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IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars new to Saturday shows at Boone

January 22nd, 2017

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are all on the April 8 Frostbuster card at Boone, with the first local track points awarded on April 15.

Fifteen weekly events are on the tentative schedule for the Sprint Cars, with track points given April 22 through Aug. 5.

The 2017 season will be the 35th consecutive year IMCA has sanctioned the Modified division at Boone Speedway.

Thornton is Modified champion at record-setting IMCA Super Nationals

September 13th, 2016

After leading the first 12 laps, Thornton found himself chasing pole starter Mike Van Genderen and then Gustin.

He got the lead back following a lap 26 restart and led the last 14 times around the track. Chris Abelson took over second with eight to go; Jordan Grabouski got back into the top four with five laps left.

The 34th annual Super Nationals saw a record car count of 906, with drivers from a record-tying 27 states and Canada competing. A purse of $300,000 was paid and another $60,000 in contingencies awarded during the Sept. 5-10 event.

Also on Saturday, Elijah Zevenbergen became a champion in his first Super Nationals attempt, winning the Stock Car title and $2,350. Dustin Larson prevailed in a Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions barnburner, earning $1,025.

Andrew Burg was the $1,025 Hobby Stock main event winner while Brandon Nielsen scored the $800 Stephenville Starter Race of Champions checkers.

Champions crowned earlier in the week were Jeffrey Abbey in the first-ever Southern SportMod show at Super Nationals, Joshua Barnes in the Sport Compacts and Jeff Aikey in the Late Models.

While Aikey won his record sixth title, the other six main event winners were first-time champions.

Randy and Ryan McDaniel became the first father and son combination to race in the same Modified main event; Cayden Carter qualified for both the Late Model and Stock Car shows.

Another one for the record book: Aikey wins sixth Super Nationals crown

September 10th, 2016

The Boone Speedway victory came by a straightaway over Joel Callahan and paid $2,420, an amount that included the Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus.

Ben Seemann drew the pole but it was Callahan grabbing the initial lead from his outside front row starting spot. Callahan had caught up to the back of the field before a lap 12 caution.

Justin Kay drove off under yellow. Aikey passed Jason Rauen for second two laps later and began to check out, running with lapped traffic for most of the last 30 circuits as the race stayed green.

Callahan ended a distant second, with Rauen, Bruening and Joe Zrostlik completing the top five.

Luke Pestka was the $300 Malvern Trust and Savings Bank non-qualifier dash for cash winner. Bruening pocketed the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing prize.

Holm handles Hobby Stock competition in Super Nationals qualifying

September 9th, 2016

Holm dueled with Jason Kohl, who pulled into the infield, then returned and restarted at the back of the field.

Second-running Justin Luinenburg retired on lap 18 and two-time and defending champion Jason Wilkinson exited from a transfer spot and followed him to the pits on the next circuit.

Solomon Bennett, Matt White, Andrew Bertsch, Jeff Ware, TeJay Mielke, Andrew Borchardt and Bill Bonnett followed Holm across the finish line and will line up in that order behind him on Saturday.

Holm is in the big show for the second time and Bonnett counts the 1998 championship among his nine previous Super Nationals appearances; the other six drivers start their first Saturday show. Justin Wacha was disqualified in post-race tech.

Last-chance qualifying on Wednesday adds the last six Hobbies to the main event field.

Those drivers represent eight different states.

Gottschalk and Prauner each qualified for their third Super Nationals main event, Roberts for his fourth and Luellen for his seventh.

Ethan Braaksma, Jim Gillenwater and Johnathon Logue were disqualified in post-race tech from qualifying finishes.

Last chance qualifying on Wednesday completes the starting field of 30 Northern SportMods.

Barnes is champion on record-setting night for Sport Compacts at Super Nationals

September 9th, 2016

Barnes started on the pole and led all 25 circuits of a main event that ran caution-free. He was running with lapped cars by midway and negotiated traffic the last 12 times around the track with Mitch Bolton and Kimberly Abbott close behind.

Bolton, Abbott and Ramsey Meyer completed the top four. Defending champion Nate Coopman was fifth.

Bolton was scored second on every lap while Abbott took over third for good on lap three. Meyer took over fourth soon after and joined in the pursuit of the leader. Both Bolton and Abbott made up ground as Barnes negotiated traffic. He moved to the lower line and had a lapped car as a cushion when he crossed the stripe.

Late contact in the right rear with one of those lapped cars nearly knocked Barnes out of that line, but he got the car straight and led to the finish.

Grady Shearer became the first North Dakota driver to start the Sport Compact main event at Super Nationals and finished 24th.

Deery Series has Memorial Day date at Boone Speedway

May 26th, 2016

BOONE, Iowa – Boone Speedway rolls out the red carpet on Memorial Day for the tradi­tional holiday visit by the Deery Brothers Summer Series.

The Monday, May 30 show marks the 45th appearance at Boone by the IMCA Late Model tour. This will be the 14th event to be held there on Memorial Day.

Two thousand dollars will be paid to win and a minimum of $300 paid to start the main event.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. Monday. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult.

Pit passes are $30.

Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, for all applicable points, including local track points.

More information is available by calling Promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220 and at the www.raceboone.com website.

Current point leader Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls owns seven career Deery Series championships and 66 main event victories and his success at Boone has figured in both series-leading totals.

Aikey counts six Deery feature wins, five IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s checkers among them, among his accomplishments at Boone. He’s won the Super Nation­als event each of the last three years.

Wheatland’s Justin Kay was the Boone Deery winner last Memorial Day.

The 30th anniversary Deery Series has seen different drivers – Denny Eckrich, Curt Martin, Scott Fitzpatrick and most recently Joel Callahan – prevail in each of its first four events.

Afco targets six IMCA divisions with contingency awards

April 23rd, 2016

BOONVILLE, Ind. – Afco contingency awards are in the works again this season for drivers in six IMCA divisions.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod competitors all earn product certificates from the Boonville, Ind., manufacturer and 23-year marketing partner.

“AFCO Racing Shocks and Springs has been a part of IMCA racing for many years and we look forward to continuing this tradition,” said AFCO Performance Group Marketing Director Kerri Hart. “We are pleased to present IMCA racers with contingency awards to reward their success. AFCO Performance Group is gearing up for another great season of racing.”

The top three eligible drivers in each of the five Modified regions receive product certificates worth $250, $150 and $50, respectively, while the top three in both Stock Car regions receive $200, $100 and $50 certificates.

Top three eligible drivers in both Northern and Southern regions for Hobby Stocks and top three drivers in national Northern SportMod and national Southern SportMod standings get product certificates valued at $125, $75 and $50, respectively.

Drivers in those divisions must compete with Afco-manufactured shocks and springs, display two Afco decals on their race car and return a completed sign-up sheet to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligi­ble.

The national Late Model rookie of the year and fourth, sixth and 11th place finishers in national Late Model point standings earn $100 product certificates.

Information about Afco products is available by calling 800 632-2320, on Facebook and at the www.afcodynapro.com website.

“IMCA has been partnering with Afco longer than any other shock manufacturer and in that time they’ve broadened their product line exponentially and are a leader in more ways than one,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “That diversity is one of the reasons we’ll continue to work with Afco and their affiliated brands well into the future.”

Thornton races to Boone Frostbuster checkers

April 12th, 2016

BOONE, Iowa – Ricky Thornton Jr. showed the Midwest what he’d done all winter out West. The Chandler, Ariz., hotshoe scored the $1,000 payday in Boone Speedway’s season-opening Frostbuster event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.

Nick Roberts and Jimmy Gustin split time at the front in the early stages of the 25-lap Fast Shafts All-star Invitational ballot qualifier while Thornton worked through traffic from a sixth row start. Thornton settled into fourth by the time caution slowed action on lap six. He raced the top side past Gustin for the lead on the 10th circuit while Mike Van Genderen mounted a charge running the high groove. As Thornton built a sizable advantage, Van Genderen shot past Gustin in the waning laps and chased down the leader. Thornton denied Van Genderen’s challenges to seal the win, his 10th already this season. Gustin ran third. Kyle Strickler came from 16th starting to finish fourth. Jay Schmidt raced the low groove to victory in the 20-lapper for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

Norman Chesmore held the early lead as Schmidt worked into contention after starting ninth. He settled into second on lap seven and then made his way around Chesmore in traffic to take the lead on the next circuit.
Despite heavy traffic late, Schmidt drove to victory ahead of Trent Murphy and Chesmore in a race that ran green to checkers. Jake McBirnie ran in the top five for the entire 20-lap distance of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. The only time he led was upon exiting turn four on the final lap.

McBirnie surged past race-long leader Doug Smith on the low side to steal the victory. Brandon Spanjer ran third. Shannon Anderson made it look easy early and then held on late for the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main. From a second row start, Anderson slipped beneath John Watson on lap three to take the lead and quickly pulled away from the pack.

A pair of late cautions bunched the field, but Anderson held on to take the win ahead of John Watson and Solomon Bennett. Another field of 120-plus cars were in the pits for the third of four Frostbusters.

Boone still on this Saturday, IMCA Frostbusters rescheduled for next week

April 4th, 2016

VINTON, Iowa – There will still be an IMCA Frostbuster Week to start the 2016 race season. The last three of those specials will be held next week, however.

Friday’s special at Marshalltown Speedway has been canceled, as was the Thursday event at Benton County Speedway in Vinton, due to rain. Boone Speedway will still host a sanctioned show on Saturday, April 2, paying $1,000 to win in the Fast-Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature; the complete purse for the Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks is to be determined this afternoon.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be given. Rescheduled Frostbust­ers are now Friday, April 8 at Mar­shalltown; Satur­day, April 9 at Boone; and Sunday, April 10 at Vinton. One thousand dollar point funds in each division will be paid based on results from the March 30 show at Southern Iowa Speedway and April 8-10 events.

Ken Schrader will race a Modified at Boone this Saturday. Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. and the grand­stand at 3 p.m. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. and rac­ing at 5 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing be­gins at 7 p.m. at Mar­shalltown.

Racing starts at 5 p.m. at Vinton on April 10. More information about upcoming events is available from Boone promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220, Marshalltown pro­moter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444, Benton County promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or from the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.

Track websites are www.jjamracing.net, www.marshalltownspeedway.com and www.raceboone.com. Drivers in all four Frostbuster divisions can catch another weekend show, the special rescheduled to Sunday, April 3 at Hancock County Speedway in Britt. That event also totes a $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature for the Modifieds.

IMCA.TV will broadcast the April 2, April 3, April 9 and April 10 events.

Southern SportMods are new on opening night at Super Nationals

January 24th, 2016

BOONE, Iowa – The first Southern SportMod champion will be crowned at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

A complete program for the class will be run on opening night Monday, Sept. 5 at Boone Speed­way. Purse and entry fee amounts are to be determined.

“We wanted to make this announcement now so drivers can make plans to attend,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “A lot of them will be traveling from two or three states away so we hope to get sponsorship involved to bump up the purse to help cover travel expenses.”

The division won’t be part of the Sept. 3 Prelude to the Super Nationals show at Boone but drivers can hotlap that evening.

Their qualifying format will be similar to the one used for Sport Compacts. The main event field will take the green flag three wide and 10 deep.

“The problem we have had adding Southern SportMods at Super Nationals in the past has been the day,” Root said. “After the Late Models rained out on Monday, they moved to Thurs­day and it worked out very well. They put on a great race and we had a lot of people tell us they liked having Late Models race later in the week.”

Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Models return to the Thursday program at Super Nation­als, headlining a Sept. 8 program that also includes Modi­fied and Stock Car qualifying.

That creates an opening in the schedule that is fitting for the Southern SportMods,” said Root. “It’s a good oppor­tunity for us to add them to the event without creating new logisti­cal problems, particularly pit parking.”

Smiley’s Racing Products will give away the first Southern SportMod entry at the Jan. 31 Racelogic seminar in Mesquite, Texas.

Danny “The Dude” Lasoski To Be Grand Marshall at the Casey’s General Stores Battle at the Barn VIII

January 15th, 2016

Boone, IA- With the biggest indoor Coke syrup in the Midwest just a little over two weeks away, the early entries have come in from 7 different states. Racers from as far away as Oregon, Wyoming, and Florida have thrown their hat into the ring come January 22nd. Danny Lasoski will be on hand for autographs and piloting the Jim’s Johns Allen Lawn Care cart in his first visit to the barn.

This winter time tradition is once again set for January 22nd and 23rd at the Jacobson Building located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. With 31 different classes set to be in competition, there is always something to bring a smile to race fans in the cold of the Iowa winters. Over the past few years, the Outlaw Lawn Mowers have continued to grow and become a fan favorite. Along with the Lawn Mowers, fan will be thrilled with go-karts, Four Wheelers, Outlaw Three Wheelers, Outlaw Cage Carts, and Motorcycles.

This year, the bike classes will see some added money from Indian of Wapello County and Brick Gentry Law Firm. With the added purse money, the Twins and Pro Class for bikes will both being racing for a $500 top prize with a $1,500 purse paying out the top ten. Other bike classes on hand will be the Amateur, Kid and Adult Pit Bikes, and the Mad Dog Bikes. For race fans not able to attend, they can tune in to Speed Shift TV for live flag to flag coverage on each day. The great folks at Jim’s Johns will once again be putting up extra cash Saturday for the “Jim’s Johns Challenge” The front row starters in the Pro Clone, KT100, and Quad A all have the option to fall to the tail and pick up an additional $500 with a win. Following are some quick Barn facts for 2016:

-Friday doors open at 10:00 a.m. with practice from 2:00 – 6:00
-Friday ALL CLASSES RUN ROUND NUMBER ONE HEAT RACES at 6:30-Friday “Special Features” for the top 12 from heats in 370 Clones, KT100, Pro Clone, Pro Bikes, and Quad A. $200 to win each Feature event.
-Saturday doors open at 10:00 a.m. with practice from 11:00 – 1:30
-Saturday round two of heats go green at 2:00 followed by “B” Features
-Saturday Features for all classes set to roll at 5:30
-Complete details can be found at www.battleatthebarn.com

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Casey’s General Stores Battle at the Barn VIII Will Once Again Host Two Nights of Racing

December 3rd, 2015

Boone, IA – The Jacobson Building located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds will soon be filled with racing life on January 22nd and 23rd with the Casey’s General Stores Battle at the Barn VIII. The second year format will see a Friday practice session running from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Upon the completion of the Friday practice session, the first round of heats will be run starting at 6:30 p.m. When the Friday heats are done, $200 to win features will be run for the top twelve finishers in the following classes: 370 Clones, KT 100, Pro Flathead, Pro Bikes, and the Quad A.

On Saturday, there will be a practice session from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Following the practice session, the second round of heats will take the green flag at 2:00 p.m. The feature events for all classes will take center stage at 5:30 p.m. This year, there will be an increased purse for the 370 Clones, 330 Clones, and Pro Flathead with each class paying $500 to win. The addition of a Pro Clone class will be paying a top prize of $600 with a possible $500 front row challenge courtesy of Jim’s Johns. Reserved parking is available for $10 per spot and electrical at a cost of $20. Also this year for those fans not able to attend in person, the event will be broadcast live on Speed Shift TV. For complete information, check out www.battleatthebarn.com. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter.

Strickler joins elite club with Super Nationals championship repeat

September 16th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Kyle Strickler wrote his name in the record book again Saturday night, at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Strickler became just the third Modified driver to win back-to-back Super Nationals titles, dicing his way back to the front following a couple late restarts to take the checkers ahead of 2013 champion Dylan Smith and 19th starting Ricky Thornton Jr. at Boone Speedway.

“I looked at the scoreboard and saw who was behind me. I was pretty sure where they were going to go,” said Strickler, who earned $3,300. “My heart sunk when I got up on the cushion and I saw three cars go by me but I was going to drive as hard as I needed to get the lead back.”

Jordan Grabouski and Adam Larson completed the top five. Thirteen states and two Canadian provinces were represented in the Modified main event.

A record 876 drivers, from 25 states, Canada and Australia, competed at IMCA’s centennial season Super Nationals. A purse of more than $275,000 plus another $60,000 in contingency awards went home with those drivers.

Also winning Saturday night championships were Dustin Larson in the Stock Cars, Clint Luellen in the Northern SportMods and Jason Wilkinson in the Hobby Stocks.

Larson led all 30 laps of the Stock Car feature, becoming the first Minnesota driver to rule that class at Super Nationals. Larson’s victory was good for $3,100. Mike Nichols was second and Chris Mills took third.

Luellen took the SportMod lead late, then held on against defending king Johnathon Logue for the $2,250 win. Logue had taken the lead on the second lap and settled for runner-up honors. Third was Nick Meyer.

Wilkinson earned his career second Hobby Stock title, and $600, leading the last eight circuits. Also the 2010 champ, he led Andrew Burg and Brandon Nielsen across the stripe.

Winners of Race of Champions events were Dustin Smith in the Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC, Kevin Opheim in the Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car RoC, Myles Michehl in the Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock RoC, and Lucas Lamberies in the BSB Manufacturing SportMod RoC.

Smith’s win paid $2,200, Opheim’s $575, Michehl’s $800 and Lamberies’ $350.

Nate Coopman was the first champion crowned during the week after winning the Tuesday night Sport Compact main event. Jeff Aikey won his record-tying fifth Late Model title, and 65th Deery Brothers Summer Series feature on Thursday.

Aikey earned $3,510, Coopman $480.

Jimmy Gustin took the $1,750 checkers in Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational.

Champions’ shares of the purse included Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonuses based on their number of sanctioned starts during the point season. Lap money was paid in each race of champions event and the All-Star race.

Also on Saturday, IMCA and Casey’s General Store presented a check for $5,000 to Hope for the Warriors, the national non-profit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen.

Accepting that check were veterans and honorary starters Travis Hansen, Nick Guernsey and Jay Soupene.

Brothers Dustin, Jeffrey Larson score in Stock Car qualifiers

September 13th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa– A Larson will start on the front of the outside row in Saturday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car main event.

Which one remains to be determined.

Brothers Dustin Larson and Jeffrey Larson both won their respective qualifying features Friday night at Boone Speedway. They’ll square off in what will no doubt be a spirited game of Rocham­beau Saturday afternoon to decide which gets the front row spot.

Dustin Larson started fifth and took the lead after a series of early mishaps, one of which involved mul­tiple cars in front of the flagstand and took 2001 champion Brian Blessington out of the run­ning and sent leader Dave Wickman to the back.

John Heinz took over from that point, leading past midway before Dustin Larson drove by on lap 15. Joe Fory ran third much of the distance and Stefan Sybesma raced from the 30th starting spot to fourth.

Sybesma was disqualified for compression in post-race tech, promoting two-time Stock Car and one-time Hobby Stock champion Donavon Smith.

Jeffrey Larson started from the pole in the second 25-lapper of the evening and led every circuit.

A couple mid-race cautions kept the contest closer but Jeffrey Larson was not challenged by run­ner-up Matt Guillaume.

Kyle Vanover and Gary Bass completed the top four.

Smith makes his ninth consecutive start in the Saturday show. He won Stock Car crowns in 2009 and 2012, as well as the 2004 Hobby Stock title.

Heinz qualified for the fifth time, the Larson brothers and Vanover each for the fourth. Flory, Guil­laume and Bass all qualified for the first time.

Flory’s son Dalton also qualified for his first Super Nationals Stock Car main, on Thursday. Guil­laume will be looking for his 100th career win in the division on Saturday night.

Deal, Carter are first in Friday Modified qualifiers

September 13th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Nick Deal and Cayden Carter led geographically diverse groups of drivers in winning Friday night Modified qualifying features at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Deal topped the caution-free opener, leading start to finish and taking the checkers three lapped cars ahead of fellow front row starter Ryan McDaniel. Adam Larson was scored third all 25 circuits and Johnny Scott moved into the final transfer spot with six to go.

Carter was the third and final different leader in the nightcap at Boone Speedway, running in front the last 15 laps.

Ryan Ruter settled into second, 11th starting Jason Cummins was third and Drew Christianson completed the top four.

Five different states are represented by the Friday qualifiers. They’ll meet in a Saturday afternoon Rochambeau session in the Fan Zone to determine the starting order on the outside row of the main event.

The drivers who have secured starting spots in the big dance thus far hale from 10 different states and two Canadian provinces. Last-chance qualifying completes the field of 33.

Larson has now qualified for the main event for the sixth time in his career. Ruter and Christianson are both in for the fourth time, Deal and Cummins for the third.

Carter, McDaniel and Scott all start their first Super Nationals Modified main.

Gustin completes triple crown quest with Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational triumph

September 13th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Jimmy Gustin has filled that empty space in his IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s trophy case.

Gustin led all 30 laps of Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational at Boone Speedway.

“This is awesome,” said Gustin, also the 2010 Super Nationals champion and 2007 and 2011 Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions winner. “This is the only race I hadn’t won at Boone and I really wanted to win it. I can’t say how much this means to me.”

The victory paid $1,000, plus another $750 in lap money.

Gustin started seventh and shot to the front his first time around the oval. Keith White headed the pursuit but was already half a straightaway behind the leader when the first caution came out on lap nine.

2012 All-Star winner Jordan Grabouski took over second on lap 13 and defending race winner Kyle Strickler moved into third on the next circuit.

Neither was able to mount a challenge to Gustin. Their last restart opportunity came on lap 17 and Grabouskl was six car lengths off the pace at the checkers.

“When you know Jordan Grabouski and Kyle Strickler are behind you on a restart, your heart is pounding,” Gustin said. “I just ran the top as hard as I could.”

“I didn’t want any late yellows and I didn’t want any lapped traffic,” he added. “I was just happy to get the race over.”

Strickler, Ryan Ruter and Jason Wolla rounded out the top five.

A record-tying 15 states were represented in the starting field of 30. Friday’s checkers also put Gustin on the ballot for the 2016 Invitational.

Tulp, Panos pace Thursday Stock Car qualifiers

September 12th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Qualifying feature checkers flew Thursday night for IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car winners Heath Tulp and Lynn Panos.

Both bested 25-lappers at Boone Speedway with solid runs to the finish. Top four finishers from each race advance to Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway.

Tulp drew the pole for the first qualifier and outran 2013 champion Brandon Czarapata, Dalton Flory and Lance Deal.

Panos worked his way into the lead from fifth. His win came ahead of Chad Sterling, Josh Daniels and Wayne Gifford.

A Friday Rochambeau session decides the starting order of Saturday’s middle row, with Tulp and Panos squaring off to decide the front spot.

Czarapata will make his career 11th and seventh consecutive main event start. Tulp, Panos and Gifford are all in for the third time, Daniels for the second and Flory, Deal and Sterling each for the first.

Strickler, Grabouski top Thursday Modified qualifying features

September 12th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Kyle Strickler will chase for a second IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Modified title while Jordan Grabouski runs for his first on Saturday.

Both won Thursday night qualifying features at Boone Speedway that sent top four finishers to the mid­dle row of the main event.

Strickler, the defending champion, reined in 10th starting Wade Cross for the lead following a se­ries of mid-race restarts in the opener, then ran away from everybody.

Cross ended in second while rookie Brian Irvine, twice a Super Nationals Stock Car champ, rock­eted from 18th to third. J.D. Auringer held onto fourth.

Grabouski drew the pole start and led all 25 laps of the nightcap, teaching a seminar on passing after getting into traffic just before the only caution, on the 14th circuit.

Aaron Turnbull chased Grabouski the last 24 times around the track and 2012 champion Jeff Tay­lor took third. William Gould maintained a tenuous hold on fourth the last half of the contest.

All eight drivers meet again Friday in the Fan Zone for a Rochambeau session to determine the starting order for the middle row.

Auringer makes his career sixth Saturday night Super Nationals start, Taylor and Gould both their fourth. Strickler, Cross, Grabouski and Turnbull are each in for the third time.

Irvine qualified for the Stock Car show on six occasions.

Cross last made the show in 2003. Turnbull is the third Canadian driver to qualify for the main event, the most ever.

Aikey delivers on promise of fifth Super Nationals championship

September 12th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – After winning a second straight and fourth career IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s title last September, Jeff Aikey promised to return to Boone Speedway and add to his Late Model championship collection.

He made good on that promise Thursday night in an epic Deery Brothers Summer Series battle with Justin Kay and Richie Gustin, two other drivers who came into the night looking to race their way into the record book.

Aikey becomes the third driver to win five career Super Nationals crowns and the first to win three in a row.

“After we came here on Memorial Day, I told my crew we had to make the car faster. We had a fast car tonight, let me tell you,” said Aikey, who’d qualified through his ‘B’ feature and started 15th. “I’ll be back next year to make it four in a row.”

The victory, Aikey’s series career 65th, paid $3,510. That amount includes a $510 Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus.

Kay was second by not much more than half a car length. The defending series champion and current point leader was seeking a record-tying fourth straight win and started on the pole, but surrendered the front spot to Gustin following an early restart.

Gustin, the 2011 Super Nationals Modified champion, led Kay, Todd Cooney and Tyler Droste into lapped traffic. Aikey was up to sixth when the caution waved again on lap 16.

Tenth starting Todd Cooney charged past Gustin when the race went green again. The two-time Super Nationals Late Model king pulled away from the field before getting slowed by lapped traffic and Aikey was first across the stripe when lap 34 was scored.

Cooney exited after a lap 39 yellow. Gustin regained the lead with 10 circuits to go and Kay shuffled Aikey back to third, the front three virtually side-by-side-by-side at the end of lap 44.

Aikey got the lead back coming out of the final turn on lap 47. Kay edged past Gustin with two to go.

“I’ve been racing for a long time. To beat these young guys feels pretty good,” said Aikey, gesturing toward the numbers on the leader board. “I just went where they weren’t. My car could go anywhere on the track. I diced where there weren’t any other cars.”

Gustin, Droste and 14th starting Joel Callahan completed the top five. Jason Hahne also advanced 14 spots from his original start and finished sixth; Josh Most, already qualified for Saturday’s Modified main event, ended in seventh.

Aikey also won Super Nationals features in 1995 and 2004.

The Late Model program at Boone was postponed from Labor Day because of inclement weather conditions and rain forced a delay to the start of the two ‘B’ features on Thursday. Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Todd Malmstrom.

The 29th annual series concludes with the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 18 and 19 Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.

Nichols, Mills score Stock Car qualifier wins

September 11th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa– Mike Nichols and Chris Mills both ended their night Wednesday in Boone Speedway’s victory lane. How they got there couldn’t have been more different.

Nichols started on the front row and won the first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car qualifying feature with a flag-to-flag run slowed by just a single caution. Mills was the fourth and final different leader in a nightcap interrupted by half a dozen yellows. The former Modified driver and 14th place starter ran in front the last three times around the track.

Top four finishers from both races advance to Saturday’s main event and Nichols, two-time champion Randy Brands, Ken Tietz and Derek Green pulled away from the rest of the pack before and after the single stoppage in the opener, on lap seven. They finished in that order but Green was disqualified in post-race tech, promoting Norman Chesmore to the big show.

Brandon Czarapata looked every bit as fast as he was in winning the 2013 Super Nationals title, leading past midway before going up in smoke and relinquishing the lead to Damon Murty. Murty lost the handle and gave way to Jake Masters, whose turn up front last a single lap. Mills drove by and led Murty, 18th starting Bob Daniels and Marcus Fagan across the stripe.

Fagan had raced his way back into the top four after exiting with a flat tire after midway. Nichols and Murty, twice a Super Nationals runner-up, both advance to the Saturday show for the 11th time. Tietz makes his fifth career start while Brands is in for the fourth time, and the first since 2005.

Fagan and Chesmore are three-time qualifiers. Daniels starts his second main event, Mills his first in a Stock Car. A Thursday Rochambeau session in the Fan Zone will determine starting positions one through eight on the inside row for the main event.

A Super Nationals record 192 Stock Car drivers from 11 states and Canada competed Wednes­day; the previous mark of 191 had been set in 2012.

Scholpp, Beaulieu, Hagen share Super Nationals Modified spotlight

September 11th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Canadians Kody Scholpp and Jason Beaulieu put an international stamp on the International Motor Contest Association’s biggest event Wednesday night.

Scholpp was the winner and Beaulieu finished fourth in the first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature for Modifieds. They’ll join second running Dylan Smith and third place finisher Corey Dripps in the starting field for Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway.

North Dakota’s Mike Hagen captured the second qualifier, ahead of Josh Most and the top two drivers in the battle for national championship honors, Chris Abelson and Ricky Thornton Jr.

Scholpp started fourth and was chased the last 17 times around the track by 2013 champion Smith. The final caution came with five circuits left in the 25-lapper and Dripps, who had started 16th, caught Beaulieu for third with three to go.

This is the second time two Canadian drivers qualified for the Saturday show: Scholpp and Aaron Turnbull, also from Estevan, Sask., both made the 2013 main event. Beaulieu is the first driver from British Columbia to qualify.

Hagen started the nightcap from third, passed pole starter Most near midway and was checking out while the battle for position continued behind him.

The race stayed caution free as Abelson advanced from 10th to third. Thornton made his way up from 14th and into the top four with three laps remaining.

Top four finishers from each qualifier meet in a Thursday Rochambeau session to determine their starting order on Saturday’s inside row.

Smith will start his career fourth main event. Dripps’ Saturday start will also be his career fourth and first since 1998.

Most, Abelson and Thornton are three-time qualifiers. Scholpp is in for the second time while Hagen joins Beaulieu as a first-time qualifier.

Two hundred and seventy-seven drivers from 24 states and the two Canadian provinces vied in one of 30 heats Wednesday evening. Fifteen states were represented in the starting field for the two qualifiers.

Burg is best in Hobby Stock qualifier at Boone

September 10th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Andrew Burg will continue his quest for an IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Hobby Stock crown from outside of the front row Saturday night. Burg earned the spot by winning Tuesday’s qualifying feature at Boone Speedway.

He took the lead on the ninth of 25 laps, held off an assortment of challengers following a trio of mid-race restarts and took the win ahead of 2010 champion Jason Wilkinson, who made his way to second from the 14th starting spot.

Completing the top eight who advance to the outside row are 13th starting Corey Madden, Jason Kohl, Nathan Ballard, Andy Roller, 20th starting Eric Cross and 24th starting Justin Nehring.

Madden makes his career firth Super Nationals main event start, Burg his fourth and Wilkinson, Ballard and Nehring each their third. Kohl, Roller and Cross are first-time qualifiers.

A last-chance feature on Wednesday afternoon adds the final six cars to the field of 30

Luellen, Lamberies lead the way in SportMod qualifiers

September 11th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Clint Luellen and Lucas Lamberies earned front row starting spots in the Northern SportMod main event, with IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature wins Tuesday night.

Luellen ran in front the final 19 of 25 circuits in the opener, pulling away from eventual runner-up Chad Shaw following three restarts over the last nine laps of the first qualifier.

Lamberies won from the pole in the second qualifier, which opened with 15 green flag laps. That first caution erased Lamberies’ big lead. He crossed the stripe in front of Nate Meyer in a green, white, checkered finish.

Lining up behind Luellen and Shaw in the middle row Saturday evening will be fellow top eight finishers Arie Schouten, 2014 runner-up Randy Roberts, 19th starting Brayton Carter, Jerry Hinton, 22nd starting Tory Mack and 21st starting Tyler Soppe.

Joining Lamberies and Shaw on the outside row are Daniel Gottschalk, 24th starting James Kleinheksel, Shawn Harker, Jeff Schmuhl, Shane Swanson and Gary Dutton.

Luellen is now a six-time main event qualifier. Roberts is in for the third time, Hinton, Gottschalk and Harker each for the second.

Shaw, Schouten, Carter, Mack, Soppe, Lamberies, Meyer, Kleinheksel, Schmuhl, Swanson and Dutton all made the big show for the first time.

The final six cars will be added to the field of 30 through a last-chance feature Wednesday afternoon.

Pruitt, Watson are Super Nationals Hobby Stock heroes at Boone

September 9th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Mike Pruitt and John Watson punched their tickets to front row starting spots in Saturday’s Hobby Stock main event, with qualifying feature wins on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Pruitt, the 2009 Northern SportMods champion, raced from 12th starting to win the first qualifier and earn the pole start in the big dance at Boone Speedway. He caught race-long leader Adam Armstrong on the 21st of 25 laps and took the checkers ahead of Myles Michehl.

Watson took over the front spot just before midway in the second qualifier and held off Eric Stan­ton the last half of the contest. He’ll start in the middle of the front row on Saturday.

Last year’s runner-up, Pruitt started sixth and reined in Nathan Ballard before catching Arm­strong, who rolled in the first set of turn to bring a stop to the first qualifier with three laps to go. Ballard fell off the pace and Michehl took up the chase but didn’t have enough time to catch Pruitt.

Lining up behind Pruitt on the inside row will be Michehl, Brock Beeter, Leah Wroten, 17th starting Benji Irvine, Jason Fusselman, 21st starting Tim Barber and Bryant Johnson, who raced to eighth from his inside row 14 start.

Watson took the lead away from Matthew McAtee on lap 12 in the nightcap, which ended with a lengthy green flag run.

Also advancing to the middle row are Stanton, 26th starting Luke Ramsey, McAtee, Brandon Niel­sen, 18th starting Craig Graham, Trevor Holm and Jeremy Purdy.

Beeter, Wroten, Fusselman, Barber, Johnson, Ramsey, McAtee, Holm and Purdy are all first-time qual­ifiers. Nielsen and Graham will both start their second career Hobby Stock main events, Pruitt, Michehl and Irvine each their third.

Watson and Stanton are both in for the sixth time; Stanton has qualified every year since 2009.

Prauner paces Super Nationals SportMod qualifier

September 9th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Kyle Prauner will start from the pole in Saturday’s main event for Northern SportMods at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Prauner drove high around defending champion Johnathon Logue on the 20th of 25 laps in winning the coveted starting position in Monday’s opening night qualifying feature at Boone Speedway.

Tony Olson passed Logue for second; a late caution erased Logue’s bid to regain the lead and he chased Prauner and Olson the last three times around the oval.

Completing the top eight finishers and the rest of the inside row were Matthew Looft, Jared VanDeest, Nelson Vollbrecht, Jacob Krone and Sam Wieben.

Logue restarted inside row one following a caution on the initial start. The race was red-flagged after Brandon Williams got into the wall and rolled on the backstretch on lap 21.

VanDeest raced his way into a qualifying spot from 25th starting; Vollbrecht and Wieben started side-by-side in the 14th row.

Olson will make his career fifth Saturday night start at Super Nationals. Logue and Vollbrecht are both in the main event for the third time, Prauner, VanDeest and Wieben for the second, and Looft and Krone each for the first.

Prelude to the Super Nationals is Sept. 5 at Boone Speedway

September 2nd, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – An Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver is going to be $1,000 richer before the first green flag flies for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

The Saturday, Sept. 5 Prelude to the Super Nationals at Boone Speedway totes a $1,000 top prize for Modifieds. The winner also becomes vote eligible for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250.

There is no entry fee for drivers registered to compete in Super Nationals; drivers in all divisions must attempt to qualify to receive tow money.

No track points will be awarded as season championship night was Aug. 29 at Boone. All cars may compete.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance Iowa State points will be awarded in all four divisions. Modifieds chase Belleville Motorsports North Central Region points. EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region points will be given in the Stocks, Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region points in the Hobbies.

Pit gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15; pit passes are $25.

More information is available from promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220 and at the track web­site, www.raceboone.com.

All roads lead to Boone for Sept. 7-12 IMCA Super Nationals

August 27th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Boone Speedway becomes the center of the dirt track racing universe for the Sept. 7-12 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Drivers from more than 20 states and Canada are already registered for IMCA’s centennial season Super Nationals. They’ll chase shares of a purse that exceeds $275,000 and more than $60,000 in contingency awards at the 33rd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation.

“We continue to pride ourselves on the total purse paid out and contingencies awarded to drivers at Super Nationals and rightfully so,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “We’re looking forward to celebrating our 100th year at Boone Speedway during the biggest and the best race of the season.” A very driver and fan-friendly format will be continued as racing begins at 2 p.m. each day of Super Nationals.

The first champion of 2015 will be crowned on Monday, Sept. 7, Labor Day. The Late Model feature is part of the Deery Brothers Summer Series. The entire Sport Compact program is on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod qualifying is Monday and Tuesday; Modified and Stock Car qualifying completes race programs the next three nights.

The $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is on Friday, Sept. 11. Following last-chance events for the Modifieds and Stock Cars, the Saturday, Sept. 12 program boasts race of champions and main events for the Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds.

The Modified champion earns a minimum of $2,000, plus another $100 for each of as many as 50 starts made during the weekly point season. That adds up to a potential $7,000 payday. The Late Model feature pays $3,000 to win, with another $1,500 possible in bonus money. The main event for Stock Cars pays $1,000 to win, along with a bonus of as much as $2,500.

Northern SportMods race for $1,000 and Hobby Stocks for $600 to win, with another $1,250 in bonuses possible in each division. Sport Compacts vie for $250 to win, plus $5 for each of as many as 50 starts. Drivers can call the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201 to pre-register.

IMCA.TV will broadcast live from Boone Speedway throughout the week of Super Nationals, beginning with the 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6 practice session. Daily broadcasts begin at 2 p.m. each day Monday through Saturday. Detailed pricing and other information is available at www.imca.tv.

Round 2 voting starts for IMCA Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

August 1st, 2015

BOONE, Iowa– Fourteen more IMCA Modified drivers will be elected to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field, in voting that started today (Wednesday) through the IMCA Facebook page.

Round two candidates all won 40-point features held between June 19 and July 16. Voting continues until Aug. 5.

The drivers with the top two vote totals in each of the five regions and four at-large candidates advance to the Friday, Sept. 11 Invitational during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.

Completing the starting field of 30 will be the All-Star candidates with the highest national point total and the most 40-point feature wins as of Sept. 4 not already elected and who are competing at Super Nationals.

Elected from the first round were Ricky Alvarado of Delta, Colo., William Gould of Calera, Okla., 2012 race winner Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Richie Gustin of Gilman, Hunter Marriott of Brookfield, Mo., Kelly Shryock of Fertile, 2013 race winner Todd Shute of Des Moines, defending race winner Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Ricky Thornton of Chandler, Ariz., A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., Tim Ward of Chandler, Ariz., and Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas.

Initial candidates included the winners of events paying $1,000 or more held since mid-July of 2014 and 2014 regional and state champions.

Round two All-Stars will be notified and the results announced as soon as possible next week.

The 30-car, 30-lap Invitational pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start.

Inaugural Thome Memorial is July 14 at Boone County Raceway

July 10th, 2015

ALBION, Neb.– Boone County Raceway’s inaugural Shane Thome Memorial pays $2,000 to the winner of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event.

The Tuesday, July 14 special will be held during the Boone County Fair, is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and pays a minimum of $100 to start.

Additional money has been added to purses for other sanctioned divisions. Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods race for $400 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $350 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $180 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Jet Racing Central Region and Allstar Perfor­mance State points, but not local track points, will be awarded. Non-sanctioned late models are also on the program. All divisions will be draw/redraw.

Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available on Facebook or by calling 308 940-2972 or 402 615-0226.

A long-time IMCA driver and Modified track champion at Albion, Thome died following a motor vehicle accident in September of 2013.

Early registration, pit parking applications recommended for Sept. 7-12 IMCA Super Nationals

June 27th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – The IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s continues to be the biggest and best event in all of dirt track racing. So does the need to pre-register and make arrangements for pit parking if you’re
planning to be part of the 33rd annual event Sept. 7-12 at Boone Speedway

“We highly recommend that drivers do both as soon as possible,” IMCA President Brett Root emphasized. “Car numbers are assigned on a first come, first served basis and drivers will save money by pre-registering.”

“Pit area parking is probably the biggest issue we get into this far ahead of Super Nationals,” he continued. “We are working on a schedule for when haulers will be allowed in the pits. That’s especially important for drivers coming from out of state and we’ll announce it fairly soon.”

Registration and pit stall application forms are posted on both the www.imca.com and www.raceboone.com websites; a form for reserving camping spots will be added to the track site. Drivers from a dozen states have already pre-registered for IMCA Centennial Season Super Nationals.

“Logistically, everything about Super Nationals is quite a task. The more organized drivers are, the easier it is for us to be organized,” Root said. “Almost every square inch of the speedway grounds are allocated for something and we can’t make spur of the moment changes without having a ripple effect.” Weather will continue to be the wild card, he noted. Rain and resulting wet ground conditions pared the number of spots in the pit area and for fan parking.

“There’s nothing we can do about the weather,” said Root, “but we can do our best to run timely race programs each night and be accommodating to the drivers, fans and Boone community.” Pre-tech starts Sunday, Sept. 6 for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods. While the permanent tech facilities were the most visible improvement at last year’s Super Nationals, new bleacher seating adjacent to the hot pit area will be front and center this September.

“Additional seating, especially for Saturday, has been mentioned in driver surveys we take after Super Nationals every year,” noted Root. “We have to prioritize what improvements we make and outside seating was at the top of the list this year.” No changes will be made in the schedule for the week.

A complete program for IMCA Late Models following the Deery Brothers Summer Series tops the Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 card. Sport Compacts run their entire show on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 11. Races of champions and main events for Hobby Stocks, SportMods, Stock Cars and Modifieds are Saturday, Sept. 12.

Weekly racing bonuses have been renewed, so the Modified champion has the potential to earn as much as $7,000.

Other maximum potential payouts are $4,500 for the Late Models, $3,500 for the Stock Cars, $2,250 for the Northern SportMods, $1,850 for the Hobby Stocks and $500 for the Sport Compacts.

“The format for the week is the most efficient one we’ve come up with,” said Root. “We started at 2 p.m. and got the race programs completed in good time last year, which is something I know everyone appreciated.”

Kay becomes first to repeat with Deery checkers at Boone

May 29th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Justin Kay became the first repeat winner this season in the Deery Brothers Summer Series, on the night Richie Gustin nearly raced to his first IMCA Late Model tour victory.

Gustin caught the defending series champ on the white flag lap Monday at Boone Speedway and had the edge as the front pair charged down the backstretch.

The yellow flag was thrown for a spun car in the upcoming set of turns, however, and Kay got the front spot back for the restart as the leader of the last scored lap. Jeff Aikey caught Gustin for second but couldn’t challenge Kay, who topped the green, white, checkered finish by two car lengths.

The $3,000 win was the series career 11th for Kay, who also banked the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing prize. Tyler Droste and Ray Guss Jr. completed the top five and point leader Andy Nezworski ended in sixth.

Scott Fitzpatrick started on the pole and led the first 10 of 40 circuits in the Memorial Day event. Kay took charge following a restart on lap 11 and was running in traffic with Gustin and Aikey close behind when the yellow came out with three to go.

Gustin was a faster line up from Kay coming to the white flag and appeared headed to his first Deery win before the final yellow came out.

The sixth Deery Series event of the season is Tuesday, June 2 at Marshalltown Speedway. That main event also pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

22 chassis builders enter IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup contest

April 21st, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – National and regional honors will be determined by 22 chassis builders entered in the seventh annual IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup contest.

Manufacturers’ Cup standings are based on makes of chassis driven by top 10 drivers in each of the five Modified regions.

The builder with the highest overall point total will be recognized as the 2015 national Manufacturer of the Year and receive a $500 prize and trophy during the national awards banquet in November.

New Cup contest entrants include Dream Racing Chassis of Las Vegas, Impressive Race Cars of Hillsboro, Mo., MB Customs of Menominee, Wis., and Phoenix Race Chassis of Nevada, Mo. Destroyer Chassis of Kennedale returns after a one-year hiatus.

Builders returning to the field are 1st Class Chassis of Great Bend, Kan.; Addiction Chassis of Price, Utah; B & B Racing Chassis of Belle Plaine, Minn., Belleville Motorsports of Belleville, Kan.; CAM Race Cars of Midlothian, Texas, DeVilbiss Racing Chassis of Farmington, N.M.; Dirt Works Race Cars of Oronogo, Mo., GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; Harris Auto Racing of Boone; Jet Racing of Beatrice, Neb.; Larry Shaw Race Cars of Batesville, Ark.; Medieval Chassis of Mayer, Minn.; Rage Chassis of West Union; Razor Chassis of Platte Center, Neb.; Sidebiter Chassis of Kanawha; Skyrocket Chassis of Fertile; and Victory Chassis of Des Moines.

“The focus of this program is to highlight IMCA Modified chassis builders, especially those who build safe and competitive race cars,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “One of the highlights for builders is the opportunity to bring a car for display at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.”

“Last year we had 11 different brands on display and this September we should equal or exceed that number,” he added. “It’s a good opportunity for our racers to see these brands side-by-side on Manufacturers’ Row.”

BMS, the five-time and defending national Manufacturer of the Year, GRT, Harris, Jet, Shaw, Skyrocket and Victory have entered the Cup contest every year since its inception.

“BMS has ruled this competition and it will be interesting to see if they can do it again this year,” noted Yoder. “However, we had 15 different manufacturers get points in 2013 and 13 last year.”

Strickler ends rollercoaster week with Super Nationals Modified championship

September 10th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – A rollercoaster four days at Boone Speedway ended with Kyle Strickler on top of the dirt track racing world.

Strickler led all 40 laps of Saturday’s Modified main event at another record-setting IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The victory lane scene that followed was an emotional one.

“This is the greatest race ever. Winning it means so much to me,” he said, pausing several times to wipe away tears of joy. “There is so much history here. I’d always wanted to put my name on the T-shirt and now I’ve done it.” The win came a night after Strickler’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot triumph and paid $2,700. Richie Gustin, the 2011 champion, defending champion Dylan Smith and Canadian Aaron Turnbull completed the top four.

Strickler had been disqualified from a runner-up finish in his Wednesday qualifier for use of unapproved wheels. He won his Friday qualifier and started at the front on the outside row in Saturday’s big dance.

“It was pretty cool to be able to rebound that way at Super Nationals, and to start a row further ahead than we could have,” he said. “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be. This is just phenomenal.” After a multi-car pileup on the front stretch that stopped the race on lap 18, the feature stayed green to the finish.

A purse of more than $250,000 was paid to, and a similar dollar value in cash and contingencies were awarded to drivers from a record 27 states entered in the 32nd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation. The car count of 866 nearly matched the mark of 874 set two years ago.

The common theme to Saturday’s other three main events was family.

Rookie Devin Smith joined brothers Donavon and Dustin as a Super Nationals champion, scoring the Stock Car crown and a $3,200 check.

He also won the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions, earning $1,175 and matching Donavon’s 2012 Super Nationals double. Dustin and oldest brother David are also Sunoco RoC winners.

Shannon Anderson led all 30 laps in winning his career third Hobby Stock title and $1,750. His father Jeff won two Super Nationals Stock Car championships.

Johnathon Logue, son of five-time Modified champion John Logue, was reeling in leader Randy Roberts before a lap 17 restart in the SportMod main. He was in first when the next circuit was scored and drove to his first Super Nationals title, good for $1,925.

Keith White ended a string of bad luck at Boone by winning the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds.

He ran in front the last 11 of 12 laps, holding off Mason Big Eagle for what turned out to be the $2,100 checkers.

The Luellen family celebrated twice.

Austin Luellen led all 10 laps of the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks. That victory paid $800.

Older brother Clinton then led all 10 laps of the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for SportMods for a $1,300 payday.

All four race of champions events ran caution free.

Jeff Aikey won his Late Model division record-matching fourth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature and $3,300 on opening night Sept. 1. Tyler Droste qualified for the Deery feature, then ran 20th in the Saturday Modified show.

Adam Gates was the winner of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event. That victory paid $320.

Late arrival Werkmeister, Temeyer top Stock Car qualifiers

September 7th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – He got to town late but Casey Werkmeister joined Justin Temeyer as a Stock Car qualifying feature winner at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s on Friday night.

A high school football coach, Werkmeister was on the sidelines when his team won Thursday, drove part of the way to Boone after the game and completed the trip the next morning.

He promptly won his heat, started third in the opening qualifier and sped to the win ahead of Rick Mahlberg, Michael Jaennette and Stefan Sybesma.

Temeyer made his way to the front after starting 10th in the nightcap. John Heinz, Jake Masters and 13th starting Scott Pippert were next across the stripe.

Werkmeister and Temeyer will play a game of roshambo to determine who starts on the front of the outside row of Saturday’s main event, with the rest of the top four drivers in each qualifier complet­ing the row.

Temeyer will take the green in his career 10th Stock Car main event. Heinz and Sybesma are both in for the third time, Masters for the third.

Second-time qualifiers are Werkmeister and Jaennette. First-timers are Mahlberg and Pippert.

Whitman, Strickler score Friday Modified qualifying checkers

BOONE, Iowa – Johnny Whitman and Kyle Strickler starred in Friday night Modified qualify­ing features at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Whitman topped the first qualifier at Boone Speedway while Strickler, winner of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational earlier in the evening, paced the nightcap.

They’ll determine who starts at the front of the outside row in the main event during a Saturday roshambo session.

Five states were represented by the top four finishers from the two qualifiers.

Twentieth starting Hunter Marriott, 16th starting Jeremy Mills and ninth starting Jason Cummins chased Whitman across the stripe in their 25-lapper.

Tyler Droste, Adam Lar­son and Adam Johnson were next in the second qualifier. Corey Lagroon was disqualified from fourth place in post-race tech inspection for failure to meet frame specifications.

Mills and Larson both will start career fifth Super Nationals Modified main events, Cummins and Strickler both their second and Whitman, Marriott, Droste and Johnson each their first.

Strickler races with his idols and wins Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

September 7th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – Kyle Strickler enjoyed the privilege of racing with many of his idols as much as he did winning Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at Boone Speedway.

Strickler led the last 23 circuits in the 30-lap Modified feature, on night five of the IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. He earned $1,230 – including lap money – for the vic­tory, which came almost half a straightaway ahead of defending race winner Todd Shute.

“This is such a big event. Winning this race ranks right up there,” he said. “When you look at the names of the drivers that were in it, a lot of them are my idols. It’s amazing to be on the same track with them and win.”

2011 Invitational winner Chris Abelson, 15th starting Troy Cordes and 17th starting Ricky Thornton com­pleted the top five. Jimmy Gustin charged from 25th starting to sixth.

An Invitational record 16 states were represented in the 30-car field.

Shute led the first seven laps after starting in the middle of row one. Strickler took the initial green from inside row two and after back-to-back yellows on lap four, quickly closed the gap on Shute.

Shute and Strickler were pulling away from the rest of the field by lap six; Shute’s advantage was not much more than the width of his bumper when the next lap was scored but Strickler was ahead on lap eight.

The last caution of the contest came out on lap nine and Strick­ler set sail from that point.

“I kept looking at the board and hoped the track didn’t change. Sometimes the leader can be a sitting duck,” he said. “I wasn’t sure if the race was 25 or 30 laps but I had a really good car. We didn’t make any changes from Wednesday or Thursday. There were no adjustments you could have made to make this car any faster.”

Strickler’s win puts him on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He had been the top vote recipient in the first of two rounds of social media voting to elect All-Stars from candi­dates that included winners of sanctioned races that paid $1,000 or more and 2013 re­gional and state champions.

Ronn Lauritzen and Cory Sample completed the field as the top non-elected candidates compet­ing at Boone based on national points and feature wins, respectively.

Thursday Qualifiers from Boon

September 7th, 2014

Smith, Tulp are first in Thursday Stock Car qualifiers

BOONE, Iowa – Devin Smith and Heath Tulp took different routes to victory lane Thursday night at Boone Speedway. One of them will start in the front of the middle row of Saturday’s Stock Car main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The rookie Smith led the last 10 circuits in the first 25-lap qualifier of the evening. Shaun Bruns was second and Mike Nichols third; Smith’s older brother David caught Chad Estes for fourth with five laps left.

Tulp was promoted from runner-up to winner of the second qualifier when Marcus Fagan was disqualified for failing post-race engine inspection. damon Murty had restarted at the back of the 30-car field after a lap two caution, made the most of a wide-open top side of the track and ended his night in second. Perry Misner raced from 14th starting to third and Chris Pruitt was fourth.

Joining Devin Smith as first-time qualifiers for the Saturday dance are Bruns and Pruitt. Tulp and Misner are both in for the second time, David Smith, Murty and Nichols each for the 10th. They’ll play roshambo in the fan zone on Friday to determine starting spots in the middle row on Saturday.

Gilman, Mills rule Thursday Modified qualifiers at Boone

BOONE, Iowa – Josh Gilman and Chris Mills were Thursday night Modified qualifying feature winners as drivers from five states earned berths in the Saturday main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Gilman led the last 17 times around the Boone Speedway oval in winning the first 25-lap qualifier. Mills was in front the last seven circuits of the nightcap, which wound down with a mishap that took three of the top six running cars out of contention and then a tight four-car battle to the checkers.

Top four finishers from each qualifier advance to the middle row of the big dance.

Gilman passed Kelly Shryock for the front spot and outran the 19th starting Jared Siefert. Ricky Thornton was third and Nick Roberts, the 2012 Super Nationals SportMod champion, drove from 20th starting to fourth.

Mills rocketed from fourth to first on the 19th lap. Second-running Tyler Limoges and former champions Todd Shute and Jeff Taylor tangled to set up a three-lap battle to the finish.

Defending champion Dylan Smith had started 22nd and took over the runner-up spot with two to go; Scott Drake was third and Troy Cordes fourth.

Cordes qualified for his career 12th Super Nationals Modified main event, Drake his seventh and Siefert his fourth.

Gilman, Mills and Smith are each in for the third time, Thornton the second and Roberts the first. Friday games of roshambo will determine who starts where in the middle row on Saturday.

Wednesday from Boone

September 5th, 2014

Stone, Jergens to decide pole start for Super Nationals Modified main event

BOONE, Iowa – Californian Paul Stone or home state driver Mike Jergens will start on the pole when the biggest event in dirt track racing goes green Saturday night at Boone Speed­way. Stone ran second the last 19 laps of Wednesday’s first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Modified qualifying feature, then was promoted to the top spot when Adam Lar­son failed to meet frame specifications in post-race tech.

Jergens had tracked down and race-long leader Kyle Strickler in lapped traffic with a couple cir­cuits to go in the second qualifier. Strickler became a DQ from the runner-up spot for use of unapproved wheels; Chase Allen crossed the line in third and also failed post-race tech for failing to meet frame specs. Stone and Jergens will duke it out in a game of roshambo, in the fan zone south of the main grand­stand, on Thursday to determine who gets the coveted pole position in Saturday night’s main event.

They’ll be joined on the inside row by top three finishers Aaron Turnbull, 2011 champion Richie Gustin and Jay Noteboom from the first qualifier and Johnny Saathoff, Troy Jerovetz and Josh Most from the second. Gustin had started 13th and Noteboom 15th in the first qualifier. Jergens took the initial green from 13th, Jerovetz from 16th, Most from 28th and Saathoff from dead last in the 30-car second qualify­ing field. Saathoff made the big dance for the 14th time in his career, Noteboom for the ninth and Gustin for the fourth. Stone, Jergens, Turnbull and Most all are second-time main event qualifiers while Jerovetz is in the big show for the first time.

Gifford takes checkers ahead of Stock Car qualifying drama

BOONE, Iowa – He wasn’t part of the finish line drama, but Jerry Gifford was the winner of an IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car qualifying feature that announcer Jerry Vansickel was quick to describe as epic.

Gifford led all 25 laps of Wednesday’s first Stock qualifier at Boone Speedway. Travis VanStraten took over second place for good five laps in while 2001 champion Brian Blessington started 11th and cemented third with three laps left. The top four finishers advance to the inside row of Saturday’s main event and Brandon Taylor and Derek Green were both bound and determined to get it.

After completing the 24th and next-to-last lap virtually bumper to bumper, the pair got together and slid sideways toward the finish line. Abe Huls and Terry Pruitt both took advantage and drove by, with Huls getting fourth and the transfer spot. Taylor was scored sixth, Green seventh.

Top four finishers from each of the two qualifiers will square off in games of roshambo on Thurs­day in the fan zone to determine inside row starting positions. Blessington is now a 12-time qualifier for the main event. VanStraten is in for the fifth time, Huls the third and Gifford the first.

Schmidt scores big in second Stock Car qualifier

BOONE, Iowa– Jay Schmidt led all but the first lap and held off defending champion Brandon Czarapata in winning Wednesday’s second IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car qualifying feature at Boone Speedway.

Schmidt started fourth and drove by Trent Murphy on the second circuit; after a lap 21 caution, Czarapata used the ensuing restart to his advantage to take over the runner-up spot. He couldn’t reel in Schmidt, however. Murphy was third while Kyle Vanover made a last-lap charge to steal the fourth and final qualifying spot from Nathan Wood.

Top four finishers from each Wednesday qualifier will play roshambo in the fan zone to determine how they’ll line up on the inside row for Saturday’s main event. Schmidt will start his career 12th Super Nationals main event, Czarapata his 10th, Murphy his sev­enth straight in the division and 10th overall. Vanover made the show for the third time.

Burg is best in last-chance feature for Hobby Stocks

BOONE, Iowa – A caution with three laps left made things more interesting, but Andrew Burg completed his green to checkered run at the front of the field to win Wednesday’s last-chance qualifying feature at Boone Speedway. He’ll be joined in the back two rows of Saturday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event starting grid by Weston Koop, Tiffany Bittner, Kyle Parizek, Mike Traskow­sky and Justin Nehring.

The start in the big dance will be Burg’s career third. Koop, Bittner, Traskowsky and Nehring all are in for the second time, Parizek for the first.

Ryerson reigns in SportMod last-chance feature

BOONE, Iowa – Chad Ryerson caught Brandon Long at the line and led the last six laps in winning the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s last-chance qualifying feature for SportMods Wednesday afternoon. Ryerson had started on the pole but chased Long the first 18 times around the Boone Speedway. Michael Murphy slipped by Long with three to go for runner-up honors.

The rest of the top six finishers advancing to the back two rows of Saturday’s main event were Clinton Luellen, Daniel Gottschalk and Ryan Hiscocks. Luellen is in the big dance for the fifth time in his career, Long for the second. Ryerson, Murphy, Gottschalk and Hiscocks are all first-time qualifiers.

Tuesday updates from Boone!

September 5th, 2014

Van Horn tops Tuesday qualifier for Hobby Stocks

BOONE, Iowa – Dustin Van Horn raced his way to a front row start in Saturday’s main event with a win in the final IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifier for Hobby Stocks.

Van Horn started seventh in the Tuesday feature at Boone Speedway and took the checkers ahead of Austin Luellen and David Rieks.
Rounding out the top eight drivers advancing to the outside row for the big show on Saturday are Kyle Bond, Colby Langenberg, Corey Madden, Jeremy Auten and Matt Olson.

Madden had started 19th, Langenberg 21st and Olson 26th. Bond will start his fourth straight Super Nationals main event; Madden also makes his fourth ca­reer Saturday start.

Van Horn is in for the third time, Luellen, Rieks and Langenberg each for the second and Auten and Olson both for the first. The final six cars will be added to the main event field through last-chance qualifying Wednesday afternoon.

Hoffman heads middle row for Saturday’s SportMod main event

BOONE, Iowa – Jerry Hoffman will make his bid for a career first IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s crown from the front of the middle row on Saturday night. The affable veteran ran second for the last half of Tuesday’s first SportMod
qualifier at Boone Speed­way. He was promoted to the top spot when Bobby Anders Jr. failed post-race suspension inspection.

Joining Hoffman in transferring to the big dance are fellow top eight qualifiers Tony Olson, Nelson Voll­brecht, Ethan Dotson – now the third Californian to advance – Cory Rose, Tyler Afrank, Taylor Musselman and Benji Legg. Jim Gillenwater was disqualified from third after failing post-race en­gine inspection.

Olson, now a four-time qualifier for the Saturday show, and Rose both advanced 19 spots from their original starting positions.
Legg made the main event for the third time in his career, Hoffman, Vollbrecht and Rose each for the second. Joining Dotson as first-time qualifiers are Afrank and Musselman.

Rookie races to front row start in SportMod main event

BOONE, Iowa – Jake McBirnie raced to a rare achievement for a rookie driver Tuesday night, earning a front row start in an IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event. McBirnie topped the second of two SportMod qualifiers at Boone Speedway. The national rookie of the year contender will take the green from the front of the outside row on Saturday.

Lining up behind him will be Jake Simpson, defending champion Carter VanDenBerg, Shawn Harker, Jared Van Deest, George Nordman, Alex Zwanziger and Brian Miller. Miller had started 18th, Van Deest 24th. Doug Smith was disqualified from fifth after failing post-race suspension inspection. Miller qualified for the fifth time, Van DenBerg for the second. Simpson, Harker, VanDeest, Nord­man and Zwanziger join McBirnie as first-time qualifiers.

Last-chance qualifying on Wednesday will complete the main event starting field of 30.

Running for second, Gates wins Super Nationals Sport Compact crown

September 5th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – Adam Gates thought he was running for second. What he was running for turned out to be an IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s championship.

Gates was a distant third when leader Nate Coopman’s engine expired with five circuits left in Tuesday’s 25-lap Sport Compact main event at Boone Speedway.

He passed Austen Becerra for the lead the next time around and negotiated traffic the rest of the way before unknowingly taking the victory.

“I didn’t know I’d won until I pulled into the infield,” Gates admitted after the $320 win. “We got into lapped traffic and Nate got four or five cars ahead of us. I thought we were racing for second.”

Becerra ended as the runner-up while Drew Johnson was third. Jay DeVries and Joshua Barnes completed the top five.

Becerra started sixth and had the fastest car early on, leading when the only caution of the contest came out on lap five. Gates cracked the top five on the next circuit, before Coopman edged Becerra at the line for the front spot on lap 11.

He stretched that advantage to a full car length when the 12th lap was scored and to three car lengths when lap 13 went into the books.

Coopman was mastering traffic and threatened to run away with the race before his run of bad luck at Super Nationals continued and he slowly rolled to a stop on the infield.

No stranger to misfortune at Boone himself – he broke on the third lap at Super Nationals last year – Gates kept an eye on his oil pressure as the last laps counted down.

“I had zero oil pressure. A couple more laps and we might have had to park it, but the lapped traffic did a good job holding their line,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of big wins this year but this is the biggest.”

Fifty-nine Sport Compacts vied in the division’s fourth Super Nationals appearance. Eight states were represented in the main event.

Kates, Californians make Saturday show for SportMods

September 3rd, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – Ninth-starting Ben Kates was first to the checkers in Monday night’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifying feature for SportMods.

As a result, he’ll start on the pole in the Saturday main event at Boone Speedway.

That race will also feature the first two Californians to qualify for the SportMod dance: Levi Kiefer and Tina McGowan, both of Bakersfield, made the show with top eight finishes.

Tim Love was runner-up to Kates, while Randy Roberts raced from 22nd starting to third.

Johnathon Logue, Kaid Calhoun, Kiefer, Tim Rupp and McGowan completed the top eight.

Kates, Love, Roberts, Logue, Calhoun and Rupp all became second-time main event qualifiers.

Second Hobby Stock qualifier goes to VanLaningham

September 3rd, 2014

BOONE, Iowa– Jesse VanLaningham led the last six circuits in winning Monday’s second Hobby Stock qualifying feature at Boone Speedway, securing a front row start in the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main event on Saturday.

Austin Luellen and Corey Madden set the fast pace most of the first 19 laps before falling out. Ninth starting Benji Irvine and Brandon Beeter both did their best to pressure VanLaningham but settled for second and third, respectively.

Completing the top eight and also advancing to the middle row of Saturday’s main event were John Watson, Tyler Pickett, Tyson Overton, Jason Kohl and Eric Gillette. Andy Boeckman was disqualified from fourth in post-race engine inspection.

Watson qualified for the Saturday show for the fifth time in his career, Kohl for the fourth and VanLaningham and Pickett both for the third.

Irvine is in for the second time. Beeter is the first North Dakota driver to make the Hobby Stock main event at Super Nationals. Overton and Gillette will also make their Saturday night debuts.

Anderson aces First Hobby Stock Qualifier

September 5th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – Shannon Anderson will start from the pole in his quest for a career third IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s championship.

Anderson led all 25 laps in the first of two qualifying features at Boone Speedway after drawing the inside front row start Monday night.

The 2009 and 2012 Super Nationals king caught up with the back of the 28-car pack on the ninth circuit. He ran with lapped traffic while 10th starting Eric Stanton worked his way to second; both cleared slower cars with five circuits left but Stanton didn’t have time to reel in Anderson before the checkers flew.

Completing the top eight and also advancing to the inside row of Saturday’s main event will be Mike Pruitt, winner of the SportMod title at Super Nationals in 2009; Nathan Ballard, Derek Hodges, Malik Sampson, Gary Pesicka and Derek Moede.

Anderson will be in for the seventh straight year, Stanton for the sixth consecutive show, Ballard, Moede, Pruitt and Sampson each for the second, Hodges and Pesicka each for the first.

Aikey captures record-tying fourth Super Nationals title

September 4th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – The first champion crowned at the 32nd annual IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s has already promised to return to Boone Speedway next Septem­ber in pursuit of a record fifth crown.

Jeff Aikey won the Monday night main event for IMCA Late Models at Boone, leading all 50 laps. While earning his career-leading 63rd Deery Brothers Summer Series victory – and $3,300 – Ai­key also matched the division record of four Super Nationals titles held by Gary Webb.

Tyler Bruening started inside Aikey on the front row and ran second most of the way. Charlie McKenna took over the spot following the first restart of the night, on lap 40; series point leader Justin Kay passed McKenna after a restart on the next circuit and chased Aikey to the checkers.

“I’ll come back next year and try to get number five,” Aikey said. “All four of my Super Nationals wins (1995, 2004, 2013 and 2014) have been special. Kay has been running so strong this season and that’s what makes this win so good.”

McKenna, Andy Eckrich and Bruening completed the top five.

Aikey and Bruening caught up with the back of the field on the ninth circuit; Aikey stretched his lead before Bruening and McKenna cleared lapped traffic on lap 28 and cut his advantage to a couple car lengths.

The lap 40 yellow took lapped cars out of the equation. Aikey pulled away to win by a comfortable mar­gin after the next restart.

“I knew somebody was going to have an awfully good car to beat me tonight because my car was on,” he said. “Through three and four, right through the middle, it just bit. I knew nobody was go­ing to catch me in that turn.”

Darrel DeFrance was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. He finished 17th in his career 25th Super Nationals appearance.

Aikey started his 17th Super Nationals Late Model main event, Greg Kastli his 16th and Todd Cooney his 11th.

Deery Series headlines opening night at Super Nationals

August 30th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa– The first champion of the 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will be crowned on opening night of America’s Racin’ Vacation at Boone Speedway.

The Monday, Sept. 1 main event for IMCA Late Models following the Deery Brothers Summer Series will be 50 laps, with a potential top prize of $4,500 and a minimum of $300 paid to start.

Point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland has won four of the first 10 series events this season, including three out of the last four. He has a 26-point advantage over Oxford’s Andy Eckrich going into the Labor Day show.

Three-time and defending Super Nationals champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls is third, another 27 points off the pace.

Qualifying for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods also gets underway Monday. Pit gates open at 9 a.m. and racing starts at 2 p.m. The Late Model main will start at approximately 9 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $20. Pit passes are $30.

Twenty-four of the 41 previous Deery events held at Boone have been in conjunction with Super Nationals. Gary Webb of Blue Grass can boast of being the divi­sion’s only four-time champion (1990, 1993, 1994 and 1996) while Aikey also owns hardware from 1995 and 2004.

Two-time champions are series ironman Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown (1992 and 2005), Todd Cooney of Des Moines (2006 and 2008) and Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill. (2009 and 2010).

Shute to defend IMCA Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational title

August 1st, 2014

BOONE, Iowa– The 2013 race winner will return to defend his Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational crown.

Todd Shute prevailed in one of – if not the – most talked about Modified events of the season during last year’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. He was one of 15 All-Stars, three from each of IMCA’s five Modified regions, elected via Facebook to the 2014 starting field for the Friday, Sept. 5 race.

Thirteen more starters will be elected, also through Facebook, from among the next top 50 vote recipients. That balloting began this afternoon and continues through the end of the business day next Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Eleven different states are represented by the initial group of All-Stars. Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., and Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., were the top three vote-wise in the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.

Calera, Okla.’s William Gould, Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas, and Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas, ran 1-2-3 in the Razor Chassis South Central Region. Jet Racing Central Region All-Star candidates were paced by Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Turpin, Okla.’s Cody Gearhart and Corey Lagroon of Salina, Kan.

Jason Murray of Hartford topped polling for the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, ahead of Shute, from Des Moines, and Robert Hellebust of Minot, N.D.

Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., had the top overall vote total and will be joined by fellow All-Stars A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., and Chris Fleming of Union Springs, N.Y., in representing the Dirt Works Eastern Region.

“All of the 120-plus drivers on the All-Star ballot earned their way there by winning a qualifying event, state or regional championship,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “Getting into the race is a little like politics, some of these guys campaigned very well and very hard.”

“It’s great to see such diversity among the All-Star starters,” he added. “It’s an outstanding snapshot of the diversity of IMCA racing in general.”

Completing the 30-car starting grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 28 who competing at Super Nationals.

First-time All-Stars are Abbey, Gearhart, Hellebust, Lagroon, Murray and A.J. Ward. Fleming, Gould, Strickler and Thornton each make their second starts in the Friday night dance while Shute is now a three-time All-Star.

Taylor and White both make their career fourth All-Star starts, Pounds and Tim Ward both their fifth.

All-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in the Fan Zone behind the main grandstands at Boone Speedway on race night. The 11th annual event pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $200 to start and is a qualifier for the 2015 ballot.

Format is familiar, fine tuning continues for Super Nationals

July 25th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – Much of the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will transpire in a format already familiar to drivers, fans in
the grandstand and XSAN viewers around the world.

You’ll have to be at Boone Speedway from Sept. 1-6 for the 32nd annual version of America’s Racin’ Vacation to see some of what’s different, however.

“There is always a need to fine tune but the format and XSAN coverage will be very similar to last year’s Super Nationals,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett
Root said. “XSAN is doing some very exciting things to extend the reach of the event.”

Nearly 300 drivers from 21 states and Canada have now pre-entered and/or submitted pit stall applications.

The entire Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model program is on Labor Day while Sport Compacts run on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational is Friday, Sept. 5.

Race of Champions events and main events for the Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods all are set for Saturday, Sept. 6.

With bonuses based on their number of sanctioned starts during the season figured in, champions’ share of Super Nationals purses will be $7,000 for the Modifieds,
$4,500 for the Late Models, $3,500 for the Stock Cars, $2,250 for the Northern SportMods, $1,850 for the Hobby Stocks and $500 for the Sport Compacts.

Winners of the Saturday main events will see their engines sold at auction immediately following the program and all four are guaranteed to go home with new power plants.

Karl Performance gives a built engine to any driver winning a Saturday championship with a claim engine. Karl Chevrolet gives a crate engine to any driver winning a Saturday crown with a crate.

Theme for the best looking car contest is a tribute to the late “Speedy” Bill Smith, founder and owner of Speedway Motors.

Drivers in all six divisions bringing tribute cars to Boone receive $100 gift cards from Speedway Motors, which marks its 20th year as title sponsor of Super Nationals in 2014.

Best appearing winners will be determined for themed Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods.

Pit gates open at 10 a.m. and pre-race tech for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods continues until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. The $10 pit pass fee will be refunded to everyone exiting the pit area by 4:30 p.m.

An open practice session for all divisions is from 5-7 p.m. The traditional pre-Super Nationals tailgate party follows, with complimentary food and beverages and a return engagement by the band Helforstout, which plays from sundown to 1 a.m. Practice admission is $10.

Once practice is complete, there will be no free admission to the pit area.

Frostbusters postponed at Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Boone, Vinton

April 1st, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – Frostbuster Week will have to wait.

Season-opening IMCA specials at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown Speedway, Boone Speedway and Benton County Speedway in Vinton have all been postponed due to weather conditions and the resulting lack of time for track preparation.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks now run Thursday, April 10 at Oskaloosa, Friday, April 11 at Marshalltown, Saturday, April 12 at Boone and Sunday, April 13 at Vinton.

All four Modified features pay $1,000 to win and are qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Northern SportMods for $400 and Hobby Stocks for $250 each night. Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the Sunday program at Vinton. Ken Schrader was slated to race with the Modifieds on the original dates but will not be able to compete at the rescheduled Frostbusters.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. at Marshalltown. Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. with hot laps at 4 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m.

Gates and the grandstand at Vinton open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance Iowa State points will be awarded each night.

All four Frostbusters will be broadcast live on XSAN.

Battle at the Barn VI Pre Entries Reach an All Time High

January 9th, 2014

Boone, IA – With the biggest indoor Coke syrup in the Midwest just weeks away, the early entries have reached an all time high.  This winter time tradition is once again set for January 24th and 25th at the Jacobson Building located on the Iowa State Fairgrounds.  With 26 different classes set to be in competition, there is always something to bring a smile to race fans in the cold of the Iowa winters.  Over the past few years, the Outlaw Lawn Mowers have continued to grow and become a fan favorite.  Along with the Lawn Mowers, fan will be thrilled with go-karts, Four Wheelers, Outlaw Three Wheelers, Outlaw Cage Carts, and Motorcycles.  The 2013 version of this event saw a record 356 entries from 11 different states in competition.

The Friday night portion of the show will see a practice session running from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  At the end of the night, there will be a special event for the 330 Clone division.  This event will be a 15 lap sprint with the top 12 from practice times going after a $200 top prize.  The Friday night race is presented by Three Wide Clothing, Assassin Tire Solutions, and Anderson Auto Body. 

The Saturday show will see a practice session starting at 11:00 a.m., heat races rolling off at 1:30 p.m., and the feature events slated for 7:00 p.m.  The feature events will start with the ever popular buddy race for pit bikes and the celebrity race with go-karts.  Another welcome addition is the Jim’s Johns Challenge for 370 Clones.  Both front row starters have the option of falling to the tail and if they can win they will receive $1,000 courtesy of Jim’s Johns.  For the Saturday night features, all youth divisions will run 12 laps and the adults will see a 15 lap feature event.  Race fans can also tune in this coming Tuesday, January 14th to pitpassmoto.com at 7:00 p.m. to hear updated information about the event.  For all official classes, entry forms and further information, please refer to www.battleatthebarn.com

Smith, Czarapata, Pruitt, VanDenBerg are Saturday night Super Nationals champions

September 11th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa– Dylan Smith heads the list of first-time champions crowned Saturday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Smith led the last 10 circuits in winning the Modified main event at Boone Speedway. Restarts erased each of Chris Mills’ big leads and helped open the door for Smith, who then had to hold off Jon Snyder following a late restart.

“I knew if we could stay in the top four we’d have a shot at it in the end,” said Smith, who earned $5,800 for his efforts, including a $3,800 Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus. “I really didn’t want to see that yellow come with two laps to go but it all worked out.”

Keith White and Shawn Kilgore completed the top four. Kilgore had started 15th.

Joining Smith on stage for the traditional Saturday champions’ photo were Brandon Czarapata, Stock Cars; Brandon Pruitt, Hobby Stocks; and Carter VanDenBerg, Northern SportMods.

Mike Nichols had checked out on everybody before the first caution came 20 laps into the 30-lap Stock Car main. Czarapata slipped past on the ensuing restart, bringing Brian Irvine along.

Irvine got loose in the second set of turns following a late restart. Jay Schmidt, 18th starting Damon Murty and Kyle Vanover rounded out the top four.

Runner-up in 2011 and 2012, Pruitt led the distance in the Hobby show despite the best efforts of Chris Luloff and David Rieks.

Luloff, Rieks and Bill Bonnett ended 2-3-4.

VanDenBerg led all 30 circuits in the SportMod main. Doug Smith ran second most of the way and finished in that position; Clint Luellen gained third for good with four laps left and Brett Lowry was fourth.

Dustin Smith topped the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for Modifieds right after brother Donavon repeated as winner of the Sunoco Face Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars.

Randy Embrey was the Karl Chevrolet Hobby Stock Race of Champions king and Bobby Anders bested the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Race of Champions for Northern SportMods, leading all 10 circuits despite a deflating front left tire.

Top finishing drivers in the main events receiving built engines were Snyder in the Modifieds, Czarapata in the Stocks, Matt Hoeft in the Northern SportMods and Luloff in the Hobbies.

Dylan Smith, VanDenBerg and Pruitt all received crates. Embrey and Anders also chose the crate in the ‘crate or cash’ option for winning their respective races of champions.

Drivers from 25 states competed at the 31st annual event, which played out in front of another full house at Boone. Somewhere north of a quarter-million dollars in purse money, and a similar amount worth of contingency awards went to the 800-plus competitors.

Super Nationals was truly international as Canadian competitors Kody Scholpp and Aaron Turnbull were seventh and ninth, respectively, in the Modified dance. Turnbull was also 12th in Saturday’s Harris RoC.

Mike Jergens did double duty on Saturday night, finishing 11th in the Stock Car feature and 33rd in the Modified go.

Mills, Snyder dominate Friday Modified qualifiers

September 8th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa– Dominating runs put Chris Mills and Jon Snyder on the podium follow­ing Modified qualifying features Friday at Boone Speedway.

Mills led every lap in the first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s qualifier. Snyder was scored in front on each of the last 19 of 25 circuits in the second show.

Ryan Watnem, defending champion Jeff Taylor and J.D. Auringer chased Mills across the stripe. The top four in the nightcap was represented by four different states as Jason Cummins, Shawn Kilgore and William Gould finished behind Snyder.

All eight drivers advance to the outside row of Saturday’s main event.

Mills was out in front early in the opener, which was red flagged on lap nine when contact with another car rolled Todd Shute in turn three. The winner of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ear­lier in the evening was OK but clearly done for the night. Watnem continued his pursuit of Mills to the checkers. The 20th starting Taylor nipped Auringer at the line for third.

Snyder passed Trent Loverude for the lead following a lap seven restart in the second qualifier. Loverude got too high the next time around and drove off after rubbing the front stretch wall. Cum­mins raced from 10th starting to second at midway.

The 14th starting Kilgore caught Gould for third on lap 17. Gould was hard-pressed but held off 2009 champion Randy Havlik for the final transfer position.

Auringer and Snyder both qualified for the Super Nationals main event for the fifth time, Taylor, Kilgore and Gould each for the third and Mills for the second. Watnem and Cummins are first-tim­ers.

Gould last made the Saturday show at Boone in 2003.

Shute is fastest in 10th annual Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

September 8th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – The closest finish in the 10-year history of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional deserved a “10.”

Todd Shute was the winner of the Friday special at Boone Speedway, racing from 14th starting to beat Chris Abelson by less than a car length in the 30-lapper.

“This ranks right up there,” said Shute, Modified champion at the 2007 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “There weren’t any sob sisters in this race. Everybody de­served to be here.”

The 30 All-Star drivers hailed from a dozen states and Canada. All had sanctioned wins of $1,000 or more in the past year, or 2012 regional or state championships to their credit.

Abelson, the 2011 race winner, Dylan Smith, William Gould and Jeff Taylor rounded out the top five. Shute’s victory was good for $1,100, including $100 in lap money, and put him on the ballot for the 2014 Invitational.

Jeremy Mills led the first 15 laps, making the high side work after starting outside the front row. A yellow flag erased his big lead on lap eight; Jimmy Gustin went off the track in turn three on lap 11 to bring out the red flag and the final stoppage of the night.

Gould passed Brad Pounds for second on the ensuing restart and inherited the lead when Mills exited on lap 17.

Shute ran second the next nine times around the oval. He led Abelson across the stripe on laps 26 and 27 as Gould got shuffled back to third and then to fourth by Smith. Abelson was scored first on the 28th lap but couldn’t keep Shute from
fighting back to the front.

“We worked really hard to win this race,” Shute said. “We’ve had a good car and I knew I was capable of winning this race. I just needed to keep the tires on it.”

Smith, Canadian Scholpp score Thursday Modified qualifiers

September 7th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa– After Dylan Smith raced his way back into the Saturday night show, Kody Scholpp raced his way into the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s history book.

Smith won Thursday’s first Modified qualifying feature at Boone Speedway, taking the lead on the ninth lap and holding off hard charger Kyle Brown. Scholpp led all 25 circuits in the nightcap, keep­ing hometown driver Kelly Lyons at bay and becoming the first Canadian driver to make the Modified main event.

“This is awesome,” Scholpp said during post-race tech. “Lyons ran me hard and he tried to stick his nose in there a couple times. I had a great car tonight and the harder I drove it the better it stuck.”

Scholpp drew the pole and led Greg Elliott, Matthew Meinecke and then the 12th starting Lyons in pulling away from the rest of the pack. Lyons moved into the runner-up spot on lap 15. Meinecke slipped by Elliott and into third two laps later.

After working his way up from seventh starting in the opener, Smith took over the front spot when leader Jon Snyder spun on lap eight.

Brown had started 22nd and raced into a transfer spot at midway. Scott Davis, a former Stock Car and SportMod champion at Super Nationals, rallied to third. Eric Dailey prevailed in his duel with Curt Lund for fourth. He’d started 13th, had
to re­start at the rear and flew around the oval, passing Lund with two to go.

The top four finishers from each qualifier will comprise the middle row of the main event on Satur­day.

Dailey will make his career fifth main event start. Lyons is in for the third time, Smith and Davis both for the second. Brown, Meinecke and Elliott join Scholpp as first-timers.

BOONE, Iowa – Justin Temeyer and Kyle Vanover took different routes to the same destina­tion Thursday at Boone Speedway.

Both won IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car qualifying features, Temeyer after a long run at the front, Vanover by stealing the lead away with five laps to go. Temeyer took the lead on the sixth of 25 laps in the opener. Trent Murphy kept it a two-car race past midway but couldn’t make up the distance. 2012 runner-up Chad
Palmer was a distant third and Michael Jaennette would complete the top four.

Vanover ran second most of the way, finally taking the front spot after a restart in the late going. 2001 champion Brian Blessington was second, rookie Heath Tulp third and Nathan Wood fourth.

The top four finishers from each feature advance to Saturday’s main event. They’ll start in the middle row. Blessington starts his 11th career main event. Temeyer is in for the ninth time and, like Murphy, has now qualified six straight years.

Palmer makes his career third start, Vanover his second and Jaennette, Tulp and Wood each their first. Both unofficial fourth place finishers were disqualified, Mike Goldsberry in post-race engine inspec­tion and Travis Shipman for an illegal flywheel.

Schmitt captures Karl Crate Clash

September 6th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – Brian Schmitt was the big winner in the winner-take-all Karl Crate Clash Thursday at Boone Speedway.

Schmitt started on the pole for the inaugural 12-lap Modified race, which saw the last-place car black­flagged at the end of each of the first 10 circuits. He then beat Ricky Stephan to the checkers in a green-white-checkered dash to earn a 604 crate engine from Chevrolet Performance and Karl Chevrolet.

Stephan was running second when lap 10 was scored and opted to restart behind Schmitt.

Twelve drivers of the 121 who entered were selected by drawing to start the Karl Crate Clash. The starting grid was determined at the Fan Zone during a track prep session. Schmitt was the first to choose a hat with the number of his starting spot inside and got the pole.

The engine is valued at $5,500.

Thornton, Allen top Modified qualifiers at Boone

September 6th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – Two first-time visitors to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s were first to the checkers in their Modified qualifying features Wednesday night at Boone Speedway.

Ricky Thornton Jr. made the trip from Arizona and led all 25 laps of the first race, winning ahead of Keith White, Johnny Saathoff and Jesse Sobbing. Allen, from Texas, took the lead on the 14th circuit in the nightcap. He beat 14th starting Chris Abelson, Adam Larson and 15th starting Mike Jergens across the stripe.

Top four finishers from each qualifier will line up on the inside row of Saturday’s main event.

Thornton was unshakeable following each of four restarts. White moved into second to stay with 10 laps to go. Sobbing held onto the final transfer spot from the 17th circuit on. White and Sobbing both advanced seven positions.

Kevin Stoa and Eric Dailey did stints at the front of the second feature field before Allen worked his way by. Larson ran second the last half of the contest while Jergens dueled with Jimmy Gustin before gaining the fourth spot with two to go.

Four former Super Nationals champions were in the field for the second show. Jimmy Gustin was seventh, Stoa was ninth, Jeff Taylor was 19th and Richie Gustin was 24th.

Joining Thornton and Allen as first-time Super Nationals qualifiers were Jergens and the rookie Sobbing. Abelson and White are both in for the second time, Larson for the fourth and Saathoff for his 13th.

Deery Series win gives Aikey third career Super Nationals crown

September 4th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – He’s been there and he’s done that, but it never stops being special. Jeff Aikey raced to his career third IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s championship, and his 60th Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win Monday night at Boone Speedway.

The IMCA Late Model victory paid $3,630, including a $630 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing bonus. After working his way up from ninth starting to second, Aikey passed Jason Rauen following a lap 29 restart. He led to the finish of the 50- lapper, holding off challenges from Justin Kay and then Ray Guss Jr. to become the first champion crowned at the 31st annual Super Nationals.

Guss looked to steal the lead away using the lower line with five laps left but Aikey made the higher groove work to perfection and pulled away to win by six car lengths. “This was a good race to win. It means a lot to me,” said Aikey, a 16-time Super Nationals qualifier and also champion in 1995 and 2004. “I knew Ray and Justin were back there but I had a lot of car tonight. It was awesome.”

Guss, Kay, hard charger Todd Cooney and Joel Callahan completed the top five. Guss and Cooney are both two-time Super Nationals champions; Cooney ended in fourth after starting 18th. Rauen started outside Callahan on the front row and led the first 28 times around the track. Point leader Brian Harris was heading the pursuit of Aikey before going pitside after a frontstretch collision. He returned, restarted 21st and raced back to eighth.

Kay and Harris have been on fire this year,” said Aikey, also the Aug. 12 winner at Des Moines. “Any time you can pass them, you’re thumping.” Andy Eckrich was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.

Super Nationals title accompanies checkers at Sept. 2 Boone Deery

August 30th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa– The winner of the next Deery Brothers Summer Series event will also be the first champion crowned at the 2013 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

The IMCA Late Model tour headlines the opening night program at Boone Speedway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2. The feature pays $3,000 to win, plus a bonus of $30 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the weekly point season, and a minimum of $300 to start.

All regular tour procedures will be followed at Super Nationals: Twenty-four cars will start the fea­ture and take the initial green flag two-wide.

Qualifying races are also on the Monday ticket for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods. Pit gates open and registration begins at 10 a.m., hot laps for those divisions are at 2 p.m. and the first heat race is at 3 p.m.

Deery drivers will hot lap at approximately 6 p.m. The Late Model main event starts at approximately 10 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Thirty-nine previous series events have been held at Boone, the first in conjunction with Super Nationals in 1988.

Super Nationals is the 13th of 17 dates on the 2013 Deery schedule.

The 27th annual tour concludes with dates Sept. 13 and 14 at Farley Speedway during the Yan­kee Dirt Track Classic, Sept. 20 at Independence Motor Speedway and Sept. 21 at Davenport Speedway.

Memorial Day Deery at Boone Rained Out

May 27th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – The Memorial Day Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Boone Speedway has been canceled due to rain.

What will now be the fifth date of the 2013 series for IMCA Late Models will be the $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start show on Tuesday, June 4 at Hamilton County Speedway.

The Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds is on the same program at Webster City.

The Deery Series returns to Boone on Monday, Sept. 2, opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Deery Series returns to Boone for Memorial Day show

May 26th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – One of the most popular destinations for the Deery Brothers Summer Series rolls out the red carpet for touring IMCA Late Models for the 40th time on Memorial Day.

Boone Speedway welcomes the top Late Model drivers in the Midwest for a $3,000 to win, mini­mum $300 to start show on Monday, May 27. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 2 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing is at 5 p.m. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mod Lites complete the card and there is no entry fee for those divisions.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $30.

The Deery Series made its first appearance at Boone in 1988 and Memorial Day Deery programs date back to 2001.

Gary Webb of Blue Grass leads all drivers with five career series wins at Boone. Jeff Aikey of Ce­dar Falls and Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., are both three-time winners there, Guss having accom­plished the feat in consecutive events.

Marshalltown’s Darrel DeFrance has competed at all 408 events in series history, winning at Boone in 1992 and 2005. Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., won both Deery events held there last year.

Guss is a two-time series winner so far this season while Denny Eckrich of Tiffin and point leader Brian Harris of Davenport have each won once.

Boone hosts a second holiday show for the Deery Series on Labor Day, Sept. 2. That’s opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. May 27 is also Budweiser Night at Boone Speedway.

Bushore gives cash awards to top drivers in three IMCA divisions

May 16th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa– Bushore Racing Enterprises continues cash awards totaling $1,500 for drivers in three IMCA divisions this season.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers competing with Bushore-manufactured transmissions are in the running.

Top eligible drivers, based on final national point standings for each division, get $300. Runners-up receive $200.

“In these three divisions last season, Bushore powerglides were under the car for two national champions and a national runner-up and continue to be the transmission of choice for many of the top drivers in IMCA competition,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “They are our fourth longest tenured sponsor and we are proud of a relationship that has lasted longer than most sanctioning bodies have been in business.”

All Bushore checks will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.

Located in Boone, Iowa, Bushore also sells high performance parts. The 2013 season is Bushore’s 22nd as an IMCA partner.

Information about Bushore products and services is available by calling 515 432-8130 and at the www.bushoreracing.com website.

Gustin bags big Frostbuster bucks at Boone

April 9th, 2013

BOONE, Iowa – The track where he’s already enjoyed so much success saw Jimmy Gustin back in victory lane Saturday night.

Gustin topped the $1,000 to win Frostbuster main event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Boone Speedway. He chased down Cale Sponsler, who had jumped out to the early lead and looked to be cruising until lapped traffic became a factor.

Gustin almost grabbed the lead when the yellow flag came out on lap 14; he made good on those efforts to get by Sponsler two trips around the track later and led to the finish of the 25-lapper.

Already qualified for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin also earned another $500 as winner of the Harris Auto Racing King of the Hill event.

Sponsler, Jeremy Christians, Mike Van Genderen and Luke Wanninger rounded out the top five.

One hundred and ninety cars were entered for night three of IMCA’s Frostbuster Week.

Wayne Gifford was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, Minnesota hotshoe Trevor Holm took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers and Andy Tiernan won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.

Craig Carlson led the first nine laps of the Stock Car feature before breaking. Dustin Vis and Mike Goldsberry both did stints at the front before Gifford got by.

Goldsberry came home second and Jerry Gifford was third. Michael Murphy got by Vis for fourth.

After Jason Kohl rolled off turn three on the first circuit, the Hobby Stock feature ran 15 laps without interruption and Holm led them all.

Shane Slezak, Tyler Pickett, Shawn Slezak and Richard Yaw II finished second through fifth, respectively.

Jared Hansen pulled away from the rest of the Northern SportMod field before encountering lapped traffic, which helped Ty Luellen, Tiernan and Rocky Caudle catch up. Tiernan made his move on Hansen on lap 13 to take the lead, then held on
following a lap 17 restart.

Hansen, Luellen, Caudle and Cory Rose completed the top five.

The next Frostbuster is Sunday at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa hosts its rescheduled event on Wednesday, April 10.

Boone Speedway will get underway with weekly track points on Saturday, April 13.

Frostbuster specials start season at five IMCA tracks

March 30th, 2013

VINTON, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified features pay $1,000 to win at season-opening Frostbuster specials at Southern Iowa Speedway, Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway, Marshalltown Speedway, Boone Speedway and Benton County Speedway.

Modified main events on Wednesday, April 3 at Oskaloosa, Thursday, April 4 at Des Moines, Friday, April 5 at Marshalltown, Saturday, April 6 at Boone and Sunday, April 7 at Vinton are qualifiers for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 each night. Mach-1 Sport Compact are also on the card at Vinton.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance Iowa state points will be given at all five shows.

Entry fees each night are $30 for Modifieds, $25 for Stock Cars and $20 for SportMods and for Hobby Stocks. Pit passes are $25.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Oskaloosa. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. at both Des Moines and Marshalltown.

Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. with hot laps at 4 p.m. and racing at 5 p.m.

Gates and the grandstand at Vinton open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 4:30 p.m.

One-way radio receivers, NitroBee or RACEceivers, are required in each division at all five tracks.

More information about the respective Frostbusters is available from SIS promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330, Iowa State Fairgrounds and Benton County promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, Marshalltown promoter Toby Kruse at 515 432-4703 and Boone promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220.

The regular point season starts April 10 at Oskaloosa, April 12 at Des Moines and at Marshalltown, April 13 at Boone and April 14 at Vinton.

Former track champion is new Boone County promoter

January 27th, 2013

ALBION, Neb. – A former track champion is the new promoter this season at Boone County Speedway.

Bryan Molt, a nine-year veteran of the hobby stock and limited late model classes at Albion, takes charge of the 3/8-mile dirt oval, a weekly fixture with IMCA since 1995.

“This is my home track,” said Molt, the hobby stock champion at Boone County in 2007 and 2008, and a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a journalism degree emphasizing public relations, marketing and advertising. “With my background in racing and education, I felt this was the right opportunity and the right time to jump on board.”

Boone County will add IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars while the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all return to Friday programs.

The IMCA Stock Cars will replace a local street stock class.

“Sanctioning the Stock Cars means drivers in that division can also earn national, regional and state recognition,” explained Molt. “A lot of our street stock drivers will be able to come here and race and be competitive. They’ll be able to race for points at other sanctioned tracks, too, because they know their cars will be legal.”

Opening night is May 3. Season championships are set for Aug. 30.

A $500 to win feature for Sport Compacts is on the schedule for the opener. Boone County Speedway is off July 5 and ends the season with a higher purse for the Budweiser Shootout.

“We’re really going to do everything we can to create a fun atmosphere. We want this track to be a place parents want to bring their kids and everyone has a good time,” Molt said. “There’s a lot of history at Boone County, and a lot of fans and drivers keep coming back because they want to continue being part of that. We want to make even more history this year.”

Taylor is Modified champion at record-setting IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals

September 13th, 2012
BOONE, Iowa – Jeff Taylor made history during another record-setting IMCA
Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Taylor chased Brandon Blochlinger much of the way before finally catching up and
leading the last two laps for the Modified main event win Saturday evening at Boone
Speedway. He became the first driver from Arkansas to win a Super Nationals
championship in any division.

“The last time I left here was on a tractor and I wasn’t farming. It was pretty
ugly,” Taylor said. “We came back to Super Nationals with the goal of getting back
into the show and I had an awe­some car to do it with.”

“I built it and raced it at the Duel In The Desert in Las Vegas last year,” he
added. “I may park it in my yard now. I don’t know if I ever want to get rid of it.”

Blochlinger ended in second after a long run at the front of the 40-lapper. Early
leader Kyle Strick­ler was third and Brandon Beckendorf completed the out-of-state
top four.

Twenty-six states and Canada were represented in the record 872 entries for the 30th
annual Su­per Nationals. Two new divisional records were set with 191 Stock Cars and
55 Mach-1 Sport Compacts; another divisional record was equaled with 153 Hobby
Stocks.

Completing the car count totals were 251 Modifieds, 180 Karl Chevrolet Northern
SportMods and 42 Late Models.

Also reigning as Super Nationals champions on Saturday were Donavon Smith in the
Stock Cars and Shannon Anderson in the Hobby Stocks, both for the second time, and
16-year-old Nick Rob­erts in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

A high school junior, Roberts led green to checkers in becoming the youngest
champion in Super Nationals history. He held off Troy Jerovetz and Cory Rose before
Jesse Sobbing challenged late.

Sobbing made his charge toward the front after be­ing involved in a lap nine yellow
and restarting at the rear. The previous youngest champion had been Scott Anderson
of Mason City, who was 18 when he won the Hobby Stock title in 1999.

Chad Palmer led the first 22 laps before Smith reeled him in and led the last eight
times around the track in the Stock Car show. Also champion in 2009, Smith became
the first driver to win the main event and Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions the
same year.

Anderson dominated the Hobby Stock feature from the onset, running away with the
30-lapper. The race ran without caution and there was no catching Anderson, who was
into lapped traffic by midway and took the checkers half a straightaway ahead of
Brandon Pruitt.

Also Super Nation­als champion in 2009, Anderson equaled his father Jeff’s career
total at Boone in the Stock Car divi­sion.

Kevin Stoa led all 12 laps in winning the Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of
Champions a se­cond time.

James Kleinheksel passed Joel Rust for the lead on the eighth of 10 laps and led to
the finish of the Arnold Motor Supply Race of Champions for Northern SportMods. Adam
Armstrong led all 10 laps and became the first non-Iowan to win the Arnold Motor
Supply Hobby Stock Race of Champions.

Mike Murphy Jr. had won the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature for Late Models on
opening night Sept. 3. Jacob Ellithorpe topped the Sport Compact main event the next
evening.

Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winner was Jordan Grabouski. Mark Elliott
raced from the 30th starting spot to finish a close second.

Total purse for Super Nationals is approximately $275,000. Another $70,000 in
contingency awards were given.

Championship shares of the purse, including Weekly Racing Bonuses, were $2,700 for
Taylor, $2,600 for Murphy, $2,550 for Smith, $2,250 for Roberts, $1,850 for
Anderson and $310 for El­lithorpe. Race of champions’ shares, including lap money,
were $2,200 for Stoa, $1,250 for Smith, $800 for Armstrong and $750 for
Kleinheksel. Grabouski’s All-Star win was good for $1,750.

The Modified main event paid a minimum of $1,000 to start.

Reitzler races to final front row Stock Car start

September 10th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Racing around a lapped car coming to the Friday checkers, Todd Reitzler raced his way onto the front row Saturday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als.

Chased by Marcus Fagan, Reitzler earned the outside pole of the Stock Car main event with a deft move down the front straightaway. He was one of four drivers doing time at the front of a qualify­ing feature that had cars running three-wide and more for much of its 25 laps.

Jim Larson led 10 of those circuits and ended in third. The rest of the top eight advancing to the big show were Shawn Havel, Stefan Sybesma, Luke Sathoff, Dean Wray and Devin Snellen­berger.

Larson took the point from Perry Misner on the third lap. Three cautions near midway kept the field close before a Larson bobble opened the door for Sybesma.

Reitzler took charge the next time around; Fagan ran second the last nine laps. Havel and Snellen­berger both qualified after advancing 18 positions.

Sybesma will start the Stock Car main event at Super Nationals for the third time, Fagan for the second. The addition of Reitzler, Larson, Havel, Sathoff, Wray and Snellenberger puts the num­ber of first-time qualifiers for the division at 11.

Larson joins his son Dustin in the Saturday field while Snellenberger follows in the Super Nation­als footsteps of his father Rod, a four-time qualifier for the main event.

Final Modified qualifier falls to Bushore

September 10th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Joel Bushore will return to the front row of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals main event, after winning his Friday night Modified qualifying feature.

Bushore passed race long leader Chad Porter with three circuits left in the 25-lapper. Both drivers maintained control after contact the next time around, then Bushore pulled ahead in the race to the checkers.

Lining up behind Bushore and Porter on the outside row will be Brandon Beckendorf, Mark Elliott, Matt Bonine, Chris Fleming, Chevy Hadan and Jeff Stephens.

Porter drew the pole start and brought Beckendorf and Bushore along in checking out on the field by midway. Bushore passed both Porter and Beckendorf with what played out to be the winning move.

The second and final caution of the night came out on lap nine so the contest ended with a lengthy green flag run.

Elliott had raced from 28th to second in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitation race earlier in the even­ing. He advanced 10 spots to finish fourth in the qualifier and advance to his seventh consecutive Modified main event.

Hadan is in for the third time, Bonine Bushore and Stephens each for the second. Porter, Fleming and Beckendorf are each first-time qualifiers.

Grabouski holds off hard-charging Elliott for Fast Shafts All-Star checkers

September 9th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Drivers who took the initial green flag from the front and back rows im­pressed at Friday’s headline event during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Jordan Grabouski started in the middle of the front row and led every lap of the 30-lap special event for IMCA Modifieds at Boone Speedway.

Mark Elliott started last in the field of 30, used a midrace restart to race into the top three and nearly pulled even for the lead with three laps remaining.

IMCA’s defending national champion, Grabouski held on to win by little more than a car length. He earned $1,000 plus another $750 in lap money for his flag to flag efforts.

The win also puts him on the ballot for next year’s All-Star race.

“Starting up front obviously helps in a race with this many good drivers,” Grabouski said. “Mark did a heck of a job coming from 30th. I couldn’t have done it.”

Dustin Smith, Todd Dart and Jeremy Mills rounded out the top five. Mills was in a borrowed ride after rolling his own in heat race action earlier in the evening.

Jeremy Frenier started on the pole and was scored second on the each of the first two laps. Back-to-back yellows came out on laps three and four before Frenier and Dart began swapping the second spot.

Frenier secured the position and threatened Grabouski’s hold on the front, but saw his run end in a puff of smoke and came to rest on the top of turn two. Elliott was in third when the next lap was scored and passed Smith for second right
at the stripe on lap 20.

The front pair pulled away from that point, Elliott coming up just short in his still remarkable bid.

“I could see him coming out of (turn) four and I knew I had to get down further on the track,” Grabouski said afterwatds, trophy in hand. “I was just trying to protect what I had. Hats off to Mark for racing me clean.”

Twenty-eight starters were elected through Facebook and IMCA website voting. Rounding out the field were Frenier, the top driver in national points, and Cory Sample, the driver with the most fea­ture wins not already in the field.

All-Star candidates included winners of sanctioned Modified events paying $1,000 or more to win and 2011 national, regional and state champions.

J.J. Wise had been elected to the All-Star field but was injured in an accident and unable to com­pete. He did the draw for starting positions, then waved a green flag autographed by his fellow All-Stars to start the race.

Palmer promoted to first following Thursday’s Stock Car qualifier

September 9th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – The second driver across the finish line in Thursday’s qualifier will get a front row starting spot in Saturday’s Stock Car main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Chad Palmer was promoted to first after Sean Johnson failed post-race tech inspection at Boone Speedway. The defending Super Nationals champion was disqualified for an illegal carburetor part.

Palmer will start at the front of the middle row Saturday evening. The rest of Thursday’s top eight lining up behind him will include Jared Dirks, Shawn Wagner, Dustin Larson, Brandon Czarapata, Lynn Panos, Justin Temeyer and Shay Curtin.

A single caution slowed the 25-lap qualifier, which came down to a two-car race with a lapped car in the mix on the final circuit. Palmer had run a strong second the last 10 times around the track.

The lack of yellows gave plenty of opportunity for passing: Larson moved up 10 positions, Panos 12, Temeyer 13, Curtin 14 and Czarapata 15.

Czarapata and Temeyer will both make their eighth career main event starts. Palmer, Dirks, Lar­son, Panos and Curtin are all in for the second time while Wagner makes his first Saturday night appearance.

Faster than lightning, Strickler bolts to Modified qualifying win

September 9th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Kyle Strickler beat his competition on the track and the Modified qualifying feature beat the weather Thursday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Strickler topped the abbreviated feature, shortened because of time and threatening weather conditions. His victory puts the North Carolina driver at the front of the inside row for Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway.

Thursday’s top eight finishers represented five different states. Lining up behind Strickler in the big show will be Jay Noteboom, Jeff Taylor, Dylan Smith, Ricky Alvarado, Cale Sponsler, Zane DeVilbiss and Michael Reichart. Noteboom has now made the main event eight times, Sponsler four times and Taylor twice.

First-time qualifiers are Strickler, Smith, Alvarado, DeVilbiss and Reichart. Drivers from 13 different states won Modified heat races on Thursday night to advance to the qualifier.

Blochlinger is best in Wednesday night Modified qualifier at Boone

September 8th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Brandon Blochlinger will get another shot at the most coveted title in dirt track racing.

And he’ll get it from the pole. Blochlinger led all 25 laps of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals Modified qualifying fea­ture Wednesday night. He will start at the front of the inside row in the big dance on Saturday night at Boone Speedway.

The Concordia, Kan., clipper led much of the way in the 2010 main event before falling by the wayside with mechanical woes. Blochlinger clearly had the fastest car on the track Wednesday, checking out before a series of mid-race cautions and then pulling away again on each of the ensuing restarts. Josh Most ran second most of the way before giving way briefly to Troy Cordes, who made the best run at Blochlinger before Most regained the runner-up spot.

The rest of the top eight finishers advancing to the main event were J.D. Auringer, Ronn Lau­ritzen, Jordan Grabouski, Josh Sherbon and 2007 champion Todd Shute, who made his way from the 29th starting spot. Lauritzen advanced 13 positions, Cordes 10 to qualify.

Cordes will star his ninth Super Nationals main event on Saturday, Shute his sixth and Auringer his fourth. Blochlinger and Grabouski are both in for the second time, Most, Lauritzen and Sherbon all for the first time.

Smith is first in photo finish for Stock Cars

September 8th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Inches made the difference when Donavon Smith won the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals Stock Car championship in 2009. That modest margin of victory was the same in Wednesday night’s qualifying feature at Boone Speedway.

Electronic timing showed Smith beat Dan Mackenthun to the checkers by all of .043 of a second in the race for the pole start in Saturday’s main event. Wayne Gifford was third, a similar fraction of a second behind Mackenthun. Smith had started the 25-lapper from the 16th spot, Mackenthun from 11th.The rest of the top eight finishers advancing to Saturday’s inside row are Casey Werkmeister, Trent Murphy, Jason Ward, Jason DeShaw and Abe Huls.

Werkmeister led the first 17 circuits. Both Gifford and Smith drove by following a lap 18 restart. Two-time Super Nationals champion Jeff Anderson had started on the pole, ran in the top four most of the way and, along with Damon Murty, got caught up and slowed down in traffic on lap 21. Gifford was a half a car length ahead of Smith taking the white flag. The finish was so close that just a second separated first from fifth place.

Smith will start his sixth straight main event and Murphy his fifth consecutive feature on Saturday night. Mackenthun and Ward are now three-time qualifiers. Gifford, Werkmeister, DeShaw and Huls all are in the Stock Car show for the first
time. Huls is the first driver from Illinois to qualify for the Stock Car main at Super Nationals.

Ellithorpe goes from Super Nationals spectator to Sport Compact champion

September 7th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Jacob Ellithorpe came to watch when the Mach-1 Sport Compact division joined the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals program of events last September.

He came to Boone Speedway to win when the 4-cylinder class returned for its second Super Nationals appearance on Tuesday night. Ellithorpe worked his way up from 15th in the initial grid and capitalized on a restart with five circuits left, staying in front to the finish of the fast-paced 25-lapper.

Brad Chandler led much of the way and ended in second. Mick Rykhus also took his turn at the head of the pack before crossing the stripe third. Rounding out the top five were Tyler Whalen and Cameron Meyer. Fifty-five Sport Compacts competed, six more than during the division debut in 2011.

“After starting 15th, I was thinking that finishing anywhere in the top five would be pretty good,” said Ellithorpe, who earned $250 plus a $60 IMCA Weekly Racing Bonus for the victory. “I never thought I would be able to run the bottom of the track like that.”

While defending champion Nathan Chandler exited early for the infield, Brad Chandler needed only a single circuit to race from eighth starting into the lead. Mitch Bolton and Meyer chased him much of the night.

The pack got stacked up when Chandler missed a gear on a restart with six to go. Rykhus and the 24th starting Whalen got by before another quick yellow came out.

The next restart was Ellithorpe’s time to shine as he made what proved to be the winning move all the way from inside row three. Chandler caught Whalen for second but couldn’t make up the rest of the distance.

Ellithorpe took he checkers some five car lengths ahead of Chandler.

“The Chandlers are top of the line around this part of Iowa,” noted Ellithorpe. “It’s always an accomplishment when you can beat them.”

Seventeen of the 30 drivers in the main event field came from out-of-state.

Deery Series winner Murphy earns first Super Nationals crown

September 6th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Once he got to the front, Mike Murphy Jr. knew he had to protect the bot­tom. He did, and as a result the Late Model driver from Colona, Ill., became the first champion crowned at the 30th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Murphy started 22nd in Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event after winning his “B” feature. He was running second by lap 14 and took the lead for good on the 34th of 50 laps after Jason Utter’s otherwise exceptional run came to halt on the top of turn three at Boone Speed­way. Andy Eckrich led early on, restarted in the rear after getting together with a lapped car on the 13th circuit and raced his way back to second. Eckrich pulled within a car length as the race wound down be­fore Murphy put some distance on to take the checkers comfortably ahead..

Series point leader Jeff Aikey, Darrel DeFrance and Ray Guss Jr., all two-time Super Nationals champions, rounded out the top five. “I couldn’t believe that I didn’t get involved in any of the early yellows and that I was able to get through lapped traffic. It was one of those meant to be things,” Murphy said. “From the race here on Memo­rial Day, I knew I had to protect the bottom late in the race. I didn’t want any of those guys to fly by me.”

Murphy earned $2,000 for the win, along with a $600 Weekly Racing Bonus.

“With the prestige of IMCA, this is the race to win,” he said. “It’s pretty neat to be able to add my name to the list of champions.”

DeFrance started on the pole and led the first two laps before giving way to Jason Hahne. Utter took charge on lap five and brought Hahne and Eckrich along in pulling away from the pack, Eckrich edged ahead in lapped traffic but restarted at the back after the frontstretch mishap on lap 13.

Utter and Murphy crossed the stripe in a virtual dead heat before Utter’s night ended early on the other side of the track. Aikey, Craig Jacobs, Guss and DeFrance all did their best to stay close but none could find a way to chal­lenge for the lead.

Joel Callahan was also involved in an early race incident, restarted at the back and charged back to eighth.

DeFrance started on the pole in his 401st consecutive Deery event and received numerous contin­gency awards, including a set of heads from Brodix. Eckrich was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.

Qualifiers Murphy, Eckrich, Aikey, DeFrance, Guss, Callahan, Justin Kay and Jay Johnson all earned $99 Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge perfect attendance cash bonuses.

Thirty cars started the Labor Day headliner. It’s the first time any Deery race has started three rows wide and 10 rows deep.

Seven drivers made their career first Super Nationals main event starts on Monday, among them Willie Gammill, the first driver from Arkansas to qualify for the Late Model show.

Murphy had qualified for the main event at Boone once before, finishing ninth in 2006.

Berry fills Fast Shafts All-Star spot for injured Wise

August 22nd, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Hank Berry has been named to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational field. The Sidney, Mont., veteran takes the place of J.J. Wise of Manly, who was injured when hit in the visor of his helmet by a chunk of dirt during Sunday’s IMCA Modified event at I-35 Speedway in Mason City. The All-Star race will be held Friday, Sept. 7 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals at Boone Speedway. Thirty cars will still comprise the starting grid.

“We hope that J.J. can attend that evening as an honorary All-Star,” IMCA Vice President of Opera­tions Brett Root said. “He will be introduced during the pre-race ceremony and his name will remain on the All-Star T-shirt.”

Wise had been one of 13 drivers elected via voting conducted through the IMCA Facebook page to the All-Star field. Berry had the next highest vote total. Both drivers made their career first All-Star Invitational appearances last year. Berry finished 13th, Wise 14th.

The last two spots in the All-Star field will be filled by top drivers in national points and in feature wins in attendance at Super Nationals. Top two in national points pre-registered are Jeremy Frenier and Tyler Iverson. Feature win lead­ers, as of Aug. 17, were Cory Sample with 15 and Frenier with 14.

New look guaranteed for 30th IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals

August 18th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – The 30th anniversary event is guaranteed to feature everything you’ve come to expect at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals. And then some.

From the Sunday Night Tailgate party that precedes the Sept. 3-8 dirt track racing extravaganza at Boone Speedway to expanded United States Air Force Fan Zone activities during the week and bigger main event fields, Super Nationals is a lock to have something for everyone.

“We are doing everything we can to make Super Nationals an enjoyable experience for our drivers, fans and sponsors,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “Super Nationals is really an experience that is fun to be part of and we want to build on that.” “This is America’s Racin’ Vacation,” he continued. “When racers and race fans plan their vacation, we want them to make Boone Speedway their destination.”

Nearly 450 drivers from 26 states and Canada have already confirmed that they’ll race at Super Nationals. That number includes pre-registered drivers, those who have reserved pit parking and starters in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

“Early registration numbers are the highest they have ever been. That’s usually a good indication of the overall car count,” noted Root. “It’s very possible we could top last year’s record 843 entries.”

The pit area will be cozier with the expansion of Manufacturer’s Row. Thirty-three sponsors are already confirmed that they’ll set up shop at Boone Speedway during the week, necessitating that expansion.

Tech inspection for early arrivals begins at approximately 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. The party, with complimentary chili and beverages, along with music provided by rock and roll band Helforstout, starts at 8 p.m.

Numerous autograph sessions, presentations of special awards and a card game or two are in the works at the Fan Zone, south of the main grandstand. While meeting and greeting with fans, several drivers will tell about various charitable causes they’re racing on behalf of.

In conjunction with the 30th anniversary of Super Nationals, main event fields for the Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Models on opening night and the Mach-1 Sport Compacts on Sept. 4 have been expanded to 30 cars.

Thirty cars will also start qualifying features for Modifieds, Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods on Sept 8; a last-chance feature on Saturday is new for Stock Cars, adding the final six qualifiers to that evening’s main event grid.

With maximum Weekly Racing Bonus amounts included, the Modified champion could earn $7,000, the Late Model and Stock Car champions both $3,500, the SportMod champion $2,250, the Hobby Stock champion $1,850 and the Sport Compact champion $500.

Total purse for Super Nationals will be upwards of $275,000 with another $70,000 in contingency awards and $6,000 in lap money to be paid out.

And for the first time, fans who can’t swing the trip to Boone can get complete lap-by-lap coverage from the comfort of their own home, available live on XSAN Pay Per View.

Super Nationals Modified main event pays $1,000 to start

July 28th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – Drivers qualifying for the most prestigious Modified race in the country will have more to show for their accomplishment this September. All of the 33 drivers who take the green flag in the Saturday, Sept. 8 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals main event at Boone Speedway will earn a minimum of $1,000.

That amount does not include money from qualifying events earlier in the week, any contingency awards, or proceeds from the auction of the first-place engine distributed equally to all other drivers in the starting field. “This is the biggest Modified event in the country and the guaranteed start money for the feature should reflect that,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “We had been at or close to $1,000 to start for some years when engine auction money was factored in, but those amounts declined when we got away from the automatic claim of the second, third and fourth-place finishers.”

The winner gets a top check of $2,000, plus $100 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the current point season, making for a possible $7,000 payday. Winners of the Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main events at the 30th annual Super Nationals will also be claimed. All other drivers in those respective races will receive equal shares of auction proceeds.

SportMod and Hobby Stock winners will be claimed regardless of whether they compete with a crate or claim engine. Champions in either division competing with a crate will receive a new crate engine from GM at the track that evening.
Pre-registration for all divisions can be completed by downloading the entry form, posted on both the www.imca.com and www.raceboone.com websites, or by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.

Pit stall reservations for the Sept. 3-8 Super Nationals can also be handled by calling IMCA. Camping arrangements can be made by calling the Boone Speedway office at 515 987-1220.

Pre-tech runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2 at the track. A tailgate party follows, featuring a live band and complimentary food and beverages. Officials anticipate the party will start shortly after inspection concludes.

All six Super Nationals champions will receive payouts ($2,000 for Modifieds and Late Models, $1,000 for Stock Cars and Northern SportMods, $600 for Hobby Stocks and $250 for Sport Compacts) before leaving Boone Speedway.

Bonuses, paid for each of as many starts, are $50 for the Stock Car champion, $30 for the Late Model champion, $25 for both the Northern SportMod and Hobby Stock champions, and $5 for the Sport Compact champion.

Those checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.

Air Force enlists as Fan Zone sponsor at IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals

July 2nd, 2012

BOONE, Iowa (June 30) – The new associate sponsor for the 30th annual event will have a very high profile presence at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

The United States Air Force becomes title sponsor of the Fan Zone, on the south side of the main grandstand, throughout the week of the Sept. 3-8 Super Nationals at Boone Speedway. Equally of note, a flyover is in the planning stages during the playing of the National Anthem on Saturday night.

“This is as much an awareness campaign as recruitment,” explained Technical Sergeant David McCarrison, stationed with the 343rd Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. “A lot of demographics attend Super Nationals – kids, teenagers and parents – and this is one way we can get the word out about careers in the Air Force.”

The X-1 Super Car, a Ford Mustang tricked out by a team of airmen with help from Galpin Auto Sports, will be on display during the week. In addition to an interior that replicates a cockpit and an ejection seat from a F-16 jet fighter, the X-1 comes equipped with all the bells and whistles to help showcase Air Force ingenuity and state of the art technology.

Accompanying the Super Car is a 38-foot trailer with interactive kiosks that will allow race fans to learn more about the Air Force and career opportunities in the USAF.

“Super Nationals also gives us the opportunity to do some public relations,” Sergeant McCarrison said. “It’s a week when we can let taxpayers know how their money is being spent.”

Activities in the Air Force Fan Zone during Super Nationals also include autograph sessions, race car displays and Race of Champions qualifier card games.

The IMCA souvenir trailer, race car simulator and jet dryer will be located nearby as well.

“Partnering with the United States Air Force is quite an honor and we plan on doing everything we can to present an event that warrants their support,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “We’ve been planning some pretty special elements unique to the IMCA Super Nationals for a while now and I am excited to unveil them in Boone.

30 the number to know for Sept. 3-8 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals

July 1st, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – One of the most important numbers at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals is 30.

The Sept. 3-8 event at Boone Speedway is the 30th in Super Nationals history. As such, main event fields have been expanded to 30 cars for the Late Models and Sport Compacts.

Qualifying features for Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will also start 30 with top eight finishers advancing to main events.

“There have not been that many changes to the format of Super Nationals over the years,” noted IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “The number of heats held each night in different divisions will be determined by car counts, which
obviously we won’t know until Super Nationals starts.”

“One thing we do know is that Late Models will start three-wide in the Deery Brothers Summer Series show on opening night,” he added.

Stock Car, Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod main events will continue to start 30 cars; 33 Modifieds again take the green flag in the big show on Saturday.

No change was made in the number of cars starting any Race of Champions event. Two qualifying features for Hobby Stocks and one for Northern SportMods will be held on Monday and two qualifiers for SportMods and one for Hobby Stocks on Tuesday. Each of those races send eight cars to Saturday’s main event.

The top 30 in points for each division will be entered in a last-chance qualifier on Wednesday to determine the final six starting positions. Stock Cars and Modifieds determine their respective inside row of eight on Wednesday, middle row of eight on Thursday and outside row of eight on Friday.

A final last chance race is new for the Stock Cars and will add six cars to the back of the lineup on Saturday. The Modified field will be completed with the addition of nine cars from last chance heats and features Saturday. The Friday, Sept. 7 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational will also start 30 Modifieds. Twenty cars took the green in that event last year.

Winning the Modified championship at Super Nationals could be worth as much as $7,000. That amount includes a minimum of $2,000 plus a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the season, coined the IMCA Weekly Racing Bonus.

The Late Model champion earns $2,000 plus a bonus of as much as $1,500; The Stock Car champion earns $1,000 and as much as $2,500 in bonus money; the Northern SportMod champion $1,000 and as much as $1,250; the Hobby Stock champion $600 and as much as $1,250; and the Mach-1 Sport Compact champion $250 and as much as an additional $250.

Drivers in all six divisions can pre-enter now by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201 or online at www.imca.com or www.raceboone.com.

Early registration deadline is Aug.24.

Information about pit parking, camping and overnight accommodations is posted on the same sites.

Murphy adds Memorial Day hardware to growing collection of Deery Series trophies

May 31st, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – At this rate, Mike Murphy Jr. is going to have to build a bigger display case.

Murphy added another Deery Brothers Summer Series trophy to his collection on Monday, lead­ing all 40 laps of the Memorial Day feature at Boone Speedway.

The $2,000 IMCA Late Model tour victory, Murphy’s third of the season and career fourth, came despite the best efforts of Tyler Bruening and Jeff Aikey following a trio of restarts with two laps to go.

After drawing the outside row one start, the series point leader found the fast lower line and caught up to the back of the field by the 10th circuit.

Both Bruening and Aikey chased Murphy into lapped traffic. Bruening pulled alongside for a cou­ple laps but was never able to get past and settled in on the leader’s back bumper.

Laps clicked off quickly before the three late yellows, the last two of which involved multi-car inci­dents. Aikey tried a higher after the final restart but couldn’t catch Murphy or Bruening.

Ray Guss Jr., winner of the Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing, and Luke Goedert rounded out the top five. Drake Ostrom was ninth in his career first Deery feature start.

Murphy is the only multiple winner through seven tour events this season. He’s also the 11th differ­ent driver to win a Memorial Day feature at Boone in the last 12 years.

Next up for the Deery Brothers Summer Series is the Tuesday, June 12 show at Cedar County Raceway; the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds is also at Tipton that even­ing.

Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Other feature winners on Memorial Day at Boone were Michael Murphy in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Daniel Tasler in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and John Watson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Boone Memorial Day show is next for Deery Series

May 24th, 2012

BOONE, Iowa – IMCA Late Model drivers following the Deery Brothers Summer Series travel to Boone Speedway for their traditional Memorial Day show. The Monday, May 28 main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start.

This is the 12th consecutive year Boone has hosted the series on Memorial Day. Ten different drivers have won holiday headliners, most recently Andy Eckrich of Oxford, second in the current point standings to Colona, Ill.’s Mike Murphy Jr. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.

Also on the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMods. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $25.

In all, the Deery Series has made 37 previous visits to Boone, 23 of those races in conjunction with the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals.

Gary Webb of Blue Grass is a four-time winner at Boone, with each of those victories coming at Super Nationals. Jeff Aikey of Waterloo earned three of his series-best 55 career wins there; two-time defending Deery champion Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., topped three straight events.

Murphy owns two Deery wins so far this season. Andy Eckrich, Guss and Darrel DeFrance of Mar­shalltown made checkered flag runs of their own before Denny Eckrich of Tiffin won for the first time in his brief series career Tuesday night at Marshalltown.

The eighth of 20 events on the 2012 schedule is Tuesday, June 12, when Cedar County Race­way at Tipton hosts both the Deery Series and the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds.

IMCA Mach-1 Sport Compacts join Friday card at Boone County

January 17th, 2012

ALBION, Neb. – A fourth IMCA division will run at Boone County Raceway this season, with the addition of Mach-1 Sport Compacts to Friday evening programs.

The 4-cylinder class will be featured three times a month. The first night for points at Albion is April 27, with season championship night slated for Aug. 24.

“We ran this class three or four times non-sanctioned last year,” said co-promoter Dennis Krohn. “Sport Compacts are economical and a good entry-level division. There’s a lot of interest here in this class.”

Boone County has been a Nebraska fixture for IMCA Modifieds since 1995, adding the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in 2010 and the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods last year.

Local track points earned in all four divisions at Albion figure toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national championships. Boone County is part of IMCA’s Central Region for Modifieds and the Probe Industries Northern Region for Hobby
Stocks.

Richie Gustin Wins IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex finale

September 13th, 2011

Boone, IA – Richie Gustin simply dominated the field of 241 IMCA Modifieds in this years Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex. After scoring an opening night qualifying feature win on Wednesday, earning the pole of the 33 car, 40 lap feature, Gustin went on to lead all 40 laps in his Skyrocket chassis and earn $5,700 for his victory. “This is awesome,” Gustin said after he took the checkered flags as fans stood and cheered loudly at the packed house at Boone Speedway. “This is what it’s all about right here,” he said after his victory.

Gustin held off a charge by his brother and defending Super Nationals winner Jimmy Gustin and over several late cautions was able to hold off challenges from Mike VanGenderen and Darin Duffy to pick up the popular victory amid a standing room only
crowd on Saturday night.

After taking the lead on lap one from the 3 wide start, R. Gustin set the tone early as he paced the field. Middle front row starter, J.D. Auringer, in his Karsyn’s Krusaders pink and black Rage chassis, settled into 2nd early on lap one but Eric Daily charged by him on lap 2. VanGenderen, who started outside of row 2, charged towards the lead, getting by Auringer for 3rd. Duffy, who started in the 3rd row was also surging toward the front, running just outside the top 5, also running in a Karsy’s Krusaders pink and black Rage chassis.

Up front, R. Gustin had opened a 6 car length lead over Dailey while J. Gustin was quickly charging through the field. On lap 9, he charged around the top of the track, passing VanGenderen and taking over the 3rd spot. By lap 12, the leader began to hit lapped traffic, as he was setting a blistering pace during the opening quarter of the race. J. Gustin charged by Daily, setting his sights on younger brother Richie. Just as Jimmy caught Richie and began to try to make a pass in traffic, his charge for back-to-back Super National victories ended when his engine blew up.

Withholding the charge by Jimmy, Richie contined to pace the field as the caution flew for the first time on lap 18 to remove the stalled car of Jimmy. VanGenderen had gotten by Dailey for 2nd, followed by Auringer and Duffy. With the track conditions changing, the fastest groove around the track was the top cushion. On the restart, R. Gustin motored away from the field, while Duffy rim rode his way from 5th to second on lap 19. As the top 3 began to pull away from Daily and Auringer, another caution flew to slow the pace on lap 27.

The restart would show a trend that would follow over the final 13 laps whenever a caution would fly. Whoever would restart in 3rd, would get the outside starting spot on the Delaware style restart, with the leader alone out front, with the field doubled up behind. VanGenderen used the outside starting spot to move by Duffy into 2nd, while Auringer got by Dailey for 4th.

With two more cautions slowing the action over the final laps, Duffy and VanGenderen would both trade the 2nd spot, depending on who would restart on the top. Up front, it was R. Gustin able to pull away and not face any serious challenges for the lead. Auringer tried to make a move to the bottom groove but he could not make any traction down low, allowing Daily to move back into 4th. With the final restart on lap 33, Duffy had been running second, followed by VanGenderen, Daily and Auringer. Once again, the outside starting cars held an advantage and VanGenderen was able to take 2nd, while Duffy tucked in line. Auringer also got by Dailey on the outside groove and ran in 4th.

Over the final few laps, R. Gustin continued to show the dominance he had on display since opening night on Wednesday night. He motored away to the win, improving his previous best Super Nationals finish of 4th, and picking up the crown jewel of IMCA Modified racing.

The Saturday finale highlighted a tremendous week of tough racing amongst some of the most talented drivers in open wheel modifieds. With sunny skies every day and cool late summer evenings, the always packed Boone Speedway was once again showcasing the biggest Modified event of the year. This year, the 29th running of the Super Nationals, it was Richie Gustin adding to the lore of the Gustin family as the kings of Modified racing. With Jimmy winning last years race, and other brother Ryan tearing up the USMTS Modified tour this year and likely to be crowned USMTS National Champion, there’s little doubt that the racing Gustins are on top of the Modified world.

Iowa drivers also showed their strength, as the A feature saw 8 different states represented but home state drivers taking the top 8 spots and 9 of the top 10 and 21 of the 33 starting spots.

Richie Gustin becomes highest paid Modified champion at IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex

September 14th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – Richie Gustin led all 40 laps Saturday night in becoming the highest paid Modified champion in IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex history.

Gustin earned $5,700 for the victory, in the final race of the Sept. 5-10 event at Boone Speedway. In addition to the $2,000 winner’s share of the feature purse, he received a bonus of $3,700, $100 for each of 37 sanctioned starts made during the
season leading up to Super Nationals.

Twenty-four states were represented in the record 843 entries for Super Nationals. Car count for the week included 254 Modifieds, 186 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, 179 Stock Cars, 137 Hobby Stocks, 49 Mach-1 Sport Compacts and 38 Late
Models.

All four champions crowned Saturday were first-time kings in their respective divisions. Scott Davis was the photo finish winner of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, beating Jesse Sobbing to the stripe in one of, if not the closest races ever at Super Nationals.

Davis also became just the third driver to win IMCA Super Nationals titles in two different classes. He’d won the Stock Car crown in 1998.

Sean Johnson ran in front start to finish in capturing the 2011 Stock Car prize while IMCA national rookie points contender Cody Nielsen paced the Hobby Stock main, taking charge after frontrunners Devin Smith and Andy Boeckman got together and were sidelined with flat tires.

Jimmy Gustin, Richie Gustin’s older brother and the defending Modified champion, won the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions for the second time in his career. Damon Murty capitalized on Kevin Opheim’s late-race mechanical misfortune to top the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars. Arnold Motor Supply Race of Champions winners were Shannon Anderson in the Hobby Stocks and Troy Jerovetz in the SportMods.

The previous Super Nationals car count record of 825 was established in 2008; this was the fourth straight year Super Nationals has topped the 800 mark. Northern SportMod numbers have gone up every year since that division was added to the Super Nationals program in 2005.

Tara Longnecker became the first female driver to start the Northern SportMod main and Modified veteran Hank Berry became the first driver from Montana to qualify for the Saturday show in any division.

Rocky Alexander personified the “International” in IMCA by making the Stock Car main event, writing his name in the record book as the first Canadian to make a Saturday show.

Colby Springsteen was the opening night winner in the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models. Nathan Chandler prevailed in Tuesday’s inaugural Sport Compact feature. Winner of the Friday night Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for Modifieds was Chris Abelson.

Including bonuses, Davis made $2,125, Johnson $2,000 and Nielsen $1,600. Springsteen got $2,000 for his Deery win and Chandler banked $250.

Jimmy Gustin’s Harris RoC win was good for $1,800 while Abelson’s All-Star victory netted $1,350. Jerovetz banked $1,300, Anderson $800 and Murty $550.

Approximate purse paid out at Super Nationals is $275,000, with another $70,000 in contingency awards given.

The modified main event, Fast-Shafts race and Harris RoC were all qualifying events for the 2012 All-Star Invitational ballot.

Final front row start for Modifieds goes to Bushore

September 12th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – The opportunity Joel Bushore hoped for came on lap 17 of Friday’s qualifying feature for Modifieds at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

A caution with nine laps left erased Darin Duffy’s lead. Bushore had the edge the next time the two came around, stretched his advantage to a car length when lap 19 was scored and went on to win the event – and clinch the outside front row start in Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway.

Mike VanGenderen completed one of the longest drives toward the front in second after starting 28th in the field of 30. He caught Duffy with five circuits to go but just didn’t have enough laps left to reel in Bushore.

Also advancing to the outside row in the main event are fellow top eight runners Josh Gilman, 17th starting Josh McGaha, Bill Davis Jr., Corey Lagroon and rookie Dustin Smith.

Duffy and Smith already own Super Nationals championship trophies: Duffy won the Late Model crown in 2003, Smith the Hobby Stock title in 2006. Smith was also the Stock Car runner-up at Boone last year.

Bushore, VanGenderen, McGaha and Lagroon join Smith as first-time qualifiers for the Modified main. Gilman makes his second start, Duffy his third and Davis his fourth.

Approximately $28,000 in cash and contingencies will be given to drivers who make the Modified starting field.

Last-chance heats and features on Saturday afternoon complete the main event field of 33.

Colwell captures final Stock Car qualifier at Super Nationals

September 11th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – The third time was a charm and then some for Jamie Colwell. The Wisconsin hotshoe topped Friday’s last-chance qualifying feature for Stock Cars and will start from the front of the outside row in the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex main event on Saturday.

He’d wrecked in the Wednesday qualifier, then started 19th and finished seventh in the Thursday feature at Boone Speedway.

“This will be the first time I’ve ever started on the front row at Super Nationals,” said Colwell, the 2005 runner-up. “The car has run really good all week. We only had seven races on it before we came to Boone and it’s been a lot of fun to drive.”

Texan J.C. Howell Jr. started on the pole next to Colwell and wound up chasing him to the checkers.

Colwell led all 20 laps in a contest that ran green through midway, bringing Howell along as they inched away from the rest of the 24-car field.

Both picked up speed before and following the final caution of the contest on lap 17. Finishing next and also advancing to Saturday’s outside row were 2009 champion Donavon Smith, Jay Schmidt, Jeff Mueller, Jason Ward, hard charger Jake Masters, Kyle Vanover, Justin Temeyer and Steve Meyer. Masters had started 22nd. Temeyer originally nosed out Meyer for the final transfer; both moved up one spot due to a disqualification in post-race tech.

Meyer rolled his Super Nationals ride on Wednesday, then had mechanical problems in his backup car Thursday. He was second in his heat and started dead last in the Friday field.

Schmidt will make his career 10th appearance in the big dance, Temeyer his seventh, Colwell his sixth, Smith his fifth straight and Mueller his fourth.

Meyer and Ward are two-time qualifiers while Howell, Masters and Vanover are all in for the first time.

Abelson flies from 18th to first in IMCA Modified Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

September 11th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa– He got the first place check and he got the biggest share of the lap money. If there was a hard charger prize, Chris Abelson would have gone home from Boone Speedway with that, too.

Abelson flew all the way from the 18th starting spot to win Friday’s Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex. The 20-lap victory paid him $1,000 plus another $350 in lap money. “I haven’t had a lot of luck here this week but I think this makes up for it,” Abelson said. “There were a lot of great drivers in this race. I went out and tried to do my best, and everything worked out for us.”

Fourteen states were represented in this year’s event. J.D. Auringer, qualified for the middle of the front row in Saturday’s main event, Michael Smith and Shawn Kilgore followed Abelson across the stripe. Scott Bennett, who made the trip from New York with Smith, started on the pole and led the first six circuits to earn $150 in lap money.

Auringer passed Jason Noll for second following a lap two restart. Abelson was already in fifth by lap five and was behind only Bennett and Auringer when the race was red-flagged after Keith White went end-over-end at the end of the front stretch on lap seven.

While his Modified sustained considerable damage, White was uninjured and even answered the call for the Stock Car qualifier after the All-Star race.

Abelson caught Bennett when racing resumed and Auringer did the same on lap 11. Smith passed his travel partner on lap 14 and Kilgore cracked the top four with three laps left.

Nobody had anything at the end for Abelson, the winner in his career-first All-Star feature.

The field for the eighth annual All-Star race was expanded to 20 starters, 18 of whom were elected through balloting conducted this summer via the IMCA website. All-Star candidates included winners of sanctioned events paying $1,000 or more, and 2010 regional and state champions.

Smith and seventh place finisher Zane DeVilbiss were added as the top drivers in the number of feature wins and in national point standings as of Sept. 7, the day Modified qualifying began at Boone.

Abelson’s Friday night victory puts him on the ballot for the 2012 event.

Auringer strikes gold in Thursday Modified qualifier

September 11th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – After seeing more yellows than he liked, J.D. Auringer struck gold in Thursday’s Modified qualifying feature at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

Auringer worked his way to the lead from the sixth starting spot after a rash of early cautions, then kept Eric Dailey and Jerry Luloff in check following three restarts late in the 25-lapper at Boone Speedway.

“I was trying not to pay attention to the (leader) board,” said Auringer, who knew Dailey and Luloff were close behind. “I had to stay focused and that paid off for us.”

Dailey completed his run to second all the way from the 22nd starting spot. Luloff was third and inimitable defending champion Jimmy Gustin raced from 28th at the start to fourth.

Rounding out the top eight qualifiers advancing to the middle row of Saturday’s main event were Jonathan Snyder, 2009 champion Randy Havlik, early leader J.J. Wise and Don Hagan Jr.

Hagan started on the pole and got shuffled back in heavy traffic. He outran fellow Nebraskan and 26th starting Ricky Stephan for the final transfer spot.

Auringer was fast everywhere on the oval. Once past Luloff, Dailey could pull close but never mount a serious enough threat. Not afraid to try the extreme high line, Gustin was briefly in third before Luloff regained the position.

Thursday’s main event qualifiers have no shortage of main event experience on their side: Luloff will start his career eighth Saturday show since 1995, Gustin and Havlik both their sixth, Dailey his fourth, Auringer and Snyder each their third and Wise his second. Hagan is the sole first-time qualifier of the bunch.

The front eight in the outside row will be determined on Friday; last-chance races add the final nine cars to the main event field early in the Saturday program.

Rookie Larson, veteran Anderson are winners of Stock Car qualifying features

September 10th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – A rookie and one of the most accomplished drivers in division history took their turns in victory lane following equally impressive Stock Car feature wins Thursday dur ing the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

Rookie Dustin Larson topped the first 20-lapper at Boone Speedway while two-time Super Nation als champion and five-time national king Jeff Anderson dominated the second show. They square off in a three-lap dash Friday to determine which starts at the front of the inside row in Saturday’s main event.

Brandon Czarapata, Nathan Burke, Tom Suess and Roger Verdoorn rounded out the top five in the first qualifier while Jeffrey Larson – Dustin’s older brother – Damon Murty, Larry Portis and 2009 runner-up Chad Estes chased Anderson across the stripe.
They’ll draw for their starting spots in the big show tomorrow night.

Dustin Larson drew the pole for his feature and kept Brandon Czarapata and Steve Meyer in check after three quick cautions. Meyer came up lame on lap seven and was replaced in the chase by Burke, who’d worked his way up from the 15th starting spot.

The final caution came with three laps left. Larson kept his iron grip on the lead while Verdoorn bested Kenneth Tietz and 22nd starting Jesse Colwell in the battle for fifth.

“We’ve had a pretty good season but I was just hoping to qualify for the main event,” admitted Larson, the national and Probe Industries Northern Region rookie point leader. “I was nervous before the race started. There were a lot of really good drivers behind me.”

Larson started on the pole and finished second in the Hobby Stock main event at Boone last year. He’d had to make repairs to the front end of his ride after a tangle in the first qualifier Wednesday.

Anderson had a formidable field of his own to deal with and led every lap after starting from the pole. The only caution came on lap seven and wiped out what was already a sizable advantage, but Anderson got up to speed in a hurry and had a lapped car ahead of Jeffrey Larson by the 13th circuit.

While the top four positions were secure, Estes couldn’t crack the top five until lap 17.

“There’s nothing like coming to Boone and winning a race. It’s the ultimate feeling,” said Ander son, the 1995 and 1999 Super Nationals champion. I’ve been thinking about retiring the last cou­ple years but I still think I can drive if I can get the car the way I want it to be. It took about 30 starts this year for us to be able to do that.”

Dustin Larson, Suess and Verdoorn will all make their first appearances in the Stock Car main even while Jeffrey Larson is in for the third straight year.

Estes makes his sixth appearance, Czarapata, Murty and Portis each their seventh, Burke his eighth and Anderson his ninth.

The outside row of 10 in the main will qualify on Friday.

Gustin gives scheduling of Modified B features an A at IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex

September 10th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – The way Richie Gustin figured it, the scheduling of the evening’s B features had a lot to do with how the Modified qualifying feature played out Wednesday at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

“I think the most significant thing was that they ran six B’s before the feature,” said Gustin, who charged from 13th starting to the front by midway of the 25-lapper, then led to the finish to earn the pole for Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway.
“The track was just right. We could race from top to bottom.”

Chasing Gustin across the stripe were Josh Ruby, Kevin Sustaire, Josh Truman, Hank Berry, Mark Elliott Clint Hatlestad and Brad Pounds. They’ll line up behind Gustin on the inside row Saturday.

Jeremy Mills led the first three circuits before Berry edged ahead. Mills would drive off early under caution with a flat tire while Berry, who’d go on to become the first driver from Montana to make a Super Nationals main event, led Hatlestad at the front of the pack.

Gustin was in third by lap 18 and took second away from Hatlestad following a lap 10 restart. His first pass for the lead was erased by another yellow; Gustin went around Berry after another restart two laps later and stayed in front to the finish.

“The track was wide enough and we had enough laps left that I thought I could get him (Berry) again,” Gustin said.

Gustin finished fourth in his one previous Saturday night appearance at Super Nationals, in 2005. Hard charger Truman advanced 21 positions, Pounds 15 and Elliott 14.

Pounds made a late surge to get in the big show for the second time in his career. Elliott qualified for his sixth straight main event.

Sustaire, Truman and Hatlestad are also second-time qualifiers. Berry and Ruby, who started eighth and took over second for good on lap 18, are first-timers.

Robert Avery started last in the field of 30 and finished ninth, one place shy of transferring.

Modified drivers from 24 states and Canada competed in qualifying heats Wednesday night. Eleven states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico and Texas, in addition to Iowa, were represented in the qualifying feature.

Johnson, Murphy win Stock Car qualifying features, Alexander is first Canadian to make a Super Nationals main event

September 10th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – Sean Johnson and Trent Murphy won Stock Car qualifying features while Rocky Alexander became the first Canadian driver in any division to qualify for a main event Wednesday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

Johnson led start to finish in the first qualifier, which ran 20 laps flag to flag with a starting field that owns a collective 21 national IMCA championships and eight Super Nationals crowns. Mike Nichols, David Smith, 2001 Super Nationals champ Brian Blessington and defending king Jeremy Christians rounded out the top five at Boone Speedway.

Murphy had to hold off Jeremy Gettler while both drivers had to deal with a lapped car in the final circuits of the second qualifier. Murphy caught Shay Curtin for the lead on lap seven and Gettler was scored second the next time around.

A car length would be the difference at the checkers, with Alexander, Stefan Sybesma and Curtin following in the barnburner.

The top five from the two features will square off in a five-lap dash on Thursday to determine their order for the inside row of Saturday’s main event.

Alexander, the track champion at Estevan Motor Speedway, started his run toward the front from the 11th starting position. He’s piloting Christians’ 2009 Wolfe Chassis.

“The car was really working for us. We had it dialed in,” he said. “”We watched a couple heat races before ours, saw how the track was changing and set the car up. We really learned a lot from coming here last year.”

Keith White made his Stock Car debut at Super Nationals, advancing 11 spots to finish sixth in the first qualifier.

Christians will start his 11th career Stock Car main event on Saturday, Blessington his 10th, Nichols and Smith both their eighth. Murphy is in for the fourth time, Sybesma the second, while Curtin, Gettler and Johnson join Alexander as first-time qualifiers.

Chandlers celebrate a championship in Sport Compact debut at Super Nationals

September 8th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – One of IMCA’s first families finally celebrated a Super Nationals championship at Boone Speedway. Nathan Chandler won the inaugural main event for Mach-1 Sport Compacts Tuesday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

“We were talking about this earlier in the week. It always seemed like something would go wrong the night before Boone,” said Chandler, chased to the checkers by his brother Brad. “It feels really good to win the first championship for this division. It means a lot to all of us.”

Another brother, Dallas, was fifth while father Merv, the patriarch of the Chandler clan, finished 10th. Merv Chandler competed in the first Super Nationals in 1983 and made the big show another five times during his Modified career.

Despite a restart after pole starter John Whalen rolled to a stop on the backstretch, Nathan Chandler needed just two laps to speed from the 12th starting spot to third early on.

Despite getting briefly out of his preferred line, he caught Bill Whalen Jr. for second and made up ground in a hurry on leader Chuck Fullenkamp, taking over up front just before midway in the 20-lapper.

Nathan Chandler caught up with the back of the pack right before a lap 10 yellow. Brad Chandler passed Fullenkamp the next time around.

Fullenkamp and Gary Peiffer ran three-four the rest of the way while Dallas Chandler and cousin Jacob McVoy rounded out the top six.

“I knew Brad would race me clean, but I knew he wanted to win, too,” Nathan Chandler said. “We raced together three nights a week each year for the last three years and we race each other hard.”

Their regular tracks this season were CJ Speedway, West Liberty Raceway and Benton County Speedway.

Pausing during a post-race autograph session to acknowledge career-long support of several sponsors, Chandler noted that the champion of the first Super Nationals, Mike Schulte, also hailed from his hometown of Norway, Iowa.

“Maybe there’s something in the water,” he said.

Matt Echevarria was the hard charger, advancing 13 positions to finish seventh.

Passing at a premium in Northern SportMod qualifier at Boone

September 7th, 2011

Boeckman leads flag to flag in bid for fifth title

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 5) – Andy Boeckman will start from the pole Saturday night, in
his quest for a career fifth crown at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals
fueled by Cenex.

Boeckman led from start to finish in Monday’s Hobby Stock qualifying feature at
Boone Speedway, holding off a determined Devin Smith to win by a car length.

Top 10 finishers will make up the inside row in the big dance. Lining up behind
Boeckman, the 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2008 champ, and Smith will be Michael Murphy,
Stac Schroeder, Craig Graham, Eric Stanton, John Watson, Dustin Van Horn, Chad Gentz
and Kyle Robinson.

Watson was the hard charger, racing from 26th starting to seventh.

First- and second-place drivers from each of 14 heat races comprised the qualifying
feature field. Boeckman made the main event for the eighth time, Smith, Murphy,
Stanton and Watson each for the third, Gentz and Robinson for the second, and
Schroeder, Graham and Van Horn each for the first.

Qualifying feature results – 1. Andy Boeckman, Lake View; 2. Devin Smith, Lake City;
3. Michael Murphy, Jefferson; 4. Stac Schroeder, Clear Lake; 5. Craig Graham,
Webster City; 6. Eric Stanton, Hartford; 7. John Watson, Des Moines; 8. Dustin Van
Horn, Atlantic; 9. Chad Gentz, Forest City; 10. Kyle Robinson, Cherokee; 11. Shannon
Anderson, Atlantic; 12. Brent Schlake, Blue Springs, Neb.; 13. Nathan Ballard,
Marengo; 14. Jake Nelson, Newton; 15. Nick Meyer, Whittemore; 16. Cody Nielsen, Fort
Dodge; 17. Matt Mahoney, Pierson; 18. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 19. Jason Kohl,
Missouri Valley; 20. Scott Lograsso, Nevada; 21. Cory Adams, Des Moines; 22. Matt
Brown, Dysart; 23. Dana Brandt, Minot, N.D.; 24. Brandon Pruitt, Dexter; 25. Aaron
Rudolph, Grand Junction; 26. Robby Marsh, Belvidere, Neb.; 27. Cory Tasler,
Jefferson; 28. Damon Richards, David City, Neb.

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BOONE, Iowa – Passing skills were at a premium in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod qualifying feature Monday at Boone Speedway.

Seven of the top 10 finishers came from the back half of the 20-car field on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex. Scott Davis advanced 11 positions for the victory and will start his division record seventh main event on Saturday.

Cayden Carter started dead last but chased Davis across the stripe.

Also moving on to Saturday’s main event will be Geoff Olson (plus 11 start to finish on the night), Tara Longnecker, Clay Evans, David Schlicht (plus 12), Nathan Chodur (plus nine), Taimon Wehr, Troy Jerovetz and defending champion Brett Meyer.

Chodur, Meyer and Olson are all five-time qualifiers. Jerovetz is in the main event for the third time, Evans, Longnecker, Wehr, Schlicht and Carter each for the first.

Longnecker is also the first female driver to qualify for the SportMod main. No woman has ever won a Super Nationals championship: The highest finish was by Jennifer Eriksen, the Sprint Car runner-up in 2007.

Davis is now a 14-time Super Nationals main event qualifier, with six Stock Car and one Modified event under his belt as well. He won the Stock Car crown at Boone in 1998.

Springsteen the boss of Deery feature: He reigns as first champion at Super Nationals

September 7th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa – A night with many firsts ended with Colby Springsteen in victory lane Monday at Boone Speedway.

Springsteen led the last 10 laps in winning the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature, on opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex.

The $2,000 victory was Springsteen’s IMCA Late Model tour career first. He’d started third, dropped back as far as eighth, then took charge after race-long leader Justin Reed came up lame and second-running Terry Neal exited on a lap 41 caution.

“This is the first full year we’ve followed the series. I never thought we’d be able to come and win the first time in this event,” Springsteen admitted. “It’s awesome.”

Kevin Sather chased Springsteen to the checkers and pole starter Dale Hackwell Jr. was third. Darrell DeFrance scored hard charger honors in the 23rd Super Nationals appearance of his career, advancing a dozen spots to round out the top four. Andy Eckrich was fifth and now trails Ray Guss Jr. by three points in the race for the silver anniversary series championship.

The two-time defending Super Nationals champion, Guss qualified for the main event by winning his “B” and moved up nine places to eighth.

Reed started outside the front row and checked out on the field from the initial green, leading by a full straightaway just seven laps into the 50-lapper.

Hackwell, then Charlie McKenna gave chase but were hardly in the same time zone before the first caution, just before midway, erased Reed’s huge lead.

Reed continued to run in front while Sather and Neal worked their way to second and third, respectively. Springsteen was in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the restart that followed Reed’s mechanical misfortune and Neal’s exit.

“I was running fourth when I started thinking I’d try the bottom and then got passed by about five cars,” Springsteen said. “I thought the bottom was the way to go, like it was in the heat races, but it was a lot faster on top.”

McKenna won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

The next stop for the series is this Friday, Sept. 9 at Davenport Speedway’s All-Star Classic. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing on the half-mile oval starts at 7 p.m.

Early entries top 450 for Super Nationals

August 28th, 2011

BOONE, Iowa– Little more than a week before opening night, pre-entries for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex have topped 450.

More than a third of the early registrants for the Sept. 5-10 dirt track racing extravaganza at Boone Speedway are in the Modified division while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod numbers neared 100. More than 30 entries are already in hand for the first-ever appearance by Mach-1 Sport Compacts at America’s Racin’ Vacation.

“Super Nationals is a one of a kind event, the most prestigious one in dirt track racing, and drivers from across the country want to experience it,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root, noting early Modified entries from 20 states. “A lot of those drivers have raced at Super Nationals numerous times. There are also a number of first-time competitors. I’m confident they’ll put on a great show again this year at Boone.”

Stock Car pre-entries are also getting close to triple digits and have come from a dozen states and Canada. Seventy-five Hobby Stock drivers have already mailed their registration forms from seven states.

The Northern SportMod field is also represented by seven states, the Sport Compact field by five states. Six Late Model drivers have also registered for the opening night Deery Brothers Summer Series event.

“We anticipate getting a considerable number of pre-entries in the mail and by email over the weekend,” Root said. “Our points and membership department staff will continue to take calls from drivers wanting to pre-enter right up until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2.”

Racing starts at 3 p.m. each day at Boone. The tentative day-by-day schedule for the 29th Super Nationals includes:

Monday, Sept 5 – Complete Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Model program; qualifying for Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods; qualifying for Arnold Motor Supply Northern SportMod Race of Champions.

Tuesday, Sept. 6 – Complete Mach-1 Sport Compact program; qualifying for Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods; qualifying for Arnold Motor Supply Hobby Stock Race of Champions.

Wednesday, Sept. 7 – Last-chance qualifying features for Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods; Modified and Stock Car qualifying.

Thursday, Sept. 8 – Modified and Stock Car qualifying; qualifying for Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions and Sunoco Race Fuels Stock Car Race of Champions.

Friday, Sept. 9 – Modified and Stock Car qualifying; Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational for Modifieds.

Saturday, Sept. 10 – Last-chance qualifying for Modifieds; races of champions and main events for Northern SportMods, Hobby Stocks, Stock Cars and Modifieds.

The Late Model feature pays $2,000 to win, the Sport Compact feature $250.

The Modified champion gets $2,000, plus an additional $100 for each of as many as 50 starts made during the weekly point season at sanctioned tracks leading up to Super Nationals.

Winner of the Stock Car feature earns $1,000 plus an additional $50 per sanctioned start. The Northern SportMod champion earns $1,000, the Hobby Stock champion $600, with an additional $25 per start paid in each class.

Saturday’s main events are potentially the highest paying in Super Nationals history for the winners in those four divisions. Bonuses will be presented during the national IMCA awards banquet in November.

For the first time, transponders will be required for all Modifieds competing at Super Nationals and drivers in all divisions must use a RACEceiver.

A wi-fi signal will be broadcast at the track, allowing anyone with a lap top computer or Race Monitor smart phone application on their hand-held device to get scoring information from the mylaps.com scoring system.

A live custom scoring page, combined with live DirtTour.Com audio, will provide fans at home with instantaneous Modified results. Official results will also be posted on the www.imca.com website.

In addition, the Minnesota-based X.CELERATED video production company will produce Full Blown coverage featuring race highlights, interviews, human interest segments, in-car cameras, and more to be posted daily on www.xsan.tv.

A three-hour broadcast will be transmitted on Wednesday, Sept. 14 via the same website. Depending on car count, the total purse for Super Nationals will be approximately $275,000, with a potential of $75,000 in contingency awards to be given as well.

The state-by-state list of pre-entered drivers will be posted on the IMCA website Monday, Aug. 29 and updated throughout the week.

Eckrich repeats Deery domination with Boone win

June 1st, 2011

(BOONE, Iowa) – Andy Eckrich has started to make a hobby of dominating Deery Brothers Summer Series features. Eckrich led all 40 laps in winning the Memorial Day event at Boone Speedway. The $2,000 victory was his second straight in the silver anniversary IMCA Late Model tour and came on the heels of an equally impressive 50-lap, flag-to-flag run on May 17 at Marshalltown Speedway.

Defending champion Ray Guss Jr., winner of the three previous Deery events at Boone, was second in his best outing of 2011. Tom Darbyshire took over sole possession of the tour point lead with his third place finish.

Jeff Aikey and “B” feature winner Terry Neal rounded out Monday evening’s top five.

Eckrich went to the top groove, held onto the front spot following a series of early restarts and caught up with the back of the pack on lap 26. Darbyshire ran second most of the way before giving way to Guss with five laps to go.

Guss used lapped traffic to catch up but couldn’t get any closer than Eckrich’s back bumper.

The win was the career third for Eckrich, the 2010 Deery rookie of the year. The first repeat winner this season, he’ll look to continue his streaks of victories and consecutive laps led when the series resumes Tuesday, June 7 at Farley Speedway, where Eckrich scored his first win last August.

Mike Garland won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

The Smith brothers from Lake City swept the other sanctioned features, with Donavon winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main, Devin topping the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Doug prevailing in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Josh May was the dwarf car feature winner.

Snyder earns $1,000 in cold cash for IMCA Modified Frostbuster win at Boone

April 7th, 2011

(BOONE, Iowa) Other than the temperature, Jon Snyder couldn’t have asked for a better start to his 2011 race season Snyder took the top line and led from start to finish in winning Saturday’s aptly titled Frostbuster feature for IMCA Modifieds at Boone Speedway. The 25-lap victory paid $1,000 and put Snyder on the ballot for this September’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Nearly 200 cars passed through the pits for the season-opening special, with the 75 Modified en tries coming from five states, one from as far away as Oregon, and Canada. Three travelers from north of the border started the Modified main event. Todd Inman headed the pursuit of Snyder before giving way to Jimmy Gustin following a restart. The de fending IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals champion joined Snyder in pulling away from the pack, but couldn’t reel in the leader.

Inman ended in third, with “B” qualifiers Richie Gustin and Jeremy Mills completing the top five. Other winners were Donavon Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, John Watson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Doug Smith in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Quick to take charge at the track where he’s had so much regular season and Super Nationals success, Donavon Smith collected the Stock Car checkers ahead of Trent Murphy, John Heinz, Nor­man Chesmore and Ryan Rose. Watson was chased across the finish line by Devin Smith in a duel between two GM 602 crate motor-powered Hobby Stocks. Cody Nielson, Eric Stanton and Michael Murphy followed.

Doug Smith passed Clint Luellen and drove to the Northern SportMod win. The rest of the top five included Austin Lucas, Scott Davis and Eric Mahlik. The first night for local track points at Boone is Saturday, April 9.

Everything goes right for Murray in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

September 13th, 2010

BOONE, Iowa – A night after getting upside down at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals, everything went right for David Murray Jr. Luck of the draw put Murray on the pole for Friday’s 12 car, 12 lap Fast Shafts All-Star Modified Invitational at Boone Speedway. He took advantage of the prime position to lead start to finish and pocket $1,000, plus another $600 in lap money. Brad Pounds chased Murray every time around the track. Dave Hardesty, Keith White and Michael Smith rounded out the top five. “The front row start didn’t hurt,” Murray said between victory lane photos.

“After we got upside down in our heat race on Thursday the whole crew really pitched in to get the car ready for this race. Everything went right for us tonight.” He’s the first three time All-Star winner, adding the 2010 trophy to hardware from 2004 and 2007. Murray was 10th in his only other All-Star appearance, last year. “As hard as this week has been, winning this race for the third time feels as good as it did the first time we won it,” he said.

Friday’s Invitational was also a qualifying event for the 2011 All-Star ballot. By vocal vote of the grandstand crowd, the starting formation was switched from six rows of two to four rows of three.

Gustin goes fastest in Thursday Super Nationals qualifier

September 12th, 2010

BOONE, Iowa – Getting to the front from the fifth row was the first obstacle Jimmy Gustin overcame in Thurs day’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals Modified qualifying feature. Staying there was the second. Gustin led the last 11 laps, holding off Scott Olson and Johnny Saathoff in a long and hotly contested tussle for the lead. Next, he’ll start at the front of the inside row in Saturday’s main event at Boone Speedway, in front of fellow top eight finishers Olson, Saathoff, Will Brack, Eric Dailey, G.W. Egbert, Jordan Grabouski and Nick Deal.

The only caution of the race came out on the seventh of 25 circuits and the front trio duked it out for much of the remaining distance. Olson started on the pole and set the fast pace early; Egbert’s pass for the front spot was erased by the yellow. Gustin slipped past Saathoff for second on lap eight and then caught Olson for the lead on lap 14. Saathoff will make his 11th career appearance in the Saturday show. Gustin is in for the fifth time, Olson for the fourth, Dailey for the third, Deal for the second and Brack, Grabouski and Deal each for the first. Brack is the second Colorado driver to make the Super Nationals main event. 1996 champion Kelly Boen did so three times, most recently in 1998. After making his way into first briefly at the start of Thursday’s Stock Car qualifier, Chad Palmer passed Jeremy Chris tians on the 12th of 20 laps and led to the checkers to make his first big show at Boone. Christians avoided any late race mishaps like the one that sidelined him on Wednesday to finish second. The rest of the top 10 moving on to Saturday’s middle row includes Mike Nichols, Jamie Colwell, Mike VanGenderen, Marcus Fagan, Michael Bruns, Kenneth Hansen, Brandon Czarapata and Trent Murphy. Christians counts three third place finishes in his nine previous Super Nationals main event stars. Nichols is in for the seventh time, Colwell, VanGenderen and Czarapata each for the fifth and Murphy for the third. Joining Palmer as first time qualifiers are Fagan, Bruns and Hansen.

Four former winners in field for Harris Modified Race of Champions

September 12th, 2010

BOONE, Iowa– Four former winners are among the 12 Modified drivers now quali fied for the Harris Auto Racing Race of Champions. Top two finishers from each of six Thursday heats at Boone Speedway will advance to the 12-lap, $1,000 to win special on Saturday afternoon during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals. Scott Hogan (2004), Kevin Stoa (2005), Jimmy Gustin (2007) and Johnathan Thimmesch (2008) each have Race of Champions victories to their credit. Stoa, who has already secured the pole for the Modified main event on Saturday, and Hogan will both make their fourth Race of Champions appearances. Gustin and Thimmesch are both in for the third time, Jim Cole for the second.

First time qualifiers are Chris Dawson, Jake Durbin, Jordan Grabouski, Clint Hatlestad, Scott Olson, Kevin Sustaire and Keith White. Sixty-five former national, regional and Super Nationals champions, 2010 track champions or current point leaders vied for starting spots in the 22nd annual race. The winner will be added to the ballot for the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Qualifying for the Sunoco Race Fuels Race of Champions for Stock Cars has also been moved up a day. Those five heats precede the Modified qualifying feature later this evening. Hot laps have been canceled and racing will start at 2 p.m. Friday with last chance qualifying for Stock Cars.

Guss clinches Deery Series title, scores second straight Super Nationals win

September 9th, 2010

BOONE, Iowa – He wrapped up his first career Deery Series championship simply by starting his heat race Monday night at Boone Speedway. Ray Guss Jr. had to work a lot harder, however, to win his second straight IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals championship.

Guss started 15th, steered around trouble to take the lead at midway, then held off Jeff Aikey the last 25 times around the track for the $2,000 checkers in the opening night headliner.

Aikey had qualified from his “B” feature and restarted at the back of the field after a lap two trip to the work area. Last row starters Andy Eckrich and Tyler Bruening both moved up 20 spots to finish third and fourth, respectively. Ryan Giles rounded out the top five.

Pole starter Terry Neal looked like he had the car to beat, leading the first 18 laps before colliding with Boone McLaughlin while under caution and exiting for the pits.

McLaughlin’s turn at the front lasted seven circuits. He got askew after getting too high in the middle of turns three and four, collecting the third running Josh Most in the process.

Guss ducked low to avoid becoming part of that collision, then kept Aikey in check over the course of five restarts that slowed the last half of the contest. “After starting 15th, I wasn’t sure we’d be able to get to the front because there were just so many good cars here, but once we got to third everything just kind of worked out for us,” he said. “I knew Jeff had gone to the pits but when I looked up at the lap board and saw the 77 there I knew he was flying.” Aikey, a two time Super Nationals champion, was into fifth by lap 20 and lined up behind Guss for the restart on lap 26. The race was stopped when Jason Rauen ended up on his roof on lap on lap 38.

“After the red flag, I knew I’d have to take the high line. I couldn’t let Jeff take it. It ended up being the fastest line for me,” Guss said. “This was a race we really wanted to win again. It means a lot to all of us.” Four yellows came out before the first six laps were scored. Neal led McLaughlin, Neal and Most in checking out, as most of half a lap separated Most from Jill George in fifth.

The first female driver to qualify for a Super Nationals Late Model main event, George was briefly in fourth after Neal drove off, before giving way to Kevin Sather and Aikey.

Eckrich took a provisional, started 23rd and ran third the last 22 laps, never quite able to keep pace with Guss and Aikey. Bruening, another of the nine drivers making their Super Nationals debut, also took a provisional and started 24th in the main event. He got past Giles on the last of 50 laps to get into the top four.

The win was the fifth of the year and Deery career 21st for Guss. He’ll look to cap off a season that also included the IMCA national, three track and Illinois Allstar Performance State championships at the $10,000 to win series finale next weekend at 34 Raceway in West Burlington.

Guss repeats Deery Series heroics at Boone

June 5th, 2010

BOONE, Iowa – Another holiday event at Boone Speedway resulted in another Deery Brothers Summer Series feature victory for
Ray Guss Jr.

Guss cruised to the $2,000 checkers at Boone on Memorial Day while adding to his lead in the IMCA Late Model tour point standings. Terry Neal, the driver Guss passed to win the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals Labor Day event last fall, was rewarded for his Herculean effort just to get a car ready to race with a second place finish.

Joel Callahan, Mark Burgtorf and Matt Strassheim rounded out the top five. The 40-lap contest was interrupted by caution just once, on the second circuit.

After a mishap in weekly action, Neal and his crew had spent the day getting a backup car ready for its first action since the series show on the asphalt at Hawkeye Downs in August of 2009.

Neal started outside front row and led the first 16 laps. Guss had taken the green from outside row two and was on Neal’s back bumper for most of the early going before slipping inside for the lead.

The front pair caught up to the back of the field shortly after midway and changed lines adroitly to work their way through. Mark Burgtorf raced his way up to second before Neal and Callahan passed him back with two laps left.

The Monday night win was the career 18th for Guss, tying him with Neal and Rob Toland for fifth on the all-time tour victory list.
Provisional starter Kevin Blum made the most progress toward the front, advancing 10 places after starting 24th.

Callahan was the winner of the $250 Sunoco bonus.

The eighth of 16 events on the 2010 schedule is Sunday, June 13 when the $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start Titan Wheel and Tire Shootout at Quincy, Ill., Raceway becomes part of the tour. Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 5:30 p.m.

Gustin, Murphy, Jerovetz, Murty top Boone Frostbuster features

April 8th, 2010

BOONE, Iowa – Jimmy Gustin towed all the way to Texas to get his first IMCA Modified feature win of the season.

He raced much closer to home to get his second.

Gustin sped past long time leader Dan Ratajczak following a lap 20 re-start, then led the last five times around the track in topping Saturday’s $1,000 to win Frostbuster special main event at Boone Speedway.

Ratajczak had set the fast pace from the second circuit on, pulling away from the rest of the field before each of the cautions that punctuated the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.

Gustin, who’d journeyed to 281 Speedway in Texas last month to get an early start to his season, finally caught the right groove to catch Ratajczak.

Josh Gilman, Jeff Stephens, Jonathan Snyder and Ratajczak would complete the top five.

The season opening Frostbuster brought 164 cars to Boone. Defending track champion Trent Murphy was the $500 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, Wisconsin visitor Troy Jerovetz captured the $300 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers and Nick Murty paced the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks in their $250 to win show.

Murphy was most of a straightaway ahead when a caution bunched the Stock Car field back up with seven laps to go, but he quickly reasserted himself and was six car lengths ahead of Mike VanGenderen at the fin ish.

VanGenderen ran second and Damon Murty ran third the last 15 laps. Dustin Smith and Donavon Smith followed. Jerovetz took over the lead on the 13th of 20 SportMod circuits and had to hold Geoff Olson off at the finish, winning by half a car length.

The only caution of the race came before the first lap was scored. Scott Davis, early leader Cody Hennings and Jared Timmerman followed Jerovetz and Olson across the stripe. Murty impressed in winning the Hobby main, running in front the last 12 of 15 laps.

Chris Hupp, Nyle Godwin, John Watson and Donnie Gustoff completed the top five.

First night for track points at Boone is April 10.