Rules, opportunities sell Valley Speedway on IMCA Northern SportMods, STARS Mod Lites

GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. – Time-proven rules and new opportunities for drivers at Valley Speedway sold promoter Dennis Shrout on sanctioning IMCA Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and IMCA STARS Mod Lite divisions this season. Both classes will join Saturday night race programs at his Valley Speedway in Grain Valley, Mo., some 10 miles east of Kansas City on Interstate 70. Shrout plans to work closely with Jon Boller, promoter at US 36 Raceway and Bethany Speedway, in building the IMCA following in the northwest corner of the Show Me State. Valley Speedway becomes the first Missouri track to sanction STARS Mod Lites. “We have a class similar to the SportMods and ran the Mod Lites for four or five years and helped build that class,” said Shrout. “We really like the rules. I’ve seen how Jon’s classes at Osborn have grown with the sanction. If everybody went IMCA, it would be good for all of us.” “IMCA locks down the rules. They don’t let drivers spend themselves into oblivion. Nobody around here is building ‘B’ mods [Read More]


Defending champ Holland tops opener for Western RaceSavers

HANFORD, Calif. (Feb. 20) – Once she got going the right direction, there was no catching Brooklyn Holland Saturday at Kings Speedway. The defending Van De Pol Western RaceSaver series for IMCA Sprint Cars and KMJ Performance California State champion topped the 2021 divisional season opener, rallying after falling off the pace from her fourth starting spot.  Holland fell back to sixth before starting her drive to the front. She took over the lead around midway in the 25-lapper and won ahead of Ryan Delisle and Kyle Rasmussen.  “I stayed right around the bottom and just kept watching what was going on ahead of me,” said Holland. “I ran my line as well as I could and went under the front two cars for the lead.”  “It feels real good to start the season with a win in a new (Triple X) car,” she added. Austin Warmerdam and Blaine Fagundes rounded out the top five. Larry Thompson was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner. Feature results – 1. Brooklyn Holland; 2. Ryan Delisle; 3. Kyle Rasmussen; [Read More]


IMCA STARS Mod Lites are super addition at Greenville

GREENVILLE, Texas – A class James Bryant had a hand in helping get started runs under the IMCA banner at his Superbowl Speedway this season.  Nine Saturday dates for IMCA STARS Mod Lites are on the 2021 schedule at Greenville, with the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season running from March 20 to Aug. 28. “I helped get this class going around here and we’ve always Mod Lites 3-5 times a year,” said veteran promoter Bryant. “When they called and asked if we wanted to sanction with IMCA, the answer was yes.” Plans for a Mod Lite special at Superbowl are in the works. Bryant notes that the division is already a favorite with his fans  “They’ve been popular here for a long time,” he said. “I like the class because the racing is exciting and they have a good bunch of drivers. They’re nice people.”


Sunoco continues title sponsorship support for IMCA Late Models, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks

VINTON, Iowa – Sunoco Race Fuels nears another milestone with IMCA while continuing title sponsorship sup­port for three divisions. Linwood, Pa.-based Sunoco, manufacturer of The Official Fuel of IMCA, furnishes a portion of post-season point funds to be paid to Late Model, Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers.  The 2021 season is Sunoco’s 29th as an IMCA sponsor. Point fund shares in all three divisions will be distributed during the national awards banquet or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.  “We are so excited to continue our relationship with IMCA,” said Sunoco’s Deanna Manbeck. “Sunoco Race Fuels been supporting grassroots racers for decades and IMCA continues to offer quality racing to all levels of racers.” Sunoco will give $250 bonuses to the feature winner on a designated race nights at each track that sanctions Late Models weekly. Drivers in all three divisions must compete with Sunoco race gas and display two Sunoco logos on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares or cash awards. Sunoco returns to another high-profile title [Read More]


Spring Kickoff starts season at Kennedale Speedway Park

KENNEDALE, Texas – Kennedale Speedway Park kicks off the new season in Texas this weekend, with the Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 27 Spring Kickoff. IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars both race for $500 to win on Friday and $600 to win on Saturday, while Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods race for $500 to win to each night. Mach-1 Sport Compacts run for $200 to win on Saturday. All feature fields will start 24 cars. Start money is $80 for Modifieds and Stock Cars, $70 for the Southern SportMods and $50 for the Sport Compacts. Draw fee in all divisions is $10. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and KMJ Performance Texas State points will be awarded both nights. Modifieds also earn Razor Chassis South Central points, with EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region points awarded to the Stock Cars. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. both days. The grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Friday; stands open at 4 p.m. and the first green flag flies at [Read More]


Rare Dale prototype displayed beginning on April Fool’s Day at Museum of American Speed

LINCOLN, Neb. – It’s appropriate that when the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln re-opens on April 1, one of the most unique cars in the collection started by Bill and Joyce Smith will be on prominent display. After all, the Dale was an attempt to fool a lot of people out of a lot of money.  The three-wheeled, lightweight concept car designed by Dale Clift was to be powered by a motorcycle engine and engineered to get 70 miles to the gallon. Not by coincidence, many Americans still had the Arab oil embargo and high fuel prices and shortages in the back of their mind when they got their first look at the Dale on the TV show The Price Is Right. The new Twentieth Century Motor Car Corporation took hundreds of orders at around $2,000 a pop. Things were looking promising for Dale promoter Liz Carmichael before a prototype, one of only three built, tipped over during a test run for potential investors. The Dale never made it to production. The transgender [Read More]


Smiley’s renewing title sponsorship for IMCA Southern SportMods through 2023

MESQUITE, Texas – Smiley’s Racing Products will continue its invaluable role as title sponsor of IMCA’s Southern SportMod division through 2023. As part of the latest pact with the Mesquite, Texas, high-performance parts manu­facturer and distributor, Smiley’s will provide a portion of $9,500 point funds to be paid to top 15 drivers in national Southern SportMod standings for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 race seasons, while continuing an extensive awards program for drivers in six divisions.  The home of Hoosier Tire Southwest, Smiley’s is part of national decal programs for Southern and Northern SportMods and drivers in both divisions must display two Smiley’s logos on their race cars to be eligible for point fund shares.  The 17-year IMCA sponsor gives $50 gift cards to top 10 drivers in national Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact point standings, and in the Razor Chassis South Central Region for IMCA Mod­ifieds, EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.  Fifty dollar gift cards also [Read More]


Forster doubles up at Cocopah, Ward and West are also IMCA winners

By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Feb. 20) – Once more three Speedway Motors IMCA Weekly Racing sanc­tioned classes were in competition at Cocopah Speedway on Saturday. IMCA Modifieds, Karl Kustoms Northern Sport Mods, and IMCA STARS Mod Lites complimented the card of the final night of the Western States Dwarf Car Nationals at the ⅜-mile track.   For the IMCA Modified main event, Marvin Mueller got the front on the drop of the initial green flag. He did his best to keep his car ahead of the competition but would be overtaken on lap three by Jerry Flippo. Flippo steered his vessel ahead of the rest of the pack but was eventually caught. Arizona native Tim Ward overtook Jerry Flippo on lap 14.  Ward was by no means out of the woods as he had to deal with some thick lapped traffic and pressure from Flippo.  The seventh starting Ward held on to capture his first win of the 2021 campaign in the caution-free affair, earning $1,000 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.  Flippo ended [Read More]


Mari, Pitt, Forster collect Friday wins at Cocopah

By Ben Deatherage   SOMERTON, Ariz. (Feb. 19) – Lance Mari, David Pitt and a defending national champion all took care of business Friday at Cocopah Speedway.  Mari topped the $1,000 to win main event for IMCA Modifieds and Pitt paced the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods, while Zack Forster won the first event for IMCA STARS Mod Lites in Arizona. Forster, who started fifth, obtained the top spot entering the first corner on the opening start. A lap three caution bunched the field up and turned out to be the lone stoppage of the race.  On the restart, Forster experienced some immense pressure from fellow Californian Kaden Cochrun. Cochrun managed to maneuver his way around Forster to beat him out at the line on lap five.  However, Forster held his composure and reclaimed the position on the following circuit.   As the long green flag run continued to develop Forster had a brief scare in lapped traffic. Kaden Cochrun did his best to get around Forster, but Forster made some key moves.  Forster went on to win the main event and became [Read More]


Madrid, Alves are Arizona Speedway aces

By Ben Deatherage  SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (Feb. 20) – Two IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing program divisions were on hand at Arizona Speedway on Saturday.  The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods were the two divisions on tap. Both divisions had healthy car counts and produced some enjoy­able action.  Zachary Madrid took control of the first-place position on the opening start of the Stock Car main.  Madrid had firm control of the lead but did have to deal with several stoppages. The field would be slowed down on several occasions but each time Zachary remained in the front.  Madrid went on to win his second Arizona Speedway Stock Car main of the season. Colorado veteran Aaron Spangler was second followed by Fairbanks, Alaska transplant and current Casa Grande resident, Scott Sluka. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main event saw just a single caution.  Double-duty racer Bo Partain got to the point in the opening stages. After a lap five restart, Partain was accompanied by Chase Alves in a tussle for the lead. Alves, racing his [Read More]