Racing Archives/Photo Display & IMCA Old-Timers Race Car Display

1967 Fairmont Raceway.

What: Vintage racing archives and photo display, plus the IMCA Old-Timers group will have a multi-race car display out front of the Jackson Legion.

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Jackson American Legion Post 130

411 1st Street, Jackson, MN

For more information, contact Denny Garbers at 507-399-9069

Dirt Modified Fan Forum – Windom, MN

Join the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum on the road, as we travel to Windom, MN for our Dirt Modified Fan Forum.

Featured panelists during this “Sprint Car 101” style event, are Larry Smith, Bob Hanson and Dick Forbrook!

The Dirt Show, which originates on KOWZ FM, will be in attendance as will Don Masters with Fairmont Raceway Archives. We appreciate each of you for helping out with this event!

Register for free admission tickets to the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum!

When: Sunday, June 25, 2017.

Time: Noon – Doors open,

2:00 p.m. Forum starts

Where: Business, Arts & Recreation Center, West Gym

1012 5th Ave, Windom, MN

For more information, contact Denny Garbers: 507-399-9069.


Founders’ Day Cruise In

Algona’s annual Founders Day Cruise-In moves the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum parking lot, located on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds.

Bring your classic car, motorcycle, tractor, truck or any race car to display! No cost for those showing a vehicle or attending the show.

The event will be held Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum will be open 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the Cruise-In.

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

See you there!

Hovinga, Weber, Mills; “Stocksville Reunion” video posted

In September 2016, legendary Late Model and Modified drivers Dennis Hovinga, and Bob Weber, were joined by car owner and builder Kevin Mills in this trip down memory lane during the annual “Stocksville Reuion” held at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, IA.

During this session, we covered the early days of late models, through present day modifieds and several stories of racing in Iowa, Minnesota and the Midwest.

Hovinga and Weber are both inductees into the Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame, located in Algona, IA.


Racing Photo & Memorabilia Show to be held in Fairmont


The Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame and Museum and Fairmont Raceway Archives Hall of Fame present a big day of racing fun!

– See our huge display of old racing photos and memorabilia!
– Visit with former drivers and track officials!
– Visitors are encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia to display!

Saturday, March 25th: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Eagles Club, 1228 W. Lake Ave. Fairmont, MN

Free Admission! Door Prizes!
Food & Beverages for purchase!

For more information contact:
Denny Garbers: 507-399-9069

Kossuth Co. Racing Hall Inductees Announced

The Kossuth County Racing Hall of Fame is pleased to announce its 2017 class of inductees. This year’s class features six individuals that achieved great success and helped better the sport in our area.

Dave Nutt, plus the late Larry Nerdig and Bryan Mortensen, are the drivers who will be inducted this year.

Car owners, the late Gene Fagerlund and Delbert Lieurance, are also inductees. Hall of Fame drivers Les Wildin, Bud Fair and Gene Schattschneider all found victory lane behind the wheel of the Swea City Oil #88.

KLGA Radio 92.7 FM will be honored for their many years of programming dedicated to the Algona and area race tracks.

The late Howard Kohlhaas will be recognized for his many years serving the Algona track plus many others in the region.

The committee, with the help of the living members of the Kossuth Racing Hall of Fame, selected the seven inductees for 2017. Candidates not selected will be considered for future inductions.

The date of the induction ceremony is set for Saturday, August 5th at the Kossuth County Ag & Motorsports Museum, located on the fairgrounds in Algona, IA.

More details about the Hall of Fame and the induction ceremony will be released when they are available. Additional information about the hall of fame is available at

An Afternoon with Doug Clark, Tom Savage & Keith Frantsen on Sunday, November 20, in Algona, Iowa

Keith Frantzen. Photo courtesy of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

Keith Frantsen. Photo courtesy of National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

The National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum Foundation is pleased to announce that it is once again traveling north on Sunday, November 20, to present its next Sprint Car 101 forum, entitled “An Afternoon with Doug Clark, Tom Savage & Keith Frantsen.” The free and open-to-the-public program, to be moderated by Chad Meyer, will be held at 2 p.m. at the Kossuth County Agricultural & Motorsports Museum on the fairgrounds in Algona.

According to Chad Meyer. “We look forward to hosting Sprint Car 101 again and are grateful to partner with the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum for this event. Though their careers all took different pathways, Doug, Tom and Keith all share a similar connection. Each were heavily influenced by racing in the Sioux Falls and Jackson areas before their careers took them across the Midwest and the country. Doug Clark frequented the Algona track while serving on Darryl Dawley’s pit crew in the super-modified days and Keith Frantsen was a 1975 sprint car winner here. The museum is proud to have artifacts and a sprint car from Frantsen on display during this event. Each has amazing stories and recollections that will tell the history about this sport and how our area impacted sprint car racing as a whole.”

sprint-car-101-doug-clark-tom-savage-keith-frantzenFor more information on the Kossuth County Agricultural & Motorsports Museum in Algona, individuals are urged to visit For more information on the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, people can check out


Sprint Car 101: Doug Clark, Tom Savage & Keith Frantsen

sprint-car-101-doug-clark-tom-savage-keith-frantzenWe are excited to host flagman Doug Clark, racing historian Tom Savage and driver Keith Frantsen Sunday, November 20, 2016 for our next Sprint Car 101!

We will open the doors at 1:00 p.m., with our event starting at 2:00 p.m.

On display at our museum at Doug Wolfgang’s #8d and #4x spring cars. We also are proud to display the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame’s “Salute to Ken Schrader” photograph exhibit. We also anticipate having on display one of Keith Frantsen’s sprinters and related memorabilia.

Denny Garbers will once again have on display many vintage racing photos and artifacts. We look forward to seeing you!!

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SAVE THE DATE: Sprint Car 101 – featuring Doug Clark, Tom Savage and more!

Save the date! Sunday, November 20th:

Sprint Car 101: featuring Doug Clark, Tom Savage (tentative) and more!

More details coming soon!

“Smooth Operator,” “Tall Cool One,” Busch All Star Tour, Museums-Benefit Auction and 3 Iowa Legends Highlight Knoxville L.M. Nationals at National Sprint Car Museum

KNOXVILLE, IOWA (August 31, 2016) – Fans touring the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum during this year’s Lucas Oil Late Model Knoxville Nationals, September 15-17, are in for a treat.  Highlighting this year’s programs are a Friday VIP reception featuring recent North-South 100 winner Bobby Pierce, also known as “Smooth Operator,” and his veteran father, the “Tall Cool One,” Bob Pierce.  In addition, Friday will also feature a Late Model 101 forum entitled “Busch All Star Tour” with several series officials and drivers.  Saturday’s focus will start with the annual auction to benefit the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum and the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Union, Kentucky.  Finally, Saturday afternoon will wind up with a Stocksville Reunion honoring Denny Hovinga, Wayne Larson and Bob Weber.

The details of the four programs are as follows:

Friday, September 16

11:30 a.m. – VIP Reception: “An Afternoon with Bobby & Bob Pierce”

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee and award-winning journalist Dave Argabright will interview recent North-South 100 winner Bobby Pierce (a.k.a. “Smooth Operator”) and his legendary father Bob Pierce (a.k.a. “Tall Cool One”).  The youngest Pierce, born in 1996, has been a United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) star for years, but with his success in a NASCAR Truck at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway, the Illini driver has put himself on the map nationally.

1 p.m. – Late Model 101: “Busch All-Star Tour”

Join us on the second floor of the National Sprint Car Museum for a forum featuring officials and drivers from one of the most successful series in dirt late model racing, the Busch All Star Tour.  For seventeen years, Jim Wilson and his crew of dedicated race officials gave Midwest dirt late model fans outstanding racing programs. Lee Ackerman of the I-80 Speedway will moderate the 90-minute forum with Jim Wilson (director), Art Daufeldt (tech), Mark Ludwig (tech), Ron Streger (tech), Mable McCuen (registrar), Dean Howe (flagman), Tom Lathen (announcer) and drivers/brothers Joe Kosiski and Steve Kosiski (7-time series champion; only driver to make every BAST race).

Saturday, September 17

12 Noon – Knoxville Dirt Late Model Memorabilia Auction

A live auction of unique, autographed memorabilia from the worlds of dirt late model racing, sprint car racing, NASCAR stock car racing, Indy Car racing and NHRA drag racing.  Emceed by Kathy Krafka Harkema and auctioneered by veteran late model driver and owner Lynn Richard, you’ll want to take in this fun event and relive the stories and memories as you can bid on autographed dirt late model body panels, die-cast and apparel at reasonable prices!  See what volunteer Jim Rasmussen has up his sleeve in 2016.  The auction benefits the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum in Knoxville, Iowa, and the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in Union, Kentucky.

3 p.m. – Stocksville Reunion: “Denny Hovinga, Wayne Larson & Bob Weber”

Chad Meyer of the Kossuth County Agricultural & Motorsports Museum will moderate the 90-minute forum with three Iowa veterans:  Denny Hovinga of Laurens, Wayne Larson of Ames, and Bob Weber of Burt.  While their biggest wins came behind the wheel of IMCA Modifieds, Hovinga, Larson and Weber competed against the best drivers that Iowa and southern Minnesota had to offer in late models during the 1970’s and ‘80s.  During this forum, we will explore the cars, drivers, tracks and history of racing late models during that era.  We will also discuss how the late model competition then prepared each for their own stellar modified careers.

Those seeking more information on the September 15-17 events are encouraged to visit the web site.