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Jason Smith, Family Owner of Speedway Motors, Passes Away at Age 60

By Speedway Motors PR Team (Lincoln, Neb. Oct. 16) Speedway Motors, a manufacturer, retailer and distributor of high-quality automotive parts and racing products, is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Jason Smith, second-generation family owner, after a long battle with cancer at the age of 60. “We are devastated by the loss of Jason. He was a leader and innovator in the after-market industry,” said Clay Smith, President & CEO of Speedway Motors. “Jason was truly passionate about the hobby, our customers and our business.” He spent the early years at Speedway Motors stuffing envelopes on evenings and weekends, sweeping the floors, putting away mufflers and taking packages to the Greyhound station on the back of a truck. In a video interview about the company’s rebrand in 2019, he said, “I worked for my dad basically my whole life. The earliest memory is [when I was] about six or seven years old. My pay in those days was a new grape soda. So if I’d help sweep the floor or pick up something, by [Read More]

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After rainout, World IMCA Stock Car Championship back on track Friday

BATESVILLE, Ark. – Thursday’s scheduled World IMCA Stock Car Championship program presented by IMCA.TV at Batesville Motor Speedway was rained out. Qualifying resumes at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday) then Saturday at noon, with the $50,000 to win main event bringing the Saturday night show to a close. Ninety-five entries were on hand for opening night of the track’s 50th anniversary special on Wednesday. The World IMCA Stock Car Championship is broadcast by IMCA.TV.

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Batesville building weekly race program with World IMCA Stock Car Championship

BATESVILLE, Ark. – The World IMCA Stock Car Championship presented and broadcasted by IMCA.TV will be more than the best-paying event for The Class Too Tough To Tame. The $50,000 to win race will help establish a weekly foundation for the division at Batesville Motor Speedway, which welcomes drivers from across the country for its 50th anniversary season-ending special Oct. 13-16. “The World Stock Car Championship is going to make it happen,” promoter Mooney Starr said confidently. “This is making people around here build ‘em and buy ‘em. It’s going to really make this division take off here.” IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars joined the weekly program at the Arkansas speedplant this season, replacing a local street stock class. “What we had been running had become too expensive,” reasoned Starr. “IMCA Stock Cars are competitive, they’re economical and the fans like them. They are the class of the future.”  The World Stock Car Championship will start 30 cars and boasts a main event purse of $125,000 with $15,000 paid to the runner-up, $10,000 for third, $5,000 for fourth, [Read More]

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Car photos needed for Allstar Performance heat winner awards

VINTON, Iowa – The 2021 point season may be over but Allstar Performance is still making winners of drivers in all nine IMCA divisions.  Drivers who won 10 or more heat races during the season receive $100 gift cards from the Watervliet, Mich., high performance parts manufacturer and heat race winner decal program sponsor. The driver with the most heat race wins gets a $250 gift card. What drivers have to do to make themselves eligible for those awards is email a photo of their car showing proof of heat win decals, as distributed by tracks, to IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder at kyoder@imca.com. Allstar Performance gift cards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week.

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Dillon Raffurty dominates at Lakeside’s Rage on the River

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 24) – Another impressive outing put $1,000 in Dillon Raffurty’s pocket. Raffurty led all 15 laps of Lakeside Speedway’s Friday night Rage on the River special for his 27th IMCA STARS Mod Lites victory of the season. The run to the checkers was delayed an hour or so by two rain delays, then by a caution with two laps left in the main event. Raffurty’s brother Michael was second and Ed Griggs rounded out the top three. “I like the bigger tracks. The track definitely had two grooves. You could run on the very top and you could run on the very bottom,” Raffurty said. “I won running the top. My brother was second running the bottom.” The top three drivers received Yoshimura bonuses of $250, $150 and $100, respectively. Hard charger Nathan Wolfe passed 10 cars to score a Hoosier tire certificate. Yoshimura bonus recipients at Lakeside Speedway’s Rage on the River were, from left, Ed Griggs, Michael Raffurty and Dillon Raffurty. (Photo by Lisa Burlington) David Raffurty, the winner’s father, [Read More]

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Call him doctor! Hauck puts on Selinsgrove PASS clinic

By Frank Buhrman SELINSGROVE, Pa. (Sept. 25) – Derek Hauck put on a clinic Saturday night to post an emphatic, start-to-finish victory in the Pennsylvania Sprint Series 20-lap feature at Selinsgrove Speedway. Hauck took advantage of a front-row starting position to grab the lead in the second turn of the opening lap and never looked back, negotiating traffic and holding off a late charge by Austin Reed to win by 1.246 seconds in a nonstop IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature. Work responsibilities have limited Hauck’s racing this season to nine PASS starts, plus a few with the Laurel Highlands Sprint Series, but this was his second win and sixth top-five finish in those nine events.  While Hauck was roaring through the field in the lead, a battle including as many as four cars was raging behind him, first for the runner-up spot, until Reed  laid claim there, then for third, where a late charge by Doug Dodson gave him that spot. Veteran Fred Arnold, who started on the pole and was in the thick of [Read More]

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Hubbard smokes foes for Virginia Sprint Series win

By Jim Haines  SHENANDOAH, Va. (Sept. 25) – Billy Hubbard raced to the front like a cat with its tail on fire, then paced his right rear tire which he had smoking hard to the finish for his third Virginia Sprint Series feature win of the year Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway.  Matt Mullins and Chris Ware were on the front row as the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car event went green with Mullins out first and Ware moving to the bottom. Jerald Harris was making a quick trip up high to the front right away and by lap two he was on Mullins and going by for the lead. With Harris out front and looking strong, Mike Leraas made it to second and was chipping away at the lead with Hubbard working through the field to third. As the halfway flags were shown, Leraas shot to the lead with Harris holding off Hubbard.  Hubbard got by Harris and took after Leraas as Harris was having a tire go down causing him to slow.  Hubbard was really [Read More]

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Bowser tops NY-Penn finale, Brad Sites is series king

SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. (Sept. 25) –  A visitor from Michigan stole the show and captured the King of the Can title as a cool, fall-like night in Northeastern Pennsylvania set the scene for a fantastic finale in the Close Racing Supply NY-Penn IMCA Modified Series. Brody Bowser led every lap in winning the main event and $1,500 while Brad Sites put the final touches on the inaugural series crown despite late mechanical issues that resulted in a DNF Saturday at Penn Can Speedway. Eddie Sites, Ray McClure, Tyler Stoddard and Bobby Maynard completed the top five.  After a few tries to get the first handful of laps in, the field got strung out and got some laps under its collective belt and put on some good racing from second on back as Bowser put a good gap between the pack and himself. Randall Paxton followed him in second. Eddie Sites battle Paxton until a caution on lap 14 for fourth place runner J.W. Lamphere who got into the backstretch wall. The 16th starting McClure found himself working [Read More]

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Gastineau unstoppable at Thunderbird Speedway

By John Rittenoure MUSKOGEE, Okla. (Sept. 24) – Whit Gastineau always looks forward to a chance to race at Thunderbird Speedway.  After Friday night, you can see why.  Gastineau moved into an early lead and stretched it out on the way to winning his 31st AmeriFlex/Oil Capital Racing Series IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car career feature Friday on the historic Muskogee half-mile. Gastineau, who seems to excel on the bigger ovals, also won OCRS events at Thunderbird in 2018 and 2017. Sheldon Barksdale, who won at Thunderbird in 2019, raced into second on lap six but could not run down Gastineau and settled for second. Veteran Danny Wood worked his way from seventh to third, Jordan Knight finished fourth and Joe Bob Lee rounded out the top five.  Feature results – 1. Whit Gastineau; 2. Sheldon Barksdale; 3. Danny Wood; 4. Jordan Knight; 5. Joe Bob Lee; 6. Joe Wood Jr.; 7. Zach Chappell; 8. Tyler Knight; 9. Dean Drake Jr.; 10. Tim Kent; 11. Terry Easum; 12. Casey Wills; 13. Johnny Kent; 14. Alison Slaton; 15. [Read More]

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Contingency signup continues through IMCA website

VINTON, Iowa – Drivers in five IMCA divisions can still make themselves eligible for post-season product, product certificate and/or cash awards.  Contingency forms for IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kus­toms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod competitors are available on the IMCA website and accessible utilizing the forms pulldown at the top of the home page.  Forms can be filled out and returned electronically or printed and mailed to the IMCA home office along with a car photos providing proof of decal placement.