BEATRICE, Neb. – Jordan Grabouski is hoping two milestone achievements earned on the same night lead to a third accomplishment at the end of the season. Grabouski won his IMCA Modified career 200th feature on Friday, completing the rare feat of sweeping the regular season at his hometown track with his 11th victory in as many starts at Beatrice Speedway. The victory was the 27th of the year for Grabouski, running for a third national championship. “It’s always cool to win at Beatrice. This is the track where I grew up so it’s got a special place in my heart,” said Grabouski, IMCA’s national champion in 2011 and 2016. “I grew up watching a lot of great drivers at Beatrice. I never thought I’d sweep the season at any race track, especially here.” The only feature Grabouski didn’t win at Beatrice this year was opening night of Spring Nationals. He bounced right back with the night two checkers – extending his career record to 10 Spring Nationals victories – and topped the Gage County Fair [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 18) – Mike Roach became the first repeat winner of Dodge City Raceway Park’s $1,000-to-win IMCA SportMod Mayhem event by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s fifth annual event. Roach topped the 25-lapper from sixth starting after initially topping the event in 2015. He needed just four laps to race into second and then took the lead away from Jeff Kaup on the eighth circuit. Roach led the rest of the way to post his second consecutive victory at Dodge City with Brandon Kenney in tow after taking the second position from Kaup on the ninth lap. After topping last year’s SportMod Mayhem main, Dustin Daniels fell two positions short of going back-to-back by filling out the podium in third with Kaup and Blaine Walt rounding out the top five. Other Saturday night victors included Brendon Gemmill in the IMCA Modifieds, Dusty Witthuhn in the IMCA Stock Cars and Tathan Burkhart in the IMCA Hobby Stocks. Feature results – 1. Mike Roach; 2. Brandon Kenney; 3. Mike [Read More]
By Rick Staley OSBORN, Mo. (Aug. 17) – Chad Clancy was a double winner Friday at US 36 Raceway, topping IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features. Clancy battled Mich Ross before going the upper hand in the Stock Car show. He went side-by-side and wheel-to-wheel with Richard Spriggs before taking his second checkers of the evening in the Modified main. Matt Lent ran a near-perfect Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event and the result was his career-first win. Steve Starmer was second while Josh Munsen’s late charge for third. Jack Potter led every lap in winning his first local IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main event. Drivers wished a happy birthday to Caleb Hammond via live video, and collected stickers as well as more than $1,000 during intermission for the 11-year-old race fan from Oskaloosa, Iowa, battling leukemia.
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (Aug. 17) – Abe Huls was the winner for the 100th time in his career Friday, prevailing at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Kevin Koontz and Cody McClure made up the front row but fourth starting John Oliver Jr. grabbed the lead and set the early pace out front while the rest of the field battled two- and sometimes three-wide behind him. Huls, who started fifth and fell back to sixth on the opening circuit, worked himself into the runner up spot on lap five and then went to work on Oliver for the top spot. Huls tried to work under Oliver as the two raced side-by-side around the 3/8-mile oval. Oliver was able to hold him off until lap 12, when Huls edged out front. Oliver stayed glued to Huls’ back bumper over the final laps but was unable to get by Huls for the win. Huls held on for his career 100th victory and sixth local win of the season ahead of Oliver, Jeremy Pundt and Beau Taylor. Bill Roberts [Read More]
BOONE, Iowa – The number of drivers already entered for the Sept. 3-8 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s is impressive. So are all the states they’re coming to Boone Speedway from, to be part of America’s Racin’ Vacation. “Our pre-registration numbers are over 500 and running ahead of last year. What’s really neat to see is the number of different states (26 so far, plus Canada and Australia) that are represented by early entries,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We pride ourselves on having a set of rules that allows drivers to go to any sanctioned track in the country and know they’ll be legal when they get there,” he continued. “That’s one reason why so many drivers from so many different places make Super Nationals their racing vacation every September.” The record for different states represented at Super Nationals is 27, matched most recently two years ago. “The atmosphere at Boone is a huge draw. There are a lot of big events but Super Nationals is unique,” Root said. “Another thing [Read More]
IMCA Modifieds – 1. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 1,195; 2. Brandon Beckendorf, Danube, Minn., 1,183; 3. A.J. Ward, Ionia, Michigan, and Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., both 1,171; 5. Anthony Roth, Columbus, Neb., Drew Armstrong, Alexander, Ark., and Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., each 1,146; 8. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa, 1,144; 9. Bricen James, Albany, Ore., 1,141; 10. Jay Noteboom, Hinton, Iowa, 1,138; 11. Matt Szecsodi, Clio, Mich., 1,130; 12. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,127; 13. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,117; 14. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,115; 15. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., and Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn., both 1,110; 17. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa, 1,107; 18. William Gould, Calera, Okla., 1,100; 19. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,094; 20. Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, 1,092. IMCA Late Models – 1. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 786; 2. Todd Cooney, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, and Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, both 782; 4. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 778; 5. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill., 756; 6. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon, Iowa, 749; 7. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill., 724; 8. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, [Read More]
DENMARK, Wis. – Services for former Luxemburg Speedway promoter Rick Goral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at All Saints Catholic Church in Denmark. Goral, 63, died on Aug. 15. He’d ended a 10-year career as promoter at Luxemburg in 2011 and will be inducted into the track hall of fame this evening posthumously. He is survived by his children, Jeff (Erica) Goral, Brian Goral and Beth (significant other Jason Bomski) Goral; grandchildren Maxwell, Mollie, Samuel, Gabriella and Ava; his mother, Alice Goral; brother, Ron Goral, former wife, Catherine Goral, sister-in-law, B.J. Goral, as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Visitation is at the Cotter Funeral Home-Denmark Chapel, 536 County Road R, Denmark, on Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 3-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at the funeral home from 9-10:30 a.m. Following the Mass of Christian Burial of Wednesday, interment will be at All Saints Catholic Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.
EAGLE, Neb. – The best IMCA Sprint Car drivers from across the United States are Eagle Raceway bound for the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 RaceSaver Nationals. Early entries for the sixth annual event have now passed 110, with the pre-registration fee of $15. That comes with a reserved pit stall while they last in effect until Aug. 23. “There are a lot of different reasons why so many drivers want to be part of the RaceSaver Nationals. For some it’s the atmosphere, the thousands of fans and the great friends they make every year from different parts of the country,” said Eagle promoter Roger Hadan. “For others it’s the prestige and chasing the title of being the best of the best. Just making the main event is a major accomplishment.” “Maybe it’s the format and getting the chance to qualify for the main event all three nights instead of only having just one or two chances,” he added. “Or maybe it’s the fact the pay is dispersed well – $2,500 to win and $1,250 to start Sunday’s main [Read More]
MINOT, N.D. – Dakota Track Side gives special events awards to IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers this season, its 11th as a sponsor for the sanctioning body. The Minot, N.D., high performance parts retailer and fuel supplier gives $50 product certificates to designated place finishers at 30 Modified and 15 Stock Car specials. Those certificates are mailed after official race results are received at the IMCA home office. “We are pleased to be a partner with IMCA,” said Dakota Track Side’s Wyatt Olson. “They are a great association to be part of.” Dakota Track Side will have a trailer at approximately 60 events at North Dakota tracks over the course of 2018. Information about Dakota Track Side products and services, as well as the trailer travel schedule, is available by calling 701 852-7223, on Facebook and at the www.dakotatrackside.com website. “We are coming off a great Dakota Mod and Stock Car Tour and Dakota Track Side is a big partner with the special events that are a part of that tour,” noted [Read More]
VINTON, Iowa – Twenty-two IMCA Modified drivers have already raced their way onto the ballot for the 2019 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Hunter Marriott counts victories at four qualifying events, including Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour features at Park Jefferson Speedway and Buena Vista Raceway, plus Night of 1,000 Stars and Bob Shryock Memorial All Star races at Hancock County Speedway. Cayden Carter’s Harris Clash victory at Deer Creek Speedway was preceded by wins at Britt’s Hobo 100 and the Illinois Valley Showdown at LaSalle Speedway. Billy Kendall swept Northstar IMCA Modified Tour action, winning at Princeton Speedway, North Central Speedway and Sheyenne Speedway. Kyle Strickler was a Dirt Knights winner and Ricky Thornton Jr. scored the Knight of 10,000 Stars payday, also at Hancock County. Richie Gustin was the Watermelon Classic winner at Boone Speedway. Sanders Modified Challenge winners were Tyler Peterson at Red River Valley Speedway and Johnny Scott at Norman County Raceway. Sweet Diamond Challenge Series winners at Sweetwater Speedway were Zane DeVilbiss and Eddie Belec. Ryan Ruter won both [Read More]