The IMCA Wild West Tour is on the grow for the 2020 edition of the series. Just a few months remain until the first green flag flies for the 10th edition of the tour. When the new season opens, it will be in new territory.
IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods make their first-ever tour visit to Arizona with a doubleheader at Yuma’s Cocopah Speedway on April 17-18.
The tour then campaigns a series of five Friday – Saturday doubleheaders. Scheduled dates include May 15-16 at Aztec Speedway (Aztec, New Mexico), June 19-20 at Sweetwater Speedway (Rock Springs, Wyoming), July 17-18 Winnemucca Regional Raceway (Winnemucca, Nevada), August 14-15 at Idaho Falls Raceway (Idaho Falls, Idaho) and Sept. 18-19 at Desert Thunder Raceway (Price, Utah).
“Registrations are already coming in,” reported Tour Director Ken Hansen. “We averaged 75 cars across three divisions this year and hope to have 100 cars next year.”
The Wild West Tour for Modifieds sanctioned events from 2007 to 2014. After a four-year hiatus, the tour returned in 2019 with Stock Cars and Northern SportMods also joining the events.
“Modified car counts were consistent. We averaged around 20 Northern SportMods a night this year, which was very good for the first year they were part of the tour,” Hansen noted. “We had eight different winners in nine Stock Car events in 2019 and I expect numbers to grow in that division as well.”
Car counts again determine nightly purses, with Modifieds racing for a minimum of $1,000 to win and as much as $2,500 to win for their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers. Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both vie for top checks of at least $750 and as much as $1,600.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, E3 Spark Plugs State, series and track points will be awarded each night. Modifieds also earn Shaw Race Cars Western Region points. Additionally, Stock Cars will race for EQ Cylinder Heads Northern or Southern Region points.
It’s also worth noting that tour point leaders will be eligible to compete in race of champions qualifying for their respective divisions at September’s IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals at Boone Speedway.