DEVIL’S LAKE, N.D. – Three IMCA divisions will have their own race night next season at Devil’s Lake Speedway. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will each run eight Friday nights on the high-banked 1/3-mile clay oval just off Highway 2. Those dates are yet to be determined.“All three of these divisions are running at Sundays at Nodak Speedway in Minot, which is about 120 miles to the west,” explained promoter Nolan Olmstead. “We want to draw cars and fans from that direction and sanctioning gives those drivers another place to race for points.” Devil’s Lake will be part of IMCA’s Arnold Motor Supply Northern Region for Stock Cars and the Stephenville Starter Northern Region for Hobby Stocks. “This is a great addition for drivers in all three divisions,” IMCA Director of Track Relations Jim Stannard commented. “Friday programs at Devil’s Lake gives them another night to race for national, regional and state points.”New clay was added to the racing surface during the 2013 season. Olmstead, who will be in his fourth year at Devil’s Lake and his ninth in the promotional business, noted track amenities that include a full bar and restaurant overlooking turn four, a DJ and karaoke every race night, a state of the art concession stand and “movie quality” lighting.“I’ve raced a Modified and a Late Model for 22 years and I’ve never been anywhere else where the lighting is this good,” he said.Devil’s Lake also adds a single-seat Late Model to the two-seater in its rent-a-ride program next season. The track will try to get 10-20 people to come out and hot lap on each of three Sundays.“Not everyone can afford a Late Model but everyone who loves racing wants to drive one,” Olmstead said.”
IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,191; 2. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa, and William Gould, Calera, Okla., both 1,178; 4. Zane DeVilbiss, Farmington, N.M., 1,177; 5. Keith White, Little River Academy, Texas, 1,174; 6. Cory Sample, Winnemucca, Nev., 1,158; 7. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa, 1,156; 8. Ronn Lauritzen, Jesup, Iowa, 1,149; 9. Dean Abbey, Waco, Texas, 1,130; 10. Christopher Fleming, Union Springs, N.Y., 1,127; 11. Glen Hibbard, Euless, Texas, 1,116; 12. Mike Jergens, Plover, Iowa, and Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, both 1,113; 14. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,112; 15. Dustin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,099; 16. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 1,097; 17. Tim Ward, Gilbert, Ariz., 1,095; 18. Adam Larson, Ankeny, Iowa, and Mike Densberger, Lincoln, Neb., both 1,092; 20. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb., 1,091.IMCA Late Models – 1. Justin L. Kay, Wheatland, Iowa, 800; 2. Todd Cooney, Des Moines, Iowa, 796; 3. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 776; 4. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 755; 5. Nick Marolf, Moscow, Iowa, 740; 6. Todd Malmstrom, Silvis, Ill., 736; 7. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 724; 8. Curt Schroeder, Ames, Iowa, 719; 9. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 718; 10. John Emerson, Waterloo, Iowa, 714; 11. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 709; 12. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 707; 13. Jerry King, Waterloo, Iowa, 705; 14. Jeremy Grady, Story City, Iowa, 694; 15. Nate Beuseling, Silvis, Ill., 692; 16. Ray Guss Jr., Milan, Ill., 689; 17. Mike Murphy Jr., Colona, Ill., 681; 18. Craig Jacobs, Urbandale, Iowa, 674; 19. Curtis Glover, Des Moines, Iowa, 666; 20. Mike Zemo, Davenport, Iowa, 646. IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Clint Benson, Papillion, Neb., 757; 2. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 755; 3. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 749; 4. Chase Brewer, Springtown, Texas, 741; 5. Chad Wilson, North Richland Hills, Texas, 695; 6. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 692; 7. Dustin Woods, Forney, Texas, 680; 8. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 675; 9. George White, Fort Worth, Texas, 658; 10. Justin Fifield, Mesquite, Texas, 605; 11. Tony Dowd, Mansfield, Texas, 601; 12. D.J. Estes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 585; 13. Mark Klis, Waxahachie, Texas, 578; 14. Herbert R. Wood, Kennedale, Texas, 575; 15. Ryan Hall, Midlothian, Texas, 553; 16. Doug Lovegrove, Waverly, Neb., 515; 17. Brett Allen, Gaylord, Minn., 501; 18. Matt Moro, Polk City, Iowa, 492; 19. Shayle Bade, Lincoln, Neb., 491; 20. Logan Scherb, Paradise, Texas, 489. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols, Harlan, Iowa, 1,195; 2. Damon Murty, Chelsea, Iowa, 1,179; 3. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 1,175; 4. David Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,174; 5. Derek Green, Granada, Minn., 1,165; 6. Donavon Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,164; 7. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski, Wis., 1,158; 8. Brian Blessington, Breda, Iowa, 1,152; 9. Travis Van Straten, Hortonville, Wis., 1,151; 10. Devin Smith, Lake City, Iowa, 1,147; 11. Kevin Opheim, Mason City, Iowa, 1,143; 12. Jason Batt, Harker Heights, Texas, 1,140; 13. Jay Schmidt Jr., Tama, Iowa, 1,132; 14. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 1,127; 15. Dan Mackenthun, Hamburg, Minn., 1,123; 16. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,116; 17. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan., 1,110; 18. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis., 1,107; 19. Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa, 1,105; 20. Dennis Bissonnette, Stephenville, Texas, 1,101. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Anderson, Des Moines, Iowa, 1,190; 2. Adam Armstrong, Beatrice, Neb., 1,167; 3. Cody Nielsen, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 1,166; 4. Brandon Nielsen, Spencer, Iowa, 1,154; 5. Eric Stanton, Carlisle, Iowa, 1,149; 6. Cory Probst, Worthington, Minn., 1,148; 7. Justin Nehring, Storm Lake, Iowa, and John Watson, Des Moines, Iowa, both 1,147; 9. Tiffany Bittner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,146; 10. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 1,144; 11. Justin Luinenburg, Reading, Minn., 1,142; 12. Benji Irvine, Stanley, Iowa, 1,140; 13. Jerrad Steele, Andrews, Texas, 1,130; 14. Colby Langenberg, Norfolk, Neb., 1,128; 15. Justin Lathram, Hobbs, N.M., 1,116; 16. Brock Beeter, Minot, N.D., 1,100; 17. TeJay Mielke, Norfolk, Neb., 1,092; 18. Dustin Griffiths, Ottumwa, Iowa, 1,091; 19. Colton Pfeifer, Stockton, Kan., 1,086; 20. Brad King, Parshall, N.D., 1,085.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Chad Hertel, Abilene, Texas, 1,174; 2. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 1,146; 3. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 1,122; 4. Jon White Jr., Red Oak, Texas, 1,088; 5. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 1,074; 6. Allen Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas, 1,065; 7. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 1,029; 8. Garett Rawls, China Spring, Texas, 1,018; 9. John Freeman, Runaway Bay, Texas, 1,001; 10. Cody Shoemaker, Paradise, Texas, 993; 11. Brad Shirley, Springtown, Texas, 967; 12. Julie Boettler, Farmington, N.M., 948; 13. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 945; 14. Robert Scrivner, Woodway, Texas, 933; 15. Kevin Green, Robinson, Texas, 917; 16. Jarrett Roberts, Temple, Texas, 916; 17. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, 910; 18. Michael Newhard, Royse City, Texas, 909; 19. Gene Burnett, Leander, Texas, 880; 20. Timothy Cummings, Joshua, Texas, 869. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Matthew Looft, Swea City, Iowa, 1,176; 2. Clinton Luellen, Minburn, Iowa, 1,172; 3. Kyle Prauner, Norfolk, Neb., 1,170; 4. Ben Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan., 1,168; 5. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 1,165; 6. Austin Moyer, Dubuque, Iowa, and Daniel Gottschalk, Ellis, Kan., both 1,164; 8. Tyler Frye, Belleville, Kan., 1,162; 9. Tony Dunker, Quincy, Ill., 1,151; 10. Brett Lowry, Montezuma, Iowa, and Clay Money, Penokee, Kan., both 1,145; 12. Shane Swanson, Forest City, Iowa, 1,144; 13. Bryce Garnhart, Shannon, Ill., 1,138; 14. Jenae Gustin, Marshalltown, Iowa, 1,133; 15. Carter VanDenBerg, Oskaloosa, Iowa, 1,128; 16. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif., 1,127; 17. Tyler Soppe, Sherrill, Iowa, 1,123; 18. Joey Gower, Quincy, Ill., 1,118; 19. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., and Nick Meyer, Whittemore, Iowa, both 1,116.Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Nate Coopman, Mankato, Minn., 1,200; 2. Ramsey Meyer, Pierce, Neb., 1,180; 3. Jay DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,154; 4. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,135; 5. Ryan Bryant, Mason City, Iowa, 1,134; 6. Bill Whalen Jr., Riverside, Iowa, 1,130; 7. Tyler Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa, 1,124; 8. Austen Becerra, Carthage, Ill., 1,121; 9. Megan Lappegard, Spencer, Iowa, 1,114; 10. Shannon Pospisil, Norfolk, Neb., 1,108; 11. Jacob Kofoot, Bode, Iowa, 1,107; 12. Brooke Fluckiger, Columbus, Neb., 1,078; 13. Kaitlyn DeVries, Spencer, Iowa, 1,065; 14. Stephanie Forsberg, Slayton, Minn., 1,055; 15. John Whalen, Ainsworth, Iowa, 1,037; 16. Joe Bunkofske, Armstrong, Iowa, 1,031; 17. Lance Mielke, Norfolk, 1,011; 18. Kimberly Abbott, Camp Point, Ill., 984; 19. Oliver Monson, Clear Lake, Iowa, 982; 20. Terry Blowers, Waseca, Minn., 894.West Coast Super Stocks – 1. Lonnie Welch, Bakersfield, Calif., 376; 2. Steve Nash, Pahrump, Nev., 368; 3. Tim Randolph, Santa Maria, Calif., 366; 4. Billy Simkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 283; 5. Chad Weber, Santa Maria, Calif., 258; 6. Brady Bell, Bakersfield, Calif., 216; 7. Johnny Bedingfield, Bakersfield, Calif., 200; 8. Wayne Coffman, Bodfish, Calif., 199; 9. Clay Daly, Watsonville, Calif., 194; 10. Jon Blackford, Nipomo, Calif., 191; 11. Toby Randolph, Nipomo, Calif., 139; 12. Dustin Chastain, Tonopah, Nev., 132; 13. Alex Williams, Pahrump, Nev., 130; 14. George Bradburry, Pahrump, Nev., 125; 15. James C. Wulfenstein, Pahrump, Nev., 105; 16. Donald W. Riley, Pahrump, Nev., 99; 17. William A. Stevens, Bakersfield, Calif., 98; 18. Daniel Vlaszof, Las Vegas, Nev., 72; 19. Dale Daffern, Las Vegas, Nev., 71; 20. Jim McCoy, Pahrump, Nev., 64.
BOONE, Iowa – Harris Auto Racing continues title sponsorship of one of the premier events for Modifieds, during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. For the eighth consecutive year, the Boone, Iowa, chassis manufacturer and high performance parts retailer will provide a portion of the point fund for the Race of Champions, to be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at Boone Speedway. Qualifying for the 12-car, 12-lap $1,000 to win race is open top drivers in local track standings competing at Super Nationals, former national, regional and Super Nationals champions, and to previous race winners. Harris is in its 19th season as an IMCA partner. Owner John Logue is a 10-time qualifier for the Race of Champions and won the event in 2001. The defending race winner is Dustin Smith. “The Harris Auto Racing Modified Race of Champions remains one of the marquee events of any Super Nationals and we get a high volume of calls leading up to it to check on the eligibility status of drivers from across the country,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The partnership with Harris has solidified this race as another one at the top of an IMCA Modified racer’s bucket list.”
PONCA CITY, Okla. – A driver who won an Allstar Performance state championship last season has already saddled up to win another state title this year.Van Gemmill became the oldest Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified driver to win a state crown at the age of 70, when he came out on top of the 2015 Oklahoma standings. Gemmill and Mo, a 19-year-old mare with press clippings of her own, were half of the team that topped the masters’ class at the Jan. 16-17 Ranch Sorting National Championship State Finals in Tulsa, Okla. Ranch sorting features two riders separating cattle in a designated numerical order from two pens and in a time period determined by the riders’ skill levels. Gemmill helped found the RSNC, the sport’s governing body, 10 years ago and made comparisons to IMCA. “I tell everybody all the time that racing would be non-existent if it wasn’t for IMCA. They make it possible for average guys to be able to afford to race,” he said. “I tried to take that same philosophy to ranch sorting with low entry fees and a fair payout. We wanted to keep the sport affordable so everybody could play.” More than 20,000 RSNC members from across the United States and internationally currently compete in nine categories ranging from beginner to professional. Sponsorship has been emphasized – another parallel with IMCA – and there’s a long-range goal of increasing membership to 100,000.Gemmill grew up working cattle and once rode at 40-45 ranch sorting shows a year. From Ponca City, Okla., he’ll compete at about 10 shows before turning his attention back to dirt track racing in the spring. His son Troy, grandson Brendon and Brendon’s wife Casey Jo also race IMCA Modifieds. Troy and Brendon were occasional foes during Van’s march to the 2015 Oklahoma state crown.“It’s awesome getting to race with them. I push harder racing against Troy and Brendon and I think they push harder racing against me. It’s not about bragging rights, that’s just the way it is,” Gemmill said. “I ran 1-2 with Troy and 1-2 with Brendon but we have never been able to pull off a 1-2-3 finish.” The winner in 10 of his 49 starts last year, Gemmill was largely self-sponsored and enjoyed a month-long stay at the top of the Jet Racing Central Region standings before ending in fifth. He was second in points at Elk City Speedway, fourth at Outlaw Motor Speedway and Tri-State Speedway, and sixth at Longdale Speedway despite taking a couple weekends off to attend family functions.“Brendon called at one point in the season and told me I was leading the region,” said Gemmill, who hadn’t been paying attention to point standings up to that time. “Running for the state championship wasn’t intended, it just happened.” “Age doesn’t have to be a controlling factor. I know my reflexes aren’t what they used to be but I have other resources. Because I’m retired, for example, I can spend more time in the shop getting the car (a Skyrocket) ready,” he added. “I believe all of us can accomplish what we want to. Our limitations are self-imposed.”Gemmill started racing in 1967 and piloted a ’51 Hudson Hornet Twin H to 36 straight checkers on the Kansas circuit the next season. Troy was actually the first Modified driver in the family as Van made the move to the open wheeled class after collecting 500-plus late model victories. “It was on a Father’s Day when Troy called me from the track and asked me to come help,” he said. “When I got to WaKeeney, they handed me a helmet and driver’s suit and told me to get in his backup car. When the night was over, I said ‘Let’s build another one.’”He took several sabbaticals from racing to focus on his job with the Kirby Vacuum Cleaner company. Gemmill started as a door-to-door salesman and worked his way up to supervisor and factory consultant, retiring at the end of a 33-year career. After turning over Ranch Sorting National Championship responsibilities to partner Dave Wolf, he’s had more time to enjoy with family. Gemmill and frequent sorting partner Jeannine have been married “forever and ever” and will celebrate their next wedding anniversary in December.
By Brian Neal DONNELLSON, Iowa (May 10) – Dakota Simmons raced to the first IMCA Modified victory of his career Friday at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. Coming to the white flag, Oliver had cut Simmons’ lead down to about three car lengths but that was as close as he could get, as Simmons went on to claim his first career Modified win. Dakota Simmons earned IMCA Modified career win number one on May 10 at Lee County Speedway. (Photo by DM Racing Photography) Josh Barnes motored to his second Discount Tire & Service IMCA Sport Compact win of 2019. Levi Smith and Simmons led the field to green in the Budweiser IMCA Modified feature, with Simmons grabbing the early lead. Simmons started to pull away from the rest of the field before the first and only caution appeared on lap eight. Tommy Elston won the 20 lap I-Smile Silver IMCA Late Model main event despite the best efforts of challenger Brian Harris. Fifth-starting David Brandies topped the Donnellson Tire & Service IMCA Stock Car feature and Daniel fellows drove to his third straight Robert’s Tire Center IMCA Northern SportMod victory. On the restart, Simmons jumped back out front with Bill Roberts Jr. and John Oliver Jr. close behind. Oliver got past Roberts on lap 10 but by then Simmons had built up a straightaway lead.
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Girls Area Basketball Sectional ScoresTuesday (2-4)Class 3A-Sectional 29 @ South DearbornBatesville 42 Connersville 18Class 2A-Sectional 45 @ Switzerland CountySouth Ripley 49 Milan 39North Decatur 47 Southwestern 36 Class 4A-Sectional 14 @ Bloomington SouthEast Central 47 Martinsville 35Columbus North 54 Bloomington North 31Class 1A-Sectional 60 @ WaldronMorristown 48 Rising Sun 32
Lawrenceburg, IN—The Lawrenceburg State of the City Address scheduled for today has been postponed. Mayor Kelly Mollaun sends his sincere apologies but unfortunately has been very ill all week. The Address will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 12 at 1 pm at the Lawrenceburg Event Center in the Rivers Ballroom located on the 1st floor. This is a public event and all guests or interested parties are welcome to attend.“On behalf of the City of Lawrenceburg and City Council, I invite you to see and hear for yourself the many ways our city is on the rise. We look forward to your attendance during the State of the City Address and your continued support.” Mayor Mollaun.
Batesville, IN—Governor Eric Holcomb announced on Thursday various appointments and reappointments to Boards and Commissions. This included reappointing Tim Putnam, President and CEO of Margaret Mary Health, to the Graduate Medical Education Board for a term that lasts through December 31, 2021.