IMCA announces 2022 national and regional champions, rookies of the year

VINTON, Iowa (Oct. 5, 2022) – First-time Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod king Rodney White joins fellow luminaries Jordan Grabouski, Cory Dumpert, Justin Clark, Mike Nichols, Dillon Richards, Matthew Looft, Dillon Raffurty and Nate Coopman in IMCA’s national championship class of 2022.

Nichols is the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car champion for the 11th time while Grabouski, Looft and Coopman all earned career fifth titles in the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified, Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod and Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact divisions, respectively.

Dumpert won a fourth straight IMCA Sunoco Late Model crown. Clark repeated as the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car king, Raffurty as the IMCA STARS Mod Lite champ. 

Richards won his own second national IMCA title, this time in the Sunoco Hobby Stocks. He’d ruled the Sport Compact standings in 2017.

Shelby Alves raced to her first Lady Eagle prize and Mike Smith is the Junior National Champion. 

Grabouski also ruled the Jet Racing Central Modified Region while Ty Clemens paced the Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Travis Denning the Razor Chassis North Central Region, William Gould the GRT Race Cars South Central Region and A.J. Ward the Dirt Works Eastern Region for Modifieds. 

Nichols and Blake Clark led the point standings for EQ Cylinder Heads Stock Car Northern and Southern Regions, respectively.

Richards and Jason Duggins were Big Daddy Race Cars Hobby Stock Northern and Southern Region champions.

National rookies of the year are Matthew Day, Modifieds; Dustin Schram, Late Models; Koby Werkmeister, Sprint Cars; Kaden Reynolds, Stock Cars; C.J. Thorne, Hobby Stocks; William Kirk, Northern SportMods; Trevor Cogburn, Southern SportMods; Darrick Knutsen in the STARS Mod Lites; and Miley JoAnn Goldwich-Rhames in the Sport Compacts. 

Joining Day as Modified regional rookies of the year were Katelynn Robertson in the Western; Austen Becerra in the North Central; Noah Burlison in the Central; and Jacob Poel in the Eastern. 

Reynolds and Cameron Cook were Northern and Southern region Stock Car rookies of the year. Randy Randall and Thorne were Northern and Southern region Hobby Stock rookies of the year.

All point standings for the 2022 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season become official at noon CST Monday, Oct. 24. 

The IMCA national awards banquet will be Saturday, Nov. 26 in Lincoln, Neb.