$34,000 from engine auction added to purse shares at IMCA Super Nationals

Fans and bidders crowded the NAPA Fan Zone after the final checkers of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, for the auction of Saturday night champions’ engines. (Photo by Byron Fichter)

BOONE, Iowa (September 20, 2023) – The auction champions’ engines added another $34,000 to the Saturday night purse paid at the 41st annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

Engines that powered championship-winning rides of Dylan Thornton in the Stock Cars and Mike Smith both gaveled at $10,000, adding $344.83 to the take home pay for the main event qualifiers in both divisions.

Jake Sachau’s Northern SportMod title-winning engine saw a $7,100 top bid, adding $244.83 to purse shares for the other drivers in that event.

And the engine that Tim Ward won both the Double Down Prelude and the Modified main event sold for $6,900, generating another $215.63 for each of his Saturday night competitors.

With start money added, that means the other 32 drivers taking the green flag in the Saturday night Modified main event earned a minimum of $1,215.63; 29 Stock Car drivers a minimum of $844.83; 29 Hobby Stock drivers a minimum of $644.83 and 29 Northern SportMod drivers each at least $544.83.

“Champions receive the lion’s share of the Super Nationals purse and rightfully so,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “But qualifying for the Big Dance is an accomplishment in itself and rewarded accordingly with shares from the engine auction and start money.”

Ward, Sachau and Smith all received new crate engines from Karl Kustoms; Thornton received a new Midstate Machine-built engine.

Shares of engine auction proceeds have been mailed from the IMCA home office.

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