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IMCA Mod Madness 50 postponed at Davenport Speedway

May 22nd, 2017

DAVENPORT, Ia. – The IMCA Mod Madness 50, scheduled for tonight at the Davenport Speedway, has been postponed due to weather. The event will be run next Friday, May 26th.

The event features IMCA Modifieds racing for a $2,000-to-win purse. Also racing will be the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models, the Koehler Electric Street Stocks, and the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMods competing for weekly track points. .

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. Pit gates will open at 4:30pm, grandstand at 5:00pm, with hotlaps at 6:15, and racing at 6:45pm.

For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com” or call (563) 652-5302.

IMCA Dakota Tour dates announced

February 4th, 2017

Each main event during the July 8-13 tour will pay $2,300 to win, $100 more than last year, and a minimum of $300 to start with 30 cars taking the green flag.

The North Dakota-based tour also features IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars running for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start each night.

Jamestown Speedway hosts the opener on Saturday, July 8. The tour is at Nodak Speedway in Minot for a Sunday, July 9 show before heading north to Canada and Estevan Motor Speedway on Monday, July 10.

Modified drivers who compete in a minimum of three tour events will be eligible to race in the $10,002 to win, minimum $300 to start Legendary special Friday, July 14 at Dacotah.

Kupper Chevrolet provides tour point funds of $2,000 for the Modifieds and $1,000 for the Stock Cars. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region/EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded; all tour features and the Legendary are also qualifying events for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

The Legendary, he added, will start 33 cars three wide. The 50-lap main event will be stopped at halfway with drivers allowed to make any changes except their tires during a five minute pit stop on the front straightaway.

Payne prevails for fifth IMCA Duel In The Desert crown

November 17th, 2016

Payne completed his charge from 10th starting to the lead just before midway in the 40-lap main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds on the half-mile Dirt Track, then ran away from a succession of challengers for the $7,777 payday.

The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier was chased across the stripe by Tim Ward, Johnny Saathoff, Johnny Scott and Peyton Taylor.

Ward had started 12th and Saathoff 13th, while Scott came out of a last-chance race and made the top four all the way from 27th starting.

Defending race winner and pole starter Lucas Schott was the early leader, with Ricky Thornton Jr. and Bobby Hogge IV right behind. Thornton used the low line to take the front spot away on lap 11, then got together with Hogge during a three-wide battle to stay in the lead.

Hogge exited with a flat tire, Thornton was sent pitside for questionable driving and Schott got the lead back, with Payne restarting second.

Quick to challenge, Payne peaked inside Schott while Jordan Grabouski loomed in third. A bobble by Schott in the first set of turns proved to be the lap 19 opportunity Payne was looking for and he was first when the next circuit was scored.

Grabouski also caught Schott and was reeling in Payne before being sidelined with a broken front end. Ward was a couple car lengths off the pace before a lap 31 caution. Payne pulled away from that point, winning by a full straightaway.

His first four Duel In The Desert crowns came in 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2013.

A caution with five trips around the track left in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event opened the door for Shawn Harker.

Harker had started the 25-lapper from the pole but lost the lead from outside row one starter and fellow qualifying feature winner Curtis Van Der Wal on lap three.

Van Der Wal got some distance on Harker before back-to-back cautions on lap seven. The race stayed green until lap 20, and both Harker and Doug Smith slipped underneath Van Der Wal on the ensuing restart.

Smith, Robert Elliott and Michael Johnson completed the top five.

He held off Dotson to get the win while Foley raced her way back to third.

Christy Barnett motored from the eighth row starting to finish a distant second. Kevin Wright was third.

IMCA announces 2016 national champions

October 3rd, 2016

Jordan Grabouski of Beatrice, Neb., won the national Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified crown for the second time while Mike Nichols of Harlan and Shannon Anderson of Des Moines both won career sixth championships in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock divisions, respectively. Nate Coopman of Mankato, Minn., topped national Mach-1 Sport Compacts for the third straight year and for the fourth time in his career.

First-time national champions are Andy Shouse of Mustang, Okla., in the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car division, Tony Olson of Cedar Rapids in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Jeffrey Abbey of Comanche, Texas, in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.

Final points races for all seven of those divisions were held on Sept. 25.

Grabouski, also the 2011 national champ, won 33 Modified features this season, along with the Jet Racing Central Region and Beatrice Speedway and Thunder Hill Speedway crowns. He now has a career total of 160 feature wins in the class.

Nichols won 54 features, matching the single-season record set by Coopman two years ago. The EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region champion also takes home Lexington Raceway, Shelby County Speedway, Crawford County Speedway and U.S. 30 Speedway hardware.

Also the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region champion, Anderson won 27 features and track titles at the Iowa State Fair Speedway and Kossuth County Speedway.

Coopman won 33 features and Redwood Speedway, Jackson Motorplex and Nobles County Speedway track titles.

Shouse was a seven-time feature winner and topped Sprint Series of Oklahoma standings.

Olson raced to 29 checkers this season and Northern SportMod titles at Benton County Speedway, Independence Motor Speedway and Davenport Speedway.

Joining Grabouski as Modified regional champions were Cory Sample of Winnemucca, Nev., in the Larry Shaw Race Cars Western, Chris Abelson of Sioux City in the BMS North Central, Matt Guillaume of Haslet, Texas, in the Razor Chassis South Central and A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., in the Dirt Works Eastern.

Sample won 26 features and track titles at Fernley 95A Speedway, Rattlesnake Raceway and Lovelock Speedway. Abelson, the 2015 national champion, totaled 31 feature wins and earned the Buena Vista Raceway crown.

The first Michigan driver to reign in the Eastern Region since Rick Stout in 1996, Ward won 24 features and the Tri-City Motor Speedway championship. After winning three straight Stock Car regional trophies, Guillaume made the full-time transition to Modifieds and scored seven feature wins along with the Boyd Raceway prize.

Champion in the Charger Chassis Southern Hobby Stock Region was nine-time feature winner Wesley Warren of Fairfield, Texas.

National rookies of the year were Tyler Frye of Belleville, Kan., Modified; Zach Blurton of Quinter, Kan., Sprint Car; Kyle Pfeifer of Hill City, Kan., Stock Car; Tim Church of Moorhead, Minn., Hobby Stock; Luke Johnson, also of Moorhead, Minn., Northern SportMod; Kamera McDonald of Keller, Texas, Southern SportMod; and Richard Crow of Grand Island, Neb., Sport Compact.

Frye ruled in the Modified Central a year after winning the national Northern SportMod crown. Kelsie Foley of Tucson, Ariz., became the first female driver to be regional rookie of the year in the Western. Billy Kendall of Baxter, Minn., was rookie of the year in the North Central, Cody Shoemaker of Paradise, Texas, in the South Central and Aaron Spearling of Clio, Mich., in the Eastern.

Regional Stock Car rookies of the year were Pfeifer in the Northern and Andy Roller of Waco, Texas, in the Southern. Top rookies in the two Hobby Stock regions were Church in the Northern and Larry Underwood of Temple, Texas, in the Southern.

Rob Toland of Davenport won his third IMCA Late Model national championship and Kirby Schultz of Albia was rookie of the year; the point season for that division ended on Aug. 28.

IMCA will honor all 2016 champions and rookies of the year during the national banquet on Nov. 26 in Lincoln, Neb.

IMCA Atomicwraps.com Empire State Series visits Skyline during Turbo Blue Fall Classic

September 16th, 2016

Touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds race for $400 to win and a minimum of $75 to start the Sept. 17 feature. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region and Allstar Performance State points, as well as special series points will be awarded.

Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are at approximately 4:45 p.m. with racing at 5:30 p.m.

There is no entry fee and pit passes are $35. Grandstand admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for kids eight and under.

More information about the Saturday show is available by calling 607 745-0275, on Facebook and at the www.skylineraceway.com website.

Yankee twinbill a guaranteed Deery Series classic

September 3rd, 2016

The Saturday show sports the biggest payday of the 30th annual tour. The winner of the 100-lap main event goes home with $7,500, while qualifying for the feature is good for a minimum of $500.

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

Spectator admission is $25 for adults, $22 for seniors 62 and over, $20 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $30

On Saturday, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. There are no hot laps; racing starts at 5:30 p.m.

Spectator admission is $30 for adults, $27 for seniors 62 and over, $25 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Pit passes are $35.

Sanctioned Modifieds, along with IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, complete the program.

More information about the 39th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.

Rust wins thriller in 25th annual Harris Clash

August 11th, 2016

Little did he know, a short time later it would lead the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver to a victory lane celebration as the winner of the Harris Clash. Rust, who started inside of row two, chased front row starters Chris Abelson and Kelly Shryock for all but three-quarters of a lap in the 25th annual event. Contact
between the front-runners allowed Rust to escape to the first Harris Clash win of his career.

Abelson built an early lead while Shryock pursued multiple car-lengths behind him. Shryock closed to within a car-length by lap 10 and searched high and low to work past the leader. While the former Clash winners engaged in a battle for the lead, Rust cut a half-straightaway deficit into just a couple car-lengths in the waning laps.

Contact between Abelson and Shryock forced Abelson into a spin in the middle of turns one and two just after the field had taken the white flag. Shryock slowed after the contact while Rust slipped between them and emerged down the back stretch as the leader. He led the final half lap on his way to victory and a $2,000 payday.

Josh Ruby raced his way to second ahead of sixth row starters Richie Gustin and Ryan Ruter. Tim Ward, who qualified through a B feature and started 14th, completed the top five. Earlier in the night, Abelson was victorious in the Dash at the Clash, a 10-car event that showcased feature winners at select events leading up to the Harris Clash.

Abelson drew the pole position and was challenged throughout by Ricky Thornton Jr., who led a pair of laps in the middle of the 10-lapper. Abelson ran the top side past Thornton to regain the lead on the sixth circuit on his way to the $500 victory. Adam Armstrong made it look easy in the 20-lap feature for the Karl Chevrolet
Northern SportMods. From his outside front row start, Armstrong assumed the lead at the drop of the green and quickly pulled away from traffic.

On the restart, Armstrong again set sail while Jake Sachau, who restarted fifth, swept to the outside and settled into second by the time the field exited turn two. Although Sachau pulled away from the rest of the field, Armstrong continued to build his lead.

Sachau earned runner-up honors ahead of regular season Hamilton County track champion Ty Griffith. Brett Lowry raced from a B feature and 13th starting spot to finish fourth ahead of Nick Meyer. A field of 66 Modifieds and 51 Northern SportMods were on-hand Tuesday night, the second of six consecutive nights of racing during Iowa Modified Speedweek.

Action continues Wednesday night, Aug. 10 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta for the finale of the 2016 Hawkeye Dirt Tour. Admission to the grandstand is $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans with ID, and kids 12 and under are $2 or free with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Pit passes are $25.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts complete the program. More information is available by calling 712 267-3278 and at the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.

The final three events of the six-day Hawkeye state swing will be held at Hancock County Speedway Aug. 11-13 for the Night of 1,000 Stars, Night of 10,000 Stars and Night of All Stars.

All Iowa Modified Speedweek events are broadcast by IMCA.TV.

Deery checkers fly for Eckrich in midweek show at Maquoketa

July 22nd, 2016

Eckrich battled Dan Shelliam and Luke Goedert for the lead before getting the front spot of the IMCA Late Model main event on the sixth of 40 circuits.

Eckrich drew the pole but it was outside front row starter Shelliam scored first across the line on each of the first five laps.

Shelliam brought out the first caution of the night after hitting an infield tire on lap 15. Three more yellows came out before midway but after that the green light stayed on and Eckrich motored away from the rest of the field.

He caught up with the back of the pack with three laps to go. Goedert closed before Eckrich stretched his advantage back to a couple car lengths.

Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Chad Holladay. Darrel DeFrance, making his 460th consecutive Deery start, lined up shotgun on the field and ended in 11th.

The 10th of 16 dates in the 30th annual Deery Series is Friday, July 29 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. The main event pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

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

Record-setting IMCA Dakota Classic finale sees Thornton win 100th; Marriott clinches tour crown

July 16th, 2016

The biggest Modified tour on the planet concluded with a single night record 101 cars entered at Dacotah Speedway. The 27th annual tour averaged an all-time best 90.4 Modifieds a night.

The Arizona native now racing out of Iowa pulled ahead early and spent much of the night running with lapped traffic. Lucas Schott took over second and the 11th starting Marriott moved into third after midway.

Jeff Taylor, another former tour champion, worked his way up from 19th on the initial grid to fourth. Robert Hellebust ended in fifth.

One hundred and twenty-three Modified drivers from a dozen states and two Canadian provinces competed over the course of the tour. New track car count marks were also set at Jamestown Speedway (99) and Southwest Speedway (90).

Elijah Zevenbergen beat Dalton Flory and Andrew Altenburg to the finish line in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature to win $800, plus his second straight and career third tour crown.

Zevenbergen and Altenburg went into Thursday tied for the point lead. Zevenbergen led all but the first circuit in the 25-lapper, then held off 2014 champion Flory following a couple late restarts.

Thirty-nine drivers from five states and Canada vied in the ninth annual Stock Car tour.

Friday at Mandan is the $10,001 to win Legendary special for IMCA Modifieds. Ninety-seven drivers made themselves eligible to qualify for that event by racing at least three nights of the tour.

The Legendary will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Racing starts at 7 p.m.

Heat winners were Brown, Mikkelson, Hagen, Thornton, Marriott, Berry, Dahl, Keller, Elliott, Hellebust, Schott and Grimes.

Three-day swing takes IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour to Des Moines, Osky, Knoxville

July 16th, 2016

Traveling Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds are at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines on Tuesday, July 19 and at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on Wednesday, July 20 for $1,000 to win events before running for $1,500 to win on Thursday, July 21 at Knoxville Raceway.

All three tracks are half-mile ovals.

The Tuesday show marks the first appearance by the Dirt Tour at Des Moines. Southern Iowa Speedway also makes up the Stock Car Shootout program rained out earlier this month on Wednesday. The Thursday feature at Knoxville is the final qualifying event for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and pays a minimum of $300 to start Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Des Moines. Hot laps are at 6:15 p.m. and racing starts at 6:45 p.m.

Also running are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for all applicable points, including local track. More information is available by calling 515 802-0408 and at the www.iowastatefairspeedway.com website.

Osky opens the pit gates at 5 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $8 for kids. Pit passes are $25.

More information is available by calling 641 521-0330 and at the www.oskyspeedway.com website.

Also running at Knoxville are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start. Drivers in both divisions can pre-register for the Dynamic Drivelines Dirt Duel at the www.thedirtduel.com website.

More information about the Dirt Duel is available by calling 641 842-5431

Dubuque Speedway hosts the Tuesday, July 26 Dirt Tour show, paying $1,200 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

One hundred and two drivers from eight states have competed at one or more of the first five Hawkeye Dirt Tour events of the season. Two-time feature winner Joel Rust takes the point lead to Des Moines, with Chris Abelson and Corey Dripps close behind.

All Hawkeye Dirt Tour events are broadcast by IMCA.TV.com.

Strange Oval awards cash, certificates at 30 special events for IMCA Modifieds

June 5th, 2016

MORTON GROVE, Ill. – A top five finisher at 30 special events for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds gets both a $50 product certificate and $50 in cash from Strange Oval again this season.

All awards are mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received.

Product certificates are redeemable through Performance Bodies.

Located in Morton Grove, Ill., Strange Oval manufactures axles and drive plates and is a division of Strange Engineering.

“We are now in our second year of involvement with IMCA and it’s the only sanctioning that we are partnered with,” Strange Oval president Jim Kontje said. “IMCA does an excellent job with giving back to the racers and providing our company’s exposure directly to these racers, who are our existing or potential customers. Our plan is to be involved with the IMCA for many years to come”

Strange Engineering entered the drag racing market in the mid-1960s. Strange Oval began manufac­turing for oval track customers in 2013.

Information about Strange Oval products is available at the www.strangeoval.com website, by calling 800 653-1099 and on Facebook.

“This is a unique program that combines both product discounts and cash awards to benefit the racer in multiple ways,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Jim and his staff have been great to work with and we’re excited to renew this program for a second season.”

Rust races from ‘B’ feature to Hawkeye Dirt Tour checkers on record night at Vinton

June 2nd, 2016

VINTON, Iowa – Once he made the Memorial Day main event, Joel Rust figured he had the car to be a contender.

He figured right.

Rust qualified for Monday’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at Benton County Speedway by running second in his “B” feature, started 16th in the field of 28 and promptly raced to his career-first Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Series victory.

Rust passed fellow “B” qualifier Todd Shute with 13 circuits left in the 40-lapper and led to the $1,000 checkers.

“I haven’t run a lot of features that long. I knew my car was good on the bottom and I got to fifth by Midway,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “I’d had success here in a SportMod but last night was the first night here with this car. It was cool to be able to win this race especially with
the caliber of cars.”

Forty-eight Modifieds, the most-ever for an HDT event at Vinton, were on hand for the holiday show. Eleventh starting Shute, Tony Snyder, 17th starting Chris Abelson and Joe Docekal rounded out the top five finishers.

Scott Hogan led the first lap before Docekal drove by and led to midway, when defending tour champion Kyle Brown took over.

Brown had topped the $1,000 to win make-up feature from Sunday earlier in the program but his turn up front proved to be a short one after he got caught up with traffic and cut a tire.

Docekal got the lead back for five laps. Shute was scored first the next time around and then Rust led to the finish.

He’ll take the point lead to his home track for the next Hawkeye Dirt Tour show, on June 7 at Marshalltown Speedway.

The Memorial Day program was interrupted briefly by rain. Other feature winners were Leah Wroten in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Tyler Soppe in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Damon Murty, for the 200th time in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car career.

Murty drew the pole start and was tapped and spun in front of a Mike Galli rollover early on. He battled Jeff Mueller before capturing the milestone win by two car lengths.

“It’s a pretty big accomplishment,” he acknowledged. “Our next goal is to get 300 wins. Hopefully we can do it quicker than getting the last 100 took.”

Callahan cashes in at Quad City Deery

May 17th, 2016

EAST MOLINE, Ill. – What looked to be another night for a Deery Brothers Summer Series rookie to shine ended with veteran Joel Callahan in victory lane instead Sunday at Quad City Speedway.

First-year IMCA Late Model tour driver Cayden Carter led the first 32 times around the East Moline oval before Callahan caught up and led to the $2,000 checkers.

Carter ended in second while Tyler Droste, the winner at Quad City last July and 2015 series rookie of the year, took third in the 40-lapper.

“We can usually run the low side when we need to and it worked well for us tonight,” Callahan said following his career fourth series victory, and first away from Farley Speedway. “There were a couple times at midway when I got alongside but couldn’t get past. I had the advantage of running second but he (Carter) was tough.”

Carter had started outside the front row and set sail from the top side. Callahan drew the fifth starting spot and stayed glued to the bottom.

The last 39 laps ran green and all 24 cars that started the main event finished it. Once in front, Callahan never shook Carter and took the checkers by just a couple car lengths.

“The car was really good in (turns) three and four. I had to do my best to maintain position in one and two,” said Callahan. “Maybe I could pick off lapped traffic better than Cayden could.”

Rounding out the top five were Ray Guss Jr. and Jeff Aikey, winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

Tire samples were taken for testing and Callahan’s victory remains unofficial.

Winner of the Malvern Trust and Savings Bank non-qualifier Dash for Cash and $300 was Joe Zrostlik, who’d lined up last in the 11-car starting grid.

The Wednesday, May 18 Deery date at Maquoketa, Iowa, Speedway will be rescheduled
Next up on the schedule for the 30th annual series is the Monday, May 30 show at Boone, Iowa, Speedway.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. for the Memorial Day event. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.

Dakota Track Side gives IMCA special events awards

March 27th, 2016

MINOT, N.D. – Awards from Dakota Track Side go to special events in both the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car divisions again in 2016.

Located in Minot and a pit area staple at sanctioned tracks in North Dakota as well as Saskatchewan, Dakota Track Side gives $50 product certifi­cates at 30 designated specials for the Modifieds and at 15 designated specials for Sunoco Stock Cars.

Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are re­ceived. The high performance parts retailer and fuel supplier is in its ninth season as an IMCA sponsor.

“We are proud to be a sponsor and a partner with IMCA,” said Dakota Track Side Manager Wyatt Olson. “IMCA racers are one of our main focuses at Dakota Track Side and we are glad to give these awards.”

Information about Dakota Track Side products and services is available by calling 701 852-7223 and at the www.dakotatrackside.com website.

“Dakota Track Side has been a cornerstone at events on what is quickly becoming one of the marquee weeks of IMCA racing in the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “But they also provide gift certificates at other Modified and Stock Car events throughout the season and their support is important for our racers.”

Moser Engineering awards go to IMCA Modified, Stock, Hobby, SportMod drivers

March 26th, 2016

PORTLAND, Ind.– More than $10,000 in Moser Engineering product certificates will be awarded again this season to IMCA drivers.

The Portland, Ind., rear end components manufacturer and 13-year sponsor has renewed a program benefitting competitors in five divisions and in designated special events.

“Across the span of four decades Moser Engineering has always been a leader in the industry when it comes to giving back to the racers who helped us build our brand,” Moser Marketing Director Jeff Anderson said. “We are proud to continue that legacy again this year with the IMCA by helping the racers and their families who continue to help this sport grow today.”

Runners-up in each of the five Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified regions and in both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions earn $300 product certificates; second place finishers in standings for the two IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks regions and in national standings for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods receive $200 certificates.

Those awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November.

One hundred dollar product certificates go to designated place finishers at 80 selected specials for the same five divisions. Those awards are mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received.

Information about Moser products is available by calling 260 726-6689, on Facebook and at the www.moserengineering.com website.

“With champions receiving the lion’s share of the recognition, having a program in place like Moser’s to recognize the drivers in the runner-up position is great,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder commented. “Those racers compete just as hard and Moser rewards that effort with quality gift certificates.”

May 18 show at Maquoketa is new to Deery Series slate

March 13th, 2016

MAQUOKETA, Iowa– An 18th date has been added to the Deery Brothers Summer Series.

The IMCA Late Model tour is at Maquoketa Speedway for a $2,000 to win show on Wednesday, May 18. Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and local street stocks complete the mid-week program.

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

Grandstand admission is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and free for kids six and under. Pit passes will be $30.

More information is available from Race Director Scott Schurbon at 563 219-2478 and at the www.maquoketaspeedway.com website.

“We’ve been working with Scott on finding the best date and getting final approval for this race,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “It fits perfectly with races on the original schedule and our IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing events.”

The additional date means the $9,325 point fund to be paid midway through the series, barring any rainouts, will now be disbursed following the June 14 event at West Liberty Raceway.

Opening night for the 30th annual tour is Friday, April 8 at Davenport Speedway.

IMCA Northern SportMods make splash at Central AZ, division debuts next at Arizona Speedway

March 1st, 2016

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – After a successful weekend debut for the division at Central Arizona Speedway, promoter Jonah Trussel is looking for more of the same when Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for the first time at Arizona Speedway later this month.

A high of 20 and an average of 18 IMCA-sanctioned Northern SportMods ran during the Feb. 19-21 Snowbird Classic at Casa Grande. Opening night at Apache Junction will be March 19.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds also run at both venues.

“We have had an X-mod division for a long time and told drivers in that class two years ago that we’d be switching to Northern SportMods this season. We started the conversion last July,” Trussel said. “Nobody wants to spend more money than they have to and this division is a great way to even out the playing field. Everyone is happy with the situation.”

Car counts for the X-mods were around 20 last year. Encouragingly, most of the Northern SportMods entered in the Snowbird Classic were home state cars and to back up Trussel’s comment about a level playing field, different drivers – Eric Winemiller, Trevor Miller and Cory Hemphill – won the features.

“I like IMCA’s rules. These cars are definitely more economical and the crate motors are easy to police,” said Trussel, who has purchased a Northern SportMod for those rare nights when he’ll get to race himself. “We started out with 20 cars and we averaged 18 a night for the first weekend. I think we can grow from there.”

The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season at both tracks continues into mid-July, then resumes in September.

Dubuque fair date added to IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule

February 26th, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa – A 10th date has been added to the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, on Tuesday, July 26, opening night of the Dubuque County Fair.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds will race for a minimum of $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start when they make their first tour visit to Dubuque Speedway for the midweek show.

In addition to special series points, IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded. The feature is a qualifying race for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Fair admission is $10, which covers admission to the grandstand while kids 11 and under are free when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $25.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and the Sprint Invaders are also on the card. National and state points will be awarded to Northern SportMods; there is no entry fee for any division.

Questions can be directed to Fair General Manager Jamie Blum at 563 543-0545 or to Mike Fagan at 563 543-8711.

IMCA national champions race to QuickCar awards

February 13th, 2016

LEBANON, Tenn. – The top drivers in national standings for all eight divisions sanctioned by IMCA earn QuickCar Racing Products awards again this season. National champions in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center South­ern SportMod divisions all receive 3-gauge panels.

The Late Model national champion receives a 4-gauge panel set. Both the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car and Mach-1 Sport Compact national champions receive 2-gauge panel sets.

“QuickCar is proud to be partnered with IMCA as they continue to do a great job with their many classes and tracks,” said General Manager Danny Knowles. “IMCA racers are a focus for QuickCar and we love being able to award the national champions and Super Nationals champi­ons for their tremendous accomplishments.”

QuickCar returned as an IMCA marketing partner in 2015. The Lebanon, Tenn., company manufac­tures a wide variety of high performance products that also includes volt meters, water pressure kits, tachometers and switch panels.

Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod, Southern SportMod and Sport Compact champions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s are in line for QuickCar tachometers, as is the champion at the Sprint Car Nationals.

National champions will receive their awards during the IMCA banquet in November. Awards from Su­per Nationals and the Sprint Car Nationals will be presented in victory lane.

Information about the complete QuickCar line of products is available by calling 800 997-7333, on Fa­cebook and at the www.quickcar.com website.

“Renewing the partnership early with QuickCar was a goal from the outset and we were able to get that done with no hesitation,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “QuickCar instru­ment panels are the standard by which others are measured and being able to award them to our most accomplished racers is outstanding.”

Wehrs Machine rewards IMCA special events drivers

February 5th, 2016

BANGOR, Wis. – After rewarding special events competitors throughout 2016, Wehrs Machine and Racing Products will be recognized with an award of its own during the IMCA national banquet.

The Bangor, Wis., high performance parts manufacturer gives $50 gift certificates to designated place finishers at 80 special events during its fifth consecutive season as an IMCA marketing partner.

Specials on that list include all events in the Deery Brothers Summer series for Late Models, plus specials for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.

“We are truly honored to be a part of a premier sanctioning body like IMCA. The IMCA racers that we have been able to help win races by providing the best parts possible are an amazing group of drivers,” said company owner Chad Wehrs. “We look forward to continuing our programs with IMCA to help the racers achieve the ultimate goal, victory lane!”

Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received. Information about products those certificates can be redeemed toward is available by calling 877 460-7211, on Facebook and at the www.wehrsmachine.com website.

IMCA crate engine competitors chase track title bonuses from Chevrolet Performance

January 22nd, 2016

GRAND BLANC, Mich. – IMCA drivers competing with crate engines chase local track champion­ship bonuses from Chevrolet Performance again this season.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Southern SportMod drivers all earn $250 bonuses for each track championship earned exclusively with a crate under the hood.

This is the 11th year for the crate engine bonus program, which originated with GM Performance Parts and the Northern SportMod division.

“We are extremely proud to start our second decade as a partner with IMCA racing and all of its members,” said Bill Martens, special programs manager for Chevrolet Performance. “Our mission to provide racers with an economical, durable racing engine has never changed in that time and we don’t intend to mess with success.”

“The championship bonus program is about rewarding loyal users of our products that have excellent results,” he added. “We want to extend our thanks for their past support and wish everyone a safe and winning campaign in 2016.”

Checks will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.

“Chevrolet Performance contributed over $33,000 in season-ending cash bonuses to track champions in 2015, the biggest such contribution to champions in IMCA racing,” pointed out Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “This program makes a direct impact on our members’ pocketbooks in multiple ways, and in turn makes the partnership successful for all involved.”

Crate engines provided by Chevrolet Performance and given by Karl Performance and Friesen Chevrolet will also be awarded to eligible champions at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Also renewed for 2016 was the Chevrolet Performance banner display program with local tracks sanctioning one or more crate engine class.

More information about either bonus program is available from Yoder at the IMCA home office.

More Deery Series drivers get more money, non-qualifier dash, mid-season point fund are new

January 24th, 2016

VINTON, Iowa – The motto for the 2016 Deery Brothers Summer Series is More Money For More Drivers More Often.

Beginning with the $5,000 to win opening night show on Friday, April 8 at Davenport Speedway, the 30th annual tour for IMCA Late Models totes a new payout structure for each of its 17 main events, a new non-qualifier feature at races with at least 32 entries and a point fund payout half­way through the season.

The top check of the tour is $7,500, to be presented on night two of the Sept. 2-3 Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. Winners also go home with bigger shares of the purse from races Thursday, Sept. 8 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway and the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24 Liberty 100 Weekend finale at West Liberty Raceway.

“We are really excited about the upcoming Deery Brothers Summer Series. It is our 25th season of partnership with the Deery Brothers Automotive Group and what a great way to start that off but to be back in Davenport with a $5,000 to win show,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “To close out with the $7,500 to win Yankee in Farley, potentially $3,500 to win at Super Nationals in Boone and $4,000 at the Liberty 100, the table is set for some outstanding events from start to finish in 2016.”

Other main events will pay $2,000 to win with pay increased for drivers finishing in the fourth to 23rd positions. “We based that on feedback from drivers,” explained Yoder. “The purse was restructured to pay more money to more drivers in more finishing positions.”

Main event qualifiers with perfect attendance will again be eligible for $250 cash drawings cour­tesy of Sunoco Race Fuels. Those drivers will be eligible for another $250 from Sunoco if they win any of the last eight events. If a driver who is not eligible for the bonus wins, that $250 would be rolled over to the next show.

Malvern Trust and Savings Bank antes up $500 of the purse for non-qualifier Dash for Cash fea­tures. Those 10-lap races will be held just prior to main events. The winner earns $300 – the same amount paid to the last-place driver in the main –and 24 points, with $250 and 23 points for second, $200 and 22 points for third and $150 and 21 points for fourth.

All other non-qualifiers get $100 and 20 points. There were no other changes in the series’ point structure or procedures. The $18,650 series point fund has been divided in half, with $9,325 paid out based on standings after the ninth event, which would be Wednesday, July 6 at Independence Motor Speedway bar­ring any rainouts and/or reschedulings. The other half would be paid at the national awards ban­quet in November.

Amounts to be paid out each time are $2,500 for first, $1,750 for second, $1,125 for third, $875 for fourth, $750 for fifth, $625 for sixth, $500 for seventh, $450 for eighth, $400 for ninth and $350 for 10th.

All drivers with season-long perfect attendance are guaranteed $350 regardless of their standing in the final points. Both payouts will be pro-rated for drivers with less than perfect attendance.

Entry fee for each Deery event will be $50. Maximum pit pass fee will be $30.

Justin Kay of Wheatland is the two-time defending series champion. Darrel DeFrance of Mar­shalltown has competed at every event in series history, a streak that now reaches 451 races.

“We’ve got some great sponsorship programs in place again this year. Casey’s General Stores and Ideal Ready Mix are back on board with their high profile redraw and Ironman Challenge pro­grams and the addition of The Official Bank of Dirt Track Racing in Malvern is really something new that racers and fans will enjoy,” Yoder
said. “We can’t wait for the snow to melt so we can get back on the track.”

2016 Deery Brothers Summer Series Schedule

Friday, April 8 – Davenport Speedway.
Saturday, April 9 – West Liberty Raceway.
Friday, April 15 – Farley Speedway.
Saturday, April 16 – Hamilton County Speedway, Webster City.
Sunday, May 1 – Quad City Speedway, East Moline, Ill.
Monday, May 30 – Boone Speedway.
Tuesday, June 7 – Marshalltown Speedway.
Tuesday, June 14 – West Liberty Raceway.
Wednesday, July 6 – Independence Motor Speedway.
Thursday, July 7 – Kossuth County Speedway, Algona.
Sunday, July 10 – Dubuque Speedway.
Friday, July 29 – Iowa State Fair­grounds Speedway, Des Moines.
Tuesday, Aug. 2 – Cedar County Raceway, Tipton.
Friday, Sept. 2 – Farley Speedway.
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Farley Speedway.
Thursday, Sept. 8 – Boone Speedway.
Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24 – West Liberty Raceway.

Speedway Motors renews support for IMCA Weekly Racing, Super Nationals

January 23rd, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. – Speedway Motors banners will fly at a record number of sanctioned tracks in the United States and Canada in 2016, as America’s Oldest Speed Shop continues its support of drivers in all IMCA divi­sions.

The Lincoln, Neb., high performance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor has been associated with the International Motor Contest Association since the 1950’s and returns as title sponsor of IMCA Weekly Racing for a ninth consecutive season.

Speedway Motors also continues its title sponsorship of the biggest dirt track racing event in the world. Boone, Iowa, Speedway is the site of the 34th annual Super Nationals Sept. 5-10, hosting an anticipated 880-plus cars and 30,000 fans.

“It’s a great honor for Speedway Motors to continue its sponsorship of IMCA Weekly Racing and the spectac­ular Super Nationals,” said Speedway Motors President Clay Smith. “IMCA has stayed true to its mission of providing affordable, competitive and exciting racing opportunities for racers across the country, and it’s excit­ing for the Speedway Motors team to support that tradition. We look forward to serving IMCA racers in all their efforts in 2016.”

Now in the fourth year of its latest five-year program, Speedway Motors provides jackets, promoter and tech official shirts, discounts on tech inspection equipment, flags and signage to help IMCA tracks defray costs of weekly programs, plus decals, driver’s suit patches and feature winner hats.

Drivers in all sanctioned divisions who fill out and return rookie application forms to the IMCA home office receive $100 gift cards, along with a T-shirt and decal from Speedway Motors following first rookie year fea­ture wins.

Ninety-two rookie winners received gift packages in 2015.

Post-season awards are also part of the Speedway Motors program as the highest eligible finisher in Modified and Stock Car regional standings, and Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all re­ceive a pair of Tru Coil springs.

Drivers in all four divisions must fill out and return the sign-up form they receive in decal packets to make themselves eligible for those contingencies.

“There isn’t much to say about our relationship with Speedway Motors that hasn’t already been said,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We’ve both been around longer than anyone in the industry and are very proud to have developed lasting personal friendships in addition to professional partnerships. We’ll both continue to do what we do best, and do it better than anyone else.”

The Speedway Motors website is www.speedwaymotors.com. More information is also available on Face­book.

Six states represented by IMCA’s 2015 national champions

October 5th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa– Five first-time kings join Chris Abelson and Nate Coopman in a diverse group of 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national champions.

Abelson adds the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified crown to his 2007 Northern SportMod crown and becomes just the sixth driver to win national titles in different divisions. Coopman paced the Mach-1 Sport Compact standings for the second straight season and the third time in his career.

Racing to career-first national crowns were Chad Wilson in the Eagle Motorsports IMCA Sprint Cars, Travis Van Straten in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Tyler Frye in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Jesse Baldwin in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods and Justin Luinenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. In all, six states are represented by national champion drivers in IMCA’s centennial season.

Abelson earned 32 feature wins and his second straight Belleville Motorsports North Central prize, along with the Shelby County Speedway, Crawford County Speedway and Raceway Park track championships. He’s the first Iowa driver since Ron Pope in 1993 to win IMCA’s national Modified title.

Wilson was a nine-time feature winner and paced points at Kennedale Speedway Park. He was also the Allstar Performance Texas State champion. Van Straten collected 34 feature wins over the course of a season that also included first EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Wisconsin State titles. He was champion at Seymour Speedway, Shawano Speedway and Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway. With another 31 wins, Frye boosted his Northern SportMod division career-leading total to 154. His track titles came at Thunder Hill Speedway, U.S. 30 Speedway and Oberlin Speedway.

The first New Mexico driver to reign in the Southern SportMods, Baldwin collected 24 wins and titles at Aztec Speedway, Desert Thunder Raceway and Montezuma County Speedway, plus the Border States Racing Series. Luinenburg’s 2015 resume includes his first Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region title. The first Minnesota driver to win the national Hobby Stock crown, he garnered 23 feature victories and local track titles at Fairmont Raceway, Jackson Speedway and Redwood Speedway. Coopman’s latest crown was accompanied by 48 feature wins, track championships at Arlington Raceway, Redwood, Fairmont and Nobles County Speedway, along with the North Star Series and Minnesota State prizes.

Joining Abelson as Modified regional champions were Zane DeVilbiss in the Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Dylan Sherfick in the Jet Racing Central Region, Keith White in the Razor Chassis South Central Region and Keith Lamphere in the Dirt Works Eastern Region. Lamphere, at 17 years of age, became IMCA’s youngest Modified regional champ. A
nine-time feature winner, he complemented Black Rock Speedway and Skyline Raceway titles with the New York State crown. Now a five-time Modified regional champion, White won eight features and track titles at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Heart O’ Texas Speedway, the 32nd and 33rd of his IMCA career in three divisions. Sherfick capped his first regional championship campaign with 10 wins and led the way in point standings at RPM Speedway and WaKeeney Speedway.

Along with a sixth straight title out west, DeVilbiss won 18 times. He was the top driver in points at Desert Thunder and Montezuma County, and in the Border States Racing Series.

Matt Guillaume won a third straight title in the Southern Region for Stock Cars, parlaying 25 wins to track championships at KSP and Boyd Raceway. Feature win totals made the difference for Andy Roller as he’d finished the season tied with Jeremy Oliver atop Charger Chassis Southern Region standings for the Hobby Stocks.

The Cotton Bowl champion, Roller owned a 19-16 advantage in that department over Oliver, who was first in Heart O’ Texas Speedway and Texas State points.

National rookies of the year were Rob VanMil in the Modifieds, Colin Smith in the Sprints, Greg Gill in the Stocks, Bud Martini in the Northern SportMods, Taylor Florio in the Southern SportMods, Zach Olmstead in the Hobby Stocks and Brendon Yamry in the Sport Compacts. Nineteenth nationally, VanMil won seven features and North Central Region ROY honors.

The track champion at I-90 Speedway, Smith was a six-time winner. Gill ruled points at West Liberty and won three feature events.

Martini had a huge IMCA debut season, scoring 25 wins en route to finishing third nationally and winning North Central Speedway and Princeton Speedway crowns. Florio was eighth nationally.

Fourteen-year-old Yamry was champion at North Central and eighth in national points. He won 14 features this season.

Top rookies in the other four Modified regions were John Parmeley in the Western, Tanner Black in the Central, Kevin Green in the South Central and Mitchell Hunt in the Eastern.

Parmeley won six features and the Mohave Valley Raceway title. Along with four feature victories, Green had the Kennedale track and Texas State crowns to his credit. Hunt’s two feature wins included the Great Lakes Nationals at Crystal Motor Speedway.

Westin Abbey led Southern Stock Car rookies with his fifth place showing in the regional standings. He won three features. Hayden Wade was a rookie-best third in the Southern Region for Hobby Stocks.

Sport Compact driver Kaitlyn DeVries had the highest point total among all female drivers to win the Lady Eagle award for the first time in her career.

Final point races for those seven divisions were Sept. 27. All standings become official on Oct. 26.

Justin Kay won his third straight national championship and Paul Nagle was national rookie of the year for the Late Models. Final point races for that division were held Aug. 30.

All champions and rookies of the year will be honored during the national IMCA awards banquet on Saturday, Nov. 28 in Lincoln, Neb.

Kay captures third straight IMCA Late Model national crown

September 6th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Justin Kay joined some pretty good company by winning another IMCA Late Model national championship.

From Wheatland, Kay won a division-best 17 features and the track championship at Dubuque Speedway to total 814 points and top the national standings for a third consecutive season.

That matches the accomplishment of 2010-2012 king Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill. Kay earns a $5,500 share of a $21,300 point fund to be paid to top 20 finishers in the national ranks.

“The first one is still the best but the third one is pretty cool,” Kay said. “National championships get tougher to win. It’s cool to be able to do it three years in a row.”

Runner-up Matt Ryan of Davenport was just three points off the pace. He raced to 11 feature wins and track titles at Davenport Speedway, Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa and Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., plus the Allstar Performance Illinois State crown.

Two-time national champion Todd Cooney of Des Moines, Ryan Griffith of Webster City and Andy Nezworski of Buffalo completed the top five. Nevada’s Paul Nagle earned national rookie of the year as well as Allstar Performance Iowa State championship honors. He was 13th nationally.

As many as 20 bonus points, based on average car counts, were awarded for track and special series championships. Ryan got 20 points for his Davenport title, the highest from among his three local titles. Kay’s Dubuque crown was accompanied by 17 bonus points.

Other track champions, with bonus points in parenthesis, were Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines (13); Tyler Bruening of Decorah at Farley Speedway (19); Cooney, at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan (14); Tyler Droste of Waterloo at Independence Motor Speedway (17); Ryan Griffith of Webster City at his hometown Hamilton County Speedway (12); and Kevin Kile at his hometown West Liberty Raceway (16).

John Emerson of Waterloo ruled the Sunday Series (14) held at Stuart Speedway and Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

Kay now owns 58 feature wins over the course of his weekly IMCA Late Model career, all but one of them coming in the last three years. He’ll next try to join Guss as the only drivers to win both national and Deery Brothers Summer Series crowns in back-to-back seasons.

Guss did so in 2010 and 2011.

Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown is also a three-time Late Model national champion, with the 1993, 2006 and 2007 titles to his credit.

Final events of the 2015 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for Late Models were held Aug. 30 and standings become official on Sept. 28. Point fund checks will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November.

24 states, Canada, Australia represented in early Super Nationals entries

September 4th, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – With less than a week before the first green flag flies, more than 600 drivers from 24 states, two Canadian provinces and Australia are already pre-entered for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.

Opening night for the 33rd annual event is Monday, Sept. 7. Late Model, Sport Compact, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod, Stock Car and Modified champions will be crowned by the time the final checkers fly on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and race of champions events for Modifieds, Stock Cars, SportMods and Hobby Stocks complete the headline races at the greatest show on dirt. Some $275,000 in purse money will be paid out and another $60,000 in contingencies awarded.

Drivers in all six divisions can still pre-enter by calling the IMCA home office.

“We continue to encourage drivers to pre-register. It speeds up the entire process, starting with their car number,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “They save money by taking a couple minutes to do this ahead of time. It also means they don’t have to pay an entry fee if they’re planning to race at the Prelude to the Super Nationals.”

“I highly suggest they call our office,” he added. “We will make the process as efficient as possible.”

Liberty 100, Super Nationals shows next for Deery Brothers Summer Series

September 2nd, 2015

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – A pair of $3,000 to win features for Deery Brothers Summer Series drivers are on the Saturday, Sept. 5 card during West Liberty Raceway’s Ready Mix Liberty 100 Weekend.

IMCA Late Model tour points will be awarded for the first of those 50-lap features. The regular Deery purse will be paid at both. Qualifying for the Late Models, as well as Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts starts on Friday, Sept. 4.

Also scheduled on opening night is the $1,000 to win 20-lap Ideal Ready Mix Iron Man Challenge, open to all Deery Series drivers with perfect attendance this season and former Deery champions. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students ages 13-18.

On Saturday, gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps. Admission to the grandstand is $25 for adults and $20 for students. Kids 12 and under get in free when accompanying a paid adult and pit passes are $30 each night.

Defending series champion and current point leader Justin Kay has won three of the last four, and four of the last six Deery events held at West Liberty. More information about the Liberty 100 Weekend is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.

The Deery Series takes top billing on Labor Day, when the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s opens at Boone Speedway. Winner of the Monday, Sept. 7 feature earns $3,000 plus a Weekly Racing Bonus of as
much as $1,500. Pit gates open at 9 a.m., heat races are at 2 p.m. and the main event will start at approximately 9 p.m. Grandstand admission is $20 and pit passes are $30.

The two-time defending Super Nationals champion is Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls. Qualifying events for Hobby Stocks and Northern SportMods are also on the Monday program at Boone. Final Deery Series events of the season are Sept. 18 and 19 during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. The Friday night main event pays $3,000 to win while top prize on Saturday is $7,500.

Mather takes Cedar County win, Brown is new Hawkeye Dirt Tour point leader

August 13th, 2015

TIPTON, Iowa – Colt Mather became the seventh different winner in as many different Hawkeye Dirt Tour events Tuesday night while Kyle Brown became the new point leader with one race left in the series for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds.

Mather started outside the front row and led all 30 laps of the Cedar County Raceway show.

The only caution came out on the third circuit. Justin Kay, who would go on to win the Deery Broth­ers Summer Series Late Model main event later in the program, closed the gap on Mather but finished a car length off the pace.

Mather’s win paid $1,000 and put him on the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Mitchell Morris, Brad Dierks and Mike Burbridge completed the top five.

Brown, meanwhile, was the final qualifier for the main event field. He started 22nd and ended in seventh. Mike Van Genderen led Brown by one point going into the night and finished 12th at Tipton.

Four points will be the difference between the two in the $2,000 to win series finale Sept. 19, dur­ing the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.

Forty-three Modifieds saw action at Cedar County Tuesday evening.

Kay bolts to Thursday Night Thunder Deery win at Webster City

July 31st, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Justin Kay made the scorer’s job easy in a fast-paced Deery Brothers Summer Series main event at Hamilton County Speedway.

Kay started on the pole and led every time around the track in a 35-lap IMCA Late Model feature that ran caution free and highlighted the Thursday Night Thunder county fair show. The defending series champion and current point leader, Kay had a straightaway advantage over eventual runner-up Curt Martin by lap six; Martin and Andy Nezworski were running the same distance ahead of Ryan Griffith in fourth. After catching up with the back of the field on lap 11, Kay got as many as three cars between his back bumper and Martin.

The white flag was out by the time Martin cleared the last of the lapped cars. He made up ground on Kay but couldn’t challenge at the finish. Nezworski, Griffith and Richie Gustin rounded out the top five. The $3,000 checkers were Kay’s career tour 14th, tying him for eighth on the all-time Deery Series wins list with Mike Smith of Jewell.

He’s now a five-time winner and the only repeat visitor to victory lane through 13 events this sea­son. Scott Fitzpatrick was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Taking home $1,000 Thursday Night Thunder checks were Adam Larson in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Jason Minnehan in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Brad Ratcliff in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Randy Embrey topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature and Nick Hogan was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.

Larson became a 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate with his win.

Next up on the schedule is the Tuesday, Aug. 11 show at Cedar County Raceway. That main event also pays $3,000 to win.

Also on the card at Tipton is the $1,000 to win Hawkeye Dirt Tour event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Harris overcomes ailing engine, edges Kay for West Liberty Deery Series win

July 12th, 2015

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Brian Harris overcame an ailing engine and beat Justin Kay to the checkers by less than half a car length to win the Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at West Liberty Raceway.

The last two champions of the IMCA Late Model tour ­– Harris in 2013, Kay in 2014 – settled the Tuesday show with a drag race to the finish line. Harris had opened the door with a bobble in the final turn, but recovered in time to outrun Kay. The $3,000 victory was Harris’ tour career 11th and his third at West Liberty. Kay had won the last three, and four of the last five Deery events there. Kay and third place finisher Andy Nezworski are now tied for the lead in the point standings with nine of 18 series races in the book.

Rob Moss and Tyler Droste completed the top five. Moss led the first three circuits from the pole before giving way to Harris. Three cautions waved before midway of the 40-lapper while Harris stayed in control despite growing engine concerns.

Nezworski and Kay ran 2-3 most of the first half of the race before Kay got by onlap 25 and set his sights on the leader. The front pair negotiated lapped traffic before the last-lap drama played out. Harris had what proved to be the faster line on the bottom of the oval in outrunning Kay across the stripe.  Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Jeff Aikey.

Deery drivers are back in action Wednesday night, July 8, when they chase another $3,000 top prize during the Buchanan County Fair show at Independence Motor Speedway.

Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Richie Gustin topped the $1,000 to win feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at West Liberty.

Hawkeye Dirt Tour date at Oskaloosa rescheduled to July 15

June 14th, 2015

OSKALOOSA, Iowa– The IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour event scheduled tonight (Thursday) at Southern Iowa Speedway has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.

The series for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds now travels to Oskaloosa for a Wednesday, July 15 show. That’s the night before the Harris Clash, also part of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, at Knoxville Raceway.

Next up for the HDT is the Thursday, June 18 event on Bud Night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson.

IMCA Late Models will now run Wednesday, June 24 at Southern Iowa Speedway.

Deery Series, Hawkeye Dirt Tour share June 9 spotlight at Jackson County

June 5th, 2015

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Two of IMCA’s premier series are in action next Tuesday at Jack­son County Speedway.

Both the Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds travel to Maquoketa on June 9.

Deery drivers make their seventh start of the season. Their main event pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. The second installment of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour totes a $1,000 top prize, is a 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and pays a minimum of $150 to start.

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

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students ages 13-17, $10 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30.

Nine previous Deery events have been held at Maquoketa and Ely’s Terry Neal counts the 2014 checkers among his four career tour checkers there.

Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls is a three-time Deery winner at Jackson County. Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., and Rob Toland of Colona, Ill., have each won once.

Andy Nezworski of Buffalo continues to lead the Deery standings but defending champion Justin Kay of Wheatland has cut that margin to a single point.

The Hawkeye Dirt Tour event will be the first held at Maquoketa. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, as well as special series points, will be awarded.

North Dakota traveler Jason Wolla was the winner when the HDT opened last month at Benton County Speedway.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also run Tuesday at Jackson County, for national and state points.

Two more Deery Series-Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheaders are scheduled this year, on Aug. 11 at Ce­dar County Raceway in Tipton and Sept. 19 during Farley Speedway’s Yankee Dirt Track Clas­sic.

Memorial Day show at I-35 next for IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour

May 22nd, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa– A very busy Memorial Holiday Weekend at I-35 Speedway con­cludes with the second installment of the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modifieds travel to Mason City to race for $1,000 to win and a mini­mum of $150 to start their Monday, May 25 main event.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts join the Modifieds on the Sunday, May 24 Skip Rose Memorial program at I-35 and on the Monday card.

Sunday’s Modified feature also pays $1,000 to win. Both Modified main events are qualifiers for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6 p.m.
hot laps both days. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Family passes are $40 and pit passes are $30.

The four previous Hawkeye Dirt Tour events held at I-35 Speedway have resulted in as many differ­ent winners.

Richie Gustin of Gilman earned the first of his career series leading seven checkers in 2010. He was followed to victory lane by Josh Ruby of Lakota in 2011, Mike Hansen of Alton in 2012 and Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., in 2014.

More information about Skip Rose Memorial and Hawkeye Dirt Tour shows at Mason City is available by calling 641 424-6515 or 515 320-0066, on the track’s www.I-35speedway.com web­site and on Facebook.

Monday’s program will be filmed in its entirety for IMCA.TV on Demand. Updated event coverage is listed at www.imca.tv.

North Dakota visitor Jason Wolla led defending champion Mike Van Genderen of Newton across the stripe in the May 19 tour opener at Benton County Speedway.

Wolla’s long tow pays off at IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener

May 21st, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Rain in North Dakota was bad news for Jason Wolla’s competition in Iowa Tuesday night at Benton County Speedway.

Wolla made the quick decision to travel 14-plus hours from his hometown of Ray, in western North Dakota, for the opening event in IMCA’s Hawkeye Dirt Tour.

He started 11th, took the lead from Mark Elliott following a 13th circuit restart and outran defending champion Mike Van Genderen in traffic late in the 40-lapper for an IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series win that paid $1,000.

“We made a last-second decision to come here and it paid off,” said Wolla, who’d finished fourth at Vinton en route to the Frostbuster Series crown in early April. “We rained out last week every­where in North Dakota and had the trailer loaded up and ready to go. We had another car to pick up from Justin O’Brien (at Rage Chassis) in West Union and here we are.”

Van Genderen started ninth and made up ground on Wolla before running out of laps. J.D. Au­ringer raced from 12th starting to third, Hunter Marriott was fourth and Joe Docekal made his way from 17th on the original grid to fifth.

Elliott led the first 12 laps and ran ahead of David Brown and Brian Irvine, who fell out of conten­tion after getting together in the first set of turns.

Wolla was in second and Docekal was already up to fifth when the caution came out. Wolla drove around Elliott, with Van Genderen taking over second following the third and final restart, on lap 22.

Auringer moved into third on lap 28 but couldn’t muster a challenge to Van Genderen or Wolla.

“To come here with the dogs and run with them, man, that was fun,” Wolla said before heading north on Highway 150 to West Union. “We knew we were good on the bottom and that we’d be tough to pass. This car is like putting a glove on.”

Wolla was already on the ballot for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Round two of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour is on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City. That main event also pays $1,000 to win.

Other winners Tuesday at Vinton included Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Colby Heishman in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Benji Irvine in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Murty made his successful charge back to the front after getting sideways and restarting at the rear. Heishman’s victory was his career first.

Deery Series is bound for Boone on Memorial Day

May 21st, 2015

BOONE, Iowa – Still looking for a repeat winner this season, the Deery Brothers Summer Series travels to Boone Speedway for its traditional Memorial Day show next Monday, May 25.

Corey Zeitner, defending champion Justin Kay, Joel Callahan and seven-time IMCA Late Model tour champ Jeff Aikey each have single series wins so far. Andy Nezworski, however, has yet to finish outside the top five and brings the point lead to town.

The main event at Boone pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

Forty-two previous Deery events have been held at Boone, 13 of them on Memorial Day.

Five of Aikey’s series-leading 64 victories have come at Boone, including the 2013 and 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s main events. Gary Webb is a four-time Super Nationals champion and Ray Guss Jr. counts last year’s Memorial Day checkers among four career Boone Speedway wins of his own.

Completing the holiday program at Boone are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, running for all applicable points.

More information is available from promoter Robert Lawton at 515 987-1220 and at the www.raceboone.com website.

IMCA Empire State Series at Black Rock, Skyline this weekend

May 21st, 2015

DUNDEE, N.Y. – Two Memorial Weekend events are on tap for the IMCA Empire State Series.

Traveling IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modifieds are at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee on Friday, May 22 and at Skyline Raceway in Cortland on Sunday, May 24.

The Black Rock feature pays $500 to win plus lap money. The Skyline show pays $400 to win. A minimum of $75 will be paid to start each night.

Black Rock opens the pit gates at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand at 5 p.m. on Friday. Hot laps are at 6:25 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $12. Pit passes are $27 for members or $32 for non-members. There is a $20 entry fee and more information is available at the www.blackrockspeedway.com website.

Pit gates and the grandstand at Skyline open at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. and racing is at 6:30 p.m.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and over and students ages 10-14, and free for kids nine and under. Pit passes are $35 or $30 with a Saturday wristband. Additional infor­mation is available by calling 607 657-8222 or 607 849-6600 on race day.

Skyline has hosted 15 previous Empire State Series events; feature winners there last year were Chris Fleming and Gary Smith. Eight tour events have been held at Dundee with the checkers flying in 2014 for Matt Cole and Rich Karlnoski.

Two events have been held the same weekend just twice before in the series’ 13-plus year his­tory, also during the Memorial Day holiday and most recently in 2008.

IMCA North Star Series opens with three Memorial Weekend dates

May 21st, 2015

SLAYTON, Minn. – Murray County Speedway hosts first-night action when the IMCA North Star Touring Series opens with three events during the Memorial holiday weekend.

The fourth annual tour is at Slayton on Friday, May 22; at Arlington Raceway on Saturday, May 23; and at Redwood Speedway in Redwood Falls on Sunday, May 24.

IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are in action each evening.

Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. at Murray County. Racing follows 7:15 p.m. hot laps. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students ages 11-15 and free for kids 10 and under when accompanying a paid adult.

More information is available by calling 507 220-3511 and at the www.murraycountyspeedway.net website.

Arlington also makes up features, including the Sprint Series of Minnesota event, rained out last weekend. Pit gates open at 2:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 4:45 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under.

The track website is www.arlingtonraceway.com. Information is also available by calling 507 380-6998.

Redwood Speedway opens the pits at 4 p.m. and the grandstand at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Admission for spectators is $12 for adults, $8 for teenagers and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult.

More information is available at www.redwoodspeedway.com.

Pit passes are $25 each evening. All three tracks will also post updates on Facebook.

Memorial Weekend North Star events are among select dates that will be broadcast through IMCA.TV.

The series was originally scheduled to open May 14 at Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Iowa. That program was postponed due to weather and will now be held June 4.

IMCA Late Models also run that evening, for IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national and All­star Performance state points.

IMCA Modified, Northern SportMod drivers race for Ricochet awards

May 15th, 2015

BRUSH, Colo.– Second-year sponsor Ricochet Race Components has renewed an awards pro­gram rewarding IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod driv­ers.

Sets of three shock guard covers go to each of the five Modified regional champions, all Modified special series champions, feature winners during the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and Haw­keye Dirt Tour, and winners of 10 designated Modified special events.

The national Northern SportMod champion also receives three shock guard covers.

Located in Brush, Colo., Ricochet is owned by Modified veteran John Hansen. Information about Ricochet shock guard covers is available on Facebook.

“The Ricochet shock guard is a unique piece and one that addresses a need for our Modified and Northern SportMod racers,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Having some to give away at our biggest special events and at the national banquet puts that unique product in the hands of racers at a time when they can really see its benefits first hand.”

IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener postponed

May 14th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Windy conditions and forecasts calling for falling temperatures at race time have resulted in postponement of tonight’s IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour opener at Benton County Speedway.

A new date for the IMCA Xtreme Motorsports Modified series in Vinton is to be announced.

The first Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season will be on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 at I-35 Speed­way in Mason City. That evening’s feature will pay $1,000 to win and is a qualifier for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Aikey adds Hershel Roberts Memorial trophy to Deery collection

May 7th, 2015

EAST MOLINE, Ill. -The driver with the most feature wins in 28-plus seasons of Deery Brothers Summer Series history now has a trophy from the Hershel Roberts Memorial to add to his collection.

Jeff Aikey slipped past defending IMCA Late Model race winner and tour champion Justin Kay on the 14th of 58 laps Sunday at Quad City Speedway. He led the rest of the way in collecting his 64th ca­reer Deery victory and a $3,000 paycheck at the fifth annual event

Kay set the fast pace for the first 13th circuits, then chased Aikey in heavy lapped traffic before finishing on his back bumper.

Hard charger Matt Ryan raced from 13th starting to third. Ray Guss Jr., who’d driven for Roberts and won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 memorials, was fourth and point leader Andy Nezworski com­pleted the top five.

The main event was interrupted by caution just twice, when Brunson Behning broke on the origi­nal start and for debris on lap 35.

Kay had started second while Aikey moved into contention from inside row three. Frontrunners were in lapped traffic by the eighth circuit; Aikey took advantage on lap 14, using the lower line to drive past both a lapped car and Kay.

A seven-time Deery champion, Aikey had won just one previous series event at East Moline, in 1999. He’s the fourth different winner in as many feature events held so far this season.

Darrel DeFrance was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner. Fifty-eight was the number of the car Roberts, a Deery Series competitor and Quad City Speedway Hall of Famer, drove.

The next installment of the 2015 Deery Series is on Monday, May 25 when Boone, Iowa, Speed­way hosts the traditional Memorial Day event.

That feature also pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete the program.

Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.

Benton County Speedway hosts May 12 opener for IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour

May 9th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa– The home track of the IMCA Modified division hosts the first event of the 2015 Hawkeye Dirt Tour next Tuesday, May 12.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds following the sixth annual series race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start the lidlifter at Benton County Speedway. The main event is a qualifier for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Four previous tour events have been held at Vinton and the winners of each – Vern Jackson of Waterloo (2011), Jeff Waterman of Quincy, Ill., (2012) Cayden Carter of Oskaloosa (2013) and Richie Gustin of Gilman (2014) have confirmed that they’ll return next week.

What promises to be a big opening night field will also include every driver to have won local track ti­tles at Benton County Speedway since 2002 as Jackson will be joined by fellow titlists J.D. Au­ringer of Waterloo, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton, Joe Docekal of Dysart and Scott Hogan of Vinton.

Gates open at 5 p.m. Tuesday with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Spectator admis­sion is $15 for adults, $5 for kids and free for five and under. Pit passes are $25.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features both pay $400 to win while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for a $200 top check.

Modifieds chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central, Allstar Performance State and special series points. All applicable points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock drivers.

The event will be broadcast via IMCA.TV; listings will be posted on the www.imca.tv website.

More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526, by calling the IMCA home of­fice at 319 472-2201 and on Facebook. The track website is www.jjamracing.net.

Past series champions include Mike Jergens of Plover in 2010, Mark Elliott of Webster City in 2011, Jay Noteboom of Hinton in 2012, Ronn Lauritzen of Jesup in 2013 and Mike Van Genderen of Newton last year.

Gustin leads all drivers win seven career victories on the circuit.

Two hundred and nineteen different drivers from 13 states and Canada competed over the course of the 2014 series.

The second of 10 dates on this year’s HDT schedule is Monday, May 25 at I-35 Speedway in Mason City.

Sunday show at Quad City Speedway next for Deery Series

May 1st, 2015

EAST MOLINE, Ill.– Quad City Speedway’s Hershel Roberts Memorial is next on the Deery Brothers Summer Series schedule.

The Sunday, May 3 IMCA Late Model tour event at East Moline pays $3,000 to win and a mini­mum of $300 to start.

This is the fifth annual Roberts Memorial, held in honor of the long-time driver, car owner and Quad City Speedway Hall of Famer. Ray Guss Jr. of Milan drove for Roberts and won the 2011, 2012 and 2013 events. Justin Kay of Wheatland, Iowa, topped the Roberts Memorial last May, earning a victory that helped propel him to the 2014 tour title.

In all, 16 previous Deery Series events have been held at Quad City Speedway since 1990. The only other multiple feature winner has been Rob Toland, in 1998 and 2004.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Hot laps are at 5:15 p.m. with racing to follow.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30. Also on the card at Quad City are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, street stocks and mod lites.

More information is available by calling 309 792-5030 and at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website.

Sanction numbers guarantee IMCA record-breaking centennial season

April 23rd, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – What was already guaranteed to be a history-making centennial season will be a record-breaking one for IMCA as well.

Contracts for a total of 415 sanctions were in hand, nine more than were issued last year, and another two dozen are expected to be returned as more tracks get closer to holding opening night programs.

IMCA Modified sanctions have topped 100 every year since 1992; the number of Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod sanctions is expected to exceed 100 for the first time this year.

“One factor we’ve noticed in the increase is tracks that have already been sanctioned are adding new divisions,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “RaceSaver Sprint Cars are obviously playing a role, too. New tracks that sanction Sprint Cars are also sanctioning other divisions, for example the Modifieds or Southern SportMods.”

Currently, IMCA events will be held in 31 states this season.

“We have a lot of newly sanctioned facilities around the country and that reflects on efforts by our staff, especially Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard,” Root said. “The off-season is not just the time we wait for racing to start. Jim has made numerous trips to meet with promoters and drivers at tracks wanting to become sanctioned or to sanction more divisions.”

Marketing efforts and consistency in the rules also play a role in the big numbers for 2015.

“I think we’re doing a better job of promoting on behalf of 8,000-plus drivers, our tracks and what will be a record number of sponsors. We don’t change our rules all the time and we try to be as pro-active as possible,” Root said. “The interest is there. We’re definitely doing something that racers, promoters and sponsors want to be part of.”

Open LateModels will take on the historic half-mile oval

April 15th, 2015

DAVENPORT, Ia. – Stock car racing excitement returns to the historic half-miletrack at the DavenportSpeedway this Friday, for the Midwest Sanction Showdown. The event is co-sanctioned by the CornbeltClash Late Model Series and the MARS DirtCar Series.

Last year’s racewas won by Jason Feger of Bloomington, Illinois. The victory was Feger’s secondon the Davenport half-mile track.

The MARS DirtCarSeries is a super late model organization that competes across the Midwest. TheMissouri based racing series will travel to nine states this season. The defendingseries champion is Tony Jackson Jr., of Lebanon, Missouri.

The Cornbelt ClashLate Model Series is entering its seventh season in 2015. The Corn Belt ClashLate Model Series is a super late model series that races in the upper Midwest.The West Union, Iowa based series has races scheduled in five states this year.The defending series champion is Chad Simpson of Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

Also racing at theMidwest Sanction Showdown will be non-sanctioned IMCA Modifieds and StreetStocks.

The Davenport Speedway half-mile track has a historyof late model stock car racing that goes all the way back to 1949. The veryfirst NASCAR race in the State of Iowa was held on the half-mile track in 1953.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the MississippiValley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. Pit gates willopen at 4:30pm, grandstand at 5:00pm, with hotlaps at 6:30, and racing at7:00pm.

For more information, visit our website at “davenportspeedway.com” or call (563) 652-5302.

Deery doubleheader this weekend at Farley, Hamilton County

April 17th, 2015

FARLEY, Iowa – A weekend doubleheader takes the Deery Brothers Summer Series to two tracks with long IMCA Late Model tour histories.

Features at Farley Speedway on Friday, April 17 and at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City on Saturday, April 18 both pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

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

Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $14 for seniors, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for 12 and under. Also running are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds for all applicable points.

Hamilton County opens the pit gates at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstands at 5 p.m. Hot laps at 6:30 p.m. precede the first heat race.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for youth and free for five and under. The season-opening program also features IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts chasing all points.

Pit passes are $30 both nights.

Information about the Farley show is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website, and about the Webster City date by calling 515 832-5382 and at the www.hamiltoncospeedway.com website.

Joel Callahan of Dubuque has won the last two Deery features at Farley, which has hosted travel­ing Late Models on 13 occasions.

The series has made 27 previous visits to Hamilton County Speedway dating back to 1987. Brian Harris of Davenport was the most recent tour winner there, in June of 2013.

Corey Zeitner of Bellevue, Neb., and defending series champion Justin Kay of Wheatland own wins from the first two tour events but it’s Andy Nezworski of Buffalo who takes the Deery point lead into the weekend.

Nezworski was third in the April 4 lidlifter at Crawford County Speedway and finished fourth last Saturday at West Liberty Raceway.

Kay continues West Liberty Deery Series streak

April 13th, 2015

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa–Justin Kay got back in the groove Saturday at West Liberty Raceway.

A week after exiting early with mechanical issues in the Deery Brothers Summer Series opener, the defending champion led the last 26 of 40 laps in winning the second installment of the 2015 IMCA Late Model tour.

He’s now won three straight, and four of the last five Deery features held at West Liberty. Kay’s latest checkers, his career 10th, were good for $3,000.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Brian Harris, Andy Nezworski and Andy Eckrich were next across the stripe. Harris had started 21st; Kevin Kile started 22nd and finished sixth.

Ron Boyse took the green from outside row one and led the first lap; pole starter Nezworski let the next 13 times around the oval, before the only caution of the night came out.

Kay, who had worked his way to third from 10th, passed both Boyse and Nezworski following the ensuing restart. He got into heavy lapped traffic with 10 to go but still took the win well ahead of Fitzpatrick.

The 43 Deery entries at West Liberty matched the track record established in April of 2012. Winner of the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing was Scott Fitzpatrick. Nezworski left town with the series point lead.

Deery drivers are at Farley Speedway on Friday, April 17 and at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City on Saturday, April 18 for a pair of $3,000 to win features.

Kay takes REBEL 5K at Davenport

April 13th, 2015

Davenport, Ia.- Justin Kay of Wheatland was the big winner at the REBEL 5K, held at the Davenport Speedway,Friday night. One hundred and three racers took part in the event under chilly weather conditions.

The forty-lap main event for the late models started with Joe Zrostlik of Long Grove, taking the early lead from the outside pole. Zrostlik would lead the first eleven laps using the high side of the racetrack.

Davenport’s Matt Ryan used the low groove to take the lead for laps twelve through seventeen.

Kay started fourteenth and had moved his way up to third by lap ten. Justin ran the high side and grabbed the lead on lap eighteen. The only things slowing Justin Kay down were lapped traffic and the race’s only caution flag on lap 37. Kay won the four lap shootout to the checkers, taking the win and the $5,000 top prize. Matt Ryan finished a close second. Tyler Drostehad a strong run finishing third. Scott Fitzpatrick and Jason Rauen completed the top five. Late model heat race wins went to Kay, Rauen, Curt Martin, and Jon Poll. Colby Springsteen and Nate Bueseling won the two semi-features.

Jake Ruefer of Roanoke, Ind., won the twenty-lap modified feature. Ruefer led entire distance, despite several challenges. Tony VonDresky started tenth and moved up quickly, but would have to settle for second.Jeremiah Hurst finished third, just ahead of Kurt Kile in fourth. Mitch Morris rounded out the top five. Twenty-seven modifieds were on hand. Ruefer, Ray Cox Jr., and Dakota Hayden won the heats. Semi wins went to Jake Bowman and Bob Dominacki.

Phil Anderson paid a visit to victory lane in street stock action. Anderson led the first twelve laps of the feature, before yielding to Keith Blum. Anderson managed to work his way back around Blum on the final lap to take the win. Blum finished second followed by Donnie Louck, Cary Brown and Kevin Dickey in that order.

Bryce Garnhart dominated the sportmod main. Garnhartled all fifteen laps of the race. Tyler Soppe came from deep in the field to finish second. Jayson Wiggins took third over Bryan Brinker, and Jake Morris.

Brandon Dahl topped the field in the 4-stock feature.Brandon took the lead on lap five and had to hold off his brother Zach down the stretch to take the win. Zach Dahl finished second with Jake Benischek third.Brandon Setser and Jeff Powell completed the top five.

The racing action at the Davenport Speedway moves overto the half-mile track next Friday for the 2nd Annual Midwest Sanction Showdown. The cars and stars of the Corn Belt Clash Late Model Series will go head to head with the drivers of the MARS DirtCar Series. Also racing will be modifieds and street stocks.

Zeitner’s Deery Series tires pass lab test

April 13th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Samples taken from Corey Zeitner’s tires have passed chemical testing conducted at an independent laboratory.

As a result, Zeitner is now the official winner of the April 4 Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Crawford County Speedway in Denison.

“We received results today (Thursday) from the lab, which verified the tires were legal,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “Race results have been declared official and Corey has been paid the $3,000 for his win.”

Random tire sampling will continue throughout the IMCA Late Model tour as well as at events for other sanctioned divisions throughout the 2015 season.

Pennsylvania Sprint Series sanctions with IMCA

April 4th, 2015

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – With the 2015 season set to start this weekend, the Pennsylva­nia Sprint Series has finalized an agreement to sanction with IMCA.

Beginning this Saturday, April 4 at Port Royal Speedway, PASS races will run under the IMCA sanction. The series has been affiliated with RaceSaver since its founding in 1998.

More than 70 different drivers competed in one or more series events last year and PASS features typically averaged car counts of 22-30.

“We’re big but we don’t act big. We’re a group of recreational drivers. We’ve stayed away from points because we don’t want to push our drivers into having to race every night,” explained PASS Director Rod Ort. “We did the research and the big question coming into this was what IMCA could do for us.”

“In talking with (IMCA President) Brett Root, I think we’ll have the best of both worlds,” he contin­ued. “RaceSaver controls the rules and we get the benefit of the IMCA point structure. They are a well-run organization focused on recreational racing.”

Tracks hosting dates on the 2015 schedule include Port Royal Speedway, Susquehanna Speed­way Park, Path Valley Speedway Park, Racing For Heroes Speedway, Lincoln Speedway, Selins­grove Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway.

Port Royal hosts the series’ headline event, the Oct. 10 Keystone RaceSaver Challenge, which has drawn 50-plus entries each of the years it has been held.

The final race is Oct. 31 at Susquehanna.

PASS has worked with IMCA for several months in finalizing the sanction agreement. RaceSaver rules will continue to be set and enforced by French Grimes while local policies such as invitation and handicapping will continue under the control of PASS.

“We are staffed by volunteers and joining IMCA gives PASS volunteers the coverage of a national sanctioning body as well as teams the ability to race for national, state and special series titles while racing in their own back yard,” noted Ort. “Drivers will be asked to join IMCA which will come with insurance benefits as well as participation in points. They will receive a regular newslet­ter and be included in national news as part of the IMCA website.”

PASS will transition from its non-traditional points structure to the IMCA point structure. PASS has never required teams to race and has avoided a traditional point structure as it typically comes with handicapping based on points, he added. IMCA will not dictate handicapping based on points so active teams that race less often will not have to worry about being handicapped.

More information is available at the www.imca.com website. The most recent IMCA sanctioned Sprint Car event in Pennsylvania was held in 1968.

Elk City is latest Oklahoma track to sanction with IMCA

March 31st, 2015

ELK CITY, Okla. – A dozen Sunday shows are on the schedule this season at newly-sanctioned Elk City Speedway.

First track points for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars at the western Oklahoma venue will be awarded April 12.

“We want to keep this track open and help spread IMCA across Oklahoma,” explained promoter Paul Vines.

The municipally owned 3/8-mile clay venue is a sister track to Outlaw Motor Speedway, which will run on Fridays, and Longdale Speedway, which will run on Saturdays. Elk City concludes its first IMCA season with the Winter Nationals special on Oct. 30-31.

Five race nights are on the schedule for each of three local classes at Elk City, where expansion plans are already in the works for 2016.

Modified points earned at Elk City also apply in IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region. Stock Car points figure toward EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region standings.

Elk City becomes the fourth track in Oklahoma to sanction with IMCA this season, the most since 2001.

“Elk City Speedway is another great addition to our growing roster of sanctioned tracks for 2015,” IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard said. “With the increase in sanctioned tracks in Oklahoma in 2015, we anticipate that drivers at these tracks could be contenders for national and regional honors.”

Nine dates for new IMCA Sprint Series of Nebraska

March 30th, 2015

EAGLE, Neb. – Opening night for the inaugural Sprint Series of Nebraska comes on night two of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.

The Saturday, April 18 main event for touring IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars pays $1,000 to win.

Another eight dates are on the 2015 schedule, including Fridays, April 24 and Sept. 11 at Eagle.

Thursday shows at U.S. 30 Speedway in Columbus are May 7, June 4 and Aug. 13. Butler County Speedway at Rising City hosts the Friday, June 19 event and the series is at Beatrice Speedway on Sunday, July 26.

The finale is Thursday, Sept. 17 at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood.

Standard payout for series events is $700 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded each night.

“We came up with a schedule that minimizes travel for drivers but still has enough dates to make the champion eligible for bonus points,” noted Tour Director Roger Hadan. “We want to build onto the fan base for these cars while giving tracks the opportunity to run special events and not have to spend a lot of money doing it.”

Title sponsor for the series is Precise Racing Products of Bennington. More information is available at the www.sprintseriesofnebraska.com website and on Facebook.

“This series is a perfect complement to drivers’ regular weekly racing,” Hadan said. “IMCA and (RaceSaver founder) French Grimes created an ideal foundation for an economical, fan-friendly tour like this. “

Ohio Thunder Sprint Series brings IMCA, RaceSaver to the Buckeye State

March 5th, 2015

FRANKFORT, Ohio – Fourteen point races are on the initial schedule for the inaugural Ohio Thun­der IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Series.

Atomic Speedway at Waverly hosts April 18, May 2 and 16, July 31, Aug. 1 and Oct. 3 events. Jackson County Speedway at Jackson is the site of April 17 and 24, May 8 and 15, June 5 and 19, July 24 and Aug. 21 races.

Sponsored locally by Southern Ohio Equipment Company of Frankfort, the Ohio Thunder Series is the first RaceSaver series in Ohio.

“RaceSaver keeps everything on a level playing field. You don’t have to spend $50,000 on an engine to be competitive,” Series Director Andy Hill said. “The rules are clear and don’t have any gray areas.”

Encouraged by attendance at a meeting held late last year for potential drivers, Hill expects to start the series with 10-15 cars.

“We’ll have drivers new to Sprint Cars and we’ll have others who have raced 410’s before,” he explained. “We like the backing we’ll get from IMCA, we like the point funds and we appreciate the help we’ve gotten getting this series started.”

A second drivers’ meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 7 at Jackson County Speedway owner Chris Smalley’s shop, located at 13706 US Route 23 in Waverly.

The last IMCA-sanctioned Sprint Car event held in the Buck­eye State was in 1970.

Test and tune sessions are March 14 at Atomic and April 4 and 11 at Jackson. IMCA RaceSaver Sprints are part of Atomic’s Open Wheel Championship special on May 2.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded for the first 13 Ohio Thunder Series events; special series points only would be given for the Oct. 3 race.

More information is available at the Ohio Thunder IMCA RaceSaver page on Facebook. The series website address will be www.ohiothunder.com.

A perfect 10: Schedule announced for IMCA Haw­keye Dirt Tour

February 21st, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – The Hawkeye Dirt Tour takes its first green flag Tuesday, May 12 at the home track of IMCA Modifieds, Benton County Speedway in Vinton.

In all, 10 dates are on the schedule for the sixth annual series. Each feature pays a minimum of $1,000 to win and will be a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying event.

The champion earns a $600 share of the tour’s $3,000 point fund, plus bonus points applicable toward national and regional standings.

I-35 Speedway at Mason City hosts the Memorial Day special on May 25. Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds will be paired with the Deery Brothers Summer Series on June 9 at Jack­son County Speedway in Maquoketa.

The tour is at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa on June 11, Lee County Speedway in Donnell­son on June 18 and Hancock County Speedway in Britt on June 30.

The Harris Clash show also brings Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods to Knoxville Raceway on July 16. Buena Vista Raceway at Alta hosts the July 22 event.

Dates Aug. 11 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton and Sept. 19 at Farley Speedway will also be shared with the Deery Series.

“Tour car counts increased significantly last season. All events last year drew more cars as this series has become a staple for many drivers from across the state,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “Some events are held in conjunction with the Deery Series, others with annual track spe­cials.”

“Promoters look forward to hosting Hawkeye Dirt Tour races,” he added. “Drivers like the oppor­tunity to travel and events are well attended by local fans.”

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, and in some instances local track points, will be awarded.

All tour features pay a minimum of $150 to start. Tow money is $75.

Questions about the upcoming Hawkeye Dirt Tour can be directed to Root at the IMCA home of­fice, 319 472-2201.

Deery Series dates added at Maquoketa, Tipton

February 7th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Two more dates have been added to the 2015 Deery Brothers Summer Series schedule.

The IMCA Late Model tour will be at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa on Tuesday, June 9 and at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

Both main events pay $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

“We wanted to release the schedule in January, knowing full well that we were still awaiting confirma­tion on a couple additional dates,” Series Director Kevin Yoder said. “The city council met re­cently and approved a mid-week show in Maquoketa, and following Cedar County’s decision to not race weekly, we were able to secure a special event in Tipton as well. These two events were always a part of the 2015 plan. We just needed to make sure everything was in order prior to releas­ing the dates.”

“We are still pursuing a date at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, but right now the Iowa State Fair Association has decided to suspend all dirt track racing events during the Iowa State Fair in lieu of grandstand stage entertainment,” he continued. “If something changes we will re­new that traditional date, otherwise the Deery schedule will be complete with what has been an­nounced.”

There are now 18 dates on the tour schedule. Opening night is April 4 at Crawford County Speed­way in Denison.

Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models Schedule

Saturday, April 4 – Crawford County Speedway, Denison; Saturday, April 11 – West Liberty Raceway; Friday, April 17 – Farley Speedway; Saturday, April 18 – Hamilton County Speed­way, Webster City.

Sunday, May 3 – Quad City Speedway, East Moline, Ill.; Monday, May 25 – Boone Speedway.

Tuesday, June 2 – Marshalltown Speedway. Tuesday, June 9 – Jackson County Speedway, Maquoketa.

Thursday, July 2 – Kossuth County Speedway, Algona. Tuesday, July 7 – West Liberty Race­way. Wednesday, July 8 – Independence Motor Speedway. Sunday, July 12 – Dubuque Speed­way. Wednesday, July 22 – Quad City Speedway, East Moline, Ill.

Tuesday, Aug. 11 – Cedar County Raceway, Tipton.

Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5 – West Liberty Raceway. Monday, Sept. 7 – Boone Speedway. Friday, Sept. 18 – Farley Speedway. Saturday, Sept. 19 – Farley Speedway.

Deery Series, IMCA Stock Car drivers on track for Intercomp awards

January 31st, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Intercomp returns for a 21st consecutive sponsorship season with contingency awards for competitors in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division.

The Minneapolis, Minn., company is manufacturer of the official scales for IMCA and will give $100 product certifi­cates to desig­nated place finishers at all events in the series for Late Models and to top 10 drivers in official 2015 point standings for both Arnold Motor Supply Northern and Southern Stock Car regions.

Drivers in each division are required to display two Intercomp decals on their race car to be eligible.

Certificates can be applied toward the purchase of RFX wireless scales or digital chassis setup equipment. Certificates will be mailed to Late Model drivers the week after Deery Series races are held and presented to Stock Car drivers during the national awards banquet in November.

Intercomp manufactures high-performance products for use in the shop or at the track including alignment equipment, tire and shock gauges and lap timers. Information about those prod­ucts is available by calling 800 328-3336, at the www.intercomprac­ing.com web­site and on Facebook.

“The Intercomp wireless scale sets are the best in the industry and something all racers should have in the shop,” said Kevin Yoder, IMCA’s director of marketing. “IMCA just purchased a new set of our own to ensure we have the latest equipment at IMCA special events across the country.”

Brett Root named president of IMCA

January 27th, 2015

VINTON, Iowa – Brett Root will follow in some big footsteps at IMCA.

Root succeeds his mother Kathy as president of the Vinton-based automotive racing sanctioning organization. She’d purchased IMCA and sister company CarPac Publications from the family of Keith Knaack in the mid-1990s.

“I realize that I am just the third president of IMCA since the 1970s. It’s good company to be in,” said Root. “I hope everyone understands how important IMCA is to me. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.”

Root started working part-time at CarPac on his 14th birthday in 1986.

The University of Northern Iowa graduate joined IMCA full-time as marketing director in July of 1997. He became vice president of operations in 1999, spending as much as 10 months every year traveling to IMCA sanctioned tracks, special events and trade shows around the country.

“My responsibilities have shifted more to day to day operations and race night issues so I have traveled less the last couple years,” Root said. “Hiring Jim Stannard as director of track relations and Dave Brenn as director of division development has allowed us to continue to serve our membership the way we should. We have an excellent staff here that works toward a common goal.”

“I remember when I was younger going to races here in Vinton promoted by Keith and my mother,” he added. “I always wanted to go to the races but never had any idea that it would become my career.”

Kathy Root will continue to be involved with IMCA as chair of the executive committee and on a consulting basis.

“She won’t continue daily responsibilities but Kathy will remain involved with IMCA on a consulting basis,” Root said. “I can’t thank her enough for the opportunity, mentoring and advice she’s given me.”

IMCA will provide rules and procedures and administer point funds for eight divisions of race cars in 2015, its centennial season. More than 8,000 drivers will compete in IMCA sanctioned events at 160-plus tracks in 30 states and Canada.

IMCA Weekly Racing, rookie feature winners receive Speedway Motors support again in 2015

January 27th, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb – America’s Oldest Speed Shop continues invaluable roles supporting drivers in all IMCA divi­sions this season.

Speedway Motors returns to title sponsorship of IMCA Weekly Racing, a special awards program for rookie feature winners and of the biggest dirt track racing event in the nation in 2015, IMCA’s Centennial Season.

“Speedway Motors is proud of its longstanding affiliation with IMCA and is excited to continue its tradition of support and sponsorship into the 2015 season and beyond,” said Speedway Motors President Clay Smith. “This relationship has been so strong for so long because Speedway Motors and IMCA share so many core values, namely keeping weekly dirt track racing accessible, affordable and safe for all racers. All of us at Speedway Motors are thrilled to further this mission.”

Affiliated with IMCA since 1950 and recognized most recently with a length of sponsorship award during the 2014 national banquet, the Lincoln, Neb., high performance parts manufacturer, retailer and distributor main­tains a high profile at all sanctioned tracks through its IMCA Weekly Racing program.

In the third year of its latest five-year program, Speedway Motors again provides jackets, tech official shirts, flags and banners, plus discounts on tech inspection equipment to help IMCA tracks defray costs of weekly shows.

Drivers filling out and returning rookie application forms to the IMCA home office receive $100 gift cards, along with a T-shirt and decal from Speedway Motors following career-first feature wins in their respective divisions. Seventy rookie feature winners received gift packages last season.

And most notably, Speedway Motors returns as title sponsor of Super Nationals.

More than 860 cars and 30,000 fans are expected to converge on Boone Speedway for the 33rd annual event Sept. 7-12.

The original five-year Weekly Racing Series agreement with Speedway Motors covered the 2008-2012 race seasons. The current pact runs through 2017.

Post-season awards are also part of the Speedway Motors program as the highest eligible finisher in Modified and Stock Car regional standings, and Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod national standings all re­ceive a pair of Tru Coil springs.

Drivers in all four divisions must fill out and return the sign-up form they receive in decal packets to be eligible.

The Speedway Motors website is www.speedwaymotors.com.

“The Speedway Motors program has been instrumental on a variety of levels and they continue to be the longest tenured IMCA marketing partner,” noted Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “The relationship between America’s oldest and largest sanctioning body and America’s oldest and largest speed shop is no coincidence, and we’re proud to share those distinctions.”

Emerald Coast Tour brings IMCA Modifieds back to Florida, Alabama

January 28th, 2015

FOLEY, Ala.– A new series for IMCA Modifieds will make its share of history during the sanctioning body’s centennial season.

The inaugural Bay Area Modifieds Emerald Coast Tour features 15 dates at Southern Raceway in Milton, Fla., Northwest Florida Speedway in Blackman and Flomaton, Ala., Speedway.

Each feature event will pay a minimum of $500 to win and start as many as 24 cars.

“IMCA has been in this area before and we want to bring them back,” said Tour Director Jay Wells. “I’m a strong believer in IMCA. Having IMCA, their rules package and procedures will be a real plus.”

“There are already a lot of drivers around here who have raced IMCA before and have cars that are IMCA legal,” Wells continued. “Racing had gotten too expensive for many of them but now they’re taking their cars out of storage and getting them ready to race. The response has been tremendous.”

The series opens April 11 at Flomaton, also site of May 9, June 6 and 13, and July 18 events.

Thunderbowl, Bakersfield, Kings set dates for Western IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series

January 23rd, 2015

TULARE, Calif.– After getting a couple exhibition nights in last season, the first annual Western IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series debuts in 2015 with 17 events at three California speedplants. Opening night is scheduled for March 14 at Thunderbowl Raceway; both Tulare and Kings Speedway Hanford host seven races, with three more at Bakersfield Speedway.

Features will pay $750 to win and a minimum of $150 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance California State points will be awarded for the 14 events scheduled during the regular IMCA point season.

“Here in the Central Valley, we were hurting for car counts and were looking for a way to reinvent the wheel. That’s when someone suggested RaceSaver,” explained Series Director Scott Woodhouse. “We wanted a less expensive alternative with a maintenance cost that wouldn’t scare people off.”

“I bought a motor from Roger Hadan, who came out here and attended a meeting with drivers last fall,” he continued. “We’re getting a lot of interest in this series. So far, the biggest things behind that interest are the fact that the motors are sealed and everyone is on a level playing field.”

Woodhouse expects to have 10 or more cars entered in the opener, with veterans of the division joined by drivers moving up from mini-sprint and other local classes. Thunderbowl dates in addition to the opener are April 25, May 2, May 16, May 30, July 25 and Oct. 10.

The series is at Bakersfield on March 21, May 9 and Aug. 15.

Kings will host March 28, June 27, Aug. 1, Sept. 11, Sept. 19, Oct. 3 and Oct. 9 events. Dave Lawrence is already RaceSaver certified and will head tech inspection each night.

“This division was designed by (RaceSaver founder) French Grimes for anybody who wants to participate regularly in racing and not worry about high costs and maintenance,” said Woodhouse, also race director at Thunderbowl. “They know they’re not going into a gunfight with a pocketknife. RaceSaver puts the emphasis on setup and the driver, not cubic dollars.”

IMCA most recently sanctioned weekly Sprint Car racing in California in 1999. Tulare ran IMCA Sprints in 1997.

Record purse for July 5-10 IMCA Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

January 18th, 2015

MANDAN, N.D. – Another record purse will be paid out over the course of the 26th an­nual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour.

IMCA Modifieds race for $2,100 to win and IMCA Stock Cars for $800 to win each night of the July 5-10 tour. Top 10 drivers in final point standings earn shares of $2,000 Modified and $1,000 Stock Car point funds, provided by tour title sponsor Kupper Chevrolet.

The series starts its six-night run on Sunday, July 5 at the 3/8-mile Nodak Speedway on the North Da­kota State Fairgrounds in Minot, then heads just north of the border to Estevan, Sask., and the 3/8-mile Estevan Motor Speedway on Monday, July 6.

On Tuesday, July 7, it’s south to the ¼-mile Williston Basin Speedway. The show at ¼-mile Southwest Speedway in Dickinson is Wednesday, July 8.

On Thursday, July 9, the tour heads to the 3/8-mile Dacotah Speedway in Mandan. The series concludes with Championship Night at the ¼-mile Jamestown Speedway on Friday, July 10.

All six Modified features are qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, home region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded each night in both divisions.

XSAN-TV continues its “Long Haul, New Blood” extra tow money for top finishing first-time series drivers. XSAN will also provide exclusive pay per view coverage from flag to flag at all events.

John Gartner is tour director and Dale McEwen of Winnipeg will flag all events. IMCA Competition Direc­tor Tom Gutowski will oversee pre- and post-race tech inspection each night and the same payout, rules and procedures will be in effect at all tracks.

Tour drivers and fans are encouraged to make hotel/motel plans early as those could be a chal­lenge at some venues, Gartner noted, although many more overnight accommodations are now available.

Gartner can be contacted at 701 202-6075 for more information. Contingency awards given by tour and IMCA sponsors are to be announced.

Defending champions are Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fieds and Dalton Flory of Williston in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

A best-ever average of 81 Modifieds competed each night while new track car count records were set or equaled at all six events in the 2014 tour. Modified features paid $2,000 to win last year.

IMCA crate engine track champions earn $32,500 in Chevrolet Performance bonuses

December 13th, 2014

GRAND BLANC, Mich. – Bonuses totaling $32,500 will be paid by Chevrolet Perfor­mance to IMCA drivers winning 2014 track championships while competing exclusively with crate engines.

One hundred and six different drivers in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock divisions won a total of 130 track titles with crate engines this season.

Bonuses of $250 per track championship will be mailed this month from the IMCA home office. This was the first season in a three-year bonus agreement with Chevrolet Performance an­nounced in March.

“We celebrated our 10th anniversary of partnership with Chevrolet Performance when we recognized Bill Martens on behalf of Chevrolet at our recent national awards banquet,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “During that time Chevrolet has awarded well over $100,000 in track champion bonus money to IMCA racers across the country and we are proud to give back through that relationship.”

New IMCA, RaceSaver pact guarantees national rules, promotion of Sprint Car division

December 7th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – Christmas came early for Sprint Car drivers across the country, in the form of a new, joint venture between IMCA and RaceSaver. Under terms of the pact, RaceSaver founder French Grimes agreed to allow IMCA long-term use of RaceSaver rules for weekly, regional series and special event use.

In return, IMCA will provide administration, support existing sanctions and promote new sanctions for the Sprint Car class that will be known as RaceSaver, a division of IMCA.

“The signing of this historic partnership strengthens RaceSaver and IMCA, and secures our posi­tion as the largest sprint car sanctioning body in existence,” Grimes emphasized. “RaceSaver brings more than 1,000 Sprint Cars in 17 states and IMCA brings an organization that has sup­ported local weekly racing with a national structure.”

“RaceSaver participants, regions and tracks can now have the benefit of IMCA’s national struc­ture, insurance programs for participants, and comprehensive programs for regional and national champions,” he continued.

“French has developed one of the most cost-effective and innovative engine packages in Sprint Car racing and it fits well with our philosophy at IMCA for the past 99 years,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root. “This agreement is great for RaceSaver, it’s great for IMCA and it’s great for Sprint Car drivers. They will receive the same benefits as 8,000-plus drivers in our other divisions.”

Sanctioning and promotion of RaceSaver will now be under the control of IMCA and drivers can compete for the national championship and not have to travel across the country.

A point fund structure is to be announced prior to Jan. 1.

All aspects of RaceSaver that pertain to rules, record keeping, cylinder heads, tires, engine certifica­tion hard cards, engine sealing and tech officials will remain unchanged and under control of Grimes.

“We will work closely with IMCA to bring all existing regions and tracks into the big tent now pro­vided by this partnership,” Grimes said. “The opportunities for RaceSaver to preserve its mission of accessible racing will be enhanced greatly by our association with IMCA and we look forward with great enthusiasm to the years ahead.”

“This partnership has the potential to make RaceSaver, a division of IMCA one of the largest divisions in our organization,” Root pointed out. “That’s a monumental step from where the IMCA Sprint Car division was just three short years ago.”

The original partnership agreement between IMCA and Virginia-based RaceSaver was an­nounced in February of 2012.

Weekly tracks in three states sanctioned RaceSaver Sprint Car races this season; sanctioned regional series events were held in seven states.

The second annual Sprint Car Super Nationals brought 76 race teams from across the country to Eagle Raceway during the Labor Day Weekend.

“IMCA has a long history of Sprint Car racing over the last 60 years. French Grimes and RaceSaver also have a proven history,” Root said. “This new agreement combines his expertise with our administrative resources. This new relationship makes sense for IMCA and it makes sense for RaceSaver.”

Questions about the new partnership can be addressed to Grimes and IMCA staff at booth 3709 during the PRI trade show Dec. 11-13 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Taylor tops big money show at Desert Thunder Nationals

November 27th, 2014

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. – The top check at Central Arizona Speedway’s inaugural Desert Thunder Nationals went home with a driver already familiar with victory lane at Casa Grande.

Jeff Taylor led every time around the track in Sunday’s $3,000 to win IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event. The 30-lapper ended green, white, checkered after a late caution and Taylor pulled away from Ricky Thornton Jr. to win by six car lengths.

“We got into a little lapped traffic about halfway but that didn’t give us any trouble,” said Taylor, driving the Industrial Electric and Allgayer Inc.-sponsored ride. “We had a pretty good car.”

Thornton challenged after one restart but wasn’t able to maintain the pace. Cody Graham and Tyler Mecl were next across the stripe as home state drivers ran 2-3-4.

Graham had started 15th. Hunter Marriott raced from 22nd on the initial grid to round out the top five.

Jesse Sobbing collected the $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers on opening night at Casa Grande. Thornton was second and Marriott was promoted to third after Taylor was disqualified for an illegal muffler.

Wade Moyer, Taylor’s crew chief, moved up 12 places to finish fourth in his boss’s back-up car. George Fronsman was a plus eight to fifth and Chaz Baca Jr. a plus 14 to sixth.

More than 40 drivers from nine states and Canada competed at the Desert Thunder Nationals.

Kay completes Deery Series title run with twin wins at West Liberty

October 13th, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – Justin Kay couldn’t have scripted a better finish to his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series championship campaign.  Kay won the final event of the 2014 IMCA Late Model tour Saturday during West Liberty Raceway’s Liberty 100 special.

He followed that victory – his sixth in 14 series events and career ninth– with another $3,000 run to the checkers in the pay/no points feature that followed. Both main events were 50 laps. Denny Eckrich, Nate Beuseling, Colby Springsteen and rookie of the year Ryan Dolan completed the top five in the series finale.

Ray Guss Jr. and Todd Malmstrom were the early leaders before Beuseling took over for a long run at the front. Kay finally caught up on lap 43 and beat the 10th starting Eckrich to the checkers by a couple car lengths. Nick Marolf, Jeremy Grady and Chad Holladay split time up front before Kay worked his way from 20th starting and into the lead on lap 19 in the second feature.

He won by a straightaway despite a lap 41 restart. Dolan, Denny Eckrich, Andy Eckrich and Chad Holladay completed the top five. Kay is the fifth different driver to win the IMCA national and Deery Series titles in the same season. Jeff Aikey accomplished the feat in 1987, Curt Martin in 1990, Mark Burgtorf in 1998 and Guss in 2010 and 2011.

Andy Eckrich topped Friday’s $1,000 to win Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge, open to all former series champions and drivers with perfect series attendance this season. Matt Ryan led the first 15 of 20 laps before Eckrich drove by and won by six car lengths. Aikey was a distant third.

Andy Eckrich also won the Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing at West Liberty. Inclement weather had forced postponement of the Liberty 100 from Oct. 3-4. The rescheduled date matched the 1991 finale as the latest in the series’ 28-year history.

IMCA announces 2014 national champions

October 10th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – A who’s who of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing will take their turns at the podium to tell about their 2014 championship campaigns during the national awards banquet next month.

Zane DeVilbiss of Farmington, N.M., raced to his second national IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fied title. He adds a bookend trophy to the hardware he won in 2010.

Winners of career fifth national crowns were Mike Nichols of Harlan in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Shannon Anderson of Des Moines in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Matt Looft of Swea City defended his Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod title. Sparked by an IMCA single division record 54 feature wins, Nate Coopman of Mankato, Minn., ruled again in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. His first championship in that division came in 2011.

First-time national champions were Clint Benson of Papillion, Neb., in the IMCA Eagle Motor­sports RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Chad Hertel of Abilene, Texas, in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.

Final point races for all seven of those divisions were Sept. 28.

DeVilbiss counted his career 100th IMCA feature win among 30 victories this season and topped Larry Shaw Racing Western Region standings for the fifth straight year. He totaled 36 bonus points for winning the Border States Racing Series and Desert Thunder Raceway titles; DeVilbiss was also track king at Aztec Speedway and Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway.

The first driver from Nebraska to earn IMCA’s national Sprint Car crown, Benson won 10 features along with the Eagle Raceway track title.

Nichols topped 32 feature events and collected titles in the Dirt Trax Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series, along with Dawson County Raceway, Crawford County Speedway and Shelby County Speedway.

Anderson collected 26 checkers in addition to Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway and Stuart Speed­way championships, plus the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region trophy.

Looft won 18 times this season, pacing points for the Redline Racing Parts North Star Series, plus local track standings at Arlington Raceway, Fairmont Raceway and Redwood Speedway as well.

Hertel was the winner of 13 features, plus Abilene Speedway and Boyd Raceway track titles.

Along with his unparalleled feature win total, Coopman raked in North Star Series and Arlington Raceway, Buena Vista Raceway, Fairmont Raceway and Redwood Speedway track titles.

Modified regional champions were William Gould of Calera, Okla., in the Razor Chassis South Central Region, Johnny Saathoff of Beatrice, Neb., in the Jet Racing Central Region, Chris Abel­son of Sioux City in the Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Chris Fleming of Union Springs, N.Y., in the Dirt Works Eastern Region.

The 2013 national champion, Gould was runner-up this time around, won 24 features and paced points at Kennedale Speedway Park and Boyd Raceway. IMCA’s national champion four times, Saathoff won eight features en route to his sixth career regional prize. He was track champion at Eagle Raceway and Beatrice Speedway.

Fleming repeated in the East with 28 feature wins. His track titles came at Brewerton Speedway and Skyline Raceway.

Abelson was a first-time regional champion. His resume for the season included 29 feature wins and the Raceway Park, Buena Vista Raceway and Clay County Fairgrounds track titles.

Arnold Motor Supply Stock Car Regional titles went to Nichols in the North and for a second straight year to national runner-up Matt Guillaume of Haslet, Texas, in the South. The winner of 25 features, Guillaume was champion at both Kennedale Speedway Park and Boyd Raceway.

April Phillips of Abilene, Texas, won nine features, the Lubbock Speedway title and topped Charger Chassis Southern Region standings for the Hobbies. She’s the first female driver to win an IMCA regional championship in any division.

Seven-time feature winner Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas, garnered national Modified and South Central Region rookie of the year honors.

Also scoring regional rookie honors were Kyle Wilson of Monterey, Calif., in the West, Clay Sellard of Ellis, Kan., in the Central, Nick Roberts of Des Moines in the North Central and Kurt Decker of Nineveh, N.Y., in the East.

Sellard won seven features, Roberts five and Decker two.

Eleven feature wins helped propel Devin Smith of Lake City to national and Northern Region Stock Car rookie of the year honors. He was also first in points at Fairmont Raceway. Colby Deming of Hobbs, N.M., won twice and earned the Southern Region rookie of the year award.

TeJay Mielke of Norfolk, Neb., won eight features and raced to national and Northern Region Hobby Stock rookie of the year accolades. Comanche, Texas speedster Westin Abbey scored six fea­ture wins and the Southern Region rookie prize.

Other national rookies of the year were Kyle Jones of Kennedale, Texas, in the Sprints; Robert Gallaher of San Jose, Calif., in the Northern SportMods; Garett Rawls of China Spring, Texas, in the Southern SportMods and Jacob Kofoot of Bode in the Sport Compacts.

Jones had four feature wins and the track title at Mountain Creek Speedway to show for his first IMCA season. He had seven second-place finishes to Jeb Sessums’ four in the tie-breaker to de­termine the national runner-up.

Gallaher and Kofoot both won two features, Rawls one.

Justin Kay of Wheatland repeated as national champion and John Emerson of Waterloo was rookie of the year in the Late Models. The point season for that division concluded Aug. 31.

Tiffany Bittner of Norfolk, Neb., had the highest point total for all female drivers to win her fourth straight Lady Eagle title. She was also the Hobby Stock track champion at Boone County Raceway and US 30 Speedway.

All champions and rookies of the year will be honored during the national IMCA awards banquet Saturday, Nov. 29 in Lincoln, Neb.

Lonnie Welch of Bakersfield, Calif., topped overall point standings for the West Coast Super Stocks. IMCA handled administrative chores for that class, which ran in California and Nevada.

The IMCA national awards banquet is Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Cornhusker Hotel in Lincoln, Neb.

West Liberty Deery finale postponed to Oct. 10, 11

October 7th, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – With a wet and windy weekend in the forecast, the final event of the 2014 Deery Brothers Summer Series has been postponed to next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11.

No change has been made in the program of events for IMCA Late Models during Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100 shows at West Liberty Raceway.

Along with heat races, the Friday program features the 20-lap, $1,000 to win Ideal Ready Mix Iron­man Challenge race, open to all former series champions and to drivers with perfect attend­ance through the first 13 Deery events of the season.

Saturday’s card sports a pair of 50-lap, $3,000 to win main events. The first is the series finale; the second, non-points race will invert drivers who finished on the lead lap in the opener. Cars that did not finish within one lap of the winner will be replaced with highest finishing non-qualifiers from “B” features held earlier that evening.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will also run at West Liberty.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps on Friday. Gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. hot laps precede racing on Saturday.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Students Ages 13-18 are $10 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under get in free both days when accompanying a paid adult.

More information is available at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website or by calling 563 744-3620.

The rescheduled date would match the 1991 finale for the latest in the series’ 28-year history.

Final checkers fly this weekend for 2014 Deery Series

September 30th, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The final checkers fly this weekend for the 28th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series during Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4 Ideal Ready Mix Liberty 100 shows at West Liberty Raceway.

In addition to opening night qualifying races for touring IMCA Late Models, the Friday program boasts the 25-lap $1,000 to win Ideal Ready Mix Ironman Challenge race, open to all former series champions and to drivers with perfect attendance through the first 13 Deery events of the season.

A pair of 50-lap, $3,000 to win features are on the Saturday card. The first feature is the series finale; the second, non-points race will invert drivers who finished on the lead lap in the opener, adding those who didn’t finish at the tail.

Point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland leads all drivers with five feature wins thus far and takes a 30-point advantage over Andy Eckrich of Oxford to West Liberty.

Heat races for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on Friday; last-chance races and features for those divisions are on Saturday.

Grandstand admission is $15 for adults on Friday and $25 on Saturday. Students Ages 13-18 are $10 on Friday and $20 on Saturday. Kids 12 and under get in free both days when accompanying a paid adult.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps on Friday.

Gates open at 2:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. hot laps precede racing on Saturday.

More information is available at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website or by calling 563 744-3620.

Kay nears Deery Series title with win at Davenport

September 22nd, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Justin Kay took a big step toward another IMCA championship with his fifth Deery Brothers Summer Series feature win of the season Saturday at Davenport Speed­way.

With a second straight national title already secured and a 30-point advantage over Andy Eckrich, Kay can clinch his career first series crown by starting his heat race when the IMCA Late Model tour concludes in a two-day event Oct. 3 and 4 at West Liberty Raceway.

Kay’s latest victory paid $3,000 and came by reining in Eckrich, who had started on the pole and led the first 27 of 35 laps on the half-mile oval at Davenport.

After working his way up from 10th starting, Kay was inside and almost side-by-side with Eckrich, one groove higher and always ahead when the two crossed the stripe.

Following a caution with nine laps left, Eckrich switched to the lower line. Kay went outside, got a good run in the second set of turns and was in front when lap 28 went into the books.

The final yellow came with four to go but there was no catching Kay. Andy Eckrich, Brian Harris, Brunson Behning and Denny Eckrich rounded out the top five.

Harris, the defending series champion, had started 19th. Thirty-seven Late Models were entered in the 13th event on the Deery schedule.

Behning’s fourth place showing was the best of his brief Deery Series career. Scott Fitzpatrick won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

Bob Dominacki was the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner at Davenport. Tony Olson topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.

Kaycaptures Davenport Deery feature

September 24th, 2014

DAVENPORT, Ia. – Justin Kay was the bigwinner at the All-Star Classic held Saturday, at the Davenport Speedway. Kaycaptured the win in the 35-lap, Deery Brothers Summer Series feature.

The late model main started with pole sitter Andy Eckrichtaking the early lead. Andy would lead through lap twenty-six. Kay started tenthand pulled alongside Eckrich on several occasions, but would not make the passfor the lead until lap twenty-eight. Once in front, Kay cruised to the win. Eckrich held on forsecond. Brian Harris, who started 19th, finished third. BrunsonBehning was fourth, with Denny Eckrich fifth. The victory was Kay’s fifth Deery win of the year and secondat Davenport. Thirty-seven cars were on hand for the event. Justin Kay, Jason Rauen, Andy Eckrich, and Jonathon Braunswon the late model heats. Jeff Aikey and Travis Denning won the B-Mains.

Bob Dominacki made it two-for-two in Davenport post-seasonstarts. Dominacki led flag-to-flag in the 15-lap Modified main. Jason Schuellergave chase to the leader the entire race, but would settle for second. BrandonDurbin finished third, ahead of Derek Walker and Steve Johnson.

In Street Stock action, Perry Gellerstedt passed JeremyGustaf for the lead on lap six and held on for the victory. Keith Blum wouldalso get by Gustaf for second. Jeremy finished third, while Cary Brown and DanAnderson completed the top five.

Tony Olson dominated the field in the SportMod feature. Oncein front, Olson would not be touched. Bryce Garnhart finisheda distant second. Jarrett Franzen, Jake Montoya, and Danny Brau rounded out thefirst five.

Joe Zrostlik held off Gage Neal to take the win in the4-Stock feature. Aaron Hitt followed the lead duo to the checkers in third.Brandon Setser finished fourth and Jordan Walker fifth.

The All-Star Classic was the final event of 2014 atthe Davenport Speedway. DRT TRAK Racing Inc. would like to thank all thedrivers, crew, and fans that supported the Davenport Speedway in 2014.

The 2014 Davenport Speedway track champions and the top ten in points, will behonored at the awards banquet on November 8th.

Saturday show at Davenport next for Deery Series

September 18th, 2014

DAVENPORT, Iowa– The track that hosted the first tour event of the season is the site for the next Deery Brothers Summer Series show.

Touring IMCA Late Models return to Davenport Speedway this Saturday, Sept. 20 for a $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start show on the half-mile dirt oval.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, street stocks and 4-stocks complete the card.

Andy Eckrich of Oxford was the winner in the series lidlifter on April 11.

Davenport has hosted 22 previous Deery Series events. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls leads all Deery drivers with six career victories there.

Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, and free for kids ages 11 and un­der when accompanying a paid adult.

The 28th annual series concludes with an Oct. 3-4 show at West Liberty Raceway. That’s the lat­est date for a Deery finale since the curtain dropped on Oct. 11 for the 1991 tour.

Convincingly, Kay repeats as national IMCA Late Model champion

September 13th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – At the rate he’s going, Justin Kay won’t have to make room in the trophy case.

He’ll have to build another one.

On the strength of a division record 24 feature wins, Kay repeated as IMCA’s national Late Model champion. He earns a $5,500 share of the $21,300 point fund to be paid to top 20 finishers in national standings that become official on Sept. 29.

From Wheatland, Kay finished with the maximum possible 820 points, a dozen more than runner-up Todd Cooney of Des Moines.

“We raced more this year and got a lot of wins early,” said Kay, who received 20 bonus points as champion at Dubuque Speedway and also paced the points at Davenport Speedway. “It seemed like we couldn’t do anything wrong at Dubuque. We thought last year was a dream for us when we won eight in a row. We won nine in a row at one point this year.”

“It’s cool to get 820 points, the most you can get,” added Kay, also a four-time winner and point leader in the Deery Brothers Summer Series.

Second in the standings for a fourth straight year, Cooney won 19 features, including his career 200th this season.

The two-time national king raced to track championships at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City and Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa along with the Sunday Series title and his career eighth Allstar Performance Iowa State crown. He got 12 bonus points for the Hamilton County prize.

Completing the top five in points were 13-time winner Mike Murphy Jr. of Colona, Ill., Ryan Griffith of Webster City and Tyler Bruening of Decorah.

Murphy won the Illinois State title for the second time along with the track title at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill. Rookie of the year John Emerson of Waterloo was a three-time feature winner and finished 11th in the national standings.

Also winning track championships were Griffith at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines; Bruening at Farley Speedway; Curt Martin at his hometown Independence Motor Speedway; Brian Beaudry of Wheatland at Jackson County Speedway in Maquoketa; Melvin Zeitner of Bellevue, Neb., at Shelby County Speedway in Harlan and Andy Eckrich of Oxford at West Liberty Raceway.

Bonus points awarded for Late Model track championships are determined by average weekly car counts up to a maximum of 20; drivers receive the higher bonus point total in the event they win multiple track titles.

Kay will be among the champions honored during IMCA’s national awards banquet on Nov. 29 in Lincoln, Neb.

Friday Deery at Farley rained out

September 13th, 2014

FARLEY, Iowa – Tonight’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic program, including the Deery Brothers Summer Series show, at Farley Speedway has been rained out.

The Friday event for touring IMCA Late Models will not be rescheduled.

Saturday’s program is still on as scheduled, headlined by a $7,500 to win, minimum $500 to start Deery Series feature.

IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds following the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour race for $2,000 to win on Saturday.

Entry fee for the Late Models is $100 and all pit passes are $35.

Spectator admission is $30 for adults, $27 for seniors ages 65 and older, $25 for students and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paid adult.

Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps on Saturday.

Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour headline Yankee Dirt Track Classic

September 10th, 2014

FARLEY, Iowa – Drivers in one IMCA special series contend for their biggest payday of the season while another tour comes to a conclusion this weekend during the 37th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway.

IMCA Late Models on the Deery Brothers Summer Series circuit race for $3,000 to win and a mini­mum of $300 to start on Friday, Sept. 12. The stakes are much higher for the Saturday, Sept. 13 tour event, a 100-lapper that pays a hefty $7,500 to win and a minimum of $500 to start.

Winners of Deery features at last year’s Yankee were Chad Simpson and Joel Callahan. Justin Kay is a four-time winner this season and continues to lead the current point race.

Mike Van Genderen is one of the nine different drivers to have won an XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature in as many events held so far in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series. He’ll look to clinch the tour crown in Saturday’s $2,000 to win, minimum $175 to start feature.

Sanctioned divisions are in action on the 3/8-mile dirt oval all four nights of the Yankee.

Hot laps start at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10 and Thursday, Sept. 11.

An open practice session for the Modifieds, Late Models and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and qualifying for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks is on the Wednesday ticket.

Practice for the Mods, Late Models and Stocks, along with SportMod qualifying, is on Thursday.

Friday’s Modified feature pays $1,000 to win.

Top prizes on Saturday for the SportMods is $750. Stock Cars race for $600 to win and Hobby Stocks for $500.

Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps Friday and Saturday. Both Modified features are 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events.

Grandstand admission for the four days of the Yankee is $65 for adults, $55 for seniors and $45 for students.

More information about advance tickets, camping and backstretch spots is available by calling 563 744-3620.

Sobbing is tops in Tipton XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature

August 22nd, 2014

TIPTON, Iowa – And then there were nine.

Jesse Sobbing became the ninth different winner in as many XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season on Tuesday night at Cedar County Raceway.

He bested a stellar field of 45 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds for the victory that paid $1,000 and put him on the ballot for next year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Brad Diercks, 16th starting Brian Webb, Darin Duffy and Kyle Brown completed the top five.

Steve Stewart drew the pole start and battled back and forth with Sobbing much of the first half in the 30-lapper. Stewart used the low line while Sobbing stayed on the high side, finally finding his way past near midway.

Duffy then gave chase, also up top, while Diercks and Stewart contested for third.

Two late cautions interrupted the action when Richie Gustin and Dustin Kraklio went off the top of the oval in the second set of turns.

Diercks and then Webb would use restarts to their advantage and pass Duffy on the low side. Neither could reel in Sobbing, however.

The 10th and final event of the fifth annual tour is Saturday, Sept. 13 during the Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway. That evening’s 40-lap feature pays $2,000 to win and a minimum of $175 to start.

Gustin takes XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour checkers at Benton County

August 21st, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – Richie Gustin raced to his career seventh XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win on the night Tyler Droste nearly raced to his first.

Gustin caught Droste with two circuits left in Monday’s 30-lapper for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Benton County Speedway, then pulled ahead to take the $1,000 checkers by four car lengths. He’s now the eighth different winner in as many tour events this season.

Defending series champion Ronn Lauritzen, early leader Vern Jackson and Joe Docekal completed the top five.

Jackson started outside the front row and led the first 19 laps. Droste had drawn the pole and wasn’t much more than half a car length off the pace much of that distance.

Getting a good run out of the fourth turn, Droste took the lead on lap 20, right before a quick succession of three yellow flags.

Gustin sped along the lower line. After a restart with four laps left, he went to the top side of the oval and finally caught up with Droste with two to go.

Newly-qualified for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Gustin was already the winningest driver in tour history.

The ninth of 10 events on the 2014 XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton. That feature also pays $1,000 to win and is an All-Star ballot qualifier.

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. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Also winning Monday features at Vinton were Damon Murty in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Tony Olson in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Justin Wacha in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

IMCA Modified rear end rules announced for 2015

August 18th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa– A quick change option will be new for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds beginning in 2015.

“We feel we have taken steps in the right direction toward curtailing Modified engine costs. This quick change rule is also a good direction for the future of IMCA Modified racing and definitely one that many of our members have expressed their opinion over,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said. “Nothing is mandatory or speced. We have tried to define an economical quick change option as best we can.”

The new 2015 rule will read:

12. REAR END: Any steel approved OEM passenger car or truck rear end allowed (housing and carrier). OEM rear end must use steel spool (full or mini). Steel axle tube quick change allowed. Quick change must use 10” ring gear with aluminum or steel spool. Quick change must use minimum one inch wide spur gears and bolt on rear cover. Safety hubs (floater) allowed. Steel axles only. Any additional components must be steel, except lowering blocks, axle caps, U-joint caps, and one piece drive flange. One inch inspection hole required in housings. No torque dividing differentials, scalloped ring gears or cambered rear ends.

The new rule goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015 and no exceptions will be made allowing for quick changes to be used at post-2014 point season special events.

“No other rules pertaining to rear ends in effect this year have or will be changed. All other 2014 rules will be maintained,” Root said. “What we are doing is adding the quick change option. The existing rule was rewritten to reduce any confusion.”

Economics and at-the-track convenience contributed toward the new option.

“They are called quick changes for a reason,” said Root. “But the convenience of the component has been at the forefront from our members expressing concerns.”

“When all is said and done, we have to look at the big picture,” he continued, “and determine the best weekly race car we can establish for our Modified members.”

Quick changes are already in use in the sanctioned Late Model and Sprint Car divisions.

Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Tipton next Tuesday

August 17th, 2014

TIPTON, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Se­ries and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour both make much-anticipated returns to Cedar County Raceway next Tuesday, Aug. 19.

IMCA Late Models run for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start while IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds contend in a $1,000 to win, minimum $150 to start feature.

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. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students ages 13-18, and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling 563 219-2259 and at the www.cedar-county-raceway.com web­site.

Last season, eventual champion Brian Harris of Davenport became the fifth different winner in as many Deery events held at Tipton since 1996.

The tour for Modifieds has also yet to see a repeat winner at Cedar County. Ron Barker of Dubuque won there in 2011, Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona, Ill., in 2012 and Darin Duffy of Urbana in 2013.

The Modified feature is a 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.

Dolan dominates State Fair Show for career first Deery win

August 16th, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa – Ryan Dolan took home one of the biggest prizes from the Iowa State Fair Monday night: A check for $3,000.

Dolan won his career first Deery Brothers Summer Series event, topping the 35-lap IMCA Late Model tour event at the State Fairgrounds Speedway.

“My dad (Roger) has won races at Des Moines. If you’re going to win a Deery Series race, that’s the one,” said Dolan, who started outside Joel Callahan on the front row. “It was just a fantastic night of racing.”

“I followed Callahan for a couple laps and took the lead when he pushed up,” he continued. “The track was fast and I thought with the way the car was handling, I’d be tough to pass.”

Scott Fitzpatrick was a tour career-best second. Darrel DeFrance finished third, point leader Justin Kay was fourth and Callahan ended in fifth.

The fast-paced feature was delayed just twice by caution, when Josh Most slowed on lap 17 and again when Jason Rauen’s engine expired with eight laps left.

Dolan’s previous Deery career best finish was third last September, on night two of Farley Speed­way’s Yankee Dirt Track Classic. Driving for Rick Dralle, he had finished outside the top 10 just once in his previous eight series starts this season.

“We’ve been close but always outside the top five,” Dolan said. “We hit on something at Independ­ence getting ready for that (later rained out) Deery show then went to West Liberty and also applied what we learned there to Des Moines.”

Callahan was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.

Mark Elliott was first in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature and Ty Griffith topped the Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod mai

Highlights from the Monday night race program are scheduled to be broadcast on Iowa Public Television at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 13, 9 and 10:30 p.m. Aug. 14, and 4 and 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Next for the Deery Brothers Summer Series is the Tuesday, Aug. 19 show at Cedar County Raceway. The XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds is also at Tip­ton that evening.

XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour seeks first repeat winner at Vinton, Tipton

August 16th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in a pair of XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour shows next week.

Series features at Benton County Speedway in Vinton on Monday, Aug. 18 and at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton on Tuesday, Aug. 19 are qualifying events for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and pay a minimum of $150 to start.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing begins at 7 p.m. at Vinton, where IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete the card.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-10 and free for youngsters five and under. Pit passes are $25. More information is available from promoter Mick Trier at 515 201-5526.

Touring Modifieds join the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models atTipton, where pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $20 for adults, $15 for students ages 13-18 and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30. Additional information is available by calling 563 219-2259.

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

The fifth annual series has yet to see a repeat winner through its first seven events.

Point leader Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Andrew Schroeder of Keswick, Chris Abelson of Sioux City, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton and Mark Elliott of Webster City each own one HDT victory this season.

Elliott shines brightest at Night of 1,000 Stars

August 10th, 2014

BRITT, Iowa – Mark Elliott exorcised a lot of race demons Thursday night. Elliott led every lap in winning the Night of 1,000 Stars special for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modi­fieds at Hancock County Speedway. His share of the purse at the 20th annual event totaled $7,000, including $3,500 for the victory and $2,500 in lap money, plus another $1,000 for leading at halfway.

The top-paying event of the 2014 XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour drew 84 entries from 10 states and Canada. “What really helped us win tonight was a long month of July. We did the Dakota Classic Tour, then Speedweeks, and missed five of the shows,” the new 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “We went back to work on the car and everybody, my crew, my family and my sponsors, stayed focused on winning.”

“Maybe the stars aligned,” he added. “We had the right amount of luck and it all worked out for us.” Also the 2006 and 2009 race winner, Elliott won his heat race despite a back row start and then drew the outside front row spot for the main event.

He drove past Kevin Stoa and Clayton Christensen and was still in front when the race was halted for the mandatory front stretch pit stop halfway through the 50-lapper. “We were prepared to change everything but the kitchen sink. I’ve got a veteran crew that’s been with me a long time. They added fuel, checked my tires and told me I was good,” Elliott said. “I didn’t even get out of the car. I sat there thinking that we’d had a pretty good first half of the race and wished that it had been the second half.”

Benji LaCrosse pressured Elliott before the break but wound up repeating as the Night of 1,000 Stars runner-up. Ryan Ruter, defending race winner Kyle Strickler and hard charger Jeremy Mills completed the unofficial top five.

Mills made the main event field as a provisional starter and advanced 26 positions. Randy Brands was the $700 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature winner. First place was good for $500 for Ben Kates in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Andy Boeckman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Friday’s Night of 10,000 Stars special at Britt boasts a guaranteed $7,000 and a totol possible $10,000 to the IMCA winner. The 2011 tour champion, Elliott became the seventh different winner in as many Hawkeye Dirt Tour events this season. The Thursday checkers were his HDT career fifth.

Next up for the Hawkeye Dirt Tour are shows on Monday, Aug. 18 at Benton County Speedway in Vin­ton and Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton.

Iowa State Fair show is next for Deery Brothers Summer Series

August 10th, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa – Touring IMCA Late Models travel to Des Moines for their next Deery Brothers Summer Series show, during the Iowa State Fair.

The Monday, Aug. 11 main event at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

Justin Kay of Wheatland brings the point lead to town for the ninth of 15 events on the 2014 schedule. Gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. and racing follows 5:30 p.m. hot laps.

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

Completing the race day card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Dirt Trucks. More information is available at the www.iowastatefairspeedway.com website or on Facebook.

Twenty-two previous series events have been held at Des Moines and Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls leads all drivers with six career wins there, including the 2013 contest.

Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown has competed at all 428 events in series history and is a three-time winner at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway.

Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational to feature first Utah, Washington drivers

August 8th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – The second round of voting for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational has produced the first-ever race starters from Utah and Washington.

Chase Hansen of Myton, Utah, and Joe German of Aberdeen, Wash., were among the 13 drivers added to the field for the Friday, Sept. 5 All-Star race, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Three drivers from each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions were elected to start that event during the first round of voting; the next 13 All-Stars were elected at-large from among the next 50 drivers in vote totals in balloting via Facebook that ended on Tuesday.

Joining Hansen and German as the newest All-Stars are 2011 race winner Chris Abelson of Sioux City, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton, Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Scott Hogan of Vinton, Mike Jergens of Plover, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., Jason Noll of Peoria, Ariz., Jared Siefert of Luxemburg, Wis., Dustin Smith of Lake City and Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood.

Abelson will make his career fourth All-Star start, Gustin and Smith both their third.

Second-time All-Stars are Frenier, Hogan, McDaniel, Noll and Sobbing. German, Hansen, Jergens and Siefert are first-timers.

The All-Star field now includes drivers from 15 different states, the most ever in the 11-year history of the event. Completing the 30-car starting grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 28 competing at Super Nationals.

Elected in the first round were Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas, Chris Fleming of Union Springs, N.Y., Cody Gearhart of Turpin, Okla., William Gould of Calera, Okla., Robert Hellebust of Minot, N.D., Corey Lagroon of Salina, Kan., Jason Murray of Hartford, Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., defending race winner Todd Shute of Des Moines, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., and Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas.

More than 120 drivers raced their way onto the 2014 All-Star ballot by winning features that paid $1,000 or more or by winning state or regional crowns.

Taylor and White both make their career fourth All-Star starts, Pounds and Tim Ward both their fifth.

All-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in the Fan Zone behind the main grandstands on race night. The feature pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start, and is a qualifier for the 2015 ballot.

Wednesday’s Deery Series event in Independence canceled

August 8th, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – With wet weather in the area and an increased threat of rain later this afternoon into the evening, officials have canceled tonight’s Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models event at Independence Motor Speedway.

The event, which was also rained out on its original date of July 1, will not be made up.

“The weather has affected us all year and tonight is no different,” said promoter Darin Burco of S&B Promotions.

“It isn’t a decision we wanted to make,” he continued, “but it’s one we don’t take lightly.”

With an increased chance for rain in Independence around the time hot laps were scheduled to start, Burco said the last thing he wanted to do is force people to drive from all over the state just to get rained out with no make-up date available.

“We’ve talked to meteorologists who tell us the track of the weather will change and we’ll get wet around 6 p.m.,” he said. “I used to race the Deery Series and know first-hand how frustrating it is for drivers and fans to drive across the state only to get rained out.”

The Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway will host what is now the ninth of 15 Deery Series events this season on Monday, Aug. 11.

Pit gates at Des Moines open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 5:30 p.m. Hot laps.

Late Models race for $3,000 to win and a minimum to start that evening’s main event; also on the card are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.

Kay seeks third straight checkers at Independence Deery

August 1st, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Point leader Justin Kay has already won three times this sea­son to match his 2013 Deery Brothers Summer Series total.

He’ll try to equal his personal best of three straight feature wins when the IMCA Late Model tour travels to Independence Motor Speedway next Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Kay won for the first time in his brief Deery career at Independence last year, then followed with wins at Davenport and West Liberty.

He won at East Moline this May, then again on July 8 at West Liberty and July 13 at Dubuque.

The upcoming feature at Independence pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates and the grandstand both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and free for kids 11 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $600 to win plus IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Rac­ing National and Allstar Performance State points at Independence. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase a $400 top check and earn national, Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region and state points.

More information is available by calling 319 361-3795 or 319 334-9287 on race day. The track website is www.independencemotorspeedway.com.

Caution opens door for Cordes in XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Indee

July 26th, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa– The caution that Troy Cordes was hoping for finally came out with eight laps left in Thursday’s XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour main event at Independence Motor Speedway.

Defending IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series champion Ronn Lauritzen drew the outside pole start and clearly had the fastest ride through the first 22 circuits. Cordes had taken the opening green from 11th and worked his way steadily to second but was still well off the pace before the fateful yellow flew for a car stopped on the track.

The two Independence regulars dueled before Cordes finally found his way to the front. The final caution, for a car perched on the backside of turn four, set up a green, white, checkered fin­ish.

Cordes pulled ahead to take the checkers a couple car lengths ahead of Lauritzen. He earned a spot on the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot along with his tour career first victory.

Vern Jackson, Jeff Waterman and Adam Johnson completed the top five. Point leader Mike Van Genderen was sixth.

Different drivers have prevailed in each of the first six series events this season; Cordes had run second to Darin Duffy when the Hawkeye Dirt Tour shared the midweek stage with the World of Outlaw Late Models last August.

Cordes has won 10 sanctioned events this season and now has 90 IMCA Modified victories to his ca­reer credit.

Next up on the Hawkeye Dirt Tour schedule is the Thursday, Aug. 7 show at Hancock County Speedway in Britt.

That event doubles as the 20th annual Night of 1,000 Stars special and pays a minimum of $3,500 to win. Another $2,500 in lap money is at stake, plus a $1,000 bonus for leading at midway of the 50-lapper.

Another $2,000 will be added to the winner’s share if they’ve raced at Hancock County Speedway at least four times previously this season, making for a potential payout of $9,000 at the Doug Studer Farms-sponsored program.

XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour shares July 24 stage at Independence

July 24th, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour joins the World of Outlaws Late Mod­els Series on the Thursday, July 24 card at Independence Motor Speedway.

The 30-lap feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

Five different drivers, point leader Mike Van Genderen of Newton, Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., Andrew Schroeder of Keswick, Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown and most recently Chris Abelson of Sioux City have prevailed in the five Dirt Tour events held so far this season.

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

Grandstand admission is $30 for adults and free for kids 10 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $35; Modified drivers receive a free pit pass along with their $50 registra­tion fee.

Both the pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. with qualifying to follow.

More information is available from Ryan Clark at 319 361-3795 and at the track website, www.independencemotorspeedway.com.

The first-ever Hawkeye Dirt Tour event was held at Independence on May 19, 2010. Josh Foster of Newton was the winner that evening; Darin Duffy of Urbana won the series race held there last Aug. 5.

Abelson conquers Harris Clash IMCA Modifieds

July 20th, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Chris Abelson was plenty fast in winning his Thursday night “B” feature during the Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway. He proved even faster in the evening’s IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event, racing from 17th starting to the lead on the 19th of 25 laps.

Abelson pulled away in the final circuits to the $2,000 payday. The Clash was also an XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour event and the final race of IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. Eighty drivers from 11 states and Canada contended. Brett Lowry was the $1,000 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod winner. That division
drew 59 entries from six states.

Eric Dailey drew the Modified pole but it was Canadian visitor Aaron Turnbull in the lead when the opening lap was scored. Cautions slowed the early going before a long green flag run that saw Mike Van Genderen race from mid-pack to second. Kurt Kile, Jeff Jodersma and the hard-charging Abelson were running close behind when the yellow came back out on lap
16.

The opportunistic Abelson shot into second following the restart, then found his way past Turnbull and led to the finish. Van Genderen was promoted to second when Turnbull came up light on the post-race scales. Kurt Kile, Luke Wanninger and two-time defending race winner Kyle Strickler completed the top five.

Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Abelson became the fifth different winner in as many HDT events so far this season; the victory was his tour career second. Lowry inherited the Northern SportMod lead early after taking the original green from inside row three.

He put some distance on the rest of the field before winning ahead of Cody Olsen, Ty Luellen, Matt Looft and Jared Boumeester.

Van Genderen gets first XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour win at Lee County

July 16th, 2014

DONNELLSON, Iowa – Mike Van Genderen was consistent in finishing second in 2013 point standings for the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour. His IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified series-first victory will go a long way toward winning the 2014 tour championship.

Van Genderen emerged as the new point leader Monday night following a back-and-forth battle at Lee County Speedway with Jesse Sobbing. The two swapped the front spot as the 30-lapper wound down and were virtually side-by-side com­ing to the white flag. Sobbing scraped the frontstretch wall before Van Genderen surged ahead to take the $1,000 checkers by a car length.

Pole starter Hunter Marriott led the first nine laps before giving way to Sobbing. The only caution of the night waved on lap 18; Van Genderen was scored first across the stripe on lap 20 but Sobbing was back in front the next time around. Richie Gustin, Marriott and Jeff Waterman completed the top five. Hard charger Jeremy Mills ad­vanced nine spots to sixth.

Tim Ward went into the night tied with Van Genderen for first in the points race, started 17th and finished 12th. Van Genderen was already on the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional by virtue of his Desert Classic victory at Canyon Speedway Park in Ward’s home state of Arizona.

The fourth XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season is Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. in the third of five installments in IMCA’s Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek. That feature also pays $1,000 to start and is a qualifier for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.

O’Brien is best of the best in Jamestown IMCA Modified Dakota Classic Tour finale

July 16th, 2014

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Two first-time feature winners took their turns in victory lane following the sixth and final night for the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour. With a track record 80 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Jamestown Speedway Friday, Justin O’Brien took the lead from Steven Pfeifer late in the 30-lapper and outran Justen Yeager for the $2,000 checkers.

“This was absolutely the biggest win of my career,” said O’Brien, newly qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “The best of the best in IMCA were here. ”Jeff Taylor clinched the series title with his third-place finish, still in a borrowed car. Pfeifer and Ryan Ruter completed the top five. Point runner-up Jordan Grabouski started last in the field of 26 and finished 12th.

Perry Misner almost didn’t capitalize on a rare start near the front of the field, falling back to ninth before rallying to win the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour feature and $800.

“I had a pretty good car so once I got rolling I was able to pass a few cars,” said Misner, who got the lead with four circuits left in the 25-lapper. Nathan Burke was second and Austin Daee took third.

Dalton Flory finished fourth and won the tour title as defending champion Elijah Zevenbergen saw his big point advantage going into the night wiped out by a 19th place finish. Greg Wichman was fifth.

Kay wins a wild one in Dubuque Deery

July 16th, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa – He’s won six straight races at Dubuque Speedway this season and eight in a row dating back to last year. But Justin Kay has never won a race anywhere like he did at Dubuque on Sunday night.

Kay inherited the lead in the Deery Brothers Summer Series main event when Mike Murphy Jr. broke with seven circuits left in the IMCA Late Model tour 50-lapper. Brian Harris then came from deep in the field to challenge before getting into the wall with two to go.

Five lead changes, eight cautions and plenty of excitement preceded Kay’s $3,000 payday, the third this season and second straight for the top driver in the series point standings.

“It was a wild night, that’s for sure. Apparently, being the leader wasn’t the place to be,” Kay said. “Murph had the car to beat and would have won if he hadn’t broke. I was right next to Harris when he hit the wall. He was going for it all.”

Murphy, Dan Shelliam and Kay split time at or near the front much of the night. Kay took the initial green from 11th. Shelliam led laps five through 17 and Murphy enjoyed a lengthy stint there from laps 18-39 and again from 41-43 after getting back past Kay.

Third-running Luke Goedert then caught a piece of a lapped car to bring out the yellow. He exited and was followed to the pits by Murphy, who had broken a bolt in his rear suspension.

Kay was at the front while Scott Fitzpatrick, who had gone pitside to change a tire during a lap seven yellow, was second for the ensuing restart.

The defending series champion, Harris seemingly came out of nowhere to challenge Kay in the final laps. His banzai charge ended in the wall, however, and Kay led the last two times around the track after the final restart for his career sixth series victory.

Rob Moss, Jeff Aikey, 14th starting Andy Eckrich and Fitzpatrick completed the top five. Jason Rauen was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winner.

Kay’s engine was checked for compression and cubic inches in post-race tech and was found to conform with IMCA specifications.

Next up for the Deery Series is the Wednesday, Aug. 6 show at Independence Motor Speedway.

Hawkeye State Speedweek sports three XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour dates

July 13th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – Following in the tire tracks of the high-paying Hogan Memorial, three XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour events are scheduled over the course of just five nights during the Hawkeye State Modified Speedweek.

Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start on Monday, July 14 at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson and Tuesday, July 15 at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. Top prize is $2,000 at the Thursday, July 17 Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway. That event pays a minimum of $250 to start.

IMCA Modifieds race for as much as $4,000 to win when Hawkeye State Speedweek starts Sunday, July 13 with the Hogan Memorial special at Benton County Speedway. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. at Vinton, where IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks complete the program.

Lee County opens the pit gates at 5 p.m. and waves the first green flag at 7:30 p.m.Monday. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are on the program at Donnellson as well. Southern Iowa opens the back gate at 5 p.m. and starts racing at 7:30 p.m. for a Tuesday show that also includes IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Another $1,000 to win Speedweek race for the Modifieds is Wednesday, July 16 during the Mahaska County Fair at Oskaloosa. And at Knoxville, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 7 p.m. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $1,000 to win that evening.

July 13-17 Speedweek features are all qualifying events for this year’s Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. The Harris Clash is the final qualifier for the 2014 All-Star ballot. Fifty-nine drivers from five states have seen XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour action thus far in 2014.

Kay, Marolf tires pass post-Deery test

July 13th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – Results from the July 8 Deery Brothers Summer Series event at West Liberty are now official, as testing at an independent lab showed that samples from the tires of the top two finishers conformed to IMCA benchmarks. Justin Kay was the winner and Nick Marolf the runner-up.

Tire samples have now been tested following multiple sanctioned races, two of them being IMCA Late Model tour events this season. Tires were determined to be IMCA legal on each occasion.

Sunday show at Dubuque next for Deery Series

July 12th, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa– A rare summertime weekend show is next on the Deery Brothers Summer Series schedule. Touring IMCA Late Models are at Dubuque Speedway for a Sunday, July 13 event that pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start.

Also running are IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, for all applicable
points. Pit gates at Dubuque open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. Racing follows 6 p.m. hot laps.

Spectator admission is $16 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30. More information about the Sunday show is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com website.

Defending champion Brian Harris of Davenport is the only driver with multiple wins in the six previous series races held at Dubuque. Current point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland became the first repeat winner this season in the Deery feature last night at West Liberty Raceway.

The tour returns to midweek action at Independence Motor Speedway on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Kay wins duel with Marolf, Deery feature at West Liberty

July 11th, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa– The Deery Brothers Summer Series got its first repeat winner and Justin Kay gave himself a bit more breathing room in the IMCA Late Model tour points race Tuesday night.

Kay got the better of Nick Marolf in a back-and-forth battle at West Liberty Raceway that saw the frontrunners swap the lead six times over the course of 40 caution-free laps.

The win paid $3,000 and was the Deery career fifth for Kay. Kyle Hinrichs regained third late in the race from defending series champion Brian Harris. Completing the top five was Andy Eckrich, still second but now nine points behind Kay in the standings.

Kay started third and followed the inside groove while Marolf drew the pole and ran a line higher. Marolf’s longest stint in the lead covered laps 14 through 28. Three lapped cars separated Kay and Marolf at the finish.

Kay’s first tour victory this season came on May 4 at Quad City Speedway. Tire samples were taken from each of the top two so race results from Tuesday remain unofficial.

Darrel DeFrance was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifying drawing winner at West Liberty. Richie Gustin, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, was the fastest in a field of 24 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and earned $1,000.

The eighth of 16 series events this season is Sunday, July 13 at Dubuque Speedway. Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 4

Deery Series returns to West Liberty for July 8 show

July 3rd, 2014

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series makes its second of three vis­its this season to West Liberty Raceway on July 8. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. for next Tuesday’s $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start IMCA Late Model show. Racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps.

Admission to the grandstand is $16 for adults and free for kids 12 and under when accompanying paid adults. Pit passes are $30. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds also run on Tuesday, for all applicable points. More infor­mation is available by calling 563 744-3620 and at the www.simmonspromotionsinc.com web­site.

Colby Springsteen of Wapello was the winner of the April 12 Deery feature at West Liberty. The 28th annual series concludes there on Oct. 3 and 4.

Springsteen is one of the six drivers to have won a Deery feature in as many events so far this season. Point leader Justin Kay of Wheatland, Andy Eckrich of Oxford, Terry Neal of Ely, Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., and most recently Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls have also added to their respec­tive career win totals.

Guss and defending series champion Brian Harris of Davenport have each won two of the previ­ous seven Deery features held at West Liberty.

Jimmy Gustin repeats XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour heroics at Algona

July 4th, 2014

ALGONA, Iowa– His IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified foes have to be happy the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour doesn’t bring Jimmy Gustin to Algona Raceway more often.

Gustin ended a late Tuesday night show by regaining the lead on the final circuit for his second straight series win on the Kossuth County Fairgrounds dirt oval. The victory came during Algona’s Sa­lute to Veterans Spectacular and paid $2,000.

“I’ve only been to Algona twice and I won twice,” said the understandably happy Gustin, newly qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “It was a really exciting race. It all worked out great for us.”

Forty-three IMCA Modifieds were on hand for the second stop of the 2014 tour. Mike Van Gen­deren did time at the front before finishing just a car length off the pace in second with Eric Dailey, Kelly Shryock and Adam Lar­son rounding out the top five.

Larson had also led late before getting shuffled back. Dailey and Shryock both qualified from the first of three “B” features, with Shryock advancing 13 positions.

Mechanical issues during the parade lap sidelined the fifth starting Todd Shute allowing Gustin to move up a row for the initial start.

Tuesday night’s checkers were also the Hawkeye Dirt Tour career second for Gustin.

Kyle Brown went home with the Farm Boy Barbeque Sauce pole starter award and Larson’s fifth-place run netted him a set of three shock guard covers from Ricochet Race Components.

Video highlights are posted on the IMCA Facebook page, compliments of XSAN.

Independence Deery Series washed out, postponed to Aug. 6

July 5th, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Persistent heavy rain in recent days has forced postpone­ment of the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models event at Independence Motor Speedway.

Originally slated for tonight (Tuesday), it has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Start times and prices will remain the same. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students. Kids 11 and under will be admitted free if accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods were also scheduled to join the Late Models in the July 1 program and will remain part of the Aug. 6 make-up date.

The winner’s share of the Northern SportMod feature has been raised from $500 to $600. The Hobby Stock feature will also pay $100 more than originally advertised. That feature winner will earn $400.

Next up on the Deery Series schedule is the Tuesday, July 8 show at West Liberty Raceway.

Deery Series heads to Independence for pre-holiday show

June 27th, 2014

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa– Still looking for a repeat winner this season, the Deery Broth­ers Summer Series heads to Independence for a pre-holiday show next Tuesday, July 1.

IMCA Late Models contend for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Pit gates and the grandstand at Indee both open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and free for kids 11 and under when accompanying a paid adult. Pit passes are $30.

The first six tour events of 2014 have produced as many different winners, the most recent of them Jeff Aikey last night at Marshalltown Speedway.

Point leader Justin Kay, Andy Eckrich, Colby Springsteen, Terry Neal and Ray Guss Jr. have also raced their way to victory lane.

Twenty-six previous Deery events have been held at Independence. Kay earned his first series career victory there last July to end the record-tying string of four straight wins by eventual cham­pion Brian Harris.

Hometown pilot Curt Martin leads all drivers with six career Independence Deery wins. Aikey has won there on four occasions.

Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods run for $500 to win plus IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Rac­ing National and Allstar Performance State points at Independence. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase a $300 top check and earn national, Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region and state points.

More information is available by calling 319 361-3795 or 319 334-9287 on race day. The track website is www.independencemotorspeedway.com.

Cedar County Raceway hosts June 10 Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour twinbill

June 5th, 2014

TIPTON, Iowa – Another midweek race date has both the Deery Brothers Summer Se­ries and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton next Tuesday, June 10.

IMCA Late Models will run for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start in what will now be the sixth Deery Series event of the season. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds vie in a $1,000 to win, minimum $150 to start feature. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.

Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students ages 13-18, and free for kids 12 and under accompanying a paying adult. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling 563 219-2259 and at the www.cedar-county-raceway.com web­site.

The five previous Deery events held at Cedar County Raceway have produced as many different winners, the most recent of them eventual series champion Brian Harris of Davenport last year.

Different drivers have also prevailed in Dirt Tour events at Tipton. Ron Barker of Dubuque won there in 2011, Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona, Ill., in 2012 and Darin Duffy of Urbana in 2013.

Tuesday’s Modified feature, the second race of the tour, is a 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.

What was to have been the first Deery-Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader of the season, at Hamil­ton County Speedway in Webster City last night, was canceled because of inclement weather.

Hamilton County postpones Deery, Hawkeye Dirt Tour doubleheader

June 4th, 2014

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour events tonight (Tuesday) at Hamilton County Speedway have been postponed due to impending severe weather.

Events for both touring IMCA Late Models and IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds at Webster City are to be rescheduled.

Deery Series, XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour share June 3 date at Hamilton County Speedway

May 31st, 2014

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The first of three racing doubleheaders this season for the Deery Brothers Summer Series and XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour is June 3 at Hamilton County Speed­way.

Traveling IMCA Late Models visit Webster City next Tuesday for a $3,000 to win, minimum $300 to start main event. The feature for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, paying $1,000 to win and a minimum of $150 to start.

Also on the card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods running for $750 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chasing a $500 top check.

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.

Spectator admission is $17 for adults, $6 for kids ages 7-15 and free for six and under. Pit passes are $30.

Davenport’s Brian Harris took the checkers at Hamilton County on his way to winning the 2013 Deery championship. Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls leads all drivers with six victories in the previous 27 IMCA Late Model series events at Webster City.

Hamilton County Speedway has hosted a pair of Hawkeye Dirt Tour events with wins going to Jeremy Mills of Garner in 2012 and Ryan Ruter of Kanawha last year.

More information about next Tuesday’s special series twinbill is available by calling 515 832-1443 or 515 835-9686, and at the www.hamiltoncospeedway.com website.

The two series also share race night dates on Tuesday, June 10 at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton and Saturday, Sept. 13 at Farley Speedway.

Guss outruns Rauen for Boone Deery Series checkers

May 29th, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – After enjoying a long run at the front early on, Ray Guss Jr. needed to pass Jason Rauen twice in the last two laps to win the Memorial Day Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Boone Speedway.

Guss started on the pole and led the first 30 of 40 laps in the IMCA Late Model tour main event Monday evening.

Rauen caught up in traffic, however, and made his move to the front when Guss was slowed by a lapped car on the lower line on the 31st circuit.

The yellow light came on as the Rauen and Guss were coming to the white flag. They’d swap the lead after the restart before a slight bobble by Rauen opened the door again for Guss on the final lap.

Once back in front, Guss went to the higher line and sped to the $3,000 checkers. Four of his 30 career se­ries wins have now come at Boone.

The fifth different winner in as many Deery events this season, Guss was chased across the stripe by Rauen, Joel Callahan, Andy Eckrich and Terry Neal. Point leader Justin Kay was sixth.

Matt Ryan won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing. Also winning Memorial Day features at Boone were David Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Ben Kates in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Randy Embrey in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.

Both the Deery Series and the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds are at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City for a Tuesday, June 3 doubleheader.

Deery Series bound for Boone on Memorial Day

May 23rd, 2014

BOONE, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series returns to Boone Speedway for the tradi­tional Memorial Day show next Monday, May 26.

Touring IMCA Late Models race for $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start the holiday fea­ture. They’ll be joined on the card by IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and mod lites.

Pit gates and the grandstand at Boone both open at 2 p.m. Hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.

Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for teenagers ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and un­der. Pit passes are $30.

A dozen of the 40 previous Deery Series events held at Boone have been on Memorial Day. The only repeat winner has been Terry Neal of Ely, in 2005 and 2006.

Neal is also one of the four drivers with tour victories in as many Deery events so far this season.

Andy Eckrich of Oxford, Colby Springsteen of Wapello and most recently series point leader Jus­tin Kay of Wheatland have also made their way to the winners’s circle.

More information about the Deery date at Boone is available by calling 515 987-1220 and at the www.raceboone.com website.

IMCA Modifieds, SportMods top Aztec’s Bard Memorial card

May 23rd, 2014

AZTEC, N.M.– Touring IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and IMCA SportMods get top bill­ing at Aztec Speedway’s Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 Ryan Bard Memorial.

Both race programs double as Border States Racing Series events. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and hobby stocks also run and all applicable IMCA points, including local track points, will be awarded each night.

Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6:30 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. and racing gets underway at 8 p.m.

Grandstand admission is $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $12 for students ages 6-14 and free for kids five and under. A family pack (two adults and two youth) is $45. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available from Track Manager Mike Tenski at 505 258-3978 and at the track’s www.aztecspeedway.com website.

IMCA Mod Madness IV set for Davenport Speedway

May 17th, 2014

DAVENPORT, Ia. – $2,000 awaits the winner of the IMCA Modified Madness 50 at the Davenport Speedway. The race will be held on Friday, May 23rd.This is the fourth straight year DRT TRAK Racing Inc., has offered the two grand prize to the IMCA Modified class.

The IMCA Modifieds will use a draw/redraw format for the event. All racing will be on the quarter-mile dirt oval.

There has been plenty of exciting racing action in the three previous IMCA Mod Madness 50 events. Last year, Darin Duffy of Hazelton, Iowa, overcame a mid-race incident to defeat Richie Gustin on the final lap. In 2012, Milo Veloz Jr. of Colona took home the top prize and Brian Webb of Davenport, captured the Modified Madness 50 in 2011.

Also racing will be the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models, Koehler Electric Street Stocks, Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMods, and Roto-Rooter 4-Stocks, competing for weekly track points.

The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. Pit gates will open Friday at 4:30pm, the grandstand at 5:00pm, with hotlaps at6:30 and racing at 7:00pm. For additional information on DRT TRAK Racing events, visit our new website at davenportspeedway.com, or call (563)652-5302.

Kay’s Deery Series tires pass lab test

May 11th, 2014

VINTON, Iowa – The tires that took Justin Kay to the checkers in Sunday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Quad City Speedway passed testing at an independent laboratory with flying colors.

Tire samples were sent for chemical testing.

“We have results from the lab, which verified the tires were legal,” Tour Director Kevin Yoder said. “Race results have been declared official and Justin has been paid the $3,000 for his win.”

Random tire sampling will continue throughout the IMCA Late Model tour as well as at events for other sanctioned divisions this season.

Kay challenged, but not caught in Quad City’s Roberts Memorial Deery

May 7th, 2014

EAST MOLINE, Ill. – Justin Kay was challenged but never caught in Sunday’s Hershel Roberts Memorial Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at Quad City Speedway. Kay started on the pole and led all 58 laps of the IMCA Late Model tour event, held in memory of the popular East Moline driver and car owner.

Sticking to the lower line all around the oval, the tour point leader took the $3,000 checkers in front of a very full grandstand and ahead of Jeff Aikey, hard charger Joel Callahan, Mike Murphy Jr. and defending series champion Brian Harris. Jason Rauen nipped at Kay’s heels before falling back. Aikey came from 12th starting and Callahan from 17th to join Murphy and Harris in their pursuit of the leader.

Restarts gave each the opportunity to challenge Kay but none could catch up after the green flag came back out. Tyler Bruening took a provisional and also advanced 14 spots, to eighth. Aikey won the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing.

Random tire samples were taken following the race and results remain unofficial; samples will be taken periodically throughout the season, Tour Director Kevin Yoder noted. Sunday’s feature marked the 300th occasion Aikey and Darrel DeFrance were both on the starting grid for a Deery Series feature.

DeFrance finished 15th while extending his perfect tour attendance mark to 424 consecutive events. Next up on the Deery Brother Summer Series schedule is the Memorial Day program at Boone Speedway. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and mod lites are also on the Monday, May 26 card.

Racing starts at 5 p.m. Kay became the fourth different winner in as many tour events so far this season on Sunday. The victory was also his career fourth.

Fifty-eight was the number of the car Roberts drove. Greg Durbin was the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified winner at East Moline.