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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.