IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The first IMCA Modified track champion crowned at Idaho Falls Raceway will be in charge again when the track re-opens in May.
Josh Dingman has started his third stint as president of the Snake River Stock Car Association. The 30-member SRSCA reorganized and spearheaded efforts to rebuild the municipally-owned facility, which closed following the 2011 season.
Both IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and IMCA SportMods run on eight nights, with the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season opener set for Saturday, May 16.
Other dates are June 20 and 27, July 24 and 25, Aug. 8 and 29, and Sept. 26.
More than 150 truckloads of dirt have already been added to the 3/8-mile racing surface.
New walls have been put in place in both sets of turns and attention will next turn to bringing the pit area up to date. A concessions trailer will be parked at what had been the site of the facility’s concession building.
“It’s been going like wildfire. I’ve been amazed by how many people have stepped up to help,” said Dingman, Modified champion at the former Noise Park Raceway in 2000 and 2006. “The grandstands and restrooms were here when we came back. We’re basically rebuilding the rest of the facility.”
Sanctioned Modifieds ran at Idaho Falls from 2000 to 2011. The 2015 season will be the first there for the SportMods.
“There’s a nationwide set of rules and procedures that allow IMCA drivers to race at any sanctioned track. If they’re legal at one, they’re legal everywhere,” Dingman said. “Another real plus for the SportMods is their cost effectiveness. It’s a very economical class for drivers who want to race an open-wheeled car.”
Modified points earned at Idaho Falls Raceway will apply in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.