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Hovden, Schlangen claim Cresco Iron Man Challenge checkers

September 7th, 2017

The Cresco Speedway hosted the Iron Man Challenge Sunday evening with Decorah’s Mitch Hovden nailing his second Holley USRA Stock Car win in three nights and Cresco, Iowa, native Jason Schlangen capturing the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod main event.

Schlangen, who started sixth, wrestled the lead away from Osage, Iowa’s Jim Chisholm at the halfway point of the 20-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature, and then sailed to his first Iron Man win of the 2017 campaign and a $500 payday.

Points leader Dan Hovden of Decorah charged from the 10th starting spot to finish second while Chisholm held on for third. Fourth was current Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points leader Andy Bryant of Fort Scott, Kan., and Trevor Fecht of Allison rounded out the top five.

Jason Schlangen won the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature.

In the Holley USRA Stock Car 20-lapper, Hovden secured his fourth Iron Man trophy of the season and $750 for his effort.

Last year’s Iron Man titlist, Kyle Falck, snagged the lead from Hovden on the fourth lap but Hovden rallied back to regain the top spot from his fellow Decorah racer for good with five laps to go.

Points leader Derek Green of Granada, Minn., came from ninth on the grid to get third, Tom Schmitt of Independence finished fourth in just his second Iron Man start of the year and Webster City’s Todd Staley completed the first five to the checkered flag.

The next Iron Man Challenge event for the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will take place at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., for the 19th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree while the Holley USRA Stock Cars are back in action Oct. 12-14 at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., during the USRA Nationals.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

Hughes triples up on hump day hullabaloo at Hamilton County Speedway

August 27th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa –Jason Hughes took another step toward winning his third straight United States Modified Touring Series national championship and fourth overall Wednesday with a victory at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa.

Jake Timm led the first dozen circuits of the 35-lapper, but lapped traffic impeded his progress just enough to open the door for Hughes to slip in front and grab the lead on lap 13.

From there, the veteran from Watts, Okla., sailed to another $4,500 payday for his third straight win in the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

It was the eighth win of the 2017 season for Hughes and the 154th USMTS triumph of his career. He’s now 28 wins shy of tying Kelly Shryock on the all-time list.

Hughes’ teammate, Ryan Gustin, got by Timm on lap 17 but could never mount a serious challenge for the top spot.

Jake O’Neil followed Timm across the finish line in fourth to record his career-best finish in USMTS competition while Cade Dillard advanced from 10th on the starting grid to claim the fifth spot.

Dereck Ramirez, Ricky Thornton Jr., Adam Kates, Cory Crapser and R.C. Whitwell rounded out the top 10.

Things heat up Thursday as USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup invades Worthington, Minn., for the biggest dirt track race of the year at the Nobles County Speedway. The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will also be in action, plus USRA Hobby Stocks too.

This will mark the seventh visit to NCS by the USMTS. Gustin won the most recent race here back in 2012, and is the only two-time winner of this event. Other past winners include Jason Krohn, Rodney Sanders, Jon Tesch and Kelly Shryock.

The pits open at 4 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:30. Adult admission is $20, juniors ages 11-15 are $10 and kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission are available at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fulda, Windom and Worthington, plus Arnolds Park, George, Okoboji, Sibley and Spirit Lake in Iowa. To find the location nearest you, visit www.caseys.com.

Curt Myers of Cameron, Wis., driver of the No. 1M Snickers USMTS Modified, will appear at the Casey’s General Store located at 1704 Oxford St. in Worthington from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans can get a special $5 ‘Hot Ticket’ directly from Myers during his appearance.

The Nobles County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval located just off of I-90 at exit 43, then 0.4 mile south on SR 59, then 0.4 mile west on Oxford St., then 0.2 mile north on McMullan ((1600 Stower Dr., Worthington, MN 56187). For more information, call (507) 227-4540 or (507) 220-3511 or check out www.noblescountyspeedway.com.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Iron Man Challenge quadrupleheader Aug. 23-26

August 26th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa –The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will hit the road for four big nights with the USMTS Modifieds this Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 23-26.

On Wednesday, the action happens at the historic half-mile Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, with USRA Hobby Stocks also on the racing card. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30.

Things heat up Thursday as the Iron Man Challenge and USMTS invade Worthington, Minn., for the biggest dirt track race of the year at the Nobles County Speedway. USRA Hobby Stocks are back again for Thursday’s show. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30.

On Friday, the rugged road warriors roll into the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, with USRA Hobby Stocks and Sportsmans rounding out the five-division program. Gates open at 5:30 and racing begins at 7:30.

The Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D., hosts the high-flying action of the USMTS and Iron Man Challenge on Saturday with the lightning-fast Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series vs. MSTS Sprint cars also in action. Gates open at 5 p.m. with the first green flag slated for 7:15.

Consistency has kept veteran racer Steve Jackson of Polk City, Iowa, atop the Holley USRA Stock Car points heading into this week while New Hampton, Iowa’s Cole Denner is at the top of the rankings in the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods. Both are still searching for that first elusive win of 2017.

Boone River Bayou hits Hamilton County Speedway Aug. 15-16

August 16th, 2017

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa -The biggest race of the summer is coming to the Hamilton County Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16, for the inaugural Boone River Bayou races.

The nation’s best drivers in four big classes will be battling for some incredible paydays at the historic half-mile in Webster City, Iowa.

On Tuesday, the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will hit the dirt with double qualifying events, King of the Hill match races and USRA Hobby Stocks.

Then on Wednesday, the United States Modified Touring Series joins the party with a pivotal clash during the USMTS Hunt for the Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental plus last-chance races and main events for the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

Each class will battle for a top prize of $3,000 on Wednesday night with a possible $5,000 payoff to each winner when the checkered flag waves.

Tuesday, Aug. 15:
Pit Gate – 4:00 p.m.
Grandstands – 5:00 p.m.
Hot Laps – 7:00 p.m.
Racing – 7:30 p.m.
Adults – $15.00
Kids 11-16 – $8.00
10 & Under – FREE
Pit Pass – $35.00

Wednesday, Aug. 16:
Pit Gate – 4:00 p.m.
Grandstands – 5:00 p.m.
Hot Laps – 7:00 p.m.
Racing – 7:30 p.m.
Adults – $20.00
Kids 11-16 – $10.00
10 & Under – FREE
Pit Pass – $35.00

On Tuesday, each Stock Car and B-Mod driver will run two heat races from two different starting spots. The top 12 in combined heat race passing points will be locked into Wednesday’s A-Main, with the next 12 to the B-Main and so on. All heat races and the King of the Hill plus a full program of Hobby Stocks will run on Tuesday. The pole dash, qualifying features and the main events run on Wednesday along with a full program of USMTS Modifieds.

Tuesday’s King of Hill for Stock Cars and B-Mods will feature two cars for two laps battling green-white-checkered. The winner advances to next round. The loser is done. The winner takes the entire pot in each class (optional $50 entry per driver).

The Big Fish Challenge is an optional $100 entry for Stock Car and B-Mod drivers with all of the money gathered up to $2,000 going to the A-Main winner. If more than 20 drivers participate, anything over $2,000 will be paid out to the second-place finisher in the A-Main. If none of the Big Fish Challenge participants win, the money will be spread out equally to the entire A-Main field. The A-Main could pay $5,000 to win with this bonus. Drivers must sign up before heat race lineups are posted on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s Hobby Stock A-Main payout: 1. $500, 2. $400, 3. $300, 4. $250, 5. $200, 6. $175, 7. $150, 8. $140, 9. $130, 10. $120, 11. $110, 12. $100, 13. $95, 14. $90, 15. $85, 16. $80, all other starters $75; non-qualifiers $50. Hobby Stocks pay no entry fee if pre-entered, otherwise entry fee is $25 at check-in on race day.

Wednesday’s Stock Car and B-Mod A-Main payouts: 1. $3000, 2. $2000, 3. $1500, 4. $1000, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $560, 11. $540, 12. $530, 13. $525, 14. $520, 15. $515, 16. $510, 17. $505, 18. $500, all other starters $500; B-Main payouts: Top 12 to A-Main, all other starters $200; C-Main payouts: Top 12 to B-Main, all other starters $150; Last Chance Races (if necessary) payouts: Top 6 advance to C-Main, all other starters $100.

Wednesday’s USMTS Modified payouts: Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1700, 3. $1200, 4. $1000, 5. $900, 6. $800, 7. $700, 8. $650, 9. $600, 10. $550, 11. $500, 12. $450, 13. $425, 14. $400, 15. $375, 16. $350, 17. $325, other starters $300; non-qualifiers $90; Non-Licensed – 1. $3000, 2. $1500, 3. $1000, 4. $900, 5. $800, 6. $700, 7. $600, 8. $550, 9. $500, 10. $450, 11. $400, 12. $375, 13. $350, 14. $325, 15. $300, 16. $275, other starters $250; non-qualifiers $75.

Camping with hook-ups is available at the track through the Hamilton County fairgrounds office. The AmericInn (515-832-3999) has rooms for $89.99 for two queens or $84.99 for one bed. The Super 8 (515-832-2000) is just $74.99 for two queens.

Mark your calendar, cancel your plans and quit your job if you need to, but you simply cannot miss the inaugural Boone River Bayou races this Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15-16, at the historic Hamilton County Speedway In Webster City, Iowa.

The Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa, opening in July 1910. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The semi-banked 1/2-mile dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year. The track is located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St.

To learn more about the USRA, visit www.usraracing.com or call 515-832-6000. You can also like USRA Racing on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usraracing, follow www.twitter.com/usraracing on Twitter and check out the USRA YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usratv. Keep up to speed with everything USRA by joining our email list at www.usraracing.com/subscribe.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv. Keep up to speed with everything USMTS by joining our email list at www.usmts.com/subscribe.

Donlan breaks through, Schlangen stays perfect with USRA Iron Man Series wins in Cresco

September 8th, 2016

CRESCO, Iowa- The USRA Iron Man Series wrapped up the Labor Day Weekend tripleheader with the sixth different winner in six feature races Sunday at the Cresco Speedway. Kevin Donlan of Decorah, Iowa, claimed his first Holley USRA Stock Car main event of the season in his tenth Iron Man Series start in dramatic fashion.

Following a first-lap pile-up and a back-and-forth battle between Nathan Wood and Steve Jackson for the first eight laps, Donlan roared into the lead on lap nine after starting 12th on the grid. Donlan never looked back over the final 12 laps en route to claiming the $750 winners paycheck.

Meanwhile, Derek Green held off Mitch Hovden and Jackson for the runner-up spot after a furious three-car battle for the last half of the race. Polesitter Rich Gregoire was fifth while Dan Jones, points leader Kyle Falck, Wood, Lynn Panos and Jesse Brown rounded out the top 10.

Falck remains atop the points chase with Jackson second, Wood third, Green fourth and Phil Holtz fifth. In the 20-lap Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature race, Jason Schlangen led the whole way on his hometown track and kept his record unblemished with two wins in two Iron Man Series starts in 2016.

After a lap-12 restart, defending Out-Pace USRA B-Mod national champion Andy Bryant shadowed Schlangen around the 4/10-mile clay oval at the Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds. The pair made contact coming to the white flag with Bryant nearly spinning as they entered the turn.

Kyle Anderson and Dustin Kruse were able to slip past Bryant for second and third while Jared Timmerman claimed the fifth spot. Dan Hovden, Trevor Fecht, Alex Zwanziger, Dan Christopher and Junior Boyer rounded out the top 10.

Cole Denner, who finished 11th, holds a slim 35-point lead over Bryant in the Iron Man Series standings for the class. Timmerman, Mike Tanner and Hovden hold down the next three positions. The next Iron Man Series event takes place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Upper Iowa Speedway in Decorah, Iowa. Both Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will be in action, along with USRA Hobby Stocks, Liquid Nitro Mod Lites and Hornets. Hot laps begin at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

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

Sanders cashes in at Cresco

September 7th, 2016

CRESCO, Iowa – In a repeat of last years Labor Day Weekend clash at the Cresco Speedway, Rodney Sanders made a late-race pass of Jason Hughes to pick up the win and keep his title hopes alive with one event remaining in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental. Sundays 13th Annual Cresco Bowl was the 21st time the series had churned the Cresco clay, and the $3,000 triumph was the second straight for Sanders at the Mighty Howard County Fairgrounds.

Polesitter Jesse Sobbing led the first seven laps until Hughes powered into the top spot. The defending and two-time USMTS national champion stayed in control for the next 32 laps, but Sanders finally made the winning pass with three to go in the 42-lapper. Hughes, who came into this event leading Sanders by a mere 10 points in last years Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup, made a last-lap, last-corner pass to finish second that night a move that averted a tie with Sanders heading into the season finale.

On Sunday night, however, Hughes was eyeing a runner-up finish but Cade Dillard muscled his way underneath him in the final turn and claimed second-place money by a half-car-length at the flagstand. Zack VanderBeek followed Hughes to the checkered flags in fourth and Sobbing held on for a fifth-place finish while Johnny Scott, Dereck Ramirez, Travis Saurer, 17th-starting Brad Dierks and Josh Angst rounded out the top 10.

It was the 75th career win for Sanders who now sits just two victories behind Ryan Gustin for third on the all-time United States Modified Touring Series wins list. Ricky Thornton Jr. finished 11th and clinched the Grant Junghans Rookie of the Year Award for the 2016 campaign. A tight battle remains for the next three positions between Mike Jergens and the Bauman brothers, Cody and Brock. Hughes won three regional titles this season and has led the points through all but one night during the 16 events so far in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup, but a tight race exists going into the final points race of the season.

When the checkered flag drops on opening night of the Featherlite Fall Jamboree on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Deer Creek Speedway, the USMTS will crown its 18th national champion. Hughes leads Dillard by a mere 10 points entering the finale while Sanders is 49 markers behind the leader and clings to an outside chance of scoring his third USMTS crown.

Featuring the USMTS and Iron Man Series Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, the Featherlite Fall Jamboree takes place Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 22-24, at the Deer Creek Speedway.

Spectator tickets can be purchased at www.deercreekspeedway.com. Competitors can download an entry form at http://usmts.com/downloads/entry-forms or call (515) 832-7944.

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Dillard wins in Webster City

August 28th, 2016

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa — The Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental reached the halfway point at the Hamilton County Speedway Thursday, and Cade Dillard notched his third win of the championship campaign.

The 25-year-old from Robeline, La., kept the heat on early leader Jett Big Eagle for the first half of the race while keeping one eye looking over his left shoulder at points leader Jason Hughes.

Big Eagle kept his machine glued to the top side of the track and kept the duo behind him for the first half of the race until a yellow flag slowed the action on lap 16 just as Big Eagle had caught the back of the field.

A swarm of veterans engulfed the Canadian rookie on the restart, sending him back to fourth while Dillard, Hughes and Zack VanderBeek whistled past.

A great final 16 laps ensued with VanderBeek challenging Dillard on several occasions while Hughes shadowed them from behind.

After seeing VanderBeek pull out to a full car-length advantage on the back-stretch on two consecutive laps, Dillard changed his line from high to low in the first set of turns and that was all he needed to go the rest of the way unchallenged.

Meanwhile, VanderBeek and Hughes swapped the runner-up spot several times in the last five laps with VanderBeek holding a bumper-length advantage at the checkered flag.

Ricky Thornton Jr. came from the 13th starting spot to finish fourth but Rodney Sanders pocketed the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award by racing from 19th to fifth in the 32-lapper.

Not to be outdone, Jesse Sobbing parlayed an 18th starting slot into a sixth-place finish, with Joe Duvall, Mike Jergens, Daniel Hilsabeck and Johnny Scott rounding out the top 10.

The win, worth $3,000, was Dillards sixth of the season and eighth overall in his short USMTS career.

The stars and cars of the United States Modified Touring Series head to the Rapid Speedway in Rock Rapids, Iowa, on Friday for the tenth event in the Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The Lyon County Fair will be going on as well, so come to the track early and check out the fair. Tickets will be $18 for adults (get a $2-off coupon from participating Caseys General Stores), $5 for kids ages 7-14 and free for children 6 and under. Hot laps will start at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

Cory Crapser won his first and only (so far) USMTS feature last year at this event. Zack VanderBeek won in 2014 and Rodney Sanders won here in 2013 and 2011. Other past winners at the Rapid Speedway include Jason Krohn (2008), Jon Tesch (2007) and Kelly Shryock (2006).

The Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars ($750 to win) and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods ($600 to win) will also be in action.

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

To learn more about the United States Modified Touring Series, visit www.usmts.com online or call 515-832-7944. You can also like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/usmts, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usmts and Instagram at www.instagram.com/usmts or subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/usmtstv.

Modified dash is new to IMCA Harris Clash

August 7th, 2016

Drivers from eight states are now pre-entered for the 25th annual Harris Clash, which will pay $2,000 to win next Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City.

The Clash is the second nightly installment of IMCA Speedweek and a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.

Dash qualifiers Abelson, Dotson, Logue and Shryock are also former Harris Clash main event winners. Another former winner, 1993 king Denny Hovinga, will serve as grand marshal next Tuesday and ride in the Fast Shafts pace truck.

Shryock won the inaugural and 1997 events while Logue won in 2000 and Abelson topped the 2014 race. Dotson was the winner last year when the Clash returned to Webster City.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both divisions. Modified drivers earn BMS North Central Region points.

More information is available from Harris at 515 231-1748. The Clash will be broadcast on IMCA.TV.

USRA Iron Man Series joins World of Outlaws Late Models July 7-8

June 26th, 2016

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa– The USRA Iron Man Series will join the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series for two incredible nights on Thursday and Friday, July 7-8.

On Thursday, the Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods share the spotlight at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, and then again on Friday at the Mason City Motor Speedway in Mason City, Iowa.

General admission tickets for each event are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate. To avoid long lines at the ticket windows, advance tickets are available by calling (515) 832-6000.

Juniors ages 11-16 and Seniors 65 and older are just $15 while kids ages 10 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $40.

Tickets for both events are available for purchase at the USRA offices located at 1715 West 2nd Street in Webster City during normal business hours.

Tickets for the Mason City show are also available at Rookies Rockin’ Sports Bar located at 307 Main Avenue in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Email tickets@usraracing.com for more information or to request a call back.

Racing begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The Mason City Motor Speedway is a half-mile clay oval located 5.1 miles east of I-35 at exit 194 on SR 122 (at the North Iowa Fairgrounds). For more information, call (641) 424-6515 or check out www.masoncitymotorspeedway.com online. You can also like the tracks Facebook page at www.facebook.com/masoncitymotorspeedway
follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/racinmasoncity (@RacinMasonCity).

The Hamilton County Speedway is a 1/2-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. For more information check out www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.

Follow the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series online at www.woolms.com, follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/woolatemodels, like on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worldofoutlawslatemodelseries or check out the latest videos on YouTube at www.youtube.com/worldofoutlaws.

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

Great Scott! Deery Series win at Hamilton County is first for Fitzpatrick

April 19th, 2016

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Losing position helped make Scott Fitzpatrick a first-time Deery Brothers Summer Series feature winner.

Fitzpatrick checked out on the rest of the IMCA Late Model field Saturday at Hamilton County Speed­way. He’d started outside Chad Holladay on the front row, fell behind Darrel DeFrance and Todd Cooney, then put himself in back in position to take charge after Holladay suffered mechanical is­sues.

“This was awesome,” Fitzpatrick said. “(Getting) this win was haunting me and I finally got it done in true fashion. There were some of the best IMCA drivers here. This win is very humbling.”

The $2,000 victory came in Fitzpatrick’s 34th career Deery start and just his second at Webster City. He’d been a tour runner-up twice, at Des Moines in 2014 and at West Liberty last year.

Jeff Aikey, Richie Gustin, Tyler Bruening and DeFrance completed the top five. Sixth was Cooney and seventh was hard charger John Emerson, who had started last in the field of 25.

Making his first visit to Webster City, Holladay impressed in winning his heat, drew the pole and led the first 14 of 40 laps.

Fitzpatrick drove by as Holladay slowed with a broken fan blade. He tried to get to the infield but was spun to bring out the yellow. Another caution, for debris, came out on lap 17. Fitzpatrick made the most of the ensuing long green flag run to win handily over Aikey.

“After I fell back to fourth, I watched Darrel and Todd. They’re legends at Hamilton County. Darrel was low and Todd was high and I saw how they attacked the track,” said Fitzpatrick, quick to call Gheer’d Up co-owner Tyson Gheer after taking the checkers. “I knew the car was going to come to me and that if I got a good restart, I could win.”

“I just had to stay patient,” he added, citing a lesson learned from Justin Kay. “The restart came when I was running third and had Chad and Darrel ahead of me. I timed it perfectly and got to the bottom.”

The fourth installment of the 30th annual Deery Brothers Summer Series is Sunday, May 1 at Quad City Speedway in East Moline.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 3:30 p.m. for the $2,000 to win event. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. with racing to follow.

Box seating is $18. Other spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30.

Auringer, VanDeest bank $1,000 IMCA Fall Challenge checks

October 3rd, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa– A first-time visitor this season and a Webster City regular both took $1,000 feature wins Saturday during Hamilton County Speedway’s Fall Challenge. J.D. Auringer raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by topping the tightly contested Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified headliner. Jared VanDeest, meanwhile, checked out on the rest of the field in winning the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. Making his first Hamilton County start on the next to the last night of the point season, Auringer started second and chased Adam Larson most of the 20-lapper.

The first caution wiped out the big lead Larson had built up. Auringer made his move to the front with a couple circuits to go, slipping by on the lower line in the second set of turns. Larson ended in second, two car lengths back, and Mark Elliott drove from 12th starting to third. Clint Wendel and Chris Webb rounded out the top five.

With five local wins already to his credit coming into the night, VanDeest closeD 2015 at Webster City convincingly, leading all 18 laps of the Northern SportMod feature. He’d also drawn the outside row one spot on the starting grid and stuck to the top side of the half-mile oval, winning by half a straightaway. Next across the stripe were Jake McBirnie, 10th starting Ty Griffith, 16th starting Matt Lettow and Joel Rust.

Twelfth starting Myles Michehl was first to the $750 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers. Runner-up was Matt Byrne. Matt Mundt was third and 21st starting Cody Nielsen was fourth. Hard charger honors for the evening went to Cory Roe, who had started last in the field of 27 and finished fifth. John Gill was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.

Hovden brothers complete USRA Holley Iron Man Series hat trick at Cresco

September 9th, 2015

CRESCO, Iowa -Following the third Holley Iron Man Series event at the Cresco Speedway in 2015, the end result is three trips to victory lane for the Norwegians with attitudes straight outta Decorah Dan and Mitch Hovden.

In the 20-lap USRA Stock Car main event, Mitch Hovden rolled of eighth on the grid but took just seven laps to take the lead from polesitter Lynn Panos before speeding to a three-second win at the finish line.

The win was worth $750 to the defending series champ and current USRA Stock Car national points leader.

Panos held off 14th-starting Pete Solum for the runner-up honors, with two more Decorah drivers Danny Sacquitne and Dillon Anderson claiming fourth and fifth, respectively.

Despite suffering mechanical woes for the second straight event, Tom Schmitt remains the USRA Stock Car points leader over Steve Jackson, Kyle Falck, Hovden and Todd Staley.

Dan Hovden started sixth in the 15-lap USRA B-Mod feature race and grabbed the lead for good on lap 6 for his third consecutive $600 triumph at the 4/10-mile Howard County Fairgrounds clay oval.

Series points leader Dakota Foster claimed the runner-up paycheck ahead of former USRA B-Mod National Champion Brandon Hare, early leader Ben Moudry and Parker Kessel.

In the USRA B-Mod standings, Foster holds a significant advantage over second-place Jared Timmerman with current USRA B-Mod national points leader Andy Bryant third, Cole Denner fourth and Dustin Kruse in the fifth position.

The next Holley Iron Man Series events for both classes will take place at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

USRA Stock Cars will share the spotlight with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 19. The following week, the USRA B-Mods take part in the action all three nights of the 17th Annual Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Thursday-Saturday, Sept.24-26.

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

Schmitt, Bryant wire Holley Iron Man Series in Webster City

September 5th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa-Tom Schmitt (USRA Stock Cars) and Andy Bryant (USRA B-Mods) each led the first, last and every lap in between to capture their respective feature wins Wednesday as the Holley Iron Man Series visited the Hamilton County Speedway.

Schmitt, who came in as the points leader in the USRA Stock Car division, ran away with the 20-lap main event to register his third win of the 2015 campaign.

Polesitter Steve Jackson trailed in second at the end of the caution-free affair, with Elijah Zevenbergen taking third—his first defeat in four starts. Kyle Falck and Nathan Wood completed the top 5.

In USRA B-Mod action, Andy Bryant also started on the outside of the front row, led all 20 laps and notched his third win of the season.

Holley Iron Man Series points leader and fellow Kansan Dakota Foster was second, followed by Trevor Fecht, Brandon Toftee and Ty Griffith.

Andy Bryant won the Holley Iron Man Series USRA B-Mod feature.On Thursday, the Holley Man Series moves north into the Land of 10,000 Lakes to Fairmont, Minn., and the Fairmont Raceway. USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will again split curtain time with the USMTS Modifieds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:15. General admission for ages 13 and older is $18, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome, Winnebago and Armstrong in Iowa.

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

The USRA Stock Cars will take a couple of nights off while the USRA B-Mods pick up the pace on Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway. The Labor Day Weekend of events will conclude at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday with both classes back on the ticket.

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

Sobbing secures second USMTS victory at Hamilton County Speedway

September 4th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–With his victory Wednesday night at the Hamilton County Speedway, Jesse Sobbing made it seven different winners in nine races in the Hunt for the USMTS Casey’s Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

The 33-year-old from Malvern, Iowa, started on the pole but it was Grant Junghans taking control of the main event at the drop of the green flag.

Sobbing snuck past Junghans after the seventh lap with Johnny Scott, Rodney Sanders and Stormy Scott holding down the rest of the first five positions.

With 10 of the 30 laps in the books, Sanders got around Johnny Scott for third and then looked to make the pass on Junghans for second when the two made contact and Sanders wound up facing the wrong direction at the top of turn 2.

While Sanders tagged the rear of the field, Sobbing led the pack back to green. Junghans got over the treacherous cushion in the first corner as Stormy Scott, Ryan Gustin and Johnny Scott raced by on the inside.

Stormy Scott was the next driver to get bitten by the tall cushion as Gustin and three others screamed past. One lap later, Gustin began to bellow heavy smoke and when the caution waved on lap 14 he dove into the pits and out of the hunt with a punctured radiator.

Johnny Scott assumed the runner-up spot and got around Sobbing briefly on the 16th lap, but the race’s third yellow flag put Sobbing back in front for the restart while third-running Cade Dillard went to the tail after coming to a stop atop the second turn.

From that moment on, Sobbing was never challenged again as he and Johnny Scott left the rest of the field far behind and raced to a 1-2 finish with Dan Ebert claiming the third spot.

The $3,000 triumph was the second feature win this season for Sobbing, who clinched the 2015 USMTS rookie title prior to Wednesday’s program.

Sporting a new Sour Patch Kids livery, Cory Crapser was the hard charger of the race, coming from 15th on the starting grid to finish fourth ahead of Jason Hughes.

Sanders, meanwhile, averted disaster and fought his way back to sixth at the checkered flag. Dillard got back up to seventh, Dereck Ramirez passed ten cars to finish eighth, Stormy Scott held on for ninth and veteran Tommy Myer rounded out the top 10.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, the series moves to the legendary Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., with the Holley Iron Man Series featuring USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods back on the ticket for a second straight night. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps start at 7 and racing begins at 7:15 p.m.

General admission for ages 13 and older is $18, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome, Winnebago and Armstrong in Iowa.

Joe Big Daddy Duvall and his No. 91 AMP Energy machine will be greeting fans at 202 E. Blue Earth in Fairmont from 12-2 p.m. Listen to KFMC 106.5 FM to hear live broadcasts from the appearance.

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

Friday will find the series at the Chateau Raceway in Lansing, Minn., followed by a date on Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. The five-night Labor Day Weekend swing wraps up on Sunday at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa.

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

Big Labor Day Weekend plans for Holley Iron Man Series

September 3rd, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa–No appetizers needed for this weekends entreé as the Holley Iron Man Series dishes up a hearty helping of racing excitement with four shows in five days.

The Labor Day Weekend will kick off Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the historic Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa. The USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods are on tap night along with the USMTS Modifieds as they continue their Hunt for the USMTS Caseys Cup powered by S&S Fishing & Rental.

Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 7 and racing starts at 7:15. Adults 16 and older are $18, youth ages 6-15 are $5 and children 5 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Dayton, Dows, Eagle Grove, Fort Dodge, Iowa Falls, Jewell and Webster City.

The Hamilton County Speedway is a 1/2-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off of US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. For more information call (515) 832-1443 or check out www.hamiltoncospeedway.com online.

Then on Thursday, the Holley Man Series moves north into the Land of 10,000 Lakes to Fairmont, Minn., and the Fairmont Raceway. USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will again split curtain time with the USMTS Modifieds.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 and racing at 7:15. General admission for ages 13 and older is $18, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Pit passes are $35. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome, Winnebago and Armstrong in Iowa.

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

The USRA Stock Cars will take a couple of nights off while the USRA B-Mods pick up the pace on Saturday at the Deer Creek Speedway on Saturday night along with the USMTS Modifieds and three other supporting classes. Adults are $20 and kids ages 12 and under are $5. Pit passes are $30. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Preston, Rochester, Stewartville and Lime Springs in Iowa.

The Deer Creek Speedway is a 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16). For more info, call toll-free 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com online.

The week of events will conclude at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday. This time, both the USRA Stock Cars and USRA B-Mods will be back in action along with the USMTS Modifieds, plus the USRA Hobby Stocks. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.

Tickets are $17 for adults 18 years old and up, $10 for youth ages 13-17 and admission is free for children 12 years of age and under. Pit passes are $30 per person. Fans can get coupons good for $2 off adult general admission at Casey’s General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Lime Springs, Ossian, New Hampton and Waukon.

The Cresco Speedway is located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at www.mhcfair.com.

Heading into this week Tom Schmitt of Independence, Iowa, holds the edge over Steve Jackson of Polk City, Iowa in the Holley iron Man Series USRA Stock Cars, followed by Decorah, Iowa’s Mitch Hovden, USMTS boss Todd Staley of Webster City and Jake Newman of Smithville, Mo. Schmitt—the 2007 and 2008 USRA Stock Car National Champion—has two main event wins this season, as does Jackson. Hovden, who has two USRA national titles himself, leads the way with four victories tallied while Elijah Zevenbergen has three in three starts.

California rookie Dotson delivers flag to flag run to Harris Clash checkers

August 7th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The first thing Ethan Dotson did when he pulled into victory lane at Hamilton County Speedway Tuesday night was call his folks back home in Bakersfield, Calif.

When he got out of his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, the 16-year-old rookie shared more details about his flag-to-flag run at the front of the Harris Clash field.

“It’s always been a dream to run the Clash. Winning it is like a dream come true,” he said after taking the $2,000 checkers. “I never pictured myself winning this race.”

The victory, just his career second in the division, came in a new GRT ride. Dotson had ended ninth in the regular season finale at Webster City three days earlier, still trying to figure out fuel pressure problems.

After starting outside Justin Medler on the front row, Dotson set a torrid pace throughout the 25-lapper. Former race winner Kelly Shryock ran second most of the way on his home track and looked to reel in Dotson following the final restart with eight circuits remaining.

The youngster up front remained unflappable, however.

“I just tried to hit my marks every lap and tried to stay consistent. I knew with Kelly behind me that I couldn’t make a mistake,” said Dotson, now the youngest winner in the 24 years of Harris Clash history and a qualifier for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “Everything just came out in my favor tonight. It’s just awesome.”

Jesse Sobbing was third, Colt Mather was fourth and hard charger Nick Deal was fifth.

Deal had started 24th in the 25-car field. He made his first appearance in the top five before mid­way.

Doug Smith became the winner of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature when Brad Ratcliff failed post-race engine inspection.

Also the Clash winner in 2013, Smith earned $1,000. Sam Wieben was second and Brayton Carter third.

Fifty-nine Modified drivers from nine states and 45 Northern SportMod drivers from four states and Australia competed Tuesday.

Hamilton County Speedway was the original home of the Clash and a big crowd was on hand to welcome the prestigious event back. Promoter Bob Harris acknowledged the efforts made by track officials in making the Clash, rescheduled from July 16 because of rain, a success at Web­ster City.

Hamilton County Speedway brings back Harris Clash

August 2nd, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Promoter Bob Harris is feeling a bit nostalgic these days, with the return next week of the Harris Clash to Hamilton County Speedway.

The special for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds was held at Webster City during its inaugu­ral and second seasons in 1992 and 1993.

After stops at Boone and Harlan, the event found a more permanent home at Knoxville Raceway. When the July 16 event was rained out, however, Harris had to make the decision to cancel alto­gether or find a different venue with an open date.

That’s where Hamilton County Speedway and the new race date of Tuesday, Aug. 4 come in.

“It’s a neat deal. We had plenty of offers to host a rescheduled event and one of them came from Webster City,” Harris said. “I thought ‘What the heck, that’s where it all started.’”

“Back in the day (the late 1970s and early 1980s) I raced a Late Model there,” he continued. “I’m pretty excited about this. It’s going to be a lot of fun. The people at Hamilton County Speedway have done everything under the sun for us.”

In addition to earning a $2,000 share of the purse, the Modified winner becomes a candidate for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature pays $1,000 to win.

“There were 12 drivers pre-registered for July 16 who have asked for refunds but another 13 have pre-registered for next Tuesday,” Harris said. “And there are other drivers we know who always wait until the day of the race to enter.”

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points
will be awarded in both divisions. Home region points go to Modified drivers.

The Modified winner also receives a $500 bonus if their chassis builder is a Clash sponsor; the builder in turn receives a free advertising package on the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Su­per Nationals fueled by Casey’s broadcast and promotion video, valued at $1,500, from RACEFEEDX and IMCA.TV.

The Harris Clash will be broadcast live by RACEFEEDX.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes and the drivers’ meeting starts at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling Harris at 515 231-1748.

Harris Clash rescheduled for Aug. 4 at Hamilton County Speedway

July 26th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers will return to where it all started for the rescheduled Harris Clash.

Hamilton County Speedway at Webster City, site of the inaugural event in 1992, hosts the 2015 version of the Clash on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Top prize in the Modified main is $2,000 and the winner will be added to the ballot for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. The Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature pays $1,000.

While the Modified event won’t be part of the Hawkeye Dirt Tour, no other changes will be made from the original race date at Knoxville Raceway rained out on July 16.

Twenty-four cars qualify for the 25-lap Modified feature, which pays a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, home region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.

The Northern SportMod feature is 20 laps.

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the draw closes and the drivers’ meeting starts at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:15 p.m. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $8 for stu­dents, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for children five and under. Pit passes are $30.

More information is available by calling event promoter Bob Harris at 515 231-1748. The event will be broadcast live by RACEFEEDX.

Drivers pre-registered for July 16 who can’t attend on Aug. 4 will receive a full refund.

Denny Hovinga was the winner of the first-ever Harris Clash feature.

Deery drivers travel to Quad City, Hamilton County for midweek shows

July 20th, 2015

EAST MOLINE, Ill. – A return to Quad City Speedway and top billing at Hamilton County Speedway’s Thursday Night Thunder special are next up on the Deery Brothers Summer Series schedule.

IMCA Late Model tour feature winners earn $3,000 on Wednesday, July 22 at East Moline, and on Thursday, July 23 at Webster City, Iowa. A minimum of $300 will be paid to start the main event each night.

Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:55 p.m. hot laps at Quad City, where mod lites and street stocks complete the card.

Reserved seating is $18; grandstand admission is $15 for adults, kids ages 6-12 are $8 and five and under are free.

The Thursday Night Thunder program boasts Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds in a $1,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods also race for $1,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $150 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be awarded.

Pit passes are $30 both nights.

Seven-time series champion Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls, Iowa, raced to his career-leading 64th Deery win when the series visited Quad City Speedway in May. That was the 17th tour event held at East Moline since 1990.

Hamilton County’s tour tenure dates to 1987, the series’ inaugural season. Brian Harris of Daven­port, Iowa, won the most recent of the 27 Deery races held there in June of 2013.

More information about the Wednesday night show is available at the www.qcspeedwayracing.com website or by calling 309 792-5030; and about the Thursday show at the www.hamiltoncospeedway.com website or by calling 515 832-5382.

Hamilton County Deery rescheduled for July 23

April 26th, 2015

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – The Deery Brothers Summer Series event rained out last Satur­day at Hamilton County Speedway has been rescheduled.

Touring IMCA Late Models now headline the July 23 Thursday Night Thunder program at Webster City.

The evening’s main event pays $3,000 to win and a minimum of $300 to start. Regular weekly classes will also run during the county fair show.

The rescheduling results in a midweek doubleheader as the series is at Quad City Speedway in East Moline, Ill., on Wednesday, July 22.

Quad City is also the next Deery destination. The Hershel Roberts Memorial event, which also pays $3,000 to win and $300 to start, is Sunday, May 3.