BEATRICE, Neb. – Modified drivers in IMCA’s Central Region chase point fund shares furnished in part by Jet Racing again in 2014. The Beatrice, Neb., chassis builder’s 17th season of IMCA sponsorship is also its third consecutive as title sponsor for the Central Region, which includes sanctioned tracks in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and eastern Colorado.A $6,000 point fund will be paid to top 10 drivers in official point standings for the region, with the champion’s share at $2,500. The runner-up earns $1,250 for second, with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th place.Drivers must display two Jet Racing decals on their race car to be eligible for any point fund money.Owned by four-time national and five-time regional champion Johnny Saathoff, Jet Racing also retails high performance parts and automotive accessories. More information about Jet-manufactured chassis and parts is available by calling 402 228-1596 and at the www.jetracinginc.com website. “The Jet brand is coming off an outstanding season in 2013, capturing championships at the two biggest events in dirt track racing, the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s and the Duel In The Desert,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “Combine that with a national Modified runner-up finish and momentum is high for an even bigger 2014 at Jet Racing.”
PORT ROYAL, Pa. (April 18) – Saturday at Port Royal Speedway, defending oval series champion Jeff Miller captured the feature for his first Pennsylvania Sprint Series win of the year.Miller allowed Ken Duke to lead only the first lap of the 18-lap IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car main event before taking over after starting second. Miller’s pace was slowed twice over the distance but to no avail for his challengers. Scott Ellerman crossed the line second followed by Duke, Zach Newlin and Nathan Gramley.Feature results – 1. Jeff Miller; 2. Scott Ellerman; 3. Ken Duke; 4. Zach Newlin; 5. Nathan Gramley; 6. Jason Bergstresser; 7. Bill Jones Jr.; 8. Erin Statler; 9. James Pryde; 10. Jake Waters; 11. Joe Zap; 12. Jaremi Hanson; 13. Drew Ritchie; 14. Marcus Defreitas; 15. Jonathan Jones; 16. Tyler Cochran; 17. Dave Guss Jr.; 18. Ron Aurand; 19. John Bordlemay; 20. Tyler Reeser; 21. Jim Kennedy; 22. Cale Reigle; 23. Reed Thompson.
DES MOINES, Iowa – An IMCA Modified racing legend passed away Sunday in his hometown of Des Moines.Services for Dave Farren Sr., 70 are at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30 at Hamilton’s near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines.Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 29 at Hamilton’s. In honor of Dave’s favorite color, friends are asked to wear purple.Farren began racing an IMCA Modified in 1984; his first full season was 1985.IMCA’s national champion in 1986 and 1988, he became the all-time wins leader in the division by passing Jack Mitchell and Bobby Layne, and also won for the 100th time in his career in 1988.His career total of 199 feature wins is now fifth all-time in the division.“Dave was one of the early IMCA Modified drivers who made an impact on the growth of the division,” said Kathy Root, former IMCA president and now chair of the sanctioning body’s executive committee. “He was a true budget racer who proved you could win championships with the most basic equipment. We send our condolences to Dave’s family and his many friends.”Farren’s single season best win total was 32, in 1988. He won 29 features in 1986 and 24 in 1987. He won 18 local track championships between 1986 and 2001.A nine-time qualifier for the Modified main event at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, his career-best finish was sixth in 1985. He also qualified for the Race of Champions four times.Survivors include his wife Peggy; sons David D. Farren (Jolynne), Jim Gannon, Jr. (Kim), Tim Gannon (Ronnette); seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and brother Dean Farren (Pam).Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HamiltonsFuneralHome.com.
Dillon Richards reigned as the Mach-1 Sport Compact national champion. At left is Clay Smith of Speedway Motors and at right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)BEATRICE, Neb. – His success in spring specials convinced Dillon Richards he could be a contender for the national Mach-1 Sport Compact championship in 2017.Armed with a willingness to travel and race in some of the biggest weekly fields the class had to offer, he had that title wrapped up before ending the season with another special event victory at his hometown Beatrice Speedway.“After we won Spring Nationals at Beatrice and then both nights at RPM Speedway (the Sunflower Classic), we decided this was the year to go for it,” said Richards, 18 and already a four-year-veteran of the division. “This was our first year traveling this much and there were a lot of late nights in the shop, but it was all worth it.”His 57 starts took Richards to 11 different tracks in Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota and Iowa.Eight of his 27 feature wins, and a third straight track title, came at Beatrice. Richards won another six times at Eagle Raceway and five times at Junction Motor Speedway.“We changed our plans during the season to focus on tracks with the highest car counts, Beatrice on Fridays and Eagle on Saturdays. It was amazing how many cars those tracks had,” he said. “We had some mechanical issues there for a while but we had a lot of things go our way, too. I won the second night at the Sunflower Classic with two lug nuts left on my right front tire. I couldn’t have been any luckier.”He ran fourth at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s before ending the point season in a down-to-the-wire battle with Wisconsin’s Mitch Meier. Richards won six straight features to clinch the national title by a single point, ending the year with second- and first-place showings at Beatrice’s Septemberfest.“It’s awesome to win the national championship. I couldn’t believe it and couldn’t be any happier to have done it,” he said. “We did everything we could to be consistent and I don’t care if it was only by one point at the end. A win’s a win.”Richards became the sixth different driver from Nebraska to win the Sport Compact title in the 11 seasons the division has crowned a national champion.Also the third driver from Beatrice to win an IMCA national championship, joining Modified pilots Johnny Saathoff and Jordan Grabouski in the accomplishment, Richards will be a rookie in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division in 2018.Starts-57 Wins-27 Additional Top Fives-18HIS CREW: Stepfather Wade Jungbluth, Ed Jungbluth, Bud Corey and Trent Fugett.HIS SPONSORS: Sutton Repair of Odell; father Phillip Richards, The Red Zone and RJ’s Bar & Grill, all of DeWitt; Side Track Bar & Grill of Harbine; Goble Construction of Jansen; Fester’s Bait & Tackle, Sabrina Jurgens and Xyngular, Inline Heating, Maxson’s Barber & Beauty, Extreme Motorsports, Josh and Molly Voorhes and the kids, Deb and Rod Rehm, and Alec’s Trenching, all of Beatrice; and Lily’s Flower Shop and Jason Daniels, both of Fairbury.
BENNINGTON, Neb. – Cash bonuses of $500 and $50 gift cards go to IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers this season, courtesy of Precise Racing Products.The Bennington, Neb., high performance parts supplier and Hoosier race tire distributor gives those hefty $500 cash prizes to both the national rookie of the year and the driver with the most 40-point feature wins a of Sept. 24.The eight-year IMCA sponsor also gives $50 gift cards to state and series champions in the division.IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers are required to display two Precise Racing Products decals on their race car to be eligible.“We are excited to extend our relationship with the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division for another season and look forward to an outstanding 2018!” said Precise’s Chris Archer.More information about Precise products is available by calling 800 651-5164 and at the www.preciseracing.com website.National champion Marcus Thomas of Corsicana, Texas, collected the feature win bonus from Precise last season while national rookie of the year honors went to Grant Duinkerken of Riverdale, Calif.“The IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car division continues to be our fastest growing in recent years and support from companies like Precise Racing Products is a key factor in that growth,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “Our Sprint Car members can rest assured that companies like Precise will continue to target them with outstanding incentives.”
SILVER BAY, Minn. (June 19) – The official network of the International Motor Contest Association makes winning a feature race pay off even bigger for one IMCA driver each month. IMCA.TV gives a Roku Express streaming device and one-year membership to the winner of a monthly drawing, open to all drivers in all divisions who won sanctioned features. A schedule and information about upcoming broadcasts is available on the www.imca.tv website. Drawing winners thus far include Chris Elliott, Modified; David Jones, SportMod; Hesston Shaw, Stock Car; and Dennis Spencer, Hobby Stock. In addition, IMCA.TV gives a complimentary pay-per-view six-day America’s Racin’ Vacation package to the first pre-entered Modified driver from each state without a current subscription competing at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.IMCA.TV features live streaming subscription races with replay archives. Viewers can tune in to specials, series and weekly racing events held at tracks across the country on their computer, mobile phone or tablet app, Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV. “It is important that we continue to support the racers that support us,” stated IMCA.TV Executive Producer Bucky Doren. “Getting a victory means more than a checkered flag in IMCA and this is one of many reasons why.” “This is a great program that highlights the IMCA.TV platform and continues to drive viewership,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “With the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s on the horizon we want to help make sure the families and friends of drivers attending can watch their events from home, no matter where that may be.”
After wrecking his ride, Robbie bought a new car from Curt Martin and picked it up in Independence on July 4. That brought Team Jorgensen back up to its full complement of four cars but still just three trailers. HARLAN, Iowa – When the checkers flew at the conclusion of the June 20 IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature at Shelby County Speedway, the happiest driver in the race was probably the guy who finished ninth. Veteran Dave Jorgensen of Elkhorn, Neb., turned laps with grandsons Robbie and A.J. for just the second time this season that evening – a third racing grandson, Jakes, was on a fishing trip that Father’s Day weekend – and there were smiles all around before and after the show. “Racing binds us together. I get to see them more so it’s time well spent,” said Jorgensen. ”When I’m 75 or 80 it will be fun to look back, and I’m sure they’ll feel the same way.” “There are times you want to give them extra room but I try to race them like I would anyone else,” Jorgensen said. I’m tickled to death if they pass me and it makes me feel good if I can pass them.” Dave Jorgensen was joined by grandsons Robbie (left) and A.J. in the June 20 IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature field at Shelby County Speedway. (Photo courtesy of Dave Jorgensen) Jorgensen’s son Dave Jr. retired after winning a track championship of his own and now serves as crew chief for his dad and boys. Robbie started racing in 2014 and was joined by A.J. in 2015 and Jake in 2019. “We had all four cars on the track for the Tiny Lund last fall,” Jorgensen said. “We’ll try to get a couple more nights where there are three or four of us racing yet this season.”
Lowell Thomas Cooper Jr., age 50, of Rushville, Indiana died Sunday evening December 23, 2018 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born February 5, 1968 in Connersville, Indiana he was the son of the late Lowell Thomas Cooper Sr. & Judith Gail (Cummins) Cooper.Survivors include five children, Lowell Thomas Allen of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, Latosha Allen of Brookville, Indiana, Tiffany Allen of Ohio, Travis Allen of Brookville, Indiana Carolyn Cooper of Shelbyville, Indiana, and a step-daughter, Ashley Souders of Shelbyville, Indiana; three sisters, Wilma Rapp of Rushville, Indiana, Loretta Cooper of Brookville, Indiana, and Wanetta Cooper of Milford, Ohio; a brother, Phillip Cooper of Lawrenceburg, Indiana and a half-brother, Greg Parrett of Brookville, Indiana.Family & friends may visit from 12:00 Noon until 1:00 P.M. on Friday, December 28, 2018 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Mike Horning will officiate the Funeral Services on Friday, December 28, 2018, 1:00 P.M. at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Big Cedar Cemetery in Brookville.The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Cooper family, to sign the online guest book or send a personal condolence please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .
Monroe County, In. — See bald eagles in the wild during a driving tour at Monroe Lake Saturday, Jan. 26.The tour is self-guided and runs from 1 to 3 p.m. It will have six outdoor shoreline stops, each staffed by experienced birders who will assist attendees in viewing eagles and other birds through spotting scopes.Tour attendees can also get an up-close look at a bald eagle and several other raptors at a bonus indoor tour stop featuring live education birds from Hardy Lake.Advance registration is $5 for adults ($3 for children) and is available through Jan. 24 by calling 812-837-9546 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.Walk-up registration is $7 for adults ($4 for children) at the Paynetown Activity Center on Jan. 26 beginning at 12:30 p.m.All attendees must check in at the Paynetown Activity Center to pick up a tour map and get their event badges, which must be worn in a visible location while visiting tour stops.The Paynetown Activity Center is located next to the swimming beach inside Paynetown State Recreation Area, 4850 S. State Road 446, Bloomington. Admission to Paynetown SRA is free during the winter months.Complimentary cocoa and cookies will be available for tour attendees at the Paynetown Activity Center; attendees are encouraged to bring their own travel mug. There will also be eagle crafts to make, bird checklists, and lake maps.The Fourwinds Lakeside Inn, located on the other side of Monroe Lake at Fairfax SRA, is offering a special lodging rate of $69 per night for a lake-view room on the nights of Jan. 25 and 26. Rooms must be reserved by Jan. 19 at 812-824-2628 and you must specify that you plan to attend the eagle tour.Fourwinds guests can receive a “buy 1 get 1 free” discount on walk-up registration for the Bald Eagle Driving Tour by showing their hotel receipt/confirmation (for the night of Jan. 25 and/or 26) at the Paynetown Activity Center.
Della R. Hodges, age 87 of Oldenburg, died Thursday, May 9, 2019 at her home. Born November 15, 1931 in Cincinnati, she is the daughter of Ruth (Nee: Beaudry) and Earl Kennedy. She married Robert Hodges June 24, 1950 in Cincinnati and he preceded her in death July 21, 1999. Della was very devout and spent much of her time in prayer.She is survived by her daughters Karen Nance of Oldenburg, Kathleen Meer of Cincinnati; sons Michael Hodges of Cincinnati, Fr. Jonathan Stewart of Oldenburg; sister Audrey Lipps of Cincinnati; nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by her son Robert Hodges and brother Phillip Kennedy.Visitation will be Wednesday, May 15th, from 10 a.m. until Noon at the Weigel Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held immediately following visitation at St. Anne’s Cemetery in Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.