race and with the holiday falling on the next day, a considerable number of visiting drivers are expected to join the regular Saturday night competitors to provide a top notch racing program and after dusk, the fireworks display which will feature both ground and aerial displays will be held. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the speedway early and secure their favorite seats. The pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps will commence at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

The rain date for this event is Saturday, July 5. However, if the program on July 3 is completed as scheduled, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, July 5 and racing will resume on Saturday, July 12 with the annual appearance of the unlimited winged outlaw sprints of the Interstates Racing Association, featuring current point leader and defending champion and former Barron County resident, Bill Balog.


Hessler Tops RoC Winners at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (June 21) – Dominating performances by Mark Hessler and Ron Hanestad allowed them to claim invitations to the Race of Champions event during the WISSOTA 100 as it was RoC qualifying night Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. A tremendous late race charge by Grant Southworth and a hard fought victory by Eric Olson also allowed them passes to the big event while Jason Havel continued to dominate the Pure Stocks with yet another win.

Feature winners Saturday night automatically will qualify for the prestigious Race of Champions event held during the WISSOTA 100 in September in Huron South Dakota and for three of the four winners, it was also their first feature wins at Rice Lake this year.

Hessler started on the inside of row two for the Modified finale and after easing past Buddy Mayala, Hessler pulled up beside Paul Brust in a battle for the lead. They raced side by side for several laps before Hessler again eased past on the high side of the track. With Mark working the middle and upper side of the track, he then began to march away from the field as Brust began to field challenges from Cory Mahder for second. Mike Anderson was also on the move after starting ninth on the grid and he drove past Scott Duval for fourth and continued to charge.

A yellow at the midpoint of the race bunched the field but once again on the green, Hessler smoothly began to move away from the field. Mahder took over the second spot and tried to stay with Hessler but Mark gradually pulled away from him. Anderson continued to charge as he drove past Brust and began to close on Mahder.



Eric Olson Wins George Rhoe Super Stock Classic

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (June 10) - Eric Olson took the lead on lap six from Curt Myers and the fended off challenges from Shane Sabraski and Myers to win the third annual George Rhoe Classic for WISSOTA Super Stocks Tuesday night at the Rice Lake Speedway. Other feature winners on the “Saturday on Tuesday” program included Mike Anderson, Tito Viltz, Sam Fankhauser and Jason Havel.

With one hundred and twenty three cars signed in to race and thirty five Super Stocks, the fastest twenty four took to the grid for the forty four lap main event for the Rhoe honors. Olson sat on the pole but was out accelerated by Myers who took the early lead riding the high side with Olson close behind and being challenged by Dexton Koch and Shane Kisling. Defending champion Sabraski started seventh on the grid but quickly moved up through the pack and found himself in third by the time the yellow waved for a spin with four laps completed.

Myers continued to lead on the restart with Sabraski also trying the high side. Olson picked up the pace running low on the track and he drove past Myers to take over the lead. Olson’s margin remained small as Myers and Sabraski battled for second while Kisling and Nick Oreskovich raced side by side behind them. Myers and Sabraski continued to fight for second but Olson maintained the lead as the laps ground by.


Rice Lake Speedway tries, but rain wins out

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 31) – Despite the rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, a solid field of race cars and a group of hearty race fans showed up at Rice Lake Speedway Saturday night, mindful that most areas around the track were already receiving heavy rain.

After the track was rolled in and hot laps held, the first Pure Stock heat assembled and racing began. However, only two laps in the first heat were completed before it started to rain lightly, the track got slick and starter Troy Holder called for the caution flag. The cars made laps in the light rain, trying to save the track before they were sent to the pits. After waiting a few minutes, the rains started to pick up and it was clear that the racing program would have to wait for another night. The postponement was the first since the original season opener back on April 19 had to be scrapped.

Next up for Rice Lake Speedway is a full program of racing in all classes next Saturday, June 7 and then just three days later, on Tuesday, June 10 it will be the third annual George Rhoe Classic for Super Stocks with the Supers racing for $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start the 44-lap classic. Also on the card will be a full show for WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with Rice Lake Pure Stocks. The speedway will then take Saturday, June 14 off.

For more information, visit the speedway's website at www.ricelakespeedway.net.


Rhoe Classic, “Saturday on Tuesday” June 10 at Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI – The George Rhoe Classic and a full race program are the highlights of a special Tuesday night show at Rice Lake Speedway.

Slated for Tuesday, June 10, the special attraction is a 44-lap, $2,000-to-win and $200-to-start main event for WISSOTA Super Stocks. The third annual George Rhoe Classic is in memory of a great friend of Rice Lake Speedway and friend to many in racing, George Rhoe. The race is one of the highest paying Super Stock races in all of WISSOTA and a large field of drivers representing several states is expected to be on hand to compete in this race. Defending champion Shane Sabraski from Rice, MN is off to anther strong start early in this racing season and already holds a feature win at Rice Lake in a early season visit to the track. The first winner of this event, Tim Johnson from Brainerd, MN is also expected to participate as well as many of the top Super Stock drivers in the region. Current track point leader Willie Johnsen, Jr. hopes to keep the big money at home along with other weekly competitors like Shane Kisling, Jason Forehand, Eric Olson, Bart Steffen and others.

This night is dubbed “Saturday on Tuesday” for as well as the Super Stock special, a full program will be held for the other four classes that race at the speedway. That would includes WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with Rice Lake Pure Stocks. It will be a full program for both track and national points with the draw/redraw format used for all classes. Being a special midweek night of racing, a number of out of town drivers are expected to take advantage of this special night of racing.

The pit gate will open at 4:00 p.m. on June 10, spectator gates open at 5:00 p.m. with the draw cutoff and hot laps to commence at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow immediately.

Rice Lake Speedway is a banked, third mile clay oval located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin midway between state highway 48 and Barron County highway SS. The track phone number is (715) 236-2002 for race day information or contact owners Dave Adams at (715) 205-2861 or Mitch Hansen at (715) 205-1122.

With this special Tuesday night event, there will be no racing at the speedway on Saturday, June 14. The WISSOTA Race of Champions qualifier, originally slated for June 14, has been moved to Saturday, June 21 when regular Saturday night racing will resume.


Fankhauser Edges Out Rice Lake Speedway Win; Richert and Kouba Top Sprints

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 24) - The UMSS winged and traditional sprints were the featured attraction Saturday night at the Rice Lake Speedway and they didn’t disappoint the large crowd on hand as Jerry Richert and Joseph Kouba won their respective divisions. The five regular classes that also compete at the speedway were in action too, and Sam Fankhauser became the first repeat winner in the street stocks as he made a late race pass to take his second win of the year at Rice Lake. Other winners included Cory Mahder, Eric Olson, Shane Halopka and Jason Havel.

The street stock feature event was a highly competitive race that saw a group of eight and sometimes nine cars all racing in the lead pack and jockeying for position on every lap. After a first lap yellow when the front end broke on Andy Cimfl’s car, the race ran nonstop from that point to its conclusion. For the second straight week, Troy Chaplin led the majority of the contest as the second year driver looks for his first ever win, but again Saturday, he came up short after giving a good effort.

Chaplin took the immediate lead with Kolby Kiehl just behind him and challenging on every corner. Josh Amans worked to the low side while Cody Kummer tried to go to the high side around the entire pack. Fankhauser started in the third row and he and Ron Hanestad continually moved around the track, seeking small holes to which they could fill and gradually work toward the front. Scott Clark and Adam Soltis were in the next row and they also were a part of what was a real wad of cars all wanting the top spot.



George Rhoe Classic Finalized for Rice Lake Speedway

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI – Details have been finalized for the third annual George Rhoe Classic to be held at Rice Lake Speedway.

Scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, the race honors the memory of a great friend to Rice Lake Speedway and all of racing, George Rhoe. Super Stocks will again be the focus of the evening’s racing; the third annual event will again pay one of the top purses for the Super Stock class in all of WISSOTA. Last year, Rice, Minnesota’s Shane Sabraski went home with $2,000 plus contingencies; he topped the 44-lap main event. Sabraski is expected to be on hand to defend his title along with the 2012 winner of this race, Tim Johnson from Brainerd, Minnesota. Those two, along with 30 or more Super Stock drivers from the area look to bring home the top prize and Wisconsin drivers like Curt Myers, Jason Forehand, Shane Kisling, Scott Lawrence and Tommy Richards hope to keep the money in Wisconsin this year.

In a new twist to the program this year, all the other divisions that weekly race at the speedway will also be in action. That would include WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks. All four classes will compete in full racing programs and with WISSOTA points on the line, out of town drivers in all divisions are expected to add to the fields on that night.
Intercomp, headquartered in Medina, Minnesota will once again supply contingency sponsorship for this event.

With the race action on Tuesday, June 10 the speedway will take the night off on Saturday, June 14 with the Rice Lake Auqafest in town.

Pit gates are slated to open at 4:00 p.m. on June 10 with the grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. The draw cutoff will be at 6:30 p.m. with hot laps at that time and racing to follow. Draw/redraw will be in effect for the drivers. There is no raindate for the event and there will be no racing at the speedway on June 14, whether or not the Rhoe Classic is held.

Rice Lake Speedway is a third mile clay oval located one mile north of Rice Lake Wisconsin. For more information on this event call track co-owner Dave Adams at (715) 205-2861.


Cain Doubles In Rice Lake Speedway Modified Action

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 17) – Dave Cain was happy he made the decision to return to the Rice Lake Speedway Saturday night. The Corcoran MN veteran and former WISSOTA National Modified Champion made the trek back to Rice Lake Saturday night after the Modified feature fell victim to rain last week and he made the trip worthwhile, winning both the makeup feature and the regularly scheduled event. Throw in a heat race triumph and Cain scored a rare clean sweep of the open wheel cars. Other winners Saturday included Curt Myers, Shane Sabraski, Cody Kummer and Jason Havel.

Sixteen of the twenty qualified cars from last Saturday’s rained out Modified main returned to take the green and what developed was a rather strange event, with cars dropping like flies from the event for various reasons. Mike Anderson got around Jake Miller to take the early lead but he was soon challenged by Jesse Glenz for the top spot. Glenz was flying and he raced under Anderson to take over the lead and immediately began to put distance on the field. Anderson was unable to keep pace with Glenz as Cain started to move into contention by passing Tim McMann and taking over the third spot. Anderson fell to the bad luck that many were having when he blew a rear tire and limped off the track. This turned over second to Cain but he was a full straightaway behind Glenz.

Then the unthinkable happened. Glenz, less than two laps away from an overpowering victory suddenly lost power and stopped on the back chute, the victim or rear end problems. Suddenly, Cain found himself in the lead and he cruised home the last two laps to beat McMann, Mark Hessler, Paul Brust and Matt Leer to the finish in a race that saw only half the starting field take the checkered. However, despite all the drop outs, when the regularly scheduled program commenced, only the cars of Glenz and Kevin Adams were missing and both borrowed rides to run the rest of the program.



Burdick Surprises Rice Lake Speedway Super Stocks; Havel and Truscott Repeat

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 10) – Kevin Burdick took advantage of a flat tire by leader Curt Myers and made a late race charge to earn his first ever feature win and highlight the racing program Saturday at the Rice Lake Speedway. Jason Havel and Mike Truscott became the first multiple winners of the 2014 racing season while Sam Fankhauser won his first main event of the season. The last program on the schedule, the modified feature, fell victim to a rain shower and will be made up next Saturday night.

Nick Oreskovich took the early lead in the super stock main event but was soon challenged by Myers for the lead. Curt worked both high and low on Oreskovich and was finally able to edge past him down the back chute to take over the top spot. However, Oreskovich didn’t give up and when Myers got too high in turn two, Nick pulled back beside Myers in a battle for the lead once again.

As the top two slugged in out for the lead, Willie Johnsen Jr, Bart Steffen, Jason Forehand and Burdick were battling for position. Myers was able to edge back into the top spot but just one lap after the halfway signal from starter Troy Holder, Myers suddenly slowed on the back chute, triggering a yellow with a deflated right rear tire. Curt opted to call it a night at this point and Oreskovich inherited the lead.
However, he was challenged by Steffen for the lead until Burdick moved up the track and started edging in on the top two. He continued his high side charge and down the front chute, was able to drive past Oreskovich and take over the lead. Forehand was also making a charge as he too moved up the track and in the last couple of laps also passed Oreskovich. However, Burdick had built up a nice lead and the Proctor MN driver drove home for his first ever win at Rice Lake. Scott Lawrence came from sixteenth to complete the top five.



Minnesota Drivers Take Rice Lake Speedway Money Home

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (May 3) – On a cold and blustery early May evening, with even a few sprinkles of rain from time to time, the Rice Lake Speedway was able to get their second Saturday night of racing completed as scheduled. The cry from many of the drivers at the completion of the program was to double the guard on the border as Minnesota drivers escaped across the state line with the big money in the two top divisions at the speedway.

Don Eischens, who was a close runner up last Saturday in the Modified main, topped the field in the open wheel cars while defending WISSOTA national champion in the Super Stocks, Shane Sabraski, despite driving with an awkward looking brace on his right arm, ran away with the Super Stock finale. Other feature winners Saturday included Shane Halopka, Adam Soltis and Nick Traynor.

The drivers were provided with a fine smooth two groove track Saturday and they responded with an excellent series of main events with four of the five features not decided until late race passes with only Sabraski dominating the Super Stock action. However, there were also some good battles in that race behind Shane for position.

Eischens came from row three to win the nonstop main event for the Modifieds. Mark Hessler fought off the challenges of Keith Tourville to take the early lead as first Tim McMann and then Pat Hoffman challenged him. Meanwhile, Eischens was quickly moving his way into a challenging position using primarily the top side of the track. Along with him, Kevin Adams and Cory Mahder were also on the move racing up from the fourth row.



Visiting Drivers Grace Rice Lake Speedway Victory Lane

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (April 26) - Dan Gullikson and Mike Truscott made their first visits to victory lane at Rice Lake Speedway since the 2007 race season to highlight the season opener Saturday night. As the 62nd consecutive season kicked off Saturday, Tim Johnson also drove into victory lane for the first time in two years while many time winners Jason Havel and Kevin Adams also won main events.

The opening event of the 2014 racing season saw a nice field of cars on hand representing three states on a blustery and cold April Saturday night.

Gullikson’s super stock win came in a race that saw the only big crash of the night and one that robbed the fans of a potential great battle for the win. Dave Flynn and Nick Oreskovich sat on the front row for their finale with Oreskovich grabbing the early lead. However, Gullikson moved up from the second row to challenge Oreskovich for the lead. Flynn was running right behind the lead duo with Tim Johnson quickly moving up from the fourth row to challenge along with Eric Olson, Shane Kisling and Jason Forehand.

The leaders found themselves running in a tight six car pack as Gullikson continued to challenge Oreskovich for the lead.



FYE Motorsports To Promote Street Stock Little Dream In 2014

ST. CLOUD, MN (March 26) - The 20th running of the Street Stock Little Dream has been added to the arsenal of FYE Motorsports Promotions for 2014. The gigantic mid-week Street Stock event will once again be held at the famed Rice Lake Speedway in Rice Lake, Wisconsin on Tuesday, August 5 and will feature a full program for the WISSOTA-sanctioned Street Stocks. The WISSOTA Modifieds tentatively will be back on the card for 2014 as well along with the Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

FYE has assisted with the management of the event in years past, including 2012 and 2013, and will assume complete control of operations and promotion of this Western Wisconsin staple fully in 2014.

The event, which enters its 20th anniversary this season paid an incredible $8,020 to last year’s winner Sam Fankhauser in one of the most talked about events of the summer. Light mist and rain showers plagued the event throughout much of the evening and then a heavy fog rolled in ending the event one lap prior to the scheduled checkered creating a very memorable victory lane scene for Fankhauser and his crew just after 1:00 a.m.

FYE Motorsports owner Chris Stepan said, "We have been a part of the Little Dream race over the past few years and we really enjoy the event. Dave and Mitch have done a great job at Rice Lake since they bought the facility and the Little Dream deserves to be billed as one of the biggest races in the region because it is. Scott Tiefs, Buzzy and the rest of the Rice Lake folks do an incredible job drumming up sponsoring dollars for the payout and we are excited to be able to help the event grow and maybe get to that $10,000 to win mark in 2014!”

The Little Dream has seen several repeat winners including inaugural winner Eric Olson, Scott Paulson, Cory Crapser and Scott Clark. Other winners of the famed event are Gary Solum, Scott Lawrence, Butch Madsen, Myron Tschakert, Terry Sirek, Royce Jawaski, Jared Loos (when the event featured Midwest Modifieds instead of Street Stocks in 2009), Jay Kesan, Tim Johnson, Jimmy Randall and of course Fankhauser who broke the bank for over eight grand in 2013.

Wednesday, August 6 will serve as the rain date for the event if necessary. Anyone wishing to donate to the payout can contact Stepan at (715) 497-8916 or email chris@fyemotorsports.com.


Rice Lake Speedway Racers Wrap Up 2014

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI (March 8) – A full house filled the Elks Club in Rice Lake Saturday night when Rice Lake Speedway concluded the 2013 race season with its awards banquet. Honored were the top 10 drivers in track points for the five divisions that race regularly on Saturdays at the speedway along with the Rookies of the Year in each class plus a few other special awards.

An excellent meal with desert prepared by the Rowe’s started off the evening.

Track co-owner Dave Adams then started off the awards portion of the event by giving a quick review of what was a severely weather shortened racing season in 2013. He then gave a quick preview of what the 2014 racing schedule at the track would look like.

Loren Miller was the emcee for the evening’s activities and he then introduced the top 10 in track points in each division who came forward for their rewards.

Topping the Pure Stock point standings and winning his first ever title was C.J. Wagner from Hayward. He edged out second place finisher John Erickson from Rice Lake by six points. Following them in the top 10 were Jay Folz from Rice Lake, Bob Thompson from Cameron, Nick Traynor from Hillsdale, Hunter VanGilder from Rice Lake, Jimmy Holden from Rice Lake, Jason Havel from Rice Lake, Mike Chaplin from Cameron and Randy Graham from Trego. Havel topped all feature winners with five and five of the top 10 in 2012 track points retained their top 10 status.

Concluding a great year that included his first Little Dream victory, Sam Fankhauser from Rice Lake comfortably won the Street Stock title. He was followed by Adam Soltis from Ladysmith, Cooper Berlin from Rice Lake, Jason Bearden from New Auburn, Heidi Karshbaum from Chetek, Cody Kummer from Medford, Bob Wahlstrom from Chetek, Troy Chaplin from Barron, Ashley Wahlstrom from Rice Lake and Brandon Davis from Chetek. Only four drivers from 2012 maintained their top 10 status, Fankhauser and Jimmy Randall tied with three wins apiece and the track set a record with two female drivers finishing in the top 10 in the final point standings.

Ryan Viltz from Chetek won his second straight Midwest Modified point title. He edged out Shane Halopka from Greenwood by a mere four points for the award. Next in line were Tito Viltz from Rice Lake, Travis Anderson from Colfax, Joe Chaplin, Jr. from Cameron, Mike Schnider from Rice Lake, Cody Cimfl from Mikana, Bryce Johnson from Barron, Kerry Halopka from Wheeler and Craig Elliott from Hillsdale. Seven of the top 10 from 2012 maintained their top 10 places and R. Viltz led the way with three feature wins.

Tied for the closest point battle was the Super Stock division where Aaron Wilson gained one spot from 2012 as the Eau Claire driver edged Eric Olson from Ladysmith by four points to win the class title. They were trailed by Shane Kisling from Sarona, Jason Forehand from Eau Claire, Bart Steffen from Eau Claire, Jim Cimfl from Turtle Lake, Willie Johnsen, Jr. from Superior, Scott Zitelman from Taylors Falls MN, Steve Tesch from Prentice and Kyle Helling from Rice Lake. Five of 2012’s top 10 repeated with Forehand’s three feature wins topping the class.

Kevin Adams continued his amazing streak; the Cameron driver won his sixth consecutive Modified point title at the track. He finished with a comfortable lead over Mike Anderson from Colfax in the final standings. Behind them were Mark Hessler from Menomonie, Tim McMann from Duluth MN, Matt Leer from Bruce, Scott Miller, Paul Brust and Pat Hoffman, all from Rice Lake, Aric Lindberg from Dallas and Buddy Mayala from Barron. Nine of the top 10 retained their point rankings from 2012 with only Hessler being a new member while Adams and Anderson tied with three feature wins each.

Named as the five rookies of the year were VanGilder in the Pure Stocks, Berlin in the Street Stocks, Schnider in the Midwest Modifieds, Helling in the Super Stocks and Neil Balduc from Bessemer MI in the Modified class.

Track owners Adams and Mitch Hansen then presented the prestigious “Thanks a Lot” awards that went to individuals whose extraordinary contributions to the track behind the scenes allow the track to continue to operate and grow. The winners for 2013 were Dave Havel, Loren Miller and Tammy Sirek.

With 2013 officially in the rear view mirror, the track now looks forward to the start of the 2014 race season. The track owners announced that a sixth division has been added to the track program, the Hornet class. Based off of front wheel drive, four-cylinder cars, this class is designed to be an affordable, entry-level class for beginners and will be a part of the weekly race program in 2014. The other five classes will be retained, included the WISSOTA-sanctioned Modifieds, Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Street Stocks along with the highly competitive Rice Lake Pure Stocks.

The first event of the 2014 raceseason will be the annual car show. To be held at Rice Lake’s Cedar Mall, the show will run from April 4 through April 6. An open practice session is slated for April 16 and the 62nd consecutive season opener is slated for Saturday, April 19. Among the highlights of the schedule already firmed up include an appearance by the United States Modified Touring series on May 8, the UMSS Sprint and traditional Sprint cars on May 24, and the IRA 410 winged Sprints on July 12. The Firecracker special will again be held on July 3, the Street Stock Little Dream race will go on August 5 and the season will conclude with a two-day show on Labor Day weekend.

Other specials that will include the Midwest Modifieds, Super Stocks and Late Models are still being finalized.

As the racing season grows nearer, updates will be available on the speedway website and race fans should keep checking at www.ricelakespeedway.net for more information.


Rice Lake Speedway Announces 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

By Ed Reichert

RICE LAKE, WI - Rice Lake Speedway will induct eight more people in the Speedway Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 10.

The new inductees in the drivers category are Axel Dahlberg, Phil Prusak, Dick Briesemeister and Jerry Amundson. The inductees in the friends of the speedway category include Bud Ellis, Doug Zimmer, Dr. R.A. Doctor and Mary Lawrence.

Rice Lake Speedway will hold a reception for the new members as well as the other members already a part of the hall at 5 p.m. in the speedway restaurant. The formal induction ceremony will take place at intermission during the racing program that night at the track.

Included with the induction ceremony is a regular night of racing in all five classes that race at the track on a weekly basis.

Anyone desiring more information on the speedway Hall of Fame should contact Dave Adams at 715-205-2861 or visit the speedway website at www.ricelakespeedway.net to see a complete list of the Hall of Fame members.