Oberlin building foundation for future with five IMCA divisions on Friday race programs

OBERLIN, Kan. – Five IMCA divisions become part of the Friday night racing foundation at Oberlin Speedway.

IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts will be featured on May 14, June 25, July 16, Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 programs. 

Co-promoters Joseph Herskowitz Jr. and Nick Kane have traveled across the area, with stops in Colorado and Nebraska, distributing schedules to boost car counts and spectator attendance in their first year at the northwest Kansas venue.

“We know it’s going to take some work to get drivers and that you have to have cars to get the fans,” explained Herskowitz. “We are going to keep things simple this year. If we can bring in the cars, we will add three to five events next year, maybe including a two-day special.” 

The WaKeeney native grew up crewing for his father and raced a bomber at area tracks including Colby, Goodland and Stockton. 

“Racing has always been in my blood. I always enjoyed it but got to the point where I started thinking I would rather promote,” he said. “I think IMCA has got a pretty good set of rules in place to keep the competition close. If you can give everyone a chance to be competitive, then everyone is going to be a winner one way or another. The point system is good but the main thing for us is the rules.”

Herskowitz and Kane contacted veteran promoter and series director Don Bolt to head the track tech inspection team.

IMCA Modifieds, Stocks, Hobbies and SportMods all last ran at Oberlin in 2016. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars following the United Rebel Sprint Series are also in town this season for the Aug. 13-14 Bob Salem Memorial. 

An open practice is planned April 23 at Oberlin.