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Outlaw Mini Mod Series driver and series owner Logan Brown

Hobby Stock driver Steve Holthaus

Hobby Stock driver #91 Chris Krug

Sprint Car and Midget driver Chuck McGillivray

Late Model drvier Dustin Johanneck

Late Model & Modified driver #1A Dwaine Hanson

Modified driver Lance Vagt, Jr.

Stock Car driver #7L Jeff Larson

Sport Mod driver Tony Rialson

Modified driver Ashley Mehrwerth

Stock Car driver Troy Swearingen

Sprint Car driver Natalie Klemko

Tribute to Sprint Car legend Thad Dosher

We are saddened to learn that Dirt Show guest Thad Dosher, winner of both the Knoxville Nationals and IMCA Championship, has died. Thad was a legend in open wheel race cars and we feel blessed to have been able to interview him. You can read more about Thad Dosher's life and racing career here. And in case you missed our interview with Thad back in May, you can listen to it right here: Thad Dosher interview

Images courtesy of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum

Randy Winter: 40 Years in Racing

Pure Stock driver Kyndra Guttormson

Sprint Car and Midget driver Mares Stellfox

Modified driver #10 Jeremy Mills

Modified driver Brian Haben

Stock Car driver Trevor Holm

Hobby Stock driver Corey Gronewold

Super Stock driver Jason Cook

Actor, Singer, and Race Car Driver John Schneider

Tribute to Racing Legend Bobby Unser

Three-time Indy 500 winner and racing legend Bobby Unser passed away at age 87, on May 2, 2021. Read the full story here in the Albuquerque Journal.

We were lucky enough to interview Bobby back in 2018 and you can listen to that full interview right here: Bobby Unser Dirt Show interview

Track Announcer and Author, Pat Sullivan

Racing Mechanic and Pit Crew Legend Raymond McNish

Darwyn Karau in the Mike Guttormson tribute car at Chateau Speedway

Thanks to Brian Minter for the pic!

Modified driver #10 Dennis Hovinga

Late Model drvier Verlin Eaker

Karl Fenske #99

Hall of Fame Sprint Car driver Ray Lee Goodwin

Thanks to Bob Baker & the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame for the use of theese images!

Street Stock driver Jesse Stahl

Mod 4 driver Tommy Pogones

Hobby Stock driver Steve Dwyer

Cookies Sauces and Seasonings Featured on Iowa Public Television

Dirt Show sponsor Cookies Sauces and Seasonings and it's founder “Speed the Sauceman” Herrig were recently featured on Iowa Public Television during a segment called Iowa Entrepreneur. Produced by Around the Corner productions, the 12-minute video segment can be seen online here:

Super Stock driver #0 Brandon Duellman

Super Stock driver #22 Dan Nissalke

Late Model driver #15 Ryan Mikkelson

Modified driver Dusty Bitzan

Modified driver Matt Halls

Hornet driver Justin Schelitzche

Late Model driver #10 Gary Crawford

Modified & Super Stock driver Jon Tollakson

Limited Late Model & Modified driver Doug Wasmund

Modified driver #83X Kadden Kath

Sprint Car driver #88 Bob Hopp

Sprint Car driver #44 Chris Martin

IMCA Sport Mod driver #40 George Gilliland

Stock Car driver Kyren Porter

Sprint Car driver #7K Karlee Becker

Sprint Car crew chief Cindy Becker and family

Former NASCAR and ARCA driver Shawna Robinson

USAC Sprint and Indycar driver Tom Bigelow

Modified driver from Duluth, MN #11 Jody Bellefeuille

Pulver Towing to the Resuce

For BIG jobs and small jobs, you can count on Dirt Show sponsor Pulver Towing to get it done right. Here are some recent pics of Pulver's team in action on one of thier BIG jobs.

Late Model driver #49 Jonathan Davenport

Hobby Stock driver Eric Stanton

Modified Driver #21x Travis Sauer

USRA B-Mod driver Casey Knutson

United States Racing Legend Al Unser

Team Schwebach Preparing for 2020 Season

Street Stock & Hobby Stock driver Nick Schwebach's wife Brooke will be driving a car of her own for the upcoming 2020 season. And as you can see in the pictures below, the husband and wife team will be busy this winter getting the new car ready. The chassis has been given a brand new coat of purple armor, thanks to Dirt Show sponsor Extreme Powder Coating of Blooming Prairie! Check out the impressive before and after pics below.

March Update: Brooke Schwebach's new #38B hobby stock is ready to go for the upcoming racing season. Thanks to all the sponsors who helped make it happen, including Fastshafts, Gillund Enterprises, Justice Brothers and Extreme Powder Coating.

Kenny Petersen's #76 Gremlin Late Model

Kenny Petersen Gremlin Late Model

Midget, Indycar, and Open-Wheel Legend Mel Kenyon

Baier's Engine Service

Four photos of some of the incredible engines they are working on at Baier's Engine Service in Rochester. Top-left is a 1940 Dodge motor getting a stock rebuild. Top-right is a Ferrari V12 motor they are rebuilding. Bottom-left is an early 1950's Olds Rocket engine done and ready for delivery. And bottom-right is a 239 Flathead V8.

2019 Mastell Brothers Touring Series Champion Johnny Parsons III

Congratulations to Owatonna's Johnny Parsons III on winning the Mastell Brothers Touring Series 2019 points championship! Parsons was a model of consistency this season, scoring nine Top 5 finishes in 11 starts.

Late Model driver Ryan Griffith

Modified driver Ben Moudry

Sprint Car driver Clayton Christensen

Modified driver Shane Howell

The Dirt Show visits Eldora Speedway for the Four Crown Nationals

Super Stock driver #29 Jeff Crouse

Hornet driver Bubba Brown

Minnesota Racing Legend Blackie Wangerin

Late Model driver #42s Don Shaw

Street Stock driver #15 Zach Elward

5th Annual Gus' Station Car Show & Fundraiser

Dirt Show Sponsored Quarter Midget Display at the Dakota County Fair

USRA Limited Late Model driver #30 DJ Tesch

Retired USAC Legend Merle Bettenhausen

Tribute to Jeff Dahle

Friend & sponsor of the Dirt Show and big supporter of dirt racing in Southern Minnesota, Jeff Dahle of Morristown, MN, passed away on May 25th. He was 56 years-old.

He will be missed by everyone that was lucky enough to know him. Jeff was a guy everyone could count on and had a huge heart!

You can read Jeff's full obituary here.

Jeff requested that his friends and family dig his grave site by hand. So they gladly honored that request. Unknown to them, Jeff had buried a bottle of Windsor for all of those digging that day to find. The note on the bottle read: “Have a drink on me. It’s been a pleasure to know each and every one of you!"

He had a great sense of humor. On the side of his high school Demolition Derby car, he once wrote “Wanted: Girlfriend! Apply in person in the pits after the Demo.” Jeff was one-of-a-kind.

Here's our final Dirt Show interview with Jeff Dahle from the summer of 2018.

Modified Driver #25 Doug Cook

Stock Car driver Joe Schmidt

Modified driver Paul Fitzpatrick

Modified driver #37 Dean Larson

Honoring Those Who Served

Thanks to longtime Dirt Show sponsors NASCO Equipment and International Steel Erectors, who donated their time and equipment to help erect the new Martin County Veterans Memorial in Fairmont, MN. Learn more about the project here.

Modified Driver Tammy Soma Clark

Modified driver Abby Garin

Modified driver Andrea Keeney

Outlaw Hobby Stock driver #25A Andrea Kuechle

Dirt Track Photographer and Racing Historian Missy Lushinsky

Stock Car driver Kevin Opheim

Super Stock driver #33e Cody Emmens

Hornet driver Jay DeVries

Retired Driver Clyde Hinrichs

Hobby Stock driver Dustin Gulbrandson

Southern Minnesota Racing Featured on Small Town, Big Deal

The Dirt Show Photo Gallery

Modified driver and Wisconsin's fastest grandma, Bonnie Jablonske and her husband Ron, Deer Creek Speedway, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and the Southern Minnesota racing scene were recently featured in an episode of Small Town, Big Deal. Click below to watch!

Dirt Racing at the 2019 KOWZ & KRUE Home and Rec Show

Local dirt track racing was well-represented at the KOWZ & KRUE Home and Receation Show that took place at the Four Seasons Center in Owatonna in March. Chateau Speedway, Toner's Lake Speedway, Jackson Motorplex, The Dirt Show, and several drivers were on hand. Thanks to race fan Brian Minter for stopping by to take some pictures of the festivities.

Driver and Track Announcer Guy Hamernik

Retired Modified driver Gary Shumski

Retired Sprint Car driver Chuck Schumacher

Modified driver #83 Billy Steinberg

Modified driver #51W JT Wasmund

Modified driver #15w Alex Williamson

Modified driver Eric Lamm

Modified driver Nick Meyer

Hoosier Speedway RC Track in Kellogg, MN Racing on Tuesday Nights

Sprint and Midget driver Alex Schriever

Modified driver #16T Tim Kanten

Retired Modified & Super Stock driver Bobby Steier

Stock Car driver #14 Chad Palmer

Retired Modified driver #30 Jay Ruby

Hobby Stock, Super Stock, and Late Model driver Kevin Hager

Retired Modified driver #16 Dain Schultz

Modified driver Todd Stinehart

Super Stock driver #78k Dexton Koch

Non-Winged Sprint Car driver #87 Mike Mueller

Modified driver #44 Karlie Wagner

Modified driver #110 Nikki Wrazidlo

Modified driver #53 Tianna Mithun

ARCA Late Model driver #25 Natalie Decker

Hobby Stock driver #17 Ashelyn Moriarty

Late Model driver #13 Ryan Konkel

Sprint Car driver #8 Casey Mack

Modified and Stock Car driver Kevin Stoa

Images courtesy of Don Masters

Father & Son Sprint Car Drivers Vance and Dylan Peterson

Hornet driver #17 Dewey Samuelson

Mississippi Thunder Track Announcer and Dirt Bike Racer Dan Bailey

Bobby Steier Restoring Karl Fenske’s Famous #99

Hall of Fame Sprint Car Driver Shane Carson

Modified and Stock Car driver Pat Graham

Modified driver #3A Taylor Ausrud

Denis Czech, Modified and SuperStock driver

In Remembrance: Modified Driver Mike Hernke

It is with great sadness we must report the passing of modified driver Mike Hernke. Mike was on the show with us in May 2017 (link) to talk about his #37 touring modified he used to promote cancer awareness. Indeed, many of you probably saw this awesome looking car parked at an area race track in the last year.

Excerpt from Mike's obituary:

"Mike was born on January 30, 1958 in Zumbrota, MN, the son of Owen and Gladys (Swelland) Hernke. He graduated from Cannon Falls High School in 1976. He was a lifelong member of Urland Lutheran Church, where he was baptized, confirmed and married to Brenda D. Quittem on July 15, 1978.  He was a praise and worship team member for over 10 years.

Mike worked for 23 years at Hernke’s, Inc. and was also an owner/operator as a truck driver for 15 years. He loved music, especially singing and playing drums.  He enjoyed family vacations, hunting, and pontoon rides.  He was in to dirt track racing for many years, and car #37 was one to watch! His latest car was a cancer awareness race car that exhibited at local dirt tracks, where he also sang the national anthem and spoke about cancer awareness. He loved spending time with his family, and especially loved making big breakfasts, where the chocolate chip pancakes were a hit!"

You can read Mike's full obituary here & listen to his May 2017 Dirt Show interview here

Pure Stock driver #83 Dan Guttormson

IMCA Sport Mod driver #90 George Nordman

Modified driver #95x Shaun Walski (Images courtesy of Brian Minter)

Sprint Car driver & Co-founder of the UMSS series Joseph Kouba

Driver and car builder #0 Les Duellman

IMCA Stock Car driver #14z Ned Kalis

Retired Race Car Driver Elmer Duellman

USRA A Mod driver #23 Darwyn Karau (Thanks to Brian Minter for the pictures!)

Modified driver #4 Jeremy Nelson

USRA Late Model driver #11 Lance Hofer

Retired race car driver Lyle Hinrichs

Race car builder Steve Wise

Street Stock driver #84 Hunter Van Gilder (Rice Lake, WI)

Modified Driver #13x McKenzie Gerdes

Late Model and Modified driver Blonde Bomber Mitchell

The Dirt Show is Proud to Help Sponsor Voth Racing in 2017

Pictured below are The Dirt Show sponsored Street Stocks driven by Parker and Troy Voth. Go get 'em this season guys! Check out Voth racing on Facebook for more pictures & videos.

IMCA Hobby Stock driver #75c Cory Probst

Modified driver #9 Roger Nielsen

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver #10 Jennifer Jo Cobb

Late Model and Modified driver #10 Mike Balcaen from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Street Stock driver #34jr Bobby Blowers from Waseca, MN

Retired Indycar Driver Sarah Fisher with her Father & Uncle

Retired NASCAR& ASA driver Dave Marcis
(Thanks to author Bill Haglund for the pics!)

IMCA Stock Car driver #50 Heath Tulp

Late Model driver brothers #51 Nate Beyenhof and #1 Nick Beyenhof

4th Annual Old-Timer's Racing Reunion at Steve Yaggy's Home Shop in Rochester, MN

Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame inductee Daryl Arend

Visiting Denny Garber

In January, the Dirt Show crew took a trip down to Denny Garber's house in Fairmont, MN. We had a great afternoon looking at old racing pictures and talking about racing. The Garbers were wonderful hosts. The yellow sprint car pictured below is Denny's, along with the old Nova race car pictured next, which had a 454 V8 in it and was raced by Denny back in the day.

Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum (Fountain City, WI)

Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum

Elmer's Auto & Toy Museum in Fountain City, WI, is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country and a fantastic attraction every family member will enjoy! Elmer's has hundreds of muscle, antique, and classic cars and trucks as well as pedal cars and thousands of antique toys, tools, and dolls. Check them out on your next trip over to Mississippi Thunder Speedway.

Owatonna driver Glen Anderson at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum at Knoxville Speedway in Iowa recently featured an exhibit for Glen Anderson, legendary driver from Owatonna, Minnesota. Glen's famous #9 car is there, along with a bunch of cool pictures of some of his racing adventures.

Hall of Fame Sprint Car driver #1A Bobby Allen and his Shark Racing Team cars

USRA Limited Late Model driver #24 Justin Sass

Modified driver #94jr John Doelle

7th Annual Topless Nationals at Ogilvie Raceway

$250,000 Rock N Roll Gold Cup at Badlands Motor Speedway

Your Dirt Show host made the trip out to the Sioux Falls, SD area for the Rock n Roll Gold Cup at Badlands Motor Speedway in August. This amazing event brings together the best winged and non-winged 410 sprint cars in the country for a gigantic $250,000 purse. If you make the trip yourself, be sure to check out Badlands Pawn, which is the biggest, coolest pawn shop in the Upper Midwest. Check out the pics below.

Midwest Modified driver #35jr Garitt Wytaske

Modified, Late Model and Sprint Car driver #95 Keith Foss

Modified driver #14W Clayton Wagamon

Sprint Car driver #91 John Sernett

IMCA Stock Car driver #5 Luke Sathoff

Street Stock driver #12 Cody Kummer

Midwest Modified driver #16 Jason Vandekamp

IMCA Old Timers at the 2016 Dakota County Fair

Retired Modified, Sprint Car and Midget driver Jim Edgington

Tribute to four-time USAC champion, Indycar, and NASCAR driver Bryan Clauson

UMSS Sprints at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN

Thanks to Brian Minter who took most of these great pictures of the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series event at Chateau Raceway. It was a great night all around, and surely one of the largest crowds on-hand at Chateau in a long time. A special Dirt Show thank you to Mike & Kathy Madsen and Mark Daniels for sponsoring this event and helping to put it together.

Pure Stock driver #23 Ross Spitzer

Retired Hall of Fame Sprint Car driver Lynn Paxton

Late Model and Modified driver #75 Cody Skytland

WISSOTA Street Stock driver #01 Justin Pogones

World of Outlaw Late Models at Ogilvie Raceway

Super Stock and Modified driver out of Sartell, MN #19x James Trantina

Super Stock and Street Stock driver #3R Danny Richards

IMCA Modified Driver #30 Josh Ruby out of Lakota, Iowa

Dirt Sprint Car & asphalt Late Model driver out of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Amber Balcaen

IMCA Sport Compact driver #8K Kaytee Devries

Bonnie Jablonske Bonnie Jablonske

Janet Guthrie, the first woman to qualify & race in both the Indy 500 and Daytona 500

Harli White (Lindsay, OK) and her #17w Sprint Car

Jonathan Olmscheid and his ethanol powered dirt Modified and asphalt Late Model

Bonnie Jablonske Bonnie Jablonske

Midwest Modified driver #23 Mitch Wiese

Retired Late Model driver #33 Richy Olson

Bonnie Jablonske Bonnie Jablonske

Four-time WISSOTA Late Model national champion Ricky Weiss

Brandon Nielsen and his #8T IMCA Hobby Stock

Retired Super Mod driver Les Wildin (Algona, IA)

Sprint, Midget and Indycar driver Bryan Clauson

Greg Lammers' #99 Pure Stock sporting the Dirt Show logo

2nd Annual Old Timers Racing Reunion

We had a great time at the Old Timers Racing Reunion in Rochester in late February. Truly amazing to see so many of our childhood heroes all in one spot on a winter day in Minnesota. These racing reunion events are always incredible, and we at The Dirt Show strongly encourage you to get out there and check one out sometime. Pic #1-Racers sitting in a group at the event. Pic #2-Gerhard Wollenburg (#96) in the tan hat. Pic #3-Lance Mathees talking to Bill Haglund about winning the Yankee Dirt Classic at Hawkeye Downs in Iowa. Pic #4-Mert Williams' late model station wagon from the early 1980's.

Midwest Mod drivers Bonnie Jablonske #17B and Ron Jablonske

Bonnie Jablonske Ron Jablonske

Racing legend Red Mullican passed away on March 21, 2016. Click here to read his obit.

Huber Welding Supply's Support for Dirt Racing Goes Way Back

Here's a picture of a 1948 sprint car dropped off by a customer at Huber Supply in Owatonna. Thanks to the guys at Huber who digitized the pic and shared it with us.

Hall of Fame Late Model and Modified driver #10 Dennis Hovinga

Ernie Tuff's '61 Ford Starliner, powered by Chrysler 426 Hemi

World of Outlaw Late Model driver #77 Jordan Yaggy

Tony Shaner's #23 Pure Stock at Dodge County Speedway (10/04/15)

Nate Coopman and his #9 IMCA Sport Compact car

Modified driver #74c Clint Hatlestad

Daniel Eckblad's #10E Stock Car

Mod Four driver Keith Thell and his #00t car

Sprint Car driver #1s Logan Schucart

Late Model and Modified driver #50 Jeff Wildung

IMCA Stock Car driver #1M Jeff McCollum (Thanks to Sarah Moriarty)

Street Stock, Super Stock, and Modified driver Tim Johnson

Street Stock driver #11 Sam Fankhauser

10th Annual Racing Reunion in Otho, IA

We attended Marty Pringle's Racing Reunion in Otho, Iowa, again this year and had an awesome time, as we always do. This event just keeps getting better and better every summer. Here are a few pictures of the event. If you ever have the chance, be sure to go and check it out, you'll be amazed at the number of old race cars and amount of history there.

Wissota Super Stock driver #7R Tommy Richards

IMCA Sport Compact driver Megan Sandvig and her #33 car

Caley Weese and her #77 Late Model

Troy and Jacob Dahle at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN

Driver McKenna Haase and her #55M Sprint Car

Late Model driver #32 Chris Simpson from Oxford, IA

The #07 Late Model driven by Don Swearingen

2nd Annual Josh Burton Memorial @ Bloomington Speedway (Bloomington, IN)

MSCS Non-Winged Sprints at Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN)

Jim Gullikson's #21 Wissota Street Stock

Adam Godeke's #3G Pure Stock

Adam Godeke carries the Stars and Stripes in the Dushek Racing/Dirt Show #3G Pure Stock during the national anthem May 15th at Chateau Raceway in Lansing, MN.

Pure Stock driver Greg Lammers' #99 car sporting the Dirt Show logo in 2015

Knoxville Raceway Hall of Famer #61 Stacey Redmond

Dirt Show guest Derek Green's #32 IMCA Stock Car and his new IMCA Modified

Ted Smallwood's American Flag Sprint Car

Larry Portis and his #59 IMCA Stock CarBrad Doty

Remembering Glen Anderson

It is with great sadness The Dirt Show notes the passing of a Minnesota racing legend, Mr. Glen Anderson. He will be missed greatly by his friends and family. Glen was born April 15, 1930 in Owatonna and died Sunday, March 29, 2015 in his hometown. What an extraordinary life he led both on and off the track. We will miss you Glen.

“Tribute to Trostle” and Open Wheel Swap Meet in Knoxville

On a snowy Saturday in late January, we made the trip down to Knoxville Speedway for the annual Open Wheel Swap Meet, which, on this occassion, included a benefit to celebrate the career of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Bob Trostle. Pictured below: Dirt Show host Klane Dushek and Hall of Famer Shane Carson, Bob Trostle checking out some the cars he built and owned, and Shane Carson's red #20 sprint car.

Dirt Show guest Brady Gerdes and his #2x ModifiedBrad Doty

Sprint Car 101 at the Kossuth County Agriculture & Motorsports Museum

Pictures: 1) 100+ fans in attendence, 2) Jim Edgington (left) and Norm Wiemers (right), 3) Norm Wiemers next to his car, 4) Terry McCarl (left) with the car he won Rookie of the Year at Knoxville with and Daryl Arend (right) who owned and worked on the car for McCarl’s first three wins.

Jesse Glenz in the #7x ModifiedBrad Doty

Brad Doty's #75 sprint car

Brad Doty

Doug Wolfgang, the Sweetest Man in Racing?

Why did we take a pic of this candy bar wrapper? Because it has an incredible story behind it. Late this past fall, your host dropped in to visit Doug Wolfgang at his shop called Wolfweld in South Dakota. We decided to go get some lunch, and when Doug reached into his pocket to get his keys, this wrapper fell out. He handed it to over and said, "Babe Ruth has a candy bar, this one's mine!" Back when Doug was winning everything in sight in the mid 1980's, he was working on his sprint car at the shop one day when the phone rang. The caller said, "Is this the famous sprint car driver from Sioux Falls, South Dakota?" And Doug replied, "Yes sir! It sure is!" What Doug soon found out was that the mystery caller on the phone was none other than the owner of the D. L. Wolfgang candy company. The man complained to Doug that he was receiving ten to fifteen calls a day to speak to the sprint car driver Doug Wolfgang and he was just plain sick of it! He and Doug have stayed in touch ever since, and in fact, this past October, when Doug's son Robby was married, the family passed out Wolfgang candy bars to all the wedding guests.

USMTS Modified driver Kelly Shyrock at the Kossuth Co. Museum

Nine-time USMTS Champion Kelly Shyrock being interviewed by Chad Meyer at the Kossuth County Museum on Sunday, January 18th, at the Dirt Modified 101 event.

Vintage Racing Images From a Few of Our Sponsors

Many of the businesses and people who sponsor The Dirt Show used to race themselves, and here are two examples for you. In the top two pictures you'll see Minnesota racing legend Barry Ketterings old car from 1974. The car was sold to Bill Collin of Interstate Truck Driving School, who drove it about a dozen times at Princeton and Northstar Raceway in 1975. The bottom two pictures are of Gary Wolff and his 1965 Chevelle Street Stock. Notice the intact windshield and wipers, they used them in the back then!

Dirt Show trip to Granite City Speedway

The Dirt Show crew took in some late season races at Granite City Speedway in St. Cloud recently. You might remember this track by its former name, Golden Spike Speedway. It was our first trip up there and we had a great time. It's a wonderful facility and they put on some great Wissota racing.

Retired Late Model driver and 2014 Dirt Show guest Em Fretheim

Dirt Show guest retired driver Norm Weimers

USRA Modified driver #20 Mark Motl

The Tragic Death of Robert W. Frame

This head stone located in Forest Hill Cemetery here in Owatonna is the final resting place of race car drive Bob Frame. Bob was the son of 1932 Indianapolis 500 winner Fred Frame. Bob came to Owatonna in 1947 with his sprint car never to leave again. He was killed in a race at the Steele County fairgrounds. The story goes, he showed up with a broken left wrist from a tow rope accident at his last race. The official told him he could not race with a cast on because it was too dangerous. Bob assured the official he would be just fine and persuaded him to let him race. Sometime during that day's race, disaster struck when two cars collided in front of him. He instinctively grabbed for the hand brake lever located on the left hand side of the car, but with his hand in a cast he was unable to stop in time. His car launched into the air and the resulting crash ended his life. We discuss this story on the October 25th, 2014 episode of The Dirt Show during the Owatonna Granite and Monument segment, be sure to listen!

Late summer trip to the Sprint Car Capital of the World

Knoxville Speedway and the Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum are a couple of our favorite places on earth and we always try to make the trip down at least a couple times every year. Here are some pictures we took on our latest trip: a view of the track from the 4th floor suit at the Knoxville Sprint Car Hall of Fame, Erin Crocker Evernham's WoO feature winning car, your host and his brother's brick at the Hall of Fame, and Klane with #24 Terry McCarl.

9th Annual Racers' Reunion in Otho, Iowa

We had the honor of attending the Racers' Reunion in Otho, Iowa, just outside of Fort Dodge, in late June and snapped a couple of pictures while we were there. Special thanks to the event's organizer Marty Pringle for a wonderful day and for keeping it going for nine straight years!

USMTS Modified driver #33z Zack Vanderbeek

Super Stock driver #21R Dave Read

Robbie Franklin's #1 Midwest Modified

Pure Stock driver Krysta Swearingen

UMSS Sprint Car driver #5 Anna Kouba

Bud Martini in his #42 Midwest Modified

Doug Wojcik's #3D Street Stock

Adam Godeke's Pure Stock at the 2014 Château Raceway season opener

Dirt Show guest Late Model driver Zack Johnson

Dirt Show guest Modified driver Josh Bazey

Dirt Show guest Steve Sorenson

Dirt Show guest Modified driver #40 Kevin Adams

Dirt Show guest Sprint Car driver #11A Bruce Anderson

Sprint Car 101 at the Kossuth County Museum in Algona, IA

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum recently held a free "Sprint Car 101" educational program at the Kossuth County Agriculture & Motorsports Museum in Algona, Iowa, and the Dirt Show crew was lucky enough to be there. The Kossuth County museum honors and remembers the history and heritage of agriculture and motorsports in northern Iowa, be sure to check it out sometime.The Sprint Car 101 program highlighted Iowa racing veterans Jim Edgington, Dick Forbrook and Stacy Redmond, who were in attendence. It was a fun and educational afternoon for all who attended, and we were sure glad to get the chance to go!

Vintage Racing Images

Louise Smith, NASCAR pioneer, with her wrecked car. Johnny Parsons, in his first USAC champ car at Riverside, CA. Dick Trimble, founder of Trimbles Honda in Austin, in 1955 on his Triumph 250 Cub. Monk Sorenson in his IMCA Big Car. And a driver lettering his car the old fashioned way, with a brush & paint can!

Sprint Car through the barn roof at Jackson Speedway

Nick Schwebach's Street Stock at Deer Creek Speedway in 2014

Dirt Show guest Justin Oestreich and his #46 Wissota Midwest Modified

Mitch Hovden

Marcel Hoaglan's Super Stock & son Marcel III at Cedar Lake

Street-legal Modified replica from New York

The Dirt Show crew visits Knoxville Raceway

Greg Hilbert's tribute to his father, Don "Shiney" Hilbert, and his 1957 Chevy

Winged and Non-Winged sprint car driver Johnny Parsons III

Cookies Sauces and Seasonings

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame

Midwest Collision

International Steel Erectors

Medieval Chassis

Extreme Powder Coating

French's Repair and Fabrication

Lodermeier’s Inc.

Chateau Speedway

Huset's Speedway

Huset's Speedway

Mississippi Thunder Speedway

Kossuth County Speedway

Deer Creek Speedway

Arlington Raceway

I-94 Speedway - Fergus Falls, MN

Granite City Speedway

Viking Speedway

Ogilvie Raceway

Murray County Speedway

KRA Speedway

Worthington Speedway

Sports Park Raceway

Madison Speedway

UMSS Series

Mid-American Renegade Sprint Car Series

Outlaw Mini Mod Series

Atwater Karting Speedway

Toner's Lake Karting

Blooming Prairie R/C Park

Kossuth County Agriculture & Motorsports Museum

Aero Race Wheels

Miner's Outdoor Rec - Blooming Prairie

Sign Pro

Altenburg Equipment

Youth Racers of America

Bat Wing Chassis

West Racing

Iowa Hall of Fame and Racing Museum

NAPA of Owatonna

Sorenson's Appliance Service

Cole's Electric

Snow's Classic Cars

Skjeveland Enterprises

Baier's Engine Service

Wehrs Machine

Foam Craft Packaging

Trimble's Cycle Center

JJ Wise Auctioneering

Misgen Auto Parts

VP Racing Fuels

P Won Performance

Bulldog Coatings

Schuster's Pressure Washer Sales

West Racing

Fast Shafts - Des Moines, IA

Severson Oil Company

Wolff & Son's Yard Services

Auto Trim Design

CS Customs

Hitch Doc - Jackson, MN

Nasco Equipment

Fairmont Racing Archives

Sprint Car & Midget Magazine

Teejay's California Clean

Kevko Racing Oil Pans

Race Photos by Missy

Dirtrack Racecars

Southern MN Mopar Mafia

JB Dist. CO. Inc. / Gillund Enterprises

Small Town Big Deal: America's TV Show

Open Wheel 101

Hinchman Racing Uniforms


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