Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame Announces 2019 Class

Kevin Berte’s modified sits ready to head to the track. Berte joins five others as 2019 Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame inductees. Photo from Bob Arend collection.

The Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame recently announced its 2019 class of inductees. This year’s class features six individuals that achieved great success in the sport.

Drivers Kevin Berte, Ron Pope and the late Del Stokke join Jerry Pingel, Edgar Meyer and Larry Lappe as 2019 inductees.

Whittemore’s Kevin Berte sits seventh all-time in wins at Algona with 41 career wins and four track championships. Ron Pope of Mason City posted 32 feature wins in his career at Algona along with a pair of track championships. Both Berte and Pope hold IMCA Supernationals championships. The late Del Stokke from Ames rounds out our inductee class of drivers, earning six feature wins, and the 1970 fair race.

Jerry Pingel of West Des Moines, is a former crew member and mechanic on the Jim & Helen Utt sprint car, which achieved great success across the Midwest.

For many years Larry Lappe has performed track preparation duties at various northern Iowa speedways. He will be recognized for his long-standing dedication to the Kossuth County Speedway and others.

While he is known today as a key race track preparation volunteer at the Algona track, Edgar Meyer has supported local racing for nearly a lifetime. For several years he co-owned winning IMCA modifieds piloted by Bob Weber and the Meyer Farms sponsored B-Mods and IMCA Northern SportMods driven by Jake Simpson.

The committee, with the help of the living members of the Kossuth Racing Hall of Fame, selected the inductees for 2019. Candidates not chosen will be considered for future inductions.

The induction ceremony will take place during the Kossuth County Fair, Saturday, August 3rd.

More details about the Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony will be released when they are available to www.KossuthMuseum.com.

Mom’s Admitted Free on Mother’s Day!!

All mom’s are admitted free to the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019, when they are accompanied by their children and/or grandchildren!

We look forward to seeing you!!



Dirt Modified Fan Forum: An Afternoon with Pat Graham, Al Hejna, Dave Nutt

Moderated by Chad Meyer

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Doors open at 10:00 p.m. – Fundraising auction at 11:00 a.m.

Forum: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us as we’ll hear from 3 past track champions and race winners at the Kossuth County Speedway.

This event is a fundraiser for the museum, raising funds for operational costs of the museum.

800 East Fair Street, Algona, IA
(Located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds)

Admission:         $10.00/each  –  Ages 14 and up,
                                Free – 13 and younger

All proceeds benefit the operation of the museum!!

Annual Fundraising Auction – March 31, 2019

Our fundraiser will take place March 31, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

All auction items acquired will be placed on that auction .Thank you!

Annual fundraising auction to take place at the our museum, located on the fairgrounds in Algona, IA. More auction items will be posted soon! Descriptions of items in the captions below.

Fundraising auction sale bill (PDF)

Racing Through Time – Iowa Racing History book, by Bill Haglund. Donated by Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum.

3 piece hood off Nick Meyer’s IMCA Modified. Donated by Nick Meyer Racing.

AERO Race Wheel, Joe Gibbs Racing take off. Donated by Edgar Meyer.

Austin Wolf #721 aluminum modified roof. Donated by Wolf Racing.

USB drives that contain stock car racing videos from Kossuth County Speedway in 1994-1997. Really cool!!!! Donated by Ed Wolf and Dave Peterson.

$50 gift card to Algona Auto Wash. Donated by the Jack Limbaugh family.

Special edition Firestone F-20 Farmall diecast tractor. Donated by Jack’s OK Tire Service in Algona.

Kevin Stoa autographed #98 door panel. Donated by Kevin Stoa and KS Engineering.

Race car hood from Greg Marlow’s #GM1 modified. Donated by Steve Krapp Racing.

Kansas Speedway ticket package!! Includes race tickets to all events, parking passes, pre-race concerts and MORE! Courtesy of KOWZ FM and Klane Dushek.

“You just got passed by a piece of Krapp” rear panels of Scott Cook’s #1i. Donated by Steve Krapp.

Denny Anderson rear panels, donated by Steve Krapp.

Fair Street Speedway seat cushion. Donated by Steve Krapp.

Sthil leaf blower. $180 retail value. Donated by Tom Eischen Sales.

Mike Sorenson door panel, autographed. Donated by Logan Kelly.

1/24th scale Kelly Shryock ADC Red Series diecast!!! Donated by Burke Plain.

Kelly Shryock autographed “1st IMCA win at Britt” door. Donated by Lake Mills Motorsports.

Tad Reutzel “Salute to Veterans” door and quarter panel. Autographed by local Kossuth County veterans. Donated by Tad Reutzel.

Tad Reutzel quarter panel. Donated by Tad Reutzel.

Donated by Jim Edgington

AJ Foyt and Mario books. Donated by Jim Edgington

Vintage and RARE dirt track books by Joe Scalzo and Jack Fox. Hard to find!!! Donated by Jim Edgington

Donated by Jim Edgington. Includes Mel Kenyon book.

Donated by Jim Edgington.

Donated by Jim Edgington. Includes Ted Horn book and Richard Petty biography.

Jeremy Mills #10 door and quarter panel. Donated by Mills Racing.


Jeremy Mills #10 quarter panel. Donated by Mills Racing.


Jeremy Mills #10 door and quarter panel. Donated by Mills Racing.


Ben Schultze #74 door panel. Donated by Schultze Racing.


Snap On under hood light. Donated by Chad Meyer


NEW Simpson race helmet, size 2XL. Donated by Schroeder Racing Products.



Nascar 50th Anniversary Rebco clock. Donated by Chad Meyer


Performance Bodies banner, donated by Chad Meyer

To donate items to our fundraising auction, contact Chad Meyer 515-320-2593, cmeyer@maxyieldcoop.com. We appreciate your support!

Kelly Shryock door panel, donated by Shryock Racing


Colt 45 lighted beer sign…WORKS! Donated by Chad Meyer


Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum bags game boards, donated by Ron Reefer.


Mark Noble modified roof. Donated by Larry Groen.


10 punch pit pass and 10 punch grandstand pass. Donated by Kossuth County Speedway.


V8 Chevy valve covers – donated by KEVKO Racing!


Framed antique tractor calendar prints.


Framed antique tractor calendar prints.


Donated by Klane Dushek!


Donated by Klane Dushek!


Donated by Klane Dushek!


1/64th Scott Bloomquist Action diecast. Donated by Klane Dushek!


“Purple Flame” drag racing print, donated by Klane Dushek.


25th Anniversary Mark Noble shirt, donated by Klane Dushek.


DOT helmet, donated by Sportsman’s Corner, Algona.


George Nordman IMCA SportMod door. Donated by Nordman Racing.

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Fan Forum: An Afternoon with Clayton Christensen & Ron Pope

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Forum: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Christensen is a multi-event winner at the Kossuth County Speedway and holds marquee events wins in the Harris Clash, Jackson Nationals and a Dirt Tour event at Britt. In 2019, he will be full-time behind the wheel of his 305 sprinter!

Pope has won several races in Algona, including the 1992 NCAR Nationals and Schattschneider Memorial. He is the 2005 track champion and 1993 IMCA Modified National champ. Join us for a fun afternoon learning more about their storied careers!

This event is a fundraiser to complete our Trostle sprint car project. Admission is $10, ages 14+.

800 East Fair Street, Algona, IA
(Located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds)

Admission:         $10.00/each  –  Ages 14 and up,
                                Free – 13 and younger A

Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame to Induct Seven During Fair

2018 Kossuth Co. Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Greg Hilbert, stands next to his familiar red #14. Hilbert family photo.

The Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame will be honoring its 2018 class of inductees during the Kossuth County Fair.

The annual induction ceremony will take place during this year’s Kossuth County Fair races, held Saturday, August 4th at the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum, located on the fairgrounds in Algona.

The 2018 inductees into the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame include four drivers. 1960’s era modified driver, the late Vic Dicks, will be inducted as will Algona’s Greg Hilbert. Among Hilbert’s accomplishments, he was a Kossuth County Fair Race champion multiple times and won the first Gene Schattschneider Memorial race at Algona. Hilbert joins his father Don “Shiney” Hilbert as an inductee.

Mark Noble won at least 23 times at Algona during his long career, including the Fall Nationals and earning the 1992 track championship. The late Bruce Sommerfeld, who was the 1973 track champion in Algona, completes the drivers inducted this year.

Long-time promoters Dan & Sandy Danielsen will be 2018 inductees, as are car owners of the German Valley Special, Wendal Schutjer, Gary Zwiefel and Erwin Smith. Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame and Museum volunteer and board member, the late Dennis Garbers will also be honored.

There will be an inductee reception at the museum at 4:00 p.m., with the ceremony taking place at 4:30 p.m.

Inductees will also be introduced in front of the grandstand during the races.

This event will also serve as a reunion for both past and current inductees. The inductees in the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame, their families, and friends are invited to attend the night’s racing activities at the Kossuth County Speedway.

More information about the ceremony can be found online at www.kossuthmuseum.com.





Swap Meet

Event flyer (PDF)

The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum swap meet will take place on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona, IA on Sunday, September 9, 2018. This first-ever event will be held in memory of super-volunteer and board member Denny Garbers. Details are:

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018

Time: 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (food available)

$5 to attend swap meet, includes museum admission. Everyone is welcome!

All outside spaces!

  • Car or pickup truck: $10 for 2 people. $5 each additional person
  • Pickup truck + trailer: $20 for 2 people. $5 each additional person
  • Car Corral – Bring your cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles, ATVs, etc. $10/each vehicle for sale.

For more information, contact Chad Meyer at cmeyer@maxyieldcoop.com or 515-320-2593.

Denny Garbers Memorial Founder’s Day Cruise In

Event Flyer (PDF)

Algona’s annual Founder’s Day Car Show/Cruise In this year will be in memory of long-time volunteer and board member of the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum. The details of the 2018 event are:

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018

Time : 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: West side of Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum, located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds in Algona, IA.

Cost: Car show is free to the public and free to enter!

Classic cars, tractors, motorcycles, classic trucks and race cars welcome!!

For more information, contact Ron Lohman at 515-341-1312.

In Memory of Director Dennis Garbers

The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum was saddened with the news that museum director and volunteer Dennis “Garb” Garbers passed away March 31st.

Denny was a tremendous volunteer and an even better person. Many of the racing displays in our museum were coordinated and created by him. He put his heart and soul into this place and for that we are forever grateful.

Rest in peace and race in peace, Denny.

Denny’s obituary is posted below and at http://www.lakeviewfuneralhome.net/memsol.cgi?user_id=2088560.

Life Legacy

Dennis Lee Garbers “Garb”, age 64 of Fairmont, MN passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 at his home. A Celebration of Life honoring Dennis’ life will take place at a later date. The Lakeview Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Fairmont is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dennis was born in Fairmont, MN on March 6, 1954 to Dale and Phyllis (Childs) Garbers. He graduated from East Chain High School in 1972.

Dennis married Melodie Johnson on February 12, 1977 and they recently celebrated 41 years together.

Dennis farmed with his dad. He was an avid Toy Farm Collector and in 1990 won the National Farm Toy Display in Dyersville, IA which he built from scratch. Dennis was involved in the Borderline Cruisers Car Club and an active member of the Kossuth County Ag & Motor Sports Museum in Algona, IA. Dennis had a passion for Chevy Nova cars and car racing. He also enjoyed shaking dice, playing cards and dominos. In 2017, Dennis was inducted in the Hall of Fame for the Fairmont Speedway with his dad Dale which was a special honor for him.

Survived by his wife, Melodie; daughter Jeanne (Andrew) Garbers-Walden; grandchildren Hank and baby due in April; sister Cheryl (Jon) Rowan; Nate, Jared & Josh; father-in-law Leonard Johnson; aunts Arla Childs & Adeline Hartmann, brother & sister-in-laws and their families; Dennis & Sharon Johnson, Corey & Tricia, Karen & Cory Brown; Wayne “Skeeter” & Rita Johnson, Laurie & Tony Glade, Leah Noble; Mary & Mark Lenort, Courtney & Nicole; Deb & Darren Scruggs, Matt & Allissa, Tom & Jim Traetow, Detrik & Evan Scruggs; Chuck Johnson & Thom Peterson; Susan & Wayne Wiederhoeft, Aaron and Tyler; also by other loving family and many friends.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents Dale & Phyllis Garbers, mother-in-law Marilyn Johnson, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other special family and friends.

Bjorge, Hansen, Peterson Headline Racing Legends Event in Fairmont, MN

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to Mother Nature’s unfortunate forecast for this weekend. We appreciate everyone’s support!!


The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum and www.fairmontracewayarchives.org will host a “Dirt Track Legends” event, featuring Dave Bjorge, Terry Hansen and Ken Peterson. The special event will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Eagles Club in Fairmont, MN, located at 1228 W. Lake Ave. in Fairmont.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. with the forum featuring these former stand-out late model drivers starting at 2:00 p.m. The event is free, family friendly and open to the public. The event will be moderated by Chad Meyer.

All three drivers on the panel discussion raced for several years at Fairmont Raceway and across the Midwest, each achieving success behind the wheel. Peterson was a multi-time feature race winner at the Kossuth County Speedway, located in Algona, IA, and is a 1973 fair race champion at the Algona track. Each former driver will discuss their racing careers and highlights from their many years of competition.

This event builds on the successful Sprint Car 101 and Dirt Track Legends series held at the museum. “We are excited to hold our first ever event in Fairmont. Over the years, there has been a lot of crossover of racers and fans from Algona to Fairmont and back. We look forward to learning much more about the stellar careers of Dave Bjorge, Terry Hansen and Ken Peterson,” said Chad Meyer, museum volunteer.

The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum is located on the fairgrounds, on Hwy 169 South, in Algona, IA.

Individuals interested in learning more about this event, or the museum are urged to visit www.kossuthmuseum.com or by contacting Denny Garbers at 507-399-9069 or Don Masters at 507-402-5332.