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Richie Gustin earned his career first Night of 1,000 Stars victory at Hancock County Speedway.

August 18th, 2016

Gustin leads late, takes Night of 1,000 Stars checkers

What seemed like a guaranteed payday for Ryan Ruter ended with a pair of broken rear axles in the 50-lap feature event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds. That allowed Richie Gustin to steal the spotlight late as he drove to his first win in the annual event.

Ruter took the lead from Corey Dripps on the sixth circuit and then built a straightaway lead when the mandatory caution slowed action on lap 25. After the 10 minute stop for drivers and crews to make adjustments to their cars on the front stretch, Ruter picked up where he left off when racing resumed.

Benji LaCrosse, who had battled Hunter Marriott through much of the second half of the event, assumed the point on the restart. Following another stoppage one lap later, Gustin, who qualified through a B feature and started 17th, restarted in second and quickly pressured LaCrosse for the lead.

Contact between the frontrunners with two laps to go left LaCrosse stopped in the middle of turns one and two while Gustin was able to continue. He inherited the lead for the green, white, checkered finish. Jeremy Mills, who started 24th, chased Gustin over the final two circuits, however he came up less than a car-length short at the line as Gustin sealed the win.

Troy Swearingen started last in the 25-car field and came home third ahead of Iowa Modified Speedweek point leader Joel Rust. Dripps ran fifth. Ruter earned a $1,000 bonus for leading at halfway.

Jason Minnehan held off late pressure from David Smith to score the win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. Kris Zuhlsdorf made a late pass on Shane Swanson to race to victory in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Cody Nielsen led wire-to-wire to win the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.

A total of 152 IMCA drivers signed in to compete Saturday night, including 66 Modifieds. Iowa Modified Speedweek comes to a close on Sunday with the Night of 10,000 Stars on the Hancock County oval. Hot laps are at 3 p.m. with racing to follow.

The event will be broadcast on IMCA.TV.

Late caution benefits Brown at Britt IMCA Frost Buster

April 5th, 2016

BRITT, Iowa – The caution flag that waved late in Sunday’s Frost Buster feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Hancock County Speedway actually came out at the right time for leader Kyle Brown.

Brown had pretty much checked out and was catching up with traffic running the same line before the yellow appeared with five circuits left in the 20-lapper.

He stayed in front following the ensuing restart to take the $1,000 win a couple car lengths ahead of Kelly Shryock. Completing the top five were Jay Noteboom, Adam Larson and Tim Ward. Early leader Trent Loverude was sixth.

“I was kind of glad we had that yellow. We were coming up on a group of cars in my line and I was trying to figure out how to get by them,” Brown said. “It can be easier for the second place car to pass you when you’re trying to get past lapped traffic.”

Brown had started third and passed Loverude for the lead by the sixth lap. Following an early cau­tion, the race stayed green and Brown sped away on a track that stayed slick around the bot­tom.

The $1,000 checkers were the second for Brown, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, in five days.

“We’ve had a pretty good start. We ran second at Donnellson (on March 26) and won at Os­kaloosa (on March 30),” he said. “We started the season at Beatrice Spring Nationals and ran fifth the second night, which was just as good as a win in my book with 100-some Modifieds there.”

Dan Mackenthun was the $750 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Five hundred dollar feature win­ners were Cody Nielsen in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and George Nordman in the Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMods, respectively, while Cody Thompson took home $250 along with the Mach-1 Sport Compact trophy.

Shryock scores abbreviated All Star Night win at Britt

August 12th, 2015

BRITT, Iowa – The rainbow stretching over the backstretch at Hancock County Speedway led Kelly Shryock to an $8,800 jackpot.

After starting deep in the field in Thursday and Friday features at Britt, Shryock led every lap of Saturday’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified All Star Night feature shortened from 50 to 36 circuits because of rain and slick track conditions. Mark Elliott started ninth and found the fastest line up top. He had closed on Shryock before the sudden checkers flew.

Kyle Brown, Benji LaCrosse and Hunter Marriott followed the front pair across the stripe. Shryock earned $4,000 for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying win, plus $2,800 in lap money and a $2,000 bonus for having raced at least eight times previously this season at Hancock County.

“We’ve been trying to win here all year and finally got it done on a big night,” said Shryock, who agreed with the decision by track officials to call the race early. “It was a handful out there. Whether I was running first, second or wherever, shortening the feature was the right thing to do. You risk tearing up cars or worse yet somebody getting hurt.” With Shryock well in front, Brown held down second and Night of 10,000 Stars winner Ryan Ruter ran third before the scheduled pit stop on lap 25.

That rainbow served as a backdrop to the restart. Elliott made his move toward the front on the higher line, passed Brown for second on the 33rd lap and was looking for a route around Shryock when the checkers came out. “I raced from 33rd to fifth on Thursday and from 14th to third on Friday,” said Shryock, more than satisfied with the win. “The view was a lot better from where I started tonight.”

Jake Masters was the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner, ahead of Damon Murty and Kevin Opheim. Five hundred dollar feature winners were Colby Fett in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Jeremy Wegner in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

George Nordman and Frank Parker completed the SportMod top three. Austin Luellen was second and Cody Nielsen was third in the Hobby main. Winner of the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature was Jay DeVries.

Ruter reels in LaCrosse for Night of 10,000 Stars honors

August 11th, 2015

BRITT, Iowa– The stars aligned Friday night at Hancock County Speedway for Ryan Ruter. Ruter passed Benji LaCrosse with 10 laps left in the Night of 10,000 Stars main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, then stayed in front to the finish for a $9,000 payday.

LaCrosse, the 2013 race winner and last year’s runner-up, led most of the 50-lapper before getting caught behind a lapped car in the second set of turns. Ruter shot to the lower line for the lead, then pulled away in traffic. “Benji had about a half a straightaway lead when I saw him move up. I followed him to the higher line and started making up ground,” said Ruter, who’d run second to another Wisconsin hotshoe, Mike Mullen, in Thursday’s Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt.

“It wasn’t that Benji made a mistake. He was just in the wrong lane at the wrong time,” Ruter continued. “I had an opportunity and I capitalized on it.” Forty cars representing nine states started the feature, which saw long green flag runs before and after the mandatory pit stop at midway.

Kyle Brown was the early leader before giving way to LaCrosse on the seventh circuit; the only caution in the first half of the contest came on lap two. LaCrosse was into heavy lapped traffic when the race was stopped at halfway. Brown regained the lead briefly when the race was restarted but surrendered the front spot back to LaCrosse following back-to-back cautions on laps 28 and 29.

The race stayed green from that point. Ruter took aim at LaCrosse after getting by Kelly Shryock for good on lap 34.
LaCrosse, Shryock, Brown and 21st starting Hunter Marriott completed the top five.

On top of the $7,000 winner’s share of the purse, Ruter got $1,000 bonuses for having raced at least six times and for having won previously at Britt this season. He’ll join the ballot for the 2016 fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.
“This was a pretty good win for us. We’ve had a lot of other big ones – in the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, the Frostbuster and the Dakota Classic Tour – but this is one of the bigger ones,” he said. “It’s always nice to take home a little bit of cash once in a while.”

The big field gave plenty of drivers the chance to contend for hard charger honors, which ultimately belonged to Clayton Christensen, who advanced 25 positions to 14th. Devin Smith rallied to take the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win. George Nordman and Cody Nielsen took $500 victories in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock divisions, respectively.

Smith had the Stock Car contest well in hand before a couple late restarts. He regained the lead from 17th starting Randy Brands to win by half a car length, with Ned Kalis right behind. A car length also separated Nordman from runner-up Johnathon Logue at the finish of the Northern SportMod main event. Third was Cody Knecht.

Nielsen drew the pole and ran strong from start to finish for the second time in as many nights, ahead of brother Brandon and Austin Luellen.

Mullen cashes in at Night of 1,000 Stars

August 9th, 2015

BRITT, Iowa – Another big Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified event ended with Mike Mullen’s name on the Pay To The Order Of line of another big check.

Mullen worked his way up from 15th starting and took the lead from Jesse Hoeft following the mandatory pit stop at midway, then led the last 25 laps of Hancock County Speedway’s Night of 1,000 Stars special.

Including lap money, the victory was worth $4,750 to Mullen. He’d recently cashed in to the tune of $10,000 at 141 Speedway’s Clash at the Creek.

“I laid back the first 10 laps or so and thought the bottom would be the place to be,” said Mullen, new to the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. “About 20 laps in I decided the high side was where I needed to be with my car.”

Ryan Ruter raced from 21st starting to second, pulling to Mullen’s back bumper before finishing three car lengths off the pace.

Kyle Strickler started 10th and finished third and giving up the runner-up position to Ruter with six circuits left. Jeremy Mills started 29th and ended in fourth; hard charger Kelly Shryock rounded out the top five after starting way back in the 33rd spot.

“When the best competition shows up all at one spot, you drive your best,” said Mullen, already looking forward to a round of golf the next morning. “Everybody wants bragging rights at a race like this.”

Seven states were represented in the starting field of 35 and Mullen was one of five Wisconsin drivers on the grid. Mike Wedelstadt got a $400 bonus for the eight led laps he led early on; Shawn Kilgore ran second for a dozen laps and finished sixth.

“We race each other hard and we race each other clean every week,” Mullen said of his regular home state foes. “We challenge each other and that definitely helps when we go out of town for races like this.”

Hoeft was scored the leader of 17 laps and took home $2,300. That included a $1,000 bonus for leading lap 25.

Eighth starting Jakes Masters topped the $700 to win IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature ahead of Ned Kalis and Derek Green.

Ryan Hiscocks and Cody Nielsen were $500 feature winners in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, respectively.

Nate Whitehurst was second and George Nordman third in the SportMod main. Andrew Borchardt and Cory Roe rounded out the Hobby Stock top three.

All four divisions are in action again Friday at Britt for the Night of 10,000 Stars. The Modified feature pays $7,000 to win with another $3,000 in potential bonuses.

Strickler scores IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour honors at Hancock County

July 2nd, 2015

BRITT, Iowa – Hancock County Speedway saluted veterans with a pre-Independence Day special event and the fans in the full grandstands saluted Kyle Strickler when the Xtreme Mo­tor Sports IMCA Modified feature was complete. Strickler, from North Carolina, led the last 23 of 30 laps in Tuesday’s IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event. The win paid $3,300 plus a $500 bonus for leading the race at halfway. Kyle Brown ran in front the first seven circuits and finished a distant second, but still moved into the top spot in the series point standings.

Arizona traveler Ricky Thornton Jr. qualified from his “B” feature and ended third in the main event. Ronn Lauritzen and Jimmy Gustin completed the top five. Forty-nine drivers, the most for a Dirt Tour event this season, from six states vied at Britt.

Brown drew the outside pole start and set the fast pace before Strickler slipped by on the higher line and was scored first when the eighth lap was scored. The only caution of the contest came on lap 13 as Strickler was getting into traffic.

He pulled away on the ensuing restart, getting four lapped cars and most of a straightaway ahead of Brown before the checkers flew.

Already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Strickler is the fourth different winner in as many series events so far this season.

The victory was Strickler’s Dirt Tour career second; he’d also won at Britt in 2013.

Jeremy Mills and Mike Jergens started on the back row and made the most progress toward the front, Mills 14 places to 11th and Jergens 13 positions to 13th. Defending series champion Mike Van Genderen brought the point lead to town and finished 15th.

Back-to-back shows are next on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speed­way in Oskaloosa and July 16 at Knoxville Raceway.

The Knoxville show is the Harris Clash and also the final qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Other winners at Britt’s Salute To Veterans special were Randy Brands in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Nick Meyer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Andrew Borchardt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jacob Kofoot in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Hancock County salutes veterans during IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour event

June 27th, 2015

BRITT, Iowa – The Hawkeye Dirt Tour comes to Britt and four more IMCA divisions take their turns on the track at Hancock County Speedway’s Salute To Veterans special on Tuesday, June 30.

All veterans and their spouses receive free admission to the grandstand that evening.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $3,300 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $1,700 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both for $1,200 and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200.

The Modified runner-up earns $1,200, with $1,050 for third and $900 for fourth. Second in the Stock Car main pays $750, with $650 for third and $600 for fourth. SportMod and Hobby Stock runners-up get $600, with $450 for third and $375 for fourth.

Main event winners with perfect attendance this season at Britt get $500 bonuses. Hard charger awards are $300 for the Modifieds and Stock Cars and $200 for the SportMods and Hobby Stocks.

All classes will be draw/redraw. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points, plus special series points for Modifieds, will be awarded. Winners in all divisions receive six-foot tall trophies.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. The draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps start at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Family passes are $40 and pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling 515 320-0066 or 641-843-9080 on race day, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website. Parts, tires and fuel will be available at the track or by calling 515 341-2232.

A fireworks display follows the race program. The event is sponsored by Bayer CropScience and Mike and Barb Schroeder.

Five previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events held at Hancock County Speedway have produced as many different winners: Jeremy Mills of Garner in 2010, Clayton Christensen of Spencer in 2011, Jon Snyder of Ames in 2012, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., in 2013 and Mark Elliott of Webster City last year.

Strickler scores big payday at Night of 10,000 Stars

August 14th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa– Last year’s Night of 1,000 Stars winner took home the top check from this year’s Night of 10,000 Stars special at Hancock County Speedway.

Kyle Strickler caught Adam Larson on the 16th of 50 circuits, then patiently worked his way through lapped traffic in taking the Friday night IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory.

“Once we got to the front, I wanted to set the pace and focus on working my way through the lapped cars,” said Strickler, who earned $8,000 for the win at Britt. “We put on new tires and tweaked the setup a bit during the pit stop at midway. Then we put the car back up on the cushion and hoped for the best.”

Defending race winner Benji LaCrosse ran out of laps in his efforts to reel in Strickler and finished five car lengths off the pace while “B” feature qualifiers Jordan Grabouski and Ryan Ruter advanced 16 and 24 positions, respectively, to finish third and fourth.

Larson completed the top five after taking the initial lead from his outside front row start and pulling to a half-straightaway lead in just two laps. Strickler started sixth and broke free from Kyle Brown to take over second on lap four.

Larson still had a half-straightaway lead by the time he encountered his first lapped car on lap 11. Strickler caught Larson in heavy traffic three laps later.

Strickler went low and pulled even, but was unable to make the pass. Both Larson and Strickler were running the high side again until traffic forced Larson low. Strickler worked the top side off turn four to take the lead at the line on lap 16.

The front two pulled away from the pack with Larson close to Strickler until the mandatory lap 25 caution.

LaCrosse, who restarted in row two of the three-wide start for the final 25 laps, quickly made his way to second and dropped to the low side.

Grabouski raced the low side into the top five shortly after the start of the second half. Ricky Stephan also raced the low side into the top three, but a broken left front eventually forced him to the pits on lap 36.

Strickler enjoyed a full straightaway lead when he ran into traffic on lap 33 which allowed LaCrosse to close

LaCrosse was within 10 car lengths with five to go and closed the gap a little more when Strickler encountered side-by-side lapped cars off four on the final lap. Strickler chased the lapped cars across the stripe for the win.

“This was a phenomenal win for my entire team,” said Strickler, newly-qualified for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “It was a great field to start with. To see some of the people who didn’t make the show was crazy.”

In addition to $7,000 first place money, Strickler banked another $1,000 for having won the Night of 1,000 Stars last year.

Damon Murty scored the $1,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory. Ryan Hiscocks was first in the $500 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Andrew Borchardt raced to the $400 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers.

IMCA Modified stars shine at high-paying Hancock County specials

August 5th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified stars shine at two of the top-paying special events of the season on back-to-back nights at Hancock County Speedway. The 20th annual Night of 1,000 Stars on Thursday, Aug. 7 pays as much as $9,000 and a minimum of $3,500 to win.

And on Friday, Aug. 8, the second annual Night of 10,000 Stars boasts a potential payout of $10,000 and a guaranteed $7,000 to the winner. Both Modified features are 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and will be 50 laps. Fireworks follow each night’s race program.

The Aug. 7 event is also an XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour show and is sponsored by Doug Studer Farms. Lap money totals $2,500 with a $1,000 bonus to the leader at mid­way. The winner earns another $2,000 if they’ve raced at Hancock County Speedway at least four times previous to that evening.

Making the 33-car Modified feature field pays a minimum of $300. Thirty-six cars take the Modified green for the Iowa Corn Growers District 2-sponsored Night of 10,000 Stars.

On top of a guaranteed $7,000, the winner gets $1,000 bonuses for having won the event previously, having raced at least four times before this season at Britt and for having won a weekly feature at Hancock County in 2014.

That race pays a minimum of $400 to start.

The Modified driver making the longest tow to Britt receives a provisional if they do not qualify on the track each evening. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded each night and both shows are draw/redraw.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $700 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both for $500 to win on Thursday.

On Friday, Stocks gun for a top prize of $1,000 while SportMods run for $500 and the Hobbies for $400.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow each night.

Adult admission to the grandstand is $18 both nights. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under are free both nights. Pit passes are $35 and Modified tow money each night is $100.

Questions about either event can be directed to promoter Joe Ringsdorf at 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080.

Northern SportMod Nationals resume July 4 at Hancock County

July 4th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa – Heavy rainfall prevented completion of the annual IMCA Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod Nationals on Thursday, June 26 at Hancock County Speedway in Britt. All main events were washed out in the storm.

Persistent showers and clouds hampered track drying efforts on the scheduled Friday, June 27 rain date.

All remaining feature events, including the 25-lap MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals main event, will be run Friday, July 4 prior to regular weekly racing action.

Hot laps begin at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Twenty-eight cars are slated to start the SportMod Nationals finale.

The winner of Hancock County Speedway’s MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals earns as much as $4,000 for his or her efforts.

The main event pays a minimum of $2,500 to win with $500 bonuses if the first-place driver is a previous event winner; has raced at least three times previously this season at Britt; and has won a regular season feature there this year.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to SportMod drivers.

Completing the card are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts running for weekly purses and all applicable points, including local track points.

Pit gates at Britt open at 5 p.m., the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with rac­ing to follow.

More information about the Northern SportMod Nationals is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website.

$4,000 possible to win at Hancock County’s IMCA Northern SportMod Nationals

June 26th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa – The winner of Hancock County Speedway’s Thursday, June 26 MaxYield Seed Northern SportMod Nationals earns as much as $4,000 for his or her 30-lap efforts.

The main event for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods pays a minimum of $2,500 to win with $500 bonuses if the first-place driver is a previous event winner; has raced at least three times previously this season at Britt; and has won a regular season feature there this year.

Twenty-four cars qualify and four more get sponsor provisionals. A 10-minute pit stop on the front straight is planned at midway and the winner goes home with a six-foot tall trophy.

Start money is $75 and the MaxYield Seed Hard Charger award is $100.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to SportMod drivers.

Completing the card are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts running for weekly purses and all applicable points, including local track points.

Pit gates at Britt open at 5 p.m., the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Family passes are $40. Pit passes are $25.

Tech-related questions can be directed to Tim Weiland at 641 843-4230. More information about the Northern SportMod Nationals is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080, and at the www.hcspeedway.com website.

Green flies Iron Man Challenge checkers at Hancock County Speedway

June 6th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa–Derek Green took home the Iron Man Challenge trophy and $750 paycheck Wednesday night, winning the USRA Stock Car main event at the Hancock County Speedway.

From the outside of the second row, Green took the lead on the first lap and never looked back, leading all 20 laps and beating runner-up Calvin Lange to the checkered flag by about six car-lengths.

Current Iron Man points leader Tom Schmitt finished third after starting eighth on the grid, with Decorah drivers Danny Sacquitne and Kyle Falck claiming the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

On Thursday, both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods are back at it again about an hour-and-a-half northwest of Britt, Iowa, at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., where the USRA Stock Car feature winner will take home a $750 paycheck while USRA B-Mods will race for a $500 top prize and an increased payout throughout the main event field.

Hot laps are slated for 7:00 with racing to follow.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39 (1300 N. Bixby Rd., Fairmont, MN 56031). For more information call (507) 382-4531 or (507) 382-4531 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

Friday will find both divisions dishing up the dirt again with the USMTS Modifieds at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, and the final night of the four-day stretch concludes Saturday at the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., with USRA B-Mods on the card.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow us at www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv.

Sanders hits USMTS pay dirt at Hancock County Speedway

June 6th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa-The USMTS Caseys Cup powered by Swan Energy invaded the Hancock County Speedway Wednesday night, and it was Rodney Sanders of Happy, Texas, invading victory lane at the end of the 40-lap main event.

From the pole position, Stormy Scott took the lead at the drop of the green flag but his twin, Johnny Scott, gained control with right laps complete.

Zack VanderBeek followed into the second spot shortly thereafter and dueled for the top spot with the younger Scott brother, briefly taking the lead on lap 13 before Johnny Scott muscled his way back to the point on lap 14.

The top four battled closely for most of the race until Sanders powered past Johnny Scott on lap 35, and then proceeded to open up a two-second advantage over the final five laps.

Johnny Scott, VanderBeek and Stormy Scott followed the 24-year-old from Happy, Texas, across the finish line while nine-time USMTS national champion Kelly Shryock came from the tenth starting spot to finish fifth.

Ryan Ruter, Casey Arneson, Bryan Rowland, Doug Hillson and Pat Graham rounded out the top ten.

The win was worth $2,000 to the defending USMTS national champ, and the 24th of his USMTS career.

About one-and-a-half hours northwest, the tireless touring titans of the United States Modified Touring Series will be back at it again Thursday night at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., with hot laps slated for 7:00 and racing to follow.

Joining the program will be the Iron Man Challenge featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

Coupons good for $2 off adult general admission will be available for fans on race day at both Fairmont locations as well as locations in Trimont, Truman and Welcome.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39 (1300 N. Bixby Rd., Fairmont, MN 56031). For more information call (507) 382-4531 or (507) 382-4531 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

The series visits the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday and then wraps up the four-night swing on Saturday at the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D.

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/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts or check out our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Rain thwarts Marshalltown kick-off, four nights of Iron Man action starts Wednesday at Britt

June 5th, 2014

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa–The first of five straight Iron Man Challenge events scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, at the Marshalltown Speedway has been rained out.

Four more nights remain with USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods sharing the spotlight twice and drivers in each class having one night to themselves. The Iron Man Challenge will join the USMTS Modifieds all four nights.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 HANCOCK COUNTY SPEEDWAY, BRITT, IA

On Wednesday, June 4, action moves to the Hancock County Speedway in Britt, Iowa, where USRA Stock Car drivers will be running for $750 to win on the semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval while USRA B-Mods have the night off.

Gates open at 5:30 with hot laps at 7:00 and racing to follow. Adult grandstand tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free.

The Hancock County Speedway is located 1.3 miles south of US 18 on James St. (turns into Main Ave. and Diagonal and 1st), then 0.5 mile east on 220th Ave., then 0.1 mile north on Jewell Ave. (2210 Jewell Ave., Britt, IA 50423). For more information call (641) 843-9080 or visit www.hcspeedway.com online.

THURSDAY, JUNE 5 FAIRMONT RACEWAY, FAIRMONT, MN

On Thursday, June 5, both classes are back at it again about an hour-and-a-half northwest at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., where the USRA Stock Car feature winner will take home a $750 paycheck while USRA B-Mods will race for a $500 top prize and an increased payout throughout the main event field.

Hot laps are slated for 7:00 with racing to follow.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39 (1300 N. Bixby Rd., Fairmont, MN 56031). For more information call (507) 382-4531 or (507) 382-4531 or visit www.fairmontraceway.com online.

FRIDAY, JUNE 6 RAPID SPEEDWAY, ROCK RAPIDS, IA

Head west and a little bit south on Friday, June 6, and youll find both divisions dishing up the dirt again with the USMTS Modifieds at the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, for the tracks 2014 season opener with $750 and $600 to win, respectively, for the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods.

This will be the first race for new promoter Dereck Van Der Brink, so this is a perfect opportunity for fans and drivers to come out and support a fellow racer who is investing his time and money to keep the lights on at this historic track.

Gates open at 5:00 with hot laps at 7:00 and the first green flag at 7:30. Adult grandstand tickets are $17, kids ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. USRA Hobby Stocks and Rapid Speedways Sportsman division round out the five-class card.

The Rapid Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located 0.5 mile east of US 75 on SR 9, then 0.5 mile south on South Tama St. (400 S. Tama St., Rock Rapids, IA 51246). For more information call (712) 470-1850 or (712) 472-3742 or visit www.rockrapidsspeedway.com online.

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 I-90 SPEEDWAY, HARTFORD, SD

The final night of next week’s swing will be for the USRA B-Mods at the I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., with a $600 top prize up for grabs while USRA Stock Car drivers have the night off from Iron Man competition.

While USRA B-Mods compete every Saturday night along with USRA Hobby Stocks at the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval, this will be the first Iron Man show at the facility and the first for the USMTS Modifieds too.

Hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing commences at 7:00.

Less than an hour east from Rock Rapids, the I-90 Speedway is located 12 miles west of Sioux Falls on I-90 to exit 387, then 0.1 mile north, then 2.5 miles west on SR 38 (46052 S Dakota 38, Hartford, SD 57033). For more information call (605) 691-3503 or (605) 528-6379 or visit www.i90speedway.com online.

Two-time USRA Stock Car national champion and 2012 Iron Man champ Tom Schmitt of Independence, Iowa, currently leads the USRA Stock Car points in the Iron Man Challenge. Dan Wheeler of Savage, Minn., tops the USRA B-Mod standings entering next weeks campaign.

Prestige, big payday follow checkers for LaCrosse at Night of 10,000 Stars

August 15th, 2013

BRITT, Iowa – Benji LaCrosse talked about the prestige that went with winning the inaugu­ral Night of 10,000 Stars special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Hancock County Speedway. The money was extremely good, too.

LaCrosse led all but one of 50 laps and took the Friday night checkers comfortably ahead of travel companion and Mad Man Chassis teammate Brian Mullen. The victory resulted in the big­gest single payday for an IMCA Modified driver, $8,000. That amount included a $1,000 bonus for La­Crosse having won the Night of 1,000 Stars in 2011. Jeremy Mills, Kelly Shryock and Richie Gustin completed the top five in another star-studded field at Britt.

“This is such a prestigious event because of the competition you race against,” LaCrosse said. “Any time you can race out of state and win it means a lot.” He’d finished second behind Kyle Strickler in Thursday’s Night of 1,000 Stars feature. After start­ing 28th and working his way up into the top half of the field by the mandatory midway caution, some quick set-up changes made LaCrosse a contender on a track he hadn’t expected to rubber down.

LaCrosse won his Friday heat, started third and took the lead at the start. Cayden Carter was in front briefly before the stop at halfway but after that the show was all LaCrosse. “The track was very smooth. I was running the bottom and when I saw Carter come up, he wasn’t as high as I thought,” said the new qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “I ran the middle the second half of the race.”

Mullen drove to second from 16th starting. Mills had started 18th and Shryock 31st . Fifty-eight cars representing seven states vied at Night of 10,000 Stars.

IMCA Modified stars to shine at Aug. 8, 9 Hancock County specials

August 4th, 2013

BRITT, Iowa – The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified stars will shine at two of the biggest special events of the season, on back-to-back nights at Hancock County Speedway.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the 19th annual Night of 1,000 Stars pays as much as $8,000 and a guaranteed $3,500 to win. And on Friday, Aug. 9, the inaugural Night of 10,000 Stars boasts a potential payout of $10,000 and a guaranteed $7,000 to the winner.

Both Modified features are 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and will be 50 laps. Fireworks follow each night’s race program.

The Aug. 8 show doubles as a Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN date and is sponsored by Doug Studer Farms. Lap money adds up to $2,500 with a $1,000 bonus to the leader at mid­way with another grand going to the winner if they’ve raced at Hancock County Speedway at least four times previously this season.

Making the 33-car Modified feature field pays a minimum of $300. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $600 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $500 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $400.

Thirty-six cars take the Modified green for the Night of 10,000 Stars on Aug. 9. Total purse for the main event is nearly $28,000. Bonuses of $1,000 will be paid if the winning driver has a Night of 1,000 Stars title on his resume, if they’ve raced at Britt at least four times previously this season and if they’ve won a weekly feature at Han­cock County Speedway in 2013.

That event is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Studer Farms.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing to follow each night.

Adult admission to the grandstand is $15 on Thursday and $18 on Friday. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under are free both nights. Pit passes are $35 and Modified tow money each night is $100. Questions about either event can be directed to promoter Joe Ringsdorf at 515 295-5555.

Potential $7,500 to win for IMCA Modifieds at Hancock County’s Night of 1,000 Stars

August 6th, 2012

BRITT, Iowa – One of the richest IMCA Modified events of the season plays out Thursday, Aug. 9 at Hancock County Speedway.
The Night of 1,000 Stars has the potential to pay $7,500 to the winner of the 18th annual Doug Studer Farms-sponsored special.

Along with a minimum of $3,000 to win, the event boasts $2,500 in lap money, plus bonuses of $1,000 for leading on lap 25 and for having raced previously this season at Britt.

The runner-up earns $1,500 with $1,000 for third. Thirty cars will start the 50-lapper, which will pay a minimum of $300 to start. The Night of 1,000 Stars is part of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour and a qualifying event for the 2013
Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Tow money is $100. The driver making the longest tow will be reimbursed for their entry fee and one pit pass.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $500 to win at Britt, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $400 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, home region, Allstar Performance State and Hawkeye Dirt Tour points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and five and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $30.

More information about the Night of 1,000 Stars is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641-843-9080 on race day. The track website is www.hcspeedway.com.

A fireworks display will follow the main event.

Hancock County Speedway to host Night of 1,000 Stars

August 9th, 2011

BRITT, Iowa – One of the richest IMCA Modified events of the season plays out this Thursday, Aug. 11 at Hancock County Speedway.

The Night of 1,000 Stars has the potential to pay more than $5,000 to the winner of the 17th annual Doug Studer Farms-sponsored special.

Along with a minimum of $3,000 to win, the event carries bonuses of $1,000 for leading on lap 25 and for having finished in the top five at any previous sanctioned Modified event this season at Britt. Lap money will also be paid.

Thirty cars will start the 50-lapper, which pays a minimum of $200 to qualify. The Night of 1,000 Stars is a qualifying event for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Tow money is $100. The driver making the longest tow will also be reimbursed for their entry fee and one pit pass.

The winner’s share of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car purse has been upped to $500. A draw/redraw format will be in place for both divisions and IMCA national, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and five and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080 on race day. The track website is www.hcspeedway.com.

Hancock County Speedway hosts June 30 Firecracker special

June 26th, 2011

BRITT, Iowa – Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are the big draw when Hancock County Speedway gets a jump on the Independence Day Weekend with its Thursday, June 30 Firecracker special.

The feature pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $100 to start and $75 tow money.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also in action, running for all applicable points.

Pit gates at Britt open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m., with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Questions about the Firecracker can be directed to 515 295-5555 or 641 843-9080 on race day.