CJ Speedway set to host two big nights of racing

By Jerry Mackey

COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (Sept. 19, 2023) – CJ Speedway, located on the Louisa County Fairgrounds in Columbus Junction, is set to host a racing doubleheader this weekend, Sept. 22 and 23.

Friday night, the Battle on the Levee that was originally scheduled to be held during the Louisa County Fair will be held with all drivers gunning for a greatly expanded purse thanks to a very long list of great sponsors. This race was postponed due to the excessive heat that hit Southeast Iowa late in July.

Friday night’s racing program will highlight the five divisions of race cars that compete weekly at CJ Speedway.

All five classes race under the IMCA banner. Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will all be racing for the winner’s prize money of $1,000 while the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts will be gunning for the $500 top prize.

Hot laps will get underway at 7 p.m. with racing to follow.

And on Saturday night, CJ Speedway will host the long-running Governor’s Cup which has been relocated to Columbus Junction due to a track closure for the season.

The Governor’s Cup features the SLMR Late Models, in action at CJ Speedway for the second time in 2023. The powerful Late Models will battle it out on the 4/10 mile dirt track racing for the winner’s prize of $5,000.

Joining the Saturday night show will be IMCA sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks, all racing for $1,000 to win.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing national, regional and state points will be awarded both nights. Both Modified feature winners become Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible, both Stock Car winners B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible.

Saturday night, hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. 

Camping is available on the Louisa County Fairgrounds and sites can be reserved by calling Tony Humiston at (319) 212-1093 after 6 p.m. The Louisa County Fair Board and Rusty Zook have teamed up to offer a great meal on Saturday with serving starting at noon. Rusty will be cooking up pork loins and the fair board will provide all the sides and fixins’ for a great meal. The meal will be available to all and a free will offering will be collected to offset the costs of the meal. 

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