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Mi22ion IMCA Modified racing to raise awareness, help prevent veteran suicide

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sean Stacy raced for more than a tall trophy or any amount of money at the 20th annual Duel In The Desert. The 17-year-old from Kearny, Ariz., was behind the wheel of the number Mi22ion IMCA Modified, which gets its number from Mission 22, an organization dedicated to providing treatment for and preventing suicide by military veterans. Raising awareness about the 22 veterans who take their own lives each day because of Post-Traumatic Stress has been Stacy’s goal throughout his rookie season. “This is something that has affected many families,” said Stacy’s father and car owner Curtis. “We were having fun racing then began to see that this was one way we could make a difference.” Primarily sponsored by the Las Vegas Firefighters and Benefit Association, which counts many military veterans among its membership, the Mi22ion car raced six nights this season, at Arizona Speedway and at Central Arizona Speedway prior to the Duel In The Desert. Stacy was ninth in the Young Guns event at the Duel. His final outing of [Read More]

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Larry Shaw Race Cars takes top honors in IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup contest 

BATESVILLE, Ark. – Larry Shaw Race Cars will receive a second prestigious award at the upcom­ing IMCA national banquet. The Batesville, Ark., chassis builder won the 2017 Manufacturers’ Cup, with the top point total among the 18 manufacturers entered in the ninth annual contest. Points were awarded based on the make of chassis driven by drivers finishing in the top 10 in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds. Shaw led the way with 41 points; rounding out the top five builders were GRT with 38, Razor Chassis with 28, BMS with 27 and Harris Auto Racing with 26. Shaw, already in line for a 10-year sponsor appreciation plaque, gets a $500 cash prize and tro­phy during the Nov. 25 national banquet in Lincoln, Neb. “We rekindled and started all over after a fire in 1994 and there are so many drivers and their race teams that we have to thank for this,” owner Larry Shaw said. “We’ve built more than 5,300 cars and our employees and family still do everything they’re supposed to [Read More]

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Vollmer adds a plaque of her own to family’s state championship collection 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Kendra Vollmer made good on her pre-season goal of winning an All-Star Performance State championship. As a result, she’ll add a plaque to the collection of awards in the home office that doubles as a trophy display room. Vollmer topped Idaho State standings for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. She also picked up her career first win in the class on Aug. 19, six days before her 18th birthday, at hometown Idaho Falls Raceway. “Winning the state championship was really the goal for the year,” Vollmer said. “Getting my first feature win was exciting and helped pay more bills but winning the state championship was the big thing.” Her father Kenny raced a Northern SportMod, earning state titles in 2011 and 2015, while uncle Jacob Vollmer was the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod king in Idaho in 2010. “My dad liked this class a lot and was the one who got me started in it,” said Vollmer, who ran a go-kart on dirt for six years before moving to the sanctioned [Read More]

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IMCA crowns record 107 Allstar Performance state champions this season

VINTON, Iowa – A record 107 IMCA Allstar Performance state champions were crowned this season, including first-ever divisional kings in three states. The previous mark of 103 was set last year; the record for the number of state champions named has been equaled or bettered each year since 2004. Shelby Williams was the only driver winning state crowns in multiple divisions this season, pacing both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod points in Oklahoma.  Both championships were career firsts. Brian Carey won his first Southern SportMod crowns in Colorado and Wyoming. He’d previously reigned in his home state of New Mexico. State-first champions were in New York and South Carolina, where Jeff Trombely and Danny Jones topped IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car standings, and in Wyoming, where Beau Hutchison led Stock Car points. Eight hundred and eighteen different drivers have won state championships since the awards program began in 2000. Drew Armstrong motored to a career sixth IMCA Modified championship in Arkansas this season. Jeremy Meirhofer won for the fourth time in [Read More]

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Phillips’ trophy case will display four of a kind after latest IMCA Modified Duel In The Desert win

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 11) – Nothing slowed Terry Phillips on his way to a career fourth IMCA Modified Duel In The Desert victory and a $7,777 paycheck Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. Phillips led all but the first of 40 laps, nearly hitting the wall getting around traffic before pulling ahead to win nearly eight seconds ahead of Eddie Belec. The race stayed green the last 36 laps. Peyton Taylor, Johnny Scott and Cody Laney rounded out the top five finishers at the 20th annual event, the biggest of the season in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region. “These slick tracks, I like them. I guess I’m getting a little long in the tooth, but I’ve got a lot more left in me, probably more than most of these young kids,” said Phillips, from Springfield, Mo., and also the Duel winner in 2010, 2011 and 2014. “There were a couple lanes and I was all over this thing. It was awesome.” Arvada, Colo., speedsters Belec and Dominic Ursetta made up [Read More]

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Friday IMCA Modified Duel qualifiers go to Ursetta, Taylor

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 10) – Dominic Ursetta saw his racing fortunes do a 180 while Peyton Taylor came up aces himself Friday night at the Duel In the Desert. Ursetta won the first IMCA Modified qualifying feature at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, ahead of Nick DeCarlo, five-time and defending winner Jeremy Payne and Johnny Scott. Taylor topped the second qualifier, with 2009 race winner Johnny Saathoff, Tim Ward and Benji LaCrosse in tow. Both races paid $777 to win and sent the top four finishers to Saturday’s $7,777 to win main event. The first car out in his opening night qualifier, Ursetta drew the pole for Friday’s opener and quickly built a growing lead over DeCarlo and Paul Stone. Ursetta found himself running with lapped cars before the halfway point. Payne worked his way up to third as the traffic got thicker. Three lapped cars separated Ursetta and DeCarlo at the finish. Scott worked his way to the final transfer spot after starting 13th. Taylor also started from inside row one [Read More]

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Belec, Phillips top Thursday Duel In The Desert IMCA Modified qualifying features

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9) – Eddie Belec and Terry Phillips were IMCA Modified qualifying fea­ture winners on Thursday, opening night of the 20th annual Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Mo­tor Speedway. Belec outran a charging Cody Laney to top the first qualifier on the LVMS half-mile Dirt Track while Phillips, a three-time Duel winner, pulled away from Ricky Thornton Jr. over the final circuits in the nightcap. Both qualifiers paid $777 to win and sent the top four to Saturday’s $7,777 to win main event. Jus­tin O’Brien and Rob Sanders also advanced from the first qualifier, Ricky Alvarado and Jason Noll from the second. Belec mastered lapped traffic and Laney found the speed he needed late in the first 25-lapper. While Belec kept an iron fist on the front spot, Laney got under Sanders and then O’Brien to take over second with five circuits to go. Belec took the checkers four car lengths ahead of Laney. Alvarado led through the first 10 circuits of the nightcap before Phillips motored by and began [Read More]

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Duel In The Desert qualifying starts tonight

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9)  – Dirt will by flying at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track starting Wednesday qualifying for the biggest event of the season in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region begins tonight. More than 200 IMCA Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are entered for the 20th annual Duel in the Desert, which runs through Saturday at the LVMSpeedway half-mile dirt oval. Qualifying features are Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, with last-chance races and main events for both divisions set for Saturday, Nov. 11. Modifieds race for a first-place prize of $7,777 and a minimum of $777 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot quali­fier. Northern SportMods vie for a $1,777 top check on Saturday. Twenty-one states, including Alaska, and two Canadian provinces will be represented at this year’s Duel. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Young Guns and Legends races precede 25-lap Northern SportMod and 40-lap Modified main events on Saturday. The Modified runner-up earns $3,250, with $2,250 for [Read More]

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Transponders required for Duel In The Desert 

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers are being re­minded of a very important piece of equipment they’ll have to have to compete at next week’s Duel In The Desert at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The MyLaps/AMB transponder system is required for all cars in both divisions. Drivers who don’t have one of their own can rent one for $40. “The sheer number of cars and close finishes throughout heat, qualifying features and the main event necessitate transponders,” IMCA President Brett Root explained. “Drivers and fans will also be able to purchase a race monitor app to get live scoring throughout the event on their smart phones.” IMCATV will broadcast every lap of the 20th annual special, which plays out Nov. 8-11 at the half-mile Dirt Track at LVMS. The Saturday Modified main event is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and pays $7,777 to win and a minimum of $777 to start. The Northern SportMod main event pays $1,777 to win. Thursday and Friday qualifying features for Modifieds pay [Read More]

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Boone, Independence receive 35-year Modified sanction awards at IMCA banquet 

LINCOLN, Neb. – Two of the race tracks synonymous with the Modified division since its earliest seasons are among the 50 speedways to be honored during the national IMCA awards banquet on Nov. 25 in Lincoln, Neb. Boone Speedway and Independence Motor Speedway will be recognized for 35 years of sanctioning their Modified divisions with IMCA. In all, tracks from 17 states with a total of 740 consecutive years of sanctioning one or more divisions receive awards during the evening. A 30-year Modified plaque goes to Crystal Motor Speedway. Twenty-five year awards go to Mohave Valley Raceway and Sweetwater Speedway for Modifieds, Outagamie Speedway and Redwood Speedway for Stock Cars, and Buena Vista Raceway for Hobby Stocks. Receiving 20-year plaques will be 281 Speedway, BVR and Dacotah Speedway for Modifieds and Davenport Speedway for Late Models. Fifteen-year awards go to Winnemucca Regional Raceway, Modifieds, and Lincoln County Raceway, Stock Cars. Awards for a decade of sanctioning will be presented to Phillips County Raceway, Sherman County Speedway and Thomas County Speedway for Modifieds, Stock Cars and [Read More]