Whitehead stampedes to first IMCA Modified victory

ARDMORE, Okla. (March 12) – Justin Whitehead started his rookie season hoping to get a single IMCA Modified feature win. It took the Texarkana, Texas, driver just two starts to accomplish that goal. The runner-up on March 7 at Ardmore when Chris Bragg raced to career win number 101 in the division, Whitehead led the last 22 laps in winning the Southern Stampede main event, and $2,000, Thursday night at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. Jeff Taylor and R.C. Whitwell were next across the stripe. “I’m a big Jeff Taylor and R.C. Whitwell fan,” said Whitehead, well aware of who was chasing him as the race wound down. “I just concentrated on hitting my marks. That’s all I could do.”  “The last caution came with four to go,” he added. “I don’t normally count laps but I was counting those.” Wheeling a car owned by Billy White at W & W Timber, Whitehead had dropped back to fourth after starting the 25-lapper from the pole. He went to the top side of the track to rally and [Read More]


Wet weather will win Junction’s Spring Thaw

McCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. – Junction Motor Speed­way’s Mike Chapin Memorial Spring Thaw becomes the latest casualty of a cold, wet forecast. The Saturday, March 21 special at McCool Junction will not be rescheduled.


Foul forecast washes out Batesville

BATESVILLE, Ark. – Forecasts for too much rain and not enough drying time before the weekend have forced Batesville Motor Speedway to call off the March 20 and 21 Arkansas Spring Nationals.  The event will not be rescheduled.


United Rebel Sprint Series opening weekend at RPM’s Classic Weekend

 By David Smith, Jr., OKTidbits PR HAYS, Kansas – The 15th consecutive season for the Lucas Oil POWRi United Rebel Sprint Se­ries presented by Mel Hambelton Ford Racing kicks off in just three-short weeks as the tour will head to RPM Speedway in Hays, Kan., for a weekend doubleheader. Set for Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, the annual Mike Hughes Sunflower Classic Memorial presented by Nutrien Ag Solutions will see both night shows paying $1,000 to win. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, E3 Spark Plugs Kansas State and series points will be awarded. A huge car count is expected with drivers from Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado indicating their in­tentions on competing with their Kansas counterparts. Westhold Transponders and RACEceivers are required and the track is asking all teams compet­ing to pit in a group on the west side of the main pit area. There will be an open practice session for all cars Thursday, March 26 with pit gates opening at 2 p.m. and practice from 6-10 p.m.


Wood, Martin score Sprint Series of Oklahoma opening weekend wins

MEEKER, Okla. (March 7-8) – Danny Wood ran his winning streak to three before Jason Martin started a streak of his own during opening weekend action for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma.  Wood topped Saturday’s main event for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars at Red Dirt Raceway, tak­ing the lead just before midway in the 20-lapper. And under gray Sunday skies, Martin motored from eighth on the initial grid to catch Wood for the lead in heavy traffic on the 10th of 25 circuit.  A double winner at Lawton Speedway on the final weekend of the 2019 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season, Wood had just two career SSO starts under his belt coming into the dou­bleheader at Red Dirt and his Saturday night could have only gotten better after he drew the 98 pill. Wood trialed 16th, won his heat from the fifth spot and then started third in the main event.  “It felt really good to get the win,” said Wood, joined in victory lane by six-year-old grandson and crew chief Parker, who’d helped [Read More]


Dialed in, Egbert drives to Jack Bagby Memorial win

WACO, Texas (March 6) – Quick to get a new car dialed in, P.J. Egbert was quick to get to the checkers and $1,000 IMCA Modified payday Friday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Jack Bagby Memorial.  Egbert led all 20 laps, moving from the top of the track to the lower line and holding off David Goode Jr. the last five times around the oval.  “Luck was on our side, getting to start on the front row,” said Egbert, wheeling a 2020 Lethal Chassis at the 23rd annual special. “We can’t complain at all. It was good to get another win here.” Egbert had banked $5,000 and put his name of the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot when he won the Fall Classic in his most recent HO’T start last fall.  Several early cautions slowed the main event, which ended with a long green flag run. Goode drove to the runner-up spot from ninth starting.  Jeff Emerson, Eric Tomlinson and Jon White Jr. rounded out the top five. Westin Abbey was the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car [Read More]


Foley is first at Central Arizona Speedway

By Lonnie Wheatley  CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (March 7) – Defending track champion Kelsie Foley picked up her first Central Arizona Speedway win of the young season Saturday night. Foley took the IMCA Modified checkers ahead of Chaz Baca Jr., Spencer Wilson, Jacob Pace and Eston Whisler.  Central Arizona Speedway resumes action during the Pinal County Fair on Saturday, Mach 21, with Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods joining the IMCA Modifieds on the program. 


Alabama’s Tri-County Speedway sets six Saturday dates for IMCA Modifieds

FLOMATON, Ala. – An Alabama track with its share of amenities adds IMCA Modifieds to six Satur­day night race programs this season. Tri-County Speedway at Flomaton hosts the sanctioned class on April 18, May 30, June 27, July 11, Aug. 22 and Sept. 19. Opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season marks the division’s debut on the quarter-mile clay oval, which opened in 2017.  “IMCA is affordable Modified racing,” promoter Isaiah Day said. “I like the rulebook, certainly, and I know drivers like rules that keep racing affordable for them.” “We’re in an area with a lot of home-grown talent. We’ve got a lot of drivers who started racing three or four years ago and are looking to move up,” he continued. “The IMCA Modified allows them to get into a genuine, good-looking race car that is affordable on a working man’s salary.” As part of its focus on a family and fan-friendly atmosphere, Tri-County boasts both indoor, air-conditioned cafe-style concessions in the pit area and a tailgate section. Both are features [Read More]


New IMCA sanctions make history at Lafayette County Speedway

DARLINGTON, Wis. – A southwest Wisconsin speedplant with nearly seven decades of racing history adds three IMCA divisions to regular weekly shows this season.  Lafayette County Speedway at Darlington sanctions the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods beginning in 2020.  Twelve Friday programs are scheduled during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season, from April 24 to Aug. 14. “IMCA is very well respected in the racing industry and a lot of our drivers already race IMCA,” explained Media Director Kari Ruf. “We’ve been getting good car counts and our rules were similar to IMCA’s. We decided sanctioning was the good way for us to go.”  Both Modified and Northern SportMod fields are expected to be well represented by drivers from the tri-state area also including Illinois and Iowa. The Hobby Stock class, noted Ruf, will be a “perfect fit” for younger drivers looking to begin their full-bodied racing careers.  The 3/8-mile clay oval was converted from a half-mile in the early 2000s. The Lafayette County Fair race is July [Read More]