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Former driver, flagman returns as new promoter at Boyd Raceway

BOYD, Texas (Jan. 12, 2023) – He’s taken the checkers and he’s thrown the checkers at Boyd Raceway. Now, Matthew Yates’ next job at the Texas race track will be writing the checks. The retired driver and former flagman takes over as the promoter at Boyd, where four IMCA divisions run on Friday nights beginning March 24. “I grew up at race tracks so I’ve been part of this sport for 50 years and I’ve raced in just about every division,” said Yates. “I’ve got a good knowledge of racing and of racers, and I believe this is something I can do until I die. I’ll probably be at the race track when I do die.”  Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts will be IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing staples at Boyd through championship night on Sept. 1. “The competition in IMCA is good and I like the rules. They do the best at keeping the cost of racing at where it should [Read More]

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Tuesday shows at Beaver Dam Raceway to feature IMCA Modifieds, Stocks, SportMods 

BEAVER DAM, Wis. (Jan. 9, 2023) – Three IMCA divisions will make their Tuesday night home at Beaver Dam Raceway this season. The Wisconsin speed plant, located between Madison and Milwaukee off Highway 151, features Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods on 17 weekly race programs beginning May 2. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season championship night is Sept. 19. “There are a lot of IMCA drivers in this area. Tuesday race programs gives them another night to go IMCA racing,” explained Carolyn Mueller, who starts her 17th season as general manager of the 1/3-mile clay oval this year.  “The drivers we have talked to like the idea because it gives them another night when they can race for IMCA points,” she added. “And if they only want to race once a week, it means they can race here on Tuesday and have the weekend free to take their wife and kids camping or whatever else they like to do.” Three special events are on the upcoming [Read More]

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Shock, carburetor claim amounts increased in 2023 

VINTON, Iowa (Jan. 5, 2023) – The dollar amount for shock claims increase in five IMCA divisions and are new for a sixth in 2023. Shock claim amounts in the Modified, Stock Car, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod divisions have been increased to $100 each. Beginning this season, IMCA will implement a $100 shock claim in the STARS Mod Lite division. The Hobby Stock shock claim will be increased to $50 for each shock while the carburetor claim amount for that class has been increased to $100. After making only minor changes to 2023 rules for those divisions, IMCA has also announced that no other changes would be made to procedures, including claim eligibility requirements, or the point structure for the new season.  No change will be made for Modified, Stock Car, Hobby Stock or SportMod engine claim amounts or the Sport Compact car claim, IMCA President Brett Root said, because of exchange and/or crate options available in those divisions. New shock and carburetor claim amounts have been updated on procedures posted on the IMCA [Read More]

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Denton tabbed as DC, promoter at Beatrice Speedway 

BEATRICE, Neb. (Dec. 21, 2022) – The Gage County Ag Society has named Tommy Denton as the Director of Competition and Promoter for the Beatrice Speedway 2023 season, starting Jan. 1, 2023.  Tommy brings with him a long history and depth of experience and knowledge of the Beatrice Speedway and racing community.  After moving from Denver to Nebraska in the early 1980s, Tommy started racing at Beatrice Speedway, and in his words “has been at the track every Friday or Saturday night since.”   He was later hired as an announcer for the track and in the early 2000’s took on flagging in turns two and three, and then moved to being the infield pit announcer.  In addition to his other roles, Tommy has served as the Director of the Beatrice Speedway Hall of Fame since 2011, where he has worked to preserve the history of the track and its racers.  He is well connected not only at the Beatrice Speedway, but also at other local tracks including Jefferson County Speedway, where he has been a [Read More]

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Focus on track championship sees Morris earn IMCA Modified crown at Cotton Bowl Speedway

TAYLOR, Texas (Dec. 20, 2022) – Chris Morris put the focus on winning a track championship and having fun in his seventh Friesen Performance IMCA Modified season. He did both, racing to 11 feature wins in all and his career first track title, at Cotton Bowl Speedway. “We were focused on the Cotton Bowl championship and wherever we fell in the region was going to be good enough,” said Morris, from Taylor, Texas, and third in the GRT Race Cars South Central standings behind William Gould and national rookie of the year Matthew Day. “It turned out to be a pretty fun year.” After topping the opening night show at Texana Raceway Park, he’d park in victory lane eight times at Paige and twice at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Morris had another 14 top five finishes in his 34 home region starts. “We’ve got a lot of laps at Cotton Bowl. It definitely fits my driving style and I went into every night knowing what I needed to do with the car,” he said. “I’ve [Read More]

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IMCA drivers take cash awards to the bank

VINTON, Iowa (Dec. 20, 2022) – Cash awards were paid throughout the season and after 2022 point standings became official to drivers in all nine divisions sanctioned by IMCA. Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants paid $50 to each of the drivers winning the record 132 state championships awarded this season, including: Mike Albertsen, Shelby Alves, Jacey Archer, Chaz Baca, D.J. Banks, Kamden Barnett, Owen Barnhill, Katie Barthel, Codey Benoit, Kyle Berry, Adam Birck, Tyson Blood and Brandon Bombardo. Jerrett Bransom, J.D. Brown, Taylor Brown, Tathan Burkhart, Barry Cannon, Alec Childs, Justin Clark, Jimmy Cole, Danny Concelman, Cameron Cook, Nate Coopman, Cory Craver and Brian Cross. Paul Culp, Cole Czarneski, Thomas Daffern, Matthew Day, Travis Denning, Gary DeWitt, Kade Dimick, Jimmy Doescher, Jake Donnelly, Tommy Dove, Ken Duke, Cory Dumpert and Tim Eaton. Tyler Fiebelkorn, Drake Findley, Edward Finger, Kyle Frederick, Spencer Galaway, Todd Gereau, Adam Goff, Miley JoAnn Goldwich-Rhames, Robert Gonzales, Jesse Gonzalez, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski (2) and Ryan Greenwood. Michael Hale, Ty Hanten, B.J. Haslam, Payce Herrera, Ray Hoedebeck, Bobby Horton, Mike Houseman, Joel Huggins, Steven Johnson, Dave Kappel, Julie Keeler, Justin Kinderknecht [Read More]

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Estevan is back on schedule for 2023 IMCA Dakota Tour

JAMESTOWN, N.D. (Dec. 19, 2022) – History teacher turned tour director John Gartner channeled his inner Douglas MacArthur when he promised a return to Estevan Motor Speedway.  And like the general who made good on his promise to return to the Philippines, Gartner and the IMCA Dakota Classic Modified Tour will return to the Saskatchewan track in 2023. “I’m a history major and always talked to kids about MacArthur’s promise,” he explained. “The tour hasn’t been to Canada since 2019, the year before COVID, and I told people we would go back as soon as we could.” “We made that promise and we’re going to keep it,” he continued. “We will be back in Estevan on July 10.” Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds run for $2,000 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $1,000 to win each night of the July 8-13 tour. Opening night is Saturday, July 8 at Jamestown Speedway. The tour is at Nodak Speedway in Minot on July 9 and Estevan the next night. Williston Basin Speedway hosts the July 11 show. [Read More]

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Billy Ward Jr. services set for Saturday 

CARLISLE, N.Y. (Dec. 6, 2022) – William “Billy” D. Ward, Jr., 65, of Ward Road died Sunday, December 4, 2022 at his residence following a brief illness.  The former IMCA Modified driver was born April 5, 1957 in Cobleskill, the son of the late Roslyn (Walsh) and William D. Ward, Sr. He was a 1975 graduate of the former Cobleskill Central School and the successful, proud owner of WDW Trucking LLC, which he operated several years.  His first love was his family, especially being with his grandchildren. His second priority in life were his trucks, then his race cars and most recently his new construction equipment and all the people he met and interacted with whether working or playing. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill. A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Ward Residence, at 170 Ward Road in Carlisle.  Survivors include his wife Debra (Madl) Ward, whom he married June 7, 1978; his children and [Read More]

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2023 IMCA rules released after banquet weekend

VINTON, Iowa (Nov. 23, 2022) – The 2023 divisional rules will be posted on the IMCA website after the national banquet weekend. Accompanying stories on changes and/or clarifications in each division will be posted the same days.  “The biggest single issue we have to address is phasing out the current Late Model tire with the new Hoosier manufactured National Late Model Tire,” noted IMCA President Brett Root. “We will make no major changes to rules that remain within our control.”  “We try every year to eliminate any confusion in how rules are written and interpreted,” he continued, “and that remains a focus for 2023.” 

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IMCA Mod Lite star Wilson set to race ‘Down Under’ this holiday season

By Justin Newman MABELVALE, Ark. (Nov. 22, 2022) – Arkansas IMCA STARS Mod Lite hotshoe Blake Wilson is poised and ready to take his talents to the “Land of the Long Weekend” in late December, where he will compete in three events in Queensland, Australia. Locally and nationally, Wilson is a perennial favorite any time he unloads his STARS Mod Lite. Wilson has raced with and beat some of the United States and Canada’s best racers in the Mod Lite division. It was only fitting he head down under to see how the Aussies stack up. Just the same, the racing surfaces and facilities are not quite like the wide-open racy tracks here.  Wilson will be hosted by Australian Mod Lite race team ABI2RACE from North Queensland. Abi Meehan, who drives the no. 23 Mod Lite, and her family have been planning this trip with Blake for a couple years now and are keen to see how the young USA racer handles their unforgiving Aussie tracks.  Wilson will be thrown into the mix with some veteran drivers [Read More]