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 Driving an outdated chassis, Walden and the team got the most out of the car and were prepared to make strides for the 2021 season.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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New Website Launched for Donny Walden and Walden Racing!
(December 29, 2020) As Walden Racing prepares for the upcoming 2021 racing season, the Bloomington, Illinois-based Super Late Model team is excited to announce the launch of the brand-new www.DonnyWalden.com! Designed by Delph Communications, Inc., the new website will constantly be updated throughout the year to keep fans and sponsors up-to-date on the racing efforts of the #1w team. Even though the majority of track and series schedules have not been released for 2021 as of yet, Donny Walden tentatively has plans to kick off his campaign in the annual 'Illini 100' weekend at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, Illinois on April 2-3. Keep logging back onto www.DonnyWalden.com - as the racing season nears - to view the latest schedule plans, photos, apparel, and so much more! (Brendon Bauman Photo)

Walden Racing Wraps Up 2020 Season in FALS Frenzy at Fairbury
(October 11, 2020) A crazy 2020 racing season, truncated by coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions at area tracks, wrapped up for Walden Racing on Saturday night, October 10 at Fairbury Speedway in downtown Fairbury, Illinois. Donny Walden stopped the clock ninth quickest in Group B during MARS Racing Series qualifying and was running in a coveted transfer spot in his heat race when he was unfortunately dumped from behind by another competitor. After starting at the tail end of the B-Main, Donny charged all the way up to fourth, but ran out of time and unfortunately missed out on transferring into the 'FALS Frenzy' headliner, which boasted a $15,000 paycheck. Despite the disappointment in the season finale, Donny was able to accumulate five Top Five performances and nine Top Ten efforts in the twenty-four Super Late Model contests that he entered during the course of his '20 campaign. Full results from last night at FALS can be accessed online at www.fairburyspeedway.com. (Brendon Bauman Photo)

 

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