By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (Aug. 2) – The Benton County Speedway Bullring was back in action Sunday night and IMCA Modified veteran Troy Cordes was back in victory lane. Cordes worked his way to the front quickly from a fourth row start and raced with early leader Mike Burbridge for a few laps before setting sail up on the high line of a super wide racing surface. Young California racer Dylan Thornton was able to wrestle second away from Burbridge late in the race. Dallon and Damon Murty continue to be the men to beat in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Kenzie Ritter and Leah Wroten started on the front row and held the top two spots for several laps before the Murtys made their way through the pack. Sunday night belonged to the younger Murty, Dallon who easily out raced his dad Damon for the win. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods saw another up and coming young driver take the win: 15-year-old Maguire Dejong took the 15-lap win by working all over the [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (July 19) – A beautiful July night greeted a nice crowd at the Benton County Speedway, The Bullring Sunday night. Well over 100 cars took part in the fast-paced racing program that saw the final checkered of the night wave before 9:30 p.m. The IMCA Modifieds saw a 20-car starting field take the green flag. Ethan Braaksma took off from his pole position start and went on to lead the first half of the main event. Tom Berry Jr. worked to the front from his seventh position start and took over the point as the event passed halfway mark. Berry went on to score another Bullring win over Braaksma and Mark Schulte. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars have turned into the Murty family show on Sunday nights. This week it was Damon Murty taking advantage of a great starting position on the outside front row, leading the race flag to flag. Son Dallon Murty was battling traffic en route to a second place finish after starting shotgun on the field. The Karl [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (July 12) – Fisher Towing & Recovery of Garrison sponsored the mid-season championships at Benton County Speedway on Sunday night on a near perfect weather night for racing. The Bullring provided everything the race fan could ask for. The IMCA Modifieds saw Kollin Hibdon charge to the front from his third row start and take command. Hibdon scored the win over one of the hottest drivers in the Midwest in Tom Berry Jr. Berry advanced from the eighth starting position but could not catch the strong running Hibdon in settling for second. Twenty-seven Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod drivers signed in and the feature saw plenty of action. Tony Olson quickly worked to the front from his fourth row start and set up a battle with his cousin Kyle Olson. The two Olsons dominated the main before Kyle jumped the turn one cushion late in the race and fell back to a fourth place finish. Tony Olson took the win over Dylan VanWyk and Joe Docekal. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars have become [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa – Specialty Race Promotions, operators of Benton County Speedway, The Bullring, have made the decision to set the start time for the Sunday race programs back to 6 p.m. That change was made due to the difficulties of getting enough water into the track under the summer’s high sun, which has made for dusty conditions. The start time will be set back an hour which will not only allow better race conditions but will make for much more comfortable conditions for our loyal race fans. Effective this Sunday, July 12 the grandstands and pit gates will open at 4 p.m. with hot laps set to get underway at 6 p.m. with racing to follow.
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (July 5) – One hundred and forty-seven drivers packed the pit area at the Benton County Speedway Bullring Sunday night for the Urbana 5 Memorial. The very special race night was run in memory of the five youngsters who perished in a tragic traffic accident in April of 2015; the kids were all avid race fans. The headliner of the night was the 25-lap Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. With the lineup included past national and IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s champions, the Urbana 5 committee bolstered the winner’s share of the purse to $1,800. The extra money brought a stout field of 30 SportMod drivers to The Bullring on Sunday night. Joe Docekal took the lead from his outside front row start and led for several laps before a series of yellow flags allowed some of the heavy hitters time to work toward the front from deep in the field. Brayton Carter had started 21st and steadily worked to the front, taking the lead from Docekal late in the race setting [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (June 28) – Mark Schulte and Joe Docekal scored first local wins of the season on the night Benton County Speedway hosted the world’s largest candy dash. Mark Schulte took the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature win ahead of two of the most accomplished drivers to ever strap into a Modified. Greg Kastli had a great night with a heat win and a second place finish in the main. Troy Cordes followed Kastli under the checkers in third. Joe Docekal has been a frontrunner in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod division this season but the wins have eluded the Dysart driver. Docekal was not to be denied on Sunday night however as he took the lead from early leader Kyle Olson and went on to score the feature win ahead of Brady Hilmer and Jason Doyle. Damon Murty found the extreme high side to his liking on Sunday night in scoring the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature win. Murty advanced from the third row and took the win over Shawn Ritter [Read More]
VINTON, Iowa – Four IMCA divisions take their turn on the track during Benton County Speedway’s Urbana 5 Memorial/Iowa Donor Network Night on Sunday, July 5. Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run for $1,000 to win that evening. IMCA Modifieds chase a $700 top check while IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $300. Additional sponsorship money and awards are to be announced. There will be prizes for fans and a bike giveaway for kids as well. There is no entry fee for any division. Pit gates at The Bullring open at 3 p.m. with racing at 5 p.m. Spectator admission is $14 for adults, $11 for seniors and students, and free for kids five and under. Pit passes are $25 for adults and $14 for 13 and under. The Urbana 5 Memorial/Iowa Donor network show will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (June 21) – Sunday night racing action was held at the Benton County Speedway despite afternoon showers that threatened the racing program. The rains stayed to the north allowing the racing to be held and a very fast program was held with the final checkered flag of the night waving at 7:52 pm. Tom Berry Jr. scored his second win of the season at The Bullring by topping a strong field of IMCA Modifieds in their 20-lap feature. Mark Schulte led the first half of the race until Berry was able to slide inside of him in turn four on lap 11. Berry cruised on to the win with Schulte holding off Ryan Duhme at the finish line. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature saw plenty of fireworks as the main event turned into a family battle between Dallon Murty and his dad Damon. The younger Murty took the lead near the halfway point of the race but was not able to shake several other contenders which included his dad. Damon got [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (June 14) – Sunday’s IMCA Modified 20-lap feature saw long-time Benton County Speedway racer Troy Cordes outduel Dylan Thornton from California for the win. The two traded the lead several times before Cordes was able to take control late in the race. Thornton ran a close second ahead of last week’s winner Tom Berry Jr. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature belonged to Shawn Ritter. He ran the extreme low line the entire race and held back Damon Murty in getting to the checkers first. Outside front row starter Tony Olson put on a dominating performance in winning the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main. Olson ran the extreme high side the entire race in leading flag to flag. Dylan VanWyk made the bottom work well but not good enough to get by Olson in settling for second. Plenty of excitement was witnessed by the fans in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. When the checkers flew it was Brett Vanous making his way to victory lane following a spirited battle [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey VINTON, Iowa (June 7) – For the first time in 2020, fans were allowed to attend the racing action at Benton County Speedway. A good crowd attended the event that saw 121 race car drivers take part in the action on Sunday night. The headliner of the evening was the 20-lap IMCA Modified main event. Defending Side Biter Chassis North Central Region champion Tom Berry Jr. from North Dakota found The Bullring to his liking. Berry took the green flag from the seventh starting position and quickly shot into second and hounded the car of Troy Cordes. On the 13th lap, Cordes slid out of the groove in turn four and gave Berry the opening he was looking for. Berry shot into the lead and drove on to the win ahead of Joel Rust and Cordes. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main feature belonged to Brayton Carter, who took the lead before one lap was completed and went on to lead the entire 20 laps. Ben Chapman advanced from his 10th position start to finish a strong [Read More]