Patient Black cashes in, collects checkers on record night at IMCA.TV Winter Nationals

SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 6) – Patience put $1,000 in Tanner Black’s pocket. With a record 161 entries in the pits for opening night of the IMCA.TV Winter Nationals, Black returned to his home state to win Wednesday’s feature for IMCA Modifieds at Cocopah Speedway. He reeled in Russell Allen on the 16th circuit in a fast-paced main event that ran 25 caution-free laps. “I decided I needed to roll around the bottom and be patient,” said Black, who’d run second the first 15 times around the track. “Maybe he’d make a mistake and I could get around him.” Allen ended in second while defending track and Shaw Race Cars Western Region champion Chaz Baca was third.  Zane DeVilbiss and Ethan Dotson completed the top five. Sixty-two Modifieds saw action at Cocopah.  Black, now from Kansas, had put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by winning night two of the Turkey Classic at Cocopah last November. Other Wednesday night winners were Andrew Altenburg in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Chris Toth in the Karl [Read More]


Pettit aces IMCA Modified feature in Antioch opener

ANTIOCH, Calif. (Jan. 2) – Jim Pettit II came up big in the first IMCA Modified feature of the season Saturday at Antioch Speedway. Pettit started on the pole and led all 30 laps for the win, holding off a series of challengers for the $1,000, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory on a perfectly prepared fast, multi-groove oval.  Up to the task following each of three restarts, Pettit led the 17th starting Nick DeCarlo, Troy Foulger, Kellen Chadwick and Bobby Hogge IV to the checkers.  Todd Gomez and Cody Johnson also raced their way to Antioch’s victory lane on Saturday, in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events, respectively. Trevor Clymens paced the first 14 laps of the 25-lap Northern SportMod feature before Gomez, another local, grabbed the top spot from ninth starting. His foes swapped spots behind him but none could catch Gomez before the $500 checkers flew. Clymens, Guy Ahlwardt, Adriane Frost and Andrew Pearce completed the top five. Renn Bane led the first trio of laps [Read More]


IMCA Stock Cars chase $1,000 top check at Arizona Speedway’s New Year’s Day special

SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars start the 2021 season with a $1,000 to win main event at Arizona Speedway’s 10th annual New Year’s Day special. Forty laps will be the distance for the Jan. 1 feature and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance Arizona State points will be awarded. Transponders are required. Pit gates open at 10:30 a.m. and spectator gates open at 11:30 a.m. Racing starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and kids 11 and under are free. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-11 and kids ages five and under are free.  More information is available at www.ArizonaSpeedway.net .


Bilstein signs as division sponsor, $5,000 national point fund announced for Modified Lite STARS

DES MOINES, Iowa – Modified Lite STARS Series, a division of IMCA, is pleased to announce the signing of its title sponsor for the 2021 season. ThyssenKrupp Bilstein of America has signed with the STARS for its 10th year and has agreed to be the title and presenting sponsor for the Modi­fied Lite STARS program for the 2021 season. With Bilstein Shocks support, the Bilstein Modified Lite STARS Series and its innovative concept will draw together top regional racers to compete for enhanced purses and national point fund for the 2021 season. “We are very pleased to announce the continued alliance with Bilstein, which will provide us with the financial backing to offer our drivers a $5,000 national point fund program for the 2021 sea­son,” stated STARS President of Competition and Racing Operations Jimmy May. The Mod Lite national champion will receive a $1,000 share of the point fund as well as a trophy, ring and jacket, helmet and driver’s suit like those awarded to national champions in the other eight IMCA divisions. “For the 2021 [Read More]


IMCA Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern SportMods to open new season Jan. 2 at Antioch Speedway

ANTIOCH, Calif. – The track Where Action Is The Attraction opens for 2021 with three IMCA divisions on the Saturday, Jan. 2 card.  Antioch Speedway hosts IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods in its first show of the new season, with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance California State points to be awarded. Pit gates open at noon and hot laps are at 3 p.m. with racing to follow. Pit passes are $50 and face masks must be worn any time drivers or crew members are outside their pit area. No grandstand seating will be sold.  The race night program will be broadcast by AntiochSpeedway.TV. More information is available by calling promoter Chad Chadwick at 925 584-1527 and on Facebook.


IMCA adding to membership benefits, doubles excess medical coverage to $100,000

VINTON, Iowa – With no increase in cost to drivers, IMCA membership benefits will include excess medical coverage doubled to $100,000 beginning in the 2021 race season. “It has always been extremely important for IMCA to maintain membership costs while increasing the benefits our licensed drivers and sanctioned race tracks receive,” emphasized IMCA President Brett Root. “While no one ever wants to have to need or have to use it, it’s very important that such coverage is available and in place.”  This excess medical policy that accompanies IMCA membership reimburses IMCA members racing in sanctioned events for covered excess medical expenses, including those incurred during travel to and from IMCA sanctioned events.  Excess means the accident medical benefit is payable after benefits under any other health plan have been considered first. Also, there is a $5,000 policy deductible, usually track insurance, that needs to be satisfied before any payments can be made. Coverage is subject to policy terms, conditions and exclusions.  The member’s policy purchased from Jones Birdsong includes $5,000 accidental death, dismemberment and paralysis coverage [Read More]


GRT captures IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup crown

GREENBRIER, Ark. – The company with the We Build Winners slogan is the winner of IMCA’s 2020 Manufactur­ers’ Cup contest. GRT Chassis of Greenbrier, Ark., paced the 16 chassis builders entered in the 12th annual contest with 49 points, awarded based on the make of chassis driven by racers finishing in the top 10 in each of the five re­gions for IMCA Modifieds. Nine drivers, including regional champions Mitchell Hunt in the Eastern and Jordan Grabouski, in the Central, contributed to the GRT point total. “It definitely means a lot to us being the Manufacturers’ Cup champion and winner of two regions,” said GRT’s Zach Wehlage. “It means a lot to our customer base and we look forward to serving them in the future.” Razor Chassis was second with 34 points, defending cup contest champion Rage Chassis third with 23. Both had five drivers finishing in regional top 10’s; national and North Central Region champion Tom Berry Jr. wheeled a Razor. Rounding out the top five in Manufacturers’ Cup points were Harris Auto Racing with 21 and Ingalls Racing [Read More]


New IMCA, STARS Mod Lite agreement hailed as win-win

VINTON, Iowa – Drivers, tracks and race fans across the United States and Canada are the winners of the new agreement between IMCA and the Modified Lite STARS Racing Series.  The Mod Lites, a 5/8-scale Modified division of race car powered by a motorcycle engine, become the ninth division sanctioned by IMCA, which will provide administration, including points and point funds, while supporting current sanctions and promoting new sanctions of the class.  STARS will continue to use rules now in place for weekly, regional and special events. Owner and President of Competition and Racing Operation Jimmy May also becomes IMCA’s division director for the Mod Lites.  “This agreement is win-win,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “While Mod Lites run at many tracks we already sanction, it is a division that in almost every aspect we have nothing similar to now. There are a lot of things about STARS that appeal to IMCA.”  “IMCA provides consistency in administration and benefits of membership,” he added. “Our goal is to grow this division across the United States and [Read More]


More laps, more money in IMCA Wild West Tour plans for 2021

MYTON, Utah – Drivers in three IMCA divisions will have the opportunity to run more laps and earn more money on each night of the 2021 Wild West Tour. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods see 14 dates at six tracks in as many different states on next season’s tentative schedule, beginning with the tour’s first-ever visit to Cocopah Speedway and Arizona on March 19 and 20.  Friday-Saturday tour twinbills follow April 16 and 17 at Aztec, N.M., Speedway; May 21 and 22 at Winnemucca, Nev., Regional Raceway; June 18 and 19 at Sweetwater Springs in Rock Springs, Wy.; July 16 and 17 at Desert Thunder Raceway in Price, Utah; and Aug. 20 and 21 at new Blue Valor Speedway in Emmett, Idaho.  The tour returns to Price for the Sept. 17 and 18 finale, and to Cocopah for the Nov. 6 Top 20 Showdown. All tour events will be broadcast on IMCA.TV. All Modified features will be 2021 or 2022 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events, with a [Read More]


Seven January dates for IMCA.TV Winter Nationals at Cocopah

SOMERTON, Ariz. – Cocopah Speedway gets the 2021 race season off to a fast start with seven IMCA.TV Winter Nationals dates in January.  IMCA Modifieds run for $1,000 to win in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features Wednesday, Jan. 6; Thursday, Jan. 7; Friday, Jan. 8; and Saturday, Jan. 9; and again at Thursday, Jan. 14; Friday, Jan. 15; and Saturday, Jan. 16 shows.  Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods race for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $350 to win each night. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance State points will be awarded each night. Drivers who pre-register via My Race Pass by opening night pay no entry fee; entry fee for the tour after that date is $100. An open practice runs from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 5 at Somerton. Another open practice, as well as the $500 to win Mach-1 Sport Compact main event and the $1,000 to win Gene Freeman pit crew challenge is slated for Jan. 13. [Read More]