Joe Verdegan


Most people have hobbies, and then there is Joe Verdegan. The undisputed racing expert of Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan turned his passion into three books with M&B that take racing fans through generations of stories covering drivers, promoters, and tracks since lost to history.


Joe Verdegan author


Green Bay resident Joe Verdegan is a regional authority on auto racing history in northeast Wisconsin. He has served as a track announcer, event promoter, and writer for a variety of racing publications and daily newspapers.


Author Joe Verdegan has had a front-row seat to the stories, people, and politics that have captured the attention of northeast Wisconsin auto racing fans for decades. As the region’s recognized racing historian, Verdegan provides an expert’s perspective of the people and events that defined a turbulent era from roughly 1980-2017.

Learn about the driver rivalries, family connections, and passionate dedication to the sport displayed by track owners and promoters in this follow-up to Verdegan’s popular book, Life in the Past Lane – A History of Stock Car Racing in Northeast Wisconsin from 1950 – 1980.

Life in the Past Lane - The Next Generation book

Wisconsin International Raceway book

Wisconsin International Raceway’s famous tagline is an accurate description for the generations of big-name drivers who have honed their skills on the Kaukauna racetrack.

WIR has been THE Wisconsin racing destination for more than half a century for local hotshots such as Terry Baldry, Scott Hansen and Lowell Bennett, as well as NASCAR stars Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Alan Kulwicki, Dick Trickle and more.

Author Joe Verdegan shares interviews and classic photos to introduce the colorful characters and off-track stories that are part of WIR’s lore.


The heyday of the Northeast Wisconsin auto racing scene featured grandstands packed with fans eager to cheer their heroes and jeer the villains. It was an era in which drivers often used junkyard parts to build their rides, and cars might trade hands over a card game.

Author Joe Verdegan introduces you to the characters and behind-the-scenes stories that played out at tracks throughout the region. Sit in on interviews with the drivers, promoters and car builders who made racing the hottest ticket in town.

Life in the Past Lane a History of Stock Car Racing in Northeast Wisconsin from 1950-1980 book


“I’ve had the pleasure of getting my first three books published by M&B Global Solutions. Mike and Bonnie were great to work with! Their attention to detail, combined with the guidance and suggestions I needed from start to finish in the publishing process were extremely helpful. I’d highly recommend them to any aspiring author!”

Joe Verdegan