Member #019 - Bill Brown
Bill Brown has been a 'URFWI' member since 2015.
You work at the beer stand Friday nights at Madison International Speedway and are helping a team in the pits on Saturdays at Beaver Dam Raceway, what keeps you going back each season?
I have been working at Madison for close to 13 years since my brother in law Dave Grueneberg ran it. Love the fans, have developed friendships with many of them. Also get to watch racing when it is slow. At Beaver Dam my son in law Mike Winters races and love being in the pits helping out.
Speaking of Mike Winters, you guys went from asphalt to dirt in 2016, how did that go?
At first my reaction was what??? We went to Darlington for a practice with Chico and Brandon Riedner and they said he would be fine. Mike ended up winning the track championship with one feature win, 5 top fives, and 11 top tens, very consistent year in a highly competitive class. 12 races 12 different winners.
Sounds like a great start, plans for next season?
Bought the car from Kyle Riedner plan on running again at Beaver Dam might also travel a little bit to race in the new Cowbell street stock tour.
Street stock tour? What is that about?
Similar to the Great Northern Sportsman Series (GNSS) but for street stocks.
Mainly going to be in the Fox Valley, but tomahawk is included. Not all dates announced.
Why go to Madison on Fridays or Beaver Dam on Saturdays?
Best of both worlds. Great asphalt racing on the half mile. And crazy action on dirt with 5 classes from A- mods to legends. Still learning about the dirt scene grew up as an asphalt guy.
I also heard the beer from the tower beer stand at Madison is the best in the state.
My wife Brenda keeps everyone in check at the beer stand under the tower.
What are you doing to keep yourself busy during STOD (Short track off-season disorder)?
We have the car all together already just need decals and numbers. Watching a lot of college basketball and pro football.
Speaking of decals, you need a couple 'URFWI' yet too...
We do need to brand the car again, new paint scheme this year
Nice, as long as you don't go black, I think they had a meeting and decided all cars must be black, I miss the red, yellow, and blue cars, you guys always had a sharp color scheme
We do have black on it but also Mike's Robin egg blue.
How did you learn about United Race Fans of Wisconsin and what caused you to join?
Talked to you at MIS early on during the Joe Shear classic and liked the idea of a fan club to promote short track racing.
How long should the ideal program run? Some places can do it in 3 hours or less, some it seems over 5. I like to compare it to a football game. Any longer and you will lose the fan, any less and you feel like you didn't get your monies worth.
That's a tough question. On a weekly show I would say about a 3 hour show would be ideal.
And on specials just accept it could take all night? I admit I still struggle there. Mississippi Thunder ran a special that finished at 5 in the morning, a happy medium I suppose?
Some of the specials last year ran way too long. I hope they learn to start earlier when the car counts are that high.
Finally, #080 Tom Heacox wanted to know: What is the one thing that Wisconsin short tracks are doing right and should absolutely not change?
I think they should continue to promote the entry classes at the weekly shows so you develop the drivers for the other classes.
Rich Zimpel has been attending local race tracks for the past 30 years.