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IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour title chase starts at Benton County

May 26th, 2016

VINTON, Iowa– The best Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers from across the Hawkeye State and much of the Midwest converge on Benton County Speedway next Monday, May 30 for the first of a dozen 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour events.

The Memorial Day feature at Vinton pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a quali­fier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Modified drivers also have the opportunity to tune up for the Memorial Day event with a $1,000 to win feature during the weekly show May 29 at Vinton. HDT drivers who race in the Sunday draw/redraw event don’t have to pay the $50 series entry fee on Memorial Day.

Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 4 p.m. Monday. Hot laps are at 5:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region, Allstar Perfor­mance State and special series points, but not track points, will be awarded to Modifieds. Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for all applicable points, including track.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201. The track website is www.jjamracing.net.

Racing also starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday and both holiday weekend programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Benton County Speedway is the traditional home of the IMCA Modified division and has hosted four opening night events and five races in all since the Hawkeye Dirt Tour started in 2010.

Jason Wolla made the long trip from North Dakota to win at Vinton last May. The defending series champion is Kyle Brown of State Center. Next on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour slate are events Tuesday, June 7 at Marshalltown Speedway and Thursday, June 9 at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona.

IMCA.TV to Feature Hogan Memorial from Benton County Speedway

April 15th, 2016

VINTON, IA-The 22nd Annual Hogan Memorial from the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, IA will be featured LIVE on IMCA.TV on July 3, 2016.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headline the holiday weekend special in Vinton. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying feature pays a minimum of $1,250 to win, with lap money, a halfway leader bonus and hard charger awards making for a potential payday of more than $4,000.

Two hundred and fifty dollars will be paid to take the green and Modified heat winners earn $100.

All regular weekly divisions will be on the program. Modifieds will run for all applicable points except local track points at the draw/redraw show.

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Thornton outruns Brown for IMCA Frostbuster checkers at Benton County

April 13th, 2016

VINTON, Iowa – His first-ever visit to Benton County Speedway ended with Ricky Thornton Jr.’s second $1,000 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Frostbuster feature win in as many nights.

Thornton followed the Saturday checkers at Boone Speedway with the Sunday night victory in a star-filled field at Vinton. He led the last 21 of 25 laps, outrunning Kyle Brown – himself a two-time Frostbuster winner – in the race to the checkers.

“It feels awesome to be able to win here,” Thornton said before the victory lane photos were snapped. “Tim Ward was here for the Frostbuster last year and gave us an idea what gear to run.”

“We loosened the car up and changed gears after the heat race tonight,” the Chandler, Ariz., driver continued. “We set the car up to run up top and it worked for us.”

Brown had won the first two Frostbuster features, at Southern Iowa Speedway and Friday at Marshalltown Speedway. He’d made a late challenge on the inside but Thornton was faster on the backstretch and won by four car lengths.

“We knew we had a good car and that even making the events would be tough,” Brown said. “In a way, a fifth and a second are disappointing but in the big scheme of things we are off to a pretty good start.”

Thornton’s win was his 11th this season and IMCA Modified career 89th.

J.D. Auringer started 11th and finished third. Kelly Shryock and David Brown rounded out the top five. Vern Jackson started 20th and ended in sixth.

Jake McBirnie won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature from the last starting spot, passing Johnathon Logue on the final circuit. Damon Murty led flag-to-flag in earning IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career win number 197 and Nathan Ballard got the best of his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock foes.

Late to staging, McBirnie was up to fourth midway through the Northern SportMod 16-lapper and was up to second with four to go. He won with a last-lap pass for the second night in a row, having accomplished the feat at Boone as well.

Logue and Tony Olson had traded the lead six times between eight and 13. Logue, Joey Schaefer, Sam Wieben and Olson finished second through fifth, respectively.

Murty led every lap of the Stock Car feature. Second was Norman Chesmore and Jared Daggett was third.

After a caution on the initial start, Ballard gained the lead on the fourth circuit of a Hobby Stock feature that ended with 15 green flag laps. August Bach was a distant second, followed by Leah Wroten, Adam Petrezelka and Benji Irvine.

Benton County Frostbuster is canceled

April 1st, 2016

VINTON, Iowa – It wasn’t frost that forced cancellation of tonight’s IMCA Frostbuster special at Benton County Speedway … rain and a lack of drying time for the track and race­way grounds get the blame.

Thursday’s show at Vinton will not be rescheduled.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 to win at Frostbusters on Friday, April 1 at Marshalltown Speedway and Saturday, April 2 at Boone Speedway.

Ken Schrader races with the Modifieds both nights. Those features are Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot qualifying events.

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. and the grand­stand at 3 p.m. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. and rac­ing at 5 p.m.

More information is available from Marshalltown pro­moter Toby Kruse at 515 231-5444 and from Boone promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220.

Track websites are www.marshalltownspeedway.com and www.raceboone.com.

Hawkeye Dirt Tour set for Memorial Day opener at Benton County

January 23rd, 2016

VINTON, Iowa ­ – Opening night for the seventh annual Hawkeye Dirt Tour brings Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to their traditional home track on Memorial Day.

The Monday, May 30 show marks the fifth occasion the tour has taken its first green flag of the season at Benton County Speedway. The Vinton oval was the site of the first-ever IMCA Modified event in 1979.

In all, nine dates are on the 2016 tour schedule. Features pay a minimum of $1,000 to win and $150 to start, and will be qualifying events for 2016 or 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lots.

Following the opener at Benton County are Dirt Tour programs Thursday, June 9 at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona and Tuesday, June 14 at West Liberty Raceway.

Touring Modifieds headline Hancock County Speedway’s Tuesday, June 28 Salute To Veterans program at Britt.

The first-ever HDT race at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines is Tuesday, July 19. The rest of that midweek tripleheader sees the tour at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on Wednesday, July 20 and at Knoxville Raceway on Thursday, July 21.

Cedar County Raceway at Tipton hosts the tour on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with the finale set for Wednes­day, Aug. 10 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.

The Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models will also be at West Liberty on June 14 and at Tipton on Aug. 2. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are on the July 21 Knoxville card.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour has yet to see a repeat champion; the defending king is Kyle Brown of State Center. No driver has been able to post multiple wins in either of the past two series seasons.

There will be no change in procedures or provisionals and entry fee at all events will be $50.

The tour point fund and title sponsor are to be announced.

Auringer repeats Hogan Memorial IMCA Modified heroics

July 14th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – J.D. Auringer raced his way into some rare company Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.

Auringer won the Hogan Memorial main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds for the third time in his career, and joined Scott Hogan as the only two drivers to have now accomplished the feat in back-to-back years.

“When I won last year, I started on the front row and led every lap. This year, I started ninth. It feels more like a win when you have to race your way to the front,” said Auringer, who earned $3,000 – $1,900 for first and another $1,100 in lap money – for his efforts. “I’ve always been friends with the Hogan family so winning this race means a lot to me.”

The 21st annual special played out in front of a full grandstand and Auringer was one of nine for­mer race winners in the starting field of 26 for the 50-lapper, which was yellow flagged at halfway for a five-minute pit stop on the frontstretch.

Richie Gustin, winner of the 2012 event, took the initial green from 14th and closed to within a car length of the leader before finishing a very close second.

Hard charger Kyle Brown added $600 to his share of the purse with his drive from 17th to third. Former Hogan winners Cayden Carter (2013) and Vern Jackson (2004) completed the top five.

Jackson drew the pole but Joe Docekal had the fastest car at the start, pulling away from the pack and getting into lapped traffic before the first caution on the 15th circuit. Hunter Marriott motored into the lead on the ensuing restart. Two more quick yellows came out, the first of which sent second-running Kyle Strickler and the third-running Docekal to the tail.

Marriott collected $250 for leading at the break. Auringer, Brown and Gustin were scored next. “We’ve made the mistake of changing tires (at halfway) before,” said Auringer, who used the stop only to top off his fuel tank. “The track had a lot of moisture and I knew if I could get by Hunter we had a pretty good chance.”

That strategy paid off when Auringer took over the lead four laps later. Brown took over second briefly before Gustin settled into the spot on lap 37.

He’d get close but couldn’t get past before the checkers flew. Also the 2007 Hogan winner, Au­ringer had previously qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with his victory at the Urbana 5/Iowa Donor Network Night special.

Forty-five Modifieds from four states were entered; more than 130 cars in five divisions saw ac­tion Sunday at Vinton.

John Oliver Jr. was the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner. Kyle Olson and Brett Vanous scored $750 victories in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock features, respectively.

Potential payday now $5,000-plus for Hogan Memorial IMCA Modified winner

July 8th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – A potential payday of more than $5,000 awaits the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature winner at Benton County Speedway’s Sunday, July 12 Hogan Memorial.

The 21st annual event is 50 laps and now pays $1,950 to win, including a $500 bonus from RACEFEEDX and IMCA.TV. Lap money is $50 for every circuit led, plus $250 to the leader at halfway.

Hard charger cash awards add up to $600. Minimum start money has been increased to $250 and Modified heat race winners also earn $100.

If not al­ready vote eligible, the winner will be added to the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invi­tational.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show.

A mandatory caution will be thrown for a five-minute break midway through the feature, with all cars stopping on the front stretch.

Two former race winners and the top two drivers in lo­cal track points who do not qualify will receive provi­sional starts. Previous Hogan Memorial winners will sign autographs from 4:30-5:15 p.m. under the grandstand.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and micro mods are also on the card. Stock Cars race for $1,000 to win, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks both for $750 to win.

Hard charger awards are $225 for the Stocks and $125 for the SportMods. Winning a SportMod heat race will also pay $25 or more.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and rac­ing to follow.

More information about the Hogan Memorial is avail­a­ble at the www.jjamracing.net website or by calling 515 201-5526.

Auringer tops Iowa Donor Network, Urbana 5 Night at Benton County Speedway

June 16th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – J.D. Auringer continued his recent hot streak in a big way at Benton County Speedway.

The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver earned his third win in eight days and pocketed $1,250 Sunday night by topping a 32-car field on Iowa Donor Network/Urbana 5 Memorial Night. The win also placed Auringer on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Outside front row starter Ronn Lauritzen paced the field while Auringer positioned himself on the top groove of the quarter-mile. Auringer made his way into second following a lap four restart and chased Lauritzen until a caution slowed action a final time on the 20th of 25 laps.

On the restart, Auringer worked beneath Lauritzen to steal the lead and pull away to victory. He also won the last two Saturday shows in Independence. Mike Jergens made an impressive run from 10th to finish second ahead of Zach Less.
Laurtizen ran fourth ahead of Scott Hogan, who started 22nd and qualified by winning a “B” feature.

Jarod Weepie hadn’t won in Vinton since August of 2002. He battled Damon Murty to the end to take top honors in the 18-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner.

Weepie drove past Roger Ciesielski and Les Blakley for the lead on the third circuit while Murty raced the top groove into second two laps later. Weepie and Murty swapped the lead numerous times before Weepie powered past the low side of Murty for good with three laps to go on his way to a $700 payday.

Murty ran a close second ahead of Blakley, Norman Chesmore and Jerry Miles.

Benji Irvine beat Brian Happel to the line by inches to win a thriller in the 16-lapper for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Brett Vanous and Jeremiah Wilson shared time at the front of the pack until Happel took the lead following a lap six restart. Irvine was working the top groove into contention and restarted on Hap­pel’s rear bumper on a lap 12 restart.

Happel ran the middle to top groove, however Irvine found room to the outside of the leader to steal the $750 win exiting turn four.

Nathan Ballard advanced 20 positions to finish third ahead of Justin Lichty and Wilson.

Tony Olson raced to his fourth local win of the year in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

From his outside front row start, Olson assumed command at the drop of the green and led the 16-lap event in its entirety to take the checkers ahead of Sam Wieben and Matt Petrzelka. Lucas Lundry and Kurt Hogan completed the top five.

In addition to his $700 winner’s share, Olson earned a clean sweep of lap money, plus the hard charger bonus and was the top finishing crate award. Combined, Olson took home over $1,000 for his efforts.

Nearly 100 people signed up to be organ and tissue donors during the evening. The program was a memorial for the five youth killed in an April 9 traffic accident near Urbana and more than 120 cars ran in the inaugural event.

Iowa Donor Network, Urbana 5 Night this Sunday at Benton County Speedway

June 11th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – A $1,250 top prize and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot are at stake when Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headline the Sunday, June 14 Iowa Donor Network and Urbana 5 Memorial Night at Benton County Speedway.

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $750 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods both for $700. Increased payouts are in place throughout each feature field.

All applicable points will be awarded. Hard charger and contingency awards will be given in all divisions.

Contributing to the divisional purses are Cassill Motors, Albert Auto, Fleck Sales, Sperry Engines, Dominator Chassis, Klein Auto Service, Bob Harris Enterprises, Performance Concepts, RPM Auto, Supreme Lawn and Landscape and Automotive Fuel Systems.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

The Iowa Donor Network will have a booth where potential tissue donors can sign up. The program doubles as a memorial for the five youth killed in an April 9 traffic accident near Urbana.

Two hundred-plus prizes will be given to fans during the program including the weekend use of a new BMW and a family trip to Lost Island Water Park. Six kids’ bicycles will also be given away.

More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 and at the www.jjamracing.net website. The track information line is 319 472-4603.

Rain date is June 21.

Rescheduled IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener is Tuesday at Vinton

May 20th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – The IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens for the fourth time in five years at Benton County Speedway, when the green flag flies on Tuesday, May 19.

Traveling IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. If not already qualified, the winner will be added to the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Vern Jackson of Waterloo topped the 2011 lidlifter at Benton County. Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., won there in 2012 and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa paced the 2013 feature.

Last year’s series event was postponed due to inclement weather. Richie Gustin of Gilman won the rescheduled show in August.

All four drivers are expected to return to Vinton tomorrow night. Pit gates will open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features both pay $400 to win while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for a $200 top check. Also on the card are non-sanctioned micro mods.

Grandstand admis­sion is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25. The event will be broadcast via IMCA.TV.

More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, by calling the IMCA home of­fice at 319 472-2201 and on Facebook. The track website is www.jjamracing.net.

The 2015 series opener at Vinton was rescheduled from last Tuesday.

New date for IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener is May 19

May 14th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Opening night for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Benton County Speedway has now been rescheduled for next Tuesday, May 19.

The IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modified feature at Vinton pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifier for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features both pay $400 to win while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for a $200 top check.

No change was made in the race day schedule: Pit gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Grandstand admis­sion is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

The event will be broadcast via IMCA.TV.

More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, by calling the IMCA home of­fice at 319 472-2201 and on Facebook. The track website is www.jjamracing.net.

Modifieds vie for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central, Allstar Performance State and special series points. All applicable points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock drivers.

Tonight’s original Hawkeye Dirt Tour date at Vinton was rescheduled because of wind and forecasts calling for less than favorable temperatures later in the evening.

Edge to Cordes in Benton County Frostbuster

April 5th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – The finish to Thursday’s Frostbuster feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Benton County Speedway was so close Troy Cordes didn’t know for sure he was the winner until he heard it over his one-way radio.

Cordes led most of the 25-lapper after passing Todd Shute following an early restart. He couldn’t find a way around two cars at the back of the field, however, and both Shute and Hunter Marriott caught up in a hurry.

Shute was scored just ahead on lap 22 but Cordes was back in front the next time around. He’d take the checkers not much more than the width of his bumper ahead of Shute, with Marriott right behind.

“It got a little hairy,” Cordes said following the $1,000 victory, which came in front of a large and appreciative crowd. “I’ve won races this close before and I’ve lost them this close before. It goes both ways. This is the better way.”

Jason Wolla, winner of the Wednesday Frostbuster at Southern Iowa Speedway, and Tyler Droste completed the top five.

A dozen states and Canada were represented by the 123 IMCA entries, including 48 Modifieds and 40 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, at Vinton.

Cordes, now the winner of 98 career sanctioned Modified features, was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. NASCAR visitor Ken Schrader did not qualify for the main event.

Damon Murty won his second Frostbuster feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars in as many nights. Sam Wieben topped the Northern SportMods and Benji Irvine ruled the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Nathan Wood was fast up front but two cautions before midway kept the Stock Cars close in their 20-lapper. Murty took the lead on lap 12; Brett Koehler passed Wood for second three laps later but had nothing for Murty, who took the win by half a straightaway.

Three early cautions slowed the Northern SportMod main. Wieben led the last 17 of 18 laps, beating Wednesday Frostbuster winner Lucas Lamberies to the stripe by a couple car lengths. Tony Olson rounded out the top three.

Irvine led every circuit in the Hobby Stock contest but a caution with three to go erased his big lead. Austin Luellen was second, three car lengths off the pace, and Nathan Ballard was third.

All four divisions are at Marshalltown Speedway for the third Frostbuster on Friday, April 3. The final Frostbuster is Saturday, April 4 at Boone Speedway.

Auringer earns second Hogan Memorial win at Benton County Speedway

July 16th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – The last time J.D. Auringer won the Hogan Memorial, he led every lap except one. He did himself one better Sunday night at Benton County Speedway. Auringer, who first won the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified special in 2007, led all 40 laps Sunday night to earn his second victory in the event’s 20-year history.

Auringer earned $1,250 for winning the race, plus $2,250 in lap money and the halfway leader bonus, and additional bonus money to bring his total share of the purse to $3,850. He also receives a free wrap from Tenacity Graphics, plus a new Hoosier tire from IMCA. The win also put him on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Forty-five Modified drivers from six states signed in to compete Sunday at Vinton.

From his outside front row starting spot, Auringer pulled away from pole-sitter Jeremy Mills when the green flag waved.

Running the high groove, Auringer built a straightaway lead and encountered lapped traffic while Hunter Marriott and Dan Chapman made their way into second and third.

Auringer maintained his advantage when a mandatory caution slowed action on lap 20. During the stoppage, drivers were given five minutes to make any adjustments to
their cars on the front straightaway before the second 20-lap installment.

When racing resumed, Auringer returned to the high groove and regained his straightaway lead while Marriott and Chapman continued to battle. Marriott broke free from Chapman in the waning laps and then attempted to chase down the leader. Auringer remained too strong in traffic as he sailed to victory in the event, which was slowed only for the mandatory caution. Chapman finished third ahead of Mike Jergens, who won one of two “B” features. Jergens ad­vanced 13 positions to earn $500 as the hard-charger.

Auringer joined four-time winner Scott Hogan and two-time winner Timm Jensen as the only re­peat winners in event history.

Justin Stander earned his first career win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division. Sam Wieben topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Brian Happel was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner.

Next events in IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek are $1,000 to win XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour shows on Monday, July 14 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson and Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway is Oskaloosa.

Another $1,000 to win show is Wednesday, July 16 during the Mahaska County Fair in Oskaloosa. Speedweek ends with the $2,000 to win Harris Clash, also a Hawkeye Dirt Tour event, on Thursday, July 17 at Knoxville Raceway.

$4,000 is possible to win at 20th annual Hogan Memorial

July 10th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – It’s billed as the most antici­pated event of the year at Benton County Speedway and the 20th annual Hogan Memorial is a good bet to be just
that. The Sunday, July 13 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fied main event pays $1,250 to win, an­other $50 for each of the 40 laps led, plus $250 to the leader at mid­way.

With the addition of a $500 hard charger award, that makes for a potential payoff of $4,000. If not al­ready vote eligible, the winner will be added to the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invi­tational. Minimum start money has been upped to $200. Each heat race winner earns $100. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show.

A mandatory caution will be thrown for a five minute break midway through the feature, with all cars stopping on the front stretch. Two former race winners and the top two drivers in lo­cal track points who do not qualify will receive provi­sional starts. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for all ap­plicable IMCA points.

There is no entry fee for any division. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and rac­ing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the Hogan Memorial is avail­a­ble by calling 515 201-5526 or 319 404-7177.

The Hogan Memorial kicks off the July 13-17 Iowa Speedweeks for IMCA Modifieds.

Features pay $1,000 to win at XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour stops Monday, July 14 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson and Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Another $1,000 to win show is in the works on Wednesday, July 16 at Osky.

The Harris Clash brings IMCA Modifieds to Knoxville Raceway for a $2,000 to win main event on Thursday, July 17. Also on the card that evening are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, running for a $1,000 top prize.

Carter convincing in Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Benton County

May 9th, 2013

VINTON, Iowa – Cayden Carter held off a succession of heavy-hitting veterans in winning Tuesday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN opener at Benton County Speedway.

A week and a half shy of his 18th birthday, the second-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified speedster started outside pole and was scored first on all but one of 30 circuits in the $1,000 to win main event.

J.D. Auringer was inches ahead at the end of lap 19, but Carter was back in front for good the next time around.

Scott Hogan caught Auringer for second following the final restart of the race, with seven laps to go. But neither had anything for Carter, who took the checkers nearly half the straightaway ahead of Hogan.

Colt Mather and Mark Schulte completed the top five.

Auringer improved a dozen places from his original starting spot. Schulte was a plus 13 on the night.

His series career first victory puts Carter on the ballot for this fall’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He’d withstood early race challenges from Patrick Flannagan and Richie Gustin.

Nick Roberts started 10th, took the lead on the 12th of 15 laps and led to the checkers in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.

Benji Irvine won the caution-free 15-lapper for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks despite a brief excursion off the track on the second set of turns with two laps to go.

Tyler Whalen earned the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature win.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour makes its first-ever visit to Spencer and the Clay County Speedway next Thursday, May 16. That feature also pays $1,000 to win.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Benton County for May 7 opener

May 4th, 2013

VINTON, Iowa – Opening night takes the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour to Benton County Speedway for the third consecutive year next Tuesday, May 7.

The feature event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Vinton will pay $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start, and is a qualifying event for this fall’s Fast Shafts All-star Invitational ballot.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, as well as special series points, will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps are set for 6:45 p.m., with racing to follow. Grandstand admis­sion is $12 with a coupon or $15 without; pit passes are $25.

More information Is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, or at the www.jjamracing.net website.

More than 150 different drivers competed over the course of the 2012 series and Jay Note­boom of Hinton made a late charge to capture the tour championship.

After back-to-back feature wins at Farley and Marshalltown launched him back into contention, Note­boom clinched the crown with a second-place showing in the finale, also at Marshalltown. He’ll return to defend his title and plans to debut a new ride early in the series.

Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., was the opening night tour winner when 37 cars were entered at Vinton last May. Three-time defending track champion Scott Hogan of Vinton will be among Waterman’s challengers this time around.

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the mid-week card at Vinton, vying for national and state points. Hobby Stock drivers also earn Stephenville Starter Northern Region points.

All 2013 HDT tour events will be broadcast on internet-based network XSAN, the series presentation sponsor.

Richie Gustin starts 13th, finishes first in Benton County Frostbuster IMCA Modified main

April 12th, 2013

VINTON, Iowa – Richie Gustin doesn’t start many of his races at Benton County Speedway at the front, but he has a knack for finishing them there.

Gustin raced from 13th to win Sunday’s Frostbuster feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Vinton. He passed pole starter Scott Hogan at the flagstand on the 20th of 30 laps, holding off Hogan and then “B” feature winner J.D. Auringer for the $1,000 checkers.

Hogan got too high in his pursuit and went off the second set of turns with four laps left. Gustin pulled away from Auringer from that point, with Jeff Waterman, Kyle Brown and Patrick Flannagan completing the top five.

Like Auringer, Brown also qualified for the big show from the “B” and both advanced 14 spots from their places on the original grid.

The victory was Gustin’s second in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events in just eight days. He’d also prevailed on March 30 at 34 Raceway in West Burlington.

An even 100 race teams were in the pits at Vinton for the fourth IMCA Frostbuster of the week.

Damon Murty was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner while Shannon Anderson led the way to the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock finish. Clint Luellen took the top check for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Nathan Chandler ruled the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

After three early cautions, Murty checked out on everybody and crossed the Stock Car stripe half a lap ahead of runner-up Matt Junio. Tyler Smith, Scott Pippert and Norman Chesmore were next.

Kyle Parizek was the early leader before Anderson took charge just before midway in the Hobby Stock main.

Benji Irvin finished two car lengths back. Brian Happel, Nick Murty and Austin Luellen followed.

Luellen had caught up to the back of the pack just five laps into the Northern SportMod main. He stayed in front following four restarts, holding off Danny Dvorak the last three circuits.

Austin Moyer, Austin Kaplan and Joel Rust finished second through fifth, respectively.

Chandler led all 12 laps of the caution-free Sport Compact feature. Craig Bangert was second and Bill Whalen Jr. third.

Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa rescheduled its Frostbuster from April 3 to this Wednesday, April 10. Benton County Speedway starts its regular point season Sunday, April 14.

Gustin grabs Hogan Memorial checkers at Benton County Speedway

July 10th, 2012

VINTON, Iowa – Richie Gustin worked the high side past Dan Chapman, then held off persistent challenges from Chapman and Jerry Luloff to drive to the IMCA Modified win in the 18th annual Hogan Memorial Sunday at Benton County Speedway.

For his efforts, Gustin earned $1,250 for winning the race, in addition to $250 for leading at half­way and $1,650 in lap money for the 33 circuits he led. In total, Gustin pocketed $3,150 on the night.

Polesitter Chapman led the 27-car field to green while Gustin worked the high groove into conten­tion from a fifth row starting spot. A trio of cautions over the first five laps allowed Gustin to remain close before making his bid for the lead exiting turn four on lap seven.

Once out front, Gustin was unable to shake Chapman while defending race winner Jerry Luloff closed in on the leaders. The top three ran in that formation until a mandatory pit stop on lap 20 when drivers were allowed five minutes to make adjustments to their cars.

When racing resumed for the final 20 laps, Gustin and Chapman went to work on the high side while Luloff continued to challenge from the low groove. Luloff pulled even with Gustin and led at the stripe at the completion of lap 28, however Gustin proved to be too strong on the top side as he drove to the win. Chapman ran the high groove to second a short distance ahead of Luloff.

It was Gustin’s first career win in the Hogan Memorial, which has now seen six straight different winners.

Timm Jensen advanced 13 positions from his 27th starting spot, earning him hard charger hon­ors.

Points racing was held for the four other weekly divisions. John Emerson held off heavy pressure from Andy Bryant and Norman Chesmore to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature while Tyler Droste raced from the fifth row to take top honors in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Scott Pippert won for the eighth time on the Vinton oval this year in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division and Steve Miedke took the checkers in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Hogan Memorial this Sunday at Benton County Speedway

July 5th, 2012

VINTON, Iowa – The winner of the Hogan Memorial can more than double their money with a long run at the front of the IMCA Modified feature this Sunday, July 8 at Benton County Speedway.

The headline event pays a minimum of $1,250 to win and an­other $50 for each of the 40 laps led, plus $250 to the leader at midway. That makes for a potential payoff of $3,500. The winner will also be added to the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invi­tational at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals in September. A minimum of $150 will be paid to make the starting grid. The Ron-Da-Voo Lounge will give a $250 hard charger award. Feature qualifiers will be entered in a drawing for a barrel of fuel from Fauser Oil.

National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. A mandatory caution will be thrown for a five minute break midway through the feature, with all cars stopping on the frontstretch.

Two former race winners and the top two drivers in lo­cal track points who do not qualify will receive provi­sional starts. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will vie for all applicable IMCA points.

There is no entry fee for any class. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $4 for kids 6-13, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the Hogan Memorial is avail­a­ble by calling 515 201-5526 or 319 404-7177.

Benton County Speedway hosts July 10 Hogan Memorial

July 7th, 2011

VINTON, Iowa – A potential payday of $3,600 is on the line when Benton County Speedway hosts its annual Hogan Memorial for IMCA Modifieds this Sunday, July 10.

The feature now pays $1,350 to win and an other $50 for each of the 40 laps led, plus another $250 to the leader at midway. The winner will also be added to the ballot for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invi­tational.

A minimum of $110, including sponsor money, will be paid to make the main event. Two former race winners and the top two drivers in lo cal track points who do not qualify will receive provi sional starts.

National, ButlerBuilt North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded. The Ron-Da-Voo Lounge will give a $250 hard charger award. The winner also goes home with a Hoosier race tire and feature qualifiers will be entered in a
drawing for a barrel of methanol from Fauser Oil.

A mandatory caution will be thrown for a five minute break midway through the feature, with all cars stopping on the frontstretch.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will vie for all applicable IMCA points.

Scott Pippert Trucking kicks in $100 to winners of the Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod features. The Ron-Da-Voo will also give $125 hard charger awards in the Stock Car and SportMod mains.

Keith and Sue Pittman will give $50 to two mystery position finishers in the Modified main and J & V NAPA will give $50 to the top three non-qualifiers. Other prizes to be awarded include $50 gift cards from Theisen’s and Seegy’s Speed Shop.

There is no entry fee for any class.

Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 5:30 p.m. and racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults and $4 for kids 6-13, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $20.

More information about the Hogan Memorial is avail a ble by calling 515 201-5526 or 319 404-7177.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens May 10 at Benton County Speedway

April 30th, 2011

(VINTON, Iowa) – The first green flag of the season flies on Tuesday, May 10 at Benton County Speedway, for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in the opening event of the second annual tour. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the midweek program.

“It’s neat to be able to start the 2011 series at the same track where the first-ever IMCA Modified race was held,” noted Tour Director Bucky Doren. “I expect that a lot of the drivers who followed this series in 2010 will be back with us this year, along with a strong infusion of new talent.”

Mike Jergens of Plover edged Gilman’s Richie Gustin by a single point for the series title last year. Rich Smith of Davenport was eight points off the pace.

IMCA national, ButlerBuilt North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded to Modifieds in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier at Vinton. SportMods and Sport Compacts both chase national and state points.

Pre-race tech for Modifieds starts at 4 p.m. The pit area will be emptied and pit passes sold starting at 5:30 p.m.

Grandstand ticket sales also start at 5:30 p.m. The draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:45 p.m., with racing to follow.

Pit passes are $25. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids, with youngsters five and under getting in free.

Rain date is Thursday, May 12.

More information is available by calling promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or race director Dana Benning at 319 404-7177, and at the www.dirttour.com and www.jjamracing.net websites.

The second of 11 dates on the 2011 series schedule is Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City. RACEceivers are required at all tour events this season.

2011 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule – Tuesday, May 10 at Benton County Speedway, Vinton; Monday, May 30 at I-35 Speedway, Mason City; Tuesday, June 14 at Cedar County Raceway, Tipton; Thursday, June 23 at Cresco Speedway; Thursday, June 30 at Lee County Speedway, Donnellson; Monday, July 4 at Algona Raceway; Thursday, July 21 at Hancock County Speedway, Britt; Wednesday, Aug. 3 at Buena Vista Raceway, Alta; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 at Farley Speedway; and Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24 at Marshalltown Speedway.

Family reunion follows Hogan’s Memorial win

July 17th, 2010

VINTON, Iowa – For a fourth time, a Hogan family reunion was held in and all around victory lane.

Scott Hogan won Sunday’s Hogan Memorial IMCA Modified feature at Benton County Speedway. His name is already on the mid-season championship event plaque for checkered flag runs in 1995, 2005 and 2006 and as was the case with his three previous wins, the hometown driver was joined by dozens of family members and friends in the post-race celebration.

“Winning this race the first time was the best of the four but it never gets old. Not at all,” Hogan said after the last of the victory lane pictures were taken. “This is always one of the biggest races for me to win. It means a lot to me.”

The event is held in memory of Hogan’s parents Dick and Janet. Along with the winner’s $1,250 share of the feature purse, he earned another $1,400 in lap money, plus a $250 bonus for leading the race when the 40-lapper was stopped for a mandatory caution at halfway, making for a $2,900 payday.

Richie Gustin Jr. did time up front and chased Hogan most of the night, running with a broken left front tie rod that had him three wheeling around the track much of the second half of the 16th annual contest.

After crossing the stripe virtually side by side at the end of the 31st lap, Gustin fell back a couple car lengths and brought out the final caution after slowing to a stop on the front stretch on lap 35.

Tim Murty took up the challenge from that point but couldn’t make up the distance and had to settle for second. Troy Cordes, Jay Schmidt and Jerry Luloff completed the top five.

Cordes moved up 18 spots from his starting position, but the $450 in hard charger money went to defend ing race winner and sixth place runner Michael Long, a plus 20 after taking a provisional and starting last in the field.

Tim Stevens drew the pole start and led the first three circuits before giving way to Gustin.

The convincing winner of the season opening Frostbuster special at Vinton in April, Gustin moved to the front on lap four with Hogan close behind. The front pair pulled away from the rest of the pack before Hogan edged ahead as lap 12 was scored.

Lapped traffic came into play and Hogan got some breathing room when Gustin was slowed by a backrun ner before the midway break.

Gustin continued his pursuit when the race resumed, getting the lead back by the width of his bumper on lap 31.

He’d be unable to maintain the pace, however, and the rest of the race belonged to Hogan. Murty had taken over third after back-to-back cautions on lap 26; after Gustin exited, Cordes was settled into third and Long was briefly in fourth before giving way to Schmidt and Luloff
Schmidt had started 14th, Luloff seventh.

Gustin pocketed an additional $50 for each of the nine laps he was scored in front. Stevens, who exited early with mechanical problems, got $150 in lap money.

Also winning feature events were Curt Hilmer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Jacob Keiser in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Brad Chandler in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts

Richie Gustin tops IMCA Modifieds at Benton County Speedway Frostbuster

April 7th, 2010

VINTON, Iowa – Early cautions were the only thing that slowed Richie Gustin down, in Sunday’s IMCA Modified Frostbuster
feature at Benton County Speedway.

Gustin led the last 19 of 20 laps in taking the $1,000 top prize. He’d started fourth and, following the fifth and final yellow of the
contest, ran away from the rest of the field as the green flag stayed out the rest of the way. Gustin had just gotten into lapped traffic before crossing the finish line comfortably ahead of Mark Elliott.

Troy Cordes was third while Scott Hogan sped from the 18th starting spot to fourth.

The victory puts Gustin on the ballot for the 2010 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, to be held during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals in September.

Other winners during Vinton’s season opening show were Scooter Dulin in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Danny Dvorak in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scott Pippert in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Justin Wacha in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Dulin was in the right place at the right time to inherit the lead after a white flag lap tangle at the front of the Stock Car pack.
That collision sent race-long leader Damon Murty to the infield while second running Jeff Mueller and Brian Ir vine went to the pits. Dulin led the rest of the way, getting the $500 win ahead of Justin Temeyer, Bob Ahrend son and Jason DeShaw.

After his first pass for the lead was negated by a caution, Dvorak caught Chris Luloff a second time in the time-shortened SportMod main.

The victory would be good for $300. Johnny Whitman, Joel Rust and Luloff chased Dvorak to the checkers.

The defending track champion, Pippert ran at the front of the Hobby Stock feature from start to finish for a $250 payday. Nick Murty ran second most of the way but couldn’t close the gap; Wes Stanek and Jerome Wil son rounded out the top four.

Wacha ran in front the last three times around the track in the $125 to win Sport Compact feature. Brad Chan dler, Brett Vanous and Steve Miedke rounded out the top four finishers.

The first night for local track points at Vinton is April 11.