This has been a long few months with the snow and cold, but at least the last several days have been above freezing and given us some race fans some hope.
Several drivers have sent me pictures of their cars, so here are a few along with some tidbits on each.
Daniel Harstad of Fergus Falls with a sharp looking Short Tracker/Hornet car. In addition to racing at his home track of I-94 Speedway he plans to occasionally race in Madison, Buffalo River Race Park and Ogilvie throughout the summer.
The Crop Duster Dustin Bluhm’s 2019 Limited Late Model that he plans to run at I-94, Viking, Casino Speedway and Madison this year.
Fertile, Minn., driver Tyler Hall’s familiar No. 60 IMCA Modified, he is a top runner at Norman County Raceway and Buffalo River Race Park, where he was the 2018 track champion.
The 1TPO Modified machine ran at the front a lot in 2018 and I expect more of the same from Tyler Peterson in 2019.
Larry Samuelson’s 2019 Limited Late Model that he will race at I-94 Speedway this summer. The Erhard, Minn., driver has spent many years in the midwest modifieds.
Cougar Axtman’s No. 7 Mini Stock which he will run weekly at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon.
Fargo driver Jesse Skalicky’s 2019 IMCA Modified, sharp looking machine. Skalicky will look to build on a good 2018 rookie season when he won three features.
Defending I-94 Speedway track champion Brady Gerdes’s 2x car (photo from his Facebook Page) that he is running down in Humboldt this week. Gerdes races out of the Villard area.
Brady’s younger sister McKenzie Gerdes has moved from the Midwest Mods to the A mods for 2019. Both siblings are at the King of America race in Humboldt, Kan. this week.
Jamestown driver Billie Christ’s 2019 IMCA Modified, he plans to run at Jamestown, Sheyenne, Wishek and West Fargo this summer. His son Jaeden will run a street stock; both plan to hop behind the wheel of a Legend car this summer as well.
Cody the Cobra Lee’s 50C Wissota Midwest Modified. The Alexandria, MN driver is a top competitor wherever he goes.
Luke Lick of Rosholt, SD will keep the same Wissota Modified car for the first part of 2019. (Photo from Cody Papke)
Ryan Gierke’s 26G Wissota Midwest Modified, left. He also will begin to hop behind the wheel of the A modified next year — his sister Abby’s car is not done yet.
Brady Moore of Ulen’s 2x IMCA Sport Mod. He is down at the King of America race like many drivers from this region. (Photo from his Facebook page)
We will venture a bit out of my coverage area for these cars from east central MN, thanks to Chris Kolstad for the pics. You might see some of them if you venture to tracks in Princeton, Ogilvie and Brainerd.
Tim Gonska of Brainerd won five IMCA Hobby Stock features at Buffalo River Race Park in 2018.
Travis Roush’s 7T IMCA Sport Compact Car, he races out of the Bertha area.
Jason Goedker Wissota Super Stock; he races out of the Sauk Rapids, Minn. area.
Toby Patchen’s No. 25 IMCA Modified. The Patchen name is a long-time fixture in racing in eastern MN.
Austin Niemeyer’s No. 33 Wissota Super Stock. He races out of Brainerd.
–Rick Schroeder of Montevideo is hopping into an IMCA Sprint Car for 2019. He had a good year in the Limited Late Models at I-94 and Viking Speedways a year ago. He may race the limited late on occasion but his main focus will be the IMCA Sprint.
–Fargo standout Tim Estenson, who has tallied nearly 50 feature wins in the INEX Legends in short career, is going to hop behind the wheel of a 410 Sprint Car owned by Netto Racing in California to start his season, according to a release from Mike Spieker of Spieker Promotion. Estenson also ran a lightning sprint in 2018. Keep an eye on this young man he is immensely talented behind the wheel.