Prusak Racing is excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with Schatz Real Estate Group in 2018. This will mark the 20th year that we have teamed up with the Schatz Real Estate. You will find all four Prusak Racing cars sporting the Schatz Real Estate logo in 2018.
When asked about the extension of the sponsorship Joe Prusak said, “It’s amazing to have Schatz back in 2018. They have been instrumental to our success over the last 20 years. We were able to find victory lane six times in 2017 with them, so hopefully with three full time cars in 2018 we can increase that number.” As always, Schatz Real Estate will be a primary sponsor for Joe Prusak (#66), Joey Prusak (#6), and Max Prusak (#66P) in 2018.
“I just can’t thank Mike and Angela Schatz enough, without them having faith in us and supporting us the past 20 years we wouldn’t be where we are today,” said Joe Prusak, “We are both Hopkins, MN based teams, so it’s great to be teaming up with them again.”
Joe Prusak said that the Schatz Real Estate Group has been a part of 75 or more of his career wins. Between Joe and his oldest son, Joey, Schatz Real Estate has visited victory lane 100+ times. But they aren’t the only ones thinking about bringing them back to victory lane in 2018. Max Prusak is looking to join that list as well. He’ll be looking for his first career win in 2018, and that would mean Schatz Real Estate would make another trip to victory lane with a Prusak.
We are looking forward to another great season with the support of Mike Schatz and Schatz Real Estate. Make sure to check them out on social media! And don’t forget for any of your real estate needs to contact Schatz Real Estate (952-938-2593). Tell them Prusak Racing sent you!
Prusak Racing is excited to announce the renewal of our partnership with Bernatello’s Foods in 2018. This will mark the 24th year that we have teamed up with Bernatello’s Foods. Over the past 24 years we have had the opportunity to be a part of the Bernatello’s Foods brand expansion, which now includes Brew Pub Pizza and Bellatoria Pizza. You will find all four Prusak Racing cars sporting the Brew Pub Pizza and Bellatoria Pizza logos in 2018.
When asked about the extension of the sponsorship Joey Prusak said, “It’s amazing to have Bernatello’s back in 2018. They have been instrumental in our success over the last 24 years. We were able to find victory lane six times in 2017 with them, so hopefully with three full time cars in 2018 we can increase that number.” Brew Pub Pizza will be the primary sponsor of the #66 Power Stock that will be driven by Joe “Bundy” Prusak at Elko Speedway. Brew Pub will also be an associate sponsor for Joey (#6) & Max (#66P) Prusak, along with Bellatoria Pizza.
“I just can’t thank Jim Cousins enough, without him having faith in us and supporting us the past 24 years we wouldn’t be where we are today. Bernatello’s is Prusak Racing… and there would be no Prusak Racing without Bernatello’s,” said Joe Prusak, “Having Brew Pub and Bellatoria Pizza back again is just spectacular. If we can make it to 25 years (next year) that would be truly something special.”
Joe Prusak said that the Bernatello’s brand has been a part of over 100 of his career wins. Between Joe and his oldest son, Joey, Brew Pub & Bellatoria Pizza have visited victory lane 125+ times. But they aren’t the only ones thinking about bringing them back to victory lane in 2018. “I couldn’t think of a more special moment than winning my first race with Brew Pub and Bellatoria on my car,” Max Prusak stated, “That would be truly majestic. All three of us finding victory lane with Bernatello’s would mean so much to all of us. They are family to us.”
We are looking forward to another great season with the support of Brew Pub Pizza and Bellatoria Pizza. Make sure to check them out on social media! And don’t forget to stop down after the races for a slice of pizza, curtesy of Brew Pub and Bellatoria Pizza!
WE HAVE DECIDED TO BRING BACK AN OLD TRADITION THAT STARTED IN THE MID 90’S THANKS TO STEVE DAHL… IT WILL BE A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER! HOWEVER, IT WILL BE POSTED DIRECTLY ON OUR WEBSITE EACH MONTH! THIS WILL MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT AN EMAIL TO READ OUR MONTHLY POSTS. WE ARE CURRENTLY PLANNING ON PUBLISHING OUR NEWSLETTER MID-MONTH… OF COURSE THIS ALL DEPENDS ON HOW BUSY THE RACE TEAM IS… YOU NEVER KNOW WE COULD BE RACING AS YOU READ THIS.
WE ARE HOPEFUL THIS WILL GIVE YOU INSIGHT ON HOW THE SEASON IS GOING ALONG WITH ANY OTHER UPDATES THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE FROM NEWSLETTER TO NEWSLETTER. WE WILL ALSO TRY AND HAVE A SECTION THAT WILL FOCUS ON ONE PRUSAK RACING TEAM MEMBER EACH MONTH SO THAT YOU AS THE FANS CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT WHO MAKES UP THE TEAM. ONE FINAL COMPONENT WILL BE THE “SUPER FAN” OF THE MONTH, THIS WILL SINGLE OUT ONE FAN WHO HAS BEEN TABBED AS AN OFFICIAL “SUPER FAN.” THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL BE ASKED SOME QUESTIONS AND ALSO ASKED TO SUPPLY A PHOTO TO SHARE IN OUR NEWSLETTER. THEY WILL ALSO RECEIVE A SURPRISE GIFT, THIS WILL BE PROVIDED BY ONE OF OUR SPONSORS. WE BELIEVE THIS WILL BE AN AWESOME WAY TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR AMAZING FANS! WHO KNOWS MAYBE YOU COULD BE THE FIRST PRUSAK RACING SUPER FAN!
CHECK BACK IN A COUPLE WEEKS TO LOOK FOR OUR FIRST NEWSLETTER IN NEARLY 20 YEARS! AS ALWAYS, THANKS FOR THE CONTINUED SUPPORT! SEE YOU AT THE TRACK! – PRUSAK RACING
We are extremely excited to announce that Heating & Cooling Two will be returning in 2017 as a primary sponsor. This we will mark the second year that Prusak Racing and Heating & Cooling Two have joined forces.
When asked about the partnership Joey Prusak said, "It's great to have Bill and the entire team at Heating & Cooling Two come on board again. Last season they were such a huge help the second half of the season... I mean I can honestly say four out of the five wins we had were because of their support. It's just so great to have them back in 2017!"
Heating & Cooling Two will be the primary sponsor of the #66 Prusak Racing Power Stock that will be competing weekly at Elko Speedway in Elko-New Market, MN. The driver has yet to be named at this time.
For more information on Heating & Cooling Two check out the links provided below.
Website: Heating & Cooling Two Inc.
I've always wanted to do some sort of writing, however the the issue with that is that I don't follow the rules of writing and my spelling and grammar suck. But I continue to write blog posts off and on. As many know I love racing, specifically at a local level. Maybe not as much as let's say Dan Plan, but I do love local racing.
A lot of little kids sit in the crowd each week and have a driver who is there "hero" or somebody who they look up to. Obviously I've been around the track since I was little. So of course the first person who comes to my mind as my racing hero would be my dad. I don't remember much from back when he was racing full time and winning... A lot. 183 times to be exact... Was always cool to see other kids come up and want an autograph from my dad. I do remember one time at the track when dad won and we got to run across the track to the infield to take a picture with him in victory lane. I remember this specifically because I still have the picture, it had my dad, mom, and brother all in it with me. Means a lot to me to look back and be able to really remember that night. I could obviously talk about my dad and racing for hours, so I'll keep his part short. I do however owe everything in my racing career to him. Thank you dad.
I did have a few other drivers who were my "racing heroes" when I was growing up. I think another very popular driver back in the 90s and early 2000s was Jason Schneider. I always remember when he raced against my dad in late models, two of my favorite drivers together on the track. I don't remember a night when I was younger that I didn't stop and get an autograph on my flag from Jason. He has always been one of the fan favorites simply because of how he interacts with the fans. Truly one of the best guys at the track, I'll never forget during this last season with all the problems I'd had he took the time to send me a personal message.
"Kiddo--- pull them pants up- put on your boots and start digging- I've raced for 23 years on hardly anything, if you want it bad enough you can make this happen... your car is the fastest out there, God will reward you... It's a challenge , testing your strength, don't give up... I've got faith in you!"
That simple message motivated me to get back out there and keep digging. My results after that message in three races included two top fives, three top tens, and most importantly my first feature win. In a way I almost owe Jason for keeping me motivated and getting me going again. Thanks Jason if you read this for all you have done... Dating back to when I really was a little kiddo.
Like I said earlier I only had a handful of drivers at the local level that I looked up to or I guess still look up to as my racing heroes. Two more people come to mind and believe it or not they race on a weekly basis and seem to finish in the top three in points every year they race. I remember being about 10 years old and see this cool late model at Raceway Park. Never saw paint scheme quite like it before, but the car sure was fast. Who doesn't cheer for a fast car when you are just kid, but this was different the way he drove even caught my dad's attention and to me that's when I knew somebody was talented. Little did I know that this guy would go on to win back to back championships and he has an opportunity to make it three in a row. I also didn't realize that his brother would soon be racing...
If you haven't figured out which two drivers I'm talking about yet then I'll let you know right now, it'd be Jacob and Matt Goede. I always thought it was cool when I was younger that two brothers (like Max and I) were racing together. Max has never wanted to actually race so he takes on more of the Alex roll... By the way if you don't know who Alex is then you need to go down and talk with Jacob. Alex is another Goede brother however he doesn't race, he is the one in Jacob's earbuds telling him one to go. Very smart guy who deserves a lot of credit for all his hard work. Anyways back to Jacob and Matt....
Probably two of smoothest drivers I've ever seen, both of them winning races every time I seemed to go to the track. I always wanted to be like them. At home when Max and I would "race" around on our dirt bikes or anything that moved for that matter we were Jacob and Matt racing against each other. Never thought that I would ever develop a relationship with either of them, however when Max and I were struggling with the Big 8 Jacob stepped in and offered his help. In the middle of running for his first championship he took the time to come over and redo the entire set up in our car. On top of that Jacob and Matt came out to practice and worked on our car to try and fine tune it. I can even say Jacob Goede drove my car!
I've never quite seen anything like the 3G Racing Team, but if the Prusak Racing Team could be anything like them it'd be a dream come true. Each an every week you'll see Max and I standing in turns one and two cheering on Jacob and Matt. And it doesn't matter which one of those two wins... As long as it's a 3G Racing car pulling into victory lane.
Kind of a long blog post but I was looking at old racing pictures and I just started to think about who my racing heroes were when I was growing up. Like I said I only had a few of them and I talked about almost all of them on here. But I just became curious as to who your racing heroes were/are... Comment with your favorite drivers!
It hurts me to say that in 2015 I will not be returning to compete in the Big 8 division at Elko Speedway. The dream of racing in one of the top divisions in the Midwest lasted about 3/4 of a season, as I experienced engine issues with about 5 race nights remaining last season. We were unable to rebound from that problem, as it has stuck with us since. This was an extremely difficult decision to make, but it all kind of became a domino effect… and it had to be made.
Did I get in over my head? Yes.
A lot of people were probably shocked last year when they saw that my brother and I had purchased a late model. We thought we were ready for it. We were sadly mistaken. I know a few people who think they could make the jump like I did, they also think they could do a better job than I did. That might be so, but I suggest that you stay where you are until you can win every single time you pull out on the track.
You don’t realize how much time, effort, and money go into a late model just to get the car to the track. It is not like a bomber… You can't just go home after the races and leave the car on the trailer. The work is endless… that is if you want to be fast. I was not prepared for that and didn’t think it through.
I invested a lot of money into this past season at Elko Speedway, to much to be exact. Paying $40 to get in, $200 each night for gas and at least one tire, and you can't forget about the fuel to haul the trailer out to the track each week. You have about $300 invested in racing each Saturday night, for what? A pay out of $75 to start? Since that $300 is just the bare minimum… That ain't enough money to be competitive, I forgot about that. That was enough money to just start a race and finish last. That wasn’t fun. I forgot what fun was at the race track.
I had fun at Raceway Park racing in the bomber division and winning races. Last year was miserable to say the least. The season started out good, even though we were still slow and learning about the car. We had a great crew, I had my brother Max, Tyler Wood, and Tony Hallberg helping me out for the first few weeks of the season. But the help ran out… Guys get burnt out when your best finish comes week two (11th) and then you finish worse and worse every week. Tyler went on to work every single Saturday at his hospital. I owe Tyler so much, as that kid busted his ass for me. Always the first one to the car after I pulled in the pits and was even my spotter for the first few weeks. Thank you Tyler. Tony went on to help a good friend I gained over the course of the season in Bryan Wrolstad. Can't thank Tony enough for everything, guy was willing to lay underneath that car in 90 degrees and fix whatever needed fixing. Without him who knows if we would have even raced those first couple weeks.
That left Max and I… Now for all you people out there who think its possible for you and one other person to run a late model you are wrong. Max did everything he possibly could, from spotting, setting the bar, tire pressures and even measuring tires the moment I pulled in. He did it all by himself… and it was a struggle. But he never gave up, he kept busting his ass hoping for a better finish each night.
With just Max and I we finally started running a little bit quicker thanks to the help of Jacob Goede. Jacob came over and helped set up the car. It helped a bunch, and he even offered to come out one night and help us at practice. Jacob and his brother Matt spent nearly 3 hours on a Thursday night helping us. Thank you so much. There help made us quick enough to keep up with pack at first… but when you keep up with the pack then you better be quick enough to run with them. Our best runs were wrecked multiple times… part of that division. You better go or you better get out of the way.
I remember one night is specific we came to about 5 laps to go and we were still running in the top 5, side by side with a guy for about 4 or 5 laps when he finally go impatient and just decided to run me right up into the front straight wall. Max came on the radio and said, " Don't be afraid to get under his ass going into one… that was bullshit." I wanted to do that so badly but I had enough respect to stay off of him.
That's one of the things that I will remember, how hard Max worked and I never gave him the finish he deserved. I am sorry for that Max. I tried my hardest and I let you down.
We had some help through out the remainder of the season from my friend Robbie Goebel. It was always great to have an extra hand at the track. He made it possible to race the remainder of our season. We had other help ranging from Curly, Kelcie, Adam, Tom, and Slim through out the year. They were responsible for a lot of stuff at the shop. I also had a ton of help from my dad, he supported me any way possible. Dad has always allowed us to store the car in his shop, use his tools, and even use his trailer when he wasn't racing. Thanks Dad.
I also have to thank my Mom, Grandparents (both sets), Sister, and Pete for the support each and every week. With out you guys cheering me on each week who knows if I would have been able to keep myself motivated.
I must thank all of my sponsors for the support last season. With out the Joey Logano Foundation, Pirtek, Bellatoria Pizza, Scoreboard Bar & Grill, Champion, leasTRANS, Tonka Auto Center, Tire Town, Schatz Realty, and Wrap City Graphics I would not have been able to compete. Thank you all so much.
The only down fall from this is that most of my sponsors will not be returning in 2015. I apologize for the poor results. Believe it or not your sponsors pay attention to how you run, that is the truth. I put up solid results in 2013, but they were not good enough in 2014 to continue a partnership with me. This will not stop me however as I will continue to fight in 2015.
Finally I can't thank all of my fans enough for their support, I know that I had a very disappointing season last year and I am sorry for that.
Maybe one day I will make my return to the Big 8 Series.... You never know.
I can promise you that in 2015 Prusak Racing will be back and better than ever. Just watch.
Prusak Racing is proud to release it's 2015 plans, this is a tentative schedule as dates could change. Joey Prusak is planning on running a limited schedule at Elko Speedway, competing in most NASCAR Nights.
Joe Prusak and the Midwest Modified team are still working on their plans, but plan on running at various events in Wisconsin. As of now the team plans on competing in the NASCAR Dash series at Cedar Lake Speedway, along with the Legendary 100.
Check out the schedule below and let us know what you are looking forward!
*SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
So news has emerged from the Prusak Racing garage today, as race weekend approaches the Joey Logano Foundation powered Big 8 sits and waits. Unfortunately the car will continue to sit for the remainder of the 2014 season. This news is very upsetting for the entire team as Joey Prusak currently sits 9th in the Big 8 standings and just recently began to really get a feel for the car.
Last Saturday during practice the car began to lose oil pressure. We were able to start and park the feature to get points and our pay off for the night. That how ever will be the last time Joey Prusak will be behind the wheel of the Big 8 this season.
The motor was looked at and gone through to diagnose what the problems were and we found out that it will need a complete rebuild. After lots of time and thought we have decided the best decision as a team is to wait till next season to come back bigger and better than ever. Plans are not set yet as to what Joey Prusak will be driving but he will most defiantly be returning to Elko Speedway in 2015.
Can not thank our fans enough for all the support they have given the Prusak Racing team this season. We greatly appreciate you all.
Thank you to the crew and family for supporting Joey in 2014; Max Prusak, Dad, Tim Schenk, Tom Quade, Jacob Goede, Matt Goede, Brad Prusak, Bob Morris, Tyler Wood, Robbie Goebel, Tony Hallberg, Bill Hautman, Adam Oxborough, Mom, Baba & Dede, Nana & Papa, Rod & Adam, Makenna, and anybody else who we may have forgotten. So many people have support us in 2014 that it is hard to remember all of you, but you are greatly appreciated.
Prusak Racing must also thank it's sponsors for coming on board to support Joey in 2014. Thank you to, Joey Logano and the Joey Logano Foundation, Pirtek, Dairy Queen, LEAStrans, Champion Spark Plugs, Bellatoria Pizza, Brew Pub Pizza, Northern Racing Products, Wrap City Graphics, Scoreboard Bar & Grill.
Thank you ALL!!
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Here is a message from Joey Prusak:
I am extremely proud to announce that in 2014 I will be teaming up with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Joey Logano and his foundation.
I just wanted to take the time to explain how this all came about. Many of you have already read my blog post about my trip down in Daytona, for those of you who haven’t here is the post:
“February 21st - Today was by far the best day of the entire trip... I headed to the track with my brother to do an interview with Claire B Lang on NASCAR's SiriusXM Radio show. When I went in to do the interview I was sitting in a little room with Claire and Max, she told us, "wait right here and I'll be right back." I looked at Max and shrugged, little did I know she wouldn't be coming back alone. The door swung open and it wasn't Claire standing in the doorway, it was my favorite driver, Joey Logano. Now I am normally not one to get star struck and freeze up... but Joey is someone who I have been a fan of since I was like 10... 10 years now I have been cheering for him. So of course he walks in and I freeze. I don't say a word... I just stare. Pretty soon I snap out of it and realize that Joey and Claire are speaking to me and attempting to do the interview. I'm guessing it sounded pretty bad when I had no response to their questions. Claire gave me the opportunity to ask Joey a couple questions, I asked him if he wanted to come driver my car and I also asked him about getting sponsors. He basically just told me you must be yourself and you must win races. After the interview was done Joey snuck my brother and I into the garage area. AMAZING... He then asked us if we wanted to go in and check out the team hauler. It was so big and so nice. As Claire said in the interview Joey Logano is one of the nicest drivers in NASCAR and after what he did for me I would 100% agree with that. I even think my brother, who is a Jimmie Johnson fan, would agree with that. Thank you Joey Logano.”
The story doesn’t stop there though, I refrained from sharing some other information because I wasn’t sure if it was going to pan out. After I got home that night from DIS I tweeted Joey Logano…
I didn’t actually expect to get a response out of him because the Daytona 500 was in like 2 days, and I was pretty sure he was busy. I was wrong though; this was another key reason on why Joey Logano is one of the nicest drivers in ALL of NASCAR. I woke up Saturday morning to find that I had received a direct message on Twitter from Joey.
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