EAGLE, Neb. – Two words of advice from Roger Hadan regarding the upcoming RaceSaver Nationals?Register now.Seventy IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers have already taken that advice and are signed up to compete in the sixth annual event, to be held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at Eagle Raceway.“Go online and pre-enter. It’s only $15 and it gets you a pit stall,” said RaceSaver boss and Eagle promoter Hadan. “Drivers who don’t enter by Aug. 23 will pay $50 and won’t be guaranteed a pit stall.”Joining a strong contingent of home state hot shoes thus far will be RaceSaver competitors making the tow to the Nebraska speedplant from California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia.Hadan also confirmed that Thomas Weeks from the Discovery Channel’s Misfit Garage will be grand marshal for the event. Weeks and crew will spend the week at the event.What’s guaranteed to be the biggest RaceSaver event of the season pays $2,500 to win and a minimum of $1,250 to start the Sept. 2 feature. Qualifying features on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 both pay $700 to win while the top prize for Saturday’s Jake Ita Memorial race is $1,000.All RaceSaver Nationals drivers must be licensed IMCA members and are required to have competed at a minimum of three IMCA sanctioned RaceSaver events prior to the Labor Day Weekend.Tech inspection begins at 9 a.m. Thursday. Aug. 30. An open practice starts at 6 p.m. and precedes race of champions qualifying.Pit passes are $15 on Thursday and $25 each night Friday & Saturday. Sunday pit passes are $30. Discounted three-day pit passes are available for $75.Adult grandstand admission is $13 on Friday, $15 on Saturday and $18 on Sunday. Kids ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under get in free each night.A three-day grandstand pass is $40 and can be purchased online or by calling the Eagle Raceway office at 402 238-2595.RaceSaver Nationals is presented by Precise Racing Products. Mach-1 Sport Compacts are also on the card Friday, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods on Saturday and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks on Sunday.
By Ed Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. (June 7) – With the pressure on, Billy LeMieux rose to the occasion Saturday night at Thunderhill Raceway.Not only did he win in the street stocks, raising the bounty to $300 he also won the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature at Sturgeon Bay, a feat very few have done.Like Babe Ruth, LeMieux called his shot early in the week, saying he would make it four wins in a row in the Street Stocks and he didn’t disappoint. Aaron Thornton raced past Corey Sampone on lap five for the lead of the 15-lap main event.Thornton looked to have the upper hand as LeMieux struggled in traffic early. Out of nowhere with five to go LeMieux muscled his way into the runner-up spot and set his sights on Thornton. With two laps remaining, LeMieux snatched the lead away working the low groove and took the win in the caution-free event.In the Stock Car main it was LeMieux jumping to huge lead early on with Bret Koehler giving chase. LeMieux checked out but a caution with seven laps remaining set up a dash to the checkers. Koehler used this to his advantage working down low and to the lead. LeMieux came charging back on the outside to reclaim the top spot. LeMieux went unchallenged the remainder of the event to score his second feature win of the night. Koehler came home second.It was all clear sailing up front for Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod driver Cody Rass. Rass jumped to the lead and never let go, leading all 20 laps en route to his first career feature win in only his second year in the class. Co-point leader Chris Budzban made a late race charge in the closing laps on Rass but had to settle for second in the caution-free event. Tyler Hackett was able to power by Greg Gretz for the lead early in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature. His reign up front wouldn’t last long as multi-time champ Todd Dart came slicing by down low taking the lead. Dart then went to the top and pulled away for the win in another caution-free contest. It was Dart’s 49th victory in the Modifieds at Thunderhill.Dave Schmidt worked the high side to perfection in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature as he dominated the event, winning by half a lap. The win was his first of the season in the caution-free race. Point leader Jeremy Jauquet rallied late to place second.
LOVELOCK, Nev. – Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds will race for $1,000 to win on both nights of Lovelock Speedway’s third annual City Auto Parts/NAPA Know How 40 special this Friday and Saturday, July 31 and Aug. 1.Both Frontier Days events are qualifiers for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region, Allstar Performance State and local track points will be awarded each night.Pit gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 11-15, and free for kids 10 and under. A family package (two adults and two children ages 11-15) is $30, with additional children admitted for half price.Pit passes are $25. Modified car and driver is $60.More information is available on the www.lovelockspeedway.com website or by calling 775 273-7137 or 775 273-7922.
By Dave PanskeOSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 4) – Johnny Whitman was the Automotive Supply Company IMCA Modified winner Tuesday, during the Winnebago County Fair show at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.Eric Mahlik had settled into first with the white flag in the air but Whitman made a final lap move pay off, edging Mahlik a the line for his second feature win of the season here. Mahlik took second with Mike Wedelstadt scored next.Jeff Schmuhl held off Kleinschmidt over the final laps to record his second local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win of the season. The battle for the third was tight the entire second half of the race with Jon Schultz taking the position at the finish line.The stars came out for the Total Power Sales IMCA Stock Car feature. Travis Van Straten gained the lead for good on the 14th circuit and raced to is fourth straight and eighth overall OshKosh win this year ahead of Rod Snellenberger and Justin Jacobsen.All feature winners were presented with the Kim Parsons Memorial Trophy promoting organ and tissue donation.There will be no racing at OshKosh this Friday, Aug. 7 because of the fair.
VINTON, Iowa – The 22nd annual Hogan Memorial will be held Sunday, July 3 at Benton County Speedway.Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headline the holiday weekend special in Vinton. The Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot-qualifying feature pays a minimum of $1,250 to win, with lap money, a halfway leader bonus and hard charger awards making for a potential payday of more than $4,000.Two hundred and fifty dollars will be paid to take the green and Modified heat winners earn $100.All regular weekly divisions will be on the program. Modifieds will run for all applicable points except local track points at the draw/redraw show.Grandstand admission will be $12 for adults and $5 for kids ages 6-12, with five and under admitted free. Pit passes are $25. Gates open at 4 p.m., with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing to follow.More information about the Hogan Memorial is available at the www.jjamracing.net website or by calling 515 201-5526.No other IMCA special events are on the area calendar for July 3; the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour is July 9-14. Date for the Hogan had originally been announced on the track schedule as July 10, which becomes the rain date.J.D. Auringer of Waterloo is the three-time and defending Modified race winner. Forty-five Modified drivers have entered each of the last two Hogan Memorial events.
EAGLE, Neb. – One hundred and seventeen drivers representing 16 states, from border to border and coast to coast, as well as Canada have pre-registered for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Nationals at Eagle Raceway.The fourth annual event is already the biggest in IMCA RaceSaver history and will be held Sept. 1-4; the Sunday main event will pay $2,500 to win.Pre-tech starts at 10 a.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1. Qualifying features on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3 both pay $700 to win; qualifying is on Friday and the $1,000 to win Jake Ita Memorial Race of Champions is Saturday.Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.Pit passes are $15 for the practice session and $25 each race night. Grandstand admission for adults is $10 on Friday, $12 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday; a three-day pass is $30 and must be purchased by Aug. 31 by calling the track office at 402 238-2595.Admission for kids ages 6-12 is $5 and five and under are free.Entries are now in hand from:Gene Ackland, Martell; Brandon Allen, St. Peter, Minn.; Bruce Allen, Mankato, Minn.; Elliot Amdahl, Flandreau, S.D.; T.J. Artz, Lincoln; Shayle Bade, Lincoln; Dusty Ballenger, Harrisburg, S.D.; Jason Becker, Seward; Tom Belsky, North Platte; Clint Benson, Papillion; Zach Blurton, Quinter, Kan.; Daren Bolac, Moyock, N.C.; and Gregg Bolte, Fremont;Mike Boston, Lincoln; Lee Bowes, Lincoln; Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas; Nick Bryan, Lincoln; Jake Bubak, Arvada, Colo.; John Carney II, Lubbock, Texas; Dwight Carter, Lincoln; Toby Chapman, Panama; Dalyn Cody, Prior Lake, Minn.; Luke Cranston, Holcomb, Kan.; Jason Danley, Lincoln; Joey Danley, Lincoln; and Keith Dragoo, Lincoln;Tyler Drueke, Eagle; Nate Eakin, Okoboji, Iowa; Steven Elliott, San Angelo, Texas; D.J. Estes, Mansfield, Texas; Claud Estes, Godley, Texas; Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas; Matt Etzelmiller, Keller, Texas; Tony Everhart, El Cajon, Calif.; Monty Ferriera, Fresno, Calif.; Ethan Fleetwood, Smithville, Ind.; Bill Garrow, Lincoln; Shane Gloeckler, Joshua, Texas; and Trevor Grossenbacher, Hickman;Adam Gullion, Lincoln; Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas; Jerry Hammock, Waxahachie, Texas; Rick Hansen, Omaha; Jerald Harris, Harrisonburg, Va.; Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas; Regan Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas; Brian Herbert, Dodge City, Kan.; Mike Houseman, Des Moines, Iowa; Jason Howell, Forney, Texas; C.J. Hulsey, El Paso, Texas; Tom Humphries, Waynesboro, Va.; and Junior Jenkins, Greenville, Texas;Mike Johnston, Des Moines, Iowa; Chris Kelley, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Gary Kelley, Ardmore, Okla.; Bart Kendell, Turtleford, Sask.; Ryan King, Bennet; Victoria Knutson, Monticello, Minn.; Chad Koch, Lakeside City, Texas; Brian Lawson, Orange, Va.; Cody Ledger, Omaha; Mike Leraas, Kernersville, N.C.; Ron Love, Lincoln; Doug Lovegrove, Waverly; and Scott Lutz, Jonestown, Pa.;Charlie McDonald, Jefferson, Texas; Austin McLean, Loveland, Colo.; Jesse Mack, Visalia, Calif.; Jason Martin, Lincoln; Scott Meisner, Fresno, Calif.; Trevor Mell, Harwood, N.D.; Justin Melton, Flower Mound, Texas; Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas; Ed Mesaros, Front Royal, Va.; Joe Miller, Vail, Iowa; Mike Moore, Des Moines, Iowa; Austin Mundie, Dallas, Texas; and Danny Nekolite, Emmet;Zachary Newlin, Millerstown, Pa.; Brant O’Banion, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Rod Ort, Lewisberry, Pa.; Blaine Petersen, Essex, Iowa; Boyd Peterson, Ithaca; Shon Pointer, Grand Island; Jeff Radcliffe, Hill City, Kan.; Kevin Ramey, Fort Worth, Texas; Matt Richards, Lincoln; Terry Richards, Denton; Steven Richardson, Manhattan, Kan.; John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas; and Drew Ritchey, Everett, Pa.;Blake Robertson, Visilia, Calif.; Mark Rogers, Newalla, Okla.; Dan Satriano, Papillion; Jeremy Schultz, Hutchison, Minn.; Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla.; Colin Smith, Sheldon, Iowa; Jay Smith, San Angelo, Texas; Kyle Smith, South Egremont, Mass.; Stu Snyder, Waverly; Erin Statler, Carlisle, Pa.; Randy Sterling, Morrisdale, Pa.; and Dalton Stevens, Scurry, Texas;Jeff Taylor, Cherry Hill, N.J.; Val Urman, Roseville, Minn.; Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas; Charlie Ware, Hallieford, Va.; John Webster, North Platte; Chase Weiler, Lincoln; Nate Weiler, Omaha; Jed Werner, Codell, Kan.; Ty Williams, Arcadia, Okla.; Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas; Robby Wolfgang, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Joe Wood Jr., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Ben Woods, Newton, Iowa; and Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas.
Tiffany Bittner was the Saturday night IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner at Off Road Speedway.By Randy Pospishilsports@norfolkdailynews.comNORFOLK, Neb. (June 9) – After 10 years and much success racing an IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Tiffany Bittner is competing in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division for a second season and starting to find similar success.Last year Bittner won one feature while finishing with “a ton of top five finishes” in a division she describes as “a very popular class right now … I feel like everybody is moving up to the Stock Cars.”On Saturday night at Off Road Speedway, Bittner won her first feature of the young 2018 season.Avoiding much of the early race chaos, Bittner remained positioned among the six cars competing for the lead. When the final caution brought the field together with six laps left, Bittner found herself in a three-wide battle for second, with Chad Bruns and Austin Brauner, behind leader Doug Adamy.Three laps later, after Bruns drifted up the track, that competition transitioned into a three-wide contest for the lead with Brauner and Adamy, which Bittner secured after a move to the inside of the track coming into turn four and, ultimately, earning the win.“I kept to the bottom. I just took it easy down there, and it was working for me,” she said. “Nobody else was down there, so you’ve got to go where they’re not.”Other first-time winners locally were Sal Hernandez in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Eric Haase in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.Ramsey Meyer remained undefeated at Off Road Speedway with his fifth straight Mach-1 Sport Compact victory.
By Rob HinckleyMAQUOKETA, Iowa (July 14) – The crowd probably could feel Tim Current’s sigh of relief as he exited turn four.Current crossed by the checkered flag first and won the 15-lap Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Car feature Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.“This was a long time coming,” Current said and then laughed. “I had to use a GPS to find victory lane.”Current had come close several times in three different racing classes, including leading two features in the same night earlier in the season. Both came to an end early with mechanical issues.This night he would not be denied.“Winning here is great. The track was really racy. I was able to run low and glad (car owner) Scott Fjelstul lets me drive this thing,” he said.Terry Neal charged to the Andover Meat IMCA Late Model victory, his first of the season. Bryce Garnhart swept the QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified show, winning his heat and the 20-lap feature.Jerry Miles is another driver who flirted with victory earlier in the season. This was his night as he passed Gage Neal and cruised to the B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap main win.Twenty-five SportMods were on hand.With Independence Motor Speedway rained out, Leah Wroten made the trip again to Maquoketa and pulled off her third victory at the track. She raced from ninth starting.
Information about the complete line of Dynatech-manufactured exhaust systems and headers is available by calling 800 848-5850, at the new www.dynatechheaders.com website and on Facebook. BOONVILLE, Ind. – IMCA Modified drivers contend for shares of $1,200 in product certificates to be awarded this season by Dynatech. The Boonville, Ind., manufacturer and 15-year IMCA sponsor gives a $500 product certificate to the national Modified champion. The runner-up receives $350, with $250 for third and $100 for seventh. Each of those awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November. “Dynatech continues to focus their support on the IMCA Modified division in 2019, staying true to the product line that has brought them so much success,” pointed out IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Top national drivers will benefit again from this awards program.”
Sunman, In. — A semi-truck fire on westbound I-74 near the Sunman exit closed the roadway for several hours Monday.Emergency workers from multiple agencies extinguished the blaze and conducted clean up operations.As of 8:30 a.m. sources say I-74 westbound is open.This is a developing story.For up to the minute traffic information click here.