Sampson Brothers
2017 Super Nationals

Veteran Brothers

Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson are both Super Nationals veterans, Malik as a driver, Keeran as a spectator. This year, both Worthington, Minn., hotshoes are running for starting spots in Saturday’s big Hobby Stock dance. Malik has qualified for the main event in three of his four previous trips to Boone, with a career best finish of seventh last year. “I like the atmosphere here. Super Nationals is fun and it’s challenging. I start to get nervous about three weeks beforehand,” he said. “This year I asked Keeran why he didn’t bring his car along. He was going to be buying a pit pass, anyway.” “I ran hot laps yesterday,” said Keeran, acknowledging that Boone was a different track than what he was used to. “Any time you go up against this many cars you never know what’s going to hap­pen but I’m looking forward to racing here.” He also wouldn’t mind matching the accomplishment of neighbor to the south Elijah Zevenbergen and win a Super Nationals championship in his first competitive visit to Boone.

Jason Martin

Martin gets job done, takes title at IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals 

By Greg Soukup EAGLE, Neb. (Sept. 3) – Jason Martin has had a restless night or two following previous IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals. He’ll have sweet dreams about the 2017 event. Martin led all but the first two laps in winning the fifth annual Sprint Nationals Sunday at Eagle Raceway. The victory came along with a $2,500 check. “I’ll tell you what, a lot of people say that the track owes you because you’ve been there in situations like this and something happens, but I don’t think that Eagle Raceway owes me anything,” said Martin, who had been knocked out of the lead at earlier Nationals by a flat tire or mechanical problems. “I just keep coming back and doing the best that I can. We did the exact same thing that we’ve done the last three or four years and finally got the job done.” 2015 champion John Carney ran second to Martin in their Friday qualifier and again in the big show. Jake Ita Memorial winner Kevin Ramey, 12th starting Jake Bubak and [Read More]

2017 Super Nationals

Long tow from NY

Long tow Allison Pierce made the 970-mile trip from Corning, N.Y., to make her Super Nationals debut during the Labor Day program. A rookie in the sanctioned Hobby Stock division, she brought 11 years of racing experience into the IMCA class, in go-karts, front wheel drives and street stocks. “We decided to come to Super Nationals at the beginning of the year. My dad came out with Brad Smith last year and they had a lot of fun,” Pierce said. “This is a pretty cool place. We went out for prac­tice Sunday and loved the track.” She likes both the economics and competitiveness of the division. Pierce works at a sheet metal shop and does much of the work on her car. “My dad came with me this year. He raced a street stock from 1994-2001 and he’s helped me the whole time I’ve raced,” Pierce said. “He’s been right there and given me pointers.”

2017 Super Nationals

Green flag flies for Super Nationals XXXV

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Hot laps are underway on the first day of the 35th annual IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The Labor Day program at Boone Speedway begins with qualifying heats for the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for the Hobby Stocks and BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods. Qualifiers for both RoC’s will head to the fan zone to determine where they’ll start in their respective Saturday event. The starting fields for two 25-lap qualifying features will be determined by 14 Hobby Stock heats. Twenty heats and the final 25-lap qualifier of the night are on tap for the Northern SportMods. “B” races for the Hobbies, a “B” qualifier and “C” races for the SportMods, and Modified, Sport Compact and Stock Car hot laps complete the card.   ***   Top two finishers in each of the five Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod race of champions heats advanced to Saturday shows. Three former race winners are in the Hobby Stock RoC. Lining up from first through 10th [Read More]


IMCA clarifies current Late Model shock rules

VINTON, Iowa – Developments during the 40th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic at Farley Speedway have led IMCA to state its official position regarding Late Model shock absorber rules “We do not have a rule that specifically prohibits air shocks in the Late Model division,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “The nature in which air is introduced into the shock complicates this issue from a tech inspection standpoint.” “This is a new technology being introduced,” he continued. “We do not feel they are good for the division or for IMCA but until we are 100 percent confident we can write and enforce a rule prohibiting this type of shock, they will remain legal.” Two Late Model events remain on the 2017 schedule, Thursday night during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway and Sept. 22 and 23 at West Liberty Raceway. “The confusion that resulted at the Yankee was unintentional and not the fault of Farley Speedway officials,” Root said. “Our executive committee, in conjunction with Late Model promoters, will [Read More]

2017 Super Nationals

Monday Schedule

Schedule is subject to change as needed! HOBBY STOCK, NORTHERN SPORTMOD HOT LAPS – 1 pm TRACK PREP DRIVERS MEETING – 1:30 pm FIRST RACE – 2 pm   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (0 to 20) 5 – HOBBY STOCK ROC HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP (Hobby Stock RoC Qualifiers to Fan Zone)   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (21 to 40) 5 – NORTHERN SPORTMOD ROC HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP (Northern SportMod RoC Qualifiers to Fan Zone)   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (41 to 60) 7 – HOBBY STOCK HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (61 to 80) 7 – HOBBY STOCK HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   MODIFIED HOT LAPS (81 to 100) 10 – NORTHERN SPORTMOD HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   SPORT COMPACT HOT LAPS (ALL) MODIFIED HOT LAPS (100 & ABOVE) 4 – HOBBY STOCK B’s (8 laps) HOBBY STOCK “A1” (25 laps) TRACK PREP   STOCK CAR HOT LAPS (0 to 29) 10 – NORTHERN SPORTMOD HEATS (8 laps) TRACK PREP   STOCK CAR HOT LAPS (30 to 59) [Read More]


Santa Maria rains out 

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Santa Maria’s Simkins Memorial Weekend is a casualty to inclement weather. A pair of IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features were on the holiday weekend card.

Tyler Droste

Hancock County success continues for Droste at Night of 1,000 Stars

BRITT, Iowa (Aug. 10) – Tyler Droste’s second career IMCA Modified win at Hancock County Speed­way looked a lot like his first. Droste led the last 35 times around the track in Thursday’s Night of 1,000 Stars main event at Britt. His $3,500 share of the purse was complemented by a $1,000 bonus for leading at halfway in the 50-lapper. Johnny Whitman ran at the front early on but couldn’t keep Droste, who’d started in the middle of the second row, at bay. There was no catching Droste from that point, although racing continued two, three and some­times four-wide behind him. The final caution waved with five laps left. Droste, already on the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot, pulled away again to beat Hunter Marriott to the checkers by half a straightaway. Marriott had started 15th. Defending race winner Richie Gustin was third, Corey Dripps was fourth and Jay Noteboom completed the top five. Dripps made his way from 22nd starting. Hard charger Joel Rust started 28th and finished 11th. Another impressive run up [Read More]

Kelly Shryock

Shryock clinches title, Abelson takes checkers in Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale 

ALTA, Iowa (Aug. 9) – Chris Abelson took the checkers while Kelly Shryock took the champion­ship of the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour Wednesday at Buena Vista Raceway. Abelson passed Shryock for the lead early in the IMCA Modified 30-lapper, stayed in front to the finish of a feature that ran caution-free and pocketed $1,000 for his second tour victory of the sea­son. After finishing in the top five in all but one of the nine tour events – and placing second in each of the last three – Shryock earned a $1,000 share of the tour point fund, along with a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite Pellet Grill courtesy of Arnold Motor Supply. “Winning a championship is cool,” said Shryock, the eighth different driver to win the Hawkeye Dirt Tour title in as many years. “Maybe we can repeat next year.” Abelson, the 2016 tour champion, has run part-time this season at Alta. He drew the fifth starting spot for the main event and didn’t need much time to get to the front. “We [Read More]


Dominant Dotson becomes first to repeat in Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout

By Ben Deatherage LEBANON, Ore. (June 29) – Ethan Dotson became the first two-time feature winner when the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout rolled into town Thursday for the first of three events at Willamette Speedway. Dotson enjoyed a smooth drive to the $1,000 checkers as the Bakersfield, Calif., hotshoe took full ad­vantage of his front row starting position to seize the lead from the start. Already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational candidate, Dotson dominated the race in its entirety as the cautions came out just at the right time before lapped traffic would play a factor. Jesse Williamson, winner of the Sunset Speedway park event on Wednesday, was second with Brian Thompson, winner of his Thursday “B” qualifier, an impressive third. The rest of the top five consisted of defending series champion Kellen Chadwick and Cory Sam­ple, who had to come from the back after getting caught up in a lap one incident. Feature results – 1. Ethan Dotson; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. Brian Thompson; 4. Kellen Chad­wick; 5. Cory Sample; 6. Dustin Cady; [Read More]