“Huge” IMCA Harris Clash win will be unforgettable for Ward

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Aug. 8, 2023) – Tim Ward wasn’t even sure if he made the main event field the first couple times he tried to qualify for the Harris Clash. For sure, he won’t forget how he finished at the 32nd annual special for Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds. Ward led the last five times around the track in winning Tuesday’s main event at Deer Creek Speedway, on the first night of IMCA.TV Speedweek. “This win was huge. It’s so tough to win here,” Ward said after the $5,000 checkers flew for his 19th victory of the season. “It’s something we’ve always looked forward to being able to do.” The Clash brought nearly 130 entries to Spring Valley for IMCA’s longest-running one day event. Pole starter Cody Laney led the first two of 30 Modified laps before giving way to Brandon Beckendorf. What proved to be the only caution of the contest came on lap five. Austen Becerra and Jacob Hobscheidt chased Beckendorf past midway, with the ninth starting Ward making his way to third on lap [Read More]


Tradition, prestige and the pay all highlight 32nd annual IMCA Harris Clash at Deer Creek

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Aug. 4, 2023) – Being part of a tradition and the prestige bring Friesen Performance IMCA Modified and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods back to Deer Creek Speedway for the Tuesday, Aug. 8 Harris Clash. The pay is pretty good, too. IMCA’s longest running one-day special returns to Spring Valley, Minn., for its 32nd annual event, which sees the Modified winner earn $5,000-plus to win along with Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility while the SportMod winner takes home at least $2,500. “We have a good payout throughout the field again this year,” said event promoter Bob Harris, noting that nearly 100 drivers from 16 states are already entered for the upcoming Clash. “The Modified winner gets another $500 if their chassis builder is part of our manufacturers’ cup, plus $100 for every position they advance from their original starting spot from the TraLo Companies.” The Modified main pays a minimum of $500 to start. Wehrs Machine and Racing Products gives a $500 random draw award on lap 15 and also returns [Read More]


Pretty incredible, Berry dominates Harris Clash IMCA Modified feature

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Aug. 2, 2022) – The driver who said he’s learned how to win races when everything isn’t perfect came pretty close to perfection Tuesday night at Deer Creek Speedway.  Tom Berry Jr. raced from ninth starting to win the 31st annual Harris Clash, taking the lead on the sixth circuit and checking out on the rest of the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified field in a fast-paced, caution-free 30 lap main event. “It’s pretty incredible to be doing what we’re doing,” Berry said following his 13th IMCA feature win of the season, and seventh since Austin Hemmen stepped into the crew chief role in early July. “We are just able to compete at a really high level.” He took home a check for $6,300, which included a $5,000 share of the purse, an $800 bonus from the TraLo Companies for advancing eight positions for the win and another $500 in manufacturers’ cup money. Two-time race winner Ethan Dotson was the hard charger, motoring from 16th at the start and taking over second on the last lap, [Read More]


Performance Bodies awards are new for 31st Harris Clash

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (July 26, 2022) – Four drivers with differing on-track luck at the Aug. 2 Harris Clash will take home $250 awards courtesy of Performance Bodies. Hard luck drivers in both Friesen Performance IMCA Modified and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod main events receive $250, as do the leader on lap 15 of the Modified main feature and the leader on lap 13 of the Northern SportMod feature.  “Registrations are up from this time last year,” notes Promoter Bob Harris. “Everything is going as planned, the long-range forecast looks good and we’re excited about racing at Deer Creek Speedway next Tuesday.”  The 31st annual Harris Clash pays Modifieds $5,000 to win, plus Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility, a $500 bonus if their chassis manufacturer is part of the event manufacturers’ cup, and $100 from the TraLo Companies for every position they advance in taking the checkers.  A minimum of $500 will be paid to start the Modified main event. Wehrs Machine & Racing Products returns as title sponsor of the $1,000 to win [Read More]


Rich IMCA Harris Clash returns to Deer Creek Speedway

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (July 15, 2022) – How can you improve on an already great event like the Harris Clash?  Promoter Bob Harris says more money is a good way to start.  While Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds run for $5,000 to win their main event on Tuesday, Aug. 2 at Deer Creek Speedway, the minimum paid to start the feature has been upped to $500.  Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods see a boost as well and run for $2,500 to win. “The Modified winner gets another $500 if their chassis builder is part of the Clash manufacturers’ cup, plus a new $100 bonus for every position they advance in the main event from the TraLo Companies out of Owatonna,” explained Harris. “We’ve added a lot of money to the back side of the Modified purse and the Northern SportMods are running for $2,500 to win so we’ve got a real good payout again this year.” The Modified winner becomes eligible to qualify for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Wehrs Machine & Racing Products returns as [Read More]


Dream race for DeVilbiss ends with trophy, $10,000 IMCA Modified Harris Clash payday

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Aug. 3) – Zane DeVilbiss had his eye on the custom trophies made for the 30th annual Harris Clash before the first green flag flew Tuesday night.  After taking the final checkers of the night, DeVilbiss left Deer Creek Speedway with that hardware and a career-best $10,000 payday after leading all 30 laps of an IMCA Modified main event that played out in front of a packed grandstand. “This is the breakthrough we were looking for on this little tour,” said DeVilbiss, from Farmington, N.M. “We’ve had a good car the last few weeks and it’s awesome to be here.” “I saw all those cool trophies Chad (Wehrs) was building and said ‘Man, I’d better get out there and try to win one of those,’” he added. DeVilbiss drew the pole start and pulled away following back-to-back cautions on lap two. He led Nick Meyer and then Jacob Hobscheidt during a long green flag run, catching up with the back of the field just after midway of the 30-lapper. Jordan Grabouski had [Read More]


30th Harris Clash marks milestone with $10,000 IMCA Modified top prize

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Thirty years ago, Bob Harris didn’t think the IMCA Harris Clash would ever get this big.  As late as a couple weeks ago, the promoter of IMCA’s longest-running one-day special never thought it would pay this big, either. More than 110 IMCA Modifieds and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are already pre-registered for the 30th annual Clash Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.  Harris had the pleasure of making the announcement late last week that the Modifieds would be racing for $10,000 to win. Wehrs Machine and Racing Products, along with Aero Race Wheels, AFCO, Close Racing, Performance Bodies and Strange Oval, all chipped to double what had been the winner’s original share of the purse. In addition, race announcers will draw midway through the Modified 30-lapper to determine recipients of two $500 awards for drivers finishing between sixth and 25th.  “It’s been pretty exciting. I’ve been impressed with how everything has come together,” Harris said. “Thirty years ago, I would have never dreamt this event would get [Read More]


Moffitt returning to Harris Clash for 30th annual IMCA special

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – Brett Moffitt will add to his IMCA heritage at the upcoming Harris Clash.  The 2007 Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod Clash winner, Moffitt will wheel an IMCA Modified at the 30th annual event on Aug. 3 at Deer Creek Speedway.  “I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve worked with him since he was about 13 years old,” Clash promoter Bob Harris said of Moffitt, the youngest driver to win at Knoxville Raceway, the 2015 rookie of the year in the NASCAR Cup Series and 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. “It’s pretty cool and a benefit for the Clash.”  Moffitt will pilot a Jason Snyder-owned car. His first night in that ride is at Benton County Speedway’s Aug. 1 Racing For Autism show.  The NASCAR Xfinity Series driver will then be among the IMCA Modified competitors chasing a Clash record $5,000 payday at Spring Valley as well as the $1,000 to be paid to the Wehrs Machine and Racing Products Race of Champions winner.  Wehrs has added $3,500 to the Modified purse while TraLo gives [Read More]


Registration begins for Aug. 3 Harris Clash

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. – IMCA Modified and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod drivers can register now through MyRacePass to be part of the Aug. 3 Harris Clash at Deer Creek Speedway. Modifieds race for $3,000 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier while the Northern SportMods run for $1,200 to win at the 30th annual Clash, IMCA’s longest continuously running one-day special. The Modified winner earns an additional $500 if their chassis builder participates in the Harris Clash manufacturers’ cup. The race of champions, sponsored by Wehrs Machine and Racing Products, pays $1,000 to win and $100 to start. Entry fee is $75 for Modifieds and $50 for Northern SportMods if paid by July 31 or $100 for Modifieds and $75 for Northern SportMods after that date. The link to register can also be found on the www.harrisclash.com website. Transponders are required and will be available to rent at the track. Pit gates will be open all day and officially open at 3 p.m. The draw closes and hot laps start at 6:15 p.m. with racing at 7 [Read More]


Dotson, Thompson are IMCA Harris Clash winners on record-setting night at Deer Creek

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (Aug. 4) – Ethan Dotson had raced his way into the record book with his first Harris Clash victory.  He joined a select group of IMCA Modified drivers with his second on Tuesday night at Deer Creek Speedway. With total entries at a record 155 for the 29th annual Clash, Dotson became just the sixth driver to win one of IMCA’s most prestigious events twice, leading all 30 laps and holding off defending race winner Austin Arneson in the process. “I don’t know what else is more fun,” said Dotson, chased much of the distance by Jeff Aikey and 2018 Clash winner Cayden Carter. “It was an awesome track and we got lucky starting where we did.” The Californian drew the pole and set a blistering pace over the first half of the race, halted by the first caution on lap 17. Dotson continued to make the most of the fast higher line in the race to the checkers as Aikey and then Carter ran in second. Arneson had started ninth and moved [Read More]