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XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour adds to fireworks at Salute to Veterans Spectacular

ALGONA, Iowa – IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds chasing the XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour provide part of the fireworks at Algona Raceway’s Tuesday, July 1 Salute to Veterans Spectacular. Traveling Modifieds race for $2,000 to win their 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualify­ing event. The runner-up earns $1,050, with $950 for third and $850 for fourth. Top prize for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is $1,500 while Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks both vie for $1,200 to win. The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature pays $200 to win. Cruisers complete the program. All classes will be draw/redraw and features will start 24 cars. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded; Modifieds also get special series points. Winners in all divisions re­ceive six-foot tall trophies. Spectator admission is $15 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12. Family passes are $40 and pit passes are $25. All veterans receive free admission to the grandstand. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. The draw closes [Read More]

Deery Bros Late Model Summer Series

Aikey adds bonuses to Deery Series payday at Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (June 24) – On a night when Marshalltown Speedway continued its 50th anniversary celebration, an IMCA Late Model driver with more than his share of tour success cele­brated another Deery Brothers Summer Series victory. Jeff Aikey led start to finish in the Miller Lite 50 event, earning a $3,000 share of the purse plus a pair of $500 bonuses along with his 62nd career Deery win. One of seven drivers from the track’s 1985-1990 Late Model era competing Tuesday night, the seven-time series champion pocketed those bonuses from H & F Distributing for winning the fea­ture and from former promoter Steve Priske, now owner of Rumor’s Bar & Grill, as the highest finishing veteran in the main event. Andy Eckrich, Ray Guss Jr., point leader Justin Kay and Curt Martin completed the top five. Defend­ing champion and hard charger Brian Harris raced to sixth in the 50-lapper after qualifying from his “B” feature and starting 17th. Denny Eckrich made a charge and challenged Guss for second. The two made contact, with Eckrich spinning [Read More]

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Aug. 1 is deadline for sign-up forms, car photos

VINTON, Iowa – Fri­day, Aug. 1 is the final date for submission of contin­gency sign-up forms, rookie of the year applica­tions and car photos proving required decal placement. IMCA drivers who don’t meet that deadline are not eligi­ble for post-sea­son cash and product awards. The rookie application is published in the newslet­ter and is posted online. Sign-up forms were included in decal packets. Drivers who need sign-up forms or another set of decals can contact IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at 319 472-2201 or kyoder@imca.com. Car photos can be emailed to the same ad­dress. “I prefer that photos show the entire car, not just the decals on the door panel,” Yoder said. “That way we can use photos for Sybesma Graphics Face­book Fan Favorite contest as well.”

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Plum picks up sweet prize in non-fendered voting for June

By Ryan Clark SIOUX CITY, Iowa – One of the original 54 Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers to compete at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s in 2005, Aaron Plum said he’s in the sport simply to have fun. The veteran from Sioux City, who owns his own sign shop, is the June winner of the Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite contest for non-fendered divisions. Plum, who has had his share of ups and downs this season, isn’t focused on chasing wins and points. “We’ve had our feature wins and we’ve raced for points in the past,” said Plum, who is in his 10th year in the division. “We’re focused on having fun with everything right now.” Despite his up and down season, Plum realizes you need to accept the bad nights on the track to have a greater appreciation for the good nights. “We’ve had some heat wins and some good finishes but we’ve broken some stuff too,” he stated. “It could be a lot better, but it also could [Read More]

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Lemmens’ Stock Car tabbed as June’s best fendered entry

By Ryan Clark MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Luke Lemmens earned his first feature win of the season a couple weeks ago in his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and received some off the track accolades this month as well. Lemmens, in his fourth year in the division, was voted the winner of the Sybesma Graphics IMCA Facebook Fan Favorite Contest for fendered divisions. A regular competitor at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek and Luxemburg Speedway, the Milwaukee driver is pleased with the first couple months of his season. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but it’s been a good year,” said Lemmens, who has earned six top-five finishes in 10 events this season. A part-time racer at Luxemberg, Lemmens is racing for points at 141 Speedway, however he admits that’s no small task. “I’m sitting third right now,” he stated of the point standings at 141. “J.J. Heinz and Rod Snellenberger are ahead of me.” Perennial front-runners on the Wisconsin ovals, Lemmens is pleased he can contend with Heinz and Snellenberger on a regular basis. “Those guys [Read More]

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The Best Appearing Car theme for the 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s has been set.

The Best Appearing Car theme for the 2014 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s has been set. With the recent passing of industry icon and Speedway Motors founder ‘Speedy’ Bill Smith, this year’s theme will be a tribute to the man who founded Speedway Motors and established and built ‘America’s Oldest Speed Shop’. Cars designed with a Speedy Bill tribute or Speedway Motors theme will be considered in the judging for Best Appearing Car in the IMCA Modified, Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock divisions. In addition to the theme, designs must include the required IMCA decals for each division to be eligible. All drivers entered in the judging will receive $100 gift cards from Speedway Motors. Late Model and Sport Compact drivers participating with the same theme will also receive $100 gift cards but will not be judged. Speedway Motors is in its 20th year as the title sponsor of the Super Nationals event, which runs from September 1-6, 2014, at the Boone, Iowa, Speedway.

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XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour date at Lee County rescheduled to July 14

DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 19) – Another ominous forecast has resulted in another XSAN Hawkeye Dirt Tour postponement. With rain in the late afternoon and evening forecast, the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour event scheduled tonight (Tuesday) at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson has been moved to Monday, July 14. Program of events for that night is to be announced. The new date makes for an even busier week of racing for IMCA Modified drivers, following weekly races and the July 13 Hogan Memorial at Benton County Speedway in Vinton. The Hawkeye Dirt Tour is at Southern Iowa Speedway on Tuesday, July 15 and at Knoxville Raceway on Thursday, July 17 for the Harris Clash show; Oskaloosa’s regular weekly show is on the Wednesday between those dates.

Dakota Mod Tour

Kupper Chevrolet returns as Dakota Classic Tour sponsor

MANDAN, N.D. – Kupper Chevrolet returns this season as title sponsor for the Dakota Classic Modified and Stock Car Tours. This is the second in a three-year pact. The largest Chevrolet dealer in North Dakota, Kupper again pro­vides point funds of $2,000 for traveling IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and $1,000 for traveling IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. The Kupper Automotive companies include Kupper Chevrolet and Kupper Subaru in Mandan and Bis­marck Motor Company. Kupper Chevrolet also supplies crate engines that are an option for three of the IMCA divisions sanctioned in North Dakota. “This tour continues to grow and has become a ‘must-attend’ for many of our Modified and Stock Car racers, not just in the upper Midwest but across the country,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “The support of Kupper has been a welcome addition and a relationship we’re very proud of.” Opening night for the 25th annual Modified series and the seventh annual Stock Car series is Sunday, July 6 at Nodak Speedway. The series are at Estevan Motor Speedway on July [Read More]

Empire State Series

Cole’s first Yates County Speedway visit ends with Friesen Chevrolet Empire State feature win

DUNDEE, N.Y. (June 15) – Matt Cole might have himself a new favorite track. Cole made his first visit to Yates County Speedway on Sunday and came away with his career-first Friesen Chevrolet Empire State Series victory. “It’s a fun little track,” said the third-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver. “My luck at new tracks has been pretty good so far this season. Hopefully that’s something we can continue.” Keith Lamphere led much of the way before giving up the lead to Cole in the late going and finish­ing second. Rich Karlnoski, Bumps Scutt and Mike Griffin completed the top five. Gary Smith and Lamphere led the pack to green with Smith grabbing the early lead. Lamphere took over briefly before relinquishing the lead to Chris Fleming. Fleming and Lamphere went side-by-side for several laps. Their battle ended following a lap 14 restart, however, when the rear locked up on Fleming’s car and sidelined him for the balance. Cole then entered the picture, hounding Lamphere until finally making his move to the front on [Read More]

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Stock star gets career first Modified win in IMCA Redline Racing Parts North Star Series

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (June 8) – The driver with the most career Stock Car tour wins became the driver with the most recent Redline Racing Parts North Star Series Modified victory Sunday at Redwood Speedway. Dustin Larson earned his career first IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified checkers by passing Curt Lund for the lead on the seventh of 20 laps and then holding off challenges from Jerry Wren. “I was pretty happy to pass Curt. He’s pretty good,” said Larson, an eight-time series Stock Car winner and the 2012 champion. “This was my eighth night in a Modified and I’m starting to get the hang of it. It definitely drives differently than a Stock Car but it’s fun.” The last caution waved with five to go. Larson won by four car lengths. Josh Meyer and defending champion Brandon Beckendorf completed the top five. Larson’s father Jim won for a second time in defense of his IMCA Sunoco Stock Car series crown. After starting fourth, the senior Larson was quickly up to second and took the [Read More]