The history of the division long ago known as the IMCA big cars continues this weekend at Eagle Raceway, with the second annual Sprint Car Super Nationals.
The first IMCA events were held at county and state fairgrounds tracks in 1915. Under the hood horsepower steadily replaced horse racing at venues across the country and many IMCA Sprint Car hotshoes became household names before World War II intervened.
Racing resumed in 1946 and so did the popularity of IMCA and its drivers. The likes of Bobby Grim, Emory Collins, Deb Snyder, and Pete Folse thrilled fans from coast to coast, each winning more than 100 sanctioned features over the course of their stories careers.
Hard times came to the division in the 1970s as a lingering recession and the gas crisis combined to idle IMCA and its Sprint Car class.
Fast forward to 1989 and IMCA brought the winged cars back to weekly race programs and to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s program at Boone, Iowa, Speedway.
Car count numbers this weekend are likely an all-time event record for IMCA Sprint Cars and are direct results of the boost received by division in the partnership since last season with French Grimes and RaceSaver, division title sponsor Eagle Motorsports of Lincoln and promoter Roger Hadan, his wife Michelle and the talented crew at Eagle Raceway.
Eagle became the first track in Nebraska to sanction the IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars and ended a banner 2013 season with the inaugural Sprint Car Super Nationals. That event brought more than 50 teams from nine states to Eagle. This year’s event has drivers coming from 10 states and 1 from Australia.
IMCA sponsors giving contingency awards at the 2014 Sprint Car Super Nationals include:
Competition Products of Oshkosh, Wis., will award a complete Chevy small block cast iron head improvement kit to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
Day Motor Sports of Tyler, Texas, will award a $50 gift card to each Sprint Car heat race winner.
Design 500 Racewear of Seattle, Wash., will award a $150 product certificate to the fifth place finisher in the Sprint Car “A” feature; a $100 product certificate to the 10th place finisher in the Sprint Car “A” feature; a $50 product certificate to the 15th place finisher in the Sprint Car “A” feature; and a $300 product certificate to a random female participant during the Sprint Car Super Nationals.
Howards Cams of Oshkosh, Wis., will award a set of 16 pushrods with pushrod length checker to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
Intercomp of Minneapolis, Minn., will award a digital angle gauge to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
Jaz Products of Santa Paula, Calif., will award a $100 product certificate to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
KSE Racing Products of White House, Tenn., will award a power steering pump to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
Moroso of Guilford, Conn., will award a set of plug wires to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
Smiley’s Racing Products of Mesquite, Texas, will award a $100 gift card to the hard charger in the Sprint Car “A” feature.
Summit Racing Equipment of Tallmadge, Ohio, will award a $50 gift card to top 10 finishers in Saturday’s “A” feature.
Velocita of Clemmons, N.C., will award a custom single layer firesuit to the champion of the Sprint Car “A” feature.
-Bill Martin, IMCA