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Dave Storck inducted into Viking Speedway Hall of Fame

Dave Storck (left) and Scott Hillig pose with Vikings cheerleaders.

Dave Storck of Morris and Scott Hillig of Long Prairie are the two newest members to join the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame.

Both are former Viking Speedway point champions and have nearly 50 years of racing between them and a host of track season championships.

The 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies was held on Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Viking Speedway during intermission.

Storck was 23 years old when he crawled in behind the wheel of a race car. He continued to race for 32 years before retiring in 2010.

Dave's brother, Mike, and a few of his friends built a street stocker in 1979.

"A couple of my friends and I would go to the Viking to watch," recalled Storck. "About the third night my friends and I sat in the grandstand and agreed to build a car ."

One friend had a motor and transmission, one had a 1966 Chevelle sitting in the woods, and Storck had metal for a roll cage and a shop to put it all together.

Two weeks later he was racing and the third night at the big half-mile oval in Alexandria, he won the first of many heat races.

He moved up to the Modified Division in 1985 and enjoyed a great deal of success.

Storck ran Chevrolets his entire career, except for the Ford he ran in the Pro-4 Division in 1995.

Storck credits his success to many things. They include a great pit crew that worked long hours to give him a car that was always ready to compete; car owner Mark Anderson in the Modified for giving him good equipment for the 26 years he drove for him; the race fans that were always there to cheer him on even on a bad race night; the sponsors who helped support his racing; and his family who gave him the time to chase his dreams.

Storck had many pit crew members in his 32-year career including Mark Anderson, Tim Eystad, Mike Lawler, Rick Froemming, Mike Boren, Julie Storck, Ellsworth Engebretson, Duane Harstad, Roger Delong, Kevin Smith, Doug Kill, Greg Greiner, Kevin Warner, Glen Wevley, Matt Anderson, Dick Wente, Chad Wente, Jeff Pring, and others.

Storck also recalled the days when he, Hillig and Muzik battled wheel to wheel in many races.

"It got to the point where if I couldn't get up to the front with those two in a race I would be disappointed that I missed out on all the fun. I thought we all had the same driving style - drive fast, take care of your equipment and don't run over anyone going to the front," pointed out Storck.

Among his most cherished accomplishments at Viking was winning the 1990 Modified track championship, finishing in the top 10 in points for 21 years, and being selected by his peers as a sportsmanship award winner seven times.

His most treasured accomplishment was winning three Modified Track Championships in 1990.

Storck will now working on getting things done around home that he has put off for the past 32 years.

"The list is huge," he pointed out.

He also plans on spending a lot more time with friends and family. Storck and his wife, Kay, have four children, Shelley, Karrie, Corey, and Courtney.

His brother Mike also is a racer and still circles several different tracks.

"I raced my brother Mike pretty much the same way as other racers, except we would give each other another inch or two when we were around each other," continued Storck.

In his career, Storck raced in six states and Canada, including 43 different tracks across the country.

His 14 Track Championships include the following: 1982 Thunder Class (Wee-Town); 1986 Modified (Red River Valley Speedway); 1990 Modified (Viking Speedway), (Red River Valley Speedway), (WeeTown Outlaw Speedway); 1991 Modified (Red River Valley Speedway); 1993 Modified (I-94 Speedway Fergus Falls); 1994 Modified (I-94 Speedway Sauk Centre); 1995 Modified (I-94 Speedway Fergus Falls), Pro-4 (I-94 Speedway Sauk Centre); 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 Modified (Madison Speedway).

The Modified race car was owned by Mark Anderson of Donnelly.

Jay Fechtner from Elbow Lake was the owner of the Pro-4 Storck drove in 1995.

Storck also was honored at the NASCAR banquet in Orlando, Fla. and Nashville, Tenn. in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004 for being a top 10 finisher in the Midwest Region of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series.

A total of 24 individuals are now enshrined in the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame.