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$1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature headlines Murray County Fair show

August 11th, 2015

SLAYTON, Minn. – More money is on the line for all four IMCA divisions running this Friday, Aug. 14 at Murray County Speedway.

The county fair program pays the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner $1,000 and is a 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. Bonuses of $500 for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner and $250 for the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner will be given by Sturdevant’s Auto Supply of Slayton. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner also earns a $250 bonus.

Top four finishers in the Hobby Stock feature also will be entered in a drawing for an additional $500. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded. The Modified portion of the program is draw/redraw. Completing the card are the MCRA compacts and pickups.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $13 for adults, $8 for kids 11-15 and free for 10 and under. Pit passes are $26. There is no entry fee or charge for car registration.

More information is available from promoter Glen Van Eck at 507 220-3511.

Mattison charges to Stock Car win in Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

June 19th, 2014

SLAYTON, Minn. – Gary Mattison raced better on the track than he drew for position. As a result, he drove away from the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field for his career-first Redline Rac­ing Parts North Star Series feature win Friday night at Murray County Speedway.

Mattison started 10th and caught defending champion Jim Larson and Matt Speckman after half­way for the lead and the eventual victory.

“I went to the high side to pass,” Mattison said. “The car was good and I just tried to be patient.”

Larson ended in second. Hard charger Jake Masters moved up 10 spots to third, Speckman was fourth and Jake Bruns completed the top five.

Jay Noteboom had better luck with the draw, getting the pole and leading all 20 laps of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event.

He pulled away following a late restart to win by four car lengths ahead of Jeff Larson.

Curt Lund passed a dozen cars and finished third; Dustin Larson moved up eight spots from his original place on the starting grid for fourth and Brandon Beckendorf was fifth. Tyler Limoges also passed 12 cars and took sixth.

Tour feature wins were the second in six days for Nick Johansen in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, while Nate Coopman pre­vailed for the fourth time in as many Mach-1 Sport Compact series outings.

Johansen also made use of the higher line in racing from fourth starting to the lead on the second lap of the SportMod main, which was cut short by the time limit.

Aaron Krohn, Nick Dieter, Matt Looft and hard charger Tony Rialson rounded out the top five. Ri­alson passed nine cars.

Jamie Songer came up from 12th starting to run side-by-side with Luinenburg on the final lap of a Hobby Stock feature that also saw it’s share of cautions.

Luinenburg found the better grip he needed higher up to lead Songer, Cory Probst, Matt Hanson and Mark Janssen across the stripe.

Coopman drew the pole and sped to his career 17th North Star Sport Compact checkers ahead of Stephanie Forsberg and Neil Forsberg.

Murray County sets eight IMCA Modified race dates

December 20th, 2011

SLAYTON, Minn. – Eight Friday dates for IMCA Modifieds have been announced for next season at Murray County Speedway.

Point races for the sanctioned division at Slayton in 2012 will be opening night May 25, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 3, Aug. 17 and Aug. 24. The date of a $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event is to be

“I think this year was the first year since the Murray County Racing Association was formed that we didn’t have Modifieds here. There was a ton of interest from IMCA Modified drivers who wanted to race at this track,” promoter Josh Schafer said. “The majority of them from the Arlington and Redwood Falls areas said they could support it on an every other week basis next year. We want to run the class weekly in the future.”

IMCA Modifieds last ran weekly at Slayton in 1996. Murray County resumed its IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock sanctions, and added the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts this year.

Murray County previously fielded USRA Modifieds.

“The biggest thing was to transition them. The difference was more than tires and weight, so we just decided to take this year off and run IMCA Modifieds next season,” Schafer explained. “Money doesn’t buy you wins in IMCA. It can increase your chances but IMCA levels the playing field and allows the average guy to be competitive.”

Murray County will be part of IMCA’s ButlerBuilt North Central Region for Modifieds. Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks are in respective Probe Industries Northern Regions.

Track champions will be crowned and points earned in all five sanctioned divisions at Slayton factor toward IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national titles.

Also to be announced is the date next season for Murray County’s Dominick Bruns Memorial Stock Car special.

Murray County Speedway sanctions four IMCA divisions in 2011

December 9th, 2010

SLAYTON, Minn. (Dec. 9) – Three IMCA divisions return, while a fourth sanctioned class will be new to weekly race pro grams at Murray County Speedway in 2011.

IMCA Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are back in action on the 3/8-mile dirt oval, while the Mach-1 Sport Compacts see their first action at Slayton.

“As a board, we sat down and talked about what sanctioning body would work best for us,” said promoter Josh Schafer, president of the five-member Murray County Racing Association. “The main thing we liked about IMCA was the communication. It’s unbelievable. When you call them you always get a response within 24 hours. That’s very important, particularly for our drivers and for our tech inspectors.”

Tentative opening night will be Friday, May 20. The point season continues through August, with a special event to be sched uled in September.

“We share a lot of drivers with Jackson Speedway, which runs on Saturdays, and Redwood Speedway, which is a Sun day night track,” Schafer said. “We’re starting a point fund for the divisions that run at all three tracks and will announce more information about that after we get the details worked out.”

A former WISSOTA driver, Schafer started his own career in a 4-cylinder cruiser class similar to the Sport Compacts. Friend and 1992 IMCA Stock Car national champion Dennis Terning helped build the ride that carried Schafer to a track title.

“IMCA has the same theory with this class that Dennis had back in the day and I believe the Sport Compacts will be successful here, too,” he said. “We’re building one now that we’ll give away to a young driver aged 14 to 18 or 21 by drawing at mid-season. Anybody eligible who wants to start racing can sign up and all the winner will have to buy is their helmet, firesuit and safety equipment and they’ll be ready to go racing.”

When weather conditions permit next spring, banking will be upped to 10 percent in both sets of turns and the back stretch will be widened out of turn two.

Points earned at Murray County will apply in IMCA’s ButlerBuilt Northern Region for Modifieds and in Probe Industries Northern Regions for Stock Cars and for Hobby Stocks. IMCA last sanctioned Modifieds at Slayton in 1996, the Stock Cars in
2000 and the Hobby Stocks in 2002.

“It’s good to have Murray County back. Their rules for the Modifieds, Stocks and Hobbies were already similar to ours and it’s good to see them working with other sanctioned tracks,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “That makes sense for the tracks and is cost effective for racers who don’t have to make changes to their cars to race at different tracks every night.”

Two in a row: Hejna wires USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour field at Murray County Speedway

June 8th, 2009

SLAYTON, MINN. – Al Hejna captured his second consecutive USMTS Casey’s General Stores National Tour main event Friday night with a wire-to-wire win in the 6th Annual Minnesota Spring Challenge presented by DeBoer Chevrolet at the Murray County Speedway in Slayton, Minn.

Hejna has been excellent on the track as of late, but has had to overcome poor starting spots. He started eighth on Thursday en route to his first win of the season, but on Friday night he drew the pole position for the Sunoco “A” Main and that would be the closest anybody would get to him all night.

The 46-year-old from Clear Lake, Iowa, extended his consecutive laps led to 54 after leading all of Friday night’s 30-lapper and the final 24 circuits in Thursday night’s victory.

While a handful of cautions kept the pace slow during the first few laps of the main event, Jon Tesch could not get the yellow flag he needed late in the race to make a charge on the leader. Coming from the 14th starting spot, Tesch earned the PBM Performance Products Hard Charger Award with a runner-up finish as he ran out of laps in his attempt to run down Hejna.

Tommy Myer finished third, Kelly Shryock was fourth and Mike Steensma grabbed the fifth spot. Sixth through tenth, respectively, went to DandyLand Farms Rookie of the Year points leader Grant Junghans, Corey Dripps, AFCO Pole Award winner Josh Reisch, Anthony Mann and Mike Lineberry.

Slayton resident and 2007 USMTS National Champion Jason Krohn continued to struggle. After starting on the outside of the front row in the feature, Krohn was the first driver out of the race and pocketed a disappointing 24th-place paycheck.

Myer continues to lead the Great Plains Region standings by 19 points over Tesch (301 to 282). Shryock fell to third with 275
markers, with Hejna (268), Dripps (264), Rich Lewerke (221), Jake Neal (213), Lineberry (211), Scott Green (210) and Steensma (204) rounding out the top-10 in the rankings.