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1991 Flashback

Flashback 1991

It was June 29th, 1991 and the Greenbush Race Park was getting ready for their opener night.  But before this night came there was a lot of preparation that needed to be done.  Construction of this facility began in the fall of 1990. With the help of many area farmers, the clay base for the track was put in place in about two weeks’ time. The coming of deer season seemed to pull our interests away from the race park, and construction was halted until around the first of April. Work was fast and hard for the next three months, consuming the materials listed below – and then some! (From the season opener program).

25                     Acres Land
12,000               Cubic Yards Clay, Track Base
1,500                Cubic Yards Gumbo, Track Surface
20,000               Lbs. Steel I-Beams – Grandstand
19,000               Lbs. Galvanized Steel Deck Plating – Grandstand
2,800                Running Ft. 2”x10” Treated Planks – Grandstand
1,200                Ft. Chain Link Fencing
2,000                Lbs. Approx. Bolts, Nuts, and Washers
2,100                Ft. Steel Guard Rail (There are 10 bolts, 5/8” diam. up to 20” long, in every 75” of rail)
120                   6”x8” Treated Rail Posts
360                   Rail Spacer Blocks 6”x8”x16” Long
100                   2” Sq. Steel Safety Fence Tubes
500                   Running Ft. Steel Safety Fencing
1,000                Ft. Steel Reinforcing Cable
200                   4” Sq. Treated Posts
3,500                Running Ft. Treated 2x4’s
1,100                Linear Ft. Steel Fencing 6 ½ Ft. Tall
100                   Gallons Paint
Uncounted          Cubic Yards of Cement in Floors, Footings, and Blocks
Incredible           Amounts of Building Materials for Concessions, Ticket Booths, Beer Gardens, Rest Rooms, Etc.
?                       Man Hours Labor!

The Ribbon cutting ceremony took place just before the racing action started. The owners of the race park: Dave and Durmont Wahl, Oren Lund, Paul Everson, Ray Paulsen and Joe Greenleaf were acknowledged.

 

In the picture are: Les Peterson, Linda Gieseke, Tom Kujava, Oren Lund, Ray Paulson, Bob Hager, Keith Kapphahn, Jim Fugleberg, and Greg Wollin.

The classes being run that opening year were the Late Models, Can-Am Modifieds, Street Class, Unlimited Mini Sprints, and the Limited Mini Sprints. 

The staff consisted of: Announcer Don Jorstad and then Keith Lerian; Flagman Tim Berg and then Jamie (Trapper) Sovde; Assistant Flagman Jamie (Trapper) Sovde and then Don Emery; Pit Marshall Guy Budel; Tech Dave Buffie; Lap Counters Dianne Wahl, Darlene Novacek, Mary Jo Wahl, and Phyllis Wahl; Push Truck Larry Emery; Pit Mark Brazier and Pat Lund; Fireman Earl Wiskow; Pit Gate Jill Wahl, Neil Lund (then to the pit after races started); Front Gate Becky Melby and Clarice Burkel; Ticket Taker Gerald Burkel; Concessions Jina Lund and Paul Everson; Pit Concessions Jeff and Marion Everson; Beer Garden Oren Lund, Thedy Bersnev, Kelly Stengrim, Bethany and Kim Kasprowicz, and Carol Kalka; Security Arnie Clark, Derek Andol, and Oren Swart.

Season Point winner for Streets #90 Rick Johnson

 

 Season Point winner for Can Am Mods #12 Dave Roy

 

 

Season Point winner for Late Models #10 Mike Balcaen

 

 

Season Point winner for Unlimited Mini Sprints #42 Art Stoesz

 

 

Season Point winner for Limited Mini Sprints #8 Robert Unrau (No picture available)

Streets

Car #

Driver

Town

Points

90

Rick Johnson

Badger, MN

1120

46

Doug Quibell

Kennedy, MN

760

67

Ben Reese

Greenbush, MN

685

39

Terry Wahl

Greenbush, MN

560

41

Jade Fredrickson

Drayton, ND

455

55

Jeff Chwialkowski

Greenbush, MN

395

98

Bob Brazier

Greenbush, MN

325

47B

Roger Bernstrom

Hallock, MN

320

02

Doug Groenhoff

Warroad, MN

320

0

Loren Wellen

Badger, MN

280

68

Jared Foss

Greenbush, MN

235

711

Dan DeLisle

Stephen, MN

230

54

Dennis Johnson

Int'l Falls, MN

195

42

Shannon Gust

Strathcona, MN

185

7

Terry Wellen

Badger, MN

155

22

Rod Peterson

Thief River Falls, MN

150

76

Ron Olafson

Black duck, MN

115

87

Jimmy Dybedahl

Warroad, MN

115

70

Paul Bergren

Strandquist, MN

100

86

Bill Lunski

Grand Forks, ND

90

Bob Smith

Bemidji, MN

80

11

Bill Meader

Karlstad, MN

80

8

Peter Johnson

Hallock, MN

60

51

Dan Lyberg

Lancaster, MN

55

45

Shane Stengl

Angus, MN

50

17

Jack Dick

Roseau, MN

40

72

Jason Dybedahl

Roseau, MN

40

05

Terry Blacklance

Thief River Falls, MN

35

4

Steven Frank

Walhalla, ND

30

73

Ken Geske

Thief River Falls, MN

30

66

Ronnie Novacek

Greenbush, MN

20

99

Shawn Bugge

Thief River Falls, MN

15

77

Tracy Wahl

Greenbush, MN

15

8

Gary Homme

Thief River Falls, MN

10

69

Jerry Nelson

Thief River Falls, MN

10

Unlimited Mini Sprints

42

Art Stoesz

Winnipeg, MB

690

1

Cam McColl

Winnipeg, MB

675

11

Darren Pallen

Winnipeg, MB

640

10

Richard VanDrunen

Devilan, ONT

440

19

Rhys/Ehren Layton

Hibbing, MN

400

77

Howard Sturman

Grand Forks, ND

395

15

Rod Staff

Winnipeg, MB

70

26

Rich Tesmer

Walhalla, ND

45

Limited Mini Sprints

8

Robert Unrau

Rosenfeld, MB

210

41

Kelly Gale

Winnipeg, MB

120

Can-Am Modifieds

Car #

Driver

Town

Points

12

Dave Roy

Langdon, ND

800

1L

Brad Loveday

Ft. Frances, ONT

795

71

Brian Strand

Brocket, ND

610

21

Dwayne Pittulak

Ft. Frances, ONT

435

4C

Lance Christianson

St. Thomas, ND

340

17

Jeff Wickstrom

International Falls, MN

300

12L

Rick Laventure

Lasalle, MB

235

30

Lynn Lucken

Winger, MN

225

23

Chuck/Guy Arpin

Ft. Francis, ONT

205

6

Gary Wilson

Devlin, ONT

200

69

Kelly Stelle

International Falls, MN

145

50

Steve Boyum

International Falls, MN

135

37

Richard Gendron

Walhalla, ND

130

12R

Rick Auckland

Fargo, ND

120

2D

Brian McCaughan

Winnipeg, MB

90

1B

Les Pritchard

Rolland, MB

90

Randy Christianson

St. Thomas, ND

80

19

Ryan Wolfe

Winnipeg, MB

80

8

Brian Nelson

International Falls, MN

60

22

Bill Klym

Winnipeg, MB

60

35

Rod Angus

Ft. Frances, ONT

60

12P

Dwayne PelePete

Emo, ONT

50

68

Gary Roy

Selkirk, MB

50

32

Jim Bastad

Winger, MN

50

W5

Shawn Wedge

Winnipeg, MB

45

4

Les Allen

Devlin, ONT

40

11

Richard Visser

Emo, ONT

30

8

Phil Renwick

Neche, ND

20

9

Ken Anderson

Ft. Frances, ONT

20

70

Rick Wasney

Winnipeg, MB

20

3D

Louis McCaughan

Winnipeg, MB

10

9

Ken Anderson

Ft. Francis, ONT

10

41

Ron Korpi

Ft. Francis, ONT

10

Late Models

10

Mike Balcaen, JR

Winnipeg, MB

690

75

Dale Skytland

Edmore, ND

675

6

Randy Christianson

St. Thomas, ND

640

91

Ron Grube

Neche, ND

610

26

Mike Bjornson

St. Thomas, ND

485

74

Dave Wahl

Greenbush, MN

440

11

Troy Schill

Grand Forks, ND

420

44

Larry Rugland

Roseau, MN

400

2

Terry Sannes

Grand Forks, ND

365

96

Larry Stranger

Pembina, ND

335

39

Kevin Thompson

Grand Forks, ND

290

85

Matt Desjarlais

Winnipeg, MB

240

T1

Tom Corcoran

Grand Forks, ND

235

14

Bruce Hart

Drayton, ND

110

69

Mark Walsh

Grand Forks, ND

80

3

Gordie Tuel

Grand Forks, ND

80

35

Kelly Klostermeier

Moorhead, MN

70

40

Ed LeMunyon

GFAFB, ND

60

22

Syl Maksymetz

The Pas, MB

60

71

Leo Feeleus

Winnipeg, MB

45

4

Doug Gagnon

Winnipeg, MB

30

71

Brian Strand

Brocket, ND

25

 

 

In the fall of 1990, the dream of an automobile racetrack in Greenbush became a reality. Conversions of the half-mile horseracing track began with the help of area farmers using scrapers to for the banked 3/8-mile oval track. At freeze-up lots of work remained, but the foundation had been laid. A very cooperative spring allowed the remaining work to be finished in record time for a late June opening in 1991. In that amount of time, a metal grandstand was built from scratch, ticket booths, pit office, and concrete block restrooms were constructed. An existing shed was converted into the beer garden and concession stand. Twenty-one hundred feet of steel guardrail along with safety netting and eleven hundred feet of 6 ½-foot tall steel fencing were also installed. Metal Halide lighting was installed on wooden poles purchased from a football field in Argyle, MN.

Founding members were Oren Lund, Paul Everson, Durmont and Dave Wahl of Greenbush, Ray Paulson of Milaca, MN, and Joe Greenleaf of Bergenfield, NJ. Current owners are Ray Paulson, Claire Kjersten, Durmont, Jeff, Terry and Dave Wahl.

The track was reconfigured from a paperclip style to a ‘D’-shaped oval in the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2004. Existing light poles were removed and four 80-foot metal towers were installed along with additional lighting allowing greater driver vision.

Currently racing Saturday nights, the Greenbush Race Park features Mini Sprints, Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, Super Stocks, Modified, and Four Cylinders Pure Stocks. Throughout the summer special events are run with the Northern Late Models, Northern Outlaw Sprints, and NOPA Super Trucks. Sanctioning bodies are NOPA and WISSOTA Racing Associations. The Greenbush Race Park is located a half mile north of Greenbush on County Road 7. (Submitted by: Dave Wahl)

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