By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – Battles down to the wire were the norm in the April 15 season opener atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas. More of the same is expected with this Saturday’s Lewis Automotive Night of championship action at the state-of-the-art dirt track facility featuring IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Also, as an added bonus for the kids, a pair of bicycles will be given away to a pair of lucky fans this weekend as well. It will be the first of six selected DCRP events in 2017 at which two bikes will be randomly awarded to two fortunate young fans. Woodward, Okla.’s Cole Traugott fought off serious challenges from Steven Bowers Jr. to chalk up his seventh IMCA Modified win in his last seven outings at DCRP while fellow Woodward shoe and three-time IMCA SportMod track champ Jeff Kaup worked the high side relentlessly to overtake Brian Davidson for opening night honors. In IMCA Sunoco Stock Car action [Read More]
MANDAN, N.D. – Dacotah Speedway will celebrate its 28th season of racing starting Friday, May 5. The racing season is anticipated to be bigger and better as officials and volunteers have been working hard during the off-season to find ways to enhance the show in the best interest of the fans. Labeled the “Fastest Friday Night in Bismarck-Mandan,” races will start Friday nights at 7 p.m. with plans to wave the checkered flag around 10 p.m. “We know our fans work hard during the week and their time is valuable. So during the off-season, a small group of volunteers met regularly to find ways to speed up the show. We think we have a solution that will allow fans to enjoy the most of their Friday nights,” said Dacotah Speedway promoter Beau Simmons. “By speeding up the show, it lets families and out-of-town fans have a fun night at the races and get home at reasonable time.” Opening night will feature the regular Mandan Dirt Series classes, including IMCA Modifieds and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. The [Read More]
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – IMCA will crown its first-ever RaceSaver Sprint Car track champion as well as a series champion in Ohio this season. Atomic Speedway hosted the first of nine events on April 9; points races there April 22, May 20, June 24, July 22 and Aug. 5, 25 and 26, and Sept. 23 also figure toward determining that first champion. The June 24 event is during Ohio Sprint Speedweek and will be broadcast on the internet. The Aug. 26 Open Wheel Championship feature pays $600 to win. Eight Ohio Thunder Sprint Series dates are now on the schedule – at least one more will be added, at a location to be announced – at Atomic, Moler Raceway Park, Southern Ohio Speedway and Hilltop Speedway. Series dates at Moler are April 28 and Aug. 4. Atomic is site of the April 29 show while Hilltop welcomes the series on July 15. Southern is the destination for May 19, June 30, July 21 and Sept. 22 events. The one TBA date now is June 9. “What’s [Read More]
DUNDEE, N.Y. – Outlaw Speedway’s Spring Nationals sports a $1,200 IMCA Modified main event and a couple opportunities for drivers to pick up some extra cash on opening night. The Friday, April 21 headliner is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be awarded. Top 12 qualifiers from heat races during the April 20 Thursday Night Thunder program will be entered in a $150 to win dash for cash. The “B” feature winner also earns $150. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. on Thursday and 4 p.m. Friday. Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Thursday grandstand admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $20. On Friday, admission is $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and free for kids. Pit passes will be $40. Camping will be free. A bonfire and DJ are in plans for Friday night at [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage LEBANON, Ore. – After a wild and crazy winter, racing is ready to begin a brand-new campaign on Saturday, April 15 at Willamette Speedway for the annual Cabin Fever Season Opener. Despite having all scheduled practices rained out the 1/3-mile clay oval will host the Super Late Model, IMCA Modified, Super Sport, Sportsman, Street Stock and Hornet divisions in round one of the new year. With the new season expect to see the return of some familiar faces as well as some new drivers in new divisions. Having all six staple classes on the card expect to see a very good car count for the first leg of 2017. The road to the championship begins this Saturday night in gorgeous and scenic Lebanon, Ore., and you definitely don’t want to miss it. Pit gates open at 1 p.m., the pit meeting is at 2:30 p.m., front gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing starts at approximately 6 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, juniors ages 13-17 and military, $5 for youth [Read More]
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – A big night awaits at Dodge City Raceway Park this Saturday, April 15 as the 3/8-mile clay oval kicks off with the opening round of championship chase action. It will be a great night for the kids eight and under with an Easter Egg hunt to celebrate the weekend and it will be a great night of entertainment for kids and adults alike with the Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks all battling it out in the opening leg of the chase for the championship. Saturday’s racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. The April 15 season opener marks the first of two April events at DCRP with Lewis Automotive Night featuring all five championship chase divisions to follow on Saturday, April 29.
BOTTINEAU, N.D. – IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod drivers will chase points on eight Thursday nights this season at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Bottineau. “We’re getting some interest from drivers in both divisions looking to race another night for national and state points,” said promoter Jason Laducer. “We been WISSOTA sanctioned and in keeping in line with other tracks in the area decided to go with IMCA.” Race nights on the 2017 schedule at Thunder Mountain are May 4 and 18, June 8 and 22, July 20 and 27, and Aug. 3 and 17. “These divisions are good transitions for younger drivers to what we consider entry level divisions,” Laducer said. “Once the Hobby Stock and SportMod divisions are established, our eventual goal is to have special events for IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.” The all-volunteer Thunder Mountain Speedway Association is already getting the ¼-mile dirt oval ready for opening night and Laducer said “a few unique local sponsorships” are in place for the upcoming season. In addition to [Read More]
CORTEZ, Colo. – Big paydays for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are on the line both nights of Montezuma County Fairgrounds Speedway’s season-opening Rumble In The Rockies special. The Friday, April 21 feature pays $750 to win while a top prize of $1,000 is on the line on Saturday, April 22. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region, Allstar Performance State and track points will be given both nights. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 7 p.m. with racing at dusk. Pit passes are $30 and pill draw is $20. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $5 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under. Family passes are $25. An open practice runs from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Pit passes are $15 and grandstand admission is free. Questions about the Rumble In The Rockies, presented by Quality Crushing and Steffan Carey at WCC Customs, can be directed to promoter Kevin Faddis at 505 486-5368.
By Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. – It’s nearly time to flip the page of the calendar to April. That means we’re well into the countdown toward opening night of dirt track racing action just more than two weeks away at Dodge City Raceway Park. The 2017 season kicks off at the state-of-the-art 3/8-mile clay oval on Saturday, April 15, with a full slate of championship chase action including Precise Racing Products DCRP Sprint Cars, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. The season opener will go green at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pit passes are $30. It marks the first of a dozen nights of championship chase action at DCRP before closing out the season with the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Oct. 27-28. The DCRP Sprint Cars and IMCA Modifieds will be in action over all 12 nights of championship chase action with the IMCA SportMods, Stock Cars and [Read More]
LUXEMBURG, Wis. – A trio of former Luxemburg Speedway promoters and a veteran driver still giving the youngsters a run for their money weekly will be inducted into Luxemburg Speedway’s Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 18. Tri Star Promotions members Kelly and Debbie Hafeman and Ralph Aschenbrenner along with Green Bay’s Jerry Muenster will be ushered into the track’s Hall of Fame. Tri Star Promotions promoted the weekly racing at Luxemburg Speedway for 13 seasons from 1989 through 2001. During their tenure the track boasted some of the highest weekly IMCA car counts nationwide. Kelly Hafeman himself is a former IMCA Modified champion. Muenster was the Luxemburg Speedway track champion in 1968. Despite being two full generations older than most of his on-track foes, the soon-to-be 76-year-old Muenster, the last holdover driver still competing from the track’s coupe days, still competes weekly at Luxemburg in an IMCA Modified. The stories of Tri Star Promotions, along with Jerry Muenster and his son Eddie’s racing careers will be featured in motorsports author Joe Verdegan’s third book “Life [Read More]