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Crouse, Muzik inducted into Speedway HOF

By Larry Halverson Alexandria area residents Larry Crouse and Ryan Muzik were voted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame last fall and on Saturday they were officially inducted during Saturday's action at the speedway. The veteran racers were ho...

By Larry Halverson Alexandria area residents Larry Crouse and Ryan Muzik were voted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame last fall and on Saturday they were officially inducted during Saturday’s action at the speedway.  The veteran racers were honored for their decades of dedication and support, as well as their accomplishments as competitors. The Speedway Hall of Fame was started in 2001 and now has 28 Hall of Fame members.  The 2014 season marks the Speedway’s 49th year of continuous operation.
Crouse was honored for his 35 years of support and many accomplishments that included: 15 years as a driver of car #29, winning the 1987 season championship in the Sportsman Class.  As a car owner he won the 2011 and 2013 season Super Stock championships with his son, Jeff, driving #29.  Crouse served six terms on the Speedway Board of Directors, with six of those years as the Speedway’s president.  The last 14 years Crouse has also been in charge of the maintenance for the track surface for the weekly events. “It’s a great feeling because it’s been a huge part of my life,” Crouse said of the Hall of Fame honor when talking to the Echo Press last November. “I’ve been out there a long time and to be recognized for being on the board and racing, it’s a huge accomplishment and I’m real proud of it. I’m glad to be aboard.” Crouse continues to assist his son Jeff on their race car every Saturday night. Crouse and his wife Dee have three  children, son Jeff and daughters  Jodi and Mindy. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1022302","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Muzik was also honored for his 30 years of dedication and support, as well as his achievements as a championship driver of car #23. His racing accomplishments included winning the 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 Viking Speedway Modified A season championships and always a top-five competitor in season points.  Muzik also won the 1991 MN NASCAR Modified championship and also served on the Speedway Board of Directors for years.  Today Muzik is still involved in helping his son, Josh, race the #23 car every Saturday night. “It’s kind of a big deal,” Muzik said of the Hall of Fame when talking to the Echo Press last fall. “I’ve been one of these guys where I really don’t talk about the success I had too much. I just was never really one to brag about it, but it’s a good deal. It makes me proud that it’s happening.”  Muzik is a second generation driver as his father, Tom Muzik, raced in the 1960s.  He also joins his brother Greg Muzik and uncle Duwayne Nelson in the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame. Muzik and his wife Marie have three children, son Josh and daughters Kaylee and Nekecia. By Larry Halverson(Information provided by Dick Block. Eric Morken also contributed to this story.)By Larry Halverson Alexandria area residents Larry Crouse and Ryan Muzik were voted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame last fall and on Saturday they were officially inducted during Saturday’s action at the speedway.  The veteran racers were honored for their decades of dedication and support, as well as their accomplishments as competitors. The Speedway Hall of Fame was started in 2001 and now has 28 Hall of Fame members.  The 2014 season marks the Speedway’s 49th year of continuous operation. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1022301","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Crouse was honored for his 35 years of support and many accomplishments that included: 15 years as a driver of car #29, winning the 1987 season championship in the Sportsman Class.  As a car owner he won the 2011 and 2013 season Super Stock championships with his son, Jeff, driving #29.  Crouse served six terms on the Speedway Board of Directors, with six of those years as the Speedway’s president.  The last 14 years Crouse has also been in charge of the maintenance for the track surface for the weekly events. “It’s a great feeling because it’s been a huge part of my life,” Crouse said of the Hall of Fame honor when talking to the Echo Press last November. “I’ve been out there a long time and to be recognized for being on the board and racing, it’s a huge accomplishment and I’m real proud of it. I’m glad to be aboard.” Crouse continues to assist his son Jeff on their race car every Saturday night. Crouse and his wife Dee have three  children, son Jeff and daughters  Jodi and Mindy.
Muzik was also honored for his 30 years of dedication and support, as well as his achievements as a championship driver of car #23. His racing accomplishments included winning the 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 Viking Speedway Modified A season championships and always a top-five competitor in season points.  Muzik also won the 1991 MN NASCAR Modified championship and also served on the Speedway Board of Directors for years.  Today Muzik is still involved in helping his son, Josh, race the #23 car every Saturday night. “It’s kind of a big deal,” Muzik said of the Hall of Fame when talking to the Echo Press last fall. “I’ve been one of these guys where I really don’t talk about the success I had too much. I just was never really one to brag about it, but it’s a good deal. It makes me proud that it’s happening.”  Muzik is a second generation driver as his father, Tom Muzik, raced in the 1960s.  He also joins his brother Greg Muzik and uncle Duwayne Nelson in the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame. Muzik and his wife Marie have three children, son Josh and daughters Kaylee and Nekecia. By Larry Halverson(Information provided by Dick Block. Eric Morken also contributed to this story.)By Larry HalversonAlexandria area residents Larry Crouse and Ryan Muzik were voted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame last fall and on Saturday they were officially inducted during Saturday’s action at the speedway. The veteran racers were honored for their decades of dedication and support, as well as their accomplishments as competitors. The Speedway Hall of Fame was started in 2001 and now has 28 Hall of Fame members.  The 2014 season marks the Speedway’s 49th year of continuous operation.
Crouse was honored for his 35 years of support and many accomplishments that included: 15 years as a driver of car #29, winning the 1987 season championship in the Sportsman Class.  As a car owner he won the 2011 and 2013 season Super Stock championships with his son, Jeff, driving #29. Crouse served six terms on the Speedway Board of Directors, with six of those years as the Speedway’s president.  The last 14 years Crouse has also been in charge of the maintenance for the track surface for the weekly events.“It’s a great feeling because it’s been a huge part of my life,” Crouse said of the Hall of Fame honor when talking to the Echo Press last November. “I’ve been out there a long time and to be recognized for being on the board and racing, it’s a huge accomplishment and I’m real proud of it. I’m glad to be aboard.”Crouse continues to assist his son Jeff on their race car every Saturday night. Crouse and his wife Dee have three  children, son Jeff and daughters  Jodi and Mindy.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1022302","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Muzik was also honored for his 30 years of dedication and support, as well as his achievements as a championship driver of car #23. His racing accomplishments included winning the 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 Viking Speedway Modified A season championships and always a top-five competitor in season points. Muzik also won the 1991 MN NASCAR Modified championship and also served on the Speedway Board of Directors for years.  Today Muzik is still involved in helping his son, Josh, race the #23 car every Saturday night.“It’s kind of a big deal,” Muzik said of the Hall of Fame when talking to the Echo Press last fall. “I’ve been one of these guys where I really don’t talk about the success I had too much. I just was never really one to brag about it, but it’s a good deal. It makes me proud that it’s happening.” Muzik is a second generation driver as his father, Tom Muzik, raced in the 1960s.  He also joins his brother Greg Muzik and uncle Duwayne Nelson in the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame.Muzik and his wife Marie have three children, son Josh and daughters Kaylee and Nekecia.By Larry Halverson(Information provided by Dick Block. Eric Morken also contributed to this story.)By Larry HalversonAlexandria area residents Larry Crouse and Ryan Muzik were voted into the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame last fall and on Saturday they were officially inducted during Saturday’s action at the speedway. The veteran racers were honored for their decades of dedication and support, as well as their accomplishments as competitors. The Speedway Hall of Fame was started in 2001 and now has 28 Hall of Fame members.  The 2014 season marks the Speedway’s 49th year of continuous operation.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"1022301","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"180","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Crouse was honored for his 35 years of support and many accomplishments that included: 15 years as a driver of car #29, winning the 1987 season championship in the Sportsman Class.  As a car owner he won the 2011 and 2013 season Super Stock championships with his son, Jeff, driving #29. Crouse served six terms on the Speedway Board of Directors, with six of those years as the Speedway’s president.  The last 14 years Crouse has also been in charge of the maintenance for the track surface for the weekly events.“It’s a great feeling because it’s been a huge part of my life,” Crouse said of the Hall of Fame honor when talking to the Echo Press last November. “I’ve been out there a long time and to be recognized for being on the board and racing, it’s a huge accomplishment and I’m real proud of it. I’m glad to be aboard.”Crouse continues to assist his son Jeff on their race car every Saturday night. Crouse and his wife Dee have three  children, son Jeff and daughters  Jodi and Mindy.
Muzik was also honored for his 30 years of dedication and support, as well as his achievements as a championship driver of car #23. His racing accomplishments included winning the 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989 Viking Speedway Modified A season championships and always a top-five competitor in season points. Muzik also won the 1991 MN NASCAR Modified championship and also served on the Speedway Board of Directors for years.  Today Muzik is still involved in helping his son, Josh, race the #23 car every Saturday night.“It’s kind of a big deal,” Muzik said of the Hall of Fame when talking to the Echo Press last fall. “I’ve been one of these guys where I really don’t talk about the success I had too much. I just was never really one to brag about it, but it’s a good deal. It makes me proud that it’s happening.” Muzik is a second generation driver as his father, Tom Muzik, raced in the 1960s.  He also joins his brother Greg Muzik and uncle Duwayne Nelson in the Viking Speedway Hall of Fame.Muzik and his wife Marie have three children, son Josh and daughters Kaylee and Nekecia.By Larry Halverson(Information provided by Dick Block. Eric Morken also contributed to this story.)

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