MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – IMCA Late Models will return to weekly race programs in a “Late Model town.”
The division joins Friday night shows at Marshalltown Speedway April 28 through Aug. 25.
“There’s a ton of buzz going on around here about them. It seems like everybody you talk to says ‘Hey, I hear you’re bringing the Late Models back,” said Promoter Toby Kruse. “We already have a strong weekly IMCA program here but it’s always good to spice things up a bit when you can and this is definitely a Late Model town.”
Sanctioned Late Models were on the card at Marshalltown from 1987-1990. Rumours Sports Bar and Grill, owned by former track promoter Steve Priske, will sponsor the division locally and dash races will be held each week with a ‘super dash’ at the end of the point season.
The Deery Brothers Summer Series also returns with a mid-week event in June.
Todd Cooney, Darrel DeFrance and Luke Goedert were IMCA Late Model feature winners at Marshalltown last season.
“As long as I’ve been involved at Marshalltown, as flagman for 15 years and as promoter for 11, there have always been people who would only come to the races when there were Late Models,” observed Kruse. “We’ve run partial schedules the last two years and with the closing of Des Moines it was a good opportunity for us to bring the division back on Friday nights.”
Marshalltown opens with the $10,000 to win IMCA Modfied World Nationals March 30-April 1, with the Frostbuster special set for April 7.
The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season begins April 7 with local track points awarded through Sept. 1.
IMCA Modifieds run for a 36th consecutive season and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for the 34th straight year at Marshalltown, which has also sanctioned IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks since 1997 and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods since 2006.
“Obviously, we have a very long association with Marshalltown Speedway and have enjoyed a great relationship with Toby Kruse for many years as well,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We look forward to beginning a new chapter of Late Model racing at Marshalltown in 2017.”