Jason D Searcy http://www.speedtalkon1360.com/
19 seasons of racing at this amazing facility 1991-2009. 4 years of dirt racing and 15 years as an asphalt track.
I-94 Speedway was built by Dick Johanneck and opened in 1991 as a dirt track.
In 1993 Scott Bloomquist won the UMP Summer Nationals event, he set a fast time of 15.44 seconds and held off Billy Moyer.
1993 Craig Dollansky and Tim Monson won the "Outlaw" Sprint double feature races. Doug Wolfgang finished second in both races. Donny Schatz finished third in the second feature.
April 21 of 1994: Dick Johanneck announced he was switching the track surface to asphalt because it was "the future of racing."
Sep 11 1994: was the inaugural "MN Governors Cup," won by Steve Carlson. Michael Waltrip (back row, 4th from left) and Matt Kenseth (back row, far right) also raced in that event.
Aug 4 1996: was the "Missing Kids" American Indy car 200. Patty Wetterling was the honorary starter. Greg Gordon won the race and local star Travis Whitney finished third and Jacques Lazier fourth.
Sep 2000: Dick Johanneck transferred operation of the facility to the Mike Giles/Les Ferris group.
Sep 2001: Tim Olson and his family took over track operations and changed the name to I-94 Raceway.
Jan 2002: I-94 Raceway became one of the original three "ASA Member tracks" in the nation.
July 5 2003: NASCAR Elite division July Spectacular won by Eddie Hoffman. Jon Lemke won "fast time" with 16.89 seconds. Clint Bowyer also raced in this event.
Sep 19 2004: Fall Nationals event, 166 cars competed. Jeff Van Oudenhoven won the race and Dick Trickle raced in this event.
July 3 2005: ASL 150 won by Ryan Matthews. Landon Cassil, Jarit Johnson and Kevin Cywinski also raced in this event.
July 7 2007: ASA Midwest tour won by Jacob Goede, he also set "fast time" with a 16.97. Ron Hornaday finished third.
July 5 2008: ASA Midwest tour won by Dan Fredrickson. Chris Wimmer "fast time" with 16.76
2010: Ron Somers and MN Sawdust and shavings takes over operations of the property and discontinue racing.
I raced at this place from 1996-1999 and was the announcer from 2000-2008. Lots of memories, awesome racing and great people. Loved every minute of it, hope you did too.
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I-94 Speedway/I-94 Raceway 1991-2009