While it's been quiet here since the track closed in 2007, one man is trying to bring Lake County Speedway back to life with text and 460 pictures.
"It seemed a shame to let it drift into history without somebody recording what happened out here," Pifer said.
So that's exactly what Gale Pifer spent three years doing. He rounded up all the stories and photos he could get his hands on and laid it all down. It was a lot of hard work but Pifer calls it a labor of love.
"Brings back a lot of memories and the exploits of a lot of characters out here," Pifer said.
"There's some stories that probably shouldn't be told that are in the book but most of the people are understanding or have even died. So I can get away with telling some of the stories," Pifer said.
And the book is full of them coming it at 510 pages long. Pifer, who worked at the track for much of its existence, could talk all day about the adventures that took place in Madison. He remembers how the community supported the 3/8 mile oval and how just about everybody, from cafe owners to farmers had a racecar. And then there was the dirt track itself...
"Madison was known for two things, a tree in the south corner, a volunteer tree that grew up and we didn't cut it down and then the slough in the north end. If you got out of trouble in the north end and cleared the bank, you ended up getting a bath," Pifer said.
The cost of running the track led to its demise in the long run. But with 580 books sold thanks in part to a great turnout at a local book signing, Lake County Speedway's history will live on forever.
"I'd never dreamt there'd be that much interest. The book signing was for two hours and an hour and fifteen minutes into it we ran out of books," Pifer said.