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Marriott drives away to IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Clay County

August 10th, 2016

Marriott started in row two and was involved in a five-car battle for position before breaking through on the 15th of 30 laps. Justin Medler paced the field from his pole position start while a handful of drivers gave chase. Ricky Thornton Jr., Kelly Shryock and Marriott took turns in the runner-up spot before Marriott made the high side work to his liking.

Point leader Chris Abelson took advantage of a restart with six laps to go to surge from fourth to second, however he was unable to reel in Marriott. The race played out in front of a solid grandstand crowd and was slowed just twice for caution, on laps five and 24.

Cody Laney, Medler and hard charger Ryan Ruter rounded out the top five. Ruter had started 18th. Derek Green made a late pass on race-long leader David Smith to steal top honors in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.

Doug Smith dominated the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature to take the victory ahead of Nick Meyer. Cody Nielsen raced past his brother Brandon on a late restart on his way to the feature win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature.

A field of 37 Modifieds signed in for competition at Spencer and many of those drivers will be at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City on Tuesday night, Aug. 9 for the $2,000 to win Harris Clash.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. for the 25th annual Clash and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. The 2016 champion for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour will be crowned following the series finale on Aug. 10 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.

Both events are part of Iowa Speedweek and will be broadcast by IMCA.TV

Tipton twinbill next for Deery Series, IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour

August 3rd, 2016

Late Models race for $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Modifieds chase a $1,000 top check and a minimum of $150 to start their 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for students and kids six and under free. Pit passes are $30.

The Deery Series returned to Cedar County in 2011, two months after the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, when Nate Beuseling was the winner.

Kevin Kile and Brian Harris won at Tipton before Justin Kay took back-to-back checkers in 2014 and 2015.

Kay wins second straight in IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour

July 27th, 2016

Kay wins second straight Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature, Dubuque has 40 IMCA Modifieds for county fair show

And as was the case both nights, tour point leader Chris Abelson was briefly ahead before Kay charged back in front, this time earning $1,200 and a berth on the ballot for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Forty IMCA Modifieds were on hand for the county fair show, the first tour event held at Dubuque and the seventh of 10 events on the 2016 series schedule.

Kay was scored first cross the line on each of the 30 laps. He ran three-wide with Abelson and Duffy down the backstretch on lap 18, then saw Abelson eke ahead in the first set of turns on lap 22 before passing him back in three and four.

Making another long tow to race at an HDT track for the first time, Abelson had started sixth.

Duffy and DeShaw completed the top four while hard charger Kelly Shryock advanced 18 positions to fifth.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Average car count for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour going into the event at Tipton is better than 38 and that number will likely be topped Tuesday night.

Kay gets first IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Knoxville

July 23rd, 2016

Forty-four Modifieds and 52 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods saw action on an extremely warm night at Knoxville. Curtis VanDerWal topped the $1,000 to win SportMod feature.

Kay started from the pole and had the field covered from the start. He caught up with the back of the back just after midway in the 25-lapper and was most of a straightaway ahead before the caution flag came out with six circuits left.

That was the opportunity the 10th starting Chris Abelson was looking for. He took over up front on lap 21, but saw Kay speed by on the next circuit and pull away to the finish.

VanDerWal led the last six times around the track in winning a Northern SportMod feature slowed by just a single caution.

Brett Lowry and then Tim Plummer showed the way before the eighth starting VanDerWal worked his way to the front.

Plummer, Lowry, Jarrett Brown and Matt Van Gelder completed the top five.

Hancock County salutes IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour winner Dripps

June 30th, 2016

Dripps won the Tuesday night Salute to Veterans Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event, earning $3,500 for his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory. Coming off back-to-back wins in weekly shows at Buena Vista Raceway and Benton County Speedway, the eighth starting Dripps was already up to second when pole starter Ricky Thornton Jr. broke early and pulled into the infield.

He set sail from that point, using different lines and leading to the end of the 30-lapper. Ryan Ruter, Jeremy Mills, Kelly Shryock and Mike Jergens completed the top five.

Chris Abelson brought the series point lead to Britt, pulled off late in the contest and was scored 21st. Cayden Carter was the $2,000 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner while $1,500 checks went to Cody Nielsen and Jared Boumeester for their IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victories, respectively. Jay DeVries took the $200 Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers.

Salute to Veterans was sponsored by Bayer Crop Science and Mike and Barb Schroeder, Lone Rock & L.G. Seeds.
Next up on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule are three midweek events in as many nights: Tuesday, July 19 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines; Wednesday, July 20 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa; and Thursday, July 21 at Knoxville Raceway.

Out-Pace makes winners of Deery non-qualifiers, HDT runners-up

June 21st, 2016

There are 16 dates in the Deery Series, which is next at Independence Motor Speedway on July 6. The Hawkeye Dirt Tour boasts a dozen dates, the next of them June 28 at Hancock County Speedway.

Information about Out-Pace products is available on at the www.out-pace.com website, by calling 815 275-0221 and on Facebook.

Abelson ends long haul to West Liberty with IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour win, points lead

June 20th, 2016

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Kay, winner of the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature for Late Models, led through lap 12 before pulling off with motor issues.

Kelly Shryock advanced 16 places from his starting spot to third. Kurt Kile was fourth and Chris Zogg was fifth. Joel Rust brought the point lead to town and finished eighth; Marshalltown tour winner Brian Irvine was unable to make the call and did not start the feature.

Five cautions slowed the first 14 circuits but the rest of the race ran green.

Despite threatening weather all around the area, track and IMCA officials made every effort to get the complete race program in.

Late heroics pay off for Irvine in Kossuth County Hawkeye Dirt Tour

June 12th, 2016

Dripps had drawn the pole start and was chased across the stripe by Jeremy Mills on each of the first two laps. Irvine took over second the next time around, but fell back as Dripps pulled away from the pack.

Dripps was running with lapped cars by midway. Irvine began reeling in the leader and was just a car length behind and looking for his way to the front by lap 26.

Irvine had run a very close second to Rust in the Tuesday HDT show at Marshalltown, also a 1-2 showing for Rage Chassis drivers.

Other winners Thursday at Algona included Jake Masters in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Jeff Deal in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Shannon Anderson in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jay DeVries in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Both the Hawkeye Dirt Tour and the Deery Brothers Summer Series are at West Liberty Raceway next Tuesday, June 14.

Rain, hail combine to KO Boone Deery

June 2nd, 2016

BOONE, Iowa – The combination of torrential rain and pea-sized hail was more than enough to result in cancellation of the Memorial Day Deery Brothers Summer Series event at Boone Speedway.

Next up on the IMCA Late Model series schedule is the $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start event at Marshalltown Speedway on Tuesday, June 7. The Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds is also in town that evening and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars complete the midweek program.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62 and over and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling promoter Toby Kruse 515 231-5444 and at the
www.marshalltownspeedway.com website.

Z4 gives product awards to drivers in Deery Series, Hawkeye Dirt Tour

April 1st, 2016

AMES, Iowa – Drivers in two of IMCA’s top series are on the receiving end of a contingency awards program with Z4 Products again this season.

The pole starter and the Sunoco Race Fuels drawing winner at all Deery Brothers Summer Series events for IMCA Late Models, and the pole starter in each Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds all receive bottles of heavy duty leak sealer and cooling system condi­tioner from the Ames, Iowa, company.

“We enjoy promoting Z4 products regionally and founder Jerry Dakin is a really good guy in the industry,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re pleased to be able to get their products in the hands of deserving racers and will continue to do that throughout the summer.”

The 30th annual Deery Series opens on Friday, April 8 at Davenport Speedway while the first Hawkeye Dirt Tour event is Memorial Day, Monday, May 30 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

More information about Z4 Products is available by calling 515 231-0809.

Final checkers fly at Yankee for Deery Series, Hawkeye Dirt Tour

September 18th, 2015

FARLEY, Iowa ­– Champions of two IMCA special series will be crowned during this weekend’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.

While Justin Kay sits on the cusp of winning his second straight Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models crown, Kyle Brown takes a slim four-point advantage over Mike Van Gen­deren in the chase for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds title.

Late Models race for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start their 50-lap main event on Friday, Sept. 18 and a hefty $7,500 to win and $500 to start their 100-lapper on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Saturday’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour main pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $175 to start. Kay can clinch the Deery championship simply by making the main event field one night and start­ing his heat the other, but he’ll be targeting more than two rich paydays at Farley: A weekend sweep would give him nine series wins this season, equaling the mark set in 1998 by Jeff Aikey.

Joel Callahan owns a streak of three straight Deery wins at Farley, including Yankee features in 2013 and 2014, and the main event there this April.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour title chase has been a two-car race between Brown and Van Genderen, the defending champion, since mid-June.

Consistent finishes throughout the eight race series have them running 1-2 heading into the 40-lap finale as neither is among the seven different drivers having won HDT events thus far.

Test and tune sessions for Late Models, Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are on the card tonight (Wednesday) and Thursday on the 3/8-mile oval at Farley.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock qualifying is Wednesday, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod qualifying and the $2,000 to win Tri-Track Challenge for Late Models on Thurs­day.

Hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a $1,000 to win IMCA Modified show and the Deery Series program to follow.

Along with the Deery Series and Hawkeye Dirt Tour, the Saturday program sees SportMods run­ning for $750 to win, Stock Cars for $600 and Hobby Stocks for $500. Racing starts at 5:30 p.m.

Four-day grandstand admission is $67 for adults, $58 for seniors and $48 for students.

Wednesday admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students, with $25 pit passes. On Thursday, adults get in for $16, seniors for $14 and students for $10, with pit passes at $30.

Friday admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $15 for seniors. Pit passes are $30. And on Saturday, spectator admission is $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $25 for students. Pit passes are $35.

Both Friday and Saturday Modified features are 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events.

More information about the Yankee Dirt Track Classic is posted on the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.

Deal capitalizes on late restart for IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Alta

July 24th, 2015

ALTA, Iowa – Nick Deal became the sixth different winner in as many IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway, on a night when Ricky Stephan nearly accomplished the impossible. Stephan had to restart at the back of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified field after spinning before the first lap was scored. He used multiple lines to work his way through traffic and was leading when what proved to be the final caution waved with three circuits left.

Deal had run near the front for most of the 25-lap feature. He capitalized on that late restart, pass­ing Stephan for the $1,000 feature win and an early berth on the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot. Defending HDT champion Mike Van Genderen regained sole possession of the point lead with a third-place finish, one spot better than former co-leader Kyle Brown. Long-time leader Chris Abel­son ended in fifth.

Jeremy Mills led in the early going from his outside row one starting spot. Abelson rode the top side of the track to the front on lap six. Dustin Smith and Deal both had ideas about using the inside line to challenge Abelson. Smith spun and left under caution on the 18th lap; Deal was shuffled back to fourth by Van Genderen and Stephan the next time around the oval.

Stephan completed his march to the front but couldn’t deny Deal following the final restart. Wednesday’s win was also Deal’s career tour first.

The next Hawkeye Dirt Tour date is Aug. 11, when traveling Modifieds join the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton. The series concludes Sept. 19 at Farley Speedway.

Devin Smith held off older brother David to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Alta. Tim Rupp topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main ahead of Doug Smith. Daniel Smith took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers and Cory Flanigan was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.

Southern Iowa Speedway hosts July 15 IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

July 11th, 2015

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The first half of a Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader takes traveling Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to Southern Iowa Speedway next Wednesday, July 15.

The main event pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifier for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the midweek card.

Modifieds vie for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region Allstar Performance State and special series points. All applicable points, including local track points, will be awarded in the other divisions.

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

Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.

Southern Iowa Speedway has hosted three previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events. Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., won there in 2012, Todd Shute of Des Moines took the 2013 checkers and Andrew Schroeder of Keswick topped last summer’s feature.

More information about the Oskaloosa show, postponed from June 11 because of inclement weather, is available by calling promoter Mike Van Genderen at 641 521-0330, at the www.hawkeyedirttour.com and www.oskyspeedway.com websites, and on Facebook.

The tour is at Knoxville Raceway for the Thursday, July 16 Harris Clash. That $2,000 to win feature is the final qualifying event for the first round of Fast Shafts All-Star voting.

XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour adds to fireworks at Salute to Veterans Spectacular

June 27th, 2014

ALGONA, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chasing the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour provide part of the fireworks at Algona Raceway’s Tuesday, July 1 Salute to Veterans Spectacular.

Traveling Modifieds race for $2,000 to win their 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualify­ing event. The runner-up earns $1,050, with $950 for third and $850 for fourth.

Top prize for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $1,500 while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both vie for $1,200 to win. The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature pays $200 to win.

Cruisers complete the program. All classes will be draw/redraw and features will start 24 cars.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded; Modifieds also get special series points. Winners in all divisions re­ceive six-foot tall trophies.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Family passes are $40 and pit passes are $25.

All veterans receive free admission to the grandstand.

Pit gates at Algona open at 5 p.m. The draw closes and hot laps start at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. More information is available at the www.algonaraceway.com website.

The evening ends with a fireworks display.

XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour date at Lee County rescheduled to July 14

June 21st, 2014

DONNELLSON, Iowa – Another ominous forecast has resulted in another XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour postponement.

With rain in the late afternoon and evening forecast, the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour event scheduled tonight (Tuesday) at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson has been moved to Monday, July 14.

Program of events for that night is to be announced.

The new date makes for an even busier week of racing for IMCA Modified drivers, following weekly races and the July 13 Hogan Memorial at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour is at Southern Iowa Speedway on Tuesday, July 15 and at Knoxville Raceway on Thursday, July 17 for the Harris Clash show; Oskaloosa’s regular weekly show is on the Wednesday between those dates.

XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour has June 19 date at Lee County

June 19th, 2014

DONNELLSON, Iowa – Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds see Thursday night action at Lee County Speedway. The XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour travels to Donnellson for a June 19 show that pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for kids and free for children 10 and under when accompany­ing a paying adult. Pit passes are $30. Completing the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and the Sprint Invaders.

All applicable points, including track, will be awarded to the Stocks, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts. More information is available by calling 641 521-0330 and at the www.leecountyspeedway.com website.

Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., was the winner when the series opened on Memorial Day at I-35 Speed­way in Mason City. Thursday’s show marks the fourth Hawkeye Dirt Tour visit to Lee County. Previous winners there were Josh Foster of Newton in 2010, Michael Long of Quincy, Ill., in 2011 and Steve Stewart of Burlington last June 20.

Deery, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour races rescheduled at Tipton, Vinton

June 14th, 2014

TIPTON, Iowa– A Deery Brothers Summer Series-XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton has been rescheduled, as has the Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

Both the Deery Series for IMCA Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will be at Tipton on Tuesday, Aug. 19. That pairing was originally postponed because of inclement weather on June 10.

A Monday, Aug. 18 Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Benton County Speedway in Vinton is back on the schedule.

Late Models run for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start at Cedar County. Modified features at Tipton and at Vinton both pay $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start and are now qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour twinbill at Tipton postponed

June 13th, 2014

TIPTON, Iowa – It’s a story that’s sounding more than a little familiar. Only the date and the location of the race track have been changed.

Tonight’s Deery Brothers Summer Series and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader at Cedar County Raceway has been postponed because of inclement weather.

Events for both the Deery Series for IMCA Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Tipton are to be rescheduled.

Ward tops XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at I-35

May 30th, 2014

MASON CITY, Iowa– A driver from Arizona who won a state championship in Nebraska found success in Iowa Monday night.

Tim Ward led most of the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at I-35 Speedway. He’d gotten the front spot back from J.J. Wise before rain forced the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature to be called after 16 of the scheduled 25 laps.

The victory paid $1,000. Ward was already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, having won the Allstar Performance Nebraska State crown last season.

“The car was really good. We were really fast,” said Ward, racing out of Laurens and teammate of 2010 series champion Mike Jergens this season. “I got a good starting spot but I think I could have started further back and still had a chance to get to the front.”

Two cautions interrupted the series’ opening night contest. Ward slipped under Wise following the second restart to regain the lead.

Wise, Jesse Sobbing, Ryan Ruter and Jergens rounded out the top five. Ruter and Jergens both qualified from “B” features.

Ward returned to the Midwest in March. His Memorial Day win at Mason City was his first of the season; he’d finished sixth and second in a pair of weekly start there, then broke while running fifth late in Sunday’s Skip Rose Memorial at I-35.

Benton County XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour race postponed

May 15th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa– Blame all that rain on Monday and this morning’s unseasonably cool temperatures for postponement of tonight’s XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Benton County Speedway.

The fifth annual tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds was to have opened Tuesday at Vinton. That race will now be rescheduled on a date to be determined.

First night for the series will now be on Memorial Day Monday, May 26 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City. The feature pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

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.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the holiday card.

Benton County Speedway hosts May 13 XSAN Hawkeye Modified Dirt Tour opener

May 9th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – Opening night brings the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour back to the first track the IMCA Modified division called home.

The Tuesday, May 13 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature at Benton County Speedway pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifying event for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Previous tour winners at Vinton include Vern Jackson of Waterloo in 2011, Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., in 2012 and Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa last May.

Defending series champion Ronn Lauritzen of Jesup said this morning that he’d be at Vinton to begin his quest for back-to-back crowns.

Among the many other drivers also confirmed for the opener are 2013 runner-up Mike Van Genderen of Newton, third in points and 2011 series champion Mark Elliott of Webster City, defending track champion Joe Docekal of Dysart, former track champions Scott Hogan of Vinton, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton and J.D. Auringer of Waterloo, and Waterman.

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

Modifieds chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points. Completing the program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, vying for national, regional and state points.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-10 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526 or by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.

In addition to first-year title sponsor XSAN of Silver Bay, Minn., contingency award sponsors for the fifth annual Hawkeye Dirt Tour include Aero Race Wheels of Estherville; Bob Harris Enterprises of Roland; Brinn Transmissions of Bay City, Mich.; BSB Manufacturing of Wellington, Kan.; CPD Racing Tools of Fort Dodge; Dakota Track Side of Minot, N.D.; Design 500 Racewear of Tukwila, Wash.; HJC Motorsports of Cerritos, Calif.; Howards Cams of Oshkosh, Wis.; Jerovetz Shock Service of Suamico, Wis.; KSE Racing Products of White House, Tenn.; Moser Engineering of Portland, Ind.; Out-Pace Racing Products of Freeport, Ill.; R2C Performance Products of Forest
Park, Ill.; Schoenfeld Headers of Van Buren, Ark.; Seals-It of Ellington, Conn.; and Wehrs Machine of Bangor, Wis.

Gustin wins Yankee feature, Lauritzen takes Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour title

September 17th, 2013

FARLEY, Iowa – Richie Gustin celebrated a $2,000 feature win and Ronn Lauritzen celebrated a series championship Saturday night at Farley Speedway. Gustin led the last 28 of 30 laps in topping the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN main event for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, outdistancing Mitch Morris and Kurt Kile in the Yankee Dirt Track Classic dash to the checkers.

Lauritzen, meanwhile, finished fourth to win the series championship. Point standings are based on drivers’ best eight finishes over the course of the 11-race series and Lauritzen rallied to edge Mike Van Genderen by just two markers for the crown. Pole starter Steve Stewart led the first two laps before Gustin pulled alongside and was scored first across the line on the third circuit.

As Gustin began putting some distance on his competition, Morris and Kile dueled over third and Lauritzen worked his way from 12th to challenge Jeff Waterman for fifth. The only two cautions of the night flew at midway. Gustin resumed his big advantage up front before Morris got by Stewart for the runner-up spot.

Kile, Lauritzen and Matt Gansen also caught up with Stewart before the finish. The victory by Gustin puts him on the ballot for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. He’s now the HDT career leader with six wins. Lauritzen earns a $1,000 share of the $4,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in final standings for the series.

Yankee Dirt Track Classic dates this weekend for Deery Series, Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour

September 12th, 2013

FARLEY, Iowa – One IMCA special series continues and another concludes during the up­coming Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. Jeff Aikey has won the last two events while Brian Harris leads the Deery Brothers Summer Se­ries standings heading into Friday, Sept. 13 and Saturday, Sept. 14 shows.

The opening night IMCA Late Model main event pays $3,000 to win while the Saturday winner earns $7,500.

Friday’s 40-lapper pays a minimum of $300 to start. Taking the initial green for the 75-lapper on Saturday is worth at least $500. Ronn Lauritzen leads Mike Van Genderen by just six points with the final two Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN shows remaining.

Top prizes for the traveling IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will be $1,500 on Friday and $2,000 on Saturday. Each is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying race and a mini­mum of $175 will be paid to start the 30-lap main events.

Bonus points, applied to IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Belleville Motor Sports North Central Region standings, also go to the tour champion.

Both the Late Models and Modifieds will run on the half-mile oval. Saturday features for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will be on the 3/8-mile track.

Pit gates at Farley open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Admission to the grandstand both days is $43 for adults, $38 for seniors and $30 for students. More information about spectator admission and pit passes is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.

Final Deery Series races of 2013 are Friday, Sept. 20 at Independence Motor Speedway and Satur­day, Sept. 21 at Davenport Speedway.

Strickler shines at Night of 1,000 Stars special for IMCA Modifieds

August 10th, 2013

BRITT, Iowa – Kyle Strickler continued his Hawkeye State success at Hancock County Speedway’s Night of 1,000 Stars.

The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver from North Carolina was the seventh and final leader in Thursday night’s 50-lap feature. After passing Scott Hogan with five circuits to go, Strickler wheeled into victory lane at Britt to collect a $3,500 check, plus another $250 in lap money. Benji LaCrosse and Ryan Ruter, like Strickler qualifiers from the “B” features, slipped past Hogan in the very late stages to finish second and third, respectively. Brian Mullen was fifth.

Played out to a capacity crowd, the Night of 1,000 Stars was also a Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN event and drew 72 Modified entries from eight states. Austin Wolf drew the pole and led the first two laps before giving way to Mike Jergens, whose tenure up front lasted until lap eight, when Todd Shute drove by.

Mullen was scored first on a single circuit before Shute regained the spot and earned a $1,000 bonus for leading when the race was halted for a mandatory caution at midway.

With that stoppage and a handful of cautions, lapped traffic never became a factor in the second half of the race. Ryan Ruter and Hogan took turns at the front but Strickler was clearly on a mission, making the most of the middle groove to complete his charge with five laps left, then fending off LaCrosse to take the win by two car lengths.

Strickler won from the 17th starting spot while LaCrosse moved up 28 positions and Ruter 24. Jeremy Mills was sixth and a plus 26 on the night while NASCAR visitor and fan favorite Ken Schrader advanced 23 places to ninth. Shute’s share of the purse included $1,250 in lap money in addition to the lap 25 bonus.

Conqueror of last month’s Harris Clash at Knoxville, Strickler was elected to start the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational on Sept. 6 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. His Thursday night victory put him on the ballot for the 2014 event.

Modified drivers chase a guaranteed payday of $7,000, plus another $3,000 in bonuses at Friday’s Night of 10,000 Stars at Britt. The feature event purse adds up to nearly $28,000

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

Top payday of series next at Hancock County for Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour

August 7th, 2013

BRITT, Iowa – The biggest payday of the 2013 tour awaits the winner of Thursday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN feature at Hancock County Speedway.

A guaranteed $3,500 goes to the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature winner at Britt on Aug. 8, with $2,500 in lap money and $2,000 in potential bonuses pushing that amount to $8,000.

Doing double duty as the 19th annual Night of 1,000 Stars, the Thursday show pays a minimum of $300 to start and is sponsored by Doug Studer Farms. Bonuses of $1,000 will be paid to the leader at mid­way and to the winner if they’ve raced at Britt at least four times previously this sea­son.

Three previous HDT events have been held at Hancock County with wins going to Jeremy Mills of Gar­ner in 2010, Clayton Christensen of Spencer in 2011 and Jon Snyder of Ames last year. The victories by Mills and Snyder also came under the Night of 1,000 Stars banner.

Friday’s inaugural Night of 10,000 Stars at Britt boasts a guaranteed paycheck of $7,000 and poten­tial bonuses of $3,000, so either event could become the top paying race in IMCA Modified history.

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 in 2013 and if they’ve won a weekly feature there this season. Total purse for the Friday event, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer and Studer Farms, is nearly $28,000.

Both Modified features are 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and will be 50 laps. All applicable IMCA points will be awarded. Modified tow money each night is $100.

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.

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

Southern Iowa Fair show next for Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour

July 14th, 2013

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN headlines the big fair program Tuesday, July 16 at Southern Iowa Speedway. Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start during the Southern Iowa Fair in Oskaloosa. The feature is a qualifier for this year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Also on the card are IMCA Late Models running for $600 to win, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $350, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $400, and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students. Pit passes are $25 for adults, $15 for youth ages 7-13 and $10 for six and under. Oskaloosa hosts the seventh of 11 events in the 2013 series.

The first six races have resulted in as many different winners, with Cayden Carter, Ryan Ruter, Darin Duffy, Steve Stewart, Jeremy Mills and Jimmy Gustin all ending iheir nights in victory lane. Drivers who compete in the HDT event will be eligible for a top prize of $1,000 during the weekly Wednesday, July 17 show at Osky.

Jimmy Gustin celebrates the 4th at Algona with 1st Hawkeye Dirt Tour win

July 7th, 2013

ALGONA, Iowa – One of IMCA’s most decorated drivers added to his resume on Independ­ence Day at Algona Raceway.

Jimmy Gustin won his career-first Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN main event. He’s now the sixth different winner in as many events for the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series this season.

Already on the ballot for this fall’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Gustin earned $1,000 for the Thursday victory, plus a $250 IMCA-Hawkeye Dirt Tour loyalty bonus awarded to the highest finishing driver who’d competed in at least one series event this season prior to the Algona show.

Mike Jergens, new point leader Ronn Lauritzen, Mark Elliott and J.J. Wise completed the top five finishers. None could mount a challenge to Gustin, who caught Wise for the front spot on the 17th of 25 laps and then pulled away following the only caution of the night of lap 21.

Wise had drawn the outside front row and set sail from the onset, with pole starter Mike Van Gen­deren falling in behind and doing his best to keep up.

Working the lower line, Wise built up a 10 car-length advantage by the time the 10th circuit was scored and left Van Genderen to battle with Jergens and Gustin for second.

Gustin drove by Jergens on lap 11 and caught Van Genderen just after midway. Hauling mail on the top of the track, Gustin pulled even with Wise on lap 16 and completed his pass for first the next time around.

Lauritzen and Elliott joined Wise and Jergens in the top five before the lap 21 yellow. Jergens got the best of the four-wide tussle for second but ran out of laps to make a run at Gustin.

Next up on the series schedule is the Tues­day, July 16 event at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. That feature also pays $1,000 to win.

Other July 4 feature winners at Algona were Jake Masters in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Devin Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Phil Ricke in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Lucas Parsons in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour, fireworks on Independence Day card at Algona

June 30th, 2013

ALGONA, Iowa – Two holiday traditions continue on July 4 at Algona Raceway. The Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN returns for a third straight Independence Day event. Fireworks follow the $1,000 to win, minimum $150 to start IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour feature Thursday evening.

Richie Gustin of Gilman was the winner at Algona last year. He’s yet to find victory lane during the 2013 tour but Gustin’s consistency has him on top of the standings, 13 points better than runner-up Mark Schulte of Delhi. Feature winners through the first five tour events include Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, Ryan Ruter of Kanawha, Darin Duffy of Urbana, Steve Stewart of Burlington and Jeremy Mills of Gar­ner.

Also on the Independence Day card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, running for $750 and $500 to win, respectively, and all applicable points. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. at Algona. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Youngsters five and under get in free. Pit passes are $25. From Algona, the Hawkeye Dirt Tour travels to Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa for a Tues­day, July 16 show. That feature also pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Mills catches up, then checks out in BVR Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 28th, 2013

ALTA, Iowa – Jeremy Mills played catch-up before running away with the Karl Perfor­mance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN main event Tuesday night at Buena Vista Race­way. Mills reeled in leader Chris Abelson 24 circuits into the 30-lapper for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, held onto the front spot after back-to-back cautions and then checked out on every­body in scoring the $1,000 feature victory.

Abelson ended in second while hard charger Justin Sackett raced all the way from 18th starting to third. Former series champions Mark Elliott and Mike Jergens completed the top five. The fifth different winner in as many series events this season, Mills notched his career third Haw­keye Dirt Tour checkers. He was already on the ballot for this fall’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional.

Jergens drew the outside pole start and led the first two times around the oval. Abelson, winner of the HDT race at Alta in 2011, got underneath Jergens on the next circuit and set sail. He was half a straightaway ahead by the time the fifth starting Mills got past Jergens for second on lap 10. That advantage was the same when Abelson began encountering lapped traffic near midway. Mills pared the margin to five car lengths by lap 20 and pulled even with Abelson three laps later.

He used the higher line to complete the pass coming out of the last turn on lap 24. Caution flags waved on each of the next two laps. Sackett was in second on lap 25 but lost the position to Abelson.

Neither had anything for Mills, however, who took the checkers 10 car lengths ahead of Abelson. Point leader Richie Gustin was 18th and a DNF.

Round six of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is on Thursday, July 4 at Algona Raceway. The Modified main event pays $1,000 to win while IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $750 and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Buena Vista Raceway hosts round five of Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour

June 23rd, 2013

ALTA, Iowa – Still looking for its first repeat winner, the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN travels to Buena Vista Raceway at Alta for a Tuesday, June 25 show.

Different drivers – Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa, Ryan Ruter of Kanawha, Darin Duffy of Urbana and most recently Steve Stewart of Burlington – have prevailed in each of the first four IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour events of the season.

Two runner-up finishes and a third-place showing in the last three events, however, have Richie Gustin of Gilman occupying the top spot in the series point standings.

The Modified main event is a 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, paying $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the card next Tuesday at BVR, running for all applicable points.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and free for military personnel with ID and kids ages 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.

Chris Abelson of Sioux City was the HDT winner at Buena Vista Raceway in 2011. Jay Noteboom of Hinton won the series race there last year enroute to the tour title.

Stewart dominates Lee County Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 22nd, 2013

DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 20) – There was no catching Steve Stewart Thursday night at Lee County Speedway. Stewart became the fourth different winner in as many Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour pre­sented by XSAN events this season, leading start to finish in the 30-lapper for IMCA Xtreme Mo­tor Sports Modifieds.

The win, his career first on the circuit, paid $1,000 and put some extra cash in Stewart’s pocket before leaving the next day on a Las Vegas vacation. Thirty-two Modifieds were in the pits for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier at Donnellson. Series point leader Richie Gustin qualified for the main event by winning his B” feature and made his way up to second from the 13th starting spot. Hunter Marriott, Scott Dickey and Ronn Lau­ritzen completed the top five.

NASCAR visitor Ken Schrader also came out of the “B” races and finished sixth. The only caution of the Budweiser Open Wheel Night headliner came after the first lap had been scored. Once the race restarted, Stewart set sail and with no more cautions to bunch the field back up, drove to the win by a comfortable margin.

Gustin ran out of laps in his bid to reel in the leader. Marriott and Dickey stayed in the top five while Lauritzen made his way up from 11th starting. Schrader was a plus nine on the night. Canadian long tow Aaron Turnbull started last in the field of 24 and finished 14th.

Jason Cook was the $500 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Tony Dunker won the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Adam Gates was first to the Mach-1 Sport Compact checkers. Next up for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is the Tuesday, June 25 show at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.

Duffy takes top line to top check in Tipton Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 13th, 2013

TIPTON, Iowa – Darin Duffy made sure the race was for second place in Tuesday’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN main event at Cedar County Raceway.

Duffy went upstairs for the lead on the fifth circuit, kept Ronn Lauritzen at bay in traffic and led to the end of the 30-lap IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature.
The series victory, Duffy’s career fourth, paid $1,000. He was already qualified for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Lauritzen, hard charger Richie Gustin, Jacob Murray and Ryan Dolan completed the top five. Forty-three cars vied in the third installment of the 2013 tour.

Mitch Morris and Kelly Meyer drew the front row starts. Morris was the early leader with Lauritzen and Duffy quick to challenge. After Duffy got by, Morris and Lauritzen went back and forth over the second spot for half a dozen laps.

Duffy caught up with the back of the pack on lap 12 but his advantage was erased by the only caution of the race on lap 16.

After starting 20th, Gustin worked his way to third by lap 18, chasing Lauritzen on the inside line while Duffy worked the high groove. Racing was two and three-wide much of the way throughout the field but Duffy negotiated his way through and never let Lauritzen get too close.

Gustin had some stories to tell after getting to the track just minutes before his “B” feature went green. A flat tire and broken trailer hub left Gustin and his crew on the extremely late side.

Brian Harris was the Deery Brothers Summer Series winner at Cedar County. The victory was the third straight for the IMCA Late Model tour point leader.

Next up for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is the Thursday, June 20 show at Lee County Speedway, where NASCAR favorite Ken Schrader joins the Modified field in another $1,000 to win event.

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

Hamilton County Speedway hosts June 4 Deery, Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader

May 31st, 2013

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa- Two IMCA series make much anticipated returns to Hamilton County Speedway for a Tuesday, June 4 doubleheader.

The Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models is in town for a $3,000 to win, mini­mum $300 to start event. The Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

Pit gates open at 5:30 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.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for students, with kids five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $30. While the Late Model series has made 26 previous visits dating back to 1987, the tour hasn’t been to Webster City since 2006. Most recently, the Deery date there in April of 2012 was rained out and could not be rescheduled.

Seven-time and defending series champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls earned half a dozen of his Deery career-best 58 checkers at Hamilton County. Current point leader Brian Harris of Daven­port was the winner there in 2005.

A single Hawkeye Dirt Tour event has been held in Webster City, with Jeremy Mills of Garner get­ting the win last June 5.

Tuesday’s Modified feature is also a qualifying event for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 to win at Webster City. Both divisions will use the draw/redraw format.

Another special series twinbill is next on the schedule when Deery and Hawkeye Dirt Tour drivers head to Cedar County Raceway at Tipton for a Tuesday, June 11 show.

I-35 cancels Memorial Day Hawkeye Dirt Tour show

May 27th, 2013

MASON CITY, Iowa – Inclement weather has reared its ugly head again, forcing cancellation of this evening’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour event.

The Memorial Day show for touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at I-35 Speedway in Mason City was lost to rain and wet track conditions.

Next date for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is the $1,000 to win show on Tuesday, June 4 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City. The Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models is in town the same evening.

Hawkeye Dirt Tour date at Clay County weathered out

May 17th, 2013

SPENCER, Iowa – Looming thunder storms and forecasts for winds in excess of 50 miles an hour have resulted in cancellation of this even­ing’s Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour event at Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway.

The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series was to have made its first-ever appearance at Spencer on Thursday. With rain in the forecast, officials opted to pull the plug instead of waiting until more race teams arrived at the track.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods were also on the Clay County card. No reschedule date has been announced. “It’s unfortunate we couldn’t get this race in,” IMCA Vice President of Operations
Brett Root said. “Several Modified drivers were already in Spencer and we anticipated large numbers of entries in all divisions.”

Next date for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is the Monday, May 27 Memorial Day show at I-35 Speed­way in Mason City. 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.

The Modified main event pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifier for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

May 16 date at Clay County next for Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour

May 15th, 2013

SPENCER, Iowa – Round two of the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour sees IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at the Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway for the first time on Thursday, May 16.

The feature event pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. Other sanctioned divisions on the card at Spencer are the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Pit gates open at 4 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 $12 for adults, $6 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $30.

The fourth annual tour opened May 7 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton with the win going to Cayden Carter, who is questionable to be among the contenders at Spencer: The Oskaloosa High School student doesn’t get out of class until after 3 p.m. on race day.

The defending series champion is Jay Noteboom of Hinton, who already owns a major career highlight at Spencer. He won for the 100th time in his IMCA career on the Clay County oval on Sept. 13 of 2007.

Series point standings will be based on drivers’ best 10 finishes out of the 13 events on the 2013 schedule.

All Hawkeye Dirt Tour events are broadcast on internet-based network XSAN, the series presenta­tion sponsor, and are qualifying races for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Karl Performance IMCA Modified Hawkeye Dirt Tour point standings based on best 10 out of 13 outings

January 28th, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa – Thirteen dates make up the schedule for the 2013 version of the Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds.

All features pay a minimum of $1,000 to win and are qualifying events for 2013 or 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballots. Each series feature pays a minimum of $150 to start.

The champion also earns a $1,000 share of the $4,000 point fund, a portion of which is provided by title sponsor Karl Performance of Des Moines, to be paid to top 10 drivers in final series standings.

Standings will be determined by driver’s 10 best finishes.

“This year’s schedule is very similar to last year’s, even to the dates,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “We added Clay County Speedway in Spencer and shifted a race to Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, which is a weekly
sanctioned track.”

The addition of the race at Clay County, in northwest Iowa, and the number of midweek shows figured in the decision to base series standings on drivers’ best 10 finishes.

“Spencer is definitely outside the home area for most of the 2012 series drivers,” Root acknowledged. “We realize there will be drivers who cannot make all the midweek races because they have to be at work the next morning. Going to the best
10 of 13 finishes means they can still follow the series and contend for point fund money and contingency awards.”

Opening night is Tuesday, May 7 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. Clay County Speedway hosts the Thursday, May 16 show before the tour travels to I-35 Speedway in Mason City for the Monday, May 27 Memorial Day program.

Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City hosts the HDT on Tuesday, June 4. The series is at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton on Tuesday, June 11, at Lee County Speedway on Thursday, June 20, and at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta on Tuesday, June 25.

Next up is Algona Raceway and the Thursday, July 4 holiday show. Southern Iowa Speedway at Oskaloosa opens the pit gates to the tour on Tuesday, July 16. Independence Motor Speedway, site of the first-ever series event in 2010, rolls out
the red carpet again on Monday, Aug. 5. Hancock County Speedway’s Night of 1,000 Stars special does double duty as a tour race Thursday, Aug. 8 at Britt.

The series concludes with a Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14 doubleheader during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded each night.

Championship bonus points will be determined by the average car count for all 13 races. All series starts count toward drivers’ 55-race limit to accrue national and regional points.

Defending champion is Jay Noteboom.

The tour will be paired with the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models on four nights, at Webster City, Tipton and both evenings at Farley. The Independence date is in conjunction with the World of Outlaws Late Models.

A $50 entry fee will be in effect for all Hawkeye Dirt Tour shows. Tour Director Bucky Doren, Tech Inspector Ray Hill and Scorer Jen Turner all return to the circuit.

2013 Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds

Tuesday, May 7 – Benton County Speedway, Vinton. Thursday, May 16 – Clay County Speedway, Spencer. Monday, May 27 – I-35 Speedway, Mason City. Tuesday, June 4 –Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City. Tuesday, June 11 – Cedar County Raceway,
Tipton. Thursday, June 20 – Lee County Speedway, Donnellson. Tuesday, June 25 –Buena Vista Raceway, Alta. Thursday, July 4 – Algona Raceway, Algona. Tuesday, July 16 – Southern Iowa Speedway, Oskaloosa. Monday, Aug. 5 – Independence Motor
Speedway, Independence. Thursday, Aug. 8 – Hancock County Speedway, Britt. Friday, Sept. 13 – Farley Speedway, Farley. Saturday, Sept. 14 – Farley Speedway, Farley.

Noteboom’s Marshalltown win sets up dramatic finish for JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

September 23rd, 2012

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – You can’t ask for a better finish than this. Jay Noteboom held off Darin Duffy to win Friday’s JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Marshalltown Speedway. Jeremy Mills ran seventh, so he and Noteboom will be tied for the point lead going into the final event of the IMCA Modified series on Saturday, at the same venue.

A single caution slowed the opening night 30-lapper, on the 10th circuit. Duffy started outside row one and held off defending tour champion Mark Elliott to lead past midway.

Noteboom came from seventh on the original grid to challenge, then took the lead on lap 17. The front pair went side-by-side for the front spot, with Duffy scored first across the stripe on laps 20 and 22.

Working the bottom line, Duffy had the slight edge coming out of the second turn on the final cir­cuit, but Noteboom, running the extreme high side of the oval most of the way, forged ahead again and took the checkers by two car lengths.

Jon Snyder started 10th and finished third; Elliott was fourth and Randy Havlik completed the top five. Hard charger Jimmy Gustin advanced 11 spots to finish sixth.

Noteboom’s win, his third in 12 series events this season, was good for $1,000. His Sept. 15 Haw­keye Dirt Tour win at Farley already had Noteboom on the ballot for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional.

Mills had gone into the race with a six point lead over Noteboom. Elliott is now nine points out of first.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. for night two of Marshalltown’s Havoc On the High Banks special. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Mills takes point lead to Marshalltown for final JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour twinbill

September 21st, 2012

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – The JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour champion will be crowned after the second of two IMCA Modified tour features this weekend at Marshalltown Speed­way.

Who that champion will be remains to be determined as just 25 points separate the top five drivers in the standings going into the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21 and 22 Havoc On The High Banks special.

Jeremy Mills of Garner is currently six points better than Hinton’s Jay Noteboom and 12 points ahead of defending champion Mark Elliott of Webster City. Ryan Dolan of Lisbon is 17 points off the pace, with Mark Schulte of Delhi in fifth, 25 points out.

“This series had the potential to end this way, with all the good competition,” said Mills, who re­gained the point lead with a sixth place finish on opening night of the Sept. 14-15 series doubleheader at Far­ley. “Three races ago it didn’t seem like it would be that close but everything that could hap­pen has since then.”

Noteboom and Richie Gustin were tied for the top spot in points going into the Farley twinbill. Mechani­cal problems sidelined Gustin on Friday and kept him off the track altogether Saturday. Elliott won the opener while Noteboom bounced back for the night two checkers. Both Modified features at Marshalltown pay $1,000 to win and are qualifying events for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. A minimum of $150 will be paid to start each night.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMods both race for $500 to win Fri­day and Saturday. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase $300 top checks both nights. Mach-1 Sport Compacts race for $150 to win on Saturday.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded to Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers. SportMod and Sport Compact drivers earn national and state points.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. both days. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the sixth annual Havoc On The High Banks, sponsored by Toby K’s Hidea­way, is availa­ble by calling the track office at 515 432-4703 and at the www.marshalltownspeedway.com website.

Elliott races back into contention with Farley JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour checkers

September 16th, 2012

FARLEY, Iowa – The race for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour title took an interest­ing turn when defending champion Mark Elliott took the checkers Friday night at Farley Speed­way.

Elliott became the first driver to return to victory lane through the IMCA Modified series’ first 10 events. The $1,500 win also puts him on the ballot for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Chasing Elliott across the stripe in the Yankee Dirt Track Classic show were Jeff Waterman, Ron Barker, Darin Duffy and Ryan Dolan.

Jeremy Mills ran sixth and regained the top spot in the series standings when co-point leaders Richie Gustin and Jay Noteboom had more than their share of problems. Gustin broke in his heat while Noteboom had to take a provisional, exited early after losing a bumper and was scored 20th.

Mills will take a seven point advantage over Noteboom into Saturday’s $2,000 to win HDT event at Farley. Dolan is eight points back while Elliott lurks just 10 points off the pace.

Moving quickly from the fourth starting spot, Duffy took the early lead and started to pull away while Troy Cordes, Elliott and Waterman battled for second.

By midway of the 25-lapper, Elliott and Cordes had gained some separation of their own and were reeling in Duffy. They ran three-wide coming out of turn four on lap 14. Elliott was scored first on the next circuit but Cordes moved ahead on lap 16.

The first caution came out on lap 19. Several attempts were needed to get the race restarted and when it did, Cordes pulled into the infield with mechanical issues.

That handed the lead to Elliott, who stayed in front while Waterman, Duffy, Mills, Barker and eventu­ally Dolan tussled over the second through sixth positions. Elliott took the checkers with Waterman closing.

Elliott had also won the HDT feature at Farley last year. The 2012 series concludes during the Sept. 21-22 Havoc On The High Banks at Marshalltown Speedway.

Farley’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic next destination for Deery Series, Hawkeye Dirt Tour

September 14th, 2012

FARLEY, Iowa – The top-paying doubleheader of the season for two IMCA series is this weekend at Farley Speedway.

The Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models and the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Modifieds headline Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 Yankee Dirt Track Classic programs. Friday’s Deery feature pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. The Saturday feature boasts the biggest paycheck of the 2012 series at $7,500 to win, along with a minimum of $500 to start.

Modifieds vie for $1,500 to win on Friday and $2,000 to win on Saturday. A minimum of $175 will be paid to start each night and both features are 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualify­ing events.

All four events will be held on the half-mile track. Both Modified features will be 20 laps; Late Mod­els go 50 laps on Friday and 75 laps on Saturday.

Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Test and tune sessions for Late Model and Modified divisions are Thursday, Sept. 13. The top 12 drivers in Deery points in attendance that evening are eligible to compete in a $1,000 to win king of the hill duel.

Features for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are Wednesday and Thursday on the 3/8-mile oval and pay $500 to win. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks begin qualifying on Wednesday, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts on Thursday. Features for the SportMods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts, also on the 3/8, are on Saturday and pay $750, $500 and $400, respectively, to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing na­tional, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded. Grandstand admission Wednesday and Thursday is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7 for students with ID.

Admission on Friday is $20 for adults, $16 for seniors and $13 for students. On Saturday, specta­tor admission is $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and $22 for students.

Kids 12 and under get into the grandstand free when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25 on Wednesday, $30 on Thursday and Friday, and $35 on Saturday.

More information about the 35th annual Yankee is available by calling 563 744-3620. The track website ad­dress is www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.

The Deery Series concludes Sept. 22 at Davenport Speedway. Final Hawkeye Dirt Tour events of the season are Sept. 21 and 22 at Marshalltown Speedway.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour making first visit to Southern Iowa Speedway

July 17th, 2012

OSKALOOSA, Iowa – The next installment of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubles as opening night of another IMCA Iowa Speedweek.

Southern Iowa Speedway hosts the IMCA Modified series Tuesday night, with a $1,000 to win, minimum $150 to start main event on the July 17 program at the Mahaska County Monster.

Richie Gustin of Gilman, the seventh different and most recent series winner, brings the point lead to Oskaloosa, which hosts the tour for the first time. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the card.

Another $1,000 to win feature for the Modifieds highlights Southern Iowa Speedway’s weekly show on Wednesday, July 18.

Both Modified races are qualifying events for the 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Pit gates open at 5p.m., the grandstand opens at 6p.m., hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students and free for kids six and under. Pit passes are $25.

The Thursday, July 19 Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway headlines Modifieds and Northern SportMods running for top prizes of $2,000 and $750, respectively.

First-place pay on Friday, July 20 at Marshalltown Speedway is $1,000 for Modifieds
and $500 for the SportMods.

New point leader for Hawkeye Dirt Tour show at Algona

June 30th, 2012

ALGONA, Iowa – New point leader Jeremy Mills heads the list of IMCA Modified sluggers headed to Algona Raceway for the Tuesday, July 3 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour event.

From Garner, Mills took over the top spot in the standings with a third place finish in the tour fea­ture at Buena Vista Raceway. He’s now nine points ahead of previous leader Richie Gustin of Gilman, who was part of a four-car tangle and was unable to finish the Alta show. Darin Duffy of Hazleton, Jay Noteboom of Hinton and defending champion Mark Elliott of Webster City complete the top five in the point race.

Tuesday’s main event pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motor­sports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, as well as special series points, will be given and filming for the Fuel The Thunder 2 documentary series continues.

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

Also on the card at Algona are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars running for $750 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, both running for $500 to win. A draw/redraw format will be in place for all three divi­sions and all applicable points will be awarded.

Local hornets and cruisers will also run. The track website is www.algonaraceway.com.

One hundred different drivers have competed at one or more of the first six series events. Feature win­ners thus far include Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., Mike Hansen of Alton, Mills, Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona, Ill., Elliott and Noteboom.

The eighth of 13 races on the 2012 Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is Tuesday, July 17 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.

Another different winner as Noteboom tops BVR Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 28th, 2012

ALTA, Iowa – The sixth race in the 2012 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour resulted in a sixth different winner. Jay Noteboom led all 30 laps of the IMCA Modified main event Tuesday night at Buena Vista Raceway. He held off challenges from Mike Van Genderen and then by Darin Duffy in securing the $1,000 victory, his career first on the HDT circuit.

Duffy ended up second while Jeremy Mills’ third-place finish vaulted him into the tour point lead, nine markers better than Richie Gustin. Gustin came into town with the top spot in the standings but got caught up in a lap 21 tangle with Duffy, Mark Schulte and Jeff Waterman. Duffy was able to restart before the yellow came out but Gustin, Schulte and Waterman were all done for the night.

Noteboom was scored first on every circuit but found himself side-by-side with Van Genderen on lap 20. Van Genderen got high and jumped the cushion on the restart the next lap and fell well off the pace. Chris Abelson and defending series champion Mark Elliott rounded out the top five. Elliott had to race his way back toward the front after spinning on lap two and restarting at the back of the field. Two other drivers running in the top five were yellow flag casualties: Dustin Smith was done for the night when his engine expired on lap 12 and pole starter Josh Most was taken out of contention by a lap 26 spin.

Duffy advanced 15 positions from his original starting spot. Mike Albertsen was a plus 12, Brian Schmitt and Rich Smith both plus 11.

Noteboom was already qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

The seventh installment of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is Tuesday, July 3 at Algona Raceway. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Filming for the Fuel The Thunder 2 documentary series also continues at Algona.

Buena Vista Raceway is next destination for JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

June 23rd, 2012

ALTA, Iowa– Still looking for a repeat winner, the 2012 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour heads to Buena Vista Raceway for a Tuesday, June 26 show.

The IMCA Modified feature pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start, and is a qualifying event for this year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Pit gates at Alta open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for military personnel with ID and kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.

Also on the Tuesday card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and BVR bombers.

More information is available at the www.buenavistaraceway.com and www.dirttour.com websites, or by calling 712 830-1193.

Defending series champion Mark Elliott of Webster City won the most recent HDT feature, during the Mighty Howard County Fair in Cresco.

Other winners thus far include Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., Mike Hansen of Alton, Jeremy Mills of Garner and Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona, Ill., Richie Gustin of Gilman is the point leader, eight markers better than Mills.

Filming for Fuel The Thunder 2 documentaries continues at BVR. The seventh of 13 tour dates is Tuesday, July 3 at Algona Raceway.

Elliott repeats Hawkeye Dirt Tour success at Mighty Howard County Fair

June 23rd, 2012

CRESCO, Iowa – His Mighty Howard County Fair feature win got Mark Elliott on track to winning the 2011 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour championship. He’s half way to a repeat of those events in 2012.

Elliott topped the IMCA Modified feature at Cresco Speedway Thursday night. The $1,000 victory came ahead of point leader Richie Gustin, Ryan Dolan, Darin Duffy and Jeremy Mills and in front of a predictably packed house for the county fair special.

Tied for seventh in point standings coming into the night, Elliott was part of a four-car pack chasing early race leader Dolan. He passed Gustin and Jeff Waterman to take over second following a lap four restart, then began challenging Dolan for the front following a caution five laps later.

The front pair encountered lapped traffic midway through the 30-lapper with Gustin and Jay Noteboom close behind. A bobble by Dolan gave Elliott and Gustin the opportunity they hoped for and both zoomed by on lap 18.

There was no catching Elliott from that point and Gustin had to settle for second, five car lengths off the pace. Dolan dueled with Darin Duffy the last seven circuits before cementing third and Mills made his way into the top five with six to go.

Elliott is the fifth different winner in as many tour events so far this season. He was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Drawing winners of $100 bonuses from the fair board were Gustin, Dolan, Waterman, Tim Murty, Jason Snyder, Chris Snyder, Jason Schoenberger, Noteboom, Mike Van Genderen and Ed Thomas. Recipients were determined by feature finish.

Round six takes the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour and the Fuel The Thunder 2 documentary series to Buena Vista Raceway for another $1,000 to win feature on Tuesday, June 26.

Pit gates at Alta open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Rare twinbill takes Deery Series, Hawkeye Dirt Tour to Tipton on June 12

June 9th, 2012

TIPTON, Iowa — IMCA’s Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models and JR Motor­sports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Modifieds make a rare joint appearance on June 12 at Cedar County Raceway.

The Tuesday night twinbill at Tipton marks just the second time the two series have shared a race night card. The Late Model main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $250 to start; the Modified feature is a qualifying event for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, paying $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

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

Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., has won three of the first seven Deery events and takes a 14 point ad­vantage over Andy Eckrich of Oxford and Jeff Aikey of Waterloo to Cedar County.

There’s also a tie for second in the Hawkeye Dirt Tour standings as Richie Gustin of Gilman owns a two point advantage over Jeremy Mills of Garner and Mark Schulte of Delhi.

Both series made separate visits to Cedar County in 2011: Ron Barker of Dubuque was the Hawkeye Dirt Tour winner in June while Nate Beuseling of Silvis, Ill., topped the Deery show in August.

The one previous Deery-HDT doubleheader was last September at Farley Speed­way.

Top check is $1,500 for Hamilton County Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 2nd, 2012

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour makes its first-ever appearance at Hamilton County Speedway next Tuesday, June 5, with the winner of the IMCA Modified main event earning $1,500.

Hometown driver Mark Elliott is the defending series champion and he’ll be part of a strong contingent of Iowans, along with long tows from Illinois, Minnesota and Kansas for the event doubling as the inaugural Wayne Redmond Memorial.

The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier pays $1,250 for second and 1,000 for third. The tour purse for second place on back will be paid to fourth-24 place finishers at Webster City.

IMCA series and additional contingency awards will be given, as will a special Redmond Memorial trophy.

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

Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students ages 13-17 and $2 for kids 12 and under. Kids get in free when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $25. While Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., and Mike Hanson of Alton own series wins this far, it’s Richie Gustin of Gilman who brings the tour point lead to town. Delhi’s Mark Schulte is a single marker behind in second and Jeremy Mills of Garner is three points off the first place pace.

The third Fuel The Thunder 2 documentary segment will be filmed during the program.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are also on the card next Tuesday, vying for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points. Stephenville Starter Northern Region points will also be given to Hobby Stocks.

More information about the Webster City show is available by calling 515 297-3050. While drivers must have a 2012 IMCA license to compete, no special series license is sold or required this season.

Round four of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour is Tuesday, June 12. Cedar County Raceway at Tipton also hosts the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models that evening.

Waterman tops JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener

May 10th, 2012

VINTON, Iowa – The first out-of-state driver to win a JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event was the winner when the IMCA Modified series opened Tuesday night at Benton County Speedway.

Quincy, Ill., hotshoe Jeff Waterman drew the pole and ran at the front all 30 laps, beating J.D. Auringer to the checkers by a car length after two of the race’s three caution flags wiped out big leads.

The victory paid $1,250 and put Waterman on the ballot for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Richie Gustin challenged after midway and finished third. Mitch Morris and Mark Schulte both came from “B” features, improving 15 and eight spots from their original starts to finish fourth and fifth, respectively.

“We weren’t fast in the turns but I knew as long as I kept the car where I wanted on the track that we’d be OK,” said Waterman, who was pulling away from outside row one starter Ryan Dolan and the rest of the field before the first yellow, on lap eight. “This was probably the oldest car in the field tonight. I was probably the oldest driver, too.” Dolan got together with Gustin and wound up restarting at the back following the first of back-to-back yellows on laps 15 and 16.

The race stayed green from that point, with Auringer taking over second with 10 circuits left and Morris cracking the top four the next time around. It became a two-car race with six to go, with Auringer running out of laps and Waterman taking the checkers.

Waterman’s career first Hawkeye Dirt Tour victory came on June 24 of 2010 at Cresco Speedway.

“Cresco was pretty special,” acknowledged Waterman, among the series drivers being featured in the Fuel The Thunder 2 documentaries. “I’m generally not a small track guy but we always come to Vinton for the Frostbuster, the Hawkeye Dirt Tour and the Hogan Memorial. Benton County Speedway has always been good to me.” Kelly Meyer was sixth and defending series champion Mark Elliott finished seventh. Thirty-eight Modifieds were in town for the opening night program, completed in just under three hours on a brisk evening.

Jim Gillenwater paced the $400 to win feature for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Scott Pippert banked $300 for his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory and Merv Chandler was the $100 Mach-1 Sport Compact feature winner.

The second of 13 series events this season is on Memorial Day Monday, May 28 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City.

That main event pays $1,000 to win. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete the program.

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

Winner’s share upped to $1,250 for May 8 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener

May 6th, 2012

VINTON, Iowa – The winner of next Tuesday’s JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at Benton County Speedway will have 250 more reasons to celebrate.

The first place share for the May 8 IMCA Modified main event at Vinton has been increased by $250, to $1,250.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $400 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300 and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $100.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in all four divisions; Modifieds also vie for Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and special series points, Hobby Stocks for Stephenville Starter Northern Region points.

The Modified main event pays a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:45 p.m., with racing to follow. Grandstand admis­sion is $15 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Opening night entries are expected to include all 12 Modified drivers to be profiled in the documentary-based Fuel The Thunder series.

Each Fuel The Thunder segment will focus on an individual driver, from his everyday life to the tracks and series he competes at. There is no script or artificial drama and all episodes will be released on www.fuelthethunder.com and various video sharing and broadband connected platforms, among them YouTube and Vimeo.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opens May 8 at Benton County

April 27th, 2012

VINTON, Iowa – The JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour returns to Benton County Speedway for opening night action on Tuesday, May 8.

Top prize in the IMCA Modified lidlifter is $1,000 and fans will also see the 12 drivers to be fea­tured in Fuel The Thunder documentaries in series action for the first time in 2012.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:45 p.m., with racing to follow. Grandstand admis­sion is $15 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

Defending champion Mark Elliott of Webster City heads the elite group of tour drivers who will be profiled in the upcoming Fuel The Thunder documentaries; segments will be compiled on DVD and a movie theater showing held after the season.

Other Fuel The Thunder regulars to be featured will be Ray Cox Jr. of Maquoketa, Darin Duffy of Hazleton, Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Richie Gustin of Gilman, Ronn Lauritzen of Jesup, Jay Noteboom of Hinton, Jason Schoenberger of Gorham, Kan., Mark Schulte of Delhi, Rich Smith of Davenport, Mike Van Genderen of Newton and Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill.

All are expected to compete at the Benton County HDT event.

“The exposure Barry Braun will give the series through Fuel The Thunder is very exciting to have happen,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “I’m confident race fans will want to come out and be part of the season-opening event.”

The Modified feature pays a minimum of $150 to start and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying event. Rounding out the race program are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and Allstar Performance state points will be awarded.

The ¼-mile dirt oval at Vinton was also host to the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener last season.

While IMCA has a more active administrative role in the series this season, Bucky Doren returns as tour director, Jen Turner as official scorer and Ray Hill as tech inspector. All three will at­tend each series event.

The second of 13 events on this year’s series schedule is on Memorial Day Monday, May 28 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City. That feature also pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

Fuel The Thunder 2 Heads South to Feature the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour For 13 Episodes in 2012, Exclusive to YouTube

January 28th, 2012

Silver Bay, MN – In 2011, Fuel The Thunder, a documentary TV program featuring the Como Modified Series in Northern
Minnesota and Wisconsin, took the industry by storm with its innovative and grassroots marketing approach and documentation of ten drivers that fueled participation in the series. The show was broadcast on the local Duluth-Superior FOX 21 affiliate and online via YouTube. The movie version was shown on December 17, 2011, in a Duluth, Minnesota, theater.

In 2012, Fuel The Thunder 2 will build on the foundation established by the initial series by expanding to 13 one-hour episodes and featuring the drivers that fuel the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour. The episodes will be exclusive to YouTube and will be released every Monday at 1:00 PM Central starting on December 3, 2012. A subsequent DVD/Blu Ray Set and movie
theater showing will be released in the months that follow.

“The is an excellent opportunity for the modified drivers of IMCA to get much needed exposure via new media outlets,” stated IMCA Vice President Brett Root. “Barry and his team at X.CELERATED produced a fantastic program that really features the lifestyle and personalities of these drivers. On top of this, the vision they have with utilizing the internet, mobile, and TV everywhere instead of the traditional form of network television fits the dirt track racing business model now and into the future.”

The 13 drivers of Fuel The Thunder 2 will be selected at a later date. The show will follow these drivers in the quest to win races and the championship of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, now it its third season, throughout the state of Iowa.

“Fuel The Thunder has been one of the most rewarding projects that our young company has produced,” added Barry Braun, Producer of Fuel The Thunder and President of X.CELERATED. “The project is as real as one will get at the dirt track. We do not use a big fancy film crew, equipment, or post production. We get in the trenches with one camera, a couple of ideas, and drive up and down the road like any fan would. I strive to create based on the drivers, the elements, and the pure passion of the project. The internet, with delivery to multiple devices, has allowed us to stay true to
this project. Because of it, we will expand on that in 2012 with an hour long show and thirteen in-depth episodes.”

More information regarding Fuel The Thunder 2 will be released in the coming months on www.fuelthethunder.com. Filming for the series will begin in early April during the Frostbuster tour of races sanctioned by the IMCA. To keep up with the International Motor Contest Association, IMCA visit:
www.imca.com

More information on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour can be found at: www.dirttour.com More information on X.CELERATED can be found at: www.racexr.com.

About X.CELERATED

X.CELERATED (XR) is a marketing and multimedia firm based in Minnesota. XR focuses on the dirt track industry producing high impact websites, video, and internet broadcasts. More information on X.CELERATED can be found at: www.racexr.com

About the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA)

The largest sanctioning body in the United States, the International Motor Contest Association provides rules and race procedures for eight divisions of race cars. The open wheeled Modified has been IMCA’s signature class since its introduction in 1979. Nearly 7,000 drivers will compete at 125 IMCA tracks in 23 states and Canada during the 2011 season.

The premier event in dirt track racing is the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Cenex. More than 800 Modifieds, Late Models, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will take their turn on the track at Boone, Iowa, Speedway during the 29th annual event Sept. 5-10. For more information visit: www.imca.com

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour adds June 26 date at Buena Vista Raceway

January 27th, 2012

ALTA, Iowa – A 13th date has been added to the 2012 JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule.

IMCA Modifieds will headline the Tuesday, June 26 show at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, racing for a top prize of $1,000.

Special series, Allstar Performance State, North Central Region and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national points will be awarded. Support divisions are to be announced.

The third annual series opens May 8 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. All 13 features are qualifying events for 2012 or 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballots.

Chris Abelson won the tour race at BVR last August.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour has a dozen dates for IMCA Modifieds

January 25th, 2012

VINTON, Iowa – A dozen dates are on tap in the third annual JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds.

Top prize each night is a minimum of $1,000, making all 12 shows qualifying events for 2012 or 2013 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballots.

Opening night is Tuesday, May 8 at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. Mason City’s I-35 Speedway hosts the Memorial Day special on Monday, May 28.

Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City follows on Tuesday, June 5. Modifieds join IMCA Late Models and the Deery Brothers Summer Series at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton on Tuesday, June 12, then headline the Mighty Howard County Fair program at Cresco Speedway on Thursday, June 21.

The series is at Algona Raceway on Tuesday, July 3 before another fair date on Tuesday, July 17 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Hancock County Speedway at Britt’s Thursday, Aug. 9 Night of 1,000 Stars special does double duty as an HDT event, as do Yankee Dirt Track Classic races Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 at Farley Speedway and Havoc On The High Banks features Friday and Saturday, Sept. 21-22 at Marshalltown Speedway.

North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded each night. Points also figure toward the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national crown.

JR Motorsports has been title sponsor of the tour since its inception. Defending champion is Mark Elliott of Webster City.

IMCA to administer Hawkeye Dirt Tour next season

December 26th, 2011

VINTON, Iowa – IMCA has reached a mutual agreement with series founder Bucky Doren to administer the Hawkeye Dirt Tour next season.

Doren will continue as series director and attend as many events as possible. IMCA officials will head pre- and post-race tech inspection at each Modified series race. The sanctioning body will also oversee awarding of contingencies, as well as the point fund. The 2012 series schedule will be announced in early January. All features will pay a minimum of $1,000 to win and be Fast Shafts All-Star qualifying events.

“This has been an extremely successful tour in its first two seasons and there is considerable potential for even more growth,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “The drawback is that more races at more tracks makes it difficult for Bucky to balance all the responsibilities of the tour with his regular job.”

“We’re glad to have Bucky back with the series next year,” added Root. “We want to make the transition as efficient as possible.”

“My main job has evolved quite a lot over the past 12 months and it continues to do so. That has made it tough for me to do everything I wanted to do to help the HDT grow,” Doren commented. “After talking with IMCA, we found a way for the tour to continue to evolve. I’m also happy that I can still be a part of the HDT history as it is written.”

Tracks on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule in 2010 and/or 2011 will be given the first opportunity to secure series dates next season.

In addition to special series points, Allstar Performance State, ButlerBuilt North Central Region and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national points will be awarded at all tour events.

Local track points will also be awarded for designated tour races.

Gustin, Duffy win Marshalltown features, Elliott takes title in JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

September 28th, 2011

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Richie Gustin and Darin Duffy won JR Motorsports Haw keye Dirt Tour features, while Mark Elliott wrapped up the IMCA Modified series title at Mar­shalltown Speedway’s Havoc On The High Banks special.

Eighth and sixth-place showings over the weekend netted Elliott the crown along with bonus points to be applied to IMCA national and regional standings. Each feature paid $1,000 and was a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event for
2012.

Gustin took the lead early in Friday’s 30-lapper and opened up a comfortable advantage as Jon Snyder, Jeff Waterman, Luke Wanninger and Todd Hansen fought over second. Snyder got the best of that battle and he closed in on Gustin. After a couple yellow flags around lap 10, Gustin and Snyder pulled away from the pack. A new tussle for third developed featuring Wanninger, Vern Jackson and Ronn Lauritzen. Engine problems knocked out the second-running Snyder and caused the caution on lap 27 that set a three-lap dash for the Havoc win.

Gustin, Jackson and Lauritzen came off turn two three-wide after the restart and that trio stayed close to the checkers, as Gustin used the highside momentum off turn four to secure the win. Lauritzen finished second despite a plug wire getting knocked off at about midway. Duffy, who had been flirting with the top five during the final 10 circuits, used the late restart to his ad­vantage and finished fourth. Jacob Murray rounded out the top five.

Elliott led early in the Saturday show, pursued by Gustin while Snyder, Murray, Waterman and eventually Duffy contested for third. After a lap 13 yellow, Gustin worked underneath to try and steal the lead while trying to keep Adam Larson and Todd Shute in check. Snyder and Duffy were the drivers at the front of a cluster of cars wrangling for fifth.

Larson took the lead following a lap 17 restart with Duffy and Gustin right behind. Duffy fi nally found the opportunity he sought to take the lead on lap 20 and he ran in front the rest of the way. Snyder worked his way back toward the front to finish second, followed by Shute, Larson and Gustin.

Brian Irvine swept the Havoc On the High Banks IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features while Cayden Carter did the same in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. Those races each paid $500 to win. Devin Smith and Scott Pippert were $300 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winners and Merv Chandler earned $100 for his Mach-1 Sport Compact win on Saturday.

Final JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour features at Marshalltown’s Havoc on the High Banks special

September 24th, 2011

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – IMCA Modified features tote $1,000 top checks on both nights of Marshalltown Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24 Havoc on the High Banks special.

Modified main events double as the final JR Motorsports Haw keye Dirt Tour races of the season and are also qualifiers for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

A minimum of $150 will be paid to start each night. Mark Elliott of Webster City, the only driver with two wins through the first nine series events, is the new point leader. Jeff Waterman, Ronn Lauritzen and Mark Schulte all remain in mathematical contention for the tour title.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet North ern SportMods race for $500 to win Friday and Saturday night. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase $300 top checks win both nights. Mach-1 Sport Compacts race for $100 to win on Saturday.

National, regional and All-Star Performance State points will be awarded to Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers. SportMod and Sport Compact drivers earn national and state points.

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Pit passes are $25. Spectator admission is $12 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.

More information about the fifth annual Havoc On The High Banks, sponsored by Toby K’s Hideaway, is availa ble by calling the track office at 515 432-4703 and at the www.marshalltownspeedway.com or www.dirttour.com websites.

Abelson is best at BVR to become newest JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour winner

August 4th, 2011

ALTA, Iowa – Chris Abelson had an All-Star kind of day on Wednesday. Announced as a starter that morning for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Abelson raced his way onto the ballot for the 2012 race by winning the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Buena Vista Raceway that evening.

The IMCA Modified series victory paid $1,000. Abelson is now the eighth different driver to take the checkers in as many tour events this season.

Dustin Smith, Jay Noteboom, defending HDT champion Mike Jergens and Clayton Christensen made up the rest of the top five. Point leader Ryan Dolan gained a little breathing room with his 13th place finish, four places better than closest challenger Mark Elliott.

Kurt Krauskopf grabbed the lead at the start of the main event, which was yellow flagged by a quick caution for debris. Abelson passed Dylan Smith for second on lap three and started reeling in Krauskopf.

Krauskopf ran the middle groove while Abelson sailed around on the top shelf for several laps, finally gaining the front spot near halfway.

A lap 16 caution interrupted the tussle between Dustin Smith, Noteboom and Christensen over third. Krauskopf got out of sorts and lost a couple positions on the ensuing restart.

Abelson put some distance between himself and the rest of the pack while Noteboom and Smith continued their fight over second. The 16th starting Jergens reached the top four on lap 16 and challenged Noteboom for third.

No one could shake Abelson from the lead, with Smith ending in second. Noteboom edged Jergens by a half a car length for third while Christensen followed.

Ronn Lauritzen scored his sixth top 10 finish of the season to move into third in the standings, 19 points behind Dolan and 14 behind Elliott.

Next up on the tour schedule is a two-day show Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17 at Farley Speedway. The series concludes with Sept. 23 and 24 features at Marshalltown Speedway.

Chase for JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour crown comes to Buena Vista Raceway

July 30th, 2011

ALTA, Iowa – Ryan Dolan and Mark Elliott take their chase for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour championship to Buena Vista Raceway on Aug. 3. Dolan now leads Elliott by a single point in the IMCA Modified series standings. At stake next Wednesday, in addition to the top spot in the point race, is a $1,000 winner’s check and a spot on the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Pit gates at Alta open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $10, with kids 12 and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25. More information is available by calling 712 830-1193 and at the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.

Also on the weekly program are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. All IMCA divisions will race for all applicable points, including local track points for Modifieds.

Clayton Christensen became the seventh different winner in as many HDT races this season last week at Hancock County Speedway.

Other visitors to victory lane have included Ron Barker, Elliott, Vern Jackson, Michael Long, Josh Ruby and Dustin Smith.

One hundred and three drivers have competed at one or more tour events so far in 2011.

The tour’s first two-day show is Sept. 16-17 during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. Marshalltown Speedway hosts the final series events of the season Sept. 23-24 with separate Havoc On The High Banks programs.

Each feature pays $1,000 to win.

Christensen becomes latest winner in JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour

July 24th, 2011

BRITT, Iowa – Clayton Christensen added his name to the list of JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature winners with a late move to the front Thursday night at Hancock County Speedway.

Christensen slipped underneath J.J. Wise with four laps left in the 30-lapper to gain the $1,000 IMCA Modified victory and qualify for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Ryan Watnem also caught Wise before taking the checkers. Rob Hughes and Jay Noteboom rounded out the top five while Mark Elliott pared Ryan Dolan’s lead in the standings to a single point with his sixth place finish.

Dolan saw a strong run end with a flat tire late in the contest. He got back on the track and salvaged 14th place. NASCAR visitor Ken Schrader was ninth.

Dolan and Wise drew the front row starts. Wise gained an early two car length advantage, then pulled away with Dolan and Watnem in pursuit before a lap eight caution for debris.

Working the low line, Watnem stole second from Dolan as the eighth starting Christensen became a player, cracking the top three before midway.

Christensen moved into second on lap 21 and began trying the low side in his bid for the lead.

The second and last yellow waved with five laps left. Dolan was running in the top five at the time and was forced pitside with the flat tire.

Wise and Christensen battled for the lead on the restart, with Christensen working his way underneath for the lead and eventual win.

Watnem worked past Wise for second. Hughes ran steadily toward the front all night to finish fourth while Noteboom ran in the top five all night.

Christensen is the seventh different winner in as many series events this season. Next up for the tour is the Wednesday, Aug. 3 date at Buena Vista County Raceway in Alta.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Hancock County July 21

July 22nd, 2011

BRITT, Iowa – Still looking for a repeat winner, the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour travels to Hancock County Speedway for a Thursday, July 21 show.

IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win at Britt, where the seventh installment of the series is billed as “The Prelude to 1,000 Stars.” A berth on the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot is at stake and national, ButlerBuilt North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods complete the program.

More information is available from promoter Joe Ringsdorf at 515 295-5555, and at the track website, www.hcspeedway.com.

Consistency has kept Ryan Dolan atop the series point standings while feature wins have gone to Vern Jack son, Josh Ruby, Ron Barker, Mark Elliott, Michael Long and Dustin Smith.

The series is at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta Aug. 3 and at Farley for a two-day show Sept. 16-17. Final fea tures are Sept. 23 and 24 at Marshalltown Speedway.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour makes first Algona visit on the Fourth

July 3rd, 2011

ALGONA, Iowa – The JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour ventures to a new locale, when touring IMCA Modifieds travel to Algona Raceway for the big Fourth of July holiday special.

Monday’s main event winner earns $1,000 and qualifies for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods complete the program.

Pit gates at the Kossuth County Fairgrounds open at 4:30 p.m. The grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with youngsters five and under free. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available from promoter Joe Ringsdorf at 515 295-5555. The track website is www.algonaraceway.com.

Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks all race for IMCA national, regional and Allstar Performance state points. Northern SportMods earn national and state points.

Algona becomes the 11th different track to host a series event in the one season-plus history of the HDT.

The first five features of 2011 have produced as many different winners: Vern Jackson, Josh Ruby, Ron Barker, Mark Elliott and, on Thursday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Michael Long.

Long dominates JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Lee County

July 3rd, 2011

DONNELLSON, Iowa – Tenth starting Michael Long charged to the front of the JR Mo tosports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at Lee County Speedway Friday night, then dominated the last half of the race to earn a $1,000 IMCA Modified paycheck.

Long took the checkers a straightaway ahead of runner-up Tyler Cale in the headliner of Donnellson’s fourth annual Liberty Cup special, a qualifying event for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

While everyone in front of him ran the low line, Long went to the high side and caught early race leader Ronn Lauritzen and ninth starting Tyler Cale before midway of the 30-lapper. Their three-wide battle lasted the length of the backstretch but once in front, Long pulled away from the rest of the field.

Cale held on for second, while Wyatt Lantz took third. Josh Foster, who went to the pits after a lap one caution, came from 24th to fourth and Todd Hansen made a late charge to fifth.

Ryan Dolan maintained his spot on top of the point standings with an eighth place finish. Long became the fifth different winner in as many HDT events this season.

Shane Weller and Cayden Carter were $700 feature winners in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features, respectively.

Weller ran in front most of the way in the Stock feature. Damon Murty took the lead at lap 15 but Weller regained the front spot with two laps to go.

Murty, Abe Huls, Matt Greiner and Justin Teymeyer rounded the top five.

Carter took the lead from Wisconsin visitor Brad Lautenbach on the 11th circuit and was never challenged as he pulled away for the SportMod win.

Lautenbach finished second, ahead of Carter VanDenBerg, Lucas Lundry and Rodger Dresden. The feature was slowed by a 10-car pile up in turn one of the first lap.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour heads Lee County’s Liberty Cup card

June 30th, 2011

DONNELLSON, Iowa – A win at Lee County Speedway helped Mark Elliott to an IMCA series championship a decade ago.

He’d like to see history repeat itself when the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modi fieds travels to Donnellson for the Thursday, June 30 Liberty Cup special.

“We’ve been down there eight to 10 times over the years. I ran a Stock Cat at Lee County and did very well in that,” said Elliott, whose July 24, 2001 win there figured toward his 2001 Best of the Midwest Series crown. “I think my best finish
there in a Modified has been a third or fourth.”

“It’s a fun little track,” added Elliott, winner of the HDT feature last week at Cresco and now third in the series point standings. “I really enjoy racing at Donnellson.”

The Modified feature pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifying event for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Liberty Cup sponsors are Pepsi, Budweiser and Mohrfeld Electric of Fort Madison. Preferred Auto Sales of Lockridge has added $200 to the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod purses, upping first place money for both divisions to $700.

Modifieds and Stock Cars will earn national, regional and Allstar Performance state points; SportMods get national and state points.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for students and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the fourth annual Liberty Cup is available by calling 319 528-4301 or 319 835-5523 on race day. The track website is www.leecountyspeedway.com.

The sixth of 11 dates on the 2011 Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is Monday, July 4 at Algona Race way. HDT Modifieds battle it for another $1,000 top check, with IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods sounding out the holiday program.

Elliott is mightiest at Cresco in JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 26th, 2011

CRESCO, Iowa – Mark Elliott became the fourth different winner in as many JR Motor sports Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season, topping Thursday’s IMCA Modified series feature at Cresco Speedway.

The $1,000 victory came during the Mighty Howard County Fair. Already qualified for the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Elliott motored his way to the winner’s circle by avoiding the acci dent that collected front-running Ronn Lauritzen and Richie Gustin, then held off J.J. Wise as the 30-lapper wound down.

Wise ended up with second place points and pay. Jeff Waterman, Kurt Krauskopf and Troy Cordes rounded out the top five.

Lauritzen drew the pole start and dueled with Gustin through the first 10 circuits before both were collected by a third car.

Elliott had been running close behind and inherited the lead. Dogged by Wise the last 15 times around the track, Elliott saw his challenger pull even with two laps left before he could pull ahead for the checkers.

Point leader Ryan Dolan was running in the top four before breaking with less than 10 laps left and was relegated to 14th place.

Next up for Hawkeye Dirt Tour drivers is the Thursday, June 30 event at Lee County Speedway, when IMCA Modifieds headline the fourth annual Liberty Cup special in another $1,000 to win feature.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are also on the card at Donnell son and chase $500 top checks.

JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour to headline at Mighty Howard County Fair

June 23rd, 2011

CRESCO, Iowa – Consistency has Ryan Dolan on top of point standings for the JR Motor sports Hawkeye Dirt Tour. He’ll look for his first $1,000 win when the series for IMCA Modifieds travels to Cresco Speedway for a Thursday, June 23 date during the Mighty Howard County Fair.

“We’ve run good at Cresco before so it’s a track we always like to go back to,” said Dolan, who has seat time in both a modified and a late model on the fast 4/10-mile clay oval, in addition to third, fifth and sixth place finishes in the series. “We’ve had some good luck so far, not getting caught up in wrecks and being able to finish every race.”

Dolan currently owns an 11-point ad vantage over Rich Smith. Mitch Morris is a dozen points off the pace while Jeff Waterman, who took the HDT checkers at Cresco last year, is 14 points back in fourth.

Pit gates will open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are set for 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Admission to the grandstand will be free with the purchase of a fair button, or $12 for adults, $7 for kids ages 9-13 and free for eight and under. Pit passes are $25.

More information about the Cresco event, sponsored by Precision Overhead Door, is available by calling 563 547-3400 and at the www.mhcfair.com website.

IMCA national, ButlerBuilt North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for the June 23 show. The first three Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season have pro duced as many different winners: Vern Jackson at Benton County Speedway, Josh Ruby at I-35 Speedway and Ron Barker at Cedar County Raceway.

Dolan managed a sixth place run in the June 14 event at Tipton despite right rear tread issues. That finish added nine points to his lead in the standings heading to Cresco.

The series travels to Lee County Speedway in Donnellson for another Thursday show on June 30, then to Algona Raceway for the Fourth of July.

Barker outruns young guns in Cedar County JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

June 17th, 2011

TIPTON, Iowa – After getting out to a comfortable lead, Ron Barker found himself hard pressed by a couple young guns from the IMCA Modified ranks Tuesday night at Cedar County Raceway.

The veteran held on against the best efforts of Jacob Waterman and Brian Webb to capture his career first JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour win. The victory paid $1,000 and put Barker on the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot as well.

Hard-charger Waterman, Webb, Dusty Kraklio and Kurt Krauskopf rounded out the top five.

Ronn Lauritzen and Jeff Waterman led the 23-car Cedar County Clash field to the green. Lauritzen used the low line around the 1/4-mile oval to lead the first eight laps. Jeff Waterman and Krauskopf raced side-by-side for second just behind Lauritzen.

Kraklio worked his way past Lauritzen for the lead, but was quickly challenged by Barker, who took the lead over on lap 13 and started to open up a comfortable advantage.

Jacob Waterman had started the 30-lap main event in the 16th position but the 2010 IMCA Modified national rookie of the year found himself running second just after midway. Coupled with Webb hounding him, the duo closed in on Barker as he battled his way through lapped traffic.

With three laps remaining, Barker saw Jacob Waterman move his ride even with his.

“I saw someone underneath me and I decided it was time to go,” Barker said. “I had been running half throttle for about a lap with two lapped cars side-by-side in front of me. I was trying to find a way around (the lapped cars). It just worked
out.”

Barker was able to put two slower cars between himself and Jacob Waterman to ensure the win. Ryan Dolan finished sixth and maintained his series point lead. Next up for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour is the June 23 show at Cresco Speedway, during the Mighty Howard County Fair.

Ron Barker Wins HDT Cedar County Clash

June 17th, 2011

Rom Barker wins the JR Motorsports Hawkeye DIrt Tour A-Main at Cedar County Raceway (Tipton, IA) – - Ron Barker (Dubuque, IA) captured his first ever career JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds win June 14th at the Cedar County Raceway. Barker also put his name on the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational Ballot list with his $1,000 payday in the HDT Cedar County Clash.

Ronn Lauritzen (Jesup, IA) and Jeff Waterman (Quincy, IL) led the twenty-three car field to the green. Lauritzen used the low line around the smooth, ultra-fast quarter-mile to lead the first eight laps. Jeff Waterman and Kurt Krauskopf (Decorah, IA) raced side-by-side for second just behind Laurizten.

A series of three caution flags early kept the field tight. After the final caution on lap seven, the HDT All Stars ran caution free to the checkered flag. At times the IMCA Modified A-Main saaw cars running three and four wide within the top ten.

Duty Kraklio (Durant, IA) worked his way past Lauritzen for the lead, but was quickly changed by Barker. Barker took the lead over on lap thirteen, and he started to open up a comfortable lead.

Jacob Waterman (Milan, IL) started the thirty-lap HDT A-Main in the sixteenth position, but the 2010 IMCA Modified National Rookie of the Year found himself running second by lap sixteen. Coupled with Brian Webb (Davenport, IA) hounding him, the duo closed in on Barker as he battled his way through lapped traffic. With three laps remaining, Barker saw Jacob Waterman move his ride even with his.

“I saw someone underneath me, and I decided it was time to go,” Barker stated after the race. “I had been running half throttle for about a lap with two lapped cars side-by-side in front of me. I was trying to find a way around (the lapped cars). It just worked out.”

Baker was about to put two slower cars between himself and Jacob Waterman to insure the win. Jacob Waterman finished second followed by Webb, Kraklio, and Krauskopf.

Barker also earned the DirtTour.com Heat Race Challenge Award. DirtTour.com will pay his car entry fee paid for his next 2011 HDT race. Jacob Waterman scored the Harris Clash Hardcharger Award. Ryan Dolan (Lisbon, IA) finished sixth and held onto his JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour point lead. Next up for the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds is a day at the fair. The HDT All Stars head to the Mighty Howard County Fair on Thursday, June 23rd. To learn more about the HDT, log onto DirtTour.com or IMCA.com.

Cedar County Raceway Welcomes Hawkeye Dirt Tour June 14th

June 12th, 2011

(Tipton, IA) – - The All Stars of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds travel to Tipton, IA’s Cedar County Raceway. The HDT Cedar County Clash is set for June 14, 2011, and it will mark the first ever HDT event at the Cedar County Raceway.

IMCA Modifieds will race for $1,000 to win and $150 to start the HDT A-Main. The winner will also be added to the 2012 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA National, Regional, and State points will also be awarded. The modified car entry fee is $50. The HDT Membership (one time annual fee) is $40, and a driver is allowed to compete at one HDT event each year without paying the annual membership. Log onto www.DirtTour.com for complete details.

Pit gates and grandstands open at 5:00 PM. The drivers meeting is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Hot laps will roll at 6:45 with the DirtTour.com Heat races to follow. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults and $5 for kids, with youngsters five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Cedar County stock cars will run for $400 to win and the local 4-cylinders for a top prize of $250. Cedar County Raceway regular Ryan Dolan (Lisbon, IA) enters the event as the HDT point leader. Driving for car owner Scott Fjelstul, He has raced to two HDT Top-5 finishes in 2011. Dolan was the 2010 All Iowa Points for Modifieds Champion – complied by Jeff Broeg and PostivelyRacing.com.

Rich Smith (Davenport, IA) enters the HDT Cedar County Clash second in points. Smith finished third in the final 2010 HDT point standings – just 9 points out of first. The 2010 Lee County Speedway champion has lead the HDT A-Main laps (26) so far in 2011. Rookie IMCA Modified driver Mitch Morris (Eldridge, IA) sits third in points. This second generation driver has scored two Top-10 finishes so far in 2011.

Josh Foster (Montrose, IA) comes to Tipton in fourth. Foster has the honor of scoring the win in he very first HDT event (Independence, IA – May 19, 2010). He later become the first ever two-time winner on the HDT trail. The 2009 Lee Co. Speedway Track Champion was in the thick of the HDT Championship battle when an off-track injury that sidelined him for most of the 2010 season. To learn more about the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour, log onto www.DirtTour.com.

Ruby’s River City Classic gem worth $1,000 in JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour trip to I-35

June 2nd, 2011

(MASON CITY, Iowa) – Josh Ruby turned in a racing gem in winning Monday’s River City Classic JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature at I-35 Speedway. Ruby earned $1,000 and a spot on the 2011 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot for the Memorial Day IMCA Modified victory.

The only caution seen during the 30-lapper came on the original start. Once underway, outside front row starter Rich Smith pulled away while the seventh starting Ruby and Josh Foster tried to keep the leader in their sights.

Slowly but steadily, the two pulled closer and finally caught up again on lap 20. A three-car battle ensued in the final circuits and when Smith bobbled in turn four, both Ruby and Foster sped past.

Foster chased Ruby to the checkers. Smith ended in third, with Parker Brumm fourth and new point leader Ryan Dolan fifth.

Hard charger J.J. Wise moved up 10 spots to finish sixth. He’d raced to the $1,000 win in the rescheduled Skip Rose Memorial main event earlier in the afternoon at Mason City.

The third stop of the season for the series is at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton on Tuesday, June 14. That main event pays $1,000 to win and is a qualifier for the 2012 All-Star ballot.

Jackson makes most of restart opportunity to win JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener

May 12th, 2011

(VINTON, Iowa) – After running second much of the distance, Vern Jackson was first to the IMCA Modified checkers in Tuesday night’s JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at Ben ton County Speedway. Jackson chased Mitch Morris past midway, then took advantage of a lap 21 restart to take over the front spot. He led the last 10 times around the track to collect the $1,000 top check.

“I just kept beating my way around the bottom,” Jackson said from victory lane at Vinton. “That’s where the track was fastest tonight.” Morris, “B” feature winners Ryan Dolan and California transplant Kellen Chadwick, and Mark El liott rounded out the top five. Two quick cautions slowed the early going as pole starter Larry Herring led the first three laps. Jackson was briefly in first before Morris moved ahead.

Morris brought Jackson and 11th staring Ryan Dolan along as the front three pulled away from the rest of the field. A lap eight yellow bunched the pack back up, then Morris set sail and left Jack son and Dolan well behind to fight over second. The final and fateful caution came on lap 19. Jackson charged by as the two headed into the se cond set of turns and Morris could never catch up.

Richie Gustin moved up 14 spots from where he started to finish sixth. Defending track champion Scott Hogan took a provisional start and advanced from dead last to finish eighth. Defending series champion Mike Jergens qualified by running second in his heat but exited early with engine trouble. Mark Schulte, fifth in tour points last season, was a DNS.

Forty-four Modifieds were on hand for the series lidlifter. The tour’s second stop is at I-35 Speed way in Mason City for a Monday, May 30 Memorial Day show. Danny Dvorak got the lead back on the final lap, beating Austin Kaplan to the finish
by little more than the width of his bumper in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod
main.

Driving a borrowed car, Brad Chandler passed Bill Whalen Jr. on the sixth of 12 laps and led to the end of the caution-free Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.

Excitement Builds as HDT Opener Approaches

May 7th, 2011

(Vinton, IA) – - The JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour (for IMCA Modifieds) 2011 HDT Opener is fast approaching, and race fans are starting to feel the excitement. The countdown is on for the Tuesday, May 10th event at the Benton County Speedway in Vinton, IA. DirtTour.com has complete details.

“I think it was an exciting year last year, and 2011 should be even better,” smiled HDT Race Director Bucky Doren. “2010 HDT Champion Mike Jergens (Plover, IA), and runner-ups Richie Gustin (Gilman, IA) and Rich Smith (Davenport, IA) have indicated
they plan to return.”

Doren went on to say that several of last year’s All Stars on the HDT trail plan to return as well. This includes the rest of last year’s Top 10: Vern Jackson (Waterloo, IA), Mark Schulte (Delhi, IA), Ron Pope (Mason City, IA), Jeff Waterman (Quincy, IL), Jason Snyder (Dunkerton, IA), Greg Cox (Altoona, IA), and Ronn Lauritzen (Jesup, IA).

“What is even more exciting is who is looking to join our All Star family,” explained Doren. “We’ve received a lot of interest from some new names, and I think that has a lot to do with IMCA Modifieds added to the racing line-up in Eastern Iowa this year.

“Ron Barker from Dubuque (Iowa) and Ryan Dolan from Lisbon (Iowa) both plan to race for the championship.” Doren stated. “Josh Foster (Montrose, IA) will return after missing part of the 2010 season due to an injury.”

Other new names who plan to run at least a few events include Larry Herring (Lone Tree, IA), Mike Weikert (Muscatine, IA), Joe Docekal (Dysart, IA), and Clayton Christensen (Spencer, IA).

The HDT check-in and draw will begin at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, May 10. Grandstand & Pit Gates open at 5:30 (the pits will be clear for those already in the BCS pit area). The HDT draw closes at 6:30 PM followed by a drivers meeting. Hot laps are slated for 6:45 PM with heat races to follow. The scheduled rain date is Thursday, May 12, 2011.

IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in the opening event of the second annual tour. IMCA National, North Central Region, State and special series points will be awarded to Modifieds in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier at Vinton.

IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sport Compacts complete the midweek program. SportMods and Sport Compacts both chase national and state points. After the May 10th HDT Opener, the All Stars of the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour travel to Mason City’s I-35 Speedway (May 30) and Tipton’s Cedar County Raceway (June 14).

To learn more about the JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds, log on to www.DirtTour.com.

Bucky Doren … buck@RaceRPM.com or buckydoren@yahoo.com

HAWKEYE DIRT TOUR: 2010 – The Inaugural Season 2011 HDT OPENER: May 10, 2011 @ Benton Co. Speedway www.dirttour.com

Hawkeye Dirt Tour Add BVR to 2011 Schedule

March 10th, 2011

(Alta, IA) – - JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour officials announced today that an agreement has been reached to add the Buena Vista Raceway to the 2011 HDT Schedule. The All Star’s of the HDT will visit “The Beaver” on Wednesday, August 3, 2011.

IMCA Modifieds will race for a $1,000 top prize and $150 to start the HDT A-Main. The event will also award IMCA National, Regional, and State points, and the IMCA Modified winner will be added to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational Ballot for 2012. Support classes are yet to be determined.

“We’re excited to have the Hawkeye Dirt Tour come to Alta,” explained BVR promoter Jeff Herrig. “The fans and drivers will be looking forward to having some of the best IMCA drivers in the surrounding states compete at The Beaver.”

Defending JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour champion Mike Jergens echoed that statement.

“This will be a good chance for the Western side of the state to see what the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is all about,” explained Jergens. “I loved traveling to all the dates last year. I don’t regret it a bit. We want to repeat, but it will be tough. Each night the tour brought together the best drivers the Hawkeye State has to offer. We’ll see a few other states too at The Beaver”

More details will be posted soon to the tour’s web site at www.DirtTour.com.

ABOUT THE HAWKEYE DIRT TOUR:
This tour is designed for the weekly racing world. From the raceday purse structure to how the event schedule is laid out, weekly racing was always kept in mind. The goal is to develop a summer-long party each year that everyone will want to be associated with. The group wants the drivers, track promotes, and the fans to drive away from each event dreaming of the next event.

Drivers will be allowed to compete at one (1) HDT race each calendar season without registration, but they will not be entitled to any contingency awards or HDT provisionals, for that event. They will only become eligible for year-end point funds & awards once they register for that year. HDT Registration fee for 2011 is $40. More details at www.DirtTour.com.

Hawkeye Dirt Tour Opener Moved to Vinton

February 14th, 2011

[Vinton, IA] – - The JR Motorsports Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Modifieds will now start the 2011 racing season at the “Birthplace of IMCA.” Tour officials and Benton County Speedway management officially announced today that HDT Opener will be held in Vinton, IA on Tuesday, May 10th.

Due to circumstances beyond their control, HDT officials were forced to find a new home for the 2011 HDT Opener.

“Benton County Speedway was actually on the original 2011 schedule,” informed HDT Race Director Bucky Doren. “We had a race date we both really like, but suddenly there were several bigger events that popped up on the calendar. We both felt it might be too much to ask from the budgets’ of race fans and teams. We couldn’t find a workable date after that, so we just tabled the idea. Then this opportunity presented itself.”

A lot of off-season work took place at the Vinton, IA speed plant. The most significant work was the placement of new tile in the corners and pit area.

IMCA Modifieds will race for a $1,000 first place prize with $150 going to each who start the HDT A-Main. IMCA SportMods and IMCA SportCompacts are also slated to compete on May 10th.

May 12th is earmarked as the official rain date for the HDT Opener.

More details on the HDT opener and the upcoming 2011 HDT season will be released soon at www.DirtTour.com.