EUNICE, N.M. – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars get top billing at Cardinal Speedway’s Kelly Sheen Memorial Shootout on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27.Winner’s share of the purse for the ninth annual event has been increased to $3,000. Taking the green in the Stock Car feature pays a minimum of $200.Qualifying is Saturday with 25-lap features on the Sunday program. Bigger paydays have been announced for the other sanctioned divisions as well.IMCA Modifieds now race for $2,000 to win and $150 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier while Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods race for $1,400 to win and $75 to start. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $800 to win and $75 to start.All feature winners receive a 55-gallon drum of fuel in addition to their share of the purse and $100 will be paid to the hard charger in each division. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and New Mexico State points will be awarded.Pit gates open at 3 p.m. Mountain Time Saturday and at 4 p.m. Sunday. The draw closes at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 8 p.m. both days.Spectator admission is $10 and kids six and under get in free. Car and driver is $35 and pit passes are $20.Gates open at 5 p.m. and an open practice runs from 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 25. General admission for that session is free while pit passes are $20. Food and beverages following in the pit area are provided by Kendall’s Kountry Meat Market.More information is available by calling promoter Toby Herring at 575 441-1941.
Ryan McDaniel swept Frontier Days features at Lovelock Speedway, earning $2,000 for IMCA Modified wins on July 27 and 28. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)LOVELOCK, Nev. (July 27-28) – Ryan McDaniel’s first visit to Lovelock Speedway has him looking forward to a return trip to the Nevada speedplant.McDaniel swept Frontier Days IMCA Modified features picking up $2,000 wins Friday and Saturday night.“I had never been to Lovelock before Friday and this was the first time I’d swept weekend shows with big payouts,” the new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier said. “It’s been a long time coming, that’s for sure.”McDaniel won from eighth starting, ahead of James Thibodeaux and Cory Sample, on opening night and from seventh starting, in front of Sample and Joel Myers, on Saturday.A good run on the outside line took him to the front following a restart with seven laps left on Friday. McDaniel then went to the lower groove and used lapped traffic to his advantage in leading to the finish.Rounding out the top five were Robert Miller and Myers.Traffic didn’t do McDaniel any favors while he ran second on Saturday, however, as Sample found the way through quicker and pulled away.A caution erased that big advantage though and McDaniel capitalized, again going to the higher line to pass his way to the front.“My car came in at the better time,” said McDaniel, who weathered a late caution in completing the sweep. “My car was better from laps 15 to 30. It all worked out for me.”Don Childs was fourth and Thibodeaux took fifth.Feature ResultsJuly 27 – 1. Ryan McDaniel; 2. James Thibodeaux; 3. Cory Sample; 4. Robert Miller; 5. Joel Myers; 6. Andy Strait; 7. Alec Childs; 8. Denny Robblee; 9. Jonathon Mitchell; 10. Steven Anderson; 11. J.D. Jurad; 12. Travis White; 13. Kolbie Mace; 14. Tim Lamkey; 15. Randy McDaniel; 16. Ty Gamble; 17. Robbie Conley; 18. Don Childs; 19. Jay Bradley.July 28 – 1. Ryan McDaniel; 2. Sample; 3. Myers; 4. Don Childs; 5. Thibodeaux; 6. Randy McDaniel; 7. White; 8. Strait; 9. Robblee; 10. Alec Childs; 11. Mitchell; 12. Anderson; 13. Jonathan Delavega; 14. Mace; 15. James Riggs; 16. Jurad; 17. Lamkey; 18. Reldon Hatch; 19. Bradley.