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Archive for January, 2015

Deery Series, IMCA Stock Car drivers on track for Intercomp awards

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Intercomp returns for a 21st consecutive sponsorship season with contingency awards for competitors in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.

The Minneapolis, Minn., company is manufacturer of the official scales for IMCA and will give $100 product certifi­cates to desig­nated place finishers at all events in the series for Late Models and to top 10 drivers in official 2015 point standings for both Arnold Motor Supply Northern and Southern Stock Car regions.

Drivers in each division are required to display two Intercomp decals on their race car to be eligible.

Certificates can be applied toward the purchase of RFX wireless scales or digital chassis setup equipment. Certificates will be mailed to Late Model drivers the week after Deery Series races are held and presented to Stock Car drivers during the national awards banquet in November.

Intercomp manufactures high-performance products for use in the shop or at the track including alignment equipment, tire and shock gauges and lap timers. Information about those prod­ucts is available by calling 800 328-3336, at the www.intercomprac­ web­site and on Facebook.

“The Intercomp wireless scale sets are the best in the industry and something all racers should have in the shop,” said Kevin Yoder, IMCA’s director of marketing. “IMCA just purchased a new set of our own to ensure we have the latest equipment at IMCA special events across the country.”

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Announces Tital Sponsors and Bonus Pay for New Limited Late Models

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Fountain City, WI – MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is excited to welcome STEVE YAGGY TRUCKING and LIQUID NITRO ENERGY DRINKS on board as 2015 title sponsors of the all new Limited Late Model division which will be hitting the fast, wide and racy “BIG 1/3-MILE” for the 2015 season! The involvement of these two title sponsors will help introduce “The
All New USRA Limited Late Models, presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking”.

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“MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY has almost made it our normal operation to introduce new and exciting forms of racing to our fans and competitors”, said MTS owner Bob Timm during the announcement, “We were instrumental in bringing the 600 mods to the upper Midwest, and we are very happy with the way that division has taken root and grown in the area. We truly feel that the same will happen with this all new USRA Limited Late Model division; a division which got its start in theory and planning right here at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY.

“And while I have 100% faith in this new division, it’s very important to the success of the division that we’re able to draw a quality car count so that fans and racers alike can truly enjoy the division on our track,” continued Timm, “to that end I’m extremely excited to announced and welcome the support of two quality businesses to this new endeavor.”

As part of their title sponsorship of the new USRA Limited Late Model division at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY, STEVE YAGGY TRUCKING and LIQUID NITRO ENERGY DRINKS are both pumping some bonus cash into the regular payout for 2015. A nice $100 weekly bonus is being added to the already strong payout which has been released for the 2015 season. The full payout can be seen at the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site ( on the “Driver Center” page.

“The goal of Liquid Nitro Racing is to help connect members of the local community with competitors in local motorsports,” said Liquid Nitro Beverages Midwest spokesman Matt Bohl, “Doesn’t matter if it’s Late Models, Sprint Cars, Modifieds . . . I just want to help; and I know that Late Models put on some of the best shows on a dirt track – exciting and energetic. To me, this sounds like a perfect match up – Liquid Nitro Energy Drink, New Limited Late Models & MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY!”

Steve Yaggy, owner of STEVE YAGGY TRUCKING is joining the support based on his own racing history; As a racer at heart who started racing in the late ’70s and has been a competitive Late Model Owner/Driver since 2001, Steve knows Late Model Racing from that important angle, “I think Bob Timm’s pretty well fixed everything that’s wrong with the Late Model sport dollars and cents wise.” Said Yaggy in a weekend discussion about his support of the division, “In addition to curtailing the cost, Bob’s also designed a class where you don’t need to be a chassis wizard or an engineering master – a father and a son can go race a late model and have some fun!”

Yaggy went on to praise the rules package which has been designed to please both the racers and the race fans, “I think Bob has put together a package that can greatly reduce the cost for the competitors while not at all detracting from the on-track excitement for the fans. I really think it’s going to take a pretty sharp fan to even notice any difference!”

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is truly excited to be looking forward to the 2015 season – and especially the introduction of “The All New USRA Limited Late Models, presented by Liquid Nitro Energy Drink and Steve Yaggy Trucking”!

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is embarking on its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season. For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY web site:

Mississippi Thunder Speedway Begins Releasing Details for an Exciting 2015 Season!

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Fountain City, WI- MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY began the new year of 2015 by releasing initial details for what looks to be an amazing and exciting 7th year of action at the fast, wide and racy “BIG 1/3-MILE” situated just an echo away from the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River on the borders of West-Central Wisconsin!

Pay scales have been released for all divisions scheduled to compete at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY. In addition to those pay scales, rules packages have been released for two divisions which will be making their maiden voyages on the high-banks of MTS! The first division related news is that after a reduced-schedule trial period in the 2014 season, MTS will welcome 4-Cylinder Hornets back to the track as a regular weekly division. The 2014 series of “Midwest Poker League Flyers” proved to be exciting and fun for both racers and fans alike; “I was impressed by the racers enthusiasm and dedication to MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY last year”, said Speedway owner Bob Timm, “The car counts were good, considering a limited schedule – and they really did put on a fun show. I think we’re all excited
to see what they can do through a full season in 2015.”

Another change for 2015 is a re-organization of classes and class structures for full-framed street bodied action. Gone are the WISSOTA Street Stocks and MTS Pure Stocks; replacing them will be an all new “Sportsman” class which
takes the best aspects of both divisions and combines them to create a new division which should satisfy fans of dirt track racing based upon the usage of true ‘street cars’. “Let’s face it”, said MTS race director Chris Abts, “there’s nothing pure about pure stocks anymore. But, we think that the rules for this new ‘Sportsman’ class retain enough of that feel of real street cars hitting the sweeping turns at speed to keep the purists happy.”

And the big announcement for 2015 is the creation of an all new “Limited Late Model” class which has been embraced not only by local and regional racers, but also by the USRA Sanctioning body! “The rules that we put together”, commented Bob Timm, “are focused on true Late Model racing with prices which are much more realistic and approachable. The Late Model Class was simply becoming unaffordable for local racers and weekly tracks alike. We think we’ve put together something that can maybe save this form of racing for weekly tracks and fans. I honestly think both the fans and the racers will see this as a great alternative to NO LATE MODELS at all.” Timm’s thoughts were echoed by a recent post to the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Facebook page (visit here: : “It is official! Limited Late Models will run at MTS in 2015 under USRA Sanctioning! USRA will be paying a 2015 weekly track champion point fund and will be working to put together a national champion point fund for 2016! USRA will be announcing their decision to sanction the class soon! Rules are complete and a preliminary rules package will be posted shortly …. Very excited to see the revival of Late Model racing in our area!” (Rules packages have since been released and posted to the MTS web site –

In addition to pay scales and rules, a tentative 2015 season schedule has been put together which once again puts together all the ingredients necessary to make Friday Nights at MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY the “Must Be There” destination for racers and race fans alike!

The tentative 2015 schedule gets the green flag compliments of an open invitation to both racers and fans with the 2015 car show and swap meet schedule for Saturday April 18th at Sugar Loaf Ford of Winona. The newly renovated Sugar Loaf Ford Dealership allows racers and fans to enjoy a close look at all the new machinery from the clean indoor service area.

Once the new machinery has been unveiled, the next date on the schedule is the 2015 Season Opener on Friday April 24th! Other highlights of the 20 week season include:
* USMTS Hunt Race – August 14th
* 7th Annual Rivercity Rumble with $2000 to win for both USRA A & B Mods – July 3rd,
* 7th Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Challenge – July 31st,
* 2015 Season Championships – August 28th,
* 3rd Annual Baehman Law B-Mod Nationals – “$100,000 Weekend” – Sept 2nd through Sept 5th,
* 7th Annual Fall Festival – October 9th & 10th, and
* 3 visits by the Liquid Nitro 600 Mod Touring Series,

Rules and Pay Scales have already been posted on the MTS web site and can be viewed on the “Driver Center” page.

The tentative 2015 MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY Schedule can be viewed on the web site’s “Schedule” page.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is truly excited to be looking forward to the 2015 season – and we hope you will join us for an EXCITING, FUN and FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIDAY NIGHTS!!! MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is located 3.0 miles north of Fountain City on Wisconsin Highway 35. For more information, call 608-687-3282 or visit on the World Wide Web.

MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY is embarking on its 7th season of top-notch dirt track action in Fountain City, WI. The high-banked 1/3 mile dark-clay oval is quickly becoming known as one of the best speedways in the upper Midwest presenting dirt track racing in a fan and family friendly atmosphere every Friday night throughout the racing season.
For all details, continue visiting the MISSISSIPPI THUNDER SPEEDWAY the site:

Crawford County on schedule for April 4 Deery Series opener

Friday, January 30th, 2015

DENISON, Iowa – The 2015 Deery Brothers Summer Series will take its first green flag at Crawford County Speedway.

After inclement weather washed out numerous attempts to bring the series back to Denison last spring, the upcoming IMCA Late Model tour travels to Crawford County for open­ing night action on Saturday, April 4.

In all, the 29th annual series currently has 16 dates. The first 15 of those events pay $3,000 to win and a mini­mum of $300 to start. Additional tour dates are still pending.

“It’s nice to have our highest paying race as the series finale at the Yan­kee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “That feature pays $7,500 to win so it should make for an exciting conclusion to the series.”

The one previous Deery race at Denison was held in 1994. Kossuth County Speedway in Algona has also hosted just one tour event, in 2008, and brings the series back for a July 2 show.

“If we get all our races in, this year’s schedule is geographically balanced within our Late Model area,” Yoder noted. “That should give more drivers in central and western Iowa the chance to follow the series.”

Four events are on the initial series schedule before the start of the weekly IMCA Late Model point season: April 4 at Denison, April 11 at West Liberty Raceway, April 17 at Farley and April 18 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.

The series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on May 3 and at Boone Speedway for the traditional Memorial Day show on May 25.

Marshalltown Speedway hosts the June 2 race. After visiting Algona, the series is at West Liberty Race­way July 7, Independence Motor Speedway on July 8, Dubuque Speedway on July 12 and back at Quad City on July 22.

Liberty 100 shows are qualifying on Sept. 4 and two $3,000 to win features on Sept. 5. The Sept. 7 Labor Day feature during the IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s brings the tour back to Boone with that even­ing’s winner earning a bonus based on their number of sanctioned weekly starts during the season and a possible $4,500 payday. Farley’s Sept. 18 and 19 Yankee Dirt Track Classic brings the series to a close.

Non-qualifier pay at each of the first 15 races is $100. Sunoco Race Fuel feature qualifier draw­ings for $250 in cash will be held each night and drivers with perfect attendance earn shares of $2,000 in cash after the series season is complete.

Casey’s General Store is also back on board as title sponsor of the redraw and will give $100 gift cards to all drivers with perfect attendance throughout the series.

“There are no changes in race night procedures and most sponsorship programs are back in place,” Yoder said. “We have a very good series again in 2015. We always sharpen the pencil and look for ways to make it better every year.”

The Deery Brothers Automotive Group returns as title sponsor of the series. The champion will earn $5,000, with point fund shares to the top 10 and pro-rated for drivers not competing at all events. Drivers finishing outside the top 10 in points but with perfect attendance are guaranteed $500.

Defending champion is Justin Kay of Wheatland. Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has perfect attend­ance through the first 434 events in series history.

Stateline holds annual awards banquet.

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Erie, PA : Stateline Speedway formally concluded its 2014 season, the first under the direction of the Catania family, with a gala banquet at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center in Erie, PA.

The top ten competitors in each division were honored with Rob Blair picking up his first Stateline Speedway Super Late Model championship. Scott Gurdak was crowned the Crate Late Model champion with Brent Rhebergen the E-Mod champion. The Limited Late Models honors went to Ryan Scott with Ted Kosinski conquering the Sportsman division. The Street Stock champion was Brandon Groters and Roger Hall end the season at the top of the Challenger points.

Several special awards were presented to drivers who excelled during their season. The Rookies of the Year were Max Blair in Super Late Models, Wyatt Scott in Crate Late Models, Rob Middleton in E-Mods, Wes Vollentine in Street Stocks, Mike Burnham in Sportsmen, and Charles Morris in Challengers.

For overall excellence Brent Rhebergen was named “Driver of the Year”. Rhebergen won the E-Mod championship and finished sixth in the Super Late Model standings. Rhebergen always had the respect of the rest of the racing field for his sportsmanship in all areas.

The “Rising Star” award is for a young competitor who demonstrates a dedication to the sport and the ability to learn and improve. This driver shows every indication of being a force to reckon with for the future of the sport. That driver in 2014 was Crate Late Model driver Wyatt Scott, a third generation driver who showed improvement every week of the season and a maturity beyond hi fourteen years.

Brian Larson was recognized as “Founders Award” for his excellence and continuous display of service above self. The award is in honor of Stateline’s founders; Leonard Briggs, Jerry Frank, Don Frank, Marv Thorpe, and Lloyd Williams. Larson earned the award by “acting like an owner” for his diligence and dedication to the track preparation and all maintenance at the track. He was also given the title of “Dr Dirt”.

Stateline Speedway’s final event of 2014 saw history made at the historic oval when Dick Barton, racing Dirt Late Models since 1986, surpassed the record for wins set my Bobby Schnars when he made a thrilling pass on race-long leader Chris Hackett coming to the white flag after a duel that had started on lap seven of the fifty lap Julian Buesink Memorial. Blair, driving the iconic #28 retro schemed car, then went on to win #80, surpassing the 79 wins of Bobby Schnars, set in 1976. Barton announced his retirement from the sport a week later. For his lifelong achievements Barton was given recognition, being named “Top Gun” at Stateline. In an emotional address Barton thanked his long-time crew for their dedication and work ethic, giving special thanks to crew chief John Lamb, who had been with him from the beginning of his career in the 1970s in the old Sportsmen division.

Lamb, in turn, was recognized by the track for his contributions over the years, being named “Top Wrench”, the winningest crew chief in Stateline’s history.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Ernie Irvan, named by NASCAR as one of the sport’s 50 greatest drivers ever. Irvan, who retired in 1999, spoke about the importance of short track racing, especially dirt tracks, noting how his career started on the short tracks of California and North Carolina. Irvan’s father was a racer in California and now his son, Jared, is starting a racing career in the Carolinas. He noted the importance of families in racing and attracting younger fans so racing will still be available for the fans in the future. He also noted the importance of confidence and all sponsors, even the seemingly inconsequential sponsors.

Sunday Ernie joined his son, Jared, at Stateline’s Karting Award’s Banquet where both spoke on the importance of working hard for the goal and respecting parents and other mentors to enjoy the experience. After speaking on Sunday a question and answer period was offered to the karting competitors.

The evening progressed with an overview of the proposed 2015 racing schedule presented by owner Bill Catania. Several premier events will be conducted in Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Modifieds, and Street Stocks. Several series will be involved in the season including World of Outlaws Late Models, Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, the Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, ULMS, and both area sprint series, the Patriot Sprint Tour and the Empire Super Sprints. Several special nights with live music entertainment are also planned as well as Enduro events and other specials. The season will officially get underway with the first annual Winter Extravaganza on February 21. A mall-style car show is being planned with two practice sessions (April 11 and 18) planned prior to the season of racing action getting the green flag at 7 PM on Saturday April 25.