Banquet Deadline Fast Approaching
Time is running out to send your ERP banquet reservation in. We need them in the mail by Feb. 28, if not in the mail by then please call Gerald @ 641-780-3534 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Sponsor @ ERP
Lakeside Hotel Casino in Osceola is the new Title Rights sponsor of our Top ET class. This is their first involvement with the track and with their support we will be able to increase the year end payouts to the top ten points earners in this class. You can find a link to their website on the front page of our website. Be sure to thank them for their support whenever you go there for your entertainment and lodging.
"Lakeside Hotel Casino is very excited to present this season of racing at Eddyville Raceway Park! We at Lakeside couldn’t think of a better way to spend a hot summer weekend than exhilarating car racing followed by some exciting casino action. Lakeside offers some of Iowa’s newest and best slots, loosest tables, and finest amenities for a day trip or an overnight stay."
Lakeside is located just south of Des Moines at exit 34 off of Interstate 35 in Osceola. Stop in and see us after the races and let the action continue!
New Title Rights Sponsor for WFAN
We would like to welcome S.E. Iowa NAPA as the Title Rights sponsor of the World Fuel Altered Nationals. They were an associate sponsor of this event last year and inspite of the terrible weather we had saw value in supporting this great event. They have stores in Sigourney, Williamsburg, and Centerville. If you are in any of these areas support them whenever possible and thank them for their support. They have also given us some really great door prizes to give away at our banquet March 7
Eddyville Raceway Park 50th anniversary season schedule announced
Eddyville Raceway Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary with its busiest race schedule ever. Track owner Gerald Kramer says our business is to provide a place for racers and fans to enjoy the sport of drag racing and this year we have more special events and classes in the 50 year history of the track.
For 2015 the track is offering some bold new events for many diverse drag racing interests along with continuing with many events that we have run for a long time. 2015 will have traditional big bracket race events on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, an event for nostalgia racers with the Midwest Nostalgia Nationals in June, the biggest Musco Lighting Night of Fire ever on July 4, a brand new exciting event in late July that will combine a motorcycle event that will include T/F Harleys with a Door Car Shootout that will feature some exciting heads up door cars, a special big buck event for Top ET, the 10th annual World Fuel Altered Nationals in Aug. and an IHRA national event for the Jr Dragsters in Oct.
The track will also have in addition to the regular bracket classes, many special classes to fit some special interest classes. Our Top Sportsman/Top Dragster class returns for 8 races, we have a crazy new class called Midwest Pro Outlaw Eliminator that will run 4 times in 2015, as will the heads up 10.5 tire class. We have added a new heads up class for radical street cars, and 5 new heads up index classes for no box cars. For the cars with delay boxes we have the Hot Rod class returning with 8 race dates and have added 2 events for Super Rod & Quick Rod. The track will also offer a couple of entry level classes with the IHRA program called Teen Championship Racing, and the high school class.
You can see we have scheduled a lot of exciting things to celebrate our anniversary, so buckle up and enjoy the upcoming season!
2015 Special Event Dates and Classes
Memorial Day Weekend Bracket Bash, May 22-24 (early start)
Midwest Nostalgia Nationals, June 12 & 13 (early start)
ERP`s 50th Anniversary Iron Man Classic June 27 (rain date June 28)
Musco Lighting Night of Fire July 3,4, & 5. (early start)
Rick Reese Memorial Race July 18
Special event to be announced, July 24 & 25 (rain date July 26)
Big Buck Top ET race, Aug. 8 & 9 (Entry and Payout info TBA)
World Fuel Altered Nationals Aug. 21-23 (early start)
Labor Day Weekend Big Bucks Sept. 4-6 (early start)
R/J Performance Fun Day, Sept. 27
IHRA Goalsetter Jr Dragster Halloween Nationals Oct. 16-18
Saturday Fun Drags, May 9, May 30, July 11, Aug. 15, Sept. 12 & 26, Oct. 3
Midnight Madness, May 8 (Fri.) May 30 (Sat.) June 19 (Fri.) July 11 (Sat.) July 31 (Fri.) Aug. 28 (Fri.) Sept. 12 (Sat.)
Special Classes Schedule Announced
As part of our 50th anniversary Eddyville Raceway Park is proud to announce its special classes and their dates for 2015. These are classes that will run a limited schedule.
We have several that are brand new for 2015 including the bold new class called: Midwest Pro Outlaw Eliminator. This is a heads up class for some of the badest cars around and has very few rules other than a 4.00 index on the 1/8th mile! This class will be run on a limited Chicago style elimination format. This class is open to any style car with any kind of power adder. This class will run on May 23, June 27, Aug. 8, and Sept. 5. This should be fun!
Another new heads up class for 2015 will be the Street Car Challenge. This class will be for street legal (license, registration, insurance card, mufflers etc.) cars with any power adder and street legal tires. (any size) Dates for this class: May 16, June 6, June 27, July 25, Sept. 5, & Oct. 3.
Some index classes have been added to our schedule with 5 classes for no box cars to run on May 9, Aug. 15, Sept. 26, & Oct. 3. We also are running one 2 day weekend for Super Rod (S/G)(6.30 index) and Quick Rod (S/C)(5.70 index) on June 27 & 28. As we have did last year we will run Hot Rod (6.90) (S/ST) on four 2 day events, May 23-24, July 4-5, Aug. 8-9, & Aug. 22-23.
As a throwback to years past we will have a return of the Powder Puff class with 4 dates for 2015, May 16, June 20, July 18, & Aug. 1.
On some of our 2 day events we will have pit vehicle races on Sat. at the end of eliminations, time permitting. These will be on the 330 and having fun is mandatory! Dates for these are: May 23, June 6, 27, July 18, Aug.8, and Sept. 5.
The Advance Transmission T/S T/D Challenge will return with four 2 day races. This is a points class and will run on May 23-24, July 4-5, Aug. 22-23, Sept. 5-6.
The Eddyville Stick Shift class returns with dates on May 23, July 5, Aug. 8 & 22, & Oct. 3. This is a points series that has run a long time at Eddyville.
The Quick Performance Iowa True 10.5 class will be back with four dates including our biggest event the Musco Lighting Night of Fire on July 4. Other dates will be May 23, July 25, & Sept. 5.
We have two classes for the younger racers, our high school class will run on June 5, 19, 26, July 17, 31, Aug. 7, & 14. The other class is called Teen Championship Racing and is done with a parent in a street car. This class will run on May 23, June 6, 27, July 18, Aug. 8, & Sept. 5.
Details on all of these classes will be posted on our website soon and our full schedule will be posted very soon also. 2015 will be a very big year at ERP!
Wishing All of Our Racers, Fans, and Sponsors a Very
As we work on plans for our 50th anniversary year of racing in 2015, we also look back on last year. 2014 was a unique year with my taking over sole ownership of ERP and the challenges that went with that, the excitement of doing some major improvements at the track, and the stress of having bad weather on all of our big events. The good news is we all survived these challenges and the racers and fans were very understanding of what we faced and supported us in many ways. We are so very thankful for our racers, fans, and sponsors, without any one of these we would not exist.
As we work on our plans for 2015 I want everyone to know we spend lot of time trying to find out what our racers want and will support, and does it make sense financially for the track. No matter what we decide to do there is no way everyone will be happy with all of our decisions. This fall we posted racer surveys on our website, Facebook, and passed them out at the track. This winter we have spent a lot of time studying them and learning from them. Thanks to those that took the time to fill them out.
ERP Track Rentals
Eddyville Raceway Park has days available to rent the facility for many types of usage including the use of the drag strip or for other functions that could make use of the rest of the facility but not the race track. Now is the time to set these up before all of our events are planned. Events using the track in most cases will be on a Friday night, Saturday or Sunday.
If you or a company wants to put on any type of outdoor event that might work at the track or if you would like to be a promoter of some type of race event please contact Gerald to discuss the possibilities. Price to do this will vary widely depending on the type of event you are considering.
Here is a list of some ideas on types of events that could utilize the track and facilities. They include but are certainly not limited to:
We also can put together special packages for family reunions, car clubs, or company outings to the race track during any of our scheduled events both regular race days or on our bigger events. If interested in any of these please email Gerald at email@example.com or call him at 641-780-3534.
Goldy's Auto Owner Greg Goldizen Passes
OTTUMWA-Greg L. Goldizen, 50, of 3362 Lake Rd., died at 4:07 p.m. November 20, 2014 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
He was born on February 28, 1964 in Ottumwa to Reid V. and Betty L. Melvin Goldizen.
Greg was a 1982 graduate of Ottumwa High School and a graduate of the Indian Hills Community College Diesel Mechanic program. He worked at Alliant Energy Ottumwa Generating Station for 12 years, and owned and operated Goldy’s Auto. He was passionate about collecting cars and drag racing.
Surviving is his wife, Stacy Waller; four children, Danielle Goldizen, Michael Mahaffey, Josie Goldizen and Jordyn Goldizen all of Ottumwa; his mother, Betty Goldizen of Ottumwa; his siblings, Becky (Rick) Stoneking of Davenport, Gary (Barbara) Goldizen of Urbandale and Linda (Alan) Bettis of Blakesburg; father-in-law, Larry Waller of Ottumwa.
He was preceded in death by his father, Reid Goldizen; mother-in-law, Betty Lou Waller and grandparents.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Mark Eigsti officiating. Burial will be in Shaul Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 10 a.m. Sunday with the family present from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for his children’s education.
Planning the 2015 Schedule
This is the time of year we are making plans for the 2015 race season and now is the time we would like to hear from our racers and fans on what they like or don`t like about our schedule, classes, policies etc. It is impossible to make everyone happy but we do take seriously any constructive criticism of what or how we do things at the track. We will always explain why we make decisions that might not agree with you if we are given the chance. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Gerald @ 641-780-3534. We often hear rumors that someone is upset with something but unless you let us know of issues we can`t fix it or at least explain our reason behind what we do in a reasonable way. Also, for anyone who hasn’t had an opportunity to fill out our Bracket Racer survey there is a link at the top of the page for that as well.
This next season is the track`s 50th year of operation! We will be doing special things all year to celebrate this milestone! Any ideas from our fans and racers on this are also welcome. We are working on a significant nostalgia event for early June that will also be a reunion event for past racers. The Musco Lighting Night of Fire will be on July 4 this year and the World Fuel Altered Nationals will be on Aug. 21-23.
We will have a new limited series for really fast cars called the Super Quick series. This will be a class for Pro Mods, Fuel Altereds, Older Top Alcohol dragsters and funny cars etc. Details are being worked on at this time. This should be a really interesting class and we have a number of racers interested in it.
Other dates of interest coming up are the PRI show in Indy Dec. 11-13, Wild Wades swap meet Jan. 25, ERP awards banquet March 7, IHRA National event at Cordova May 29-30, & the IHRA Div.5 ET Finals Sept. 18-20.
Attention Bracket Racers !!!!
We would still like to hear from you and get your opinions on the issues listed on the bracket race survey if you did not get one at the track and get it back to us. We will use the info we recieve from this survey to help plan our 2015 race season. We will reply to you on some issues if you include your contact info. Thanks and have a good off season.
Congratulations to all of our 2014 Points Champions
The 2014 race season saw some incredible racing and now that our season has ended we want to recognize our champions. They will all receive their awards at our banquet in Des Moines in March along with all of our other awards. Details on the banquet will be announced later.
Top ET saw the most incredible points race that was decided on the last race of the day on the last points race of the year. Going into the 2 day weekend Gary Smiley was 9th in points but his victory on the last day gave him a 2 point margin of victory over 3 other racers who finished tied for 2nd place. Those tied for 2nd are Rick Livingston, Terry Kruse, and Austin Sharpe. Gary then went on to win the Top ET Race of Champions at the ET Finals in Martin Mi. and will be running for the World Championship at the IHRA World Finals in Memphis Tn. the 2nd weekend of October.
Modified ET had runner up Bob Bash finish with 566 points which most years would have been enough to win the class but this year Rob Livingston had what maybe was the best year any racer has had at ERP, finishing with 762 points!!! He then went on to win the ET Finals in Martin Mi. to cap off an incredible year of racing. He also finished in the top 10 in Top ET at ERP. Congrats to Rob and Jill Livingston!
Street ET was won by the team of Tim and Ray Shaw with Tim doing most of the driving. Tim is a rookie driver and he held off a late charge by Ashley Baumert in her S10 pickup. Great job Tim!!
Jr Dragster was won by Chase Van Sant who had a very good last weekend of racing to seal the victory over always tough Logan Carter. Chase also went round at the ET Finals.
Top Sportsman was won by veteran racer Artie Craver by only 9 points over Joe Fell who made a late charge on the last weekend of racing. Artie is proof that this sport is not just for the young guns!
Top Dragster was won by one of the young guns as Austin Sharpe pulled out the win on the last race of the year over defending champion Carl Anderson. Austin had a great year at ERP finishing only 2 points out of 1st in Top ET, proof that Jr Dragsters are a great place to learn in this sport.
The Eddyville Stick Shift class was won by only 1 point with Scott Linder coming out on top over Jim Kliese. Scott is always a contender for this championship as well as the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters.
High School class was won by Joseph Reed from Ottumwa over Brandon Crile from Oskaloosa.
Final Race of the Year
Final race of the year at ERP will be this weekend (Oct. 3-5) for Junior Dragsters only. Gates open Friday at 3pm with test and tune at 5pm, and gambler race at 7pm.
Saturday, racers will compete in 4 age groups with the winner of each group receiving an IHRA Ironman Trophy. These 4 winners will then have a run off for the King of the Hill trophy and a Goalsetter adjustable height basketball system valued at over $1400 !!! Saturday Night will feature fun races such as a Turtle Race, and Parent Race plus costume contests for kids, adults, and pets. Trick or Treating will finish up Saturday`s activities.
Sunday will feature 3 index classes, a Quick 16 on the 330, and an All-Run Bracket Race. With a nice forecast for the weekend this should be a must attend event for all Junior racers in the midwest. We will honor all NHRA licenses for this event but IHRA does still require competitors to be 8 years old to compete.
Attention Bracket Racers
This weekend Sept. 20 & 21 is the last 2 day bracket race of the year with several special classes including the last 2 races of our Top Sportsman /Top Dragster series, Hot Rod (6.90 index) Street Bike, Pro Bike, and an all run Jr Dragster class.
Next Saturday Sept. 27 we will have the last bracket race of the season as we will have a non points race like we had on Sat. Sept 6 with the gates opening at 11am with time trials at 1pm. This is a change from what was on our season schedule. Friday Sept 26 will be our last Friday Fun Night and Midnight Madness event and Sunday Sept. 28 will be the R/J Performance Fun Day with free admission, a car/bike show and test and tune from 11am-3pm.
ET Finals Report
Team ERP traveled to one of the nicest drag strips in the country US 131 Raceway in Martin Michigan with a small team of only 14 racers out of a possible 50, but we proved to everyone we were the little team that could!
On Friday morning the track champions from all of the tracks ran off for the right to advance to the National Championship race in Memphis Tn. in October. Our Top ET champion Gary Smiley in his awesome fast S10 pickup took the victory with a dead on run in the final to get the chance of a life time to win the national championship and the awesome prize package that goes with it! Great job Gary and good luck at the World Finals!
We had some cool and damp weather on Friday and Saturday which limited the gambler races both days with Friday`s ending after one round and Saturday` s after round 3. Saturday afternoon round one was run of the main event was run with 7 racers advancing to Sunday`s round 2.
ERP`s Rob Livingston showed that his dominate performance this year at ERP was no fluke as he won the Modified ET class over another local Cedar Falls racer Steve Decker in an awesome final round with both racers .004 on the tree with Rob on his 9.92 dial in and Steve barely breaking out! Bob Bash made it down to 8 cars and we were hoping to see the Rob and Bob show in the final but he came up just a little short.
Then ERP`s Brad Smiley joined his father as a winner at the event by winning Top ET with a series of great dead on runs. Brad who like his dad had a great weekend at ERP on Labor day weekend and finished 6th in points only 13 points out of 1st place and had it going all weekend as he was still in Saturday`s gambler race when it was called.
Chad Bacon also won the best appearing open wheel car award on Saturday. Everyone that went had a great time and look forward to next year’s event, hopefully we will bring a lot more racers and show these other tracks how tough our ERP racers are and contend for the track championship as well as individual championships.
Details Announced for September Race Dates
Friday, September 5 - Open at 5.30pm, open test and tune 6.30-9.30, Midnight Madness 10pm -1am.
Saturday, September 6 - Non Points Race, Gates open at 1.30pm time trials (3) @ 3pm
Friday September 19 - Open @ 5pm, test and tune 6pm-9pm.
Saturday, September 20 - Open @ 9am, time trials @ 11am
Friday September 26 - Open @ 5.30pm, open test and tune 6.30-9.30, Midnight Madness 10pm- 1am
Saturday September 27 - All details to be announced soon. (Change from schedule)
Sunday September 28 - R/J Performance Fun Day, Free Admission!!, $20, Open @ 9am. Open test and tune from 11am-3pm. Car, truck, and bike show.
ERP would like to thank the following companies for stepping up to be associate sponsors of our regular points classes. All of their sponsorship dollars will go to the points fund for these classes. As with all of our sponsors please support them whenever you can with your business.
2014 Sponsorship Update for Eddyville Raceway Park
We want thank all of the sponsors of the track, they are vital to the success of the track and we urge everyone to support these companies whenever you can. The sponsors of our various race classes both weekly ones and our specialty classes help to raise the payouts for that class, provide a points fund that is paid out to the racers at the awards banquet, or both. Following is a list of supporters of the various classes and some that need some support. If you know of anyone that might be interested in becoming involved as a sponsor for a class either as a major one or an associate sponsor please contact Gerald at email@example.com or at 641-780-3534.
Top Sportsman/Top Dragster
Pro Bike Class
Eddyville Stick Shifters
Iowa True 10.5 Tire Class
High School Class
Jr Dragster Classes
Street ET Class (Sportsman)
Street Bike Class
Karl Performance to Support
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