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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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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