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Ellithorpe repeats as champion in record-setting Sport Compact feature

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 3) – He was driving a new car but the results were the same. Jacob Ellithorpe repeated as Sport Compact champion at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s. He took the $260 checkers more than a straightaway ahead of his closest pursuit Tuesday night at Boone Speedway. The 25-lapper ran caution-free. Chuck Fullenkamp and Brad Chandler each led a single circuit before the 11th starting Ellithorpe made his way to the front to stay. 2011 champion Nathan Chandler, Brad Chandler and Merv Chandler completed the top four. Mitch Bolton was fifth. “I knew the Chandlers were back there and that they’d be coming,” Ellithorpe said following his successful return to Boone. “When I got into lapped traffic, I tried to watch five cars ahead of me and then run where they weren’t.” “I didn’t think I’d be able to get through the middle alive and get to the front,” he added, “but I got lucky.” A Super Nationals record 63 Sport Compacts vied Tuesday and the 30-car main event [Read More]


Monday Results from the 2013 Super Nationals

IMCA Late Models A-Main 01 – 1. Jeff Aikey, Waterloo; 2. Ray Guss, Jr., Milan, Ill.; 3. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 4. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque; 6. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 7. Jason Rauen, Farley; 8. Brian Harris, Mount Pleasant; 9.Rob Moss, Iowa City; 10. Terry Neal, Ely; 11. Dan Shelliam, Hazel Green, Wis; 12. Ryan Griffith, Webster City; 13. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 14. Bobby Hansen, Center Point; 15. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 16. Dean Wagner, Evansdale; 17. Jon Passick, Waterloo; 18. Curtis Schroeder, Ames; 19. Josh Most, Red Oak; 20. Luke Pestka, Robbins; 21. Rick Dralli, Waterloo; 22. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill.; 23. Scott Fitzpatrick, Des Moines; 24. Kevin Sather, Ankeny. B-Main 01 — 1. Rob Moss, Iowa City; 2. Todd Cooney, Des Moines; 3. Scott Fitzpatrick, Des Moines; 4. Jon Passick, Waterloo; 5. Paul Glendenning, Mt Ayr; 6. Jason Hahne, Webster City; 7. Craig Jacobs, Des Moines; 8. Ryan Giles, Grimes; 9. Jon Binning, Warrensburg, Mo.; 10. Paul Conrad, Colo. B-Main 02 – 1. Josh Most, Red Oak; 2. Rick Dralli, [Read More]


Two-time Hobby Stock runner-up to make bid for Super Nationals crown from the pole

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 2) – The runner-up in each of the last two Hobby Stock main events at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will start his drive for the 2013 crown from the pole. Brandon Pruitt won the first of two qualifying features Monday night at Boone Speedway to secure the inside front row spot for Saturday’s big show. Pruitt started seventh and took the lead on the 14th of 25 laps. Six car lengths ahead by lap 18, he got faster and stretched that advantage in the closing laps. The race ran caution free, with Pruitt taking the checkers ahead of a multi-car entanglement in the final set of turns. David Rieks ran a distant second and Jason Kohl was third. Lining up behind Pruitt, Rieks and Kohl on the inside row will be 18th starting Chris Luloff, Mike Pruitt, Myles Michehl, Shane Slezak and Colby Langenberg. The front eight starters in Saturday’s middle row will be determined by a second Hobby Stock qualifier Monday evening. Now a six-time qualifier [Read More]


Kay captures national IMCA Late Model championship

VINTON, Iowa (Aug. 30) – Winning a track championship was the goal Justin Kay set for himself at the start of the 2013 season. He accomplished that and much more. Kay won a division-best 16 weekly features, as well as titles at Davenport Speedway and Jack­son County Speedway on the way to his career first national IMCA Late Model crown. “The national championship was always on our mind but our main goal this year was to get a track championship,” said Kay, who celebrated his 25th birthday just four days after the season ended. “We knew if we could do that at Davenport we’d be doing good in national points.” Kay earns a $5,500 share of the $21,300 point fund that will be paid to top 20 finishers in the final divi­sional point standings, which become official on Sept. 23. Runner-up for a third consecutive year, 1997 and 2002 national king Todd Cooney won a dozen times and earned track titles at the Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway, Southern Iowa Speedway and Stuart Speedway. Completing the [Read More]


Three first time winners at I-35 Speedway

By Greg Grabianowski MASON CITY, Iowa (Aug. 25) – In the last night of dirt track racing at I-35 Speedway before next week’s season championships, three different drivers earned their first feature victories of 2013 at the half-mile oval. Jesse Brown outlasted John Campbell and Heath Tulp to grab his first-ever IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win. Brown took full advantage of his outside front row starting position. This is Brown’s se­cond season in the division and he had not placed in the top four previously at I-35 this season. Campbell finished second with Tulp placing third; Chris Adams took fourth and point-leader Travis Shipman rounded out the top five. Matt White survived a wild last lap, four-car battle to earn his first victory of the year in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Chanse Hollatz and White were door-to-door heading into the final lap when Weston Koop and Cory Gansen join the fight for the lead in turn number three. White and Hollatz touched a bit on the curve but White held his line and got [Read More]


Three new faces in victory lane at WaKeeney

By Mike Hughes WaKEENEY, Kan. (Aug. 25) – Three new faces appeared in the Jason Oil Winner’s Circle at WaKeeney Speedway Sunday evening. Kyle Rohleder has been close a couple of times this season to picking up a victory at his hometown track in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified division. Sunday night he got it as he passed Tim Watts on lap 13 of the 20-lap caution free race and held on to the checkers to secure the win. Watts finished second, followed by Todd Schwarz, Nate Moore and Marty Clark. Brenden Damon also got his first win of the season at the 3/8-mile oval in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. Damon took advantage of his outside pole starting spot and led all 15 laps enroute to the victory. Clay Sellard made a late charge but could not make a pass and had to settle for second. Blaine Walt was third, followed by Daniel Gottschalk, and Clay Money. Michael Smith got by Andrew Soderlund on lap eight in the 12-lap Mach-1 Sport Compact [Read More]


Abelson is first in photo finish at Raceway Park

By Bob Coney JEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 25) – With the money on the line, the IMCA Modified feature Sunday at Raceway Park came down to a photo finish. Mills Fabrication kicked off a progressive jackpot winner’s purse for the Professional Concrete IMCA Modifieds that had grown to $1,558 by race time. At the drop of the green flag, Chris Mills and Jim Thies jumped to the front early, riding the inside rim of the track. By the mid-point of the 25 lap feature, Chris Abelson started to get the rubber laid down on the outside groove and began picking his way to the front. With 10 laps remaining, Abelson took over the lead with Ricky Stephan also riding the outside into second place.The pair came out of the final turn side by side, making contact sending both cars sliding across the finish line with Abelson determined to be in front by mere inches at the line. Abelson earned an additional $100 as the hard charger. Jim Thies got by Mills to take third. In the [Read More]


Huls, Dunker, Bercerra score Quincy IMCA wins

By Jack Walbring QUINCY, Ill. (Aug. 25) – Abe Huls, Tony Dunker and Austin Bercerra all took IMCA feature event wins Sunday, Aug. 25 at Quincy Raceway during Gem City Ford Lincoln Night at the Races. Huls grabbed another IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory, his sixth of the year, in a hotly contested event. Jake Powers took home second followed by Dave Wietholder in third, Brandon Savage in fourth and Jerry Jansen in fifth. Dunker held off Jeff DeLonjay to get his ninth points win of the year in the Summy Tire and Auto Center Northern SportMods. DeLonjay held back Tanner Klingele for second with Klingele third, Brad Holtmeyer fourth and Trevor Haggenbaumer in fifth. Bercerra dominated the Mach-1 Sport Compact division taking both the heat race win and the feature event win. Pat Dunker grabbed the second spot with Kevin Morgan in third, Kim Abbott in fourth and Laine VanZandt fifth.


IMCA champions crowned at Seymour

By Edward Anschutz SEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 25) – IMCA track champions were crowed Sunday at Seymour Super Speedway. While Brandon Czarapata capped off another stellar season by scoring his eighth feature win of the season in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, all eyes were focused on track point leader John Heinz who came into the night with a one point advantage over Rod Snellenberger. The duo stayed locked together the entire race, most of which saw Snellenberger on the rear bumper of Heinz as they ran the low groove. With five laps remaining, Snellenberger moved up to the middle groove in desperation to get by Heinz. Snellenberger inched closer as the white flag came down. Any chance at a last-lap pass was wiped away when Travis Springstroh went barrel rolling out of turn four resulting in a red flag. He emerged shaken but OK. Since Czarapata had taken the white the flag, the race was over, giving the championship to Heinz. It was his second title of the season after winning at 141 Speedway the [Read More]


Chipp, Johnson sweep championship night at Independence

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 24) – Six season champions and six track champions were crowned during Budweiser Season Championships Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. Three of those drivers celebrated track titles by making their way to victory lane during the final night of weekly points racing for the 2013 season. Less than three months ago, Brennen Chipp earned his first Independence win in the Karl Chevro­let Northern SportMod division. Just 12 weeks following that win, he was celebrating his fifth win of the year and the first track championship of his career. From his front row starting spot, Chipp took command with Alex Zwanzinger in pursuit. Chipp paced the field through a handful of cautions while Kip Siems and Joel Rust worked through traf­fic. Siems reeled in the leader on the 17th of 20 laps, then pulled to the inside of Chipp when the front-runners encountered lapped traffic in turns one and two. Contact while the leaders battled through traffic sent Siems into a spin, ending his run. When racing resumed, Rust, who started 22nd, restarted [Read More]