SALINA, Kan. – Citing a week of torrential rains and no drying opportunities, officials at the Salina Speedway have canceled this weekend’s DirtFest special. With no other options on race weekends before area tracks begin their seasons, the event will not be re-scheduled.
By Jerry Mackey WEST LIBERTY, Iowa – The West Liberty Raceway located on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds, will kick off the stock car racing season this Saturday, April 1 with an open practice session for all drivers planning on racing on Saturday nights at one of the longest running dirt tracks in the state of Iowa. The pit gates will open at 11 a.m. with practice slated to take the green flag at 1 p.m. Grandstand admission will be free although there will be a charge to get into the pits to cover insurance costs. All drivers will have plenty of opportunities to dial their new cars in for the opening event of the season which will be held Saturday, April 8 as the Deery Brothers Summer Series will come to town. For more information, please log on to www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com.
McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. (March 18-19) – Once the green flag flew, Justin Gregg knew he had the car to beat in Sunday’s Mike Chapin Memorial Spring Thaw main event at Junction Motor Speedway. When the checkers came out, he had the $1,000 check to prove it. Gregg led all 25 circuits in the Fast Shafts All-Star ballot qualifier. Jacob Anson repeated his second-place showing from the Saturday feature and Jordy Nelson, Dylan Smith and Anthony Roth rounded out the top five. “I got lucky and started on the pole and knew on the first lap that we were going to be tough to beat,” said Gregg. “We were going through the corners really well.” The only caution came with four laps left and no one had anything for the leader after that. Travis Hatcher won the Saturday feature. Gregg was seventh in that race in a self-built Red Rocket, changing a couple springs and, after a call to Kyle Vanover, a shock before returning to McCool Junction the next day. Jarred Hackler was a double [Read More]
BOONE, Iowa – Boone Speedway has postponed its golden anniversary season special from this weekend to a July date to be determined. IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks were scheduled to see their first action of 2017 at Boone on March 24 and 25 but a wet and cold forecast dictates otherwise.
By Jerry Mackey FARLEY, Iowa – This Saturday, March 25, Farley Speedway will host the annual pre-season race car show inside the Palace Ballroom located on the speedway grounds in Farley. The show will begin at 11 a.m. and will be free of charge to all attendees. Fans are encouraged to bring the kids as the Farley Speedway Kids Club will be hosting an Easter egg hunt inside the Palace Ballroom. Drivers will be allowed to bring their cars on Friday night until 8 p.m. or Saturday morning after 8 a.m. and prior to 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded to the best appearing, Modified, Full Bodied Car and a Best of Show will also be awarded. Drivers will have an opportunity to showcase their new cars and meet and visit with the fans in a very relaxed atmosphere. Live music will be provided by Madhouse beginning at 2 p.m. and will last to approximately 6 p.m. Complete 2017 race schedules will be available and drivers will have an opportunity to complete all necessary paperwork for the [Read More]
By J.M. Hallas PAIGE, Texas (March 18) – Kevin Green took top honors in Saturday’s IMCA Modified main dedicating his first Cotton Bowl win to Harvey Cox, a long-time supporter of the Green family racing. Green got the lead coming off turn two, then went green to checkers using two different lines on each end to put some distance on Eric Tomlinson at the finish. “Mission accomplished,” exclaimed Green afterwards. “This was one mission I had this year, to get a Modified win here. We’ve run some here in the Modified and the SportMod, but never a full season. We even had a few SportMod wins, but this is our first Modified win.” “We lost Harvey Cox over the off season, but we’re still racing for him,” Green continued. “He’d done so much for us over the years with my dad. He’ll not be forgotten.” Mike Wagner was the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod winner while Ken Plonsky capitalized on a late restart to top the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.
SABINE, La. (March 18) – A late-race restart opened the door for Jacob Harris Saturday at Sabine Motor Speedway. Harris led the last three laps in winning his career-first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature in the season-opener for the winged division in Louisiana. Johnny Brown and Harris paced the field to green with Brown taking the early over Josh Hawkins and Harris. A late caution waved for a crash between Josh McCord and Tyler Harris; Brown and Hawkins made contact on the exit of turn two, sending Brown off the racing surface while Hawkins sustained a left rear flat. Jacob Harris gained control of the lead for the next restart and tan in front to the checkers. Runner-up was Tommy Johnson. Feature results – 1. Jacob Harris; 2. Tommy Johnson; 3. Cody Robbins; 4. Charles Sweetser; 5. Todd Bliss; 6. Johnny Brown; 7. Josh Hawkins; 8. Josh McCord; 9. Tyler Harris; 10. Frank Estes; 11. Chris Hinson.
By Tony Steele PEORIZ, Ariz. (March 18) – Chaz Baca Jr. took home his third win in four events at Canyon Speedway Park Saturday night in the Mark Stewart owned no. 59 IMCA Modified. Baca continued to flex his muscles as he took his third win and fourth top two in the past four events he has entered at CSP. Baca was runner-up to Guy Norton on the first night of the Shamrock Showcase doubleheader before powering his way to victory on night number two. John Parmeley led during the first half of the race and seemed to be the car to beat while Baca began to maneuver his way through traffic from the 10th starting spot. Once Baca found himself in second it looked like he wouldn’t quite have the power to get around Parmeley until the leader slipped up in the middle of turns one and two, allowing Baca to make his way by on the inside. Baca cruised away to victory and Parmeley held on to finish second in front of defending champion Mike [Read More]
By Tony Steele PEORIA, Ariz. (March 17) – Guy Norton rebounded from a rough winter season to take home a victory, leading from the drop of the green in the IMCA Modified feature Friday at Canyon Speedway Park’s Shamrock Showcase. After a rough outing one week ago, the division stepped up with the show of the year so far in 2017 at CSP. An early spin in turn three on the first lap of the main event involving Austin Kuehl took out a couple strong cars, including Mike Strobl and Bryson Curry. Once the green flag was displayed a second time, we would see no more cautions as the Modifieds went green to checkers to finish the race. Norton started up front and led all 25 laps en route to a dominating victory. The story of the night may lie with Norton, but the show was the race-long battle for second place with Jason Noll fighting with John Parmeley. Eventually, Chaz Baca joined the battle for a handful of laps before coming away with second. [Read More]
SUSANVILLE, Calif. – Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are primed for an April debut at California’s Diamond Mountain Speedway. Northern SportMods join IMCA Modifieds on 10 Friday or Saturday races at the Lassen County Fairgrounds oval. Opening night set is for April 8. Season championship night for both divisions is Aug. 19. “We have a few of these cars around already. I know three more of our local drivers who are building them now and we’ll get some (traveling) from American Valley Speedway in Quincy and Siskiyou Motor Speedway in Yreka,” said Fair Manager Jim Wolcott. “We like the economy of this division and look forward to seeing it grow here.” Transponders will be required and will be available to rent from the track.