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Batesville’s IMCA Modified Race For Hope boasts $12,000 payday

BATESVILLE, Ark. – One of the biggest races on the IMCA Modified calendar will benefit two area non-profit organizations this season.    Batesville Motor Speedway’s fourth annual Race For Hope 71 is Oct. 6-10, with $12,000 paid to win and a minimum of $1,500 to start the main event.  The Saturday night main event is a qualifier for the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Top two finishers in each heat on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday advance to qualifying features that send the top 10 finishers to the inside, middle and outside rows, respectively, of Satur­day’s 30-car starting grid.  Drivers who don’t advance to the nightly feature earn points in one of four (B-C-D-E) non-qualifier races.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; sponsor awards will be presented and driv­ers introduced beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the race program to follow. The 71-lap feature will be halted for a fuel stop on lap 40 Spectator admission [Read More]

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Tiny Lund wins different kinds of IMCA firsts for Shryock, Van Horn

HARLAN, Iowa (Sept. 25-26) – Kelly Shryock’s Saturday IMCA Modified win was his first ever at Shelby County Speedway’s Tiny Lund Memorial. Dusty Van Horn’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win the same night was his first-ever in the division. Shryock, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, started on the pole, then had to get the lead back from Jacob Hobscheidt before collecting the $1,528 checkers. “He’s “He’s pretty fast. Lucky for me and unlucky for him, a lapped car kind of got him out of shape,” Shryock said. Anthony Roth ended in second, Chris Mills in third. While Shryock has won his share and then some of IMCA’s biggest events, races like the Tiny Lund stand out. “It’s really cool to add my list to the names of the drivers who have won this event,” he said. “The Tiny Lund is a huge event and any time you can win a memorial race it’s special. Memorial races have a special place in my heart.”  Van Horn shared similar sentiments, after a late-race pass [Read More]

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Baca, Hibdon, Rosevear take top checks at Cocopah

SOMERTON, Ariz. (Sept. 25-26) – Two of the young guns in the Shaw Race Cars Western Region raced to notable $1,000 IMCA Modified feature wins at Cocopah Speedway’s season-ending Mike Corning Memorial. Chaz Baca doubled his 2019 win total on opening night, collecting his 16th checkers of the season. Kollin Hibdon, racing closer to home after a summer spent in the Midwest, won for the sixth occasion in his second full season in the division.  Already on the Fast Shafts Al-Star Invitational ballot, Baca started the Friday feature from the pole and led all 22 laps en route to career win number 49. He caught up with the back of the field twice before cautions cleared the way. Hibdon was second and Ryan Roath third. On Saturday, Hibdon worked his way to the front from fifth starting to put his name on the 2021 All-Star ballot before the 2020 season ended. “There was a lot of lapped traffic but we were able to get through it and hold everybody off,” he said.  Baca was second, Russell [Read More]

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Grabouski is 3-for-4 at Mid-America Clash

SALINA, Kan. (Sept. 25-26) – A driver who had a lot of good nights in 2019 had two more of them to end 2020. Jordan Grabouski swept Friday and Saturday IMCA Modified features at Salina Speedway’s Mid-America Clash, won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature on Friday and then ran second to Elijah Zevenbergen in the Saturday show. The defending national champion in both divisions, Grabouski has followed a more limited sched­ule this year. Some tinkering before hitting the track helped bring back some of that last season’s magic. “We had a couple pretty good nights there with the Modified. I’ll take them,” Grabouski said follow­ing the $1,550 and $1,500 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. “We have struggled a little bit so we tried some different things setup wise. We were good when we un­loaded and better on the track.” Clay Money and Shane Hiatt chased Grabouski across the stripe on Friday. Jordy Nelson was second and Josh Vogt third on Saturday. Grabouski also earned $1,550 for his opening night Stock Car [Read More]

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Who’s who in California IMCA racing at Ocean as Hogge wins career fifth Pettit

WATSONVILLE, Iowa (Sept. 25-26) – Bobby Hogge IV stood in victory lane at Ocean Speedway after the IMCA Modified finish that had everybody talking. Hogge chased race-long leader Troy Foulger, then made his last-lap move to the front on the higher line for the $3,006 checkers on night two of the Pettit Shootout at Watsonville. The Pettit win was Hogge’s fifth in the 10 years the special, one of the premier events in IMCA’s Shaw Race Cars Western Region, has been held. “Any time you get a win it’s special and we had almost the whole who’s who in California racing was here this weekend,” the Salinas veteran said, noting the 60-plus IMCA Modifieds and 50-plus Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods entered in the season-ending special. “Ocean is my home track. It’s 25 miles from my doorstep and I’ve raced with the Pettit family for a long time.”  Foulger had led the first 32 laps after starting outside pole. Robby Sawyer raced his way from 10th starting to second while Hogge made his way ahead from seventh.  [Read More]

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Belec best in Modifieds, Tubbs tops Stocks at Sherman Co.’s IMCA Flatlander Classic

GOODLAND, Kan. (Sept. 26) – Eddie Belec got the monkey off his back, Jeff Tubbs got to the track on time and both got paid $1,500 for their Saturday IMCA feature wins at Sherman County Speedway’s Flatlander Classic. Belec led all 20 laps in the IMCA Modified main, outrunning cousin Dominic Ursetta and Greg Gustus. His Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying win was his IMCA first since July of 19. “It had been a little while since I won at Goodland. It had been a little while since I won, period,” Belec said. You never know when you’re going to win again. It was nice to get the money off my back.” Contact with a lapped car just after midway caused some concern but ultimately didn’t keep Belec from ending in victory lane. “That was more excitement than I wanted,” he said. “The car never feels like it should when you knock the front end in but it worked out for us.”  Kyle Rohleder and Corey Cox completed the top five.  Tubbs became a [Read More]

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IMCA wins at 49th Stampede go to Arneson, Strand, Pavlicek, Medler

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Sept. 25-26) – Winning the most prestigious race in North Dakota? Awesome. Getting to see your name on the T-shirt they’ll sell next September at the big Jamestown Speedway special? Almost as good. Austin Arneson added to his Stock Car Stampede trophy collection while Shawn Strand, Rich Pavlicek and Darren Medler all started theirs with feature wins at the 49th annual event. Arneson topped Friday’s $1,500 to win IMCA Modified feature and Strand joined him on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with Saturday’s $2,000 checkers. Pavlicek and Medler both earned $1,000 for Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victories.  Fifty-five Modifieds vied both nights. Arneson won the opener ahead of Strand, Jason Wolla, Brandon Beckendorf and Travis Olheiser.  “We were really good. We rolled right to the middle of the track and were passing cars the last five laps. It was kind of smooth sailing,” said Arneson, the Stampede winner in 2013. “It’s always exciting to win. We’ve got a good fan base in Jamestown and it was pretty cool we won it in the fashion [Read More]

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RPM Fall Nationals features $5,000 to win IMCA Modified main event

HAYS, Kan. – RPM Speedway puts the wraps on 2020 with its rich Fall Nationals presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions special Friday and Sat­urday, Oct. 2 and 3, topped by the $5,000 to win main event for IMCA Modifieds. The Saturday feature is a 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star In­vitational ballot qualifier and pays $2,500 for se­cond, $1,500 for third and $1,000 for fourth with a mini­mum of $400 paid to start. Also on the card for the 14th annual Fall Nationals are IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars racing for $3,000 to win and $250 to start; Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $2,000 to win and $175 to start, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $1,500 to win and $175 to start, and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $400 to win and $50 to start. Qualifying events for all five divisions are on Friday; last-chance qualifying and features are on Saturday. Entry fee and non-qualifier pay are $150 for Modi­fieds, $100 for Stocks, $80 for SportMods, $75 for Hobby Stocks and $25 for Sport Compacts. Adult grandstand admission is $15 [Read More]

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Awesome, exhilarating Wild West Tour wins for Delp, Hale at Desert Thunder

PRICE, Utah (Sept. 25-26) – Two IMCA Modified drivers saw droughts come to an end during the fi­nal 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour twinbill of the season at Desert Thunder Raceway.  Casey Delp led every lap of the Friday show, scoring his career second tour win and first in 16 series starts. On Saturday, Michael Hale raced to a career fourth tour checkers and first in 19 WWMT starts.  Both drivers put their names on the 2021 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with their $1,200 victories. “It was a huge win for me. I was pretty amped up,” said Delp, the opening night winner ahead of defending tour champion Zane DeVilbiss. “Zane is the wheelman at Price. The dude is fast. To beat him is huge.” DeVilbiss and Bryan Wordelman chased Delp across the stripe. Ricky Alvarado mounted the big­gest challenge to Delp, showing his nose early, before ending in sixth. “I just had a good car. The best thing I ever did was buy this Black Widow Rage,” said Delp. “Words can’t explain it. [Read More]

2020 Super Nationals

Drivers share in rich purse, contingency awards at 38th annual Super Nationals

BOONE, Iowa – Being part of the biggest and best event in all of dirt track racing paid off again big-time for IMCA Speed­way Mo­tors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s competitors.  Along with approximately $300,000 in purse money, some $60,000 in contingency and cash awards were given. Awards and/or product certificates not given to drivers at Boone Speedway will arrive by mail.  More than $25,000 in contingencies went to qualifiers for the Modified main event.  Listed by division, certain cash and contingency award recipients included: Modified champion Ricky Thornton Jr. – Abilene Race Rads (radiator); Aero Race Wheels (set of 4 wheels); Allstar Performance (set of toe plates and $200); Brinn ($50 and a transmission); BSB Manufacturing (set of 4 shocks and $225); Casey’s General Store ($20); Champ Pans (oil pan); Dirt Defender (pair of mud covers); Dynatech ($400); Edelbrock (water pump); Eibach (set of 4 springs); G-Force Racing Gear ($200); Hoosier (four G-60 tires); Integra (one shock); Intercomp (digital angle gauge); Jaz Products ($500); Jerovetz Shock Service (2 shock rebuilds); Jones Racing Products (crate engine [Read More]