Thornton motors to Durbin Memorial checkers

By Josh Reynolds  STUART, Iowa (May 15) – There was no catching Ricky Thornton Jr. in the race to the $1,000 IMCA Modified checkers Wednesday at Stuart Speedway’s inaugural Jake Durbin Memorial. Thornton, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, and Jesse Dennis drew the front row starting spots and it was Thornton jumping out to the early lead. Kyle Brown and Nick Roberts battled for second with Brown holding it down for the first six laps. Roberts got past Brown on lap seven, just before a caution flew. Two more quick yellows on laps 12 and 13 allowed Hunter Marriott to get past Brown and Roberts and on Thornton’s bumper. That was as close as anyone was coming on this night, however, as Thornton roared off into the sun­set to take the win. Marriott finished second with Dennis third. Brown started 11th, took over second on lap 10 and gained the lead the next time around in winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. A lapped car came into the mix as the [Read More]


Durbin Memorial set for May 15 at Stuart Speedway

STUART, Iowa – A $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event tops the program for Stuart Speedway’s inaugural Jake Durbin Memorial on Wednesday, May 15.  The Modified feature pays a minimum of $100 to start while IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $800 to win and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts all race for a minimum of $400 to win. Increases to the purse will be posted on the track Facebook page.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, E3 Spark Plugs State and track points will be awarded. All divisions are draw/redraw. Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Rain date is May 22.


Schafroth wins again at Stuart

By Josh Reynolds STUART, Iowa (May 2) – Buck Schafroth was back in victory lane following Thursday’s IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Stuart Speedway. Schafroth took the lead from Jeremy Gettler on lap four; second-running Todd VanEaton exited with mechanical issues on the 11th circuit, with Mike Nichols moving up to challenge.  The race went green from there and Schafroth had his hands full as Nichols worked high and low trying to find a way around. After taking the white flag, Nichols seemed to set up a move down the backstretch and into turn three, but his car went up on two wheels in turn three and his shot at the win was over. Schafroth took the exciting victory with 17th starting Shawn Ritter sneaking by Nichols for second. Shannon Anderson topped an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature that ran caution-free and Tyler Inman followed the lower line to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers.


Havens takes last-lap thriller at Stuart

By Josh Reynolds  STUART, Iowa (April 24) – Kody Havens’ patience set up the late-race heroics that ended with his Wednesday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod victory at Stuart Speedway. Havens joined Brayton Carter in working toward the front and was up to third with two laps left. He made a move past Carter, and with the white flag out he set up a move going into turn three under Tyler Inman for the win. The two cars made contact, but Havens was able to gather it up and made it back to the line first to take the victory. Josh Gilman was the IMCA Modified winner and Buck Schafroth led the last five laps in taking the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers. Corey Madden prevailed in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main while Denny Berghan Jr. returned to victory lane following the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature.


Stuart Frostbuster now canceled, Marshalltown, Boone dates still on

STUART, Iowa – Both the Wednesday, April 3 practice night and Thursday, April 4 IMCA Frostbuster at Stuart Speedway have now been canceled.  Rain in the forecast, a lack of drying time and a frozen water line share the blame.  Marshalltown Speedway hosts the Friday, April 5 show and Boone Speedway hosts the Saturday, April 6 finale.  Ken Schrader joins IMCA Modified fields at Frostbusters Friday, April 5 at Marshalltown Speedway and Saturday, April 6 at Boone Speedway. Modifieds race for $1,000 to win in Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events both nights.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $500 to win, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $400 to win and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $250 to win Friday and Saturday while IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars vie for $1,000 to win at Boone.  Gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps at Mar­shalltown. Boone opens the pit gates at 2 p.m. and the grand­stand at 3 p.m. Hot laps start at 4 p.m. [Read More]


Stuart Speedway has new promoter, new race night

STUART, Iowa – One of IMCA’s longest tenured tracks has a new promoter and a new race night be­ginning this season.  Mike Van Genderen will be in charge of Wednesday night race programs at the Stuart Speedway. Work on reconfiguring the 1/4-mile clay oval has already started and will resume when weather and track conditions permit.  Midweek shows will feature IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. “Stuart has a very strong IMCA tradition,” said Van Genderen, who completed his purchase of the track in November. “It’s a pretty darn nice facility with good lighting and a beautiful concession stand. It has everything you could want.” The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National point season runs from April 17 to Aug. 7. Specials on the 2019 schedule include the April 3 Frostbuster, the inaugural Jake Durbin Memo­rial on May 15, the inaugural Dirt Duel Stock Car Stampede June 11 and 12 and the July 2 Ron Little Memorial.  Modified points earned at Stuart figure [Read More]


Lapped traffic is a late menace before Dennis wins Stuart’s Ron Little Memorial 

By Josh Reynolds STUART, Iowa (Sept. 22) – Lapped traffic was almost a factor in the final laps, but Jesse Dennis picked up the IMCA Modified win and $1,500 payday at Stuart Speedway’s Ron Little Memorial. Dennis had taken the lead early in Saturday’s 30-lap race with Red Monson and then Cody Laney in the second spot. Laney made a charge and got up alongside Dennis a few times but couldn’t quite get the pass completed. A couple cautions slowed the field, but each time it was Dennis, Laney and Monson at the front. At the checkered flag it was Dennis picking up the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying win. Laney finished second with Monson third, Richie Gustin fourth and Kelly Shryock fifth. One hundred and eighteen cars overflowed the pits for the 20th annual event. Sixth-starting Mike Nichols charged into the lead on lap two and drove to a convincing IMCA Sunoco Stock Car win ahead of Bryan Snell and Brandon Pruitt. Eric Stanton led start to finish in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock [Read More]


Big payout for IMCA Modifieds at Ron Little Memorial 

STUART, Iowa – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,500 to win and a spot on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot at Stuart Speedway’s 20th annual Ron Little Memorial. Top check for the Modifieds is $700 while Mach-1 Sport Compacts run for $500 on Friday, Sept. 21. The big Modified show, plus a $700 to win feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and $500 to win features for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, are on the Saturday, Sept. 22 card. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and Iowa State points will be awarded both nights and the event will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Pit gates will be open all day and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. both days. Hot laps are at 7 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for six and under. Pit passes are $25 and there is no entry fee. More information is available by calling 515 238-6945.


Phillips captures much-anticipated Hobby Stock win at Stuart

By Cyndie Lamb STUART, Iowa (Aug. 17) – There were some emotions in victory lane to be sure, following Jack Phillips’ IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock win Friday at Stuart Speedway. Phillips held off all challengers in taking the checkers and his post-race speech was emotional as he announced this was his first win in 25 years. John Watson was second and Jeremy Purdy third. Clint Luellen led the IMCA Modifieds to the checkers and Brandon Pruitt was best in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Austin Luellen topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Hunter Patrick paced the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  


Nelson gets first career win at Stuart

By Josh Reynolds STUART, Iowa (July 27) – Garrett Nelson raced to the first Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod victory of his career Friday at Stuart Speedway. Hunter Longnecker and Nelson drew front row starts. Nelson led Longnecker and Matt Webb until Webb moved to second on lap four. Two laps later, Austin Luellen passed Longnecker for third but it was Nelson look­ing strong out front. Webb and Luellen had a great race for second, but it was all Nelson as he went on to take his first ever SportMod win. Webb finished second with Luellen third, Chase Rudolf fourth and Colton Nelson fifth. Josh Gilman was the IMCA Modified winner and Chris Pruitt prevailed in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. Matt McAtee took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock checkers and Cody Cleghorn checked out in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.