Van Genderen: Racer, Promoter, Track Expert & Dad

Mike Van Genderen, often referred to as MVG, is a dirt-track promoter, track-prep expert and occasional IMCA stock car and modified racer. Through the 1990s and early 2000s, MVG averaged $500 a night in earnings on Figure-8 tracks. Eventually, Van Genderen switched his focus from driving to promoting and prepping dirt tracks. It looked as if no one was going to take over Independence, so Benning called Van Genderen about operating the three-eighths-mile dirt track. We gave them (the racers) the quality of a track they have not seen in a long time. Bloomfield (Iowa) Speedway is southeast of Des Moines and has a seven-race schedule, typical for a three-eighths-mile dirt track promoted by Van Genderen. If being responsible for four race tracks isn’t enough, Van Genderen also does track prep at other facilities. “Four tracks but I help other tracks,” Van Genderen said.

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