The 2014 Inductees being honored during intermission August 30th 2014.
Left To Right:
Rod Conway, Jack Blotsky, Lowell Sem(Son Dan Sem), Judy Mock, Tony Marsh, Dick Schulz, Joe Cox(Son Frank), Pius Volk
The 2014 Inductees receiving their coat and plaque
Left to Right:
Bottom row: Dick Schulz, Jack Blotsky, Judy Mock, Lowell Sem (Daughter), and Pius Volk
Top row: Joe Cox (Son Frank), Tony Marsh, Tom Henderson, Lowell Sem (Son Dan), and Rod Conway
JACK BLOTSKY – DRIVER/PRESIDENT
Jack Blotsky first started racing at Nodak Speedway in 1965 in the Hobby Stock division and ran in that division up until 1969. Blotsky raced his way to the Mid-Season runner up and Season Champion in 1966, and Season Runner up in 1967. Jack moved up to the Sprint class in 1968, driving for Bill DeLong and Lowell Sem from 1968 to 1970. In 1971 he built and raced his own Sprint car and grabbed the 1972 and 1974 Sprint Mid-Season Runner up. Jack also served as Nodak Speedway’s President from 1973 to 1974. Blotsky’s job took him away from Minot in the mid 70’s, but he traveled to race in 1975 and 1976, running a Sprint car owned by Bill DeLong in Grand Forks and Fargo, and also ran a Super Stock in Great Falls, Montana in 1977. In 1980 Blotsky moved to Williston to run his own welding shop. He raced a Super Stock in 1981 at the Williston Basin Speedway, and also served as the President that same year. He held the Presidential position for the Williston Basin Speedway on and off for 20+ years, and stepped down from the position for the last time in 2010. Jack is Williston’s longest running President.
ROD CONWAY – DRIVER/CAR OWNER
Rodney’s driving career was very short, but successful. He started his dirt track racing career in 1973 driving a Street Stock he shared with his brother – and former Nodak President, Vance Conway. The following year in his only full season at Nodak he piloted the #243 to a track championship. He then went on to drive a ‘64 Plymouth Super Stock the following year. That season was scarred by four blown engines all while out front of the pack. Rod made a return visit to the track for one season in 1979 in an under-funded Late Model that ended his full time driving career. His time behind the wheel included many wins, a super-aggressive driving style that matched his personality, a large fan base from Westhope, and a Big Block Mopar under the hood. Rod’s involvement in dirt track racing had only begun when his driving days ended. Throughout the 80s and early 90s, he could be found in the stands any given Sunday with family until his two sons, Robbie and Randy, started racing in the early 90s and then again from 2009 until present. This year his family will have three cars at the track including his grandson, Chase, driving an IMCA Sport Mod. Throughout his sons’ years of racing, Rod has been the lead mechanic working to get the cars to the track and wrenching in the pits to help put the cars back together. Throughout their years of racing; Rod has helped guide them to many feature wins and a Nodak Championship. In addition to helping his sons, Rod has regularly helped provide financial assistance and mechanical knowledge to racers needing help to get their cars to the track. Some seasons providing assistance to as many as seven different drivers. Rod has always loved being around dirt track racing and the people that participate in the sport. He has always been the first guy to get his wallet out to help drivers in need for a racing charitable cause. He was a regular contributor to the annual charity Calcutta event in which he often purchased multiple teams and always gave any winnings to the drivers to help fund their effort. Although he has mellowed-out over the years, his passion for the sport has been known to surface occasionally. On race day, you will most likely find him in his race trailer laughing with his grandkids or tuning on an engine/carburetor for the many guys that look to him for help.
JOE COX – DRIVER/VOLUNTEER
Joe raced in the Hobby class, built his own cars and engines and also helped other people as well. He started racing in the 60’s through the mid 70’s, he loved racing at Nodak Speedway and at other race tracks also. The fair races were his favoritebecause at times they would race on the 1/2 mile instead of the 1/4 mile track. Cox also liked racing against different racers at the fair races. Joe won the 1968 &1969 season Championships in the Hobby class with the famous #189 that people still remember today. Cox was always a tough competitor, and had the drive to win. He always said that second is the first loser. At times he was the intimidator at the speedway, a very hard charger; he didn’t mind starting in back of the pack in the features because he said it gave the other racers a more fair chance to get a feature win. Of course Joe liked it better when his #189 Hobby car won and a lot it did. Joe worked for the city of Minot for many years, and would do things like helping pump the water out of track in the spring with the City of Minot pump trucks. He enjoyed visiting with drivers and people at the race track. Joe Cox had racing in his blood, and a lot of his best times were in that #189 Hobby race car.
TOM HENDERSON – CAR OWNER/PRESIDENT/VOLUNTEER
Tom Henderson has been one of Nodak Speedway’s top contributors. Tom joined the Nodak Race Club in 1974. He has served 20 years on the Board of Directors holding every position, 8 years of that being the President. Henderson has also held every position in the pits; flagman, back flagman, and pit steward. Tom was also involved and in charge of the track prep crew for over 20 years and, did his part as the blade operator. On a week night you could always find Henderson down at the track putting in numerous hours preparing for Sunday’s races. Tom has also owned numerous cars in his many years of involvement. As a car owner his son Kelly has brought him 4 Championships in the Thunder Trucks and Stock Car divisions. Henderson continues to stay involved the Noadk Race Club to this day.
TONY MARSH – DRIVER
One of the most successful drivers in the history of the Nodak Race Club, Tony’s career was full of victories, championships, and sometimes controversy. 1976 would be the first championship for Tony Marsh, as he shared the Street Stock title with co-driver Tom Whitfield, followed by two more titles in the Street Stock class in 1980 and 1981, and also won the season championship in a second class, the Dakota Modified division, in 1986. Tony Marsh grabbed the headlines in many a Minot Daily News Sport page in the 80’s, seemingly winning feature races almost on a weekly basis. Marsh drove the familiar white number 80 machine out of Velva through the early 90’s, when he went into retirement and returned briefly in the early 2000’s to race at the Geographical Speedway and a few other venues until finally retiring for good. Marsh came from an era where track records and results were not saved permanently like they are today, or his win total would probably be overwhelming. Marsh was known as a hard competitor that would drive as hard as he needed to get to victory lane, which caused a lot of drivers and fans to either like him, or develop a strong dislike to him. Yet to this day, Tony Marsh with four championships under his belt is one of the most successful and winningest driver of all times at the Nodak Speedway. To this day, Marsh remains one of the only drivers in history that had an active fan club that would post up banners in the grandstands, and hold up signs every week as well cheering him on.
JUDY MOCK – VOLUNTEER
Judy Mock has been a fan and member of the Nodak Race Club for 25 years, and has been attending the races since the early 70’s. Mock has been a Nodak volunteer since 1997 and volunteered all the way up until 2013 helping out at the pit gate window. Her duties were
registering drivers, pitmen, memberships, cashier, draws for positions and others. She said it was 16 years of fun and excitement, with so many changes over the years, and working with great people and friends. She enjoyed meeting new drivers and pitmen. Judy was a very
faithful volunteer to the Nodak Race Club. Working all the summer Holidays and helped out with the World of Outlaws. She always came early on race day to clean and be prepared for opening time. Mock enjoyed her many years at the Nodak Race Club and will miss all the great people involved.
BOB MOODY – DRIVER
Bob appeared on the Nodak Race Club scene in the mid 70’s. He was one of the top drivers in the 70’s. Moody nabbed two straight championships in 1978 and 1979 in his Late Model. Bob was a well-known driver around the area, and a well-respected one in the Late Model division.
DICK SCHULZ – DRIVER
Dick Schulz of Harvey, ND, nicknamed “Grandpa Dick,” raced for 35+ years. Dick stated, “Nothing is worth doing if you don’t love it and have fun at it.” Schulz won 6 Championships at Nodak Speedway; 1970, 1971, 1972, 1996, 1997, and 1998. Dick was also the Champion at Dacotah Speedway in Bismarck in 1996 and 1997, and 1997 in Rugby at the Geographical Center Speedway. Schulz won the Governor’s Cup in 1996 and 1997, and also grabbed the #2 spot in National Wissota points in 1996 and 1997. Dick was also a runner up Champion several times. Hundreds of trophies were won by Dick over the years; he liked giving them away to the kids to see the big smile on the young recipients face. Schulz says some races were more exciting than others and many remain memories that still are talked about today. He still works in his Schulz Engine & Machine shop in Harvey and over the years has built many competitive engines for other drivers. He has seen many changes in the racing world, and has been grateful for the support of sponsors, pitmen and women, fans, friends, and mostly his family over all these years. Nodak Speedway is home to Dick and he still enjoys the races every Sunday. Schulz says, “It is in the blood,” and always will be even if his driver’s seat is now in the grandstands!”
LOWELL SEM – DRIVER
June 27, 1934 – May 4, 1996
Lowell Sem was a long-time member of the Nodak Race Club. During his years in the club he was involved with driving, building, maintaining and/or owning a car. In the late 50’s, he participated as a driver winning several races. In 1959, he and his car #10 earned the season championship. He drove for a couple more years, to then give it up in the early 60’s. It was off
the track where Lowell would be most remembered. Over the years, Lowell served on pit crews for several drivers not inclusive of but including Bob Lillegard, Al Lizotte and Ralph Johnson. Although he may have been on one driver’s crew, he would use his expertise to help everyone in the pits keep their cars on the track. Lowell was a machinist by trade. It was his ability to “build” pretty much anything that would make him popular amongst his racing peers. According to Ralph Johnson, if you needed a gear or even a rear end, he could make for you. Nearly every week, someone would break down and Lowell would run to Northern Machinery, make the needed part, return to the track, install the part and get the car and driver back out on the track. In the early 70’s, Pius Volk’s car started on fire while he was racing. Pius was unable to unbuckle himself and soon he was on fire as well. Lowell managed to quickly locate an extinguisher, run out on the track, and put the fire out. Pius was severely injured, but recovered and raced again. Lowell ended his involvement in racing around 1975. By this time, he was employed as a machinist for the United States government. He was responsible for creating or “building” replacement parts for the engines responsible for firing the nuclear missiles all across the country. One of his proudest possessions would be a letter he received from President Reagan recognizing his contribution to his country. This is ironic as he was drafted at the age of 18 during the Korean War. He did not pass the physical. At the time, he was recovering from a collapsed lung. Lowell would pass away on May 4, 1996 at the age of 62 from lung cancer. The US military honored him at his funeral by draping his casket with the US flag and presenting it to his family. Ralph Johnson spoke of Lowell saying, “No one deserves more to be elected in to the Hall of Fame. He was a great crew guy. He would help anybody.” Lowell is survived by a daughter, Kelli Edwardsen, Winnipeg, MB Canada and a son, Dan Sem, Minot, ND and their respective families.
PIUS VOLK – DRIVER
September 3, 1941
Pius Volk started racing in 1962 at various tracks around the state of North Dakota. In 1963 he came to Minot to race at the Nodak Speedway, and soon after joined the club. He raced mostly in the Hobby Stock division. Volk won the 1968 Mid-Season Championship at Nodak and also won a State Fair Championship on the ½ mile track with his brother’s #108 Chevy. Pius won many features and trophy dashes, so his motor was always getting torn down after the races. Thus he decided to move up to the Sprint division, driving the #0 Sprint car owned by Bill DeLong. Volk was involved in a horrible track accident in 1971 involving a fire; he spent 3 months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. He came back the next year with a new #1 Sprint car, racing all over from Winnipeg, Canada to Fargo. Pius also won many features and trophy dashes in the Sprint division, but never managed to grab another Championship. Volk was one of the men who first started the race track in Rugby, now known as the Geographical Center Speedway. Pius also helped the Nodak Race Club build the 3/8 mile track we race on to this day, and he was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone if they needed it.
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