SOMERTON, Ariz. (May 2, 2022) – A track champion and long-time IMCA driver will be remembered this Saturday, May 7 at Cocopah Speedway’s third annual Mike Corning Memorial. Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds race for $1,044 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility that evening. The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod feature pays $544 to win, the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature $344 and the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature $244. Pit passes are $35. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and military, with kids ages 12 and under free. Gates open at 3 p.m. and spectator seating opens at 5 p.m. The first green flag flies at 7 p.m. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, KMJ Performance and track points will be awarded. More information is available on Facebook or from Brad Whitfield at 602 292-7607. The Corning Memorial will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.
SOMERTON, Ariz. (April 9, 2022) – Saturday’s IMCA Modified main event at the Cocopah Speedway Easter Eggstravaganza got exciting when Chaz Baca didn’t want it to. After catching Ryan Roath for the lead and working his way through lapped traffic, the two-time defending Shaw Race Cars Western Region and track champion nearly lost the handle with eight circuits remaining in the $1,000 to win feature. “It was definitely a get your heart rate going thing,” Baca said after the near disaster. “Luckily we were able to regroup the last few laps and finish it off.” The checkers were the sixth of the season for Baca, already Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible. Russell Allen was the runner-up and Roath ended in third. Bo Partain topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature in front of Baca and Jake Nelson. Shelby Alves also notched win number six of the year in the IMCA Northern SportMods, chased across the stripe by Miles Morris and Ty Weidner. D.J. Werkmeister paced the Mach-1 Sport Compacts with ninth starting Jaxon Sanchez [Read More]
SOMERTON, Ariz. (April 4, 2022) – IMCA Modifieds top the Easter Eggstravaganza at Cocopah Speedway April 9, running for $1,000 to win along with Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility. Completing the Saturday night card will be IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Northern SportMods in $500 to win features, while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run for $400 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts chase a $250 top prize. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, KMJ Performance State and track points will be awarded. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $35. Pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, and free for kids ages 12 and under. The Easter Eggstravaganza will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. More information is available from Brad Whitfield at 602 292-7607 and on Facebook.
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 15) – Five drivers were feature winners and four more became champions on the final night of the IMCA.TV Winter Nationals presented by Yuma Insurance at Cocopah Speedway. Ethan Dotson, Chanse Hollatz, Shane Paris and Bobby Horton topped point standings in their respective divisions while Tripp Gaylord, Shelby Williams, Ryan Peery, Thomas Daffern and Riley Clem took the checkers Saturday evening at Somerton. Gaylord cleared Grey Ferrando for the early lead in the IMCA Modified 25-lapper, then set a wicked pace and caught up with the back of the field. The lone caution took place on lap 13 and Kollin Hibdon got close following the restart but couldn’t quite catch the leader. Gaylord’s $1,000 win made him Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligible. Hibdon was second and Tim Ward third. Dotson, a five-time Winter Nationals winner, paced points ahead of Ward and Tanner Black. The 20-lap IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main saw Zach Madrid and Dallon Murty battle at the front, swapping the lead before Williams got the [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 14) – While Friday night saw familiar faces in victory lane, Dillon Richards drove a long ways for his career first IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory at Cocopah Speedway’s IMCA.TV presented by Yuma Insurance Winter Nationals. After chasing Brandon Bombardo and then Bobby Horton early in the 20-lapper, the Beatrice, Neb., driver completed his charge from 10th starting to the lead at midway, then stayed in front to the $500 checkers. Thomas Daffern hauled the mail from 22nd starting to second while Horton ended third. Ethan Dotson drove to a fifth consecutive $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win while Chanse Hollatz topped the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Chase Alves paced the IMCA Northern SportMods, both in $750 to win contests. Dotson challenged Mike McKinney for the lead, putting a slider on for first place on lap 10. Dotson pulled away from the rest of the pack to win his fifth main event of the season, breaking the IMCA.TV Winter Nationals record of four set by Dylan Smith in 2014. McKinney was runner-up [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan 13) – The Ethan Dotson Express rolled on, while Shelby Alves, Dallon Murty, Brian Brown and Riley Clem raced to IMCA.TV Winter Nationals presented by Yuma Insurance feature wins of their own Thursday night at Cocopah Speedway. Dotson dominated the entire 25-lap IMCA Modified main event, hitting lapped traffic by the 10th circuit and outrunning Tripp Gaylord in what proved to be a caution-free contest en route to a fourth consecutive $1,000 victory. Tim Ward settled into third. Tanner Black and night one winner Kollin Hibdon completed the top five. The 25-lap IMCA Northern SportMod feature was also a non-stop event. Alves and night four winner Shane Paris duked it out early with Alves in front on lap four. She paced the field with Andrew Peckham giving chase into lapped traffic before becoming the fifth different $750 winner in as many nights at Somerton. Izac Mallicoat was third. Cody Johnson and Josh Most battled at the front of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature field before making brief contact and [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 12) – Chanse Hollatz and Bobby Horton were back in victory lane following midweek IMCA.TV Winter Nationals presented by Yuma Insurance features at Cocopah Speedway. Hollatz won a second straight IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Somerton while Horton’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers were already his third of the season. Both races paid $1,000 to win. The Stock Cars had a dandy of a 30-lap feature as Californians Cody Johnson and Rob Gallaher dueled early before Iowa gasser Hollatz got into the mix. Hollatz cruised to the front on a restart to pace the field on lap two, then set the pace for 20 laps of green flag racing. He received some pressure following a lap 22 restart and Paul Stone powered his way past on lap 25. Brock Badger made it a three-horse race for the point but Hollatz regained the lead on lap 26, pulled away from the pack and drove back to the winner’s circle. Badger was second with Stone posting a third-place finish. Hollatz was [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 8) – Ethan Dotson won for a third straight night while Chanse Hollatz, Shane Paris, Eric Knutson and D.J. Werkmeister all raced to their first IMCA.TV Winter Nationals victories of 2022 Saturday at Cocopah Speedway. With 200-plus cars in the pits for a fourth straight night, Dotson continued his domination at Somerton by leading all 25 circuits in the 25-lap IMCA Modified main event. The Bakersfield, Calif., racer kept his ride on the top side of the track and did his best to pull away. The second of two stoppages came on lap 17, just as Dotson was about to negotiate the tail end of the field. On the ensuing restart, Kollin Hibdon tried to power his way past but Dotson kept him in check. Dotson was the trailblazer for the balance of the distance for his third straight Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying victory of the 2022 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing campaign. Hibdon ended as the runner-up with third going to Tripp Gaylord. Tanner Black and Tim Ward [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 7) – Round three of the 2022 IMCA.TV Winter Nationals presented by Yuma Insurance saw Ethan Dotson make a fast return back to victory lane at Cocopah Speedway. The quick Californian made the most of long green flag runs in winning his second IMCA Modified feature in as many nights, leading all but the first of 25 laps en route to another $1,000 checkers. Josh Cain paced the field on lap one before the defending Winter Nationals champion, already eligible to qualify for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, drove by. Arizona native Tim Ward got second, with third going to home state hotshoe Zachary Madrid. Car count topped 220 for the Friday show at Somerton. Rookie Braden Richards raced to his IMCA Northern SportMod career first win in just his third start in the new division. Bo Partain captured the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers, Brian Brown was best in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main and Kevin Reuter repeated in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. The third different [Read More]
By Ben Deatherage SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 6) – Ethan Dotson was the cream of the crop again Thursday night at Cocopah Speedway. A three-time winner and champion of the 2021 version of the IMCA.TV Winter Nationals presented by Yuma Insurance, Dotson won the Thursday night IMCA Modified feature at the Diamond In The Desert, earning $1,000 and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying eligibility. Dotson beat fellow Bakersfield, Calif. driver Jerry Flippo and Austin Kuehl for the lead on lap one. Just two stoppages occurred in the 25-lap main event, with Dotson getting a slight challenge after the restart of the first caution. The field went 20 quick laps without incident, allowing Dotson to cruise right along, open up a significant lead and hit the tail end of the pack. He negotiated traffic on the way to registering his first feature win of the 2022 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season. Flippo was second with third credited to Austen Becerra. Cody Thompson and Don Shaw completed the top five. Entry numbers for night two at Cocopah grew to 218. [Read More]