WaKeeney adds to IMCA history with 2024 sanction

WaKEENEY, Kan. (March 13, 2024) – A Kansas track rich in IMCA racing history writes another new chapter beginning in 2024.

WaKeeney Speedway hosts five dates for five sanctioned divisions this season, beginning with the April 19-20 Buzzard Bash Dash.

Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts all return to the 3/8-mile clay oval in northwest Kansas.

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, state and track points are also to be awarded at June 6, July 11 and Sept. 14 shows.

“A lot of IMCA national champions have come from this area and raced at WaKeeney,” observed promoter and former Stock Car driver B.J. Wagoner, citing David Murray Jr., John Fose and Doug Holzmeister. “A handful of special events have been held here in recent seasons, most recently last August, and the racing surface is in pretty good shape. More than anything, we’ve got some cleanup to do around the facility to be ready for opening night.”

WaKeeney first sanctioned in 1988 and crowned its last IMCA track champions in 2015.

“I’ve been around racing since the time WaKeeney sanctioned. IMCA is what everybody here has been around for years. They know what to expect with the rules, the procedures and the points when they go through the pit gate,” Wagoner said. “That makes a huge difference to a racer because it adds a sense of stability. They know everyone is racing under the same set of rules.”

Wagoner had raced at WaKeeney before beginning his promotional career, which included a stint at Thomas County Speedway in Colby.

“I never stepped out of it fully. I kind of put WaKeeney on the backburner before my wife Danielle and I decided to take it on and utilize it for the community,” he said. “I’ve had people tell me I’m a better promoter than I was a race car driver. I think I had maybe two wins here.  It seems like I ran second a lot of nights to Jeff Tubbs.”

Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility, Stock Cars for $750 to win and B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility both nights of the Buzzard Bash Dash, held in conjunction with  a town days celebration.

Northern SportMods and Hobby Stocks run for $600 to win both nights, Sport Compacts for $200 to win on Friday.

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply