Cocopah dates are Arizona first for IMCA Wild West Tour

SOMERTON, Ariz. – An IMCA event 14 years in the making takes place March 19-20 at Cocopah Speedway.

The Pitt Stop Motorsports IMCA Wild West Tour travels to Somerton in its first-ever visit to Arizona. IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win their Friday and Saturday features, with Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berths at stake both nights of the season-opening doubleheader.

Ken Schrader joins the Modified field, piloting the car that carried Chaz Baca to the 2020 Shaw Race Cars Western Region crown. Both IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run for $750 to win each night at Cocopah.

The Wild West Tour has frequented tracks in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming throughout a 115-race history dating to 2007. The twinbill scheduled at Cocopah last spring was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“We were really looking forward to running at Somerton last April and are pleased that we were able to schedule these 2021 dates,” said Tour Director Ken Hansen. “Cocopah will be a great site to start the tour and we expect to have a good mix of series regulars and first-time Wild West competitors each night.”

Entry fee each night at Cocopah is $100 for the Modifieds and $75 for Stock Cars and Northern SportMods. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Shaw Race Cars Western and EQ Cylinder Heads Southern region, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw shows. 

Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both days. Pit passes are $35 while spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and free for kids 12 and under.

Geographically diverse 2020 tour champions were Cory Sample from Nevada in the Modifieds, Chase Berkeley of Washington in the Stock Cars and Californian Michael Johnson of in the Northern SportMods.

All Pitt Stop Motorsports Wild West Tour events will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.