IMCA Old Timers was formed to promote and preserve I.M.C.A. (International Motor Contest Association) history, including the preservation and excellent restoration of former I.M.C.A. race cars; to maintain records and documents of I.M.C.A. history; recognition of former drivers, owners, mechanics and others involved in I.M.C.A. history; and provide an opportunity for the social and technical interchange of members interested in auto racing history.
APRIL 26, 2015 IMCA OLD TIMERS 9th ANNUAL SWAP MEET, MANHEIN NORTHSTAR AUTO
AUCTION SHAKOPEE, MN
THERE WAS A GOOD TURN OUT FOR THE MARCH 22 IMCA OLD TIMERS MEETING IN SAVAGE MN.
AS SOON AS I HAVE THE MINUTES THEY WILL BE POSTED.
ONE THING BROUGHT UP WAS THE MEETING ON MARCH 14 IN BLACK RIVER FALLS WI. SOUNDS LIKE THE WISCONSIN GROUP WANTS TO BE ON THERE OWN AND NOT BE INVOLVED WITH THE IMCA OLD TIMERS NAME OR GROUP.
APPARENTLY, THEY WILL HAVE NO DUES, NO CLUB NAME, AND WILL BE RACING WITH THE TUNDRA SERIES.
WE WISH THEM WELL.
Meeting Minutes From 3-14-15
HO CHUNK CASINO
BLACK RIVER FALLS WI
Had a very good turn out and feel that we got a lot accomplished. Matt Ramer from Vintage Racing of Illinois was on hand as well as Frank Kreyer and Drew Kreibach from the Tundra series. Below are some things we agreed to and discussions on our schedule.
I will continue to be the point man until we find someone who wants to lead our group. We agreed to basically govern ourselves for the time being and keep moving things forward as we have been of late.
We have also agreed to not race under any name or sanctions for this year, with no dues necessary. Tom Collins made a suggestion that we call ourselves WVSA or Wisconsin Vintage Racing Association. Tom has made up some decals and we can put them on our cars for now if we want. We can get with Tom on this later in the season.
We have agreed to stay with the 3000# weight rule for our cars/drivers, top three cars of feature event will be weighed at all Tundra Series races. VRI may also require winners to scale, not sure on this but Matt Ramer will control this.
It was suggested that all drivers should get a Hans Device or similar but is not mandatory at this time. Vince Haywood has a few devices if someone wants to try one of his units.
Also new to the Club is Roger Stanczyk who will help us tech our cars. I will send out a tech sheet that we can follow and it is everyones personal responsibility to have their own cars teched before racing begins. Roger has been around racing for many years and knows his way around the cars, so please work with him.
Reminder to all to build their own portfolio sheet ahead of the racing season. You can send these by email to myself or to Drew Kreibich at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, I would suggest you make copies in case we have other events these can be handed out at the pit gates. This is your chance to recognize sponsors and tell your story.
It was also agreed that in order to receive any sponsor money for the Tundra events we need to preregister a week in advance by e-mailing me a message that you will be attending. Hopefully guys, this will be a tool to improve on our car count. As we discussed we are in a test year with Tundra and promoters. If we get the cars, Tundra will work with us more in the future.
Jerry Schnerder has a sponsor for our first WIR event.
Jerry Allsworth's Camaro is for sale - $4500 turn key. Along this line it was noted that there are many of these vintage cars just sitting around. We need to get to these folks and communicate our clubs events . Don't be afraid to share are minutes with these folks.
At the Tundra races we agreed to have some cars at the spectator entrance gates to hand out our hero cards and help communicate our history. We will do this at each Tundra event and we will work with Drew Kreibich and select different cars at each event. Time will be allotted so we don't miss practice.
Also it was discussed that at the different tracks we will have the home track drivers carry the American flag so that everyone gets to display their car throughout the year at least once.
For all Tundra events we will have a (1) lap qualifying lap. If Tundra is behind their schedule, they probably will cancel our lap. Remember guys, this is a time for the announcer to recognize to the spectators who you are, history and sponsors.
Race Car Parts Auction at the Slinger Bowling Alley on April 18th starting 9AM.
Schedule as of 3-14-15
May 9th W.I.R. Tundra Event, Afternoon, Jerry Schnerder has a sponsor preregistration required had 12 folks committed, and 3 maybe's.
May22nd Madison VRI night race. No registration required, had 9 committed.
June 7th or 14th Slinger event maybe, all details are not worked out?? Our deal would be 2 free pit passes and $100.00 per car. I need you guys to get back with me on what date works the best and I need commitments on who would attend. If we don't get at least 10 to 12 cars this will not happen.
June 19th Grundy Cty, Ill. VRI night event. No preregistration required.
June 20th Jefferson Tundra Night Event, This race may or may not happen?? Frank Kreyer will get back to me soon. Rod Schutte has a sponsor and preregistration will be required. Reminder reason this event is up in the air is because poor turnout of vintage cars last year. Let's prove ourselves we had 11 committed just at meeting for this race.
July 3rd Lacrosse Tundra Night Event, we had 13 committed, preregistration required, Ken Huchins and Ken Lewis are working on sponsorship for this race. Guys please communicate with me when you have something locked in on sponsor.
July 18th Dells Motor Speedway Tundra night event, preregistration required, we had 10 commitments, Vince Heywood is the contact this will be a 2 pit pass and a $100.00 to start the feature race for this event.
August 1 Dells Motor Speedway VRI night event, no preregistration required, 2 pit passes and $100.00 to start feature.
Sept. 7th Golden Sands Tundra afternoon event, preregistration required, we had 9 commitments, Royce & Rex has sponsors lined up.
Sept. 26th Marshfield. Open event, Rex will follow up with Wayne Brevak, currently no pay being offered just 2 pit passes. This event will most likely not happen if we don't get pay or sponsor. More to come on this.
October 3rd Rockford VRI afternoon event, no preregistration required.
October 11th Lacrosse Oktoberfest open event. I believe 2 pit passes and $50.00, Ken Hutchins will be our contact.
The 9 th Annual Racers Swap Meet is April 26that the Manheim Northstar Minnesota Auction Parking lot located in Shakopee MN on Highway 101, across from Valley Fair. Gates open 8-2.
Vintage Racing Series will be following the T.U.N.D.R.A Late Model Series with their first race May 9th at Kaukana, WI.
We'll have more info on that after our meeting in March.
The IMCA Oldtimers picnic will be at Cedar Lake Speedway on August 8th, the same day as the USAC Sprint cars, woohoo
I imagine you've heard about it, after our meeting on March 22, there will be a group of old sprint car drivers(Sprint car 101)
Having a meeting at 2 pm in the Dan Patch American Legion Post in Savage
Paul Dophly IMCA President
From Rex Roisier
Guys here is our list of races we can go to not sure we can make all of them but we will discuss at the March 14 meeting in Black River Falls Wi Ho Chunk Casino.
1. May 9th KK Tundra.
2. May 22nd Madison Friday Night, VRI race.
3. June 9th Milwaukee, Oval Car Club??
4. June 19th Grundy Cty, Ill. VRI Event?
5. June 20th Jefferson Speedway, Tundra.
6. July 3rd Lacrosse Speedway, Tundra.
7. July 18th Dells Motor Speedway, Tundra.
8. August 1 Dells Motor speedway, VRI.
9. Sept. 7th Golden Sands, Tundra.
10. October 3rd Rockford Speedway, VRI.
11. October 11th Lacrosse Speedway, OctoberFest.
MARCH 14 2015
IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES MEETING
12 NOON TO 3PM
HO CHUNK CASINO, BLACK RIVER FALLS WI
CONTACT REX ROISIER 715-570-0277
Meeting Minutes – 1/17/15
In Attendance: Ken Hutchens, Paul Dophy, Rod Schuette, Vince Haywood, Chris Brooks (Tundra), Drew Kreibich (Tundra), Jim Olsen, Ken Lewis, Charlie Schwoch, Royce Rossier, Rick Rossier, Rex Rossier
SPECIAL NOTE: There is $19.00 left from passing the hat to cover the $55.00 meeting room fee
Made introductions and found out we have approximately 10 commitments for the May 9th race at Kaukauna. This included Darrell Paasch and Jerry Schneider who were absent from the meeting.
May 9th will be our first race with Tundra and is the only race scheduled so far. We will need to have at least (12) cars to move forward with Tundra.
Did a complete update on V.R.I. Series with Matt Rymer taking over for Art. Most of their shows are on dirt and it looks like as of now, there will be only two events that we might be able to compete with them. Possibly June 12th at Grundy, and August 1st at the Dells. But, we are scheduled the same day with Tundra Series at Wausau if things move forward.
Major discussion with us and Tundra joining together
Currently (4) free pit passes
No payout at this time, but if we prove ourselves, there are possibilities in the future
We need to provide cars and (1) go-to-person to help with communications
We get to be part of a series/group/etc.
We get more recognition
If we want, we could be part of their banquet
There was talk about us coming up with a small membership fee for awards at the banquet
Tundra wants us to be more of a part of their show by displaying our cars to the fans, hero cards, etc. Bring back the history with our cars.
Tundra wants us at all of their events, but we need (12) cars minimum to move relations forward.
Currently we have no leader or point person
IMCA will not pay for Tech Person at this time
IMCA will not support trophies for each event
Discussion on what our yearly membership is doing for the guys racing
Paul Dophy will be going to the IMCA board meeting on 1/18/15 and will come back with more info on IMCA
Discussed getting sponsors for each event to help us with tow money. The following is a list of who will be in charge for each event to take lead on getting sponsors:
May 9th Kaukauna -- Jerry Schneider
June 20th Jefferson -- Rod Schuette (he is pretty sure he has a person lined up)
July 3rd LaCrosse -- Ken Hutchins
July 18th Dells -- Vince Haywood
August 1st Wausau -- ??
September 7th Golden Sands – Rex Rossier & Royce Rossier
It was also discussed that in order to get any sponsor tow money; we would have to pre-register for each event. This is a good idea to help further control car count.
Went around the room in open format to discuss any issues
It was felt that everyone needs to do a better job in stepping up so the series doesn’t fold
Some folks felt that the ARCA/NASCAR cars are still not a good fit for our series. Currently we only have (1) of these cars that is ready to compete May 9th.
It is important for the club to get a go-to-person set up no matter what series we run.
More discussion needs to happen on the whole IMCA deal. Currently Tundra is offering us to become more of an identity. Some feel that Wisconsin should be a separate club.
Most members in attendance thought it was a very good thing for us to align with Tundra
Discussed left side / right side weight rule for all cars. 1380.00 right side rule minimum would probably be used if agreed upon.
NEXT MEETING TENTATIVELY SET UP FOR MARCH 14, 2015.
Marge Elftmann has finished her second book on Raceway Park Shakopee MN.
It took two volumnes to put all the information together.
There is lots of reading and tons of pictures. Will bring back a lot of fun memories. The printing was done at Steves Copy Shop in Arlington, MN.
Marge picked up the first bunch today and dropped the FIRST copy of the book to me at Liberty Station in Arlington. I made her sign my book and took her picture. She will be a Turttles Bar & Grill in Shakopee, Saturday Dec 13, 2014, from 2 to 4 pm selling and signing her book.
Raceway Park closed it's doors after the 2013 season.
I believe she is also taking orders for her first book that starts at the track opening.
IMCA VINTAGE RACING SERIES
There was a 2015 planning meeting held
November 15, 2014 Noon to 3pm at,
Ho Chunk Casino, Black River Falls, WI.
by Jim Heiland
There were ovr 26 people attending the meeting. Our thanks to Ken Lewis and Kenny Hutchens for there part in planning the meeting.
Several topics were discussed at length. one was the miniumn age of a vintage racer, the majority vote was miniumn age of 30.
Discussion on chassis and bodies took some time. I believe the rules remained the same, however it was agreed that we use our heads. One person should not win all the races, if winning races is your goal, you belong in another series.
Kevin Owens talked to the group about being part of the Tundra Racing Series.
The Tundra Series is planning on 6 races in Wisconsin for the 2015 season.
The group seemed excited about the posibility of being part of the series.
We talked about getting more racers involved. sounds like there are some new cars being built and old ones coming out of the weeds.
We need to find a series sponsor or a sponsor for each event. Rex Roiser said he would find a sponsor for one of the events.
As more details become available we will have them on the website.
contact ken Hutchens 715-299-3024
TAKE A LOOK AT THE 2015 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
see FOR SALE / WANTED FOR NEW ITEMS
OCTOBERFEST LAcROSSE WI OCTOBER 5, 2014
By Kenny Hutchens
Oktoberfest 2014 at the Lacrosse Speedway is in the books and the IMCA VIntage Group once again was invited to participate. The vintage cars took to the track Sunday,Oct. 5th..right after the autograph session, first for practice, then the heat races. We had 14 cars in the pits,making for 2 heat races. The first heat was won by Tim Schuette in a '66 Ford,tribute car to Fred Lorenzen. The 2nd heat was won by Rex Rossier in a Camaro. Feature time rolled around the vintage cars put on a great race, won by John Gilbertson in a Javelin, followed by Rex Rossier and then Ken Hutchens in his '87 Monte Carlo, tribute car to Harry Gant. Royce Rossier took 4th in his Nova, then TIm Schuette in his '66 Ford. Lots of diversity in the vintage cars, everything from a '53 Ford to short track cars of the 80's and everything in between.
(pictures coming soon)
CEDAR LAKE SPEEDWAY
Here are 3 letters from club President Paul Dolphy that got lost in my email
Letter to IMCA Oldtimers Member
It's almost June and our first three events are behind us. The Weather for our Swap Meet was less than ideal, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been, thanks to all who attended and helped. Our first exhibition race of the season at Elko Speedway on Saturday found the weather to be almost perfect for a night at the races. My wife and I had a great time. Thank You to all the members who came out to race, take pictures, tech cars and do line ups and support our club. Congrats to Bob Heine and Greg Gennertz for a super close finish, what a good show. As for the pit pass problems, they have the only game in town, so if you chose to not come out because of that, than don't complain, you chose to let your car collect dust.
Our second exhibition race of this year was at Golden Sands Speedway for the "Dick Trickle Memorial Fund Race" on Monday. The day started out a little damp, but turned out perfect in Plover. I've heard what a nice facility Darrel has out there and I couldn't agree more. The officials gave us practice, hot laps, time trials, heat race and feature. For me it was a lot of laps with a 45 year old tight race car, but I still had fun and drove it back on the trailer and that makes it a good night of racing. Congratulations to Rex " The Stockton Rocket"Rossier , for a close race with his brother Royce. Bob Heine and Rodney Schuette had a good battle and along came me.
I am looking forward to Milwaukee Mile and Slinger next on the Schedule, Hoping to see a lot better turn out at these events.
Don't forget our Big Event on July 19th at Cedar Lake Speedway, picnic starts at noon. I am looking forward to seeing you all there and hearing some more racers stories, sure heard a lot this past weekend.
Milwaukee Mile June 7, 2014
by Paul Dolphy
Thanks go out to Steve and all the folks at ARCAFEST. The weather was great, we had all the practice times we needed and a 20 lap feature on Saturday afternoon. We had a total of 13 Vintage cars show up, unfortunately 2 of the cars had terminal engine failures on Friday.
We started 11 cars strong for the feature, Tom Collins Camaro had transmission troubles, Butch Mierendorfs engine blew up, Rod Schuette had an oil pressure light come on early and Royce Rossier pulled in with 5 to go because of oil pressure issues. (Better to be Safe than Sorry)
With 6 laps to go Rex Rossier in the # 21 made a run for the lead from Gary Mitidiero in the deuce with Kenny Hutchens #13, Woody Pool in the #02, Dave Gawronski in the #33 Skoal Bandit car, Jim Heiland in the #88 Gatorade car and Paul Dolphy in the #99 Ford Torino, but to no avail as Rex's right front tire got hot and he had to back off. Gary Mitidiero was able to hold off a hard charging Woody Pool for the win.
Finishing Position Car
1. Gary Mitidiero #2 '71 Camaro
2. Woody Pool #02 '70 Torino
3. Rex Rossier #21 '75 Camaro (former Larry Smith car)
4. Ken Hutchens #13 '66 Chevelle (Smokey Yunick Replica)
5. Dave Gawronski #33 Skoal Bandit Monte Carlo ( Ken Hutchens)
6. Jim Heiland #88 Gatorade Malibu (Owned by Ken Hutchens)
7. Paul Dolphy #99 '69 Ford Torino
8. Royce Rossier #4 '70 Nova ... Former Bob Jusola car
9. Butch Mierendorf #12 '99 Gran Prix
10. Tom Collins #8 '81 Camaro Nacho Varella Tribute
11. Rodney Schuette #28 '66 Ford Galaxie ... Fred Lorenzen Tribute
2014 ARCAFEST MILWAULEE MILE
By Jim Heiland
The ARCA Midwest Tour, ARCAFEST at the Milwaukee Mile was held June 6-7-8, 2014.
Our thanks to Steve Einhaus and Time Olson for having the IMCA Vintage Touring Series be part of their event.
The weekend saw 5 different series of cars and trucks compete.
ARCA Midwest Series, Jegs Stock Car Series, Mid-Am Stock Cars, Mid-Am Truck Series and IMCA Vintage. Plus on Saturday there was a Car Show on the infield, Monster Truck Show and a Moto cross event on Saturday.
The weather was just about perfect.It was good to meet up with old and new friends and spend time with them.
IMCA Vintage had 15 paid entries, they were,
#49, Dick Wagner 58 Pontiac Pace Car (origionally raced at the mile in 58 and 58)
#2, Gary Mitidiero Homer Glen IL, 71 Camero.#02 Woody Pool, Tinley Park Il 70 Ford Torino.
#4Royce Rossier Plover WI, 70 Chev Nova,#7 Chuck King#8 Tom Collins, Lake Mills WI, 81 Camero.#12 Butch Mierendorf Waterloo WI,99 Pontiac Grand Prix.#13 Ken Hutchens Black River Falls WI 66 Chev Chevelle.#15 David Logan Kouts IN.69 Chev Nova.
#33 David Gawronski, Reedburg WI88 Chev Monti Carlo.#67 Michael Moore, Valpspsiso IN. 74 Chev Nova.#88 Jim Heiland Arlington, MN 76 Chev Laguna.#99 Paul Dolphy, Mounds View MN69 Ford Torino.
Friday was a pretty busy day with 3 practice sessions.I think we all had enough track time.
Tim Moore and Michael Moore experienced serious mechanical problems on Friday and were unable to race Saturday.
Friday night all classes attended the BUD Pole Party.Lots of Bud Lites.Each series drew for the starting spot for qualifying on Saturday.
Since we did not do qualifying, Royce Rossier and business partner Dan at Midway Machine in Plover WI put up $100 prize money.A number between 2 and 7 was drawn.Number 6 was picked, so the rule was who ever finished in 6th place won the $100.
The race on Saturday was fun.The group stayed together for a while.Caution came out with 17 to go when Butch Mierendorf’s engine let go oiling up turns 1 and 2. After several laps to clean the track, the race was on. It was a 5 car race for awhile then it was a dog fight between Mitidiero, Pool, and Rex Rossier, with Mitidiero winning, Pool 2nd and Rossier 3rd.
After the race we all went to Victory Lane for pictures.Kelly Lynne Peterson looked great and did a wonder job as our trophy presenter.
Also want to thank Scott (Moldy) Moldenhaur for doing tech inspections, Race Directors Brian Dolphy, Chris Heiland, Val Dolphy for help on line ups.Kelly Lynne, trophy girl, Dick Wagner for the pace car, Mid Am Tech person Dan Blood for the use and help on the scales and weigh in.By the way, all cars did pass the 3000 lb weight rule, And after the race the top three cars were weighedOh yes one more thing…..I finished 6th and got the $100, thanks Royce and Dan
Sunday June 8th, 2014 Slinger WI
by Paul Dolphy
Great weather followed us to Slinger Super Speedway, we had 11 vintage cars show up for a wild night of racing. Thanks to Todd and all the folks at the Slinger Super Speedway for allowing us to be a part of their show and Royce and Rex Rossier for setting it up for us. Good Job.
Heat Race was a pretty quick 8 laps and won easily by Pat Echlin.
15 Lap Feature had some bumping and banging that was uncalled for and a close call with the #1 car not going to the Infield with a flat tire, bringing out a caution. The double file restart helped keep things a little closer to the end, with Rex and Jerry working hard to get around Echlin in the 56 car. everyone drove or rolled their cars back on the trailer at the end of the night so I would call that a good night of racing.
Heat Race Results
Position Car # Make Driver
1. 56 '66 Chevelle Pat Echlin
2. 5 '67 Chevelle Pat Healey
3. 28 '69 Chevelle Jerry Schneider
4. 97 '48 Chev FB Vince Heywood
5. 80 '69 Chevelle Bob Heine
6. 21 '75 Camaro Rex Rossier
7. 4 '70 Nova Royce Rossier
8. 99 '69 Ford Torino Paul Dolphy
9. 1 '66 Dodge Coronet Ray Novara
1. 56 '66 Chevelle Pat Echlin
2. 28 '69 Chevelle Jerry Schneider
3. 21 '75 Camaro Rex Rossier
4. 97 '48 Chev Vince Heywood
5. 4 '70 Nova Royce Rossier
6. 99 '69 Torino Paul Dolphy
7. 5 '66 Chevelle Pat Heaney (DNF Rear end)
8. 80 '69 Chevelle Bob Heine (DNF Wall)
9. 1 '66 Coronet Ray Novaro (tire)
ELKO SPEEDWAY WAS MAY 24
There were 5 vintage car for the race at Elko. Winning the long distance award was Rodney Schutte #28 Ford came all the way from Jefferson WI. The feature race was a 4 car battle with Bob heine #81, beating out Greg Gernentz #4 by a whisker. Paul Dolphy's 69 Torino was supporting a new paint job and a new number..#99.
MEMORIAL DAY 2014 AT GOLDEN SANDS
WISCONSIN RAPIDS WI
Early morning rain didn't slow the activities at Golden Sands. The car count was really good for the Super Lates and Tundra Cars.
Vintage cars numbered five. Winning the long distance award was club president Paul Dolphy #99 coming from Mounds View MN.
Rex Rossier got his #21 car out for the first time.
Heat was won by #4 Royce Rossier and the feature by Rex Rossier #21. Both races were fun to watch.
Just a side note. After the races, I counted at one time over 50 people hanging around the vintage cars.
Thanks to Darrell and Shela and the staff at Golden Sands for their hospitality.
SWAP MEET CUT SHORT
WE PUT UP A GOOD FIGHT..BUT
40 DEGREES, THUNDERSTORMS HEAVY RAIN
AT TIMES AND WIND, MOTHER NATURE WON.
CONSIDERING ALL THAT, THERE WAS A PRETTY GOOD TURN OUT AND SWAPPERS DID SELL STUFF.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO HELPED AND TO NORTHSTAR AUTO AUCTION FOR THE USE OF THERE FACILITY
A Letter To The IMCA Old Timers Members
From Our New President Paul Dolphy
January 22, 2014
When I started composing this letter we had a few exciting events coming up, but they've passed by now so I'll have to refer to them in the past tense. 2014 started out with shoveling snow, cold weather and a trip out to Janesville, Wisconsin to participate in the Racers Expo. The IMCA Oldtimers had a booth and a meeting with some of our Vintage Touring Series members from out that way. It was good to see some of those members and welcome some new ones.
This past Sunday, January 19th, we had a Bench Racing/Scrapbook/Memorabilia Meeting with over 20 members showing and sharing their memories. It was hard for me to get to everybody's table but I sure tried and looked at everything I could. During the 3 plus hours every member I looked at was so proud of their collection and the stories that went with them, which is the reason I got involved with this club to begin with. I'm positive WE have to do this again this year because it was so much fun. My wife and I talked about it for several hours after we got home.
Now on to the rest of the year, we are still planning our Racers Swap Meet in April, Milwaukee Mile event is on a June weekend this year, and Cedar Lake Speedway in July, more to come. I'm really looking forward seeing as many of our members out at the track as possible this year.
Thank You to all the Board Members, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretary's, Treasurers, Race Directors and Members who were here before me, I hope I can keep up what you have started and keep the stories, friendships and camaraderie alive
OCTOBERFEST OCTOBER 6
by Ken Hutchens
Oktoberfest vintage racing brought 15 cars to the Lacrosse Fairgrounds Speedway on Oct.6. First heat was won by Ken Lewis of Black River Falls in his '70 Mustang Hooters tribute car to Alan Kulwicki. Second heat was won by Ken Hutchens of Black River Falls....do we see a pattern here? Kenny was driving his '88 Monte Carlo SKoal Bandit tribute car to Harry Gant. The feature was a great race, won by Mike Carlson in an older ARCA Dodge car, looked like something Ray Evernham maybe built. No major crashes and only a couple spins brought out the yellow once and everyone had a great time. IMCA trophy girl Tracey Smith made the trip to help with victory lane procedures.
Raceway Park's last race
was Sept 1. As sort of a last minute deal the IMCA Old Timers had 10 vintage race cars on display behind the grandstand. Ron Olson, #47, 8 time track champion, carried the flag around the track for the last time with Marge Elftmann riding shotgun . He was followed by the vintage cars. Ron also carried the flag on the first race 57 years ago. Ron drove Skip Pollacks vintage 55 Ford Stock car. The races were good, the stands were packed, standing room only. Concession stands ran out of food. felt bad for Jeremy Wolf, on the last lap of the NASCAR Hobby feature, he got upside down on the back stretch and really made a mess out of his #32 car. After all the races were over, many of the fans stayed in there seats, as I was leaving the grandstand, I saw many, many men and women in tears. Thanks to all the Old Timers who brought their car to Raceway to help say good bye
Hats off to ASA Midwest Tour, Steve Einhaus and the entire crew for putting on a great show. We at IMCA Old Timers Vintage Group are greatfull for the chance to be part of the event.
There were 24 vintage cars coming from 4 state to be part of the show. There were quite a cross section of vintage cars, from a 1955 Chev on up. There were several retired Winston Cup and ARCA cars racing with us. We were given 2 practice sessions Monday and Tuesday. The schedule call for one vintage heat race and a vintage feature. After talking to Einhaus, he gave us 2 six lap heats and a 20 lap feature.
With the amount of practice we had, it became pretty clear what the pecking order was. Four drivers got together and made up the line up for the 2 heats. Faster cars in one heat and less faster cars in the other.
First heat, Paul Dolphy #5 Ford lead 2 laps, Heiland #4 lead 4 laps. At the checked flag, #4 won by a bumper, holding off a charge by Craig Olson #11 Ford, 3rd was Dolphy, followed by #88 Dan Navrestad, #16 Alan Kautz, #43 Ron Boutell, 54 Dave Scheiner.
The Faster car heat was very close with #5 Pat Heaney, Chevelle showing the way followed by #2 Gary Mitidiero, #28 Jerry Schnieder, #80 Bob Heine, #13 Ken Hutchins, #90 Dick Karth, and the rest of the field. We were all so involved watching the heats and features, nobody wrote down the finishing order. Before I forget, I want to thank Brian Dophy, Paul's brother for helping out with lining us up and getting to the track on time.
The feature was pretty much an inverted start. Faster cars in the back, make them work for it. There was a caution on about lap 10 when #43 blew his motor. The rest of the race, the #2 #28, #88, #13, #11, #84, #81, #5 put on quite the show. At the finish line it was Gary Mitidiero, Jerry Schneider, Dan Navrestad, Ken Hutchins, Craig Olson, Chuck King, Curt Daughters, Pat Heaney, Bob Heine, Dick Karth, Butch Mierendorf, Jim Heiland, Tim Pasley, Paul Dolphy, Alan Kautz and Ron Boutell. order of finish by numbers,