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Buena Vista Raceway’s Aug. 5 IMCA Modified feature pays $1,300 to win

August 5th, 2015

ALTA, Iowa – Winning the Wednesday, Aug. 5 Marv Rueter Memorial for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Buena Vista Raceway will be good for $1,300 and a spot on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner earns $500 and the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner earns $300. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and BVR Bombers complete the weekly race program.

All applicable IMCA points will be awarded. Modified, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact portions of the show will be draw/redraw.

Entry fees are $50 for the Modifieds, $35 for the Northern SportMods and $25 for the Sport Compacts.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans with ID, and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available by calling promoter Lee Meyer at 712 299-5147 or the track at 712 284-2561. The track website is

Lee Meyer is back as boss at Buena Vista Raceway

January 22nd, 2015

ALTA, Iowa– Buena Vista Raceway celebrates an anniversary season in 2015 and Lee Meyer will be back in charge of weekly operations at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

Meyer promoted BVR from 2002-2007 and returns to that position, while taking on manager duties for the Buena Vista County Fair. Five IMCA divisions will be part of 18 Wednesday night programs beginning with opening night April 15. Season championship night is Aug. 12.

“Racing is a passion for me. I’m totally blessed to have a second opportunity to do what I love,” Meyer said. “I love being around race people, being at the track and the smell of race fuel. It’s the best.”

“Buena Vista Raceway celebrates its golden anniversary of racing this year and we’re working on some ideas, like 50-lap features for some of the divisions, to make this a special season,” he added.

Weekly shows will again feature the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact divisions.

BVR first sanctioned its Modifieds with IMCA in 1987 and its Stock Cars in 1989. Hobby Stocks have been sanctioned since 1993, Northern SportMods since 2007 and Sport Compacts since 2008.

Modified points earned at Alta also apply in IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Stock Car points in the Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.

“I really believe IMCA has benefitted racing in this part of the state and southern Minnesota. We’re kind of sitting in the middle of IMCA country,” noted Meyer. “We’ve already gotten a lot of physical updates to the facility done and we’re excited about the 2015 season. All the feedback we’ve gotten fan-wise has been positive.”

Meyer’s wife Becky also serves on the fair board as treasurer and returns as a promotional partner at BVR.

“She handles a lot of the electronic side of the business,” Meyer said, “and allows me to fulfill my racing passion.”

The motorsports track at Alta got its start as a 1/5-mile oval located inside a ½-mile horse racing track. It was idle for several seasons during the farm crisis of the 1980s.

Jeff Herrig had been the promoter the past seven years.

“Jeff and his family did a great job at Buena Vista Raceway and kept the track moving in the right direction,” acknowledged Meyer.

VanderBeek starts new streak at Buena Vista Raceway

May 25th, 2014

ALTA, Iowa-Zack VanderBeek ended his streak of second- and third-place finishes in the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy, and in doing so also ended Stormy Scotts streak of four straight wins Thursday night at the Buena Vista Raceway.

VanderBeek started on the pole of the main event and led every lap in scoring his first win of the 2014 campaign and 24th of his United States Modified Touring Series career.

The win was worth $2,000 to the 29-year-old from New Sharon, Iowa.

Scott started the feature race in the fifth spot and clawed his way into second, but the 2012 USMTS Rookie of the Year could not find the muscle to get close to the 2004 USMTS Rookie of the Year.

Sixth-starting Dereck Ramirez was third, Kelly Shryock finished fourth and current USMTS Rookie of the Year points leader Jake Gallardo rounded out the top five at the flagstand.

Johnny Scott, Daniel Hilsabeck, Bryan Rowland, Joey Jensen and Jeremy Houle were sixth through tenth, respectively.

Hilsabeck, who started 13th, garnered his first Mesilla Valley Transportation Hard Charger Award of the year.

Friday will take the series to the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the 7th Annual Mike Guttormson Memorial. USRA B-Mods, WISSOTA Midwest Mods and Chateau Pure Stocks will round out the racing card.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5:30. Hot laps begin at 6:30 and the first heat race hits the track at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $18, kids ages 6-12 get in for $5 and children 5 and under are free.

The Chateau Raceway is a semi-banked one-third-mile gumbo clay oval located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 (Lansing Exit), then 1.3 miles east on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east on 266th St. For more information call 507-391-2486 or check out online.

On Saturday, the 12th Annual A&A Electric Minnesota Spring Challenge will be staged at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. The Memorial Day Weekend wraps up Sunday, May 25, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa.

Comprising 12 events in 25 days, the Farm Boy BBQ Sauce Northern Region will be a flurry of action with most of the top open wheel dirt modified pilots in the region, and from around the country, tackling some of the most prestigious now-thawed speedplants in America.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at or check out our YouTube channel at

Virginia Motor Speedway Releases 2013 Schedule; Focus on Weekly Racing

December 1st, 2012

Jamaica, VA – The tentative 2013 schedule for Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway has been released and includes 12 weeks of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action. The focus for the 2013 racing season will be on weekly racing and continuing to grow our local fan and competitor base.

During the 12 weeks of Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series action the speedway will feature six nights of the very popular twin race format that was utilized during the last part of the 2012 season. Fans and competitors alike were thrilled with the format and have asked to see more of it in 2013.

The track’s always competitive weekly divisions begin their race for the division Championships and the Virginia Army National Guard Dirt Series Championship on Saturday April 13th and end with the final point’s race of the season on Saturday September 14th.

This year’s division line-up will once again include the Victory Lap Late Models, Truckin Thunder Sportsman, Budweiser Modifieds and the Collision One Limited Stock Cars.

One special event tentatively on the 2013 schedule is the return of the Ultimate Super Late Model Series on Saturday May 18th. Details of that event will be released soon.

Along with the weekly racing action the speedway will also host two mud bogs at its state of the art mud bog facility. On Saturday June 15th The Pit at VMS will host the 4th Annual Mud Mayhem and on Saturday October 5th the 9th Annual Run-A-Muck Mud Bog and Mud Sling presented by James River Rappahannock Tractor and the Virginia Army National Guard. Both events set attendance and competitor participation records in 2012.

To see the entire 2013 schedule in its entirety visit the Speedway’s website at The 2013 schedule is tentative and subject to change.

The speedway will begin to accept registrations starting December 1st with the top twenty in each class having their number saved until February 15th when all numbers will become first come first served. Competitors will Competitors can obtain a 2013 registration form by going to the tracks website or by calling the speedway Monday through Friday 10am through 3pm at (804) 758-1867.

Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway, an ASA Member Track, is a 1/2-mile, dirt oval. The track is located on U.S. Route 17, eight miles north of Saluda, VA and 25 miles south of Tappahannock, VA in Jamaica, VA. The speedway is just a short drive from Richmond, Fredericksburg, Southern Maryland and the Hampton Roads area.

To learn more about Bill Sawyer’s Virginia Motor Speedway and its 2013 schedule of events, fans may call the Speedway office at (804) 758-1VMS or visit the track’s web site at

Anderson takes checkers as titans clash in World Products Stock Car Shootout at Alta

July 5th, 2012

ALTA, Iowa – Round one of the IMCA World Products Stock Car Shootout went to a driver who’s already been there and done that. Jeff Anderson led past midway of the Monday night special for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars at Buena Vista Raceway. After falling out of the front spot, he stayed close enough to capitalize when Brian Blessington got sideways and take the $1,000 checkers.

Winner of the inaugural Shootout feature in 1996 as well as the 1998 event, Anderson was chased across the stripe by Damon Murty, defending series champion Donavon Smith, David Smith and Blessington. Anderson led the first 13 of 25 circuits before Murty drove by. A caution followed on the next lap and Anderson got the point back when Murty slid high on the restart.

Blessington, meanwhile, had qualified from a “B” feature and flew from 17th starting into the top five by lap nine; he was in second on lap 15 and needed just three more trips around the track to pass Anderson for the point. What proved to be the final caution came with three laps left and Blessington restarted ahead of David Smith, Anderson, Donavon Smith and Murty.

Disaster struck as the leader was coming to take the white flag. Blessington spun but was able to get straightened out and avoid bringing out the yellow. He managed to salvage fifth place, behind the opportunistic Anderson, Murty and the Smiths. Combined, the top five finishers own more than 700 IMCA career feature wins in the class. Murty won the Shootout title in 2006 and 2010 and Blessington reigned in 2008.

The second of three Stock Car Shootout races is Tuesday, July 3 at Marshalltown Speedway. Both the Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win, with IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts completing the program. The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa hosts the Shootout finale on Wednesday, July 4. Other feature winners during Monday’s Kyle Suter Memorial program at Alta included Chris Abel­son in the IMCA Modifieds, Devin Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Austin Lucas in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Megan Lappegard in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

While Iowa and Wisconsin dominated the 34 entries in the Stock Car field, they were joined on the track by Aztec, N.M.’s Travis Sutherlin.

BVR too wet, IMCA Stock Car series heads to Marshalltown

June 29th, 2011

ALTA, Iowa – Four and a half inches of rain overnight and two feet of water in the in field at noon combined in the decision to call off Monday night’s scheduled opening event in the World Products Great American Stock Car Series at Buena Vista Raceway.

“There just wasn’t enough time to get the infield pumped out and the racing surface ready for this evening,” explained IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “BVR will hold their Kyle Suter Me morial program at a later date. The decision to reschedule the Stock Car series date will be made this week.”

A $1,500 point fund will be paid regardless of whether or not the Alta series date Is rescheduled.

Both the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will run for $1,000 to win when the series travels to Marshalltown Speedway Tuesday, June 28. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $300 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $100. The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Another $1,000 to win series show for the Stocks is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29 at Independ ence Motor Speedway. That evening’s Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models totes a $5,004 top prize while Northern SportMods chase a $500 check.

Indee opens the grandstand at 4 p.m. and starts racing at 7 p.m.

Mother Nature’s onslaught continues; USMTS events at Alta, Jefferson called off due to rain, flooding

June 25th, 2011

ALTA, Iowa – When it rains, it pours . and nobody knows this better than the folks that live and work in America’s heartland. Four of the last six events for the USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy have fallen victim to Mother Nature’s wrath here in the last half of June, with most of the others getting the show in despite threatening weather lurking overhead.

Today, she delivered a one-two punch, forcing race officials to cancel both the Wednesday night program at the Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, Iowa, and Thursday’s scheduled show at the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D.

Heavy rains in the northwest corner of Iowa with a forecast of more to come put the kibosh on tonight’s plans at the 4th Annual Battle at The Beaver. More than five inches fell on Park Jefferson over the last 24 hours, leaving most of the facility more suitable for boat racing.

Officials from the USMTS and affected tracks are working together to plug in new dates for these events some time in July or early August. Stay tuned to for the latest information.

Weather permitting, the final two nights of USMTS Summer Speedweeks action takes place at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, June 24, with the final trek back to the north and the final stop of the grueling month of June at the newly-configured North Central Speedway in beautiful Brainerd, Minn.


Sat Jun 18 . Cedar Lake Speedway, New Richmond, Wis., (rained out, postponed to July
Tue Jun 21 . I-35 Speedway, Mason City, Iowa (rained out, postponed to July 12)
Wed Jun 22 . Buena Vista Raceway, Alta, Iowa (rained out)
Thu Jun 23 . Park Jefferson Speedway, Jefferson, S.D. (rained out)
Fri Jun 24 . Rapid Speedway, Rock Rapids, Iowa
Sat Jun 25 . North Central Speedway, Brainerd, Minn.

After a chaotic month of June, drivers will get a vacation of nearly three weeks
before picking up the throttle again on Tuesday, July 12, for the make-up event at
the I-35 Speedway in Mason City, Iowa, which was rained-out yesterday. Then on
Wednesday, July 13, the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., the USMTS
Casey’s General Stores National Tour powered by Swan Energy will join the World of
Outlaws Late Model Series for the first time at the legendary NAPA Gopher 50.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit
online or call 515-832-7944. You can also follow the USMTS on Facebook, MySpace,
Twitter and YouTube.