Pictured Left to right: Paul Schulz, Addie Nelson, Rick Rodman, Marlyn Seidler, Mike Hagen, Ron Huettl
Pictured Left to right: Paul Schulz, Addie Nelson, Ron Huettl, Marlyn Seidler, Rick Rodman, Mike Hagen
MIKE HAGEN – DRIVER
October 20, 1964
Mike Hagen nicknamed Mad Mike Hagen, a Williston native started racing in 1985 in the Hobby Stock division as the #427x. Mike was involved in a crash his first year and one of his friends wrote, “Mad Mike” on his car. The race announcer picked up on it and it stuck, he’s been called Mad Mike Hagen ever since. He grabbed rookie of the year his first year of racing at the Williston Basin Speedway and was soon a force to reckon with. In 1987 Hagen was the Mid-season Champion and Season runner up in the Hobby division, nabbing ten feature wins that year at the Nodak Speedway. Mike moved up to his #27x Modified in 1988 and received another rookie of the year at the Nodak Speedway. In 1987 through 1989 he received the People’s Choice Award. Hagen has raced for many Championships in his racing career including; 1991 Dakota Modified Season runner up at Nodak Speedway, 1992 Mid-season and Season Champion at Nodak Speedway, 1995 Season runner up at the Nodak Speedway, 2005 Season Champion at Estevan Motor Speedway, 2011 Wolf runner up at Wolf Creek and 2012 Season runner up at Estevan Motor Speedway. Mike also pulled off many wins during race specials; he was the 1992 runner up at the Stampede in Jamestown, the 1992 Mandan Fall Nationals Winner, and in 1994 he won the Wissota Harvest 100. Mike also had 15 feature wins and was the Fast Shaft Qualifier in 2004, and finished 5th in points for the Dakota Classic Modified Tour in 2005. Hagen was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Modified drivers during Nodak Speedways 50th Anniversary. There’s no doubt that Mad Mike Hagen was a fan favorite at many tracks in North Dakota and Canada. He’s served on the Board of Directors at the Williston Basin Speedway and has had a lot of sponsors throughout the years to help support him, including his long time sponsor Hagen Seed Cleaning. Mad Mike has raced against many great drivers over his 29 years of racing from Paul Schulz, John Gaule to Aaron Turnbull and Steven Pfeifer. Hagen has now found himself to be considered one of the Greats.
RON HUETTL – DRIVER/CAR OWNER/BOARD MEMBER
Ron has raced at almost all the tacks in the region; Nodak Speedway, Red River Valley Speedway, Jamestown Speedway, Dacotah Speedway, and the Red River Co-Op Speedway. Ron’s older brother Jim Huettl raced in the 1960’s, and his younger brother Tony Huettl raced during the 1980’s as well. In 1976 Ron built a Super Stock but was too young to race so Curtis Wenger drove the car. Ron started racing in the Super Stock division in 1977 and continued until 1979. Huettl was the 1979 Minot Merchants Harvest 100 Super Stock champion, the same weekend he won a big race in Mandan at the Dacotah Speedway. Ron was not a stranger to the winner’s circle winning the Player 100 in Winnipeg, Canada, the Fargo Jamboree; Min Kota Spectacular, and his first Late Model feature win in 1980 on the 4th of July. He also was the 1981 Tri Can Late Model runner up in the Tri Can Association series, racing Fargo on Fridays, Winnipeg on Saturdays and Minot on Sundays. In 1981 Huettl was involved in a bad wreck that put him in the hospital for five days. He moved to Seattle in 1983, only to return and start racing again in 1995. Buying a Modified from Frank Klein and co-owning it with Alan Huettl. In 1996 he raced a Modified for Kraft and 1997 for Bobby Sagan. Huettl finished in the top five in the Dakota Modified Tour form 1998-2001. In 2002 Ron changed from racer to car owner, Nathan Burke drove his Modified from 2002-2005. Nathan won the Track Championship in rugby in 2002. Ron is currently serving as Nodak Speedway’s Treasurer, and is the main wrench for his son Jordan Huettl.
ADDIE NELSON – VOLUNTEER/BOARD MEMBER
Addie had no clue what a dirt track looked like let alone understood why everyone was so crazy about dirt track racing at the Nodak Speedway. Well, in September of 1994, her first date was going to the races with a special guy she really liked. She didn’t care where the date was. Today that special guy is her husband Rick. Rick showed and explained to Addie what was going on and from the moment she could feel the rush and excitement that he had described to her. That is when here career started at the race track. Her first job was learning how to lap count. She loved it and as time went on she had many opportunities to help out at Mandan, Williston and Underwood tracks as a backup lap counter. At that time, she definitely had racing in her blood. The other positions she worked during her time at the race track was: pit window, registering pitmen, drivers, memberships, line ups, draws for positions, back gate, pick rocks, and guard rail work. She has also worked special events such as World of Outlaws and Wild About Wheels volunteering at the door and enjoying making people smile and laugh. It didn’t take long to be a part of the racing family. Addie said she enjoyed meeting the pitmen, drivers, co-workers, sponsors, etc. She felt so important when she would come to the tack and people knew her, aka, Ms. Addie. The reason people folks called her Ms. Addie is because she arranged to have many of her Burdick Job Corps students come down and help with picking rock, setting up events and that is how her students addressed her. Nelson loves all the people that she has come into contact with and most of all the special on-going friendships she has made. There are two special moments at Nodak that she says she will always remember and treasure, being recognized as the “Volunteer of the Year” Award and later being elected as a Board Member on the Nodak Board of Directors. While serving on the Board she was diagnosed with Breast cancer and decided not to run again. Addie now sits in the grandstands, holler, eat and still lap counts in her head. Nelson is sure glad she went on that first date otherwise look what she might have missed out on! She is proud to have been involved at the race track, she said it was so easy to give time when you belong to such a caring family!
RICK RODMAN – VOLUNTEER
December 6, 1950
Rick volunteered at the Nodak Race Club from 1973 to 1986 volunteering as a firefighter. He took a break and soon returned in 1990 to continue volunteering for the club. He’s helped sell merchandise and regularly volunteers his time to help Nodak Speedway in any way. The past eight years his face usually can be seen at the pit gate. He makes sure everyone signs in and gets a wrist band before they enter the pits. No one gets by him without a wrist band. In 1968 to 1971 Rick was also a pitman for Joe Schmidt. Rodman has been involved with the Nodak Race Club for many years and has been a great asset to the club.
PAUL SCHULZ – DRIVER
Paul Schulz started racing the summer of 1968 at the age of 19. His first race car was a Ford with the number 3, and he successfully won his first feature during the first race at the McLean County Speedway in Underwood, ND. Paul raced at many race tracks over the years also including going out of state to South Dakota tracks. In 1972 Schulz won his first Championship at Central States Race track in the Modified Stock class with a Ford, number 3. In 1970 his number was changed to 103 and he started racing Chevrolet racecars. In 1971 Paul was the Mid-Season Champion at the Nodak Speedway. In 1973 he decided to try a different class and drove a Sprint racecar with the number 33. In 1974 Schulz decided that he would go back to racing a full bodied racecar, a Chevelle with the number 103. In 1975 the number was changed back to 3, and raced a Camaro in the Late Model class. In 1975 and 1976 he was the ND State Fair Champion in the late Model class. In 1977 Schulz tried out a Mini-Sprint, number 3 and raced in Bottineau, Minot Indoors, and in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 1978 Paul was back to Late Model racing and won the Minot Merchants Harvest 100, and the Tri-Can Special winner at the Grand Forks Speedway, he also received the Sportsman of the year award with the Nodak Race Club. In 1979 Schulz grabbed the Tri-Can Association Champion, and Late Model Mid-Season Champion at Nodak Speedway and the Upper Missouri Valley Fair Late Model Champion at the Williston Basin Speedway. Schulz’s Pit Crew received the best appearing Pit Crew award in the Late Model class in 1980. In 1986 and 1987 Paul drove in the Late Model class with the number 2 for Harry Kittler from Turtle Lake, ND. He received the Nodak Pioneer Award for the Wissota Modified class in 1989. Adding onto his belt of wins Paul was the 1991 25th Annual Stock Stampede Wissota Modified winner, and the Mid-Season and Season Champion at the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, ND. During the next five years Paul was busy with farming and didn’t make it to all the races. He had open heart surgery in 1995, so his racing was slowed down a bit, as soon as his health was better he was back to racing. In 1996, he drove a Late Model and traveled to the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND, and won the Budweiser Nationals. He has since been racing IMCA Modifieds with the number 3 and in 2014 changed it to 333. In 2009 he started the Strateline Engineering racing business, selling and building Modifieds. In 2011, he built a Hobby class racecar for his grandson, Aaron Aaseth, number 86. In 2013 a second one was built and Aaron went on to win the Southwest Speedway Championship in the 2015 season. Paul also built a SportMod for Aaron, so the racing goes on in the family. Schulz says he has no plans of quitting racing anytime soon, and he will continue to sponsor and work with his grandson. He has been very motivated to race throughout the years, has raced with many and has also made many friends. Racing is a family hobby and continues to be so.
MARLYN SEIDLER – DRIVER
Marlyn’s racing career started in 1974. Since then he has accumulated 16 Championships and 9 Runner-ups. 11 of the Championships being won in the last 10 seasons. He won 2 Championships in a Tri-Can Late Model, 3 in a Wissota Modified and 11 driving an IMCA Modified. The Championship Runner-ups were 2 in a Tri-Can Late Model, 1 in a Wissota Modifed and 6 in an IMCA Modified. He won 7 Championships at Nodak Speedway, 4 Championships at Dacotah Speedway and 1 at Jamestown Speedway and 1 at Bismarck Speedway. Other notable races he has won are the ND State Fair, Stutsman County Fair, Upper Missouri Valley Fair, Player’s 100 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Fall Roundup, Harvest Shootout, Nodak Speedway 100 Lap Feature winner, Desert Classic Race of States, Kings Speedway Hanford, CA, IMCA Modified Champion Speedweeks on Dirt-Florida, Dakota Modified Tour Champion, Stock car Stampede Wissota Modified Champion, 3 Governor’s Cup Championships, Dacotah Speedway and the final IMCA Modified race on the ½ mile track at the famous Manzanita Speedway, Phoenix AZ. Marlyn has received awards for Sportsman of the Year, Most Improved Driver, Driver of the Year and was honored when he was the first driver to win 7 Championships at Nodak Speedway, all of which were won in the premiere class at that time. Marlyn has served as Vice-President and Treasurer at Nodak Speedway. Marlyn has won 77 verifiable IMCA Modified races, in 1980 he won 26 Tri-Can Late Model races. Unfortunately there are no records from the early days and Wissota did not keep any records of wins. Between the Dakota Mod, Wissota Mod, IMCA Mod and Late Model classes he feels justified in believing he has won in excess of 350- 450 features in his career. There are a few interesting things about Marlyn that may have been forgotten over the years. Marlyn didn’t race from 1981 to 1987, as his family grew he needed to make a commitment to make farming work, during that time he started a custom harvesting business as well as a trucking business. Upon his return to racing there were nights he missed races due to the fact that it was spring planting or harvest. There were many times in the fall he was leading points and lost the championship due to the demands of the farm. In later years support from his wife and son allowed him to leave during the spring and fall seasons to continue to attend the races and therefore was able to win several Championships. His first race was with the #218, 1955 Chevy Street Stock which he purchased for $25. The first night he raced, during the heat race, he lost control of the car and slid into a light pole in the infield and knocked the lights out. Some still say it was all of SE Minot, but Marlyn doesn’t remember it that way. That was forever after known as his first “pole position”. With the racecar destroyed, that was the end of his Street Stock career. After such a stellar performance in the Street Stock, he made the calculated decision to move up to a Late Model and purchased a car from veteran car owner Kenny Miller. The first race he won was in 1976 at a Late Model Tri-Can race at Jamestown Speedway. Marlyn was a chassis builder, he built Late Model race cars the winters of 1979/1980 and 1980/1981. He sold cars to Marv Gillig, Ron Huettl, Paul Schulz and John Gaule, all of which went on to win numerous races in those cars. Hank Berry purchased his first racecar from Marlyn. “I’ve got a love for racing like some people have a love for fine wine!” 41 years later Marlyn is still behind the wheel winning races.
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