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
“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
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
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
A-Mod must have IMCA rear spoiler size.
A-Mod in the claimer motor has to run a 7800 rpm chip.
A-Mod must run the IMCA Hoosiers on at least the rear of the
B-Mod must have IMCA rear spoiler size.
B-Mod must run the IMCA Hoosiers on at least the rear of the
“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
Additional benefits of sanctioning with IMCA, Nathe noted,
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
*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