Stuart Speedway has new promoter, new race night

STUART, Iowa – One of IMCA’s longest tenured tracks has a new promoter and a new race night be­ginning this season. 

Mike Van Genderen will be in charge of Wednesday night race programs at the Stuart Speedway. Work on reconfiguring the 1/4-mile clay oval has already started and will resume when weather and track conditions permit. 

Midweek shows will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts.

“Stuart has a very strong IMCA tradition,” said Van Genderen, who completed his purchase of the track in November. “It’s a pretty darn nice facility with good lighting and a beautiful concession stand. It has everything you could want.”

The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National point season runs from April 17 to Aug. 7.

Specials on the 2019 schedule include the April 3 Frostbuster, the inaugural Jake Durbin Memo­rial on May 15, the inaugural Dirt Duel Stock Car Stampede June 11 and 12 and the July 2 Ron Little Memorial. 

Modified points earned at Stuart figure toward Side Biter Chassis North Central Region standings, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region. 

“Buying this track was a good opportunity for me. I look forward to being my own boss,” said Van Gen­deren, who piloted Modifieds and Stock Cars during his own on-track career. “This is a great community that really supports racing.” 

This season will be the 34th consecutive Stuart has been sanctioned with IMCA. Regular race programs last season were held on Friday nights.