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Truemner is triumphant in race for IMCA Eastern Region rookie of the year award

IMLAY CITY, Mich. – A fourth generation driver looking to make a name for herself in the racing world earned rookie of the year honors this season in IMCA’s Dirt Works Eastern Region for Modi­fieds. Sixteen-year-old Victorya Truemner of Imlay City was a weekly regular at both Tri-City Motor Speed­way and Silver Bullet Speedway and had four outings at a third Michigan speed plant, Crys­tal Motor Speedway, as well. The Imlay City High School junior posted five top five finishes in 30 starts before wrapping up the season with a 10th place showing at Crystal’s Great Lakes Nationals. “This is something I would like to do for a living. I like the division and I like the sportsmanship of everyone I raced with,’ said Truemner, citing late-season help from her competition in getting a motor replaced so she could get back on track. “I was very satisfied with the way I ended the season. My goal was to make Great Lakes Nation­als my first year racing it and I definitely reached that,” she continued. “Taking [Read More]

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Turner rules rookie standings in IMCA’s Jet Racing Central Region

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Shadren Turner couldn’t have scripted a better start to his IMCA Modified career. He couldn’t have written a better ending for his first season in the open wheeled division, either. Turner, from St. Joseph Mo., earned Jet Racing Central Region rookie of the year honors in 2018, along with Bethany Speedway and Missouri State championship honors. “With the new sanctions at Bethany and US 36 Raceway (where he was runner-up in the point standings), we decided to venture in and see what a Modified was like,” Turner explained. “We had some good results for sure and learned a lot.” Turner had four wins in all, including victories in his first start on April 20 at U.S. 36 and his 31st and final start on Aug. 25 at Bethany. “We went into the first night hoping not to do terrible and won, then came out the next Saturday and won again,” he said. “It was pretty amazing. We were just trying to learn some things and fired off real good.” Turner had [Read More]

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Wroten dominates, wins IMCA Lady Eagle award 

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Leah Wroten shifted into high gear after switching shifts at work. The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock driver from Independence, Iowa, won nine times during an ambi­tious 54-start campaign, capping the season with her career first Lady Eagle award. Wroten had the top point total among the 225 female drivers to compete in IMCA in 2018. “It’s definitely an honor to do this. It was a huge accomplish­ment and not something I could have done without a lot of good help,” said Wroten, whose fifth place finish in national standings was also the best-ever by a female driver in the division. “We were very consistent. We didn’t have a lot of bad nights and when we did, we were still able to persevere and get top five’s.” She became the first female driver to win a track title at Independence Motor Speedway as well as the Iowa State Hobby Stock crown, and is the second female driver to win a track champion­ship in any division at Benton County Speedway. All the hardware from [Read More]

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Skalicky builds on Northern SportMod success with North Central Region Modified rookie prize

FARGO, N.D. – Three successful seasons in a Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod were more than enough to convince Jesse Skalicky it was time to move up to the IMCA Modified division. The Fargo, N.D., driver was rewarded for that decision with rookie of the year honors in the Side Biter Chassis North Central Region. “I knew it would be possible. I knew we could be there but the big thing for us was learning to make different adjustments to the car,” said Skalicky. “I like to push myself and knew I had the best crew and the best sponsors behind me.” Driving the Fury Chassis ride owned by Randall’s Excavating of Glyndon, Minn., Skalicky won three of 50 starts at nine different tracks. He was fourth in final standings at home track Red River Val­ley Speedway and Buffalo River Race Park – where he won his first Modified feature on June 3 – and fifth at Norman County Raceway. He won again at BRRP in late July and then topped Sheyenne Speedway’s battle at the [Read More]

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DeVilbiss starts late but finishes first in Larry Shaw Western Region standings

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Late starter Zane DeVilbiss finished fast this season. The result was a career-best 25 IMCA feature wins and a career seventh Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region championship. “We had an outstanding season. We were really consistent and didn’t have a lot of DNFs,” said DeVilbiss, from Farmington, N.M., ultimately fourth in the national point standings.  “We had started racing late and didn’t plan to chase points. I was finishing building cars for customers and didn’t touch my own until two days before opening weekend.” DeVilbiss swept those mid-April shows at Desert Thunder Raceway. He’d travel to another 10 tracks in seven states over the course of the season. He was track champion at Desert Thunder Raceway and Sweetwater Speedway, and state cham­pion in Wyoming. “I’ve won national championships before (in 2010 and 2014) and regional championships, but never a state championship so that was pretty cool,” DeVilbiss said. “It was kind of a crazy year but it was a good one. We raced at some new tracks and the two track [Read More]

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Minnesota star Beckendorf is best in North Central Region for IMCA Modifieds 

DANUBE, Minn. – Brandon Beckendorf starts every season with the goal of winning 15 IMCA Modified features. He accomplished that and much, much more in 2018. From Danube, Beckendorf collected a career-best 27 checkers – including his career 100th in the division on May 25 at Fairmont Raceway – on the way to becoming the first Minnesota driver to win an IMCA Modified regional title since 1983. Along with the Side Biter Chassis North Central Region title, Beckendorf motored to track champion­ships at Fairmont, Arlington Raceway and Redwood Speedway, as well as a career fifth Min­nesota State crown. He was third in the national point standings and is now tied for 30th on the all-time list for the divi­sion with 124 career feature wins. Beckendorf also made his first Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational start at this year’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. “This was the best season we’ve ever had. To be the first Minnesota driver to win the region in that many years and to win three track championships were both [Read More]

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McGaha credits consistency in winning 1st Razor Chassis South Central Region crown 

ABILENE Texas – Josh McGaha stayed close to home and stayed consistent throughout the 2018 race season. As a result, he’ll be looking for the best place to show off the Razor Chassis South Central Region championship hardware. The veteran of 18 IMCA Modified seasons won seven features and counted nine second-place showings in just 36 starts, winning the track championship at his hometown Abilene Speedway for the fifth time along with his career first regional crown. “It just kind of happened,” McGaha said of the regional quest. “My kids (Gavin, 13, and Jaxon, 8) were playing baseball so I hung around town more than I have the past couple years. That opened the door for me to race for the region.” “It’s an awesome feeling to have won it,” he continued. “I’ve been close before but it never unfolded the way we needed it to. This is definitely a milestone in my career.” The Modified is the only division of race car McGaha has competed in. He began racing against the likes of Henry [Read More]

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Season filled with highlights sees Ward win third consecutive IMCA Eastern Region title

IONIA, Mich. – A.J. Ward brought a “win everything” mindset into the 2018 IMCA Speedway Mo­tors Weekly Racing point season. He almost did. Ward became the first driver from Michigan to win three Dirt Works Eastern Region champion­ships with his third consecutive title. His 22 IMCA Modified feature victories included his career 100th in the division and came during an Aug. 26 doubleheader sweep at I-96 Speedway. The Ionia ace was track champion at I-96 and at Crystal Motor Speedway, won the Great Lakes Nationals for the first time and clinched a fourth Michigan State prize on the way to finishing se­cond in the national points race. “Getting our 100th win this season was the ultimate goal. Doing that in just our ninth season was an accomplishment in itself,” Ward said. “We had a lot of highlights this year but the ultimate was the Jimmy Bennett Memorial win at I-96 in August. He was the father of one of my crew guys and I know he wanted me to win it big for him. Everybody [Read More]

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Low key campaign ends with Westin Abbey’s 2nd Southern Region IMCA Stock Car crown

COMANCHE, Texas – Another low key approach to the season ended with Westin Abbey win­ning another EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region championship. Abbey was 16 years old when he became the youngest driver to win an IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regional crown in 2016. A dozen feature wins, including four during the inaugural Red River Tour, helped propel him to the top of the region again in 2018. “We hadn’t even planned to chase points,” said Abbey, who ended up sixth in the national stand­ings despite taking some weekends off and registering just 38 starts. “A lot of things just went right for us this year.” He won features at five of the six tracks he raced at this season. Five of those checkers flew at 281 Speedway, where Abbey ended third in point standings, and three more at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Abbey sandwiched second place showings at Kennedale Speedway Park and 281 around a win at HO’T in the first three Red River Tour events, then put an exclamation point on the tour [Read More]

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Spencer becomes first from New Mexico to earn Southern Region Hobby Stock crown 

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Dennis Spencer became the first New Mexico driver to win the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region championship. With new IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock sanctions springing up in New Mexico, Colorado and Utah, he doesn’t expect to be the last. From Farmington, the veteran driver and long-time IMCA backer won 18 of 28 starts this season. He topped nine of 10 shows at Aztec Speedway and seven of 10 at Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway in earning a pair of track titles as well. “I like the challenge of this class. You’re limited in equipment and the cars are heavy. You have to learn how to drive ‘em,” said Spencer, also the winner of single features at Desert Thunder Raceway and Millard County Raceway in Utah. “If your setup isn’t working, you have to change the way you enter the corner or try a different line. It’s not always that someone else in outrunning you. Sometimes you’re defeating yourself.” After growing up at the track and helping crew for his future father-in-law, Spencer [Read More]