Crawford County Adds Weekly Sprints


DENISON, Iowa — IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars will join the weekly shows this season at Crawford County Speedway.

The sprints make their debut at Denison during the Deery Brothers Summer Series program on April 5 and will be part of regular Friday races from May 2 through Aug. 22.

The five other sanctioned divisions —  IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, race one week longer that the sprints, with their season championship night on Aug. 29.

“We were looking for a division that complemented the rest of our regular classes and the sprint cars do that,” explained Kay Schurke, race director. “This is one way we can expand our fan base. We have a lot of people in the area who like sprint car racing and I know drivers in the other classes like watching them, too.”

Schurke anticipates sharing sprint car drivers with Eagle (Neb.) Raceway, a Saturday night venue some two hours to the west.
Eagle Promoter Roger Hadan has already met with Crawford County Speedway officials to discuss the new division and has talked to his local drivers about racing at Denison.

Sprints are also part of the July 3 card at Denison. Their point season ends a week earlier than the other IMCA divisions because of the Aug. 29-31 Sprint Car Super Nationals at Eagle.

RaceSaver Sprint Car drivers are required to use individually measured, stamped and registered cylinder heads.

Crawford County Speedway is the second track in the state to add the division to weekly shows this season. The Iowa State Fairgrounds Speedway in Des Moines announced plans to do so last fall.