$3,500 is top IMCA Modified check at Heart O’ Texas Fall Classic

WACO, Texas – Both a check for $3,500 and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot go to the IMCA Modi­fied feature winner at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Fall Clas­sic special Oct. 22-24.  The runner-up earns $2,000 with $1,000 for third. Satur­day’s main event pays a minimum of $300 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Smiley’s Racing Prod­ucts Southern SportMods both race for $1,500 to win, $750 for second, $500 for third and a minimum of $100 to start.  Tow money is $100 for the Modifieds and $50 for both Stock Cars and SportMods. RACEceivers and transponders but not mufflers are required.  Pit passes are $20 while grandstand admission for Thurs­day’s practice is free. Gates open at 5 p.m. and prac­tice starts at 6 p.m.  Pit gates and the grandstand open at 5 p.m. and rac­ing starts at 8 p.m. on Friday. Gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. and the first green flag is at 7 p.m. on Satur­day.  Friday pit passes are $30. Grandstand admission is $12 for adults [Read More]


Hobscheidt drives old ride to IMCA Modified checkers at Antioch’s Bill Bowers Memorial

ANTIOCH, Calif. (Oct. 2-3) – Jacob Hobscheidt was feeling a twinge of seller’s remorse Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. Behind the wheel of the 2017 GRT he’d sold to Sean Wilson two years ago, the Plattsmouth, Neb., driver led all but two laps of the inaugural Bill Bowers main event for IMCA Modifieds in racing to a career-best $5,000 payday. “I would gladly take that car back now,” said the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. “I didn’t expect to win but everything worked out pretty good for us.” Hobscheidt had started from the pole and led the first 29 times around the track. Troy Foulger, who’d swept the weekend IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features at Antioch, led the next two circuits before Hobscheidt got the front spot back and stayed there until the end of the 40-lapper. The feature was slowed by just two cautions and Hobscheidt put some distance ahead of the second-running Foulger following the lap 36 restart.  “Antioch is one of a kind. I haven’t been on a bullring like [Read More]


IMCA Stock Car, SportMod aluminum 4412SA carburetor requirements

VINTON, Iowa (Oct. 1) – Holley’s first production run of new aluminum 4412SA carburetor main bodies have some issues that will affect some IMCA racers. Holley recalled and recovered all first production runs of this carburetor with the exception of one carburetor builder.  Holley’s Circle Track Manager Graham Fordyce said, “There was an issue with the original castings that we released to carburetor modifiers (did not fit the sanction gages) so the tooling has been revised. The L6R3250B aluminum castings should NOT be allowed for use in competition.”  Effective immediately this original release of casting number L6R3250B aluminum 4412 carburetor will not be allowed in IMCA competition. This product can be identified by the casting number behind the choke horn. Also effective immediately, any driver competing at an IMCA sanctioned event with this product will be disqualified. Any attempt at removing the casting number will result in disqualification as well. This product does not meet carburetor gauges used by IMCA inspectors. The new and corrected 4412SA aluminum main body casting number is L6R199B and is approved [Read More]


Neisen aces Arlington IMCA SportMod feature

ARLINGTON, Minn. (Sept. 26) – A Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature that ran green to checkers ended with Chris Neisen in victory lane Saturday night at Arlington Raceway.  Neisen caught Dave Siercks for the lead on lap seven and stayed in front to the finish. Matt Looft started 11th and chased neisen across the stripe. Ninth stating Clint Hatlestad was the IMCA Modified feature winner, Justin Allen paced the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car main and Matt Speckman raced up another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car vic­tory. Cory Probst was the third and final leader in an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature that saw just a single caution, on the opening lap. Jaedan Erickson topped the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.


Blurton sweeps URSS WaKeeney Showdown

WaKEENEY, Kan. (Sept. 27) – The Mel Hambelton Ford Racing Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Series took to the 3/8-mile dirt track of WaKeeney Speedway for the WaKeeney Show­down finale Sunday night and it was Zach Blurton picking up the $1,000-to-win feature event.  Blurton had started the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car weekend at WaKeeney with the $700 feature win on Saturday.    Kyler Johnson and Todd Plemons were scheduled to set the pace for Sunday’s 30-lap feature event, but trouble ensued for Johnson during the pace lap causing him to pull off the track and Jake Martens took over the pole starting position. At the drop of the green, Martens marched to the race lead ahead of Plemons while Blurton charged forward to third. Martens again took off with the race lead following a lap 10 restart while Plemons and Blurton continued to battle for second. Blurton advanced to second and made a charge toward the race leader.  On lap 20, Blurton assumed the lead over Martens who then appeared to have a mechanical [Read More]


Lincoln Speedway PASS checkers fly again for Bard

By Frank Buhrman  ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa. (Sept. 25) – Garrett Bard made it two-for-two at Lincoln Speedway Friday with a convincing Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature win.  Bard brushed aside a bad heat race starting draw and won that event, then moved from his fourth starting position to second on the opening lap and passed early leader Ken Duke Jr. following a lap four restart to take control of the feature.  He held off a charging Devin Adams at the end of a race that highlighted several of the IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car series “young lions.” Bard had led all 20 laps for a July 4 win at Lincoln, countering Doug Dodson’s bid for the lead. This time, while Adams closed the gap on the leader in the final couple of laps, Bard’s mastery of traffic kept his lead safe. Duke ended up third, ahead of recent high school graduate Justin Mills and Derek Hauck. Feature results – 1. Garrett Bard; 2. Devin Adams; 3. Ken Duke Jr.; 4. Justin Mills; 5. Derek Hauck; 6. Dave Grube II; 7. [Read More]


Allstar Performance gift cards going to IMCA drivers with 10 or more heat wins

WATERVLIET, Mich. – For a third consecutive season, Allstar Performance will recognize heat race by IMCA drivers in all divisions.  Drivers who won 10 or more heat races at sanctioned events in 2020 and who provide photos providing proof of heat race winner decal placement receive $100 gift cards from the Watervliet, Mich., high performance manufacturer.  The driver with the most heat wins receives a $250 gift card.  Photos should be directed to Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at Deadline for doing so is Friday, Nov. 20. Gift certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office beginning in early December. Ramsey Meyer had the top heat win total last year. “Allstar Performance has been title sponsor for the heat winner decal program for three years and it has become deservedly popular in that time,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Winning 10 heat races in a season is an accomplishment that Allstar Performance continues to reward. Take time now to send photos of those heat win decals before the race car is refreshed this off-season.”  


Estes steps down from Dodge City Raceway post

By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Sept. 24) – An era comes to an end at Dodge City Raceway Park as Tommie Estes Jr. has elected to step down from his position as track manager and promoter at the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  After a revolving door of promoters at the state-of-the-art facility in its first decade as a dirt track, Estes assumed the role in 2011 soon after leaving his previous position as series coordinator with the American Sprint Car Series.  Estes has guided the DCRP facility for the past 10 years, establishing several notable events including the DCRP Sprint Car Nationals and creating the 1/7-mile Little DCRP clay oval to provide a training ground for younger racers to develop their skills.  After the racing facility completed its final weekend of a condensed 2020 racing season on Sept. 19-20, Estes announced the decision to resign from the position.  “The city of Dodge City offered to extend my contract for another three years but I declined,” Estes explained.  “I have enjoyed my 10 years [Read More]


Harris brings broom, sweeps Virginia Sprint Series twinbill

By Jim Haines NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (Sept. 19) – On the first clear, cool night of the year, Jerald Harris had a hot night on track by topping both features for the Virginia Sprint Series at Natural Bridge Speed­way.  The make-up event for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature rained out in August had Daren Bolac out first at the drop of the green and running smooth out front with Mike Leraas in tow.  The 20-lap feature was going by fast as the track surface was changing and Leraas was closing in with Mike Keeton and Harris catching up fast as well.  Leraas got by for the lead with the back of the field quickly coming into his path. With the white flag out, Leraas and Bolac were still up front on the lower side but Harris moved up and was gain­ing ground fast. Coming off turn four to the checkers, the last car on the lead lap bobbled, causing Leraas and Bolac to lift. Harris seized the moment to go high next to the wall, [Read More]


IMCA Modified checkers fly at Arlington for Stinehart

ARLINGTON, Minn. (Sept. 19) – Todd Stinehart was the fourth and final leader in Saturday’s IMCA Modified feature at Arlington Raceway. Rick Nelson paced the first four laps before he was forced pitside. Trent Loverude took over the top spot and built a commanding lead while Stinehart and Clint Hatlestad were fighting for second. On lap 13, Loverude’s engine let loose and he exited the track giving the lead to Stinehart. Hat­lestad fought hard and took the lead on the 18th lap, then ran side-by-side with Stinehart the last two laps.  As they were coming out of turn four, Hatlestad was a nose ahead, but Stinehart edged past him right before the checkered flag. Third went to Toby Patchen.  Bill Johnson led from the sixth circuit to the finish of the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature and Chad Schroeder topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. Winner of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock headliner was Cory Probst. Matt Looft led the way in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. The Mach-1 Sport Compact feature saw 24 [Read More]