Wisconsin corn growers head to the races Friday, Aug. 15, for a special night of networking and entertainment at Madison International Speedway. Along with free admission, attendees get VIP parking, special seating, a meal, drinks, pit tours and a chance to race around the track with a qualified driver.
The special racing feature of the night highlights 17-year-old Michael Raskovic of Monticello, driving the #14 American Ethanol Truck, powered by 98 percent ethanol fuel, in the American Ethanol SuperTruck series, sponsored by the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA). Testing at Wegner Motorsports this spring showed the E98 fueled engine produces more torque and operates at a cooler temperature than those powered with standard (methanol) racing fuel.
The Wisconsin Corn Growers E-15 Bandit Challenge race for young guns, using 15 percent ethanol fuel, also will run at Madison International Speedway, Aug. 15. The speedway is a paved oval a short distance from Wisconsin Highway 138, near Oregon, billed as the fastest half-mile track in the state. Former champions at the track include Matt Kenseth, Rich Bickle, Travis Kvapil and Dick Trickle.
Corn growers can earn one free admission to this inaugural racing event by recruiting one new WCGA member between now and Aug. 12. Additional free event tickets can be earned for every extra two new members recruited beyond the initial one. The top 10 new-member recruiters and their guests (one per member) will be able to watch the evening's races in the air-conditioned comfort of a VIP suite and one lucky attendee will be selected at random to race around the track with a driver.
Cost for current Wisconsin Corn Grower Association members who don't recruit new members is $15/person. Non-members can buy a ticket to this special racing event for $25.
The WCGA event starts at 5 p.m. with refreshments and the green flag is expected to signal the start of racing at 6:30 p.m., and the event will continue until the races end.
Golf-cart transfer is available from the parking lot to the event area for those who need it. To register for WCGA Night at the Races and to request membership forms send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the WCGA office at 262-495-2232. WCGA membership forms are also available online in the membership section of www.wicorn.ncgapremium.com.
WCGA represents the interest of state corn growers in the growing and managing of corn grown both for on-farm feeding and commercial sale. WCGA works with other organizations in areas of mutual concern, including sustainability, biotech issues, resistance management, farmland valuation, conservation, and the environment.
WCGA brings together corn growers to provide information and education at regional corn conferences and the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy EXPO. As part of the National Corn Growers Association, WCGA represents corn grower interests nationally and internationally and also sponsors the national corn yield contest.
For more information on Wisconsin Corn Growers Association visit the web site www.wicorn.org or contact Executive Director Bob Oleson by phone at 262-495-2232 or via E-mail at Wicorn@centurytel.com . Or follow Wisconsin Corn Growers Association on Facebook, YouTube and via twitter at WIcornpro.