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Zimbrick Chevrolet

Zimbrick Chevrolet in Sun Prairie celebrated their grand opening Tuesday evening. The Badger series had cars displayed for the event. Zimbrick acquired Stark Chevrolet, Sun Prairie in September of 2013 and is located at 1877 W. Main St.


Lincoln Speedway cancelled due to heavy rains

The BMARA/POWRi cosantioned race on Friday at Lincoln has been cancelled.


The regular meeting for BADGER will be held on Tuesday March11, 2014 at 8:00 PM at 1855 Saloon & Grill, Cottage Grove, WI.

The 2014 dues are $175.00 for Owner/Driver with points in both (includes excess insurance), $125.00 for Driver with Driver Points only $125.00, $100.00 for Owner with Owner points only, $100.00 for active voting members (includes excess insurance) and $50.00 for associate voting members, $25.00 associate non voting member (excess insurance available for additional $55.00 for members or $80.00 for drivers ). If not paid by the first race of the year, the dues will be $10.00 extra for late payment. No Points until your membership is paid.

Badger will have a booth at Madison Kids Expo at Alliant Energy Center of Dane County, Madison Wisconsin. Take John Nolen off Hwy 12-18. March15 & 16, 10:00 AM -4:00 PM daily. We could use help set up and attending the booth.

8th annual bowling Event, Sunday April 13th

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Zimbrick Chevrolet & Mid-State announced as Badger Series sponsor

By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Feb. 25---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) announced today, that the series for the fifth straight year, will have two co-title sponsors for the upcoming 2014 season.
The All-New Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie/Mid-State Equipment Badger Midget Racing Series will run a 16-race schedule at six different tracks in Wisconsin and Illinois. Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway will again be the cornerstone of the series, with ten races slated at the famed 1/3-mile facility. The 78th year of sanctioning midget auto racing, for the country's oldest midget auto racing begins on April 4 at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway, while the May 24-25 doubleheader kickoffs off racing at Angell Park Speedway..
The Zimbrick location on Sun Prairie's Main Street, is one of sixteen franchises in three cities.They feature a complete service and parts department, along with body shop facilities. For further information go to:
Mid-State Equipment is a full line John Deere, and Bobcat Dealer with seven locations in Southern Wisconsin. They offer an extensive inventory of agriculture equipment along with equipment to suit the needs of commercial and homeowner users. For further information go to:
The Badger 600 Micro Series Series will contest eighteen events at four different tracks.

Badger announces 16-race slate for 2014

Ten at Angell Park
By Bryan Gapinski, Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 23---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) released a sixteen race schedule for the 2014 racing season, today. It will mark the 78th year of sanctioning midget auto racing, for the country's oldest midget auto racing organization. Mid-State Equipment returns as title series for the fifth consecutive year.The series will run events at six tracks in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway continues as the cornerstone of the series, with ten races slated at the famed 1/3-mile facility. Among the highlights include: a new two-day date for the 33rd annual " Pepsi Midget Nationals" on July 5 and 6, and The Cornfest Midget Classic on August 17, both events will be tri-sanctioned by Badger, POWRi, and USAC.
The track will open Memorial Day weekend with the Sue Thiel Memorial doubleheader on May 24-25. The co-sanctioned event with POWRi, kickoffs off the American portion of the fifteen-race POWRi Lucas Oil Midget World Championships, and will feature drivers from New Zealand and Australia.
Three Sprint Car/Badger Angell Park events are scheduled, highlighted by the return of the IRA Bumper to Bumper Sprint Car Series to facility on June 1 and July 20. It marks the first IRA sanctioned event at the track since August 7, 1985. The USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series will run three weeks later on June 22.
Wilmot (Wis.) Speedway will host "The 8th annual Salute to Harry Turner" on Saturday July 26. Badger will co-sanction five events in Illinois with POWRi including the season opener at Lincoln Speedway on April 4, and return to the facility on July 11. Remaining events include: Jacksonville Speedway (April 25), Macon Speedway (April 26) and Fairbury American Legion Speedway (July 12).
The Badger 600 Micro Series will run all ten events at Angell Park Speedway, along with both Wilmot Speedway races. Additional stand-alone races for the Micro's will be announced in early February.

2014 Schedule

Fri. Apr. 4 Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway*
Fri. Apr. 25 Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway*
Sat. Apr. 26 Macon (Ill.) Speedway*
Sat. May 24 Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, Wis.)*
Sun. May 25 Angell Park Speedway*
Sun.June 1 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. June 22 Angell Park Speedway
Sat. July 5 Angell Park Speedway**
Sun. July 6 Angell Park Speedway**
Fri. July 11 Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway*
Sat. July 12 Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway*
Sun. July 20 Angell Park Speedway
Sat. July 26 Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway
Sun. July 27 Angell Park Speedway
Sun. Aug. 17 Angell Park Speedway**
Sun. Aug. 31 Angell Park Speedway (rain date: Sep. 1)

*=co-sanction with POWRi - **=co-sanction with USAC Nat'l, & POWRi

Cade and Amy Reisdorf with Bill Ecker talk about their Car Owner title

Midget racing team takes title
Photo and Story By Roger Hamilton
Tribune Reporter

RAB Racing is about to begin its 18th year of midget racing with the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association, but the just concluded 17th year was rewarding as they captured the extremely close Car Owner title, their first.
Bill Ecker of Town of Burke is the primary owner of two midgets; however his wife of 42 years, Rosemary, died of cancer in 2012.
"She is the R in RAB. She never missed a race at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, but she didn't travel with us when we ventured outside Wisconsin," Ecker said.
His daughter, Amy Reisdorf, of Waunakee, is the A in RAB.
"The title was so wonderful, because our driver, Brad (Kuhn), had dropped way back after a blown tire around lap 20 during the final Pepsi Nationals 50-lap race, and I thought it was over," Reisdorf said. "But Brad is so good at Angell Park, he is so intensely focused."
With about half a race remaining, the current four-time Badger driving champion Kuhn started rallying, finishing second to Zach Daum, and obtained the Car Owner title by eight points.
Ecker, in a rare show of emotion, walked onto the track halfway toward the flagman on the front stretch, found his family in the crowd, and raised his two arms in victory.
Reisdorf trying to contain her emotions, said, "Then I almost missed Kuhn's race finish interview, as he started to cry, saying he really wanted to win the Pepsi race, he was happy for us and that this was his last race in Wisconsin; he's retiring,"
Reisdorf continued, "Did he just say he's retiring? Kuhn has two young children. He's from Indiana. I understand as I have 9-year-old Cade, and as difficult as it is sometimes, he enjoys the racing too.".
Ecker said RAB earned the title because of Kuhn, though there were a few nights that he had as many as six other drivers because Kuhn had himself a USAC ride, as well.
"My first driver was Scott Hatton way back in 1996, as I was a shop class teacher at Madison LaFollette High School, which is where I first met Randy and Kevin Koch. All these kids became racing champions with Badger, and I was a mechanic of the year once, too," Ecker said.
Their mechanic, Steve Wineke, won the mechanic of the year award in 2013 because of all of his work on the #57 RAB Racing cars.
"It's really busy here at their Town of Burke home on race Sundays," Reisdorf said. "We can have anywhere from four to 40 people here working on the cars before we haul over to the speedway. "
Ecker, now retired from full-time work, focuses on rebuilding his cars for the biggest midget event in the world, which is the Chili Bowl, a five-day event in Tulsa, Okla., that starts Jan. 13, culminating on the 18th, featuring a total of 270 midget cars.
"I have only missed a couple of the years," Ecker said.
This will be the the 28th annual. Reisdorf goes as well.
"Maybe Cade, too. We'll have two outstanding Sprint car drivers, Matt Mitchell and Chad Buespflug, in our cars," he added.
"The Expo Center is so huge and full of midgets and haulers, you get 15 races each night and then nearly 50 on the final day. Most of the time, it's a little warmer there, too," Reisdorf said.
"The racing is so intense here in Sun Prairie, it's very difficult to win, which is why the title is so gratifying," Ecker said.

Midget Racing History "Talk" scheduled during Chili Bowl

Eighty-one years of midget racing history, lunch and door prizes, highlight the upcoming 1st annual Midget Auto Racing Historical Lecture taking place during the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on Thursday morning January 16, 2014. The sport celebrates its 81st anniversary during the 2014-racing season.

The event will be held in the Media Room located inside the credentials office, at the main entrance to the River Center Expo Center (by the Golden Driller). A social time will be from 9:30 am to 10:00 am, with the discussion beginning at 10 am sharp. Lunch is included in the registration price, with the event ending around 1:30 pm.

Bryan Gapinski, well-known historian, publicist, writer and announcer in the sport for over thirty years, will head the discussion. A bound historical materials book will help attendees follow the presentation, which will include a power-point presentation supported by video/audio and memorabilia.

Among the topics to be discussed will be:
---Recap of midget racing from the first event on June 4, 1933 to current.
---History of Indoor Racing.
---Midget racing's most famous venues, past and present.
---Forgotten heroes.
---Summary of the five oldest current organizations: Badger, BCRA, ARDC, Rocky Mountain and NEMA.
---Question and answer session.

Every attendee will also be guaranteed a door prize from the vast number of contributors including: books, apparel, DVD's, and autographed items.

Cost to attend is $50 ($45 pre-registration by Dec 18). A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the 2014 National Midget Driver of the Year point fund. Space is limited; please reserve your seat today! Register before December 18, will receive a $5 discount.
Please email your registration to (replace -AT- with @) or call (608)-335-5385.
Payments are accepted by check payable to: Gapinski Racing Enterprises 314 Rivera Drive Waukesha, WI 53189
or to our Paypal account: (replace -AT- with @)
A registration confirmation will be returned to you via email, with payment information.


The regular meeting for BADGER will be held on Tuesday December 10, 2013 at 8:00 PM at 1855 Saloon & Grill, Cottage Grove, WI. This will be the annual Christmas Meeting with snacks furnished by 1855.

NOTE- There will not be a regular meeting for BADGER in January (enjoy the Chili Bowl)

The results of the election of the 2013 Officers and three positions on the Board of Directors:

President- Harlin Kitteson
Vice- President- Jim Schulenberg
Secretary Paul Krueger
Treasure Jim Schulenberg
Sgt. at Arms- Amy Schulz
Brd. Of Directors- Steve Wineke, Clare Rhone 2014
Dwight Huston, Brandon Waelti 2015
Quinn McCabe, Chad Bogar 2016
Kevin Weisensel Alternate

The track officials for 2014 will be selected at the January Board Meeting, so be sure to get your application in.

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