Walden Battles with Summer Nationals Foes at Peoria Speedway
(June 17, 2021) Walden Racing made their first appearance of 2021 with the DIRTcar Summer Nationals tour on Wednesday night, June 16 at Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois. Donny Walden clicked off the seventh fastest lap in Group A during time trials before grabbing the fourth transfer spot through his heat race. After rolling off from the inside of the seventh row in the $5,000 to win headliner, Donny fought hard to move forward during the caution-free contest. However, the Bloomington, Illinois ace found himself in the sixteenth finishing position following the forty green flag circuits. Full results from last night at Peoria Speedway can be accessed online at www.dirtcarsummernationals.com.

Top Five for Walden at Farmer City; Rain Washes Out FALS Cup
(June 13, 2021) Donny Walden and his #1w team headed back to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois over the June 11-12 weekend. On Friday night at FCR, Donny knocked down the third quickest lap overall during DIRTcar Super Late Model qualifying before placing second in his heat race. After starting third on the grid in the weekly headliner, Donny wound up fifth at the unfurling of the checkered flag behind only $1,000 victor Mckay Wenger, Mike Spatola, Eric Smith, and Kolby Vandenbergh. Saturday's $2,500 to win 'FALS Cup' showdown at Fairbury was then unfortunately washed out. Full results from Friday's stop to Farmer City can be accessed online at www.farmercityracing.com.

Walden's Tripleheader Weekend Headlined by Farmer City Top Five
(June 6, 2021) The Walden Racing team kicked off the month of June in a trio of events from June 3-5 at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois and Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois. The triple shot kicked off with a special 'Thursday Night Shootout' at FALS, which shelled out $5,000 to the winner. Donny Walden tripped the clock ninth fastest overall during Super Late Model qualifying before running fourth in his loaded heat race. After rolling off from the outside of the sixth row in the 40-lap main event, Donny unfortunately suffered ignition woes, brought out an early caution flag, and retired from the contest in the nineteenth finishing position.

At Farmer City on Friday evening, Donny laid down the third quickest time during the qualifying session prior to placing second in his heat race and fourth in the $1,000 to win weekly headliner behind only victor Mike Spatola, Kevin Weaver, and Mckay Wenger. Back at Fairbury on Saturday for a $2,500 to win 'FALS Cup' program, the Bloomington, Illinois ace timed in ninth fastest during qualifying, ran third in his heat race, and later earned a ninth place performance in the feature. Full results from the tripleheader can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Donny Walden Spends Memorial Day Weekend at FALS & Spoon River
(May 31, 2021) Following a rain-out on Friday night at Farmer City (IL) Raceway, Walden Racing competed in a pair of Super Late Model events over the hectic Memorial Day weekend at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois and Spoon River Speedway in Banner, Illinois. On Saturday, May 29 in the 'Randy Courtney Memorial,' Donny Walden carried the locally famous #49 in honor of Randy Courtney, who served as Crew Chief and a Car Owner for now retired driver Tom Reints. Donny posted the sixth quickest lap overall during the qualifying session prior to running third in heat race action. With passing at a premium during the course of the $2,500 to win headliner, Donny was able to move past a trio of competitors to land in the sixth finishing position at FALS in a race that was ultimately won by Jeffrey Ledford.

At Spoon River on Sunday, May 30, the MARS Racing Series roared into the Land of Lincoln venue and a $5,000 payday was up for grabs. Donny clicked off the fifth fastest time during qualifying and finished third in his stacked heat race behind only prelim winner Tanner English and runner-up Brandon Sheppard. The Bloomington, Illinois ace then rolled off from the outside of the fourth row in the 40-lapper and ran amongst the top ten through much of the distance until slipping over the turn two banking. Unfortunately losing several spots due to the mishap, Donny was still able to salvage a twelfth place performance against the strong field of competitors. Complete results from the holiday weekend action can be obtained by clicking on www.fairburyspeedway.com and www.marsracingseries.com. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

Walden Wins First Feature of 2021 Friday Night at Farmer City Raceway!
(May 23, 2021) Donny Walden and his #1w team celebrated in victory lane for the first time in 2021 on Friday night, May 21 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois! After posting the second quickest time overall in DIRTcar Super Late Model qualifying and winning his heat race, Donny started the weekly feature event from the outside of the front row. Battling with fellow Bloomington, Illinois driver Eric Smith, Donny grabbed the point shortly after the halfway mark in the contest and went on to bag the $1,000 winner's check ahead of a top five that consisted of Eric Smith, Jeffrey Ledford, Jeremy Conaway, and Rickey Frankel. Following the win, he was quick to dedicate the triumph to late crew chief Randy Courtney, who passed away earlier this year.

"This new MB Customs car was quick all evening and I knew we had a car capable of winning in the early laps of the race. It was great to get a win for Randy this early in the season, as I know he would be proud of what we are doing," quoted Walden.

Walden Racing then ventured to Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, May 22 for a 'FALS Cup' showdown, which once again boasted a $2,500 payday. Donny stopped the clock third quickest overall during Super Late Model qualifying before a three-car invert for the heat races helped lead to a third place prelim showing. After rolling off from the inside of the fifth row in the 30-lap headliner, Donny was unfortunately swept up in a wreck on the opening lap and suffered heavy sheet metal damage. However, he was able to soldier on in the contest - despite steering woes - and eventually salvaged a steady fifth place performance behind only victor Mike Spatola, Jeffrey Ledford, Eric Smith, and Mckay Wenger. Full results from both weekend shows can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (David Stukins Jr. Photo)

Donny Walden Turns Heads Against Stellar Field in FALS Spring Showcase!
(May 16, 2021) A pair of lucrative MARS Racing Series contests lured the #1w team back to Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois over the May 14-15 weekend. On Friday night in a $10,000 to win throwdown at Farmer City dubbed as the 'Farmer City 74,' Donny Walden clicked off the seventh fastest lap in Group B during time trials before slipping back to fifth in his loaded heat race. Unfortunately, Donny was then involved in a skirmish on the opening lap of the B-Main with another competitor and lost several positions, which forced him to miss out on the 74-lap feature that was ultimately won by Brandon Sheppard.

At FALS on Saturday evening, a whopping $15,000 top prize was up for grabs for the Super Late Models in the 'Spring Showcase.' Donny laid down the ninth quickest time in Group A during qualifying before blasting past a trio of competitors in his heat race to nab the second transfer spot behind only prelim winner Brian Shirley. After rolling off from the inside of the third row in the 50-lap headliner, the Bloomington, Illinois ace battled hard for a top five showing and was eventually paid for a strong seventh place performance behind only victor Tanner English, Dennis Erb, Jr. Brian Shirley, Brandon Sheppard, Ryan Unzicker, and Ryan Gustin. Finishing behind his #1w at the checkers to round out the top ten were national stars Shannon Babb, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Chase Junghans!

"Saturday's performance was a much needed rebound for my team and I after our struggles we faced on Friday," commented Walden following the MARS doubleheader weekend. "This new MB Customs car was in the race track all night and we held our own. It felt very refreshing to be up front running and mixing it up with those caliber of drivers." View full results from both Land of Lincoln venues at www.marsracingseries.com. (Ryan Roberts Photo)

Walden Records Runner-Up Friday at Farmer City; Sees Rain Saturday
(May 9, 2021) The Walden Racing team returned to a pair of familiar ovals over the May 7-8 weekend and Donny Walden was able to record his best finish so far in the young 2021 racing season! On Friday night at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois, Donny stopped the clock sixth fastest overall during the DIRTcar Super Late Model qualifying session prior to placing second in his heat race. The Bloomington, Illinois ace then moved up two spots during the course of the $1,000 to win weekly feature to nab an impressive runner-up performance behind only victor McKay Wenger. At Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois on Saturday evening, Donny timed in third quickest in qualifying and secured a heat race triumph before the rain hit and unfortunately postponed the $2,500 to win 'FALS Cup' main event.

“I’m really starting to get a good feel for the car of what it likes and doesn’t like and adapting my driving style to it. My team and I are really looking forward to next weekend after the speed this new MB Customs showed these past two nights," quoted Walden. Full results from both weekend stops can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Rocky Ragusa Photo)

Donny Walden Finally Kicks Off 2021 Season in Doubleheader
(May 2, 2021) Donny Walden, of Bloomington, Illinois, and his #1w team finally lifted the lid to their 2021 campaign on April 30-May 1 in a pair of Super Late Model contests at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois and Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois! Debuting a brand-new MB Customs mount on Friday at Farmer City, Donny timed in fifth fastest overall during qualifying before finishing fourth in his heat race and seventh in the $1,000 to win headliner. At FALS on Saturday evening, a $2,500 top prize was up for grabs in the first 'FALS Cup' event of the season. Donny placed sixth in his heat race, second in his B-Main, and twelfth in the main event. Full results from both Land of Lincoln venues can be viewed online at www.farmercityracing.com and www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Todd Healy Photo)

Racing Community Mourns Randy Courtney's Passing
(April 15, 2021) Known for building championship-caliber quality race drivers, the Illinois racing community mourns in the passing of Randy Courtney. Courtney, 59 years old and from Bloomington, passed away on Sunday in his sleep. Being involved in racing his entire life, from driving to turning wrenches and being a car owner, Courtney helped to shape many a driver's career. Working with drivers like Tom Rients, Mark Anderson, Eric Smith, Ryan Dauber, Daren Friedman, Bobby Pierce and, recently, Donny Walden, he has been part of numerous race wins and championships.

Bloomington’s Donny Walden had the pleasure of having Courtney as a member of his team for the last three seasons. Driving an outdated chassis, Walden and the team got the most out of the car and were prepared to make strides for the 2021 season.

“When I got the phone call from Ryan on his dad’s passing, I felt as if a part of me died, too, that morning,” an emotional Walden said. “Randy just wasn’t my crew chief over these last three years, he was my driving coach, my motivator; but most of all, a close friend.

“We all worked hard this offseason on putting a brand new car together. With all his wisdom and experience he brought, it just can’t be replaced. He had a unique style on how he motivated his drivers over his career. He would push you to your limit because not only was he the most competitive person that I have ever known, but he truly cared and wanted you to perform at your highest potential. We had very high hopes going into this season together and even though it’s going to be tough without him, I know he would want us to push on and get the job done. That is what I intend to do in his honor.”

Courtney, an auto broker by trade, is survived by his wife, Glenda, son, Ryan, and step-sons, Connor and Colin Nolan and two grandchildren. --- By Rocky Ragusa

Walden Jumps Behind Wheel of MB Customs Machine for 2021 Campaign!
(April 1, 2021) After the last several seasons of piloting the same family-owned MasterSbilt racecar, Donny Walden and his #1w team were able to update their program over the off-season with the purchase of a brand-new MB Customs racecar. Prepared with the help of fellow Bloomington, Illinois driver Jason Feger, who is the proprietor of Hustler Speed Shop, Donny is excited about the car and ready for his 2021 campaign to begin. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

"It has been several years since I have been this excited to get back racing again," quoted Walden on obtaining the new racecar. "For the first time in over a decade, we are going to fire off with a brand new car, a fresh engine under the hood, and a new shock program!"

Walden Racing unfortunately came up just shy in getting the new ride ready for this weekend's annual 'Illini 100' at Farmer City Raceway. However, the team plans to start their 2021 season next Friday, April 9 in a weekly DIRTcar Super Late Model program at the Farmer City, Illinois oval. They are then slated to invade Peoria Speedway in Peoria, Illinois on Saturday, April 10, as the MARS Racing Series will preside over a $5,000 to win shootout. | full story

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