DUBUQUE, Iowa – The seventh Hawkeye Dirt Tour event of the season takes touring Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds to Dubuque Speedway for the first time Tuesday night.The July 26 feature pays $1,200 to win, a minimum of $150 to start and is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Spectator admission is free with paid admission ($10 for adults) to the Dubuque County Fair. The grandstand is open all day and pit gates open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m.Pit passes are $30.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, BMS North Central Region, Allstar Performance State and special series points, but no local track points will be awarded. Also running are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for national and state points only.Chris Abelson’s runner-up finish in last Thursday’s series feature at Knoxville put him back on top of the tour point standings. Two-time feature winner Joel Rust is second.More information about the HDT show at Dubuque is available by calling 563 588-1406 and at the www.dbqfair.com website. The event will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.Both the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour are at Cedar County Raceway in Tipton for a Tuesday, Aug. 2 twinbill.Hawkeye Dirt Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 203; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 190; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 186; 4. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 185; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center, 177; 6. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 162; 7. Mark Elliott, Webster City, 125; 8. Brian Irvine, Oelwein, 118; 9. David Brown, Kellogg, 117; 10. Jacob Murray, Hartford, 114; 11. Kurt Kile, Nichols, 98; 12. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 94; 13. Mike Van Genderen, Newton, 91; 14. Todd Shute, Des Moines, 90; 15. Shane DeMey, Denison, 80; 16. Dakota Hayden, Wilton, 78; 17. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, and Ryan Maitland, Waterloo, both 77; 19. Jeremy Mills, Garner, and Nick Roberts, LaCrosse, Wis., both 76.
By Jack WalbringQUINCY, Ill (Aug. 10) – Brandon Savage, Tony Dunker and Austen Becerra all took feature event wins on Sunday at Quincy Raceway during Gardner Denver Employee Night at the Races.Four cars diced and sliced for the lead spot throughout Powder Coat Plus IMCA Stock Car feature. Brandon Savage won followed by Abe Huls, Terry Houston, Beau Taylor and Nathan Hayes. Tony Dunker may have won the Summy Tire and Auto Center IMCA Northern SportMod main event but it wasn’t until a late race restart that Dunker even pulled into contention for the lead. Dunker deftly moved through three competitors in turn one of a lap 16 restart to challenge Jim Gillenwater for the lead. Gillenwater was unable to hold back Dunker and had to settle for the second spot followed by Tanner Klingele, Brad Holtmeyer and Bobby Anders Jr. Austen Becerra took the win in the IMCA Sport Compact feature event, his 10th in 13 starts at Quincy. Brandon Lambert settled for the second spot followed by Sieth Woodruff, Kimberly Abbott and Casey Lambert.
Ted Walsh reports last year’s third Seabass to be bang on course for the John Smith’s Grand National – but with a weight that has the trainer puzzled. Walsh, speaking before seeing the full list of weights, said: “I don’t know how Seabass can get over 11st this year if Tidal Bay is rated 171 and my horse is rated 154. Whatever Phil Smith does, he does, and I can’t change it. You don’t have to be a great mathematician to subtract 54 from 71.” Seabass returned to the racecourse for the first time since his gallant Aintree effort to run a staying-on second over two miles in a hurdle race at Fairyhouse last week. Walsh went on: “Seabass will run somewhere in the next three weeks to a month. There is just over seven weeks to Liverpool so I would like to get a run into him. The Bobbyjo Chase at Naas and the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton are possible targets.” Walsh, who won the National in 2000 with Papillon, said of his other entry Colbert Station: “Like Seabass, Colbert Station will possibly have one more run. I have no idea where as he only recently ran. I would also be looking at running him in three weeks to a month, which will be ideal for the National.” The JP McManus-owned Colbert Station won a valuable handicap chase at Leopardstown over Christmas and followed up over hurdles at Punchestown, ridden on both occasions by Tony McCoy on testing ground. Walsh said: “I wouldn’t be worried about the ground for Colbert Station as it is never anything worse than good jumping ground at Aintree. He has 10st 6lb in the Racing Plus Chase at Kempton and is 3lb higher in England than he is in Ireland, which makes him worse off with Seabass in England.” Seabass was ridden by Walsh’s daughter Katie last year, when she achieved the highest finishing place yet by a lady rider in the National. His son Ruby would appear to have a number of choices, while McCoy is retained rider for McManus. Press Association Seabass is among a strong Irish entry of 31 for the Aintree spectacular on April 6 and has been set to carry 11st 2lb in the weights published today, with Lexus Chase hero Tidal Bay on top with 11st 10lb. Tidal Bay has an official BHA handicap mark of 171, but has been rated as though he is 162 in the Grand National, for which weights compiler Phil Smith has discretion.