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IMCA MODIFIEDS, NORTHERN SPORTMODS NEW AT BUFFALO RIVER RACE PARK IN 2014 GLYNDON, MINN. – 

Both IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods will join Sunday night programs at Buffalo River Race Park in 2014.   

Opening night is set for May 11 with the final night of racing on Sept. 21.   


“We needed to make a change. We needed to find a sanctioning body with better cost control methods,” explained Kevin Nathe, who has promoted the 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt track for seven years and the adjacent motocross track for 15 years. 


“A little bit of everything went into our decision to sanction with IMCA, from the crate engine to the point structure and the tires.” 
“We have a lot of good ‘B’ Mod guys looking to go with a Modified now that it’s affordable,” he added. 
“They haven’t been able to do that before and we needed to find a way to help them do it.” 


Nathe also cited insurance benefits that accompany IMCA membership as well as point fund shares in his decision to switch sanctions. With added local contributions, Modified drivers will run for shares of a $7,000-plus point fund next season. 


The Northern SportMod point fund will be in excess of $3,500.

 
“We may also sanction our 4-cylinder class with IMCA next season,” said Nathe. 

“The rules for our Hornets and the Mach-1 Sport Compacts are already very close.”   

Buffalo River previously sanctioned its Modified and ‘B’ Modified divisions with WISSOTA. Other regular weekly classes will include the Wissota Mod-4’s, INEX Legends, Pure Stocks and Hornets.   

IMCA Modified points earned at Buffalo River will apply toward Belleville Motorsports North Central Region standings.   

Located three miles east of Glyndon, Buffalo River Race Park is also home to the March 7-8 ISOC Nationals, a nationally televised snow cross event, and has indoor seating for 400 VIP spectators, plus private suites, above the grandstands.   

Transition rules will be in place as Buffalo River makes the switch to IMCA. The first year transition rules will be:
  1. A-Mod must have IMCA rear spoiler size.
  2. A-Mod in the claimer motor has to run a 7800 rpm chip.
  3. A-Mod must run the IMCA Hoosiers on at least the rear of the car.
  4. B-Mod must have IMCA rear spoiler size.

B-Mod must run the IMCA Hoosiers on at least the rear of the car.   

“This is a great addition for IMCA,” said Jim Stannard, director of track relations for the sanctioning body. “Any time we can add a facility like this is an outstanding opportunity for our drivers.” 
Additional benefits of sanctioning with IMCA, Nathe noted, include:

  • Licensed drivers can compete at any sanctioned track, using the same set of cost-effective rules, most of the calendar year and at prestigious events such as the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and the Harris Clash at Knoxville Raceway, among other higher paying specials and special series races.
  • National, regional and local track point funds and contingency awards. 
    *Rule changes and clarifications are made by a committee that understands what effects changes have for drivers, promoters and fans; changes are minimal and all rules are announced in timely fashion so drivers can start work on next year’s car.
  • The crate engine option in most divisions, including the Modifieds and SportMods.
  • The point invert for feature lineups.

Benefits of the IMCA Modified include limited shocks, limited rear suspension and rev limited engines.

“Racers can move up to the Modified without breaking the bank and be competitive,” said Nathe. Northern SportMod benefits include limited headers, springs on top of the rear housing, a solid pull bar, mini spools and no gun-drilled axles, a minimum car weight of 2,500 pounds and a 5-inch spoiler that adds downforce, requiring less rear percentage. 

And along with simple rules and providing an entry level of competition, the Sport Compacts boast national and track point funds, as well as the Tuesday night spotlight at Super Nationals.