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Posts in 'Stuart Speedway (IA)' Track

Four IMCA Late Model dates set at Stuart Speedway

April 19th, 2012

STUART, Iowa – Four dates featuring IMCA Late Models have been announced for the 2012 season at Stuart Speedway. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, All-Star Performance state and local track points will be awarded for Sunday, May 13, June 17, July 22 and Aug. 5 shows.

If weather permits and all four events are held, a track champion will be crowned and will receive pro-rated bonus points applicable toward national standings. “We have had a lot of fans and drivers in other divisions suggest that we bring the Late Models in,” promoter Chuck Vanderheiden said. “We’ve already gotten sponsorship help – and we’re looking for more – to help make that possible.”

Vanderheiden believed non-sanctioned late models last ran at Stuart some time in the 1980s. The IMCA division makes its debut on the ¼-mile dirt oval on Mother’s Day. Opening night at Stuart for five other classes, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, is April 29

Veteran track employee taking over promoter’s job at Stuart

March 18th, 2010

STUART, Iowa (March 15) – Chuck Vanderheiden has done just about every job at the track during the 15 years he’s worked at Stuart Speedway.

When the season starts on April 25, he’ll have a new job: Promoting the ¼-mile dirt venue.

“Stuart is my hometown and I started coming to races here when I was a kid. The first promoter I worked for was Kenny Davidson,” Vanderheiden said. “Stuart has always had a lot of good, close racing and we’ll do everything we can to give our drivers the best possible track week in and week out.”

Five sanctioned divisions return to Sunday night programs at Stuart, the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

“Three of the champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals last year also raced with us on a weekly basis in 2009,” said Vanderheiden, citing Randy Havlik, Shannon Anderson and Mike Pruitt. “So we’ve got our share of the big dogs here.”

Two specials on the upcoming schedule are the Ron Little Memorial on May 30 and the Fever Heat event on Sept. 19.

The final night for track points at Stuart is Sept. 5.

Most of a veteran crew, including Vanderheiden’s wife Anne, returns to the speedway staff in 2010.

Stuart is part of IMCA’s ButlerBuilt North Central Region for the Modifieds and Probe Industries Northern Regions for both Stocks and Hobbies.