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Peterson Family Promotions takes charge at Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds

EAST MOLINE, Ill. – A family that’s cheered, raced and worked at the Bullring at Rock Island County Fairgrounds will promote the quarter-mile clay speedplant beginning this season.  Korey Peterson, along with uncles Jeff and Todd, take charge at the East Moline track. Sunday shows under the Peterson Family Promotions banner will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and, for the first time, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. “We love this track. My grandfather flagged here in the 1960s so we’ve had close ties to it for a long time and we want to see it up to the best of its capabilities,” said Peterson, who raced cruisers and street stocks before ending his racing career in an IMCA Late Model. “We like a lot of things about IMCA, especially the uniform rules,” he continued. “Sanctioning allows our drivers to be part of a bigger organization, and earn national, regional and state points.” Opening night is April 26 with the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season continuing through Aug. 30. [Read More]

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First weekly sanction in state sees 10 dates for IMCA Stock Cars at Idaho Falls Raceway

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – The class that turned heads during the 2019 finale returns full-time to Idaho Falls Raceway in 2020.  The first-ever Gem State sanction sees IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars in action on 10 nights at Idaho Falls, where the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season runs from May 30 to Sept. 26. Dillion Lawrence had raced from 10th starting to win the 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour Stock Car feature at Idaho Falls last September. “Our fans really enjoyed the Stock Cars. They liked the door-to-door racing,” said B.J. Haslam, president of the Snake River Stock Car Association, which promotes the 3/8-mile dirt oval. “We already have several drivers in the area who race Stock Cars and are looking to get new drivers in the class.”  A long-time Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod competitor and former E3 Spark Plugs state champion, Haslam compared the competitiveness of the Stock Cars to that division. IMCA Modifieds and the Northern SportMods are also sanctioned at Idaho Falls. Wild West Tour dates for all three divisions are Aug. [Read More]

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IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car sanction new this season at Crawford County

DENISON, Iowa – Crawford County Speedway will crown its first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car champion this season.  Eight dates for the winged class are scheduled on Fridays at Denison, beginning April 24 when the Sprint Series of Nebraska comes to town for opening night of the Spring Fling special. The Sprints are also on May 8 and 22, June 5 and 19 and July 10, 17 and 31 programs. “Iowa is the heart of Sprint Car racing. It’s an exciting division with a lot of fans,” Crawford County Race Director Ben Heyne said. “They put on nice, quick clean shows with an amazing amount of entertainment.” IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all return to weekly shows at Denison. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season runs through July 31, with Aug. 7 designated as a rainout date for season championship night. “Our fans are really looking forward to seeing the RaceSaver Sprint Cars,” commented Heyne. “We’ve got a lot of positive [Read More]

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Opening night for IMCA Modifieds is Saturday at Perris

By Scott Daloisio  PERRIS, Calif. – Perris Auto Speedway’s historic 25th anniversary season will continue this Saturday, March 14, when the IMCA Modifieds make their 2020 debut. Spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. and the first race will get the green flag at 7 p.m.  In addition to the racing, at intermission the track’s cross over gates will open and the drivers will park their cars on the front straightaway to pass out free candy to the kids in attendance.   Saturday’s opener includes the debut of Norco High School senior Alyssa Smith in the IMCA Modified division. One of the, if not the most popular driver on stock car nights, she is moving up from the PASSCAR Street Stock class. Now known as the Hot Rod Blonde, Smith burst onto the scene at Perris when she won the 2015-16 Winter Series factory stock championship. To add intrigue to her Modified debut is the fact that one of her competitors will be her father Tom Slick Smith. The seasoned veteran was the PASSCAR street stock champion in 2003 and one year [Read More]

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IMCA Sport Compacts are new to Saturday shows at Oregon’s Cottage Grove Speedway

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – IMCA Mach-Sport Compacts have their first weekly home in the Pa­cific Northwest with the new sanction at Cottage Grove Speedway.  The 4-cylinder class will run on 15 nights during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point sea­son, beginning on opening night March 21 and running through Sept. 6.  “We like everything about the Sport Compacts as an entry level class, especially the rules,” said promoter and new track owner Heather Boyce. “This is a class that is very affordable for young drivers or for fans who may not have family experience racing but want to get a car and have fun on a Saturday night.” The division replaces a local hornet class. “Sport Compacts work both ends of the spectrum for us,” Boyce noted. “They’ll be a great step­ping stone for drivers who want to move up to IMCA Modifieds or Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. It’s also a class that veteran drivers who want to race less often can get into.”  The division headlines the July 11 program at Cottage Grove, [Read More]

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First scoring job leads Feller to Maquoketa promoter’s post

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – Score a career highlight this season for Kevin Feller. Feller returns to his hometown Maquoketa Speedway to promote Saturday night racing, with four IMCA divisions on regular weekly programs and high hopes of introducing a legion of young fans to the sport.  “I haven’t been this fired up about the new race season in a long time. If it wasn’t for this little track, I wouldn’t be where I am,” said Feller, who scored his first race at Maquoketa in 1975 and has since kept track of laps and lineups at another 52 tracks nationwide. “This is a very, very spe­cial place for me.” “I am very driven on getting a young crowd to the track. I’m working with the schools and with the library on a reading program,” he continued. “We want to get kids interested in racing and we want to get them and their parents to the track.”  Opening night at Maquoketa is April 18 with the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco [Read More]

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I-37 starts new season Saturday with Fast Shafts All-Star ballot qualifier

PLEASANTON, Texas – More than opening night bragging rights are at stake for IMCA Modifieds this Saturday at I-37 Speedway.  The March 7 main event pays $1,000 to win, with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth as well as IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Razor Chassis South Central Region, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points at stake.  Pit gates and the grandstand open at 4 p.m. The drivers’ meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with hot laps and racing to follow. Spectator admission is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors and military personnel with ID, $6 for kids ages six to 12 and free for ages five and under.  Pit passes are $30, car and driver is $50. Local sponsor for the Modified division is Simpson Safety Equipment.

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Winnemucca fans will have local IMCA Stock Car favorites to cheer for

WINNEMUCCA, Nev. – Fans at Winnemucca Regional Raceway will have local drivers to cheer for when IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars take the green flag during regular programs this season.  Sanctioned Stock Cars join IMCA Modifieds on 11 Friday, Saturday and Sunday night cards at the Nevada oval.  Opening night for the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season is April 10 with the final event of 2020 set for Sept. 27.  “Our fans liked having the Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods here along with the Modifieds for the Wild West Tour show last year,” promoter Cory Sample said. “It will be exciting for them to have local drivers to cheer for this year.” New Mexico’s Steffan Carey was the Stock Car winner when the Wild West Tour came to town in July. Winnemucca is the second Nevada track to sanction the division for the upcoming season, close on the heels of Battle Mountain Raceway. “We’ve worked very closely with Battle Mountain so our schedules don’t conflict. We will do every­thing we can to [Read More]

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IMCA Late Models return to Shelby County Speedway

HARLAN, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Late Models return to Shelby County Speedway in 2020, headlining the season-opening Cabin Fever Breakout special April 17 and 18. Track points will be awarded on 13 race dates scheduled for the division during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season, beginning May 2 and including the May 30 James Buwalda Memorial show.  “We wanted some direction with our Late Model class. This division will be a good fit for us,” said promoter Doug Batz, optimistic that drivers from Nebraska tracks that began sanctioning last season will join Saturday fields at Shelby County.  IMCA Late Models last ran at Harlan in 2016. The division joins sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts on regular race programs on the 4/10-mile dirt oval. Season championship night is set for Aug. 22. The 28th annual Tiny Lund Memorial is Sept. 25-26. Both IMCA Modified and Stock Car divisions run at Harlan for the 25th consecutive season in 2020. “Shelby County Speedway has a rich racing tradition that we are [Read More]

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Promoter’s post is latest Benton County Speedway first for Dripps

VINTON, Iowa – The track where Corey Dripps started his racing career nearly 30 years ago is the same track he’ll promote in 2020.  Dripps and his father Rick, partners in Specialty Racing Promotions Inc., will be in charge for their first full season at Benton County Speedway. They’d promoted a single event, the season-ending Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour show, at Vinton, the traditional home track of the IMCA Modified division, last September. “We went home that night excited about a lot of things. That race gave us a great head start going into this year and things couldn’t have worked out better for us,” said Dripps, a long-time IMCA Modified driver. “Benton County Speedway is the first track I ever watched a race at. It’s the first track I ever raced at (in a pro stock, in 1992) and it’s the first track where I won a race. It’s always been special to me.”  Nicknamed The Bullring, the quarter-mile dirt oval hosts the April 2 Frostbuster special before the first regular Sunday night [Read More]