SOMERTON, Ariz. (March 6) – The inaugural Battle of the Border Series takes four IMCA divisions to Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway for three dates and to Imperial Raceway in California for three more shows beginning this weekend.
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks chase all applicable IMCA points tonight (Friday), Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 11 at Somerton.
The same divisions are in action with the same points at stake Saturday, March 7, Friday, March 27 and Friday, April 10 at Imperial.
Bonuses totaling $1,400 will be paid out to drivers with the highest point totals over the course of the series. That breaks down to $500 for the Modified point leader, $400 for the Northern SportMod point leader, $300 for the Stock Car point leader and $200 for the Hobby Stock point leader.
Seventy-odd miles of pavement separate the two venues. All four IMCA divisions run on regular race programs at Cocopah. Their three shows on the quarter-mile clay at Imperial are the only three sanctioned events currently scheduled there this season.
“The track here is very tacky and extremely fast. You can hammer down all the way around,” promised Geoff Dale, co-promoter at Imperial with Joseph Dalliwall. “We ran the modifieds on the quarter-mile here once last year with total success. The crowd loved them.”
Dale’s family had promoted the former Imperial Speedway from 1988-1995.
“We sanctioned our Modifieds in 1994 so IMCA is not new to us,” Dale said. “About three years ago, we got hooked up with the Heritage Foundation to raise money for the fairgrounds.”
California Lightning Sprints and California Dwarf Cars are also on the Saturday card.
Racing starts at 7 p.m. at Cocopah and at 5 p.m. at Imperial.
The most recent sanctioned event for Hobby Stocks in California was held in 1994.