2022 Super Nationals

IMCA Super Nationals history for Olmstead with RoC win and Hobby Stock championship 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 10, 2022) – Zach Olmstead thought he had the car to win the Saturday show at Boone Speedway last September. That same ride took him straight to the history book at the 40th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Olmstead became the first driver to win both the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions and the Hobby Stock championship event at the same Super Nationals, topping Tuesday’s RoC and the Big Dance on Saturday. He had worked his way up from 10th starting and was running close, but not too close, to the front stretch calamity that kayoed race-long leader Brandon Nielsen, defending champion Mike Smith and Jimmy Johnson. “It’s humbling,” said Olmstead, who had finished fourth in his one prior main event start, in 2018. “Last year we won the Prelude and the race of champions. I felt like we had a winning car but got taken out and didn’t qualify. This year I wanted to go back and prove it.” Still on board the same 2019 Brendan Eilts Racing & [Read More]

2022 Super Nationals

Looft’s IMCA Super Nationals SportMod championship is best birthday present ever

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 10, 2022) – Matthew Looft brought home his first IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s championship and the best birthday present an 8-year-old boy could ask for on the same night. Looft raced from 13th starting and held off familiar weekly foe Colby Fett Saturday in winning the Northern SportMod main event and $5,000 Saturday at Boone Speedway. “I promised to do my best to give my son Brayden a tall trophy for his eighth birthday,” said Looft, from Swea City and IMCA’s four-time and defending national champion. “We have gotten a lot of help from a lot of people and have won a lot of races and this was the biggest by far.” “A national championship is pretty cool. At Super Nationals there are 171 other cars and you’re racing against the best drivers in the country just to get in the feature,” he continued. “All the pressure is on one night. You can have some bad nights when you race during the season but you can’t have a bad [Read More]

2022 Super Nationals

Murty races to rare Stock Car repeat crown at IMCA Super Nationals 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 10, 2022) – A race that began as a battle between two of the best young guns in the division became a battle between father and son on championship night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. When both those battles at Boone Speedway were over, Dallon Murty had defended his Stock Car championship, becoming just the second driver in division history to go back-to-back at America’s Racin’ Vacation.  “This was a really special win. There’s a lot of weight lifted off your shoulders when you’re the defending champion and can win again,” said Murty, 17 years old, from Chelsea and a senior at BGM High School. “Last year’s win was probably my best ever because it was my first. This win and last year are at the top of all my wins, by far.” A record 246 Stock Car drivers competed at the 40th annual Super Nationals and the main event saw 30 of the best of them racing for a $7,500 top check. Murty had become the youngest champion [Read More]

2022 Super Nationals

Berry wears Modified crown at 40th annual IMCA Super Nationals 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 10, 2022) – A season that’s seen more than its share of high points for Tom Berry Jr. saw its highest on Saturday, in the final race of the 40th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Berry added the title of Super Nationals champion to his already lengthy IMCA resume, passing Kollin Hibdon just before midway and leading to the end of the 40-lap Modified feature. More than 250 Modifieds were among the record 1,000 cars that competed at Boone Speedway during the week and Berry had the fastest of them in taking the $10,000 top check. “This was definitely our biggest win. It means a lot to our entire team,” said Berry, who won a host of special events around the Midwest leading up to Super Nationals. “We have been coming here since 2014 and we’ve been competitive the last four years.”  “We’ve had our ups and downs at Boone,” continued the Oregon native, fourth in the Big Dance on 2020 and the first car out of last year’s [Read More]

2022 Super Nationals

Engine auction adds $21,000 to Super Nationals main event purse

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 13, 2022) – The gavel came down four times as the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Saturday night program concluded with the auction of champions’ engines. Stock Car champion Dallon Murty’s engine sold for $7,250, so each of the other 29 starters in that event got another $250 in addition to their posted purse shares. The engine of Northern SportMod champion Matt Looft hammered at $5,500. The other 29 drivers in that event get another $189.66. Modified champion Tom Berry Jr.’s engine sold for $5,200 so the other 32 starts in that race each get $162.50. And Zach Olmstead’s Super Nationals winning engine sold for $3,000. The other 29 qualifiers for the Hobby Stock feature get another $103.45. Berry, Looft and Olmstead each received new crate engines from the Karl Companies. Murty received an engine built by Midstate Machine. IMCA and event sponsors, among them Speedway Motors, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, EQ Cylinder Heads, Kevko, Manley and Motorville Parts Supply, also helped furnished parts for that power plant.  All auction proceeds [Read More]

Tom Berry
2022 Super Nationals

Berry tops record 40th IMCA Super Nationals with Modified crown

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 10, 2022) – Tom Berry Jr.’s run to the Modified championship brought the final checkers down on the record-setting week of the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, when 1,000 cars brought 1,000 stars to Boone Speedway.  Berry, one of the record 1,000 drivers from 28 states and four Canadian provinces competing at the 40th annual event, caught Kollin Hibdon for the lead just before midway of the 40-lapper, then held off the young speedster from Nevada the rest of the way.  “This is unbelievable,” Berry said before trophy photos were taken in the NAPA Fan Zone. “I’ve been coming to Super Nationals for years and finally did it. To win Super Nationals just topped my season. I can’t believe it.”  The Oregon native had raced in the Pacific Northwest and then out of North Dakota before moving to Iowa. Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational winner Cody Thompson was in and out of the top five before ending in third and Canadian Aaron Turnbull was fourth.  Other Saturday champions were Dallon Murty, [Read More]

Damon Murty
2022 Super Nationals

Laps led differ but Murty, Thornton top Friday Stock Car qualifiers

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 9, 2022) – The numbers of laps Damon Murty and Dylan Thornton led differed almost as much as possible but both were winners of Friday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s Stock Car qualifying features. 2018 Super Nationals champion Murty passed race-long leader Shelby Williams after two late cautions in the first qualifier at Boone Speedway. Thornton, already set to start the Modified main event from the pole, led the distance in the caution-free 25-lap nightcap. Top four finishers in each feature advance to the outside row of the championship show. Murty’s son Dallon, the defending Super Nationals king, and Kaden Reynolds have already locked in front row starts. Williams and Murty ran 1-2 the first 24-1/2 laps with Austin Brauner in third much of that distance. The Platte Center, Neb., pilot exited after bringing out the first of those two late yellows with hard-charging Kelly Shryock moving up and into his spot for the restart. Murty finally saw his opportunity, passing Williams on the backstretch on the final [Read More]

Bricen James
2022 Super Nationals

James, Berry are best in Friday Modified qualifiers at Boone 

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 9, 2022) – Race fans in the Pacific Northwest celebrated late into the night, after Friday checkers flew for Modified qualifying features at the 40th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Oregon driver Bricen James won the first qualifier and Oregon native Tom Berry Jr. paced the nightcap at Boone Speedway, leading the top four finishers in both races to the outside row of the championship event.  James had to work his way up from ninth starting, catching Todd Shute for the lead in a green, white checkered  finish. Berry also had to pass a former Super Nationals champion to get to the front and brought Jeff Aikey along to the checkers. Drew Janssen led the first 11 circuits of the opening qualifier before giving way to Shute. The 2007 Super Nationals champion, still battling front end issues that had forced him off the track early in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational show, somehow kept the handle to lead the next 13 laps before James got by. “I’m excited,” James [Read More]

Cody Thompson
2022 Super Nationals

Everything continues to come together for Cody Thompson.

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 9, 2022) – Gifted the pole start when his Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational competition drew every spoon except the one with the one written on it, Thompson led every lap but the first one in winning the special Modified race Friday night during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway.  “I couldn’t believe that the one (spoon) was the only one left. That was probably the only way I was going to get it,” said Thompson, never seriously challenged once in front. “The All-Star race is a race that every driver in the division wants to win and it’s a real credit to our team that we were able to do it.” The race ran caution-free all 30 laps and was completed in just over nine minutes. Thompson’s checkers were good for $1,000 plus another $725 in lap money. 2019 race winner Joel Rust was scored first on the opening circuit then ran second the rest of the way. Zane DeVilbiss, Jeff Aikey and Jake McBirnie completed [Read More]

Jerry Flippo
2022 Super Nationals

Flippo continues California success at Boone with win in Harris Auto Racing Modified RoC

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 9, 2022) – The recent success enjoyed by California drivers at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s continued Friday night courtesy of Jerry Flippo. His Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions foes at the 40th annual event could find no remedy to catch up with the driver of the VIP Medical Concierge ride, who left the pack behind him following an early restart and then again after back-to-back yellows just before halfway of the 12-lapper.  The first California driver to win the Harris Auto Racing RoC in the event’s long history took home a $1,000 share of the purse and another $1,200 in lap money.  “This is the best we’ve been so far this week,” said Flippo, who’d ended 10th in last year’s event. “We’ve thrown some ideas at this car to see what happened.”  Defending race winner Todd Shute took over second three laps in. Cody Laney, also from California and the defending Super Nationals champion, and rookie Austen Becerra were next while another West Coast runner, Bricen James, [Read More]