Paul Stone prevailed in convincing fashion, in the second installment of the Arizona IMCA Modified Tour at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Melissa Coker)YUMA, Ariz. (Feb. 11-12) – Paul Stone considered asking to keep the one spoon as a souvenir after drawing the pole start for the second installment of the Arizona IMCA Modified Tour.After inclement weather postponed the main event from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon, Stone had two better mementos: A trophy and a check for $1,250.Stone led all 20 laps, pulling away from Hunter Marriott and Spencer Wilson after a caution with seven circuits left.“I think this was the first time in 19 years of racing that I’ve ever drawn the pole for a big show like this,” said Stone, new to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “I’ve given other guys a hard time for starting on the front row because there’s only one direction you can go from there.”Both the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features were in the books and Modifieds were in staging when rain brought an early end to the Saturday program.“That was a little bit cruel,” Stone said, after some tossing and turning. “It gave me I don’t know how many extra hours to think and sweat about it.”As it turned out, Stone didn’t have much to sweat about until late in the race when he saw Marriott’s number creeping upwards on the leader board.“I thought to myself ‘Oh boy, here we go,’” Stone admitted, “but everything worked out for us.”Lucas Schott, Josh McGaha and Jesse Sobbing were next across the state as the top six was represented by as many different states.Long tows Elijah Zevenbergen, Jason Rogers and Kyle Frederick ran 1-2-3 in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Nick Spainhoward was promoted to first in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event after a disqualification in post-race tech.Joshua Cordova captured the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature ahead of Scott Shaw.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Paul Stone; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Spencer Wilson; 4. Lucas Schott; 5. Josh McGaha; 6. Jesse Sobbing; 7. Jimmy Gustin; 8. Lance Mari; 9. Shawn Strand; 10. Ryan McDaniel 11. Ethan Dotson; 12. Jeremy Thornton; 13. Tim Ward; 14. Ryan Gaylord; 15. Jeff Taylor; 16. Jesse Williamson; 17. Cody Laney; 18. Nick Decarlo; 19. Cory Sample; 20. Bob Moore; 21. Jason Wolla; 22. John Parmeley; 23. Leland Hibdon; 24. Jeff James; 25. Clint Luellen; 26. Chaz Baca; 27. Justin Zeitner; 28. Kelsie Foley; 29. Troy Gemmill.Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen; 2. Jason Rogers; 3. Kyle Frederick; 4. George Fronsman; 5. Jody York; 6. Manny Baldiviez; 7. Andrew Altenburg; 8. Thomas Daffern; 9. Brendon LaBatte; 10. Tony Hill; 11. Larry Brigner; 12. Steven Kihle; 13. Joe O’Bryan; 14. Jake Smith; 15. Joe Haines; 16. Race Fisher; 17. Micheal Mabbitt; 18. Daren Olney.Northern SportMods – 1. Nick Spainhoward; 2. Brady Bjella; 3. Miles Morris; 4. Chris Toth; 5. Mike Tanner; 6. Adolfo Noriega; 7. Brian Roode; 8. Joshua Cordova; 9. Austin Ruskauff; 10. Corey Clayton; 11. Dwayne Melvin; 12. Jason George; 13. Jesse Johnson; 14. Ron Pegues; 15. Dale Kunz; 16. Dennis Gates; 17. Zack Tate; 18. Kyle Smith; 19. Fred Ryland; 20. Corey Hemphill; 21. Mark Madrid; 22. Tommy Wyman; 23. James Dupre; 24. Allen Webb; 25. Kenny Wyman Jr.; 26; Steven Daffern; 27. Clint Clausen; 28. Tyler Mecl.Hobby Stocks – 1. Joshua Cordova; 2. Scott Shaw; 3. Jim Robinson; 4. Brent Wofford; 5. Jason Beshears; 6. Craig Ebers; 7. Cory Tharp; 8. Lyle Driscoll.
Chaz Baca was the $1,500 IMCA Modified winner at Mohave Valley Raceway’s 25th anniversary event Saturday night. (Photo by Rona Philpott)MOHAVE VALLEY, Ariz. (April 14) – Consistency has Chaz Baca on top of IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National and Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region point standings.Speed put him in victory lane Saturday at Mohave Valley Raceway’s 25th anniversary special … twice.Baca led the last 10 laps in winning the IMCA Modified feature, and $1,500. He also scored the $1,000 checkers in a borrowed dwarf car.“This race has been on our schedule for about a month,” he said following the four-hour tow home to Mesa. “It’s the first time I’ve won two big money races on the same night. It feels pretty good. We were super excited.”Baca ran second in his heat, started the main event from eighth and was up to second just after midway in the 25-lapper.He was reeling in pole starter Bill McIntosh before a caution, then took the lead after the ensuing restart.Mike Kirby ended in second with Leland Hibdon, Clint Reichenbach and McIntosh completing the top five.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Baca won for the second time this season. He’s finished in the top five in nearly half of his 28 starts thus far in 2018.“We’re trying to be consistent and be in the top three, top five every race. It felt really good this weekend, especially the money,” said Baca, looking to put part of that payday toward a 2018 Shaw.Feature results – 1. Chaz Baca; 2. Mike Kirby; 3. Leland Hibdon; 4. Clint Reichenbach; 5. Bill McIntosh; 6. Ryan Roath; 7. Ronnie Meyer Jr.; 8. Brenda Kirby; 9. Bryan Wulfenstein; 10. Billy Wormsbecker; 11. Steve Simpson, Jr.; 12. Adam Marx; 13. Randy Ahrns; 14. John Clemens; 15. Bud Sturgis; 16. Paul Hurns; 17. Cameron Williams; 18. Kelsie Foley; 19. Bobby Ziello; 20. Patrick McIntosh.
WEST FARGO, N.D. – IMCA Modifieds take to the track in $1,300 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying features on both nights of the Sanders Modified Challenge Tour.Events Wednesday, Aug. 8 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D., and Thursday, Aug. 9 at Norman County Raceway in Ada, Minn., are draw/redraw and pay $1,100 for second and $1,000 for third.Minimum start money is $200. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central and Minnesota State points, but no track points will be awarded.Out-Pace Racing Products gives a $100 hard charger award. Both shows will be broadcast by IMCA.TV and pork chops will be served in the pit area after the race program is complete at Ada.Pit gates open at 3:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m., the draw cutoff is at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Car and driver is $30.More information is posted on the track websites.
By Tony SteelePEORIA, Ariz. (March 11) – Repeat winners were the story Saturday at Canyon Speedway Park.Chaz Baca Jr. took home the Speedway Motors Weekly Racing opener for the IMCA Modifieds, coming off a $3,000 payday at the Desert Classic. George Fronsman took home his fourth win in a row in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars while Joe Vlasity battled to become the first repeat winner in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Baca took the lead near the halfway point of the 25-lap Modified feature and held off Bryson Curry. Curry was fast all throughout the night as he came from the back of his heat race twice to finish third. Starting from the pole, Curry led the way through the first half of the race with Baca on his heels.Around midway, Baca worked his way around Curry and never looked back, showing the strength of his Mark Stewart-owned machine. Mike Strobl worked his way toward the front to finish third.Fronsman continued his winning ways as he bested 2016 Stock Car Shootout winner Aaron Spangler. Cody Center held the lead through the first half of the race, fending off an earlier slide job by Fronsman with a crossover move in turn four. A few laps later, Fronsman was able to finish the job as the crossover was unsuccessful from Center.Spangler worked his way through traffic to get past Center in the later parts of the event. Fronsman drove to his fourth win in a row, but competition has been close with Center and now Spangler, who will be back for next weekend’s Shamrock Showcase.Vlasity became the first repeat Hobby Stock winner of the year, denying Merle Zachrison his first win of the season. Zachrison led quite a bit of the race, ahead of a hard-fought battle between the rest of the top five runners.Vlasity cleared the group and set his sights on Zachrison, who tried to hold on for the win but had to settle for second. The Hobby Stock division is on a roll, with roughly four cautions in their past four events, and is consistently putting on one of the best shows of the night.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – EngineQuest renews a popular awards program benefitting drivers in four divisions, in its 13th season as an IMCA sponsor.Cash bonuses, product certificates and product awards are part of that contingency program while the Las Vegas, Nev., cylinder head and engine component manufacturer returns as title sponsor for both Northern and Southern IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions.EQ will give $200 cash bonuses to eligible Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod drivers who win two or more track championships while competing with built engines in 2018.And $50 product certificates go to all eligible built engine-powered drivers in those divisions who win track titles.The national Stock Car champion and Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod drivers finishing highest in national standings and competing with EQ heads all get a set of EQ cylinder heads.Also receiving sets of EQ-manufactured cylinder heads are highest finishing Mopar engine drivers in the Stock, Hobby and both SportMod divisions.EQ provides a portion of $3,750 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in each Stock Car region.The Northern Region includes tracks in eastern Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming while the Southern Region is comprised of tracks in Arizona, California, western Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah.Regional point fund shares will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.Drivers must display two EngineQuest decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund monies.Information about EQ-manufactured cylinder heads is available at the www.enginequest.com website and on Facebook.“Our IMCA Stock Car division has seen some resurgence in the past few years and recent growth again has given drivers in new states the opportunity to race for EQ cash and contingency awards,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We keep each other accountable and that exchange has strengthened our relationship over the past 13 years.”
Chris Elliott raced to the win in the Red River IMCA Modified Tour at Grayson County Speedway May 31. (photo by Debra Hix)By Mike SpiekerBELLS, Texas (May 31) – The inaugural Red River IMCA Modified Tour produced its fifth different winner in as many nights Thursday at Grayson County Speedway.Chris Elliott started fifth and charged to the $1,000 payday and a berth on the Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot.“This feels so good,” said Elliott in victory lane. “We were working on this thing until 7:30 in the morning. The car has been really good, I just haven’t had any luck in the features. [Grayson County Speedway] is my type of place. This place is awesome. It was a lot of fun out there.”David McKay and Justin Radcliff led the field of 25 IMCA Modifieds to the green flag for the 25-lap feature. McKay grabbed the lead on the opening lap, but Radcliff came storming back to take the point on lap three. Matt Guillaume took advantage of a lap six restart as he raced into second.Elliott, who was the only car in the top five running the cushion, was making progress as he moved into third on lap seven. Two circuits later, Elliott found a way around Guillaume.A thrilling three-wide race for the lead broke out around the halfway point as both Elliott and Guillaume reeled in Radcliff for the lead. The lead trio went three-wide down the back straightaway before they all swapped lanes in turns three and four.Exiting the turn, Elliott made a textbook crossover move underneath both Radcliff and Guillaume to take the lead entering turn one.Once out front, Elliott found his groove up on the high side once again and set sail.At the line, Elliott topped Sustaire, Riley Simmons and Guillaume.Results – 1. Chris Elliott; 2. Kevin Sustaire; 3. Riley Simmons; 4. Matt Guillaume; 5. Fred Wojtek; 6. Jeffrey Abbey; 7. Justin Radcliff; 8. Chase Allen; 9. Kyle Whitworth; 10. Kevin Green; 11. Cory Davis; 12. John Gober; 13. Jeff Hoegh; 14. David McKay; 15. Jason Hillard; 16. Chad Melton; 17. Brian Schultz; 18. Robbie Daniels; 19. Ryan Williams; 20. Talon Minten; 21. Bo Day; 22. Josh McGaha; 23. JP Dowell; 24. Curtis Allen; 25. Mark Carrell.
CORONA, Calif. – State champions in six IMCA divisions have received post-season awards from Eibach Springs. “The Eibach program this year includes six randomly selected complete sets of springs and recognizing these six winners is a great punctuation to a great season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We are very appreciative of Eibach for not only recognizing these six winners, but providing awards to all of our state champions in 2019.” The 2019 season was Eibach’s 11th as an IMCA sponsor and the first in which contingency awards were given to E3 Spark Plugs State champions. All 80-plus drivers winning IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod state champions received $100 product certificates from the Corona, Calif., manufacturer. Six randomly selected state championship-winning drivers received sets of four springs. Those drivers are Kelsie Foley, Modifieds in Arizona; Dalton Simonsen, Late Models in Iowa; Austin Brauner, Stock Cars in Nebraska; Marc Minutolo, Hobby Stocks in New York; Luke Stallbaumer, Northern SportMods in Kansas; and Taylor Florio, Southern SportMods in Texas.
“This new extension of the EQ program demonstrates their commitment to IMCA racers and their confidence in their ability to continue producing the highest quality cylinder heads for IMCA engine builders,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We look forward to working with EQ for many years to come.” All drivers are required to display two EngineQuest decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares, which will be distributed during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. Sets of EQ cylinder heads will be awarded to the national Stock Car champion and to Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Southern SportMod drivers finishing highest in national standings who compete with EQ heads. Highest finishing Mopar engine drivers in the same divisions also earn sets of EQ cylinder heads. EQ provides a portion of $3,750 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in Northern and Southern Stock Car regions for a sixth consecutive season. LAS VEGAS, Nev. – IMCA drivers in four divisions will benefit from the support of EngineQuest through the 2022 race season. The new pact takes EQ through its 17th season of IMCA sponsorship. “A great partnership is the key to our sponsorship,” stated EQ National Account Manager Stephen Richards. “This program has benefitted many IMCA drivers over the years and we are proud to continue it.” Tracks in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region includes are located in eastern Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region tracks are in Arizona, Arkansas, California, western Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The Las Vegas, Nev., cylinder head and engine component manufacturer has renewed a contingency program that includes title sponsorship of both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions. In addition, cash bonuses, and product certificate and product awards will be given to IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod competitors. Information about EQ cylinder heads, crankshafts and internal engine parts is available at the www.enginequest.com website or by calling 702 649-7776 or 800 426-8771. Stock Car, Hobby Stock and SportMod drivers who win two or more track championships while competing with built engines earn $200 cash bonuses. Fifty dollar product certificates go to all eligible built engine-powered drivers in the same divisions winning track titles.
Indianapolis, In. — Master Officer Tony Mann, an Indiana Conservation Officer with the DNR Division of Law Enforcement, has been selected as National Wildlife Turkey Federation (NWTF) Wildlife Officer of the Year for the state of Indiana.The award was presented at the 2018 Indiana State Awards Banquet at Fort Harrison State Park earlier this month.NWTF’s considerations in choosing an award-winner include the full-time law enforcement officer’s case involvement, public relations outreach, and service to the community.Mann serves as a defensive tactics instructor, a National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) instructor, and tree-stand accident investigator.Mann began his career as an Indiana Conservation Officer in 1990, when he was assigned to Boone County, northwest of Indianapolis. Since 1997, the Loogootee resident and Dubois County native has served District 7, where he is assigned to Martin and Dubois counties.Considered the division’s expert on tree-stand safety, he reviews and documents all tree-stand accidents and has done several public service announcements in the last few years on the topic. He also makes frequent personal appearances for DNR Law Enforcement, including Jakes Day events for the NWTF.In 2018, the 28-year veteran received DNR Law Enforcement’s Pitzer Award, which is given to its top overall field officer in the state. Previously, he has been recognized as District 7’s Officer of the Year, Boating Officer of the Year and Hunter Education Officer of the Year.Mann is now eligible for the NWTF National Wildlife O
Theresa A. Caffee, 59, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis.Born, April 1, 1959 in Greensburg, she was the daughter of William E. and Wilma I. (Brancamp) Buening.Theresa graduated from Greensburg High School in 1977. After high school, Theresa worked for Decatur County Memorial Hospital for over 30 years before retiring. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Theresa loved crocheting and knitting, and spent most of her free time with her grandchildren.Theresa was married to Billy Gene Caffee, Jr. on July 5, 1985 and he preceded her in death on January 27, 2005.She is survived by 2 daughters; Alina (Justin) Wells, Greensburg, Savannah (Brad) Sefton, Greensburg, 2 step-daughters; Billie Ruiz, Columbus, Starr Rodriguez, Columbus, 2 brothers; Michael (Lisa) Buening, Ninevah, IN, Kenny (Nancy) Buening, Greensburg, 2 sisters; Janet (Bob) Henry, Batesville, Katrina (Rickey) Applegate, North Vernon, 6 grandchildren; Wyatt and Ella Wells, Remi, Everly, Berlin, and McKechnie Sefton, and 13 step-grandchildren.Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; William and Wilma Buening, and her husband; Billy Gene Caffee, Jr.A rosary service will start at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019 at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home followed by visitation from 4-8 p.m.Visitation will also be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 9-10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.Memorials contributions may be made to the Shriners for Riley Children’s Hospital.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com.