By Ryan Clark
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – IMCA weekly racing, three late model touring series and the return of sprint car racing highlights the 2014 season at Independence Motor Speedway.
For the 31st consecutive year, weekly racing will be IMCA sanctioned on the 3/8-mile oval at the Buchanan County Fairgrounds. IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks all return for the upcoming season.
Weekly racing begins on Saturday, April 26 and will run weekly through season championship night Saturday, Aug. 23.
For the second straight year, the season is scheduled to kick off on Friday, April 18 with the Open Wheel Shootout, featuring the Sprint Invaders Series. Joining the 360 Sprints will be non-sanctioned Modifieds and SportMods.
The Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models makes its annual stop on Tuesday, July 1. IMCA sanctioned Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks will join the nation’s longest-running Late Model tour.
For the fourth straight year, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will make an appearance at the speedway. IMCA sanctioned Modifieds will also compete for a $1,000 winner’s share during the Thursday, July 24 event.
Lucas Oil MLRA Late Models will be making their first-ever appearance in Independence on Saturday, May 10. All weekly divisions will also be competing that evening.
In addition to special events for the Late Model and Modified divisions, all other weekly divisions will have the opportunity to compete for increased prize money during Saturday Showcase events. One Saturday a month from May through August, one division will be selected to compete for increased purse money during the weekly program. Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks will be featured during those events.
The Saturday Showcase will feature Stock Cars on May 24 and Aug. 9, SportMods on June 21 and Hobby Stocks on July 12. All will be weekly points races.
The eighth annual Dick Frye Memorial will be held during the Buchanan County Fair on Saturday, July 19.
The season will close Aug. 23 with season championship night for the five weekly divisions. Mach-1 Sport Compacts, which competed in Independence from June 2012 through 2013, will not return in 2014.
Special events for the month of September are tentative.
The annual Indee Drivers’ Day car show and test and tune are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 12, pending approval of the city council. More information on the car show will be released as it becomes available.
For the latest speedway news, visit www.independencemotorspeedway.com or contact Ryan Clark at 319 361-3795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.