Mi22ion IMCA Modified racing to raise awareness, help prevent veteran suicide

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sean Stacy raced for more than a tall trophy or any amount of money at the 20th annual Duel In The Desert. The 17-year-old from Kearny, Ariz., was behind the wheel of the number Mi22ion IMCA Modified, which gets its number from Mission 22, an organization dedicated to providing treatment for and preventing suicide by military veterans. Raising awareness about the 22 veterans who take their own lives each day because of Post-Traumatic Stress has been Stacy’s goal throughout his rookie season. “This is something that has affected many families,” said Stacy’s father and car owner Curtis. “We were having fun racing then began to see that this was one way we could make a difference.” Primarily sponsored by the Las Vegas Firefighters and Benefit Association, which counts many military veterans among its membership, the Mi22ion car raced six nights this season, at Arizona Speedway and at Central Arizona Speedway prior to the Duel In The Desert. Stacy was ninth in the Young Guns event at the Duel. His final outing of [Read More]


Vollmer adds a plaque of her own to family’s state championship collection 

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Kendra Vollmer made good on her pre-season goal of winning an All-Star Performance State championship. As a result, she’ll add a plaque to the collection of awards in the home office that doubles as a trophy display room. Vollmer topped Idaho State standings for the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod division. She also picked up her career first win in the class on Aug. 19, six days before her 18th birthday, at hometown Idaho Falls Raceway. “Winning the state championship was really the goal for the year,” Vollmer said. “Getting my first feature win was exciting and helped pay more bills but winning the state championship was the big thing.” Her father Kenny raced a Northern SportMod, earning state titles in 2011 and 2015, while uncle Jacob Vollmer was the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod king in Idaho in 2010. “My dad liked this class a lot and was the one who got me started in it,” said Vollmer, who ran a go-kart on dirt for six years before moving to the sanctioned [Read More]


Allen races close to home, collects Kennedale checkers 

KENNEDALE, Texas (Oct. 7) – A wet weekend forecast in Kansas convinced Chase Allen to race closer to home. That decision proved to be good for $2,500. Despite battling brake issues much of the way, Allen led all 25 laps of the Saturday main event for IMCA Modifieds at Kennedale Speedway Park’s Summit Racing Equipment Showdow The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying victory came ahead of Chris Elliott, Chad Melton, Josh McGaha and Chris Bragg. “I was just the glad the car was turning so good,” said Allen, who built up a sizable advantage before the last caution waved with four laps to go. “We changed our plans to race at Fall Nationals (at RPM Speedway in Hays, Kan.) because it’s hard to drive past a track that’s 15 minutes from your home. I didn’t get to race here as often as I would have liked this year but Kennedale is a track I know pretty well.” Rain the previous weekend had forced rescheduling of the fall special at Kennedale. Fifteen hundred dollar feature [Read More]


URSS prepares to wrap up season at 81 Speedway

WICHITA, Kan. – The Myers Engine United Rebel Sprint Series National Series will put a wrap to the 2017 season this Saturday night, Oct. 14 when it makes its second and final appearance of the year at C. Ray Hall’s 81 Speedway in Wichita, Kan. With 12 different winners in the 15 races held this year, the parity and competition in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car series is second to none. This race will be no exception as Zach Blurton leads the Rebels into town. A great field of cars is expected as several entries from Nebraska and Oklahoma will make the trip for the $1,000 to win, minimum $200 to start event. Racing starts at 7 p.m.


MASS winner at Grandview earns half a grand 

By Erika Palmai Wagner BECHTELSVILLE, Pa. – This Saturday, Oct. 14, the Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will make its way for the final time this season to the high-banked Grandview Speedway. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars will be one of three divisions competing during the Thunder on the Hill Triple Thunder Thriller special. Unlike past years, where this event was invitation only to drivers in the top 25 in points, all teams are eligible to compete. Freiberger Excavating, title sponsor of the second heat race at each MASS event, has upped the main event another $750, making it $500 to win and $165 to start. Second through fifth place will be awarded with $325, $280, $250, and $220 respectively, with an increase in payout throughout the rest of the field as well. “I love racing, everything about it. I have been a part of racing since I was 15 years old and even though I am not behind the wheel any more, I still have to be a part of it in some way,” said Pat [Read More]


MASS title in hand, Wagner leads charge to Grandview

By Erika Palmai Wagner NEWFIELD, N.J. – With the inaugural season coming to an end, Eddie Wagner of Newfield, N.J. was named the 2017 Engler Machine and Tool Mid-Atlantic IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Series champion  af­ter winning the Sept. 22 feature at Bridgeport Speedway. This Saturday, Wagner looks to continue his streak by visiting victory lane at Grandview Speedway to claim the $500 to win payday, which was upped from the regular $300 to win by series spon­sor Freiberger Excavating. “I always wanted to win a championship title but I haven’t always had the chance to run a complete schedule. When I have focused on points, I finished second and third each time,” Wagner said. “It really hasn’t hit me yet that I’ve won because the season hasn’t ended, and we’re focusing on com­ing out on top in the last string of events. “But I am proud to have won this thing with such a small team of just me, my dad and my buddy Mark, who’s stuck with me since the beginning,” he added. “It takes a lot of dedication from not [Read More]


Smith makes last-lap pass for Keystone checkers 

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Oct. 7) – Kyle Smith traveled from Massachusetts to win Port Royal Speedway’s Keystone IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Challenge Saturday night. The victory came as part of the Blue Collar Classic and Smith became the 18th different winner in 37 PASS events in 2017. Smith surged over the final five laps to reign in Tyler Reeser and swoop past for the $1,350 win in the final two turns of the 25-lap feature event. Feature results – 1. Kyle Smith; 2. Tyler Reeser; 3. Darren Miller; 4. Nick Sweigart; 5. Ken Duke Jr.; 6. Zach Newlin; 7. Jeff Geiges; 8. Drew Ritchey; 9. Scott Lutz; 10. Jeff Miller; 11. Austin Bishop; 12. Dave Brown Jr.; 13. Tim Tanner Jr.; 14. Jaremi Hanson; 15. Rick Stief; 16. Scott Ellerman; 17. Greg Dobrosky; 18. Scott Frack; 19. Samantha Lieberman; 20. Kassidy Kreitz; 21. Dylan Schatzer; 22. Cale Reigle; 23. Mark Watkins; 24. Sidney Prince.


Keeton flies to first win in Virginia Sprint Series finale

By Jim Haines SHENANDOAH, Va. (Sept. 30) – Mike Keeton was fast at the front and stayed there all the way to his first win Saturday on the final night of the 20th annual Virginia Sprint Series. The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers came Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway, ahead of Jerald Harris and Anthony Linkenhoker. The feature-only event rolled off with Bill Rice and Keeton on the front row. When the green flew, Keeton stayed high while Rice was on the bottom and hugging the line. Keeton got free on lap two and Harris came with him on the top side and went for the lead lap after lap while leaving Rice to deal with Linkenhoker. Pavement races really fly by and Harris was keeping close but not getting alongside while Linkenhoker made it to third. Keeton stayed smooth and steady up front, made some good moves in traffic in the final laps and raced to the checkered flag first. Feature results – 1. Mike Keeton; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Anthony Linkenhoker;4. Bill Rice; 5. Chris Ware; [Read More]


Photos needed for post-season certificates, cash

VINTON, Iowa – Sending a photo of their car to IMCA is guaranteed to get eligible drivers a $50 gift certificate. Doing so will may also be worth $500 in cash. Drivers in all IMCA divi­sions displaying 10 or more Karl Performance heat win decals on their car are eligible to receive a $50 gift certificate from the high performance parts supplier. In addition, Dirt Defender and Stephenville Starter each give $250 to a driver selected at random from the IMCA Modi­fied, Stock Car, Southern SportMod and Northern SportMod ranks who wins 10 or more weekly heat races and sub­mits a photo of their car display­ing use of two Dirt Defender mud covers. That driver also receives a free Stephenville Starter-manufac­tured starter. All awards will be presented during the IMCA national ban­quet in November. Car photos should be sent to Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at the IMCA home office by Monday, Nov. 13. His email address is kyoder@imca.com.


11th annual Showdown is Sept. 28-30 at Kennedale Speedway Park

KENNEDALE, Texas – IMCA Modifieds and Scoggin-Dickey Southern SportMods race for $1,500 to win, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars both for $1,000 to win at Kenne­dale Speedway Park’s Summit Racing Equipment Showdown special Sept. 28-30. The Modified winner will be added to the ballot for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. Mini­mum start money is $200 and entry fee is $50 for all four divisions. Gates open at 5 p.m. and registration and practice run from 6-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28. Pit passes are $20 and there is no grandstand admission. On Friday, gates open at 4 p.m. and qualifying starts at 7 p.m. Grandstand admission is $13 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for kids ages 6-11 and free for five and under. Gates open at 4 p.m. Saturday and racing is at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $16 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for kids 6-11 and free for five and under. Pit passes are $35 Friday and Saturday. Cars running Saturday only [Read More]