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Jackson Motorplex adds IMCA RaceSaver Sprints

December 19th, 2015

JACKSON, Minn. ­– Another IMCA sanctioned division running on another race night is part of the plans behind making Jackson Motorplex one of the premier facilities of its kind in the nation.

IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be part of a new Friday night program at Jackson in 2016. Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all return to traditional Saturday shows.

“We want this to be one of the premier tracks in the country,” explained General Manager Doug Johnson. “We’ve listened to racers, we’re looking at having different types of events here and we’re confident everyone will get the biggest bang for their buck.”

The first regular IMCA sanctioned events were held on the ½-mile dirt oval at the former Jackson Speedway in 1988; traveling IMCA Sprint Cars made five appearances there for Jackpot Junction Tour events, most recently in 2009.

“RaceSaver Sprint Cars are an affordable class for up-and-coming kids as well as adults,” said Johnson, a Jackson native and also the owner of a 305 Sprint Car that ran a partial schedule at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., this year. “They can be a great stepping stone, especially for kids coming from micro sprints, and you don’t have to take out a mortgage to do it.”

“This class is a great learning experience. I really think it’s going to take off around here,” he continued. “Young drivers and guys who have had a car sitting in the shop the last 5-7 years all have the opportunity to be competitive.”

Modified points earned at Jackson Motorplex will figure toward standings in IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.

Jackson’s 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season is scheduled to start in mid-May and run through September.

Monster truck and snow cross events are also among those planned at Jackson, owned by Tod Quiring, and there should be no shortage of seating or other fan amenities.

Unseasonably warm December weather has allowed work to continue on new bleacher seating for 17,000 fans, with construction of 20 VIP suites to follow.

The pit area will be moved to the east end of the fairgrounds, off turns one and two, and approximately 70 campsites will be located in a campground in the southeast corner of the facility.

Further down the road are construction of a high-banked short track inside the half-mile oval and new concessions.

Bucket list win for Sathoff accompanied by Cellan Memorial checkers at Jackson

October 3rd, 2015

JACKSON, Minn. – Last year’s runner-up ran in front every time around the track at this year’s Doug Cellan Memorial, during Saturday’s Jackson Nationals show. Luke Sathoff started outside the front row and led all 25 laps in taking the $2,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers at Jackson Speedway.

“This was definitely a bucket list win. This is one of the top events we race in,” said Sathoff, the winner ahead of Randy Brands and Dustin Larson. “We’ve got a lot of good Stock Car drivers around here so the wins never come easy. It’s always nice when you’re able to beat a couple Super Nationals champions.”

Brands was two car lengths off the pace. Twelfth starting Shaun Bruns and 17th starting Andy Altenburg rounded out the top five. Other winners during the rich Jackson Nationals program were Brandon Beckendorf in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Nick Meyer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mick Rykhus in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Beckendorf and Meyer also earned $2,000 for their efforts. Luinenburg took home $1,600 along with his latest Jackson Nationals title and Rykhus piloted a car borrowed from Super Nationals champ Nate Coopman to a $750 payday. Beckendorf drew the pole and led all 20 laps of the Modified main. He got into heavy lapped traffic before the first caution of the contest, on the 15th circuit.

Jay Noteboom, 10th starting Tim Ward, 12th starting Mike Jergens and Jeffrey Larson were second through fifth, respectively. After running second most of the way, Meyer saw his first pass of long-time leader Kris Zuhlsdorf erased by a caution.

He saved the excitement for the white flag lap, catching Zuhlsdorf coming out of the final turn and getting just a bit more bite in the mad dash to the finish line. Meyer, who made his first appearance this season at Jackson on Saturday, and Zuhlsdorf were chased by 11th starting Jason Andrews, 25th starting Dan Paplow and Randy Winter.

No stranger to Jackson’s victory lane, Luinenburg started outside the front row and led throughout a Hobby Stock feature interrupted by multiple cautions over its second half. Justin Nehring was four car lengths back at the finish. Andy Hall, Eric Gillette and 17th starting Chanse Hollatz were scored next.

Rykhus led the last three laps in a Sport Compact feature that also saw it’s share of cautions. He’d lined up third for what proved to be the final restart, passing Jay DeVries on the high side and leader Drew Johnson on the low side.

The win came in Rykhus’ first visit to Jackson this season. He’d only won once there previously. Johnson, 11th starting Jay DeVries, 14th starting Kaytee DeVries and Cory Flanigan completed the top five.

Hurst inches by Maitland for Jackson County Hawkeye Dirt Tour win

June 14th, 2015

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – The margin of Jeremiah Hurst’s career first Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win was measured in inches.

And not very many of them.

Hurst caught Ryan Maitland coming out of the final turn Tuesday at Jackson County Speedway and won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event by not much more than a bumper.

The $1,000 victory landed him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Hurst had started ninth, ran second much of the way in a caution-free 25-lapper and went to a higher line to get around Maitland and get the win.

Justin Kay raced from 16th starting to third in his HDT debut. Ben Chapman was fourth while defending series champion Mike Van Genderen moved atop the point standings with his fifth place showing.

Maitland had led 24-plus laps after starting from the pole and withstanding early pressure from Chapman.

The second Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the week is Thursday, June 11 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.

Hurst inches by Maitland for Jackson County Hawkeye Dirt Tour win

June 15th, 2015

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – The margin of Jeremiah Hurst’s career first Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win was measured in inches.

And not very many of them.

Hurst caught Ryan Maitland coming out of the final turn Tuesday at Jackson County Speedway and won the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified main event by not much more than a bumper.

The $1,000 victory landed him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Hurst had started ninth, ran second much of the way in a caution-free 25-lapper and went to a higher line to get around Maitland and get the win.

Justin Kay raced from 16th starting to third in his HDT debut. Ben Chapman was fourth while defending series champion Mike Van Genderen moved atop the point standings with his fifth place showing.

Maitland had led 24-plus laps after starting from the pole and withstanding early pressure from Chapman.

The second Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the week is Thursday, June 11 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.

Kay takes Deery win, series point lead at Jackson County

June 13th, 2015

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Justin Kay’s third Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win of the season put him in a familiar place: Back on top of point standings for the IMCA Late Model tour.

Kay passed Tyler Droste and pole starter Dan Shelliam for the lead midway through Tuesday’s 40-lap main event at Jackson County Speedway. Two late cautions kept lapped traffic from becom­ing an issue and Kay motored to the $3,000 victory, his tour career 12th.

Shelliam gained second back from Droste following the final restart, with three laps left. The run­ner-up finish was his series career best.

Droste was third, Joe Zrostlik a Deery career best in fourth and Jeff Aikey completed the top five.

Andy Nezworski came into the night with the point lead, started 17th after running third in his “B” feature and finished sixth. Ryan Dolan started last in the field of 24 and ended in ninth.

The defending Deery champion, Kay is now tied with Jay Johnson of West Burlington for 10th on the all-time series wins list. He also ran third in the Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Maquoketa.

Joel Callahan won Tuesday’s $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

Next on the Deery schedule is the July 2 show at Kossuth County Speedway. Touring IMCA Late Models made their one previous appearance at Algona in 2008.

IMCA Hobby Stocks new to Saturday shows at Jackson County Speedway

March 10th, 2015

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are new this season at Jackson County Speedway, joining three other sanctioned divisions on regular Saturday night race programs.

The division replaces a local hobby class that ran with different motor, tire and wheel options.

“We had been looking at the IMCA Hobby Stocks because of cost and car counts,” explained Ryan Duhme, co-promoter at Maquoketa with Tim Current. “After Farley sanctioned in 2011 and Dubuque sanctioned in 2012, we told our drivers we would phase them in and go with IMCA this season.”

“Hobby Stocks are supposed to be an economical, entry-level class and we want to help out people who want to get started racing,” he added. “Any Hobby Stock driver who pays a one-time $40 registration fee will get a free pit pass for their use every night they race with us during the point season.”

Opening night at Jackson County is April 25. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly point season continues through Aug. 29.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, IMCA Late Model and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod divisions all return to Jackson County. Modified points figure toward Belleville Motorsports North Central Region standings.

Duhme and Current are partners in Darkside Promotions, which has overseen racing at Maquoketa since 2012.

Also new this season at the ¼-mile dirt venue will be a two-seat Late Model for fan experience rides.

One such ride will be raffled off for the Donna Heister Make A Wish memorial event, tentatively scheduled for July 11.

Final 2014 checkers fly at Jackson for IMCA’s Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

September 27th, 2014

JACKSON, Minn. – IMCA’s Redline Racing Parts North Star Series wraps up its fourth season during the 36th annual Jackson Nationals program on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature is also part of the Doug Cellan Memorial and pays $1,750 to win.

Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks all race for $1,500 to win; the Modified feature is a qualifier for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

First place in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event is good for $500.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and special se­ries points will be awarded; Modifieds also earn local track points.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $17 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and un­der when accompanying a paid adult. There is a $25 entry fee for all divisions and pit passes are $30.

More information is available from promoter Jon McCorkell at 507 841-2450 and on Facebook.

North Star Series standings in all five divisions are based on drivers’ best eight of 10 finishes.

A Pair of Half-Miles for Kraig Kinser at Jackson Speedway & Knoxville Raceway

June 13th, 2014

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Last weekend, Kraig Kinser raced at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas, which is a flat, sprawling half-mile. That same description is apt for both venues on the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series docket this weekend: the historic Jackson Speedway in Minnesota, and the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series invades Jackson Speedway on Friday, June 13 as Eyecon Trailer Cameras Presents the Big Game
Shootout. Action then shifts to Knoxville Raceway on Saturday, June 14 for the Mediacom Shootout, which marks the series only visit of
the season to the half-mile prior to the Knoxville Nationals in August.

Kinser, who pilots the Mesilla Valley Transportation/Casey’s General Store/King Racing Products Maxim, has made four starts in his career Jackson Speedway. He made his debut at the half-mile in 2004, finishing second, after starting on the pole. He finished 16th at the track last year. Kinser has one career win in the state of Minnesota in his career, with that coming in 2008 in his first-ever start at North Central Speedway in Brainerd.

“Jackson is definitely a place where the speed of a sprint car is well on display,” said Kinser. “Having raced there a few times we
have a good idea of what the surface will do throughout the night. Similar to last week at Lakeside (Speedway) that’s a big, flatter
type of track. You can move through the field at a place like that, but if there aren’t any cautions, you certainly want to start up
front.”

The 2005 winner of the Knoxville Nationals made three feature events starts at Knoxville in 2013. He finished 13th at the half-mile in May and was 21st in June. On the opening night of the Knoxville Nationals he came home 22nd. He charged from 16th to fifth in the C-main on the final night of the event, just missing transferring to the B-main.

“Only visiting Knoxville (Raceway) once before the Nationals puts a lot of importance on this weekend’s race,” he noted. “The competition has been very tough there this year and it’s going to take a near-perfect night to be in contention. With qualifying playing such a big role in the race program right now, this will be a good test for the Nationals, because time trials are super important there. We’ve been hit or miss on the big tracks this year, so we are looking to build some consistency.”

Kinser finished 15th at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska, and was 13th at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas, last weekend. The series was scheduled to race at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana, as well last week, but that event was postponed by rain until September 16. Entering this weekend’s pair of races, Kinser is ninth in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings. He has earned 11 top-10 finishes thus far in 2014.

Kraig Kinser By the Numbers: Jackson Speedway & Knoxville Raceway 0.5- Miles around both Jackson Speedway and Knoxville Raceway
1- Win in the state of Minnesota in his career- North Central Speedway in 2008 2- Career main event wins at Knoxville 4- Career main events starts at Jackson Speedway 5- Total nights of racing for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Knoxville this season, including the Knoxville Nationals 11- Top-10 finishes earned this season through June 7 31- Career feature events starts at Knoxville with the series, including preliminary features 275- Miles from Jackson Speedway where the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series races on June 13 to Knoxville Raceway 402- Miles from Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas, where the series raced on June 7 to Jackson Speedway in Minnesota 2001- Year of first start at Knoxville Raceway with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series 2004- Year of debut at Jackson Speedway 2005- Year of win in the Knoxville Nationals 4363- Points earned through June 8

Lucas Oil MLRA to visit Jackson CountySpeedway

May 11th, 2014

The Lucas Oil MLRA super late models make their first ever visit to the Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa, this Saturday.

The Lucas Oil MLRA Series is based in Wheatland,Missouri. The Midwest Late model Racing Association series will compete in sixstates in 2014: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. The current series point leaderis Terry Phillips of Springfield, Missouri.

The event isco-sanctioned by the Cornbelt Clash Late Model Series.

Tickets for therace will be $20 for adults, $18 seniors & students. Pit pass will be $30. Gates will open at 5pm, withhotlaps at 5:30pm, and racing at 6pm.

You can find more information at the Lucas Oil MLRAwebsite, “mlraracing.com”.

Hollerich rumbles to first IMCA Modified win in Redline North Star Series opener

May 2nd, 2014

JACKSON, Minn. – Opening night of the third annual Redline Racing Parts North Star Series set the stage for Mat Hollerich’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified career-first feature win. The $800 victory came Saturday at Jackson Speedway. Hollerich started on the pole and ran away from everybody in a 20-lap feature that ran caution-free.

“I worked pretty darned hard,” said Hollerich, who steered through lapped traffic to win easily ahead of Greg Jacobsen. Roger Nielsen was third, Josh Meyer fourth and Jeff Larson fifth. “I was happy just winning my heat. Then I won the feature,” said Hollerich, now in a GRT ride. “It felt awesome. I couldn’t believe it.”

Following an 11-year hiatus from the sport, Hollerich had returned to finish fourth in the North Star Series point standings last year. His best showing during the 2013 tour was fifth, also at Jackson. Three defending series champions were winners Saturday night, Jim Larson in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Matt Looft in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Nate Coopman in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Larson started on the pole in the Stock Car 15-lapper but didn’t stay in front long. He had to wrest the lead back from Elijah Zevenbergen, then hold off son and 2012 tour champ Dustin for the victory, his tour career fourth. Dustin Larson started 14th and ended in second. Ken Tietz, Zevenbergen and Gary Mattison rounded out the top five.

Fastest in the second set of turns, Looft started eighth and was at the front of the Northern SportMod main before midway in that 15-lap contest. He passed Randy Winter on the high side following a restart and sped to his North Star career fifth victory. Winter, Ben Chukuske, Jason Andrews and Nick Johansen were second through fifth, respectively. Coopman notched series career win number 14 ahead of Kyle Ewert, Ben Wilhelmi, Megan Lappegard and Jon Joehnck.

Justin Luinenburg got the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature after it was determined apparent winner Merle Pattison was not the actual driver of the first place car. Rounding out the revised top five were Justin Nehring, Corby Probst, Trevor Holm and Eric Gillette. The second of 10 North Star Series dates is Friday, May 9 at Fairmont Raceway. All five divisions are in action that evening.

Redline Racing Parts North Star Series opens Saturday at Jackson Speedway

April 26th, 2014

JACKSON, Minn. – Opening night of the third annual Redline Racing Parts North Star Series takes five IMCA divisions to Jackson Speedway this Saturday night.

The April 26 lidlifter sees IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts in action.

Modifieds race for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start, Stocks for $600 to win and a minimum of $75 to start, SportMods for $500 to win and a minimum of $50 to start, Hobbies for $400 to win and a minimum of $50 to start, and Sport Compacts $200 to win and a minimum of $30 to start.

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

The pit gate opens at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling 507 841-2450 or 507 227-8678, and at the www.jacksonspeedway.com website.

Redline Racing Parts provides the series’ $6,500 point fund. Other IMCA partners providing contingency awards are Bob Harris Enterprises, B & B Chassis, Howards Cams and Performance Bodies.

Redline Racing Parts North Star Series date at Jackson postponed to June 8

June 1st, 2013

JACKSON, Minn. – Tomorrow night’s Redline Racing Parts North Star Series at Jackson Speedway has been rained out and rescheduled for next Saturday, June 8.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car event still does double duty as opening night for the Dominick Bruns Memorial Challenge Cup Chase, paying $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $500 to win. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the program.

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

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-18 and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.

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

Ten dates at five different Minnesota venues are on the 2013 Redline Racing Parts Tour schedule. All five divisions see action Friday, June 14 at Murray County Speedway in Slayton; Saturday, June 15 at Arlington Raceway; and Sunday, June 16 at Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls.

June 1 show at Jackson Speedway next for Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

May 30th, 2013

JACKSON, Minn. – The third installment of the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series takes five IMCA divisions to Jackson Speedway for a Saturday, June 1 show.

The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car event doubles as opening night for the Dominick Bruns Memorial Challenge Cup Chase and pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. Completing the card are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds in a $500 to win feature, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-18 and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.

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

Ten dates at five different Minnesota venues are on the 2013 tour schedule. The second show at Jackson is on Saturday, July 6.

Mark Noble of Blooming Prairie tops the Modified point race, Chris Palsrok of Sibley, Iowa, is first in Stock Car points and Matt Hanson of Slayton has the early advantage in his bid to repeat as champion of the Hobby Stock series.

Iowans Jake Simpson of Algona and Matthew Looft of Swea City share the lead in the Northern SportMod point race.

Krohn topples Tesch in USMTS action at Jackson

September 1st, 2012

JACKSON, Minn. – One year and nine days after his last trip to victory lane, 2007 USMTS national champion Jason Krohn blasted back to the top of the dirt Modified racing world Thursday night with a thrilling win at the Jackson Speedway in
round 10 of the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup.

With 27 wins to his credit, Krohn ranks sixth among all drivers in career USMTS victories. But only two of those have come in the last two seasons, including Thursday night where he showed his desire to win is as strong as ever.

“We tried everything over the last two seasons,” said the 40-year-old from nearby Slayton, Minn.

He went from a Skyrocket Chassis to a Hughes Chassis, back to a Skyrocket and back to a Hughes again. He even pulled out the Modified he rode to the USMTS National Championship in 2007. And then he met dirt late model standout Jimmy Mars at the Gopher 50 early last month at the Deer Creek Speedway.

“We were looking to buy a late model, and Jimmy was on his four-wheeler checking out the track at Deer Creek,” Krohn said. “We got to talking and I gave him a call, then we went to Wisconsin to check out his operation.

“These guys know what they’re doing.”

Despite being a new player in the highly-competitive dirt Modified chassis business, Krohn was so impressed he ordered a new chassis from MB Customs – just the seventh they’ve built – and debuted his new ride last Friday at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., where the USMTS Modifieds will travel to tomorrow night. He finished second that night.

Krohn brought home a sixth-place finish in his first USMTS race in the new configuration Wednesday night at the Fairmont Raceway, but despite drawing the eighth starting spot for the second straight night, he was determined to win Thursday night at the track where he cut his teeth.

Dereck Ramirez took the lead at the start of Thursday’s 30-lap main event on the big half-mile at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, but Jon Tesch blasted into the lead on lap 4 and was in control for most of the race.

Tesch, who is fifth on the all-time list with seven more USMTS wins than Krohn, set a torrid pace on a fast and tacky track while Krohn slowly clawed his way to the front. He was fifth after the first lap, fourth on lap 5 and third by the sixth lap when the red flag waved when Garry Oskerson rolled over in turn 1.

Oskerson was unhurt in the crash, and Krohn used the restart to slip by Jason Hughes for second place. Two laps later, the race’s second caution came out when Hughes slowed on the track with a broken ignition.

Tesch was able to pull away on the restart while Krohn dropped to third behind Wednesday’s winner, Ryan Ruter with 12th-starting Ryan Gustin moving in to challenge Jason Cummins for fourth.

The race was slowed for the third and final time with 12 laps to go when Daniel Hilsabeck came to a stop on the high side of turn 4. On the restart, Gustin shot around the high side of Cummins to take fourth while Krohn went to the low side to
challenge Ruter for second.

Krohn made the pass stick and, in the process, discovered a new line he found to his liking. Over the next six laps, Krohn was unable to cut into Tesch’s six-car-length advantage, but began to nibble away at the deficit with five laps to go.

Diving hard into the third turn, Krohn edged ahead of Tesch through the corner and took the lead as they completed lap 28. The pair took the white flag with Tesch’s nose glued to Krohn’s rear bumper, and they drag-raced side by side down the
back-stretch on their way to the finish line.

With Tesch now using the low line and Krohn up top, Krohn drove a bit deeper into turn 3 and exited turn 4 with a half-car-length advantage. He streaked beneath the checkered flag for the win with Tesch again in his shadow but having to settle for the runner-up paycheck.

The victory was worth $3,000 and was Krohn’s first in USMTS competition since Aug. 21 last year at the Nobles County Speedway in Worthington, Minn. Prior to that, his most recent win was Aug. 28, 2010, at the now-closed 24 Raceway in Moberly, Mo., during ‘The Hunt’ that season.

With the win, Krohn became the eighth different winner in ten races during the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup. Krohn also won the last time the USMTS Modifieds invaded the Jackson Speedway on Aug. 5, 2010.

The USMTS made their first visit to Jackson during the series’ inaugural season in 1999. Krohn also won that night, but that time it was in a 15-lap Stock Car feature where he took the lead from Randy Brands with three laps to go.

Ruter, who started ninth, held on for third while Gustin and Cummins rounded out the top 5 finishers. Zack VanderBeek finished sixth, Richie Gustin was seventh, Mark Noble took eighth, Kelly Shryock brought home ninth and Rodney Sanders completed the top 10.

Friday will find the series at Darin Toot’s Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., for the 7th Annual Cedar River Race where the 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval always provides for exciting side-by-side racing from the drop of the first green flag to the final checkered flag.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Also racing Friday night will be WISSOTA Midwest Mods, Street Stocks and Pure Stocks.

Al Hejna will be meeting and greeting fans from 12-2 p.m. at the 1702 12th St. SW Casey’s General Store in Austin on Friday. Coupons good for $2 off admission can be found in Austin, Blooming Prairie and Mantorville locations.

The Chateau Raceway is located 5.0 miles north of Austin on US 218 to the Lansing exit, then 1.3 miles eat on CR 2, then 0.4 mile south on CR 25, then 0.3 mile east . For more info, call 507-391-2486 or 507-433-4578 on raceday or visit
www.chateauraceway.net.

On Saturday, the USMTS Modifieds will tackle the popular Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and Sunday will be anything but a time for relaxing as a full program of events is on tap at the Dodge County Speedway in Kasson, Minn.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ustmts and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts.

Sides gets 1st UNOH All Star win at Jackson

July 31st, 2012

JACKSON, MN.– Jason Sides picked up his first 410 sprint win of 2012 Friday and his first career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory at Jackson Speedway.

The was the first ever appearance of the UNOH All Stars at Jackson Speedway and was part of the Jackson County Fair?s Sprint Triple Play which also featured 360 and 305 sprints as part of the 144th edition of the Jackson County Fair thanks to sponsorship from Jackson Sports and Donaldson Docks.

“Double Down” Jason Sides took the lead from Danny Lasoski on lap four and maintained a huge lead for the remaining 26 laps on the slick half-mile in front of a near capacity crowd.

“The car was good all night. We tried some things in the dash and it really didn’t go our way so we changed them back. My guys do a hell of a job all year long. Finchy (Shane Finch) and my brother Paul can’t thank them enough,” said Sides beside his Wetherington Tractor Service, King Racing Products, VRP Shocks, Dancer Logistics backed #7s.

“The last couple of laps there I could feel the car getting loose. I was trying to stay in the rubber. You never know where Lasoski or Shaffer or those guys are behind you so I just had to push it as hard as I could,” added Sides, also thanking sponsor RE Technologies, Weld Wheels and Don Ott Engines.

Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, who scored three UNOH All Star wins earlier this season, would hold off three time series champion and current series? point leader Tim Shaffer for second. “The 7s car just out ran us?he had a better car. Sometimes it’s better to be running second. He did what he had to do and put a good pace out there. I was conserving tires and when I saw the 13 beside me I picked up the pace a little more. With the 100 degree weather we’re had around here the track did a good job with what they had to work with. I hope we get to come back here,” said Lasoski beside his Triple X Chassis, Kistler Engines, Creason Construction and Klein Motors and RV’s backed #33.

Shaffer’s third place run would move him back atop the UNOH All Star’s Great Plains Region point standings as he battles for the $10,000 region championship.

“We started out pretty good with qualifying but then we stunk it up in the heat and dash. We made some changes but it really wasn’t that nice. We just hung in there. The track seemed to come to us. Tire wear was a big deal. I was just trying to maintain and take it easy but still try to be aggressive. We got lucky coming out of four and got the 13 car (Mark Dobmeier). We’ll take third. I got Dave Lawrence and James Chambers’ they are doing a heck of a job on this car. There?s three of us out here on the road it’s making it pretty tough,” said Shaffer beside his Kistler Engines backed Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook owned #83.

Dobmeier would come home fourth with NASCAR driver Brad Sweet earning the feature’s “hard-charger” honor by piloting his Kasey Kahne Racing machine from his 11th place starting spot to a fifth place finish.

Dailey tops IMCA Modified headliner in North Star Series show at Jackson

June 19th, 2012

JACKSON, Minn. – The second round of the IMCA Powder Werks North Star Series resulted in five first-time tour winners Saturday at Jackson Speedway. Eric Dailey prevailed in the IMCA Modified main event while Jeffrey Larson beat his
father Jim and brother Dustin to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers. Cory Probst was first to the finish in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event. Nick Johansen topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod show and Aaron Betz was best in
the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.

Completing the Modified top five were Mike Hansen, Curt Lund, opening night tour winner Jay Noteboom and Josh Meyer.

Dustin Larson had been the winner in the first series outing on June 8 at Fairmont. Luke Sathoff was fourth and Elijah Zevenbergen fifth at Jackson.

Chasing Probst to the Hobby Stock finish were Josh Peters, Malik Sampson, Matt Hanson and John Briggs. Johansen won in front of Matt Looft, Dan Paplow, Greg Sidles and Danny Myrvold.

Robby Severson, Scott Porter, Tony Salmon and Heather Heser were second through fifth, respec­tively, in the Sport Compact feature.

The third of 10 North Star Series dates takes the five IMCA divisions to Murray County Speedway at Slayton for a Friday, June 29 show. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.

2006 IRA Champ Travis Whitney Collects Jackson Speedway Victory

June 3rd, 2012

Jackson, MN – It has been a few seasons since Travis Whitney has visited victory lane in Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series action, but the Coon Valley, MN driver topped the action on Friday evening at Jackson Speedway as the outlaw 410 sprints made their lone Minnesota appearance of the 2012 season. The appearance at Jackson Speedway was the
first stop on a triple-header weekend for the Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Cars.

Whitney the 2006 series champion would work from the outside front-row in the feature contest enroute to his 31st career series victory.

Whitney was chased to the checkered flag by Jason Johnson of Eunice, Louisiana. Johnson the current point leader in the ASCS Sprint Car series also finished second earlier in the night in his heat race. Johnson would started eighth on the grid in the main event spent much of the contest working forward eventually having to settle for second behind Whitney.

Scott Winters making his first appearance of 2012 in Bumper to Bumper IRA Sprint Series would cross the finish line in third with a solid run on Jackson Speedway’s half-mile clay oval. Winters who has competed in the IRA series on a limited basis has several victories series victories including a sweep of the IRA Sprint portion of the Masters event at Cedar Lake Speedway in 2009.

Brian Brown a former 410 Sprint champion at Knoxville Raceway worked up from this ninth starting spot on the grid to claim fourth with Terry McCarl who has over 250 career sprint car victories at over 50 tracks in his career would round out the top five in the start filled field.

Kaley Gharst former Knoxville Speedway rookie of the year crossed the line in sixth after starting on the pole for the event. Billy Balog overcame his recent streak of bad luck as the 4-time and defending IRA Sprint champion earned a seventh place finish. Current IRA point leader Mike Reinke was credited with eighth. Robbie Wolfgang and Phillip Mock completed the top ten finishers.

The IRA Outlaw Sprints now head several hours east to Cedar Lake Speedway as the series plays it’s part in the inaugural Triple Crown on Saturday Night, June 2nd. The main event features a $3,000 payout to the winner. Also on hand during the evening will be NASCAR Late Models and NASCAR Modifieds. The triple header weekend wraps up with a stop at Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, WI on Sunday evening June 3rd.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink& Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Qualifying: No qualifying due to weather

3 Races in 3 Nights for the Bumper to Bumper IRA

May 31st, 2012

McHenry, IL – The stars of the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint series have a busy week ahead as the
series presents it’s only triple-header weekend of the 2012 racing season. The series will be racing in two states, at three tracks during a 48 hour period. The weekend could prove pivotal in the series title chase.

The first stop will be the lone appearance for 2012 at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, Minnesota on Friday
Night June 1st. The half-mile clay oval is located at the Jackson County Fairgrounds. The event is presented by Big Game Treestands one of the presenting sponsors of the IRA Outlaw Sprints. The
event will pay $2,500 to win and $300 to start. In addition to the IRA Sprints, the 5th Annual Spring Sprint Car 360 Nationals will be held during the evening.

Pits will open at 3:00pm, with grandstands opening at 5:00pm and Hot Laps are set to begin at 6:30pm.
Admission prices are $25 for Adults, Students ages 13-17 are admitted for $15 and children 12 and under
are admitted free. Additional information can be found on the track website at www.jacksonspeedway.com

The series then packs up and heads back to Wisconsin for the first of two appearances this season for
the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints at Cedar Lake Speedway. The Saturday Night June 1st program is the inaugural Triple Crown show, featuring the IRA Outlaw Sprints with a $3,000 to win A-main event. Also on hand during the evening will be NASCAR Late Models and NASCAR Modifieds.

Located near New Richmond, WI the 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval has proven to be a competitor and fan
favorite on the series schedule. It’s also one of the fastest tracks on the tour this season.

Grandstands open at 5:00; racing begins at 6:00. With racing action set to get underway at 6:00pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students age 6-16, 5 & under are free.

Additional information and directions for the Cedar Lake Speedway event can be found on the track website
at www.cedarlakespeedway.com

The weekend finale will see the series travel one hour east from the Cedar Lake event. On Sunday evening
June 3rd Eagle Valley Speedway in Jim Falls, WI will play host to an event which concludes the three event weekend. The 3/8 mile, high-banked track has hosted a stop on the IRA tour the past several seasons.

Pits open at 4:00pm with the main gates opening at 4:30pm. Racing is scheduled to start at 6:00pm. The track website at www.eaglevalleyspeedway.net has additional information.

Last season four-time and defending series champion Bill Balog won the events at both Cedar Lake Speedway
and Eagle Valley Speedway. Balog had opened the 2012 season with three straight victories, but this past weekend suffered two consecutive DNF’s. The most recent events were captured by Tommy Sexton at Wilmot Raceway and Mike Kertscher at 141 Speedway. Kertscher is the current IRA series point leader with 688 markers. Mike Reinke has used consistent performances to vault into the runner-up point position with
675 points. Balog, as a result of his recent misfortunes fell to third in the standings with 657 points.

Scott Neitzel finished in the runner-up slot at the most recent race and is fourth in the standings with 615 points. Sexton stands fifth with 609. Currently Bill Warren, Phillip Mock, Russel Borland, Scott Uttech and rookie Robbie Pribnow are in positions six through ten in the standings. Pribnow currently leads 18 year old Blake Nimee in the rookie chase.

The past weekends two races saw the track qualifying mark lowered. At Wilmot Raceway Balog
turned in a lap of 12.609 seconds, the previous mark was held by Becca Anderson at 12.703 seconds . At 141 Speedway Kertscher shattered the track record with a lap of 10.750 seconds removing the former standard of 11.001 seconds which was held by Reinke.

Given this past week’s performances track records could fall at any of the three events.

For more information on the IRA Outlaw Sprints check out the tour website at www.irasprints.com

The Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprints can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/irasprints and the series is also on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ira_sprints

The IRA Outlaw Sprint Series is proudly supported by Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts & Service Centers, Osborn & Son Trucking, Goodyear, TW Metals, Cummins Onan, DNA Energy Drink & Snacks, MPT Industries, UltraLube, Big Game Treestands, Carriage Auto Body, Otis Gun, Mother’s Polishes and Waxes and Polaris DEFENSE. The office of the IRA Sprints can be reached at 815-759-9269 or by e-mail at steve@irasprints.com

Top check goes to long tow Mullen at Jackson County Speedway Shootout

June 1st, 2011

(MAQUOKETA, Iowa) – Two IMCA Modified drivers who made long tows to Jackson County Speedway battled it out for the top prize at Saturday evening’s Shootout special.

After the checkers flew, Brian Mullen went home to Wisconsin with a $2,000 check and Kansas hotshoe David Murray Jr. got second place pay.

Jake Bowman, Ron Barker and Thad Wilson rounded out the top five in a fast-paced 40-lap feature that saw only one caution.

Joe Beal started on the pole and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with fellow front row starter and hometown favorite Bowman hot on his tail.

The fourth starting Mullen moved into third on the opening lap and settled in for a long green flag run behind the front pair.

On lap 24, Mullen moved by both Bowman and Beal to take the lead. Eighth starting Murray moved into second with seven laps to go but didn’t have enough time to reel in Mullen. Bowman held on off Barker to take fourth and Wilson beat Justin O’Brien to the stripe for sixth.

Mullen had already quali fied for the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Ray Guss Jr. took the lead on lap 15 and raced to his first local IMCA Late Model feature win of the season.