Seibold rings up career first IMCA Stock Car win

Brian Seibold was dialed in, racing to his career-first IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win at Park Jefferson Speedway on May 9. (Photo by Sami Sue’s Snapshots)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (May 9, 2024) – His phone started ringing right after Brian Seibold’s Thursday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win at Park Jefferson Speedway.

It hasn’t stopped.

The victory was Seibold’s first in nearly 120 career starts in The Class Too Tough Too Tame dating to 2019. Mike Nichols, IMCA’s all-time wins leader, Texas hotshoe Shelby Williams and Todd Gereau completed the top four behind him.

“It was pretty amazing, to say the least. The top five or six guys there were fast, really fast,” said Seibold, “and when they showed up and I saw them pulling into the pits I thought to myself that this was going to be a rough night.”

He added fuel but made no setup changes after going backwards in his heat, accurately figuring what his car and the track would do in the main event.

Seibold drew the outside front row start, passed Corey Frye early and led the last 18 of 20 circuits, keeping Nichols & Co. at bay in a green, white, checkered finish.

“He never touched me. It was a fun race and Mike raced me really clean,” said Seibold, 44 and from Sioux City. “I never thought it would be against guys like that that I’d get my first win.”

Seibold ran a Hobby Stock for two years, then took a break from racing before making a single Stock Car start in 1919 and returning for partial seasons during the COVID-shortened 2020 season and 2021.

He made 40 starts each of the last two years, racing weekly at Interstate Speedway and Park Jefferson while traveling in South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Seibold had second- and third-place finishes to his credit last year. That elusive first  win came in his third night in a 2019 Big Daddy ride that had shown potential in earlier 11th and seventh place finishes.

“I’ve never gotten discouraged. It’s been pretty amazing, to say the least,” said Seibold, who’s heard from friends and racing acquaintances from all over since taking those checkers. “I don’t think my phone stopped ringing until about 1:30 the next morning.”

Rookie Jace Whitt of Hamilton, Mo., outran veterans Brandon Beckendorf, Jim Cole and Ricky Stephan for his first Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature win.

Rookie Jace Whitt won his career-first Friesen Performance IMCA Modified feature on May 9 at Park Jefferson Speedway. (Photo by Sami Sue’s Snapshots)

Tayte Harazin topped the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Jonah Chinn was the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod victor.

And Johnny Thomas followed his May 3 checkers at hometown Beatrice Speedway with the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact win.

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