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Elburn truck racer sets world record

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Photo: Elburn’s Brett Deutsche and his 1969 Chevy C-10 pickup truck won the 2014 National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) Pro Street World Final title at Texas Motorplex Speedway in Ennis, Texas, with a world record time of 8.81 on Oct. 4. Deutsche (below, right) accepts his trophy from NHRDA’s Katie Radewald. Photos courtesy of NHRDA

ELBURN—Elburn’s Brett Deutsche and his 1969 Chevy C-10 pickup truck won the 2014 National Hot Rod Diesel Association (NHRDA) Pro Street World Final title at Texas Motorplex Speedway in Ennis, Texas, with a world record time of 8.81 on Oct. 4. In doing so, it became the first street truck to break 9.0 seconds for a quarter mile.

In footage from the race, the truck leaps forward off the track at the start to open a lead on the former national record holder, en route to reaching a record top speed of 158.19 mph.

Brett and his father Don have been drag racing the truck since 1999, when Brett was 16. Brett was given the pickup by his grandfather, Chuck Deutsch, when Brett was just 15 years old. His grandfather had owned it for about 10 years and decided to give it to Brett so he could redirect his attention on restoring a 1914 Model-T Ford.

Brett and his dad brought the truck into the family’s diesel repair shop in West Chicago, Ill., and went to work stripping it down to the chassis for a complete restoration. After replacing its rusted panels and installing a new truck bed from a 1995 Chevy, Don painted it black with several high-gloss clear coats.

Most important, they replaced its three-cylinder diesel engine with a Chevy 350 gas engine for the speed Brett wanted. The father-son team finished the truck before Brett turned 16 and got his driver’s license. After enjoying it for a year, Brett saved the money to add a supercharger, and then blew up the engine while racing a muscle car. After putting other gas engines in the truck, Brett realized it was about as quick as it was going to get, and lost interest in it as a racing vehicle.

In 2008, he came across a junkyard bus chassis with a new Duramax diesel engine in it. After adding that and an Allison transmission to the truck, Brett in 2011 decided to make it a NHRDA Pro Street class pickup and attempted to reduce its 5,300-pound weight.

To meet the Pro Street class racing requirements, the truck has to be legal to drive on the street, have a factory frame, and weigh a minimum of 4,500 pounds. Brett went to work lightening the truck by removing its bumper and truck bed lining, and adding a lighter radiator and other internal components. Remarkably, he was able to shed 650 pounds from the truck without pulling out all its creature comforts. It still even has air-conditioning.

With its new engine and lighter weight, the truck initially had a quarter-mile best of 9.8 seconds and reached 145 mph. Recently, Brett outfitted it with a drive lockup converter specifically designed for diesel racing. Made of 100 percent Kevlar, the lockup converter keeps the the big diesel’s massive torque from burning up the truck’s clutch.

Brett says he’s spent a small fortune on retrofitting the truck, and couldn’t have done it without the help of his sponsors. One of Duetsche Racing’s local sponsors is the St. Charles-based company VERTEX, a human resource company. Other sponsors include Danville Performance, which provides the truck’s electronic engine tuning; HSP Diesel, which provided its triple-turbo piping; Wagler Competition, which provided its engine cylinder heads and machining; Neal Chance Racing Converters, which provided its torque converter; Bullseye Power, which provided its turbo-chargers and turbo components; Flexicorps Racing; and, of course, Deutsch’s Diesel Truck Repair. Recently, the truck was appraised at $104,000.

Typically, drag racing events involve a couple of qualifying rounds, then one-on-one elimination rounds that lead to a two-vehicle final. That can require running eight-10 races in a day, creating stress that often results in them breaking down and not being able to make it to the starting line for the next round when they advance.

The NHRDA Pro Street World Final was the final event of an 11-race 2014 national diesel drag racing series where, during the eight-truck elimination rounds, the Duetsche car ran 8.87, breaking the world record of 9.20. In the final, racing against national record holder Jarid Vollmer and his 2006 Dodge Ram 1500, Brett lowered the world best to 8.81 seconds. Even though he only participated in two of the eleven circuit races, Brett finished second in points among 25 scoring drivers.

This Saturday, Brett and his record-setting Chevy C-10 pickup race at the Diesel Truck Blackout Drag Day Fall Nationals at the Byron Dragway in nearby Bryon, Ill.—the final Midwest drag racing event of the year. The competition will start at 10 a.m. and feature several “T & T” races, where drivers can test and tune their race cars in competition on the track.

Close to the finish line

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Exclusive group of area drivers stake claim at Speedway

SYCAMORE—Friday and Saturday nights during the summer months bring a lot of action to Sycamore Speedway.

That atmosphere draws familiar and enthusiastic crowds, but only a handful of racers from the Elburn area.

Racers that include husband and wife Frank and Rebecca Stubitsch of Virgil and Anthony Hansford of Virgil have a real passion for hitting the Speedway grounds, with an added benefit of it being as close as you can get.

As a demolition derby and spectator class competitor, Hansford, of Virgil, takes Ford Crown Victorias to smash and Chevy Caprices to excel.

“I just turned 28 last week and I’ve been racing since 2005. I’ve been going to the Speedway forever,” Hansford said.

Hansford enjoys the close proximity, with a locally renowned track providing benefits other tracks cannot.

“I love the fact that it’s close to home,” Hansford said. “I used to drive up from Yorkville and that was still better than travelling out of state for six to 10 races each year.”

Hansford looks toward a future where it’s likely just one night of competition, rather than two, making the Speedway outpost a great option to burn rubber.

“The cost gets up there for fixing your vehicles and then you have to get them up to the truck, so I like that it’s close,” Hansford said.

Drivers from the immediate area and beyond give a sense of camaraderie, no matter their place of origin.

“A lot of my friends are from St. Charles and Sycamore, and they come up and see me race. The other drivers I compete with are like my family. We have our bumps and bruises but we’re a family,” Hansford said.

Hansford looks to get more involved with working on cars for C3 Racing out of Dwight, Ill.

The Stubitsch clan has been able to excel in this activity with success, and it was something that could have a level of participation for both.

“It’s something we started doing five years ago when we moved to Virgil from Elgin, Ill.,” Rebecca said.

In powder puff and spectator classes, Rebecca loves the benefits of racing so close.

“It’s three miles down the road, and it’s great. It takes you a little while to get used to racing on the weekends, but we love it. We checked it out when one of Frank’s friends did it and we tried it; it just snowballed from there,” Rebecca said.

In some of her races, the benefits to her cars are minimal, but the intangibles to the driver are many.

“It’s made me more able to try new things, where I wasn’t willing to before,” Rebecca said. “I want to try the 25-lap races more, because you actually have to try and go somewhere for a time.”

Frank has fixed cars like Chevy Malibus and driven Ford Crown Victorias during his weekend warrior time, and he has noticed changes, as well.

“It’s really nice to go out there as a couple, and I notice I’m calmer, actually, and there are some aggressive drivers out there,” Frank said.

An electrician, Frank finds that racing on the weekends is somewhat of another full-time job, but something he and his wife continue to enjoy—a thread going through most local drivers.

“You need to fix what’s wrong with your cars and haul both of them up to the track. But you pick up stuff and you learn to read the track,” Frank said.

“We’re pretty happy there,” Rebecca said.

Recent Kaneland grad finds success on a different track

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ELBURN—Elburn resident Michael Geringer is finding a whole new way to get around—really well.

Geringer, a recent member of the Kaneland High School Class of 2014, is finding he can burn rubber on the go-kart circuit.

The 17-year-old talent, who turned pro in September, won his first national race as part of the US Pro Kart Series. Geringer, as part of Praga North America, took the field at Michiana Raceway Park in North Liberty, Ind., back on June 24.

Geringer, showing his skills in the Leopard 125 Pro class, and previously taking to tracks as an amateur, still keeps his capacity for awe.

“I was a little surprised at how well I did,” Geringer said. “It was a 40-car field, and at regionals the week before, I did good, but I expected a top-five.”

Having competed in national races in North Carolina, and sticking closer to home as part of regionals racing like the Route 66 Spring Series, Geringer is out on an island on the track, relying only on his kart and training.

“I try not to think about it too much, you just try to get up there. I won a Route 66 Regional championship last year, and I’m glad to be with the new team. They help out a lot,” Geringer said.

Elburn resident Michael Geringer won the 125 Pro category at Michiana Raceway Park in North Liberty, Ind. Photo submitted by Pranga North America to sports@elburnherald.com
Elburn resident Michael Geringer won the 125 Pro category at Michiana Raceway Park in North Liberty, Ind.
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Having raced and gotten into the circuit with the help of his father, Michael, Geringer’s accomplishments speak for themselves, but he’s also aware that goes for the rest of the field.

“The last race had the top karts separated by .05 seconds, and everybody there brings the best,” Geringer said.

Geringer has his eyes on bigger tracks as the year progresses.

“There’s three more regionals near here, and two more nationals, and I really want to go to Supernationals (USA Supernationals XVIII in late-Nov.) which are at the Rio in Las Vegas,” Geringer said.

Geringer is attending Waubonsee Community College in the fall with eyes on transferring to a four-year institution for mechanical engineering.

Michael Geringer, 17, is a recent Kaneland High School graduate, and will attend Waubonsee Community College in the fall. The Elburn native is sponsored by Pranga North America. Photos submitted by Pranga North America to sports@elburnherald.com
Michael Geringer, 17, is a recent Kaneland High School graduate, and will attend Waubonsee Community College in the fall. The Elburn native is sponsored by Pranga North America.
Photos submitted by Pranga North America to sports@elburnherald.com

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

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(815) 895-5454 • 15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, June 4 2011
Results
Super Late Models
• Fast Time: 1. Joe Dynek, Genoa.
• Trophy Dash: 1. Jay Brendle, Kirkland, 2. Jason Kruse, Wonder Lake, 3. Jay Brendle, Kirkland
• Semi-Feature: 1. Johnny Heath, Kingston 2. Jimmy Klingel, Aurora. 3. Mitch Henry, Maple Park
• Powder Puff: 1. Starr Roach, Kingston
• Feature: 1. Starr Roach, Kingston. 2. Amy Memoli, Carol Stream. 3. Starr Roach, Kingston
Compact
• Feature 1: 1. Mike Cunz, Cortland. 2. Austin Runge, Lake Zurich
Late Models:
• Fast Time: 1. Mike Crowe, S. Elgin
• Trophy Dash: 1. Mike Crowe, S. Elgin
• Semi Feature: 1. Mike Crowe, S. Elgin. 2. Steven Gardner, St. Charles. 3. Cory Davis, Sheridan
• Spectator: 1. Tim Runge, L. Zurich, 2, Jim Vetter, Woodstock
• Feature: 1. Jerry Roach, Kingston. 2. T.C. Woosley, Hampshire. 3. Corey Marshall, St. Charles
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Results
Super Late Models
• Fast Time: 1. Johnny Heath, Kingston
• Trophy Dash: 1. Joe Dynek, Genoa. 2. Jeff LeSage, Burlington. 3. Charlie Olson, Kingston
• Semi-Feature: 1. Jay Brendle, Kirkland, 2. Joe Dynek, Genoa. 3. Johnny Heath, Kingston
• Powder Puff: 1. Stacy Roach, Kingston
• Feature: 1. Courtney Brancecum, St. Charles. 2. Stacy Roach, Kingston. 3. Megan Decker, Palatine
Compact
• Feature 1: 1. Josh Bjorvik, Warrenville. 2. Matt McCain, Aurora
Late Models
• Fast Time: 1. Mike Crowe, S. Elgin
• Trophy Dash: 1. Mike Crowe, S. Elgin. 2. DJ Sparks, Belvidere. 3. Joe Rasmussen, Gilberts
• Semi Feature: 1. Mike Crowe, S. Elgin. 2. Rick Walters, Elgin. 3. Steven Gardner, St. Charles
• Spectator: 1. Brian Osar, S. Elgin. 2, Stacey McElligott, Belvidere
• Feature: 1. Kevin Memoli, Carol Stream. 2. Derek Walker, Marengo. 3. Danny Markham, Elgin

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

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Sycamore Speedway
(815) 895-5454
15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Point Standings
Super Late Models
1. Dave Engelkins, Morrison—61
2. Pete Hatch, Gilberts—53
3. Bill Perkins, Sycamore—52
3. Charlie Olson, Kingston—52
4. Jim Klingel—39
Late Models
1. Paul Ermel, St. Charles—80
2. Paul Jackowiak, DeKalb—63
3. Steven Gardiner, St. Charles—58
4. Eric Newhouse, Millington—57
5. Danny Allen, Elgin—43
Spectators
1. Tim Ludke, South Elgin—14
2. Jimmy Stephens, Richardson—10
3. Michael Brancecum, South Elgin—7
4. Kevin Memoli, Carol Stream—6
4. Chris Ricker, Elgin—6
4. Robby Moore—6.
Powder Puff
1. Danielle Heath, Kingston—11
2. Stacy Roach, Kingston—10
3. Megan Decker, Palatine—8
4. Mallory Jackson—6
4. Amy Memoli, Carol Stream—6.
Compact
1. Chad Askeland, Sycamore—8
2. Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights—7
3. Derek Walker, Marengo—7
4. Kyle Kosmel, Sycamore—6
5. Scott Vetter, Union—6.

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

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(815) 895-5454
15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Super Late Models
Fast Time: Joe Dynek, Kingston
Trophy Dash Winner: Pete Hatch, Burlington
Heat Winners John LeSage, Elburn; Jerry Robertson, Cortland; Charlie Olson, Kingston.
Semi-Feature Winners: J.C. David, Geneva.
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; Joe Dynek, Kirkland; Jim Klingel, Kirkland.
Late Models
Fast Time: Reno Markham, Kirkland.
Trophy Dash: Marcus Allen, Sleepy Hollow.
Heat Winners: Kevin Ramey, Sleepy Hollow; Herb Moag, Oswego, Chris Parker, Elgin.
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; T.J. Markham, Kirkland, Charlie Olson, Kingston.
Spectators
Heat Winners: Tim Ludke, St. Charles; Danielle Heath, Kingston.
Feature Winners: Derrick Decker, Palatine; Danielle Heath, Kingston..
Powder Puff
Heat Winner:Megan Decker, Palatine.
Feature Winners: Missy Ermel, St. Charles; Danielle Heath, Kingston; Megan Decker, Palatine.
Compact Combat
Heat Winner: Stacy Roach, Kingston.
Feature Event Winners: Jake Greensley, Cortland; Stacy Roach, Kingston; Erik Grosch, Arlington Heights.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Super Late Models
Trophy Dash: Kyle Smith, St. Charles.
Demo Winner: In Memory of Tim Haase.
Powder Puff
Trophy Dash: Danielle Heath, Kingston.
Heat Winner: Jan Cunz, Cortland; Danielle Heath, Kingston.
Feature Event Winners: Missy Ermel, St. Charles; Mallory Jackson, Carol Stream; Amy Memoli, Carol Stream.
Compact Combat
Trophy Dash: Tim Runge, Lake Zurich.
Heat Winner: Chad Askeland, Sycamore; Jake Greensley, Cortland.
Feature Winners: Chad Askeland, Sycamore; Jason Schnupp, Rockford; Jake Greensley, Cortland; Dennis Tynan, Villa Park; Tim Runge, Lake Zurich.

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

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Sycamore Speedway weekend results
(815) 895-5454
15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Super Late Models
Fast Time: Charlie Olson, Kingston
Trophy Dash Winner: Greg Cantrell, Jr., DeKalb.
Heat Winners Jay Brendle, Kirkland; Jeff LeSage, Burlington; Bill Perkins, Sycamore.
Semi-Feature Winners: Greg Hancock, South Elgin.
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; Joe Dynek, Kirkland; Jim Klingel, Kirkland.
Late Models
Fast Time: Reno Markham, Kirkland.
Trophy Dash: Mike Crowe, South Elgin.
Heat Winners: Travis Snyder, Genoa; Steven Gardner, St. Charles; Marcus Allen, Sleepy Hollow.
Semi Feature Winner: John Arndt, St. Charles.
Main Feature: Mike Crowe, South Elgin; Reno Markham, Kirkland, Marcus Allen, Sleepy Hollow.
Spectators
Heat Winners: Jimmy Stephens, Richardson; Kyle Smith, St. Charles.
Feature Winners: Jimmy Stephens, Richardson; Jim Meyer, Woodstock.
Powder Puff
Heat Winner: Amy Memoli, Carol Stream.
Feature Winners: Missy Ermel, St. Charles; Amy Memoli, Carol Stream; Stacy McElliot, Union.
Compact Combat
Heat Winner: Lance Bonnell, Maple Park.
Feature Event Winners: Jerry Roach, Kingston; Lance Bonnell, Maple Park; Sycamore, Chad Askeland, Sycamore.

Sycamore Speedway weekend results

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(815) 895-5454
15 miles west of St. Charles on Route 64
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Super Late Models
Fast Time: John Harper, Pingree Grove
Trophy Dash Winner: T.J. Markham, Kirkland
Heat Winners Greg Hancock, South Elgin; Jay Brendle, Kirkland; T.J. Markham, Kirkland
Semi-Feature Winners: Frank Sladek, Lisle; John Crafton, Plano
Main Feature: Bill Perkins, Sycamore; J.C. David, Geneva; Nick Kuipers, Elburn
Late Models
Fast Time: Paul Ermel, St. Charles
Trophy Dash: Danny Markham, Marengo
Heat Winners: Rick Walters, Elgin; Eric Newhouse, Bristol; Danny Markham, Marengo
Semi Feature Winner: Herb Moag, Oswego; Eric Newhouse, Bristol.
Main Feature: Danny Markham, Marengo; Kevin Ramey, Carol Stream; Phil Grutsch, Plano
Spectators
Heat Winners:Larry Goto, Elgin; Mark Keith, Aurora
Feature Winners: 92j, 54x.
Powder Puff
Heat Winner: Amy Memoli, Carol Stream
Feature Winners: 92j; Amy Memoli, Carol Stream
Compact Combat
Heat Winner: Stacy Roach, Kingston
Feature Event Winners: Stacy Roach, Kingston

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