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The North Star state

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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

 

 

Highlights

 

 

All-Time Favorite Minnesota Track:

 

 

Bass Lake Ice Track

 

 

 

Current lifetime trackchasing state rank:  1

 

 

 

 

Best Memories:

 

I’ve seen a lot of ice racing up in Minnesota. It gets cold up there in the winter! I rode in an ice race with Rick Hansen #81 at the 11thCrow Wing Lake Ice Track. I had one of the most fun and wildest rides with Cesca Silva (above) at the Bass Lake Ice Track. She’s a huge Vikings fan. On the way home from Bass Lake we learned that Dale Earnhardt Sr. had been killed at Daytona.

 

 

At the Brainerd International Raceway Ice Track I gave my ice race ride invite to Ed Esser. He had never done such a thing and had a blast. At the Cameron Lake Ice Track they don’t race with helmets! Carol rode in the “B” main with those crazy folks. At the Crosslake Ice Track they use a blue flag instead of a white flag so the flag can be seen better on the ice. I got stuck in the snow-filled parking lot at the KIR – Kimball Ice Racing track but a couple of friendly Minnesotans (aren’t they all?) came to the rescue. I flew straight from Doha, Qatar to the ice racing at Lake Washington in Mankato. Really good ice racing at the Peterson Lake Ice Oval with 60 cars in three classes. I’ve seen ice racing at more than 20 locations in the North Star state.

 

 

The folks at the Aitken County Fairgrounds gave me a nice personalized trackchasing souvenir t-shirt. We also did a newspaper interview and an at the track interview in Aitken. The Bemidji Speedway reminded me of my all-time favorite track the Peoria Speedway. Saw a fun county fair enduro at the Big Stone County Fairgrounds with Rob and Emily Palmer. I waved the green flag over the road hog feature event at the Buffalo River Speedway.

 

 

Really good vintage racing (above) at the Carlton County Fairgrounds. Met up with trackchasing fellow competitor Andy Sivi at the Elko Speedway, one of the best race facilities in the state. Andy was one of the all-time best trackchasers in his prime. I’ve seen four countable tracks there. I saw Terracross racing at the HayDays Dirt Course in North Branch. Not many people ever got to see Terracross racing before their demise.

 

 

Saw some great stunt shows during the race program at the Isanti County Fairgrounds. Wanted to see racing at the Jackson Speedway for years but when I did I felt the track was much too big. I won a Quaker State duffle bag at the K.R.A. Speedway. More no helmet racing (above) at the Garfield Lake Ice Track. Watched the racing at the Greenbush Race Park up near the Canadian border with Rob and Jacob Palmer and was in the Santa Maria Speedway (California) parking lot the next morning for their kart racing and my first meeting with track promoter Chris Kearns.

 

 

Saw some fantastic vintage racing (above) with daughter Kristy at the Little Log House Speedway. A racer crashed into a parked farm tractor outside the track at the Mahnomen County Speedway. The race at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds started with 30 laps run under caution due to a wet track and then got rained out. Had to count the track because the race had already “started”. At the Murray County Speedway the fans stand and applaud BEFORE the start of each feature race. Folks….only in Minnesota home of the “NIMS” people.

 

 

Did an outstanding radio interview at the Norman County Raceway with DJ Jim at KRJB 106.3 FM radio. Saw one of the best autocross novelty shows we’ve ever seen at the Olmstead County Fairgrounds. Eighty-two cars showed up for the Baja racing (above) at the Polk County Fairgrounds. In the midst of the racing the program was canceled by a tornado at the Princeton Speedway. Gotta get back there!

 

 

The Raceway Park in Shakopee was a “top 10%” track. Really good junk car racing with 60 cars at a small town just eight miles from the Canadian border at the Roseau County Fairgrounds. Outstanding hospitality from those folks. A fan took my camera bag, thinking I had left it behind when I hadn’t, at the Steele County Fairgrounds. I had to backtrack a distance of 200 miles to get it back. No good deed goes unpunished! Got a color photo (above) and excellent trackchasing story in the Morris Sun Tribune for my visit to the Stevens County Fairgrounds. There were 350 laps of big and small car enduro racing at the Waseca Fairgrounds. I’ve eaten my share of cheese curds in Minnesota and enjoyed the ice racing locations provided by the Central Minnesota Ice Racing group. I continue to be very impressed with the people of the great state of Minnesota.

 

 

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
1 Minnesota State Fair Speedway St. Paul Minnesota United States September 2, 1985 PO
2 Murray County Raceway Slayton Minnesota United States May 29, 1998 DO
3 Worthington Speedway Worthington Minnesota United States May 31, 1998 DO
4 Chateau Speedway Lansing Minnesota United States August 14, 1998 DO
5 Winona County Speedway St. Charles Minnesota United States July 5, 2000 DO
6 K.R.A. Speedway Willmar Minnesota United States July 6, 2000 DO
7 Fiesta City Speedway Montevideo Minnesota United States July 7, 2000 DO
8 Grove Creek Raceway Grove City Minnesota United States July 8, 2000 DO
9 I-94 Speedway Sauk Centre Minnesota United States July 9, 2000 PO
10 Raceway Park Shakopee Minnesota United States July 9, 2000 PO
11 Fairmont Raceway Fairmont Minnesota United States September 8, 2000 DO
12 Steele County Fairgrounds Owatonna Minnesota United States August 15, 2001 DO
13 Viking Speedway Alexandria Minnesota United States August 16, 2001 DO
14 Princeton Speedway Princeton Minnesota United States August 17, 2001 DO
15 North Central Motor Speedway Brainerd Minnesota United States August 18, 2001 DO
16 Golden Spike Speedway Sauk Rapids Minnesota United States August 19, 2001 DF8
17 Golden Spike Speedway Sauk Rapids Minnesota United States August 19, 2001 DO
18 Raceway Park Shakopee Minnesota United States Retroactive – 2001 PF8
19 Elko Speedway Elko Minnesota United States May 23, 2003 PF8
20 Elko Speedway Elko Minnesota United States May 23, 2003 INNER-PO
21 Elko Speedway Elko Minnesota United States May 23, 2003 OUTER-PO
22 Deer Creek Speedway Racine Minnesota United States May 24, 2003 DO
23 Dodge County Speedway Kasson Minnesota United States May 25, 2003 DO
24 Fergus Falls Raceway Fergus Falls Minnesota United States July 4, 2003 PO
25 Redwood Speedway Redwood Falls Minnesota United States July 20, 2003 INNER-DO
26 Redwood Speedway Redwood Falls Minnesota United States July 20, 2003 OUTER-DO
27 Madison Speedway Madison Minnesota United States May 30, 2005 DO
28 Proctor Speedway Proctor Minnesota United States September 1, 2005 DO
29 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd Minnesota United States May 27, 2006 PRC
30 Canby Speedway Canby Minnesota United States May 27, 2006 DO
31 Hibbing Raceway Hibbing Minnesota United States June 6, 2006 DO
32 Little Log House Speedway Hastings Minnesota United States July 28, 2006 DO
33 Buffalo River Speedway Glyndon Minnesota United States July 30, 2006 DO
34 Stevens County Fairgrounds Morris Minnesota United States August 9, 2006 DO
35 Norman County Raceway Ada Minnesota United States August 10, 2006 DO
36 Bemidji Speedway Bemidji Minnesota United States August 13, 2006 DO
37 Cameron Lake Ice Track Erskine Minnesota United States January 26, 2008 ICE-O
38 Birch Lake Ice Track Hackensack Minnesota United States January 27, 2008 ICE-O
39 Mille Lacs Lake Ice Track Garrison Minnesota United States January 27, 2008 ICE-RC
40 Mille Lacs Lake Ice Track Garrison Minnesota United States January 27, 2008 ICE-O
41 Brainerd International Raceway Ice Track Brainerd Minnesota United States February 3, 2008 ICE-RC
42 Lake Washington Ice Track Mankato Minnesota United States February 15, 2009 ICE-RC
43 Elko Speedway Elko Minnesota United States July 23, 2009 DO
44 Button Buck Speedway Spring Valley Minnesota United States July 25, 2009 DO
45 Grand Rapids Speedway Grand Rapids Minnesota United States September 8, 2009 DO
46 Greenbush Race Park Greenbush Minnesota United States May 22, 2010 DO
47 I-94 Speedway Fergus Falls Minnesota United States June 18, 2010 DO
48 ERX Motor Park Elk River Minnesota United States August 12, 2010 DRC
49 Ogilvie Raceway Ogilvie Minnesota United States September 12, 2010 DO
50 Crosslake Ice Track Crosslake Minnesota United States February 19, 2011 ICE-O
51 Garfield Lake Ice Track Laporte Minnesota United States February 19, 2011 ICE-O
52 Bass Lake Ice Track Underwood Minnesota United States February 20, 2011 ICE-O
53 Waseca Fairgrounds Waseca Minnesota United States June 19, 2011 DO
54 Watonwan County Fairgrounds St. James Minnesota United States July 24, 2011 DRC
55 Scott County Fairgrounds Jordan Minnesota United States July 29, 2011 DRC
56 Nicollet County Fairgrounds St. Peter Minnesota United States August 14, 2011 DO
57 Crystal Lake Ice Track Merrifield Minnesota United States February 5, 2012 ICE-O
58 Polk County Fairgrounds Fertile Minnesota United States July 15, 2012 DRC
59 Big Stone County Fairgrounds Clinton Minnesota United States July 19, 2012 DO
60 Arlington Raceway Arlington Minnesota United States July 28, 2012 DO
61 Arlington Raceway Arlington Minnesota United States July 28, 2012 DRC
62 Blue Earth County Fairgrounds Garden City Minnesota United States July 29, 2012 DO
63 Carlton County Fairgrounds Barnum Minnesota United States August 17, 2012 DO
64 South Lindstrom Lake Ice Track Lindstrom Minnesota United States January 27, 2013 ICE-RC
65 Grant County Speedway Herman Minnesota United States July 22, 2013 DO
66 Rock County Speedway Luverne Minnesota United States July 27, 2013 DO
67 Mahnomen County Speedway Mahnomen Minnesota United States August 3, 2013 DO
68 Jackson Speedway Jackson Minnesota United States August 30, 2013 DO
69 The Bullring at Jackson Speedway Jackson Minnesota United States August 30, 2013 INNER-DO
70 Rush Lake Ice Track Rush City Minnesota United States January 11, 2014 ICE-RC
71 HayDays Dirt Course North Branch Minnesota United States September 7, 2014 TEMPORARY-DRC
72 Big Lake Ice Track Cloquet Minnesota United States January 3, 2015 ICE-RC
73 11th Crow Wing Lake Ice Oval Akeley Minnesota United States February 14, 2015 ICE-OVAL
74 56 Speedway Brownsdale Minnesota United States June 26, 2015 DO
75 Browns Valley Fairgrounds Browns Valley Minnesota United States June 28, 2015 DO
76 Aitken County Fairgrounds Aitken Minnesota United States July 10, 2015 DO
77 Aitken County Fairgrounds Aitken Minnesota United States July 11, 2015 DRC
78 Isanti County Fairgrounds Cambridge Minnesota United States July 23, 2015 TEMPORARY-DO
79 Kanabec County Fairgrounds Mora Minnesota United States July 23, 2015 TEMPORARY-DO
80 Carlton County Fairgrounds Barnum Minnesota United States August 16, 2015 DF8
81 Brainerd International Raceway – Competition Course Brainerd Minnesota United States September 6, 2015 PRC
82 Olmsted County Fairgrounds Rochester Minnesota United States July 26, 2016 TEMPORARY-DO
83 Crow Wing County Fairgrounds Brainerd Minnesota United States August 4, 2016 TEMPORARY-DO
84 KIR Ice Racing Kimball Minnesota United States January 28, 2017 ICE-RC
85 Roseau County Fairgrounds Roseau Minnesota United States July 20, 2017 DRC
86 Trace Lake Ice Track Grey Eagle Minnesota United States January 7, 2018 ICE-RC
87 Borden Lake Ice Oval Garrison Minnesota United States January 21, 2018 ICE-OVAL
88 Peterson Lake Ice Oval Swede Grove Minnesota United States February 3, 2018 ICE-OVAL
89 Sibley County Fairgrounds Arlington Minnesota United States August 3, 2018 DF8
90 Mcleod County Fairgrounds Hutchinson Minnesota United States August 17, 2018 DRC
91 Mille Lacs Lake – Isle Ice Track Isle Minnesota United States January 12, 2019 ICE-RC
92 Lake Allie Ice Track Buffalo Lake Minnesota United States January 19, 2019 ICE-RC
93 Mille Lacs Lake – Onamia Ice Track Onamia Minnesota United States February 2, 2019 ICE-RC
94 Lake Ripley Ice Track Litchfield Minnesota United States February 9, 2019 ICE-RC
95 Grand Lake Ice Oval Rockwell Minnesota United States March 2, 2019 ICE-OVAL
96 Twin Valley Junk Yard Twin Valley Minnesota United States July 19, 2019 DRC
97 Hubbard County Fairgrounds Park Rapids Minnesota United States July 19, 2019 DRC
98 Marshall County Fairgrounds Warren Minnesota United States July 28, 2019 DRC
99 Mower County Fairgrounds Austin Minnesota United States August 7, 2019 DRC
100 Goodue County Fairgrounds Zumbrota Minnesota United States August 9, 2019 DO
101 St. Hilarie Community Park St. Hilarie Minnesota United States August 10, 2019 DRC
102 Nicollet County Fairgrounds St. Peter Minnesota United States August 11, 2019 DRC

 

 

 

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.

 

 

 

 

Below is a key to surface types and track configurations so you can understand the above list just a little bit easier.

 

 

Surface types:  D-dirt; P-paved; M-mixed

 

Configuration types:  O-oval; RC-road course; F8-figure 8 track

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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