The “Baker Cup” was started the summer of 1998. It is in remembrance of Elliot Baker who was an avid race fan and driver here at the Greenbush Race Park.
Elliot Baker was born on October 6, 1967 to Robert (Bobby) and Lannette Baker. Elliot grew up in St. Hilaire, MN graduating from Lincoln High School in 1987.
Elliot took over “Baker’s Acres” after his father passed away in 1986, later changing the name to “Baker’s Auto Salvage and Sales”. Elliot was a big NASCAR fan, his favorite driver being Jeff Gordon and his #24 car, thus the number for Elliot’s race car. Elliot enjoyed anything to do with racing, whether it was racing his race car, three wheelers, or demolition derbies. He was a sponsor for many area sporting teams, men’s and women’s softball, volleyball, racing, demo cars and snow mobiles.
Elliot started racing in the Street Class here a Greenbush Race Park back in mid 1993. Some other familiar names he ran against were Bryon Berger, Jared Foss, Julie Osowski, Shannon Gust and Ben Reese, just to name a few. In 1995 he moved up to the Wissota Modified class. Familiar names in that class back then were Terry Wahl, Tracy Kofstad, Dale Holtan, Lynn Lucken, and Davey Riopelle. You could be sure that if Elliot was racing that night, he was going to put on a show!
Elliot died from a brain aneurism on February 25, 1998 at the young age of 30.
Winners of the Baker Cup over the last years are:
1998 Greg Ferris, Emo Ontario
1999 Greg Ferris, Emo Ontario
2000 Nolan Olmstead, Badger, MN
2001 Richie Berger, Badger, MN
2002 Nolan Olmstead, Badger, MN
2003 Dean Forst, Thief River Falls, MN
2004 Kevin Sexton, Lorette, MB
2005 Rick Delaine, Stony Mountain, MB
2006 Greg Ferris, Emo Ontario
2007 Dan Gregoire, Ste. Anne, MB
2008 Rick Delaine, Stony Mountain, MB
2009 Aaron Holtan, Newfolden, MN
2010 Jason Johnson, Karlstad, MN
2011 Dustin Wahl, Greenbush, MN
2013 Rick Delaine, Stony Mountain, MB
2014 Ward Imrie, Winnipeg, MB
2015 Dustin Wahl, Greenbush, MN
2016 Brian Strand, Grand Forks, ND
2017 Gavin Paull, Fort Frances, Ontario
2018 Ward Imrie, Winnipeg, MB
Elliot Bakers sister, Ladora Dahlen stands beside the memorial made by Kevin Braget of Lake Bronson, MN. On the display is the body panel from Elliot's last race car, complete with the dirt. The top half feature's the check presented to the driver and a list of all the Baker cup winner.
Photo by Keith Cumming