For 21 years, the IMCA Super Nationals held every year in early September at Boone, Iowa, included a sprint car division. That ended in 2009.
Now the IMCA sprint cars have a new home for its national event. On Saturday and Sunday, as many as 60 sprint cars from as far away as Virginia, North Carolina and Texas will descend on Eagle Raceway for the renewal of the One-Third Mile Nationals, an area classic.
This version will be called the One-Third Mile IMCA Sprint Super Nationals. The Sunday feature event will pay $2,000 to win and $1,000 to start. On hand for the event will be French Grimes, the father of the RaceSaver Engines that are used by IMCA. Grimes will be helping out in the tech area.
The original One-Third Mile Nationals originated in 1968 when then-Eagle Raceway owner and promoter Harvey Kropp wanted a big year-end event. The first winner was the “original outlaw” Gordon Woolley of Waco, Texas. That tradition carried on into the mid-1970s before fading from the scene.
With more than 60 sprint cars pre-registered, Eagle Raceway promoter Roger Hadan is excited about the possibilities. “It looks to be a deal that we can continue to grow,” said Hadan.
Sports cars galore at Lincoln Air Park
The Lincoln Air Park will be a busy place for the next eight days as hundreds of sports cars invade the tarmac. Starting on Friday, the Pro Solo competitors will be checking in for their event taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Then on Monday, the Solo National competitors check in and get ready for action from Tuesday through Friday.
Solo has been described as two parts autocross and one part drag racing. In Pro Solo, drivers face off side by side at a drag racing “Christmas tree” start before launching themselves down a course that is laid out with traffic pylons. During their runs, drivers are asked to make from 20 to 30 maneuvers, including slaloms, sweepers, straights, offset gates, increasing- and decreasing-radius turns and more. Hit a pylon and it’s a 2-second penalty.
About 300 competitors from across the United States and Canada are expected for the Pro Solo Nationals, while as many as 1,300 competitors should be on hand for the Solo Nationals. Competitors get at least three chances to run the course. The driver with the lowest combined times in each class is declared national champion.
IMCA Super Nationals begins Monday
When the IMCA Sprint Car Super Nationals end on Sunday night at Eagle Raceway, action will move to Boone Speedway in Boone, Iowa, for “America’s Racing Vacation” — the IMCA Super Nationals. If you want to see lots of cars and lots of races, Boone is the place to be from Monday through Sept. 7.