If you’re racing WISSOTA Midwest modifieds, you’ll likely have to contend with the Leiker brothers —Tony (left) and Troy (right). Tony has won his last nine features. He brought an end to his brother Troy’s streak earlier this season, which stopped at eight consecutive wins.
“He’s on a heater right now, so I’ve been jawing him non-stop,” Troy said of his brother Tony. “I tell him every race that tonight is the night I end his streak.”
The Leiker Brothers, of Gillette, Wyoming, actual number at three — each born one year, one month, one day apart. Tony is the oldest at age 46. Troy is the youngest at 44 years old. Their middle brother, Nick, used to race with them, but recently stepped back to watch his siblings duke it out.
Tony has earned a total of 15 track championships. Troy’s most proud of finishing second in the WISSOTA national modified points, in 2007.
“Tony is my idol,” Troy said. “Not only is he my brother, but he is my best friend. We talk three times a day and bounce ideas off of one another.”
Tony builds chassis, which he branded the Fab 18 Chassis after his car number.
“I’ve been building cars for me and my brother for about 15 years,” said Tony. “After the coal mines shut down, I started building cars for other racers.”
Tony used to build and maintain conveyor systems for coal mines. Now he plies his fabrication craft with race cars. Troy works in the oil fields, but plays a vital role in his brother’s operation.
“Us racing together makes the Fab 18 cars better,” Troy said. “We help everyone else get going faster.”
Having two different perspectives helps the chassis business, according to Tony.
“We feed off each other and it makes us better,” said Tony. “Troy’s feel of a race car is different than mine. It helps to have more than one voice.”
Other racers describe Tony as humble. He wants to see everyone who drives his cars be successful. However, his stiffest competition comes from his brother, Troy. The two Leiker brothers plan to battle this weekend at a pair of dirt ovals — Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota, and Sheridan Speedway in Wyoming.
“My brother talks a lot of shit to everyone — not just me,” Tony said. “It’s all in good fun. He wants competition. He wants to win. I also want to win. That’s what racing is all about.”
This year marks the Outside Groove Director of Photography’s 51st year of covering auto racing. Adaskaveg got his start working for track photographer Lloyd Burnham at Connecticut’s Stafford Motor Speedway in 1970. Since then, he’s been a columnist, writer, and photographer, in racing and in mainstream media, for several outlets, including the Journal Inquirer, Boston Herald, Stock Car Racing, and Speedway Illustrated. Among Adaskaveg’s many awards are the 1992 Eastern Motorsport Press Association (EMPA) Ace Lane Photographer of the Year and the 2019 National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) George Cunningham Writer of the Year.