New promoter wants to deliver first-rate racing at Hancock County

BRITT, Iowa (Feb. 22, 2024) – Back when Hancock County Speedway was being built, Darin Toot used to take breaks from his job delivering milk and eat his lunch at the track so he could follow the work in progress.

Beginning this season, he’ll focus his energies on delivering first-rate race programs at Britt.

Toot takes over as new promoter of the 4/10-mile dirt oval, where Friday night shows will feature Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods.

“Racing has been in my life since I bought my first car in 1989. It’s what I do, It’s what I enjoy, it’s what’s in my heart,” said Toot, who raced IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Stock Cars along with a nine-year stint as owner and promoter of Chateau Speedway in Minnesota. “We want Hancock County to be a place where racers want to race, and where fans can come to watch good racing.”

“Our goals are to get numbers up in the grandstand and pit side,” he added, noting both challenges and opportunities faced by weekly race tracks. “We want to get kids and entire families to the track.”

What’s been a relatively mild winter has been “a blessing in disguise,” Toot said, allowing track officials to begin work on the racing surface sooner than expected.

“We’ll bring some life back to the dirt, reduce some of the banking and make the track racier,” he promised. “We’ll throw some different things at it to see if we can make it faster. If we can do that, the entertainment will be there.”

The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season runs from May 3 to Aug. 23 at Britt. Open practices will be held April 20, 26 or 27 if weather permits.

Specials for all weekly IMCA divisions, including the SportMod Nationals, Tuesday night fair show and Speedweek ‘Stars’ show will all be on the 2024 schedule.

“The four divisions we sanction are really the core of IMCA. We’ve had them here for years,” said Toot, who researched where and when area drivers raced after fielding numerous questions about the sanction. “You can’t empty the basket to make a change and then just fill it with new eggs.”

After construction was done, fans didn’t have to wait long to see the first IMCA track champions crowned at Hancock County as Modified, Stock Car and Hobby Stock kings all reigned in 1995.

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