New bleachers, water balloons, Sprint Cars all part of IMCA RaceSaver Nationals

EAGLE, Neb. – New bleachers and water balloons lead up to the ninth annual IMCA RaceSaver Nationals.

One hundred and eight drivers from 16 states have already signed on to compete at the Sept. 2-5 Sprint Car spectacular at Eagle Raceway, to be broadcast by IMCA.TV. 

Twenty-seven cars will start the Sunday, Sept. 5 main event, with the winner earning $3,000 plus a $1,500 bonus from IMCA if they have made at least one sanctioned start coming into the weekend. The finale pays a minimum of $1,500 to start. 

New bleacher seating, designated as ‘The Party Section’, for another 2,500 fans will be in place at the top of turn four. That timely addition boosts capacity at America’s Home Track to 9,000. 

“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while and decided to get done a couple months ago,” explained promoter Roger Hadan. “That was a good decision given the number of pre-event ticket sales so far.” 

“We have a good combination now of pre-registered drivers who have been regulars at RaceSaver Nationals and first-timers,” he added. “We’ve also got a number of drivers who have raced here before but haven’t been able to come back who are returning this year.” 

RaceSaver pays every heat winner during the event $100. Fans helped add to non-qualifiers’ share of the purse during intermission at a weekly show, paying to throw water balloons at Hadan and other track officials. 

“That should be popular,” Hadan had predicted, dryly. 

Non-qualifying drivers who races all three days receive a minimum of $450 for the weekend. Sunday’s first non-qualifier in the “B” feature takes home $1,000 and the minimum to start that race is $500.

Thursday, Sept. 2 pre-tech begins at 9 a.m. and practice runs from 6-8:40 p.m. followed by qualifying for the Precise Racing Products Race of Champions on Saturday. Grandstands and pits open at 5 p.m. with pit passes $15. Spectator admission is $3 with 12 and under free.

Competition begins Friday, Sept. 3 with heats, preliminary features and the “A” feature which will set the first three rows for Sunday’s main event. Pits open at 3 p.m. and pit passes are $35. Grandstands open at 4:30 p.m. with adult admission $15.

Saturday qualifying sees heats and features to decide rows four through six for Sunday. Front gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission for adults is $18. Pits open at 3 p.m. and pit passes are $35.

The Precise Racing Products Race of Champions follows the Saturday qualifying feature. That race pays $1,000 to win. 

Preliminary features fill the last three rows for Sunday’s 30-lap Big Dance. Front gates open at 4:30 p.m. and adult admission is $20. 

Kids ages 6-12 get into the grandstand for $5 and six and under are free each night. 

IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks are on the Friday program, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods on Saturday and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars on Sunday. 

Drivers already registered for the RaceSaver Nationals Powered by Sunbelt Rentals include:

Gene Ackland, Martell

Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn.

Bruce Allen, Mankato, Minn.

Justin Allen, Gaylord, Minn.

Shayle Bade, Lincoln

Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D.

Ethan Barrow, Bloomington, Ind.

Clint Benson, Papillion

Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan.

Daren Bolac, Moyock, N.C.

Brandon Bosma, Rock Rapids, Iowa

Mike Boston, Lincoln

Chase Brewer, Waxahachie, Texas

Nick Bryan, Lincoln

Casey Burkham, Seagoville, Texas

Owen Carlson, Somerset, Wis.

John Carney, Lubbock, Texas

Dwight Carter, Lincoln

Kevin Champoux, Indianapolis, Ind.

Toby Chapman, Panama

Justin Clark, Hamersville, Ohio

Taylor Courtney, Fort Worth, Texas

Steve Cousins, Eldred, Pa.

Rod Craddock, Alvin, Texas

Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan.

Jason Danley, Lincoln

Joey Danley, Martell

Alex Davenport, Lincoln

Chris Douglas, Amarillo, Texas

Tyler Drueke, Eagle

Jeff Emerson, Millsap, Texas

Dennis Engelhaupt, Page

Claud Estes, Godley, Texas

Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas

Daniel Estes, Mansfield, Texas

D.J. Estes, Fort Worth, Texas

Monty Ferriera, Lincoln

Zach Foesch, Bird Island, Minn.

Jake Galusha, Lincoln

Bill Garrow, Lincoln

Jacob Gomola, Guys Mills, Pa.

Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas

Trevor Grossenbacher, Panama

Adam Gullion, Lincoln

Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas

Rick Hansen, Omaha

Jacob Harris, Vidor, Texas

Tyler Harris, Vidor, Texas

Rod Henning, Monrovia, Ind.

Logan Hershey, Gillette, Wy.

Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa

Andrew Jackson, Fremont

Jared Jansen, Parker, S.D.

Junior Jenkins, Greenville, Texas

Nathan Johnson, Hastings

William Johnson, St. Peter, Minn.

Ryan King, Bennet

Doug Lovegrove, Waverly

Jason Martin, Crete

Keith Martin, Burleson, Texas

Justin Melton, Justin, Texas

Casey Merrell, Springtown, Texas

Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa

Alex Nalon, Pittsboro, Ind.

Dennis Nalon, Pittsboro, Ind.

Danny Nekolite, Oneill

Heath Nestrick, Caddo Mills, Texas

Michael Oliver, San Antonio, Texas

Mark Pace, Lincoln

Caleb Padgett, Madisonville, Texas

Steven Padgett, Madisonville, Texas

John Paynter Jr., Bloomington, Texas

Jeff Pendergast, Norfolk

Boyd Peterson, Ithaca

Gunnar Pike, South Bend

Shon Pointer, Grand Island

Sean Quinn, Clovis, Calif.

Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas

Kyle Rasmussen, Clovis, Calif.

James Reed, Holdrege

Willy Reed, Anderson, Texas

Jeffrey Reiman, Fort Worth, Texas

Matt Richards, Lincoln

Terry Richards, Denton

John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas

Josh Riggins, Lincoln

Jay Russell, Wathena, Kan.

Brandon Sampson, Mesa, Ariz.

Troy Sanford, Lincoln

Dan Satriano, Omaha

Jeremy Schultz, Stewart, Minn.

Blake Scott, Pauls Valley, Okla.

Trevor Serbus, Olivia, Minn.

Stuart Snyder, Lincoln

Michael Stien, Ceylon, Minn. 

Orry Stevens, Spring Creek, Nev.

Dustin Stroup, Fremont, Ohio

Landon Thompson, Haslet, Texas

Christopher Townsend, Cleveland, Texas

Jerrad Warhurst, Joshua, Texas

John Webster, North Platte

Chase Weiler, Lincoln

Nathan Weiler, Omaha

Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas

Jeff Wimmenauer, Greenwood, Ind.

Danny Wood, Norman, Okla

Mark Zoeller, Rockett, Texas