Car Owner: Chris Walden
Birthdate: July 25, 1963
Hometown: Towanda, Illinois
Marital Status: Married (Tami)
Occupation: Owner/Mechanic (Walden Automotive & Tire)
Hobbies: Car Shows, Boating & Anything Outdoors
Favorite Track: Fairbury Speedway - Fairbury, Illinois
Favorite Race: The Next One!
Years in Racing: Since 1990
Years w/ Donny: Since 1990

Growing up with a passion for cars and speed, Chris introduced Donny into racing back in 1990 and has been the leader behind the 1w since day one. Unlike many race car drivers that come from previous generations of families that have raced, this was an entire new concept and challenge for the Walden Family tackling uncharted territory. Together they have had many ups and downs over the years, but racing has always been a nice escape for Chris getting away from his full-time duties as owning and operating Walden Automotive and Tire which he founded back in 1990.

Crew Chief: Randy Courtney
Birthdate: N/A
Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
Marital Status: Married (Glenda)
Occupation: Auto Broker
Hobbies: Racing, Golfing, & Car Auctions
Favorite Track: Fairbury Speedway - Fairbury, Illinois
Favorite Race: 'Dirt Late Model Dream' - Eldora (OH) Speedway
Years in Racing: Entire Life
Years w/ Donny: Since 2017

Randy has been a huge asset to our racing program since coming on board 3 years ago. Being involved in racing his entire life, from driving to wrenching to being a car owner, he has worked for and helped several well known drivers across the midwest such as Tom Reints, Mark Anderson, Eric Smith, Daren Friedman, Bobby Pierce just to name a few. It is fair to say that success follows him wherever he goes in racing. From tire preparation, to keeping an eye on the racing surface, to coaching the driver, and making the last minute set-up calls, Randy is determined to be successful at everything he does and we are honored that he is apart of this team.

Car Chief: Don Murphy
Birthdate: August 30, 1951
Hometown: Bloomington, Illinois
Marital Status: Married (Pamela)
Occupation: Retired (Bridgestone/Firestone)
Hobbies: Camping, Attending NASCAR Races, Poker, & Classic Cars
Favorite Track: Federated Raceway at I-55 - Pevely, Missouri
Favorite Race: 'Prairie Dirt Classic' - Fairbury (IL) Speedway
Years in Racing: Since 1976
Years w/ Donny: Since 2009

"Murph" has been involved in racing in some form of another since the mid 1970's. In his early years he helped drivers such as JR Shickel, and Dave Kreitzer battle the Illinois bull-rings, and he has done and seen it all. From wrenching, to being a car owner, Don understands the importance of being dedicated to the race car. He is truly the backbone of this race team, overseeing a majority of the weekly maintenance and preparation to get back on the track for the next race. What started out as a few days of help on the Summer National Tour back in 2009 , has turned into 10 plus years of selfless help, determined to always see the best, and we couldn't be anymore thankful for him and everything he has done for us.

Crew: John Goergen
Birthdate: August 23, 1967
Hometown: Wapela, Illinois
Marital Status: Married (Sara)
Occupation: Security (State Farm)
Hobbies: Green Bay Packers Football, Fishing, & Spending Time w/ Family
Favorite Track: Salem Speedway - Salem, Indiana
Favorite Race: 'Prairie Dirt Classic' - Fairbury (IL) Speedway
Years in Racing: Since 1980
Years w/ Donny: Since 2017

"Big John" is our newest crew member on the team, although being involved in racing is nothing new for him. John spent much of the late 80's and 90's working on Illinois Late Model stand-out Billy Drake's famed black and pink 9 machine. We are very appreciative for the help that John provides at the race track, and look forward to having him around for years to come!

 

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