Park Jefferson sanction gives 1-2 weekend punch for drivers in South Dakota IMCA hub

JEFFERSON, S.D. – A one-two weekend combination is the result of the new IMCA sanction at Park Jefferson Speedway.

Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will run Saturday nights this season on the 4/10-mile dirt oval.

The same five divisions will run Sundays at neighboring Raceway Park.

Both venues are on an IMCA hub in eastern South Dakota and western Iowa that also links tracks in Nebraska and Minnesota, said Adam Adamson, president of A to Z Promotions, which has promoted events at Park Jefferson since 2014.

“We already have a huge base of local drivers in each of the IMCA divisions plus more in the area,” Adamson said. “We had pursued sanctioning last year but the fit just wasn’t right due to scheduling.”

“It (the Saturday and Sunday sanctions) will really benefit everyone in the Sioux City area,” he continued. “We feel that with where we’re located, we’re at a great crossroads to put on big events like the Iron Cup.”

Opening night at Park Jefferson is now scheduled in June with lMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing track points awarded through Aug. 20. Modifieds headline both nights of the Iron Cup, on the calendar for Sept. 17 and 18, running for $1,000 to win in their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features.

Adamson helped found the Midwest Sprint Series ­– now the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series – before a seven-year stint writing for Flat Out magazine. He started A to Z and promoted special events at tracks such as Fairmont and Jackson, Minn.

A to Z promoted seven shows at Park Jefferson in 2014 and 15 races last year.

IMCA drivers returning there this season will enjoy a racing surface reworked by Gregg Bakker and new Musco lighting along the front stretch. The pit area has been relocated to outside turn one and a new sound system was installed.

Greg Golden will return as general manager at Park Jefferson; he also promotes Raceway Park.

“There was a time when Park Jefferson was in the conversation as one of the great tracks. We are rebuilding this track to what it was,” Adamson said. “We are slowly working toward that and IMCA sanctioning helps solidify us in the eyes of the fans and racers.”

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