BOYD, Texas (Oct. 12) – The exclamation point to John Gober’s season at Boyd Raceway came with Saturday’s $1,000 Fall Finale checkers. Gober collected three of his seven 2019 IMCA Modified feature wins along with the track title at Boyd. He started the Fall Finale from 10th and passed Cody Shoemaker for the lead with seven laps left. “I fell back a couple spots going into the first turn but was back up to seventh by the first caution and in third by the second caution,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “We had a pretty good year and this turned out to be another good night for us.” Gober and Shoemaker tussled over second in a duel interrupted by yellow flags before leader William Gould exited with mechanical issues. Shoemaker ended the night in second with Matt Guillaume third. Other $1,000 winners were Jeffrey Abbey in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Kaden Honeycutt in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Jeff Emerson in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars. Abbey started third [Read More]
PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Oct. 12) – Nick Sweigart saw an opening on the last lap and seized it, passing both cars battling for the lead and holding on to win the eighth annual Keystone RaceSaver Challenge Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway. Sweigart, who had started 10th in the Blue Collar Classic for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, had fought his way to third place when Doug Dodson, running second, dove to the inside of leader Zach Newlin in turn two of the 25th and final lap, and Newlin came down to try for a crossover to regain first. Sweigart fired his ride into the narrow space outside of Dodson and went by both cars. Newlin got to the inside in turns three and four, but Sweigart’s outside momentum and perfect line enabled him to take the checkered flag. Newlin finished second while Dodson took third. “It all just kind of played out there in that last lap,” Sweigart said from victory lane. “Those two guys were in a helluva race the entire race, and it’s just racing, [Read More]
ABILENE, Texas – Two thousand dollars is the top prize in IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod features at Abilene Speedway’s Ryan Bard Memorial Southern Challenge. The 25th annual event is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19. The Modified feature is a qualifier for the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot and pays a minimum of $300 to start. Both the Stock Car and SportMod features pay a minimum of $200 to start. An open practice runs from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. Pit gates and the grandstand open at 3 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both days. Adult grandstand admission is $12 on Friday and $15 on Saturday. Kids ages 6-12 get in for $5 and five and under are free both nights. Military with ID are $10. More information is available from promoter Rob Poor at 325 725-3849 or 325 692-8800, on Facebook and at the www.abilenespeedway.com website. The Southern Challenge will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
Point standings become official on Oct. 28 IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,236; 2. Thomas Berry, Newburg, N.D., 1,208; 3. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,201; 4. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 1,198; 5. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., 1,192; 6. Bricen James, Albany, Oregon, 1,182; 7. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,179; 8. Drew Armstrong, Benton, Arkansas, 1,178; 9. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,175; 10. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,174; 11. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 1,158; 12. Jeremy Mills, Britt, Iowa, 1,153; 13. Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Michigan, 1,147; 14. Aaron Johnson, Brainerd, Minn., 1,146; 15. Casey Arneson, Fargo, N.D., 1,145; 16. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1,143; 17. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill., Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas, and Kevin Green, Waco, Texas, each 1,142; 20. Brenten DeYoung, Carson City, Mich., 1,141. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Kenneth Duke, Selinsgrove, Pa., 802; 2. Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa., 791; 3. Billy Johnson, St. Peter, Minn., 778; 4. Tyler Drueke, Eagle, Neb., 772; 5. Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa, 758; 6. Jake Martens, Fairview, Okla., 754; 7. Zach Newlin, [Read More]
HAYS, Kan. (Oct. 5) – After finding a little line, Daniel Gottschalk took the big check at RPM Speedway’s Fall Nationals. A caution late in the 40-lapper helped open the door as Gottschalk topped the $5,000 Saturday night main event. “I didn’t know if I had a chance midway through but I found a little line and made it work,” said Gottschalk, who passed Tanner Black and Cody Laney for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory. “I don’t get real emotional but that was probably the most excited I’ve ever been after taking the checkered flag.” Once in front, he pulled away on the white flag circuit and took the win half a second ahead of Black, who’d raced his way up from 14th starting. Laney, Jeff Taylor and defending race winner Jordan Grabouski completed the top five. “We broke last year at Fall Nationals and DNF’d,” said Gottschalk, who started seventh this time around and wheeled a Slider Chassis. “This year we found some extra speed. This was our last race of the [Read More]
VINTON, Iowa (Oct. 8) – An IMCA race season that saw its share of first-time accomplishments will end with the crowning of six first-time national champions. Those titles went to Kenneth Duke in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Jeff Ware in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, James Hanusch in the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Alex Dostal in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts. Duke, from Selinsgrove, is the first Pennsylvania driver to win an IMCA national championship in any division. He won 10 features as well as Pennsylvania Sprint Series and E3 Spark Plugs Pennsylvania State titles. Columbus, Neb., pilot Ware was a 29-time feature winner and also the top driver in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region, in Nebraska State points and in Boone County Raceway, Dawson County Raceway, Eagle Raceway and U.S. 30 Speedway standings. Hanusch hails from Belton, Texas. He had five feature wins and the 281 Speedway track title to his credit this season. Dostal collected 25 feature wins. From Glencoe, he’s also the Minnesota State and Arlington Raceway, Princeton [Read More]
OSBORN, Mo. – Due to the weekend forecast of thunderstorms and cold temperatures, US 36 Raceway officials have postponed the Missouri IMCA Nationals to Oct. 25 and 26. Drivers from all across the region have planned to make the trip for the first ever event, and US 36 officials wanted to make the decision early to allow those drivers time to adjust their plans. Many contingency plans were discussed, and US 36 Raceway officials decided this to be the best possible option to complete a successful first ever event. Friday, Oct. 25 will be a practice night for all divisions. Saturday, Oct. 26 will include heats, “B” features and main events to crown the first-ever Missouri IMCA Nationals champions. Racing will start at 2 p.m. Pre-entry to the event will re-open and is available at https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=17636. More information regarding the postponement of the Missouri IMCA Nationals will be made available soon.
BOYD, Texas – One thousand dollar checks go to the winners in four IMCA divisions at Boyd Raceway’s first annual Fall Finale next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11 and 12. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods all vie for $1,000 top prizes, with the Modified winner earning a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth as well. Mach-1 Sport Compacts run for a $200 top check. Start money is $150 for the Modifieds, $100 for the Sprints, Stocks and Southern SportMods, and $50 for Sport Compacts. Entry fees are $50 for the Mods, Sprints, Stocks and SportMods. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Saturday. The draw closes at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 6-11 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35. Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Friday practice, which runs ‘til 10 p.m. Pit passes are $15 while grandstand admission is free. More information is available by [Read More]
MANDAN, N.D. (Sept. 27) – Shawn Strand ended September with the IMCA Modified feature win at Dacotah Speedway’s Oktoberfest special. Strand caught Marlyn Seidler late in a 30-lapper that stayed green after two early cautions for the $1,000 checkers and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. “It was my last race of the year and I had a good car. It was a good way to put her away for the season,” he said. Seidler ended in second. Rounding out the top five were Travis Olheiser, 14th starting Travis Tooley and hard charger Jeremy Keller, who’d started 17th. Seidler had gotten out to a four to five car length advantage over the fourth starting Strand, maintaining that advantage while working lapped traffic. Strand then found the speed he needed on a higher line, catching the leader with six circuits left. The win was his fourth of 2019, his second of the season at Mandan and IMCA career 74th. Oktoberfest doubled as a Tri-City Modified Series event. Zach Frederick beat eighth starting Robby Rosselli and Kelly Jacobson [Read More]
SALINA, Kan. (Sept. 27) – A second straight Mid-America Clash feature win had Clay Money already looking forward to the 2020 season-ending special at Salina Speedway. Money topped Friday’s main event for IMCA Modifieds, earning $1,500 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “It’s pretty cool. I wish we could have gotten both shows in (Saturday was a rainout) and gone back-to-back racing against a lot of the best competition in Kansas,” said Money, who started outside row one and led the last 19 of 20 circuits. “Hopefully we can win it again next year.” Also the winner of a topless special at Salina earlier this season, he took the Friday checkers following a late restart, beating Dustin Daniels and Clay Sellard to the stripe. Tim Watts and 12th starting Kurtis Pihl rounded out the top five. “I just tried to hold my line and be smooth after the last restart,” he said. After a number of early restarts, Kyle Pfeifer raced from seventh starting to the lead five laps into the IMCA [Read More]