By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 8) – Saturday saw the 2020 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season come to an end with the running of season championship races at Independence Motor Speedway and several division titles were decided in dramatic fashion. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars came into the night with Leah Wroten holding a two-point advantage over Tom Schmitt. Wroten needed to finish no more than two positions behind Schmitt to earn the season championship. With Phil Holtz racing out front and both Schmitt and Wroten headed to the front, Wroten was involved in a skirmish that sent her to the back of the 20-car field. Wroten then charged back to the front as a young lady on a mission. When the checkers flew it was Holtz taking the win with Schmitt in second, Kevin Rose was in third and Wroten raced all the way back to fourth. The finish ended the season point standings in a tie with Schmitt and Wroten and the tie breaker was feature wins with Wroten holding the [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (Aug. 1) – Saturday was a very special night at the Independence Motor Speedway as the Iowa Donor Network night brought 138 race teams to the track racing for a huge purse thanks to all the hard work by the Donor Network volunteers. The huge crowd on hand was treated to an outstanding night of racing with near perfect weather conditions providing a great racing experience. Curt Martin has been racing at his hometown track for five decades, taking his first green flag in 1978, when he started racing midway through the season. Saturday night saw Martin win his unprecedented 13th track championship with championships being recorded in five consecutive decades. Martin came into Saturday night holding a slim four-point lead in the season-long IMCA Sunoco Late Model point standings ahead of Jeff Aikey. With Aikey finishing sixth in the main event and Martin trailing Aikey in eighth, the title went to Martin by two points over Aikey. Winner Sean Johnson finished three points behind Martin. Following the Late Model feature, [Read More]
INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win while the IMCA Sunoco Late Models crown a track champion Saturday at Independence Motor Speedway. The Iowa Donor Network Night event features a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier for the Modifieds while Late Models run for an $860 top check in their 2020 season championship event at Indee. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars chase a $550 top check, with $500 paid to win in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and $300 to win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Monetary contributions will be paid throughout each feature field. There will be prizes for fans and drivers, along with a raffle and bike drawing for kids. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Spectator admission is $13 for adults and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $25. More information about Iowa Donor Network Night is available by calling 563 920-2867 or 319 558-8255.
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (July 25) – Rydell Auto Parts held Customer Appreciation Night on Saturday night at the Independence Motor Speedway and fans were treated to an IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature that had everyone on the edge of their seats. The field took the green flag with Curran Beckler setting the pace in the early going. Sean Johnson, Curt Martin and Jeff Aikey were making their way to the front to set up a battle for the ages. The trio swapped the lead several times late in the race with the lead changing hands every corner. Aikey led at the white flag only to have both Johnson and Martin get back by on the back chute. At the checkers it was Johnson by a very narrow margin over Martin and Aikey. The IMCA Modified 20-lap feature was led early by Josh Barta before Troy Cordes took over the top spot. Cordes had advanced from a fourth row start, but was not able to hold off Aikey, who came from deep in [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Saturday, July 4th saw 111 race cars take part in the Independence Motor Speedway holiday special. The headliner of the night was the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model main event. Eric Pollard shot to the high side of the speedway from his front row start and sailed to the win. Hometown favorite Curt Martin tried to reel in the quick running Pollard but was unable to mount a serious challenge in settling for second. Twelfth starting Kolin Hibdon scored the win in the IMCA Modified feature. The 16-year-old from Nevada used every line on the track in making his way to the front. Hibdon overtook race leader Ronn Lauritzen near the midway point of the main and raced under the checkers ahead of Lauritzen and Jeff Aikey. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main event treated fans with a fierce battle for the lead which featured a pack of five drivers. Cole Mather emerged from the pack to score his fourth win in a row. Saturday night marked exactly five years [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 27) – Cole Mather continued his mastery of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division by scoring his third consecutive feature win at Independence Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Tom Schmitt led early before settling for second to Mather. Chris Simpson wheeled the Doug Cue-owned IMCA Modified to a hard-fought feature win. Simpson took the lead near the halfway mark from Kolin Hibdon. Brennen Chipp raced amongst the leaders the entire 20 laps in taking second at the checkers ahead of Hibdon. Several drivers took their turn at the point in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature. Kip Siems was able to slip by race leader Kyle Olson and go on to pick up the victory. Nate Smith followed Olson across the line in third. Kaden Reynolds added another feature win to his already outstanding 2020 race season in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Reynolds raced under the checkers ahead of Tyler Olliendieck and Brett Vanous.
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 13) – Saturday was a night for the record books at the Independence Motor Speedway, with two bounties claimed and another set, plus hometowner Logan Duffy scored his first local win in the very tough IMCA Sunoco Late Model division. A total of 124 drivers signed in do battle. Duffy started racing at his local track by jumping right into the Late Model division at the age of 14 with veterans like Jeff Aikey, Curt Martin, Greg Kastli, Sean Johnson and many more. Under the watchful eye of his grandfather and IMS Hall of Famer Gary Crawford, Duffy scored the 25-lap feature win on Saturday night. Ben Seemann led early before Johnson took the point. Johnson led until a restart late in the race and that is when Duffy used the low line of the multi-grooved track to shoot into the lead. Duffy appeared to have the feature in hand but two white flag cautions set up two green, white, checkered restarts. The 16 year old Duffy was not [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 6) – The Independence Motor Speedway held racing action on Saturday with fans in the stands for the first time in 2020. With the Governor of Iowa easing the Covid-19 restrictions, a great crowd turned out to see 130 race car drivers put on an excellent show on a beautiful night for racing. The IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature saw veterans Curt Martin and Jeff Aikey occupy the front row and battle early before Aikey was able to move out to the race lead. A caution with 10 laps to go brought Martin back to Aikey’s rear bumper, setting up another battle. Aikey was again able to hold back Martin on the restart as Darren Ackerman was able to hold the bottom line and race under Martin into second. At the checkers it was Aikey, Ackerman and the youngster Logan Duffy. The IMCA Modifieds saw several drivers take their turns at holding the lead. Early it was Chris Snyder before Josh Foster took over the point, meanwhile Aikey [Read More]
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The 2020 Independence Motor Speedway season resumes this coming Saturday, June 6 in front of a live crowd for the first time this year. Independence, promoted by jjamracing, which is comprised of Mick Trier and partner Justin Temeyer, is anxious to continue the racing season with fans in attendance. Racing runs under the IMCA banner with sanctioned divisions including the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. The 3/8 mile track, located on the Buchanan County Fairgrounds in Independence, will see the pits open at 3:30 p.m. and grandstand open at 4:30 p.m., with warmups set for 6 p.m. and racing to follow.
By Jerry Mackey INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – The officials of the Independence Motor Speedway have announced that races will not be held this Saturday, May 30 due to the Covid-19 restrictions still in place which does not allow fans to attend. Racing will return to the Independence Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 6 with fans being allowed in the grandstand. More information regarding the June 6 races will be announced in the very near future.