Last-lap pass nets Sprint Series of Oklahoma victory for Shouse

By David Smith Jr. MEEKER, Okla. (May 5) – His last-lap pass made defending champion Andy Shouse a first-time 2017 Sprint Series of Oklahoma feature winner Friday at Red Dirt Raceway. Shouse, who parlayed the series title into the 2016 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national crown, passed Zach Blurton in the first of two appearances this season for the series, presented by Smi­ley’s Racing Products, at Meeker. Shouse and Jake Martens started on the front row for the twenty-five-lap feature with Martens taking the lead as the green flag fell. Martens kept a three-car-length lead for the first half of the race. Martens was working the bottom of the track while Blurton kept his momentum up top and on lap 13 drove around the leader exiting turn two to take the lead. Blurton reach the back of the field with 10 laps to go while Shouse got past Martens to take over the runner-up position. Blurton’s lead was five car lengths with just three laps remaining but that would soon change as slower cars would come into [Read More]


Linkenhoker leads to Natural Bridge checkers 

By Jim Haines NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (May 6) – Anthony Linkenhoker was a hero to his hometown fans on a cool and windy Saturday evening at Natural Bridge Speedway. Linkenhoker took the late lead and went on to win the Virginia Sprint Series feature. He’s the fourth different winner in as many IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series features so far this season. Chris Ware and Bill Rice paced the field to green with Ware out first and using the low line to stay out front. Tony Harris was right with him quickly as Linkenhoker and Jerald Harris were all fairly close. Ware led to lap 10 when Tony Harris was able to get under him. Linkenhoker stayed right behind the next five times around the track and was finally able to complete the pass for the lead. Feature results – 1. Anthony Linkenhoker; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Tony Harris; 4. Jeff Taylor; 5. Chris Ware; 6. Bill Rice; 7. Harles Streaker; 8. Brian Lawson.


Tri-State remembers fallen officer 

By Rob Nugent POCOLA, Okla. (May 6) – Muldrow pilot Kayden Menasco captured the IMCA Modified checkers for the first time this season Saturday at Tri-State Speedway over Jason Payton and Stephen Muilen­burg. Pre-race ceremonies honored the late Danny Martinez Jr. and several law enforcement vehicles from area agencies joined parade laps during the playing of the National Anthem. Martinez, a Fort Smith Police Department officer and racer, was killed in the line of duty just over 10 years ago.


Traugott stampedes again at Dodge City

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (May 6) – Cole Traugott continues to hold the hot hand in IMCA Modifieds at Dodge City Raceway Park, rallying from the fourth row to take the $1,200 winner’s share in Satur­day night’s fifth annual Modified Stampede. Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Traugott notched his second Modified Stam­pede win in a row and his eighth win in his last eight visits to Dodge City. In the 30-lap main event, Traugott took advantage of a pair of cautions in the opening half of the race to maneuver into the lead for keeps. “If it weren’t for the cautions, I’m not sure if I would have found it,” Traugott said in victory lane.  “That middle lane cleaned up some and I guess I was the first one to find it.  This car was working perfect.” While Traugott managed to climb from eight to fourth in the opening handful of laps, the chances of continuing his Dodge City domination seemed slim as he trailed the lead duo of Randy [Read More]


Mitchell is IMCA Late Model winner at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 5) – Justin Mitchell was the dominant winner Friday night, when IMCA Late Models made their return to the weekly race program at Marshalltown Speedway. Mitchell led from start to finish. Seventh place starter Jason Hahne was the runner up and hometown driver Darrel DeFrance was third. Kyle Brown took the early lead in the IMCA Modified feature, and never looked back on his way to the winner’s circle, a $1,000 check and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Jesse Hoeft made the haul down from Forest City and finished second. Jacob Murray started ninth and finished third. Jeff Mueller stamped his first win in the books at Marshalltown in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division and looked strong in doing so. Mueller started sixth, and led from lap three on his way to victory. Donavon Smith started in the row behind Mueller and ended up a close second place. Third was Michael Jaennette. Shannon Anderson took the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Anderson battled it out [Read More]


Friday Modified feature at Davenport has surprise finish 

By Mike McGuire DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 5) – Friday night’s Eriksen IMCA Modified main event at Davenport had a little bit of everything, including a surprise finish. After the original start was wiped out by a yellow flag, Rick Hixson jumped out to the early lead from the third starting position. Hixson survived several challenges and a couple restarts. On the final lap, however, Hixson left a little room on the bottom in turn two. When Rob Toland tried to fill the hole, the two made contact with Hixson’s car going around and bringing out the yellow. Both drivers were put to the back, ultimately giving the win to Eric Barnes. Matt Werner was scored second with Mitch Morris third. Jason Pershy and Darin Duffy finished fourth and fifth respectively. Thirty-three Modifieds were on hand. Tony Olson continued his reign in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMods. After Randy Far­rell and Ben Chapman each had a turn at the lead, Olson grabbed the top spot just before half­way. Olson held on for the win in [Read More]


Scott scores opening night win at Farley 

By Jerry Mackey FARLEY, Iowa (May 5) – Farley Speedway held its 2017 season opening point races on Friday night and Johnny Scott of Cameron, Missouri advanced from a sixth row start to score an impres­sive IMCA Modified win. Scott took the 20-lap feature win ahead of Jeff Larson and J.D. Auringer. Tyler Soppe continued his early season hot streak with another Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win, this one ahead of Tim Plummer and Austin Heacock. IMCA Late Models brought the night’s racing action to a close with Joel Callahan scoring the 25-lap feature win ahead of Justin Kay and Jeremiah Hurst.


IMCA addresses wheel spacers, rear end components and weight 

VINTON, Iowa – IMCA wheel spacer and rear end component rules have undergone a fine tun­ing. “Last week we clarified weight rules regarding axle tubes for Modifieds and Late Models,” ex­plained IMCA President Brett Root. “We continue to field phone calls and are expanding that clarifica­tion to other rear end components and try to head off some of the unnecessary direction the market is taking.” Effective immediately, wheel spacers used in the Modified, Stock Car and Southern SportMod divisions must be alumi­num with a maximum outside diameter of 7-1/4 inches. Late Models will only be allowed to compete with aluminum wheel spacers as well. Wheel spacers are not allowed in the Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact divisions. “We are doing our best to avoid being walked into putting weight rules on suspension compo­nents,” Root said. “Executive Director of Competition Dave Brenn is doing an excellent job research­ing this issue and writing rules that racers can understand and inspectors can effectively enforce.” Additionally, rear end components including calipers, hubs, drive plates and axle tubes [Read More]


Champ Pans begins fifth season as IMCA sponsor

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (May 5) – The Champ Pans awards program that has paid off for drivers in five IMCA divisions continues for a fifth consecutive season in 2017. The Eau Claire, Wis., manufacturer gives $50 product certificates to top 10 drivers in IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national point standings. “Champ Pans is proud to be a supporter for IMCA but more happy to be able to help out racers all over the country,” said Sales Representative Jake Redetzke. Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed begin­ning the next week from the IMCA home office. Certificates can be applied to pur­chases from Champ Pans or Champ Brackets, another JR Manufacturing Company. More information about Champ Pans and Champ Brackets products is available by calling 715 834-7748, at the www.champpans.com website and on Facebook. “A Champ oil pan remains the industry standard and the preferred choice of IMCA racers, regardless of the engine package,” commented IMCA [Read More]


IMCA Central Iowa Stock Car Showdown set for May 9 at Hamilton County

WEBSTER CITY, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $2,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $1,000 to win at Hamilton County Speedway’s Tuesday, May 9 Central Iowa Stock Car Showdown. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded in both divisions. Pit gates at Webster City open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $17 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-15 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $30. Entry fees of $65 for Stock Cars and $45 for Hobby Stocks include the driver’s pit pass. More information is available at the www.hamiltoncountyspeedway.com website or by calling 515 832-5382.