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20 Questions with Les Sternard

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20 Questions with Les Sternard

Name: Lester Harold Sternard

Nickname: Black Stallion

Age: 67

Division: Street Stock

Car Number: 76

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
IRV ITTIEN

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
LOSING A RACE TO MY BROTHER WENZEL (1977)

3. What’s your favorite food?
STEAK

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
1993 CHEVY 1/2 TON PICKUP

5. What or who got you into racing?
MY BROTHERS AND I DECIDED TO BUILD A CAR OUT OF A 1969 FORD COUGAR

6. How many years have you been racing?
LOST COUNT

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
SPINNING OUT WHILE LEADING THE FEATURE BY HALF A LAP (2010)

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
(THEN) AUGIE DERENNE, (NOW) EVERYONE OUT THERE IN MY DIVISION

9. What’s your favorite movie?
STROKER ACE

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
GARDENING, JUST BEING GRANDPA TO MY GRANDKIDS

11. What was your first car number?
76

12. Where was your first race at?
DOOR COUNTY SPEEDWAY

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
JOHNNY CASH

14. First memory in racing?
WRECKED MY CAR THE NIGHT BEFORE DOOR COUNTY SPEEDWAY, MY BROTHERS WORKED ALL NIGHT ON IT TO JUST HAVE IT READY FOR THE NEXT NIGHT. THEN WENT OUT GOT QUICK TIME AND WON THE FEATURE.

15. How did you pick your current number?
1976 STARTED RACING, YEAR OF THE BICENTENIAL

16. What is your favorite race track?
THUNDERHILL RACEWAY

17. What divisions have you raced in?
LATE MODELS IN THE 70’S, NOW IN A STREET STOCK.

18. What type of driver are you?
PATIENT

19. What type of track do you prefer?
TACKY

20. Why do you race?
FOR MY KIDS, AND FANS! ALSO HELPS I’M RETIRED AND IT GIVES ME SOMETHING TO DO!

20 Questions with Brandon Peterson

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20 Questions with Brandon Peterson

Name: Brandon Peterson

Nickname: Boogity

Age: 26

Division: IMCA Hobby Stock

Car Number: 10

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
“Hot” Rod Snellenberger

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
Winning my first feature at Luxemburg Speedway, I remember Evan Madden spun Joe Hegnet on the last lap in turn 4. It felt like forever waiting for the checkers to fall.

3. What’s your favorite food?
Hamburgers, bake beans and potato chips. LOVE IT!

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
1999 Chevy Silverado

5. What or who got you into racing?
RJ Sternard and Lucas Long bit used to race and I would help them in the pits Saturday Nights at Thunderhill Raceway

6. How many years have you been racing?
11 years

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
My first night in the Bomber division, I used racer Ford Malvitz as a guardrail and he was NOT happy.

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
The #02 of CJ Weckler

9. What’s your favorite movie?
The Green Mile

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Hunting a lot more and counting all the money I would have saved from not racing

11. What was your first car number?
Sport trucks #3, Bombers #37 and IMCA Hobby Stock #10

12. Where was your first race at?
Thunderhill Raceway

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
Tim McGraw

14. First memory in racing?
Going to the races with Mom and Dad when I was 7 years old and Tony Hayes winning the feature.

15. How did you pick your current number?
It was “Hot” Rod Snellenberger’s number

16. What is your favorite race track?
Thunderhill Raceway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Sport Trucks, Street Stocks, Bombers and IMCA Hobby Stock

18. What type of driver are you?
Aggressive

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Dry slick

20. Why do you race?
Because I love how my heart beats like its going to jump out of my chest before I race.

20 Questions with Dan Ratajczak

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Name: Dan Ratajczak

Nickname: Frog Station Flash

Age: 46

Division: IMCA Modified

Car Number: 73

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Jerry Jonet

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
Winning 3 IMCA Modified features in a row at Luxemburg Speedway

3. What’s your favorite food?
Pizza

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
2008 Red Ford F-350

5. What or who got you into racing?
Friends from high school

6. How many years have you been racing?
20+ years

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Climbing the fence at Luxemburg Speedway after the race was over to yell at the flagman

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
The IMCA Modified class is so competitive anyone on any given night is a rival and competition

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Oceans 11

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Under water basket weaving

11. What was your first car number?
13

12. Where was your first race at?
Luxemburg Tri-Star Speedway

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
REO Speedwagon

14. First memory in racing?
Winning my first race at 141 Speedway when it was still blacktop

15. How did you pick your current number?
Someone already picked #13 so I duct taped the number and made it #73

16. What is your favorite race track?
Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Street Stock, Super Stock and IMCA Modified

18. What type of driver are you?
AGGRESSIVE

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Tacky

20. Why do you race?
I race because I love to race and I don’t know how to fish

20 Questions with David Baenen

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20 Questions with David Baenen

Name: David Baenen

Nickname: NOT Bashin’ Baenen

Age: 50

Division: Street Stock

Car Number: 98

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Rusty Wallace

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
Winning my first feature at Luxemburg Speedway in the first car we built from scratch

3. What’s your favorite food?
Fruit

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
Buick LeSabre (OLD)

5. What or who got you into racing?
My cousin Brian Baenen and my brother John

6. How many years have you been racing?
13

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Spinning out the last corner of the last lap of the feature, after leading the majority of the race that would have given us a clean sweep for the second week in a row

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
Phil Hiles… or whoever is front of me

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Forrest Gump

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Whatever my ex-wife would have wanted me to be doing

11. What was your first car number?
98

12. Where was your first race at?
Luxemburg Speedway

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
Alice Cooper

14. First memory in racing?
Going to the races with my cousins

15. How did you pick your current number?
It was the year I started racing

16. What is your favorite race track?
Thunderhill Raceway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Street Stock

18. What type of driver are you?
It depends…

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Tacky

20. Why do you race?
OCD

20 Questions with Jesse Kroll

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20 Questions with Jesse Kroll

Name: Jesse Kroll

Nickname: “The Baby Bull”

Age: 18

Division: IMCA Sport Mod

Car Number: 8

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
My Dad, Charlie Kroll

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
Winning my first feature in the Bomber division

3. What’s your favorite food?
Raspberry Torte

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
2010 Ford Fusion

5. What or who got you into racing?
My dad, I asked him if I could have Go-Kart when I was about 12…he bought me a racecar

6. How many years have you been racing?
6 years

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Forgetting to scale after winning my first IMCA Sport Mod heat race and getting disqualified

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
My dad, I try to finish better than him every night

9. What’s your favorite movie?
The Longest Yard

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Basketball, Football or a Professional Play-Station racecar driver

11. What was your first car number?
8

12. Where was your first race at?
Thunderhill Raceway

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
Zac Brown Band

14. First memory in racing?
Winning the big wheel race

15. How did you pick your current number?
My dad made me

16. What is your favorite race track?
Thunderhill Raceway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Bombers, IMCA Hobby Stock and IMCA Sport Mod

18. What type of driver are you?
Respectful and conservative

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Circular with dirt on it, I’m not to picky

20. Why do you race?
Because its awesome

20 Questions with Luke Lemmens

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20 Questions with Luke Lemmens

Name: Luke Lemmens

Nickname: Bieber

Division: IMCA Stock Car

Car Number: 00

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Gregg Haese and Eugene Gregorich Jr.

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
Making it to the races in time to start the feature after High School graduation.

3. What’s your favorite food?
Pork Chops in a can

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
’01 Monte Carlo SS

5. What or who got you into racing?
My Pops, Rick Lemmens

6. How many years have you been racing?
6 years

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Let’s just say, The Boone 2010 experience

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
The whole stock car class

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Dazed and Confused

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
A circus star

11. What was your first car number?
07

12. Where was your first race at?
Thunderhill Raceway

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
Tech N9ne

14. First memory in racing?
Putting pop cans on the bottom of my feet so I would be taller and be able to get into the pits when my dad raced!

15. How did you pick your current number?
It was the old man’s number

16. What is your favorite race track?
Luxemburg Speedway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Sport 4, IMCA Hobby Stock and IMCA Stock Car

18. What type of driver are you?
Patient

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Tacky

20. Why do you race?
I ask myself the same question

20 Questions with Geno Sternard

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20 Questions with Geno Sternard

Name: Geno Sternard
 
Nickname: Geno Bear

Age: 37
 
Division: Street Stock
 
Car #: 8
 
1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Chargin’ Charlie Kroll
 
2. Most memorable moment in racing?
My first feature win and championship
 
3. What’s your favorite food?
Prime Rib from the Nitengale Supper Club
 
4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
2003 GMC Truck and 1993 Dodge Dynasty
 
5. What or who got you into racing?
My cousin Kevin Sternard and I built Enduro cars in the early 90’s and had a blast with them, then went racing in the Bomber class with them.
 
6. How many years have you been racing?
15 years
 
7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Jimmy “Windows” Anderson beating me in the feature by inches.
 
8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
I like to think I have no rivals. I enjoy the competition from all the drivers.
 
9. What’s your favorite movie?
Days of Thunder and Major League.
 
10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Camping and Boating
 
11. What was your first car number?
8
 
12. Where was your first race at?
Thunderhill Raceway
 
13. What is your favorite music group or band?
AC/DC
 
14. First memory in racing?
Watching my dad race in the late 70’s early 80’s and my Uncle Les and Wenzel.
 
15. How did you pick your current number?
Wanted to be #5 or #10 which was my dads number, but was they were taken. So then I picked 80, but that was also taken so I just dropped the 0 and took #8.
 
16. What is your favorite race track?
I like Luxemburg Speedway, but it doesn’t like me, always get in a wreck. So I’d have to say Thunderhill Raceway.
 
17. What divisions have you raced in?
Sport 4’s, Bombers and Street Stock
 
18. What type of driver are you?
Patient and respectful
 
19. What type of track do you prefer?
Dry
 
20. Why do you race?
After a feature win or a bad night, the little kids that come in the pits after the races and still ask for your autograph and look up to you.

20 Questions with Chris Budzban

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#X IMCA Northern Sportmod driver Chris Budzban

Name: Chris Budzban

Nickname: Budzo

Age: 24

Division: IMCA Northern Sportmod

Car Number: X

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Roy Ihlenfeldt & John Gregorich

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
It was taking 9th place last year at 141 from 20th starting spot, but now it’s winning a semi-feature at Luxemburg on 5/27/11.

3. What’s your favorite food?
Pizza

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
1999 Saturn SL2 (aka Budzomobile)

5. What or who got you into racing?
Being around the sport my whole life because my dad was heavily involved in it.

6. How many years have you been racing?
This is my 2nd full year

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Blowing up my motor in my enduro car at 141 Speedway, they had to red flag the race because of all the fluids I dumped on the track.

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
Don’t really have one, but Jarred VanLaanen and I seem to be around each other on the track quite a bit.

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Tommy Boy

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Fixing computers

11. What was your first car number?
159

12. Where was your first race at?
141 Speedway (on the tar)

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
Disturbed

14. First memory in racing?
Lining up on the track for my 1st enduro with over 100 cars on the track and it started to rain, I had no windshield wipers!

15. How did you pick your current number?
Never really had a favorite number, thought the X looked cool.

16. What is your favorite race track?
Luxemburg Speedway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Sport 4, IMCA stock car, IMCA northern sportmod

18. What type of driver are you?
Respectful

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Dry

20. Why do you race?
For the thrill, and to have the memories when I’m old.

20 Questions with Jay Matthias

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Jay Matthias - #8 IMCA Modified

Name: Jay Matthias

Nickname: Big Money

Division: IMCA Modified

Car Number: 8

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Gene Mathu

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
First race. Wasn’t very good.  Actually ran over my own front bumper.

3. What’s your favorite food?
I like steak. A nice Med rare ribeye broiled.

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
Geo Tracker

5. What or who got you into racing?
I’d blame Mike Tebon. And Aaron M. Had so much fun couldn’t imagine doing anything else on a Saturday night.

6. How many years have you been racing?
Since 1990. Wow, you would think I’d be better at it by now.

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Claiming eww.

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
No rivals. I wish we all would win each night.

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Stroked Ace

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Fishing

11. What was your first car number?
71, damn nice number too. Back in the day there were so many street stocks. Wasn’t easy to pick a number that wasn’t already used.

12. Where was your first race at?
Luxemburg. Thunderhill wasn’t running then.

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
My mod at 8500 rpm. Damn chip.

14. First memory in racing?
Watching at WIR. Was young had to stuff toilet paper in my ears.

15. How did you pick your current number?
Went with 8 when I switched to stocks. Bill felt a single digit number was less paint.

16. What is your favorite race track?
Thunderhill Raceway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
street stocks, stocks, mods, electric barstools.

18. What type of driver are you?
cautious and low risk. I do run out of talent now and then.

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Lately I like rough and bumpy. Gotta get some air each lap.

20. Why do you race?
Well I already have all this stuff.

20 Questions with Marcus Moede

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Marcus Moede

Name: Marcus Moede

Nickname: Way Fast Whitey

Age: 30

Division: IMCA Hobby

Car Number: 9

1. Who was your favorite driver growing up?
Chargin’ Charlie Kroll

2. Most memorable moment in racing?
Winning the last chance race and then going on to make the big show at the 2007 IMCA Supernationals

3. What’s your favorite food?
Village Kitchen Breakfast

4. What do you drive for a street vehicle?
1999 Grand Am GT and a 2001 Ford F-250

5. What or who got you into racing?
My and my brother Derek both decided to buy bombers, and neither one of us knew a thing about racing at the time.

6. How many years have you been racing?
9 Years

7. Most forgettable moment in racing?
Too many to list, every bad nite becomes forgettable

8. Who is your biggest rival/competition?
Currently Derek Moede and Tom Brumlic

9. What’s your favorite movie?
Every race fans favorite “Days of Thunder”

10. If you weren’t racing, what hobby would you have?
Probably do more Hunting and Fishing

11. What was your first car number?
9

12. Where was your first race at?
Thunderhill in the bomber class

13. What is your favorite music group or band?
AC/DC

14. First memory in racing?
Getting Yelled at by the points leader (orange 71 car) for being in his way and that I should learn how to drive.

15. How did you pick your current number?
My brother Derek had #8 so i took #9.

16. What is your favorite race track?
Luxemburg Speedway

17. What divisions have you raced in?
Bomber, IMCA Hobby and a few times in a IMCA Stock car.

18. What type of driver are you?
Determined

19. What type of track do you prefer?
Black Dry Slick

20. Why do you race?
For the desire to get that next win