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  • Kruse nominated for RPM national promoter of the year award

    first_imgWinner of the 43rd ARPY will be announced on Feb. 11. Kruse will start the 14th year of a 20-year contract at Marshalltown this spring. The Friday night venue has been sanctioned by IMCA since 1984. Toby Kruse appreciates the recognition from his peers just as much. MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Another nomination for short track racing’s most prestigious award is great.  “What it takes to succeed in any business is atmosphere. We held our awards banquet Saturday night and everybody was very positive,” he said. “We’re going to keep carrying that over to race season and start March 21-23 with the inaugural $5,000 to win King of the Highbanks special for Stock Cars.” “What we’ve been able to accomplish here is a testament to our track employees, to the fair board and to IMCA,” Kruse said. “Marshalltown is one of the longest running tracks because of that stability. We focus on weekly racing and that gives us a strong foundation for special events.”  “It’s a good feeling to be nominated for this award. It’s a lot of work being a promoter,” said Kruse, also a regional winner for his efforts at Marshalltown in 2008 and twice as part of the promotional team at 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wis. “Other promoters know just how much work it is and to be nominated by them for this award is very heart warming.” “Our weekly (car count) averages are staying pretty strong. That’s no small accomplishment these days,” said Kruse, acknowledging both the exposure generated by on-demand television and the friendly atmosphere at the race track. The long-time promoter at Marshalltown Speedway has been named promoter of the year in Racing Promotion Monthly’s Great Plains Region for the second time. As such, he’s one of six nominees for the Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award, to be announced next month during the RPM workshops in Daytona Beach.  The traditional home track of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division, Marshalltown also sanctions the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods.  “I’ve known Toby since I got into this industry. He is well deserving of all recognition,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “Toby has a time-proven record of success and the credentials to be Auto Racing Promoter of the Year.”last_img read more

  • Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational to feature first Utah, Washington drivers

    first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Aug. 6) – The second round of voting for the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational has produced the first-ever race starters from Utah and Washington. Chase Hansen of Myton, Utah, and Joe German of Aberdeen, Wash., were among the 13 drivers added to the field for the Friday, Sept. 5 All-Star race, during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. Three drivers from each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions were elected to start that event during the first round of voting; the next 13 All-Stars were elected at-large from among the next 50 drivers in vote totals in balloting that ended on Tuesday. Joining Hansen and German as the newest All-Stars are 2011 race winner Chris Abelson of Sioux City, Troy Cordes of Dunkerton, Jeremy Frenier of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jimmy Gustin of Marshalltown, Scott Hogan of Vinton, Mike Jergens of Plover, Ryan McDaniel of Olivehurst, Calif., Jason Noll of Peoria, Ariz., Jared Siefert of Luxemburg, Wis., Dustin Smith of Lake City and Jesse Sobbing of Glenwood. Abelson will make his career fourth All-Star start, Gustin and Smith both their third. Second-time All-Stars are Frenier, Hogan, McDaniel, Noll and Sobbing. German, Hansen, Jergens and Siefert are first-timers. The All-Star field now includes drivers from 15 different states, the most ever in the 11-year history of the event. Completing the 30-car starting grid will be All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most feature wins as of Aug. 28 competing at Super Nationals. Elected in the first round were Dean Abbey of Waco, Texas, Chris Fleming of Union Springs, N.Y., Cody Gearhart of Turpin, Okla., William Gould of Calera, Okla., Robert Hellebust of Minot, N.D., Corey Lagroon of Salina, Kan., Jason Murray of Hartford, Brad Pounds of Bakersfield, Calif., defending race winner Todd Shute of Des Moines, Kyle Strickler of Mooresville, N.C., Jeff Taylor of Cave City, Ark., Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., A.J. Ward of Ionia, Mich., Tim Ward of Gilbert, Ariz., and Keith White of Little River Academy, Texas. More than 120 drivers raced their way onto the 2014 All-Star ballot by winning features that paid $1,000 or more or by winning state or regional crowns.Taylor and White both make their career fourth All-Star starts, Pounds and Tim Ward both their fifth.All-Star drivers will draw for starting positions in the Fan Zone behind the main grandstands on race night. The feature pays $1,000 to win and a minimum of $200 to start, and is a qualifier for the 2015 ballot.last_img read more

  • Track champions crowned at Davenport

    first_imgBy Mike McGuire DAVENPORT, Iowa (Aug. 22) – Friday was Season Championship night at Davenport Speedway and many drivers were competing like it was for the final time. The top 10 were lined up by points for the feature, with the point leader in each class offered the back row challenge for a chance to win double the money.One driver accepting the challenge was Justin Kay in the Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature. Kay had little to lose, as he had already clinched the track title. However Kay’s race would end early with mechanical issues. Nate Beuseling blasted out to an early lead, which he held until lap 12. Brunson Behning owned the point until Mike Murphy Jr. got under Behning for the lead. Murphy led the final six laps to make his third trip to victory lane this season. Behning held on for second, just ahead of Beusleling, Todd Malmstrom and Matt Ryan. The closest points battle coming into the night was in the Milan Heating and Air IMCA Modified division, where four drivers were separated by only 25 points. Doug Crampton and Mitch Morris started in the front row, with Morris taking the early advantage.In fact, Morris would go on to lead all 20 laps and take his first win of the season.Joe Beal battled his way to a second place finish, just ahead of Bob Dominacki. Rich Smith and Tony Von Dresky completed the top five. Doug Crampton’s seventh place finish was just enough to give him his third career track title at Davenport. Bryce Garnhart had his sights on national points and elected to start the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main from the pole. He led all 15 laps en route to his sixth feature win of the season and his second straight championship at Davenport. Jayson Wiggins had a strong run in second. Jake Morris, Jacob Beal, and Jared Miller completed the top five. Five drivers accepted the ALS Ice water bucket challenge during intermission and the evening was completed with mechanic races.last_img read more

  • First green flag is Sunday at Nodak for Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour

    first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – The 26th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour starts this Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway.A record online pre-entry list has Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car drivers coming from 15 US states and two Canadian provinces. Defending champions Jeff Taylor and Dalton Flory are among the early entries.An enhanced payout, courtesy of Industrial Electric of Dickinson, will now pay $2,100 to win, and $300 to start the Modified feature races at all six tracks in the series. Each Modified feature is a qualifying event for the 2015 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $800 to win and a minimum of $100 to start each eveningFive new drivers have been selected to receive bonus money for the RacefeedX New Blood, Long Haul program to attract new drivers to the series. Kupper Chevrolet provides a $2,000 point fund for the top ten in series points in the Modified division and $1,000 for the top 10 in points for the Stock Cars.In addition, contingency prizes from IMCA and tour sponsors will be awarded to the top 10 in points.Series dates are Sunday, July 5 at Nodak Speedway in Minot; Monday, July 6 at Estevan Motor Speed­way; Tuesday, July 7 at Williston Basin Speedway; Wednesday, July 8 at Southwest Speedway in Dickinson; Thursday, July 9 at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan; and Friday, July 10 at Jamestown Speedway.Pit gates open at noon and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. at Nodak. Hot laps are at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. At Estevan, pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m.Hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Williston Basin opens the pits at 3 p.m. and the grandstand at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. at Dickinson.  Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.At Mandan, pit gates open at 3 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing gets underway at 7 p.m. And at Jamestown, pit gates open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m.Modified drivers pre-registered for the Dakota Tour are:Chad Andersen, Fort Calhoun, Neb.; Shawn Anderson, Minot; Randy Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Reese Artz, Battle Mountain, Nev.; Dan Aune, Taylor; Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; Scott Bintz, Jamestown; Bland Bohannon, Williston; Pete Bradley, Williston; Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo.; Dale Burwick, Dickinson; Drew Christianson, Minot; Chase Con­way, Westhope; Rusty Corneliusen, Dickinson; and Jason Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.;Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Josh Eberhardt, Jamestown; Nick Fuchs, Williston; Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; Jason Grimes, Jamestown; Mike Hagen, Williston; Travis Hagen, Williston; Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; Mike Hansen, Dickinson; Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; Bob Heffer, Swift Current, Sask.; Robert Hellebust, Minot; and Troy Heupel, Williston;Jordan Huettl, Minot; Wayne Johnson, Minot; Paul Jones, Casper, Wyo.; Jeremy Keller, Mandan; William Kinden, Williston; Rusty Kollman, Carrington; Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa; Tommy Lee, Grenora; Tyler Limoges, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; Tanner Matthewson, Redvers, Sask.; Justin Med­ler, Minot; Ryan Mikkelson, Jamestown; Brian Mullen, Seymour, Wis.; and Dale Neitzel, Shep­herd, Mont.;Mike Nelson, New Salem; Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; Zach Olson, Great Falls, Mont.; Travis Peery, Williston; Steven Pfeifer, Minot; Dallas Rice, Minot; Jesse Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev.; Darren Schatz, Willis­ton; Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck; Marlyn Seidler, Underwood; Kelly Shryock, Fertile, Iowa; and Riley Simmons, Susanville, Calif.;Eric Sinness, Williston; Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; Shawn Strand, Mandan; Darin Tarrell, Dickin­son; Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; Myles Tomlinson, Turtle Lake; Jay Tooley, Dickinson; Aaron Turnbull, Estevan, Sask.; Travis Ulmer, Mandan; Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz.; Spencer Wilson, Minot; Jason Wolla, Williston; and Josh Wolla, Minot.Pre-registered Stock Car drivers include:Andrew Altenburg, Truman, Minn; Joren Boyce, Minot; Nathan Burke, Minot; Brandon Czarapata, Pulaski, Wis.; Austin Daae, Estevan, Sask.; Terry Davidson, Rosetown, Sask.; Blaine Durward, Trenton; Jordan Durward, Trenton; Chris Ellis, Minot; Dalton Flory, Williston; Scott Gartner, Bis­marck; Kyler Jeffrey, Williston;Keith Mattox, Ray; Shane Nehring, Williston; Cody Nelson, Kenmare; Jake Nelson, Williston; Kody Scholpp, Estevan, Sask.; Greg Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Randy Schultz, Swift Current, Sask.; Matt Speckman, Sleepy Eye, Minn.; Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; Michael Vennes, Minot; and Greg Wichman, Bonduel, Wis.RACEFEEDX will cover the tour live for the third consecutive year. Fans will have the option to watch every lap of the week in regular or high quality. RFX will broadcast the week as a “Show­case Race” featuring multiple cameras, interviews, segments, instant replay and hours of non-stop racing entertainment. Pricing and subscription information is available at read more

  • Koch utilizes high side to capture Sprint Series of Oklahoma opener

    first_imgBy David Smith Jr.ARDMORE, Okla. (March 25) – The Sprint Series of Oklahoma IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car Se­ries presented by Smiley’s Racing Products opened its 2017 race season Saturday night and when all said and done it was Chad Koch leading the final five laps to capture his first-ever victory with the series at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. This event was co-sanctioned with the Sprint Series of Texas IMCA Racesaver Sprint Series.The fourth starting Koch quickly moved into the runner-up position, utilizing the top of the oval while leader Jake Martens worked the bottom.The leader began approaching slower cars on lap 11. Martens built a full-stretch lead that was erased by the final caution of the night, on lap 13. Koch got a run around Martens to take the lead on the next circuit.From then on there was no stopping Koch as he led the rest of the way unchallenged to capture the victory aboard his home-built sprinter.Chad Koch won Saturday’s opening night main event for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Series of Oklahoma at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. (Photo by Mike Howard)“Man, what a night,” said an elated Koch. “We had ignition issues and didn’t get to hot lap but got it ready just in time for the heat. We won that, entered the pits and caught on fire. Luckily, Chip (Graham) was there to help me get out of the car. I was stoked just to be in the top five. I was hop­ing the top would come in and it did.”Gary Owens got around Martens with three laps to go and held off a last-corner slide job from Michael Day exiting turn four to finish second while Martens faded to a fourth-place finish. Blake Daccus rounded out the top five.Thirty-one cars vied on opening night.Next up for the Sprint Series of Oklahoma will be Saturday, April 1, at Longdale, Okla., Speedway in a combined event with the Kansas-based United Rebel Sprint Series.The next event for the Sprint Series of Texas will be Friday, April 21, back at Southern Oklahoma Speedway when they will once again be joined by the SSO.Feature results – 1. Chad Koch; 2. Gary Owens; 3. Michael Day; 4. Jake Martens; 5. Blake Dacus; 6. Michelle Melton; 7. Joe Wood Jr.; 8. Justin Fifield; 9. Dale Wester; 10. Brandon Long; 11. Zach Blurton; 12. Jesse Graham; 13. Loyd Clevenger; 14. Brandon Anderson; 15. Josh Toho; 16. Dillon Laden; 17. Robert Vetter; 18. Tristan Oakes; 19. Chris Kelly; 20. Andy Shouse.last_img read more

  • Keller collects IMCA Modified win at Dacotah

    first_imgJeremy Keller was the IMCA Modified feature winner at Dacotah Speedway on May 12. (Photo by Layn Mudder)MANDAN, N.D. (May 12) – Jeremy Keller made what proved to be the winning pass with four laps to go in Friday’s IMCA Modified feature at Dacotah Speedway.Brent Schlafmann grabbed the early lead and started to pull away quickly but a caution on lap six regrouped the field. On the restart, Schlafmann over drove turn two, allowing Spencer Wilson and Keller to slip by.Wilson and Keller battled for the lead as Schlafmann had his hands full with Mark Dahl and Travis Olheiser. Keller was all over Wilson’s bumper and a slight bobble off turn two allowed Keller to pull alongside of Wilson down the backstretch.They raced side-by-side with six laps to go as Olheiser tried to hold off Dahl and Schlafmann for third. The high side prevailed for Keller as he completed the pass on Wilson with four laps to go.Keller went on to win the feature over Wilson. Dahl made a late pass to finish third.Jason Berg charged to the front on lap two and cruised to a second straight Mach-1 Sport Compact victory.last_img read more

  • IMCA Modifieds race for $4,015 to win at Merced’s Egleston Tribute

    first_imgMERCED, Calif. – The IMCA Modified winner’s share of the Saturday, April 14 Bill Egleston Trib­ute at Merced Speedway now sits at a hefty $4,015.A large contingent of entries from across the Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region is expected to compete in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. The runner-up earns $1,015 with a minimum of $125 paid to start.Also on the card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods in a $1,815 to win, minimum $75 to start main event.Pit gates open at 1 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Racing follows approximate 5 p.m. hot laps.Car and driver is $50. Pit passes are $40. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 62 and over, military personnel and students with ID, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for five and under.The Egleston Tribute is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Modifieds and Northern SportMods chase IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, California State and track points; Modifieds also contend for regional points.Fellow racers and friends contributed to the purse for the event, held in honor of the late IMCA Modified driver. More information is on Facebook.last_img read more

  • Rain forces cancellation of Championship Night at US 36 Raceway

    first_imgUS 36 Raceway has two big post-season events planned as the Sprint Series of Nebraska joins the Saturday Sep. 28 show. Details are being finalized for the two events and more information will be released soon. OSBORN, Mo. – Due to overnight thunderstorms and more forecasted rain later tonight, US 36 Raceway officials have decided to cancel racing for Aug. 16.  Then on Oct. 9-12, it is the inaugural IMCA Missouri Nationals. This will conclude the championship chase for the season as US 36 will focus on the remaining specials scheduled for 2019.last_img read more

  • Kenya’s COVID-19 infections hit 29,849 after 515 test positive

    first_imgThe distribution of the cases by Counties is as follows; Nairobi 251, Kitui41,Kiambu33, Kericho23, Kisii19Bomet 19,Nakuru18,Homabay16, Laikipia12, Murang’a11, Migori10, Nyeri9, Uasin-Gishu 8Kajiado8, Mombasa7, Lamu5, Narok4,Busia4, Embu 3, Machakos3, Nandi3, Nyandarua3,Wajir3, and Kakamega2.The cases are distributed in sub Counties as follows; in Nairobi, the 414 cases are in Makadara 28,Westlands 27,Starehe 24, Kasarani 18,Lang’ata 18,Embakasi West 16,Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve ParliamentDagoretti North 15, Embakasi East 13,Kamukunji12, Dagoretti South and Embakasi South have 11 cases each   while Embakasi Central, Embakasi North,Kibra and Ruaraka have 10 cases each. Mathare, andRoysambu have 9 cases each.In Kitui, the 4 1 cases are all in Kitui Central.In Kiambu, the 33 cases are in; Thika 10,Kiambu Town 6, Juja, Kabete,and Lari have 3 cases each. Gatundu South 2,Gatundu North,Githunguri, Kiambaa, Kikuyu, Limuru and Ruiru have 1 case each.In Kericho, the 23 cases are in; Ainamoi23 and Kipkelion East 1 while in Kisii, the19 cases are in; KitutuChacheSouth 18 and BomachogeBorabu1case. In Bomet, the 19 cases are all in Bomet East.Nakuru’s18 cases are in; Nakuru West 11, Nakuru East 3, Naivasha 2, Joro and Rogai have 1 case each.In Homabay, the 16 cases are all in Homabay Town.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn Laikipia, the 12 cases are in; Laikipia East 8 and Laikipia West 4 while in Murang’a, the 11 cases are in; Kiharu5,Kandara4, and Mathioya2.In Migori, the 10 caes are in; Kuria West 8,Rogo and Suna East have 1 case each.  Nyeri, the 9 cases are in; are Nyeri Central 7,Mathira and Mukurweini have 1 case each.In Uasin-Gishu the 8 cases are in Ainabkoi 5, Turbo 2, and Kapseret 1 case. In Kajiado, the 8 cases are; are in Kajiado North 5 and Kajiado East 3.In Mombasa, the 7 cases are in; Kisauni and Nyali have cases eachwhile Changamwe, Jomvu, and Mvita have 1 case eachIn Lamu, the 5 cases are in; Lamu East 4 and Lamu West 1 while in Narok, the cases are in Trans- Mara West 3, and Narok North 1.  Busia’s 4 cases are in Teso South 2,Matayos and Teso North have 1 case each.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftIn Embu, the 3 cases are in; Manyatta2, and Mbeere South 1.  In Machakos, all the 3 cases are in Athi River while in Nandi the 3 cases are all in Emgwen.In Nyandarua, the 3 cases are in; Ol-Kalou2 and Kinangop1. Wajir’s3 cases are all in Wajir East and Kakamega the 2 cases are in Butere and Malava1 case each.,She noted that 672 patients have recovered from the disease bringing the total number of recoveries to 15, 970 so far.65 were from various facilities and 607 from home-based care programme. I thank our healthcare workers for this great achievement.Seven more patients succumbed to the virus, bringing our fatalities to 472. Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr. Mercy Mwangangi says the country has recorded 515 new COVID-19 cases, raising the country’s total to 29,849.Addressing journalists at Afya House Nairobi Saturday, Dr. Mwangangi said the new cases are from 6,353 samples tested in the last 24 hours.This brings the Country’s cumulative numbers of those tested to 387, 670. In terms of gender, 316 were male and 199 were female. The youngest case is an 8 months infant, while the oldest is 92 years old.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

  • We will address the land question; President Kenyatta pledges as he…

    first_img“When you get your title, take care of it. Don’t sell it to unscrupulous land dealers. It should be of help to you and your family.” President Kenyatta cautioned.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  President Kenyatta said his administration has already issued over 5 million title deeds since it assumed power even as he promised beneficiaries that the government will engage financial institutions to help them access credit to develop their land.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauThe president said the government through the Nairobi Metropolitan Services remains committed to transforming the fortunes of city residents through the provision of critical services within informal settlements including sewerage services, free water and health services.The president revealing that 21 new health facilities will be put up in the city in efforts aimed at easing congestion in existing hospitals. This even as he moved to defend Nairobi Metropolitan Services headed by Major General Mohammed Badi saying its operations should not be politicized.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next week“Let’s stop politics; NMS director is not interested in governor’s seat, speaker’s seat nor MCA’s position. When he is done with his mandate he will get back to military service.” The president observed.The president also had good news for members of the Embakasi ranching scheme saying the government has already processed 30,000 titles which will be issued to their legitimate owners next week.The president had in 2018 directed the Ministry of Lands, The Nairobi County government and other relevant agencies to sort controversies engulfing the scheme to enable its members to acquire title deeds. Among those who received the important document included members of the Patanisho Kayole block 165 and members of the Mutarakwa Road Jua Kali group with the president advising beneficiaries not to sell off their newly acquired property to land brokers.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 President Uhuru Kenyatta has underscored his government’s commitment to addressing the the challenge of land ownership in the country through the issuance of title deeds.Speaking at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) during the issuance of about 2,000 title deeds to landowners, the president said the ongoing exercise is part of the government’s deliberate efforts in ensuring that all Kenyans acquire titles for their land so as to end perennial land-related conflicts.“We‘re here to deliver services to the people, I will deliver on my pledge, I’ll deliver on my promise” the president said.last_img read more