If you’ve been looking for Maria Broksieck’s No. 14 Wissota Street Stock on the track this season, the best place to look is towards the front of the pack.
The 26-year-old from Goodwin, S.D., has a remarkable 37 top five finishes in 48 starts this season. She won track championships at Casino Speedway in Watertown, S.D., which is her home track, and at Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, SD. Those marked the second and third track titles of her racing career.
“We’ve been very consistent,” Broksieck said from the pit area at the Wissota 100 at I-94 Speedway. “We’ve only got six wins but we have a lot of top five finishes. It’s not where we’d like to be with the wins, but it’s an accomplishment to have that many top five finishes and to be consistently in the front.”
Broksieck does have six wins on the season — three at Brown County, two at Gillette Thunder Speedway and one at Madison Speedway. She is currently seventh in the Wissota Street Stock national points.
Broksieck’s maiden name is Konold, and that is a name familiar to many long-time race fans in eastern South Dakota. Her dad, Kevin was a long-time racer, and her brother, Tony currently pilots the No. 15 Wissota Midwest Modified and is seventh in the national points.
Ironically, to get started, Maria bought a car for Tony to drive, and when he moved up a division, she took over.
“I was not old enough to drive yet, so I bought the car for him,” Broksieck said. “When he moved up out of that class I just jumped into it.”
She raced the pure stocks at Madison and Fiesta City Speedways for a few years and has spent the past six years in the Wissota Street Stock class, where she has established herself as one of the most consistent competitors in eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota.
Broksieck remembers his first Wissota Street Stock win well. It was a brand new car that her husband, Tyler, put together, and it was at Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron.
“It was a brand new Arrow chassis pretty well right out of the box. Tyler put it together,” Broksieck said. “I was told just to go out and make sure it didn’t fall apart and I ended up winning the feature.”
Maria Broksieck is the district manager for the conservation district in eastern South Dakota and she also farms with Tyler. Tyler Broksieck is heavily involved working on the car, but the team’s crew chief might be a bit younger — the couple’s daughter, three-year-old Payton.
“I might have to say our three-year-old daughter is probably the crew chief,” Broksieck said with a smile. “But he comes in a close second.”
After 11 years of racing, there isn’t a place Broksieck would rather be than behind the wheel.
“It’s just the adrenaline rush and the fun of it,” she said. “When you’re in the car, it’s just you and the car. Nothing else matters.”
During the first night of the Wissota 100, Broksieck finished ninth in the qualifying feature — just one spot away from qualifying for Saturday’s A feature.
“Our goal coming into this was really to sit back and have fun, and whatever happens, happens,” Broksieck said. “Of course we’d like to make it in (to the A feature).”
She has another goal in mind to close out 2018 — a top 10 finish in the Wissota Street Stock national points. Her best finish previously was 13th in 2017.
“There’s 3-4 guys below that are definitely coming on,” Broksieck said. “It’d be huge for us to stay in the top 10. It’s there but not a guarantee yet.”
Wissota Street Stock #14
Residence: Goodwin, SD
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