Dale Miller Memorial tonight at Independence 

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 6) – Tonight’s Dale Miller Memorial boasts a $7,000-plus purse for Performance Bodies IMCA Modifieds at Independence Motor Speedway.

The second annual event helps kick off the 2016 Buchanan County Fair. The Deery Brothers Sum­mer Series for IMCA Late Models and Albert Auto IMCA Northern SportMods complete the racing program.

Miller was a big part of the Independence Motor Speedway racing family until his untimely pass­ing in April of 2015. Miller, an employee of Performance Bodies prior to his passing, was a valua­ble member of the Josh Sherbon (no. 75 IMCA Modified) race team. His shocking passing af­fected several members of the IMS racing family. The Dale Miller Memorial was created in 2015 and it has grown ever bigger in 2016.

Thanks to Wes and Tabitha White, co-owners of Albert Auto 380 in Urbana, the Performance Bod­ies IMCA Modified purse has seen a $1,000 increase. The winner will receive a $1,300 pay­day with $100 to start the main. It is a draw/redraw show battling for their share of the $7,000-plus purse and $100 to start the main event.

Thanks to Performance Bodies, the top five finishers in the Modified main will also receive a $100 gift card. The sixth through 10th place finishers will score a $50 Performance Bodies gift card.

Also running Wednesday night at Independence is the Deery Brothers Summer Series. Cedar Falls driver Jeff Aikey leads the season points standings as the IMCA Late Model tour visits the Buchanan County Fair.

Aikey, the seven-time champion, maintains a tenuous hold on the point standings heading to In­dee. The series is still looking for its first repeat winner as Denny Eckrich, Curt Martin, Scott Fitzpat­rick, Joel Callahan, Ray Guss Jr. and Justin Kay all have made their way to victory lane through the first six events.

Also on the racing card are the Albert Auto IMCA Northern SportMods. Thanks to Albert Auto 380, and Wes and Tabitha White, there is an extra $250 added to their purse.

All three classes are a draw/redraw format on July 6. The IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods will award IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Allstar Performance State points. Modifieds also vie for BMS North Central Region points.

Pit and grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are set for 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow. Adult admission will be $16. Student and senior admission will be $12 and kids 11 and under are free with paid adult. Pit passes will be $30.