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Algona, I-35 open with April 6, 7 Spring Fling specials

March 31st, 2013

ALGONA, Iowa – Algona Raceway and I-35 Speedway get the new season started with Spring Fling specials April 6 and 7.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $1,000 to win in 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers both Saturday and Sunday.

Top prize for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $750 while first place money for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks is $500.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for Saturday’s show at Algona. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

On Sunday, gates at Mason City open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.

There is no entry fee either night. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under free. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 515 295-5555.

The Saturday show is sponsored by Algona Publishing and Gisch Repair. Sponsor of the Sunday special is Schroeder Racing Products.

Algona checkers put Gustin back on top of Hawkeye Dirt Tour point race

July 6th, 2012

ALGONA, Iowa – Richie Gustin loaded up and left Algona Raceway with his first JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win of the season Tuesday night.

Better yet, Gustin’s series career-leading fifth victory put him back on top of the IMCA Modified tour point standings Gustin took the lead 11 circuits into the 30-lapper and wound up winning comfortably ahead of tour visitor David Murray Jr. The win paid $1,000.

Mike Van Genderen ran in the top five all night and was rewarded with a third place finish. Twelfth place starter Mark Schulte charged forward to finish fourth and Austin Wolf was fifth at his hometown track. Jeremy Mills came into the night with the tour point lead but was forced to exit early. Darin Duffy and defending HDT champion Mark Elliott suffered similar fates.

Mills led early from the pole, with Wolf and Van Genderen close behind. Wolf hopped the cushion on lap 10, allowing both Van Genderen and the ninth starting Gustin to get by.

Gustin continued making up ground on Mills and had the lead by a bumper width when the 11th lap was scored. Cautions on laps 13 and 17, the second yellow involving Mills, kept the field close but Gustin maintained control on the ensuing restarts.

Murray entered the fray with six laps left after passing Schulte for third. He ran side-by-side with Van Genderen and earned second place points and pay by half a car length.

Rich Smith changed engines after he was unable to start his heat race. He improved 15 spots from his original starting position in the feature and finished 12th.

The first seven of 13 series events on the 2012 HDT schedule have produced as many different winners. Mills was scored 24th; he’s now second in the standings, 14 points behind Gustin. Jay Noteboom, Ryan Dolan and Schulte follow, with just 12 points separating second through fifth place.

Next on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour slate is the Tuesday, July 17 show at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. That event also pays $1,000 to win and is one of the first qualifying races for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star invitational ballot.

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

Algona Raceway opens Saturday with Spring Fling special

April 5th, 2012

ALGONA, Iowa – Four IMCA divisions see season-opening action this Saturday, April 7 during Algona Raceway’s Spring Fling special.

IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Top prize for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $750 while first place money for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks is $500.

All applicable points, including IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional, Allstar Performance state and local track points, will be awarded. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for the draw-redraw
show. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

There is no entry fee. Spectator admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under free. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available by calling promoter Joe Ringsdorf at 515 320-0066. Saturday’s show is sponsored by Algona Publishing and Heyes/Lavrenz Racing; The same four divisions run at Sunday’s season-opening Spring Fling at I-35 Speedway in Mason City.

Smith is first in Algona’s Firecracker 30 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

July 6th, 2011

ALGONA, Iowa – Rookie Dustin Smith took the Fourth of July win when the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour traveled to Algona Raceway for the Firecracker 30 special. The $1,000 IMCA Modified victory put Smith on the ballot for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He’s the sixth different winner in as many tour events this season. Ryan Watnem, Mark Elliott, defending series champion Mike Jergens and point leader Ryan Dolan rounded out the top five.

Jason Briese and Watnem led the field to the start of the 30-lap feature. Watnem won the race to the first corner and paced the field from the point.

Smith and Kurt Krauskopf battled for second before a caution tightened the field on lap 11. Smith used the ensuing restart to make his move on the leader while Watnem and Krauskopf, then Elliott and Dolan all tussled over second.

That four-way dogfight allowed Smith to open up some breathing room before the final caution of the contest waved on lap 21.

Jergens jumped into the fray during the final nine laps but no one had anything for Smith before the checkers flew.

Smith’s brother David recorded a milestone of his own Monday night, winning for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career.

Next up for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour is a visit to Hancock County Speedway at Britt on Thursday, July 21. The ‘Prelude to The Night of 1,000 Stars’ event sees NASCAR star Ken Schrader join the top guns of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

Doering Wins High Bank Thunder Show

May 7th, 2009

(Fremont, In) The record books were shattered at the Angola Motor Speedway on Saturday night May 2nd with a record 44 Super Late Models jammed into the pits. The Main Event Super Late Models saw one of their biggest car counts in series history and also made their first appearance ever at the Angola Motor Speedway. Also the front wheel drive (FWD) class made their first appearance at the track helping jam the pits full with 88 cars on the opening night for the Wide Open Tour.

The top 14 fast qualifiers were locked into the feature race for the Super Late Models. This was going to prove tough enough for Mike Kugler out of the 44 Late Models in the pits, but he showed his skills set quick time at 13.701 at 98.533 MPH. Some of the names that didn’t make their way through in qualifying were Tim Ice, Jason Shively, Tony Dager, Doug Finley, Dave Stehower, and Bud Perry. They all have series championships, track titles, or feature wins all over the Midwest, proving how tough the field of Super Late Models were. The Main Event Series officials made two last chances races, taking the top three out of each to the 100 lap feature. The first to open the show was the odd last chance race featuring Tim Ice taking the checkered flag followed by teammate Charlie Schultz, and Mike Mizer taking the transfer spots to the big show. Dave Stehower out Grand Rapids, MI drove like a true sportsman almost racing his way in with a fourth place finish having many chances of pushing his way to the front, but electing not to. Stehower was followed by Rick Sibila, John Crumrine, Fred Elkins. The second last chance race saw Tony Dager, the 2008 CRA Sportsman Champion, taking the win over Doug Finley and Shawn Stroble taking the transfers positions. “Smokin” Bud Perry was on the outside looking in followed by Jasper Case, Jeff Brunt.

The 100 Lap Main Event Series saw some great racing action. Chad Finley from the Spartan Speedway and Berlin Raceway took the early lead and held off hard charging Angola Motor Speedway veteran Jack Landis for over 40 laps. Landis started to fall back as Jimmy Carter and John Doering, Jr. started to work their way through the field. On lap 49, Doering overtook the Michigan youngster for the race lead and continued to lead for the remainder of the race. Jimmy Carter ran Doering down in the last few laps and tried to pass him on the last lap. However, he encountered traffic and blew a break line, finding himself head on into the turn four wall. The feature win went to Doering, Jr. followed by Chad Finley, Canadian Mike Luberda, Jr., Mike Kugler, Gary Whipkey, Jack Landis, Don Harvey, Jimmy Carter, Doug Sommers, and Charlie Schultz rounding out the top 10.

The Angola Motor Speedway “Mod Squad” saw Brian Nester set quick time with a lap of 14.832 at 91.019 MPH besting 19 Superior Auto Modifieds. The first heat race saw Dennis Kurtz take the heat race over Tom Wiedman, Nate Moon,. The fast heat
saw Michigan native Justin Kazmar take the win over Dyck Maurer, Steve Minich, Jr., Jason Timmerman, and Bud Perry. It was time for the Superior Auto Modified 50 Lap Main Event that almost stole the show. Jason Dietsch cruised out to the early lead with Dyck Maurer attached to his back bumper for several laps before some crashing and banging that saw Maurer take the lead. It looked like Maurer was going to race to victory until Brian Nester came from behind on lap 49 for the lead. Nester stayed out front for the last lap to win over Maurer, Jason Timmerman, Steve Christman, Steve Minich, Jr., Bud Perry, Brad Springer, Scott Coe, Eric Schaeffer, and Justin Kazmar to round out the top 10.

Chad Poorman set fast time in The Jonny on the Spot Street Stocks with a lap of 16.024 at 84.249 MPH. The heat race saw veteran Street Stock driver Tommy Little take the win over Chad Poorman, Troy Moyer. The 20 lap feature saw Troy Moyer get
out to an early lead until lap ten, when Tommy Little took the lead. Tommy Little looked like he had things wrapped up until Ohio veteran Chad Poorman used lap traffic to his advantage to take the lead coming to the white flag. Poorman hung on for the win over Little, Moyer, Zach Henderson, and Gene Fisher rounding out the top 5.

The Smith Enterprise Mini Stocks saw Fort Wayne driver Zach Sipe set fast time with a lap of 18.279 at 73.855 MPH. Zach Sipe also took the heat race over Taylor Oberlin, Pete Marrotti, Alan Tink, and Andrew Jones rounding out the top 5. Then the Everage Auto FWD heat race was on the track that Jeff Shelmadine took the win over Dan Foulk,. The combined FWD and Smith Enterprise Mini Stock feature saw some great action in both classes. The Mini Stocks saw Zach Sipe take the clean sweep in the class by wining the 15 lap feature over Taylor Oberlin, Pete Marrotti, and John Sattison, . The FWD portion of the event saw young Jeff Shelmadine use a last lap pass past his Grandpa Dewayne Miller to take the win Miller followed by Cale Gardner, Mike Hooper, and Verrel Sipe to round out the top five.

The Angola Motor Speedway and Everage Motor Sports saw a lot of history made on opening night. This was the first time at the historic track that a driver from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio each won a feature. Also a record of 44 Super Late Models on hand. The next event on tap for the Wide Open Tour will be on May 23rd featuring 75 Super Late Model Feature paying $2,000 to win, Super Pro Series 75 Feature, Short Track Trucks 50, Street Stocks, Mini Stocks, and FWD’s making it a big 6-1 show. The racing action will start at 7 p.m. sharp. Please visit the website at www.angolamotorspeedway.com for more information and a complete schedule.