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Nodak HALL OF FAME

Introduction

2021 marked the start of the 69th  season for the Nodak Racing Club. The club is believed to be the longest running un-interrupted race club in the nation. After World War II came to an end, the United States was trying to get back to life as we knew it before the wars. In the 1950s Auto Racing started to grow all over the Country.  The club was started by a handful of young racing enthusiasts that enjoyed tinkering on and racing their cars against each other. However doing so on city streets and state highways was frowned upon by the local law enforcement groups, so they started looking for a place where they could race. The group of guys found an open area of land and quickly made it into an impromptu race track, which today is the location of the Nash Finch warehouse on Burdick and 16th Street.  Later that year in 1951, they headed east just a little bit, where Jim Hill and Magic City Campus are currently located. The two areas were used to get together and “hot rod” around; they were not under an organized race format on a designated race track at that time.

In 1952 some of the past years racers along with a few new drivers decided they wanted more direction and organization. They made the decision to create a club, The Nodak Racing Club.  The Nodak Racing Club was chartered in a local house on Burdick Expressway, the current location of the M&H Gas parking lot. Doug Amundson, Don Berg, Jim Bergo, Bill Delong, Lehre Evenson, Dave Hammer, Claude Hanson, Al Hochsprung, Andy Nikitenko, Gary Olson and Bob Rittgers became the founding fathers and the Charter Members of the club.

With the help of one of its members, C. Morris Anderson, the race club had a place to race. He provided a spot on North Hill just west of the current North Hill Bowling Alley. The first real organized season of Auto Racing in Minot was ready in the summer of 1953 on the North Hill Track. The Markle and Thompson Construction Company helped build the track, and Lehre Evenson became the first President of the race club.

After their incorporation as a group they drew up the first rules of racing for the track, from car and engine specifications to the organized race format itself. The members used old coupes and cars from the 30’s and 40’s. Many of the race cars had oil barrels for seats, and some had wood for wheels and doors, and it was not a surprise to see ropes as seat belts. The club ran a Class A and a Class B division in the early years.  The A class being the large 8 cylinder motors, and the Class B being 8 cylinder flat heads or 6 cylinder motors. The first four seasons there was even a C Class for new racers.

The club members decided that to grow the club, they needed a grandstand to put fans in instead of having them watch from the hood of their cars. Thus after one year on the North Hill Track, the club decided to strike a deal with the Fairgrounds for the 1954 season. They had a wood grandstand and horse race track already in existence, and had also held Auto racing at the track previously. Horse racing went away from the fairgrounds and track was then changed to two separate tracks for racing. They had a quarter mile track for regular shows, and a half mile track for large race events, such as the popular races during the State Fair. The State Fair was not designated the North Dakota State Fair until 1965. To this day the Nodak Speedway is still located at the fairgrounds.

This period of time was known as the Golden Years of racing at the speedway, when the auto racing was at its high point in the state. A new second-generation state of the art metal grandstand was built in 1958, and was packed to the rafters every week for the races.

In 1963, after years of coupe style cars, the club adopted the Super Modifieds and the Hobby Class as their two classes of cars. The club making the jump to open wheel race cars as one of the divisions was the largest changes to date for the Nodak Speedway. The Hobby Class consisted of 1950 model cars, and the Super Modified was what looked like a sprint car without wings. These classes remained steady until 1969, when a Super Sprint category was added to the show. The name tag of Super Modifieds went away the following year, leaving the Super Sprint class as the only open wheel class in the club format.

In 1971, the club went to a new generation of car bodies changing the Hobby Stocks to a Modified Stock class. Since that 1971 season, many more classes of race cars have come and gone to what the club runs now. A Late Model division appeared in 1972, which were cars that had been produced in the 60’s and 70’s. In 1978 the club made another huge change by changing to just one track, a 3/8 of a mile track that at the time was advertised as the “fastest track in America.”

As the club continued to grow to become one of the largest race clubs in the Midwest, a lot of different types of classes ran at the track, including Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Thunder Trucks, and the debut of the open wheel Modifieds in 1985. The club ran a Wissota Modified and Dakota Modified division, and now in 2021, the classes of Modifieds are IMCA Modifieds and Sport Modifieds. Legend cars were added to the regular program in 2005, but were voted out 10 years later in 2015. IMCA Sport Compact were added to the program as a part time class in 2017, which was the last class of cars added to date at the track. The classes going into the season of 2021 are IMCA Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stock Cars, Hobby stocks, and Sport-Compacts.

To this day many drivers will still say that the Nodak Speedway still boasts the best competition level of all tracks in the state. Because of that it is one of the hardest places to win a championship at, or even one feature race. The Board of Directors of the club today are excited for the upcoming season and the continuing tradition of the Nodak Race Club. With car counts normally over 100 cars per night, the annual World of Outlaw sprint car show, and numerous special nights like the annual Dakota Classic Modified and Stock car tour, the club races into the future.  A brand new third-generation state of the art grandstand is the new crown jewel of the fairgrounds. It has more available seating by far over the previous two grandstands, and is also a large bonus as the race club heads into the next decade of racing.

– Larry McFall, Nodak Hall of Fame Inductee

 

Voting

 

2021 Fan vote closed

‘ SMOKIN’ HANK BERRY

DRIVER

DOB: 

Hank was first exposed to dirt track racing at a very young age. His parents took him to Great Falls, MT to watch his uncle Dave race his Sprint car. He was totally in awe of everything about the whole experience. When he got older and into cars there was a drag strip in Glendive, MT, 55 miles away from home, so he decided he would try drag racing. Hank first raced a 900 Kawasaki street bike and eventually ended up racing a few Big block Chevy Chevelle’s and Camaro’s. During the late 70’s, the drag strip closed, so Hank decided it was time to go dirt racing. Hank went to Williston Basin Speedway one evening to watch the Late Models and was immediately drawn to one car in particular because it had a Big block Chevy engine and it just so happened to be for sale. Hank visited with Kurt Stebleton from Minot about the car and they came up with a plan to come to Minot and hot lap the car to see if he really wanted to go the Late Model route. It was about the mid-season of 1980, and the weekend Hank traveled to Minot, happened to be a double header. During intermission he got the opportunity to take the car onto the track and make a couple laps. Hank said it was quite an experience, he remembers thinking the car super noisy and it pulled to the left like nothing he’s ever driven. The combination of tear offs on the helmet, a very dark heavy race track, with lighting that wasn’t the greatest made it difficult to see. With that Hank told Kurt he would think about it over night and let him know the next day.

The next day Hank went over to Kurt’s house and wrote him a check for $7,600 for the Late Model, trailer and extra tires and wheels. Hank hooked up to the trailer with his El Camino and headed to the racetrack! He chose to start in the back of the heat race, so he wouldn’t get into any trouble trying to learn. Hank said his goal was to keep up, but a few laps in he dislocated his shoulder and spun the car out. Hank was able to get his shoulder popped back in, but pulled into the pits in pain. Feature time rolled around, and the same thing happened again, so he pulled into the pits in severe pain. Kurt asked him if he wanted him to hop in and finish the race for him. Hank told him sure. Kurt started in the back and started passing cars on the outside of the track when the green came out. He made it through corner 1 and 2 and passes more cars down the back stretch. Kurt gets to the middle of 3 and 4 and Ron Huettl shoots up the track and collects Hank’s car and, both cars go tumbling off the track. Hank’s car was mangled up, the carburetor is completely torn off the engine, and he said he was thinking what did I just get myself into? Hank left everything with Kurt and went back to Sidney. Kurt said he would give him his money back, but about a week later Kurt called Hank and said he could fix the car up again if he still wanted it. Hank still isn’t sure what made him say yes that day. Needless to say, Hank had quite the start to a long love affair with dirt track racing. Hank battled his dislocated shoulders for several years before getting them fixed.

1981 was Hank’s first full year of racing. He ended up in the points race, even with skipping an event to race in Montana. Hank didn’t win any races that year, or win the Championship, but he was a consistent top 5. In 1982 Hank purchased a Tri-City Buggy Late Model chassis and a different engine, and got his first win that year. After his first win, winning came easier and Hank won numerous races and Championship at the Nodak Speedway and Williston Basin Speedway. Hank considered Nodak Speedway his home track for the first 20 years of racing, but the drive home every Sunday night seemed to get longer and the time to sleep before going to work got shorter. Hank had to scale back from going to Minot every Sunday and actually scaled back racing in general. Racing is still a passion of his, but it does take a lot of time and energy to keep up with everything that goes on with owning and driving a race car. He said if he hadn’t scaled back, it would have been too much like a job that he didn’t like to continue at a full pace.

Hank never kept track of his wins and Championships. He said that never really mattered to him, as long as he was having fun. At Nodak Speedway Hank has won 5 Runner-up season Championships in 1984, 1986, 1991, 1993, and 1996. And 5 season Championships in 1985, 1987, 1988, 1993 and 1997. Winning 4 Harvest 100 races in 1986, 1987, 1990, and 1991. And also winning numerous fair races at Nodak. Winning at Nodak Speedway wasn’t the only place Hank has made a mark. His most memorable wins being the weekend he won the Jamestown Speedway Stampede race with his Late Model and Modified, making that 5 Stampedes wins for his belt, has won numerous ND Governor’s Cup races at the Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, and has proudly won 4 Dakota Modified tour Championships, with multiple Runner-ups. Hank currently runs both a Wissota Late Model and a IMCA Modified. He said his favorite car will always be the Late Model though.

Hank thinks of himself as an aggressive, but clean driver. He never really made enemies on the race track, and tries to race his competitors the way he would like to be raced. Hank isn’t sure how he got his nickname ‘Smokin’ Hank Berry. It was given to him by Ralph Lockwood, an announcer at the Williston Basin Speedway. Hank said it could have been from smoking cigarettes or the car smoking, but what he would like to think it came from was him smoking the competition.

VAL HORNER

WRECKING CREW VOLUNTEER

April 25, 1951 – February 22, 2020

Val Horner was born and raised in Minot, ND graduating from Lake Region Technical College in Devils Lake, receiving his certification as an auto mechanic in the late 70’s. He returned to Minot and started pitting for drivers Ralph Issac and Tom Evenrud in the Super Stocks.

In 1981 Val and his friend Terry Hovde started sitting in the stands as fans. Terry said they did what most fans do, judge the flagging and wrecking crews throughout the race nights. Val also convinced Terry to sponsor Wayne Johnson’s race program in 80’s.

After 9 years of sitting in the stands complaining amongst each other about the bad calls the flagman made that night or how slow the wrecking crew took to get to a wreck, in 1990 Val started his volunteering career with the Nodak Speedway as an assistant flagman. The following year he started working the wrecking crew, and stayed in that position serving 30 years until retiring in 2019. Val is described to be a wallflower, he didn’t want to have his picture taken, although you can find him in all the photos of the wrecks throughout the years. He was highly valued on the wrecking crew as the member riding on the back of the truck most often, not wanting to drive. With his knowledge about mechanics and cars, Val knew where to hook up the wrecker to the racecar correctly. Also knowing when the cars needed to be pulled or could be pushed. Terry described Val as the brains behind getting the racecars untangled when it came to the larger wrecks. The only wreck that stumped Val, was the Alan Fetzer wreck in 2004, when he rolled and landed in the flag stand. Nodak had to bring in Ole Olson and his wrecking equipment to get Fetzer’s car out of the flag stand area. Val was always the most reliable crew member as well, he never missed a race night, even if it was at the expense of missing a family event of his own. If he wasn’t helping hook up the wrecker to a car, you could find him on the track with his screw driver, picking rocks. Val was always willing to help, but didn’t want the recognition. His 30 years dedication to Nodak Speedway and his actions speak volumes.

TERRY FAUL SR.

DRIVER & Volunteer

November 12, 1941 – May 4, 2017

Terry Faul’s association with the Nodak Race Club began in 1963 when he started attending races. For the first 10 years, Terry was a spectator in the grandstands, but in 1973, he joined the “Flash” Mylon Ash racing team as a pitman. He was a member of Ash’s team for four years until 1977. Also, in 1977, his dad John Faul won the oldest father award at the age of 82.

In 1978, Terry bought a Street stock and raced until 1980. Terry didn’t collect any wins in his short stent as a driver, but he was one of the drivers that raced in the first Harvest 100. He was also the first driver to roll on the new 3/8-mile track that we now reside at on the North Dakota State Fair Grounds in 1980. This lead him to receive the hard luck award from the Nodak Race Club.

Following the 1980 race season, Terry continued to support the Nodak Race Club by attending the races and in 1987 he came out of retirement to pit for his son Terry John Faul. He did that until 1989. During the span between 1988 and 2017, Terry officially retired to the stands where he was a major supporter of the Nodak Race Club and had the distinct opportunity to watch and cheer on three generations of his family in the Nodak Race Club family. This included his son Terry John, his son-in-law Alan Medler, his grandsons Nathan Medler, Justin (Smalls) Medler and Darren Medler and his granddaughter McKenzi Faul. Terry was called upon many times in his retirement to drive the pace car and even with failing health he was always there at the races until his health problems prevented him from attending, but never missed a race still and watched it on Darn TV.

Terry loved racing. It was what his family did and was his life. Terry’s love of racing is a legacy to his life and for the lives of his five children, seven grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Loretta Joern

AUXILIARY PRESIDENT & Volunteer

DOB: MARCH 1, 1944

Loretta attended races with her husband Chuck Joern. Chuck started racing in 1965 with his Uncle Stan Pierson. The duo raced cars #155 and #152.  Loretta never missed a race supporting the duo.

In January 1969, the wives of the drivers joined forces and created the Nodak Women’s Auxiliary. The Auxiliary set in motion on January 28, 1969. Loretta Joern was elected, as the First President of the Women’s Auxiliary. She held this position for a second term, as well as other positions, until the Women’s Auxiliary was dissolved in 1977.

The Women’s Auxiliary provided weekly bake sales at Trinity Hospital, sponsoring trophies for the best-looking car at the Town and Country Car Show. Loretta and the other wives would serve lunch to club members after races. They sent children to the Y-camp, also taking part in the Cancer drives, and catering foods for annual picnics. The Auxiliary donated wheelchairs, toys, and games to the St. Joseph’s pediatric ward. After all their recognition, the Auxiliary was officially accepted as part of the Nodak Racing Club on November 1, 1969.

In 1973, they participated in March of Dimes for Mothers. They went door to door asking for donations in 1975 through 1976.  Donations were given to 4-H, Minot AFB, girl Scouts, Second Story, Muscular Dystrophy and Camp Owetti.

Loretta’s love for Nodak Speedway did not stop there. She continued volunteering with her husband. They worked the Pit gate and drivers’ sign-in, through the 70’s and 80’s.

When her sons started to race, Loretta spent her Friday and Sunday nights watching them race.  Ron Joern hobby stock #55 and #18 completed twenty years in the hobby stock division. Ron currently resided in Bismarck, ND.  Scott Joern hobby stock #52 out of Minot, ND. 2020 will mark Scott’s 25th year racing at the Nodak speedway. In 2005, her grandson Nate Joern #53 joined the hobby stock class with his dad Scott and Uncle Ron.

Nowadays, you will see Loretta in the Pits cleaning mud off racecars or sitting in the stands cheering on her grandson Nate and her sons Ron and Scott for the win!

Jesse Kluck

driver & volunteer

&

Bonnie Kluck

volunteer

Jesse raced in Iowa before moving to North Dakota where he raced at the Nodak Speedway in the Street class in the late 70’s. Bonnie helped at the pit window in 1978 through 1980. After a year or two she managed the pit window all by herself unless Nodak hosted a special. Bonnie did that for about 26 years while Jesse continued to race and pit for others. Jess also acted as a Pit Steward and ran the main gate. Their son Dorian Anderson they believed to be the youngest to wear the officiants striped shirt at that time. Gaining respect was a challenge. Not all racers were happy to pack muddy tracks when a 12-year-old sent them there. The Kluck family were actively involved until it got too hard for Jesse to get around in his four-wheel cart, retiring in the late 90’s. Bonnie retired a few years later in 2002 and passed down the fun to younger gals.

GERARLD “OLE” OLSON –

PRESIDENT – BOARD MEMBER – CAR OWNER – PITMAN

DONATOR – TRACK SPONSOR – FAN

DOB: JANUARY 17, 1952

Ole began his enthusiasm for the Nodak Speedway at the early age of eight years old attending races at the track.  Ole began his employment at Bee Line Service and Ward Standard Service & Wrecker in Minot.  These events led Ole to become involved with the above-mentioned titles for his devoted time and wrecker service at his hometown track in Minot for over 50 years.

In 1970, he began Olson’s Towing with a single truck.  In 1977, Ole purchased Bryce Aga’s Owl Wrecker (Never Home) Service, and combined the two into Olson’s Owl Wrecker.  He then further expanded, building his respectable fleet and business to become Ole Olson’s Towing & Recovery.  At an early age in business, Ole committed himself at Nodak Speedway to provide essential quick response wrecker service.  Always ready for a push start to cars stalled out on the track, a wreck or a multi-car pile-up, clearing debris, and an eye for track conditions.  A service vital to the Nodak Speedway operations.  A one-of-a-kind behind the scenes man.  As the business and race track grew, going to the track directing his operations and ensuring every week that the equipment was meticulously ready to roll and perform.

Ole’s leadership, with a keen eye and awareness, he implemented directives to promote safety with his crew and all involved at the track.  Notably the orange high visible clothing that the wrecker crew wore.  Especially in the early years the pits we’re located at the infield of the track.  A tight space in those years.

Ole also was a pitman to hometown legends Hoss Hauge, Danny Schatz, Doug Groves, and Wyatt Olson.  Throughout the years Ole has donated trucks and equipment still in use today at the track.

His son, Wyatt Olson following Ole’s passion, began racing in 2000 for 12 seasons at his hometown track Nodak Speedway driving car #57; Wyatt also raced in Rugby, Estevan, Mandan, Dickinson, and Williston.  Wyatt’s impressive career highlights many feature wins and several track championships.  Wyatt was runner-up in the stock car class at the Super Nationals in Boone, IA.  Wyatt is recognized as 1 of 6 drivers in the nation to win 3 track championships in a single season in 2004.

Ole served 14 years on the Board at Nodak Speedway.

Board Member – 1981, 1997, 2008, and 2009.

Secretary – 1990 and 1998.

Vice President – 1991, 1992, and 1993.

President – 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Ole was respectfully inducted in the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame in 2009.

Ole Olson’s Towing & Recovery continues today providing 24/7 service throughout the Midwest and Canada with wife Claudia, sons Wyatt and Dusty, daughter Rusti, and entire staff.

BARB KITTLER-SCHULZ

CAR OWNER – car SPONSOR -track sponsor – fan

DOB: November 26, 1945

Barbara “Barb” Kittler-Schulz has been an avid race fan since the early 1960s when her husband, Harold “Harry” Kittler, started his lifelong passion for the sport that eventually led to an induction into the Hall of Fame. She has been involved in almost every aspect of racing with the exception of getting behind the wheel. She continues to be a sponsor of cars, tracks, and special racing events. Shortly after Harry’s driving career came to an end in the 1970s, they started their endeavor as car owners until Harry passed in 2001. They owned everything from sprint cars to late models to modifieds. Some of their drivers included Hank Albers, Danny Schatz, Paul Schulz, Kevin Sondrol, Mike Tomlinson and Troy Kittler.

As a car owner/sponsor, Barb has been a part of over 50 feature wins, multiple championships (including a 2017 Nodak points championship), Harvest 100 title, Harvest Shootout title, Arizona Mechanical Shootout Weekend Champs, Harvestfest championships at the Geographical Center Speedway, Roughrider Modified Feature winner and qualifier, and Dakota Classic Mod Tour qualifiers.

Barb married Richard “Grumpy Dick”/”Grandpa Dick” Schulz in 2005. Dick’s Hall of Fame career was already complete, but neither of them lost their love for the sport and remained involved in racing across the state. As a couple they sponsored a multitude of successful drivers and very rarely missed a racing weekend right up until Dick passed away in 2015.

Barb continues to be a staple member of the local racing community. She is a small town center piece and almost all of the racing success from the Turtle Lake area can be tied back to her influence in some way, shape, or form. She has been a driving force behind her family’s continued involvement in racing.

GLORIA SCHUMAIER

VOLUNTEER

October 22, 1947 – October 6, 2020

Gloria and her family started going to the Nodak Speedway races in 1954 at the North Dakota State fairgrounds in the old wooden grandstand. In 1975, Gloria was a pit-woman for her brother in-law, Henry Tarter Sr., she also pitted for her brother Rick Schmidt. In 1990 she met and fell in love with Glenn Schumaier a current Nodak Speedway Hall of Fame Inductee. Glenn was ran over by a race car in 1996, and that is when they started working together at the race track. Gloria began helping with the track preparations, picking rock, and packing the track. She also started helping with the Enduros, starting with the Brooking family and led to assisting current Hall of Fame Inductee, Tom Henderson. She also worked in the line-up crew down in the pits. Before technology took over, all the line-ups throughout the night had to be manually done. Gloria and Glenn flagged together at 5 different tracks throughout their stent of volunteering as well. Gloria has been a fan and supporter of the races for many years, racing has been very influential in her life, and she has been an asset to the Nodak Speedway race club.  

RICK NELSON

PITMAN – VOLUNTEER

DOB: July 16, 1958

Rick Nelson’s love for racing began when he was a child. The only cars that he would play with were race cars. Up to the age of 9, he was still collecting only race cars. Turning 9 was a big point in his life, his dream finally came true. His grandfather took him to his first race. In 1978, his pitmen career began. Rick pitted for Tommy Whitfield, Jim Hill’s Tech Auto, Darwin Strand, Drew Christensen and Henderson Motor Sports. His love of racing continued, and he had the opportunity to work in all facets at the Nodak Race Club other than being a pitman. He held numerous positions through his involvement such as: a long-time general member, a Board member, pit steward, ground flagmen, front gate attendant, lining up cars, corner judge, and even received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 19??. Rick lived and breathed racing and has been a longtime supporter. Beyond the positions he held in his involvement he also put countless hours throughout the week preparing the track for Sunday racing and special races by watering and farming. Rick also spent many hours picking MANY rocks and helped install a new guard rail in the infield in 19??.  His goal was always to make sure that the drivers left the track satisfied with the results of the race track each night they raced. Hoping they would spread the word to others about how awesome the track was to race on, and that Nodak was the best place to race. Rick was always available to help with whatever the club needed to get done. He never knew how to say “No”. That was a hard word for him.  He believed that if you are a member of the track, your job is to support the Nodak Speedway and help wherever help was needed, no matter what the job consisted of. No matter what position Rick held, he always had a smile on his face and provided a welcoming atmosphere for the drivers, and everyone he came into contact within the pits, whether new or the regulars.  He believes in giving respect to each other but the most important thing to him was providing excellent customer service by just saying, “glad you are here tonight, and good luck!”  Rick has said many times, “it’s easy to give your time when you belong to such a close family at Nodak Speedway”.  

NATHAN BURKE

DRIVER

DOB: July 15, 1974

After attending the races throughout his childhood, Nathan Burke strapped into the driver seat of the number 97 Street Stock in 1993 with the help of his twin brother, Derrick and their girlfriends Lisa and Tanya. They started racing without much. Including a trailer. Burke and his crew would tow his car to the track on race nights with a tow strap to their pick-up. He exclaimed he wouldn’t change that for anything though, because it brought good memories to look back on. Burke told the story of one night on the way home the tow chain broke. Lisa was riding with him as his brother pulled them behind the pick-up. Nathan said he started the car up and raced his brother home.

Over the years Burke has raced a Street stock, IMCA Stock car, SportMod, and Modified. He drove the open wheeled cars for car owners, Ron Huettl, Dusty Siedler, and Tom Kemper. Nathan is known as one of Nodak Speedway’s top drivers, and most successful at that, holding the most track Championships in the race club’s history at 9 Championships to date, numerous Driver of the Year awards, and Most wins within a season awards. Burke boasts about his most memorable career highlight of winning the 50-lap Stock car and the 100-lap Modified race all in the same night. His accomplishments at Nodak Speedway are what most drivers dream of.

Nathan has always been a very smooth driver behind the wheel, making moves that always seemed to get him to the front. Patience has always been key in being a successful driver. Although he said sometimes patience ran thin, but priding himself and his crew on winning with class. Nathan and his crew; Derrick, Darin, and Dusty spent numerous evenings in the shop on week nights preparing for the weekend of racing, with the number of nights spent on the car dwindling as their kids grew and started in sports of their own. Kelly, Ben and Carter always lending a hand too. Championships are won just as much off the track as on, and Nathan had a dedicated crew to get him there.

Burke has been a noteworthy driver for the Stock car class at the Nodak Speedway. He stepped away from racing after winning the 2018 Stock car Championship to spend more time watching his 3-boy’s activities. He plans to make a return, although no set plans of when that will be.

Nodak Speedway Stats:
9 Stock car Track Championships in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2018
1 Stock car Runner- up in 2010,
1 SportMod Track Championship in 2013

Career Stats:
14 Stock car Track Championships
1 SportMod Track Championship
97 IMCA Stock car wins
18 IMCA SportMod wins
3 Series Titles; 2008 Dakota Classic Stock car Tour Champion, 2009 Dakota Classic Stock car Tour Champion, and 2011 Dakota Classic Stock car Tour Champion
& Numerous non-sanction Street stock wins

induction process

Nodak Speedway Hall of Fame Nomination & Induction Process

A 13-person Nominating Committee will meet between the months of December and January to select the list of up to 15 nominees.

A 19-person Voting Panel + Fan Vote. The 19-person voting panel includes the members of the Nominating committee plus additional Hall of Fame Inductee representatives will vote on the Nominees to be Inducted. Collectively the Voting Committee will be a 20-person panel.

Each Committee Member will vote for 3 Nominees of their choice. The top 3 Nominees from the Fan Vote will be the Fan Nominee votes. Nominees with 70% of the vote will be inducted.
Example: 20-person panel – 70% of the vote would be 13 votes

The Hall of Fame Chairperson will outsource a Vote Counter. Vote counts for each Nominee will not be announced to the Committee or general public. The Vote Counter will only announce the Inductees with 70% of the vote.

If any member of the Nominating Committee or Voting Panel appears on the current year’s ballot. These individuals will be recused from participating in the nominating and voting process for as long as he or she appears on the ballot. If the individual is inducted, he or she will be automatically reinstated to participate on the committee the following year.

No more than one Nominee that is directly related to a Committee member can be considered on the ballot. If any Committee members are related to a Nominee, they will be recused from the voting process for as long as their relative remains on the ballot.

If the Chairperson is unable to fill all Committee member positions, the Committees may operate at a minimum 7-person Nominating Committee. If the Committee is unable to meet the 7-person capacity Hall of Fame Nominating and Inducting will cease for that season, and reinstate the following year.

 

WHO IS ON THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE AND VOTING PANEL?

The nominating Committee consists of representatives from Nodak Speedway, General members, and Hall of Fame Inductees.

The Voting panel will consist of the members of the Nominating Committee, former Nodak Speedway Presidents, and four additional Hall of Fame Inductees.

 

HOW DO HALL OF FAME MEMBERS BECOME APART OF THE COMMITTEE AND VOTING PANEL?

The Chairperson will contact each Inductee via mail, email, Facebook, etc. each year requesting a response with a deadline on interest in serving on the Committee. If you are an Inductee and are not receiving a request, please email kadiruby@gmail.com or message the Nodak Speedway Hall of Fame Facebook page.

 

HOW DO GENERAL MEMBERS BECOME APART OF THE COMMITTEE AND VOTING PANEL?

Contact Kadi Ruby if you are interested in being apart of the Nominating and Voting Committees. Email: kadiruby@gmail.com or message Facebook: Nodak Speedway Hall of Fame page. The request deadline will be posted on the Nodak Speedway Hall of Fame page at the end of each year.

 

HOW WILL COMMITTEE MEMBERS BE CHOSEN IF THERE IS MORE INTEREST THAN POSITIONS AVAILABLE?

If there is more interest than spots, the chairperson will take all names and randomly draw to fill the spots. The following year those Committee members will be recused from participation, unless the interest is not there, then they are eligible to participate. The names that did not get drawn will have first priority the following year.

DRIVERS
  • Participated in competition for minimum of 25 years
  • Must be retired for 3 years
  • If driver has raced for 40+ years, they do not need to be retired
CAR OWNERS
  • Has had a car in competition for minimum of 25 years
PITMAN
  • Has wrenched for a minimum of 25 years
  • Must be a type of person who will help anyone
BOARD MEMBER
  • Must have served the maximum terms set forth according to the current Nodak Speedway bylaws
  • Has held a minimum of 2 different positions
OFFICIALS
VOLUNTEERS
EMPLOYEE
  • Must have volunteered their time for the club for minimum of 25 years
  • Must be retired for 3 years
  • If officials, volunteers, or employees have committed their time for 35+ years, they do not need to be retired
SPONSORS/DONATOR
  • Must have sponsored or donated to the Nodak Speedway for a minimum of 15 years
FAN
  • Must have attended the Nodak Speedway races for a minimum of 30 years
ALL NOMINEES
  • Must have held a Nodak Speedway membership
  • Must be minimum of 50 years old
  • Individuals may also be considered who made significant achievements in the sport, but left the sport early due to a variety of circumstances

 

2021 NOMINATING COMMITTE

Hall of Fame Chairperson KADI RUBY
Nodak Speedway President BRANDON BEETER
Current Nodak Speedway Board Member SCOTT JOERN
Hall of Fame Inductee BETTY NORDSTROM
Hall of Fame Inductee MARLYN KORSLIEN
Hall of Fame Inductee LARRY SCHIMMELPFENNIG
Hall of Fame Inductee LARRY MCFALL
Hall of Fame Inductee MILT KORSLIEN
Hall of Fame Inductee ADDIE NELSON
General Member CHRIS REUER
General Member BECKY MEDLER
General Member BONNIE JOERN
General Member BOBBI GUNDERSON

2021 VOTING PANEL
Official 2021 Vote Counter – Monique Jensen

Hall of Fame Chair-Person KADI RUBY
Nodak Speedway President BRANDON BEETER
Current Nodak Speedway Board Member SCOTT JOERN – RECUSED
Hall of Fame Inductee BETTY NORDSTROM
Hall of Fame Inductee MARLYN KORSLIEN
Hall of Fame Inductee LARRY SCHIMMELPFENNIG
Hall of Fame Inductee LARRY MCFALL
Hall of Fame Inductee MILT KORSLIEN
Hall of Fame Inductee ADDIE NELSON – RECUSED
Hall of Fame Inductee JUDY MOCK
Hall of Fame Inductee RON HUETTL
Hall of Fame Inductee JIM CLIFFORD
 Hall of Fame Inductee UNFILLED
 General Member CHRIS REUER
 General Member BECKY MEDLER – RECUSED
 General Member BONNIE JOERN – RECUSED
 General Member UNFILLED
Past Nodak Speedway President TOM HENDERSON
Past Nodak Speedway President UNFILLED
Fan Vote Fans