Deer Creek Speedway
Honors Drivers at Annual Awards Banquet
By Bill Nelson
November 17, 2012
Spring Valley MN
The final event on the calendar for the 2012 racing season at Deer Creek
Speedway and Button Buck Speedway are in the books. The annual banquet
was held at the Eagles Club in Rochester who provided a great location
and space for the banquet and catered a wonderful meal for all to enjoy.
After the meal the award presentations started with videos of the season
highlights put together for each class as the top drivers in each class
came to the stage for their awards.
The Truck Country Slingshots were up on stage first to receive their
trophies. In the pewee division Easton Wasmund received the most
improved award and won the track championship for the division. Keegan
Einck took home the championship trophy and most improved for the junior
division after taking home five wins in the season and narrowly edged
out Jim Chisholm for the title. Derek Clement took home both honors for
the senior division also with five wins on the season. Derek Clement
also won the Sportsman of the year award for the Slingshots while Elaine
Sorensen took home the Parent of the Year trophy for the slingshots.
The Cap N Cork WISSOTA Street Stocks were on stage next with Shaun Mann
taking home the most improved driver in the division. Mike Blowers took
home his first track championship at the speedway with four wins.
Blowers also won the best appearing car award given out by Buck Monson
Jacob Bleess took home the title for the Hinz Trucking USRA B-Modifieds
also becoming the youngest driver to win a title in Deer Creek Speedway
history at the age of 15. Bleess took home three wins on his way to the
track championship. Bleess also took home the most improved driver for
the division and finished fourth in USRA National points.
Steve Paulson from Dirt Doctor Trucking took to the stage for the Dirt
Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modified division as drivers received
their awards. Cory Crapser took home the title with ten wins at the
speedway. This was Crapser's second title after winning the Street Stock
title previously. Crapser was also recognized as the 2012 WISSOTA
National Champion. Bill Stettner took home the most improved driver
award for the class.
The Wagner Trucking WISSOTA Super Stocks took to the stage next with Al
Wagner on hand to present trophies. Kevin Hager took home the most
improved driver award for the division while Kelly Anderson took home
his second straight track championship.
The Altenburg Construction WISSOTA Late Models were on stage next with
Andy Altenburg on hand to present trophies to the drivers. Jerry Bloom
took home the most improved driver award. Mike Prochnow won three
features on his way to the 2012 track championship his third straight
title at the speedway. This was the third time a driver had won three
straight track titles.
Jason Zeliadt from NAPA AutoCare Group was on hand to present trophies
to the drivers in the NAPA AutoCare USRA Modified division. Jake Timm
took home the most improved honors while Brandon Davis took home the
track championship with eight wins on the season. Davis was also crowned
the USRA National Champion enroute to his third track championship of
Other drivers receiving awards were Rookie of the Year Steve Amundson
(Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds). Hard Luck Award went
to Brandon Hare (NAPA AutoCare USRA Modifieds) and Sportsman of the Year
went to Tyron Friese (Dirt Doctor Trucking WISSOTA Midwest Modifieds)
Photographer Scott Gulbranson took some incredible pictures throughout
the season and was credited with the photos used for the banners and
dirtheads of the winning drivers. Sandy Brinkman and Buck Monson were
also on hand during the year and contributed photos used during the
The Queensland Family thanked everyone for the 2012 racing season and
noted after much discussion all 6 classes will return to the Deer Creek
Speedway for the 2012 season; USRA modifieds and B-Modifieds and WISSOTA
Late Models, Super Stocks, Midwest Modifieds and Street Stocks. The 2012
season saw great racing action and the fans filled the stands with more
fans attending the races during the 2012 season than any other season in
history at the track. In total there were 555 drivers who registered at
the speedway during the season from 23 states, Canada and Australia
The tentative 2013 schedule for the speedway was released with March 30
being the annual Clements Car Show. Racing action will start on April 6
with specials throughout the year, the mainstays of the Gopher 50 in
July, The Sprint Show in September and the season concluding with the
Fall Jamboree. Other specials will include the Southern MN Spring
Challenge on Memorial Weekend. The Firecracker on June 29. The World
Modified Dirt Track Championships July 24-27 and the BP Labor Day Dual
Presented by Baudoin Oil on Labor Day weekend.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the car show in March and then at
the season opener April 6. Have a safe and happy off-season.