JACKSON, Minn. – Another IMCA sanctioned division running on another race night is part of the plans behind making Jackson Motorplex one of the premier facilities of its kind in the nation.
IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be part of a new Friday night program at Jackson in 2016. Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all return to traditional Saturday shows.
“We want this to be one of the premier tracks in the country,” explained General Manager Doug Johnson. “We’ve listened to racers, we’re looking at having different types of events here and we’re confident everyone will get the biggest bang for their buck.”
The first regular IMCA sanctioned events were held on the ½-mile dirt oval at the former Jackson Speedway in 1988; traveling IMCA Sprint Cars made five appearances there for Jackpot Junction Tour events, most recently in 2009.
“RaceSaver Sprint Cars are an affordable class for up-and-coming kids as well as adults,” said Johnson, a Jackson native and also the owner of a 305 Sprint Car that ran a partial schedule at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, S.D., this year. “They can be a great stepping stone, especially for kids coming from micro sprints, and you don’t have to take out a mortgage to do it.”
“This class is a great learning experience. I really think it’s going to take off around here,” he continued. “Young drivers and guys who have had a car sitting in the shop the last 5-7 years all have the opportunity to be competitive.”
Modified points earned at Jackson Motorplex will figure toward standings in IMCA’s Belleville Motorsports North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.
Jackson’s 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season is scheduled to start in mid-May and run through September.
Monster truck and snow cross events are also among those planned at Jackson, owned by Tod Quiring, and there should be no shortage of seating or other fan amenities.
Unseasonably warm December weather has allowed work to continue on new bleacher seating for 17,000 fans, with construction of 20 VIP suites to follow.
The pit area will be moved to the east end of the fairgrounds, off turns one and two, and approximately 70 campsites will be located in a campground in the southeast corner of the facility.
Further down the road are construction of a high-banked short track inside the half-mile oval and new concessions.