Four IMCA divisions featured at Cardinals’ inaugural Sam Hodges Memorial

EUNICE, N.M. – A former track owner, promoter and driver will be remembered Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13-14 at Cardinal Speedway’s inaugural Sam Hodges Memorial. 

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $2,755 to win, IMCA Modifieds for $1,755 to win their 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods for $1,055 to win. Top prize in Saturday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature is $955.

Stock Cars will run 50 laps with a mandatory pit stop on the front straightaway at halfway. The Modified feature is 40 laps and $500, $300 and $200 will be paid to the first, second and third-running drivers, respectively, when that race is halted for a pit stop, also on lap 25. 

Both the SportMod and Hobby Stock features will be 25 laps. A complete rundown on feature payouts, which are expected to increase, is posted on the track’s Facebook page.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded.

Early entry fee in all divisions is $50 if mailed to the track by Sept. 9; entry fee after that date is $75.

Qualifying races will be held both Friday and Saturday. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. both days, the draw closes at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 12, gates open at 5:30 p.m. for registration and an open practice is from 7-10 p.m. A party in the pits follows the practice session.

RaceCeivers are required. Kids’ power wheel and bike races will be held during intermission on Saturday.

Hotel accommodations are available at the Hotel Inn Express & Suites, 575 391-8777, and the Baymont Inn & Suites, 575 964-8400. Drivers should ask for Cardinal Speedway rates. 

More information is available from promoter Toby Herring at 575 441-1941.