Tom Reffner Obituary: Rudolph WI, Car Racing Legend died at 88, on Saturday, October 21, 2023.
Tom Reffner was a Pipefitter, semi-retired at Tweet-Garot Mechanical. He worked at the Central Wisconsin Racing Association – CWRA. He was a part of the Board of directors at Dick Trickle Memorial Project.
In 1975 Reffner won an incredible 67 feature races all across the Midwest, often racing four or five nights a week. Reffner also won the first-ever ARTGO Challenge Series event.
Tom Reffner won a total of 391 feature races in his career that began at Stratford Speedway and Wausau in 1959 before going to the first asphalt track in central Wisconsin at Griffith Park Speedway in Wisconsin Rapids in 1960. He won nearly sixty races at Capital Speedway (Madison) and picked up track championships in both 1975 and 1979.
His first track championships came in 1965 at Griffith Park and Black River Falls Speedway. He won his first race at Madison on the old quarter mile in 1968 and finished second in the points to Jim Back in 1969 after the half-mile was built and is now known as “Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile.” He came back in 1970 and was runner-up once again this time to John Ziegler.
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