New IMCA sanctions make history at Lafayette County Speedway

DARLINGTON, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin speedplant with nearly seven decades of racing history adds three IMCA divisions to regular weekly shows this season. 

Lafayette County Speedway at Darlington sanctions the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods beginning in 2020. 

Twelve Friday programs are scheduled during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season, from April 24 to Aug. 14.

“IMCA is very well respected in the racing industry and a lot of our drivers already race IMCA,” explained Media Director Kari Ruf. “We’ve been getting good car counts and our rules were similar to IMCA’s. We decided sanctioning was the good way for us to go.” 

Both Modified and Northern SportMod fields are expected to be well represented by drivers from the tri-state area also including Illinois and Iowa. The Hobby Stock class, noted Ruf, will be a “perfect fit” for younger drivers looking to begin their full-bodied racing careers. 

The 3/8-mile clay oval was converted from a half-mile in the early 2000s. The Lafayette County Fair race is July 17, the Bob Larson Memorial Sept. 18 and 19. 

“Lafayette County Speedway has a long history of great racing and we’re proud to become part of that,” said IMCA Vice President of Operations Jim Stannard. “The Darlington area is home to a lot of talented drivers and race fans there have even more to look forward to this season.”

Modified points earned at Darlington figure toward IMCA Side Biter Chassis North Central Region standings, Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.