Five IMCA divisions making big news at Wagner Speedway in 2021

WAGNER, S.D. – The ownership and management of Wagner Speedway is proud to announce some big news for the racing community in our region and announce the 2021 race schedule.

Following a season of hard work, planning and discussion, Wagner Speedway is thrilled to be sanctioned by the International Motor Contest Association (IMCA) for the upcoming campaign. IMCA is America’s premier dirt track racing sanctioning body, home of the Speedway Motors Weekly Racing Series.

Since exploding onto the racing scene in 1979, the Modifieds have become the calling card of IMCA. These open wheel wonders push the limits of power and excitement. The IMCA Modified was the savior of modern racing, and IMCA has received many awards for its visionary efforts.

IMCA has incorporated that same philosophy in the growth of the seven other divisions it sanctions, five of which will be on display weekly at Wagner beginning May 7. Classes that will run for IMCA points in 2021 include IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Many of the drivers that our fans enjoyed watching last year will now have new teams join them on Friday nights for IMCA points.

IMCA continues its philosophy and focus on family, teamwork and a strong sense of integrity. They remain committed to their mission statement developed in 1992. IMCA now holds sanctioned events in 36 states and one Canadian province and awards $650,000 in point fund monies to their drivers. 

In past seasons, race teams came to Wagner because of the love of the track and a chance to earn track points for a track championship. Now, with IMCA sanctioning, the stakes just got a lot higher. Teams have the chance to earn national, regional and state points or rookie of the year points, depending on what their particular focus is and Speedway General Manager Rod Pattison is extremely excited for the future.

“This sets up our track as a key for drivers across the region. Drivers can race for national points at any track, including ours. But they can also race for state champion points with us on Friday, I-90 Speedway for RaceSaver Sprint Cars on Saturdays and Huset’s Speedway on Sundays.  The rest of the IMCA classes have the chance to run for state title points at Park Jefferson International Speedway on Saturdays and Raceway Park on Sundays,” he said. “For our drivers from Nebraska, they can garner national points with Wagner on Friday, Off Road Speedway in Norfolk on Saturdays and Stuart Raceway in Stuart on Sundays, along with many other raceways across the country. It’s a win-win and we are extremely excited!”

The 3/8-mile dirt oval is scheduled to host up to 17 nights of racing with a variety of special events along the way. 

Racing will conclude on Labor Day Weekend.  As of now, Friday, July 16 is a scheduled night off, which may become a rain date if necessary.