All five weekly classes to be sanctioned by IMCA, raceceivers to be used in 2012
Raceivers to be used next year as well
DONNELLSON, Iowa (Oct. 21, 2011) – Lee County Speedway will continue its long standing connection with IMCA under new owners Dave and Yvonne Sapp, and with that the track announces today that all five classes will be IMCA sanctioned in 2012.
This announcement means some changes will be coming to two of the classes at the 3/8th mile oval.
Of course the other three classes will remain the same, as IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars and IMCA Sport Mods are all scheduled return to the track for the 2012 season.
Terry Hoenig, the previous owner of the track, announced early this year that the Hobby Stock class would change to IMCA Hobby Stocks. The new ownership team will follow through with those plans.
The IMCA Hobby Stock class offers a less expensive alternative for weekly racers in what is supposed to be a beginner level class, according to promoter Dewain Hulett.
“With the lower cost options available for the power plant, we feel that this move will make the class more appealing to racers who are looking to move up from a lower division or wanting to get their start in dirt track racing, “ Hulett said. “IMCA does a very good job of offering a thorough set of rules, that are very cut and dry, which will allow us to keep very good control of the class.
“Having said that, we have already spoken to IMCA and will be able to have some sort of a transition year for our drivers who already have cars that are legal with the track’s previous rules,” he added. “That transition period will not pertain to numerous parts on the car, such as the engine or transmission, but we hope to be able to allow floater rearends for at least one year.”
It should be noted, however, that those allowances will only be available at Lee County Speedway, the cars taking advantage of the transition period will not be allowed to run at any other track with IMCA rules unless they become completely IMCA legal.
More information and the exact items that may be involved in the transition period will be finalized after communication with IMCA officials and will be released as soon as possible.
IMCA Sport Compacts coming to LCS
The second class to make the switch to IMCA will be the 4-cylinder Wild Things.
While we understand that the switch may change the availability of few cars, we feel the solid rule book offered by IMCA will make the class much more competitive and easier to control.
Both of these decisions were made with the betterment of the track in mind.
“I know Terry had announced that the Hobby Stocks would make the move, and being close to the situation throughout the summer I just felt this was the best thing to do,” Hulett said. “I know several of our current Hobby Stock drivers are planning on the move to IMCA Stock Car, and because of that we were going to rely on new drivers and cars.
“This makes the entry expense much less for those new drivers, and allows more of a true stepping stone for drivers to move to other classes,” he added.
In 2012, raceceivers will also be used for the first time at Lee County Speedway in all classes. Watch the website and future releases for more information. We will get information on locations to purchase the receivers.