When series organizers started kicking around the idea of starting the IMCA Wild West Tour back up on social media last month, it took just three days for more than 60 drivers to sign up.
Nearly 100 are on board now, with 10 events scheduled for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods. What will be the ninth annual tour travels to six different tracks in five states.
“There’s a lot of enthusiasm on the part of the drivers,” noted Ken Hansen, who returns as tour director. “They’re the ones who made this tour good before and they’re the ones who will have the opportunity to do it again.”
The series roars to life on Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 at New Mexico’s Aztec Speedway. From there the tour next sanctions events on June 28-29 at Diamond Mountain Speedway (Vernal, Utah).
Nevada makes its presence known on the schedule with a July 26 event at Winnemucca Regional Raceway and a July 27 go at Battle Mountain Raceway.
The month of August is highlighted by a doubleheader at Sweetwater Speedway (Rock Springs, Wyoming) on Friday and Saturday, August 30-31. From there, the tour puts a wrap on the 2019 slate with a pair of events at Idaho Falls Raceway (Idaho Falls, Idaho).
The nightly purses are determined by car count. A minimum of $1,000 is up for grabs for the Modifieds with the potential for as much as $2,500 going to the winner. Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both vie for top checks of at least $750 and as much as $1,600.
Modified entry fees are $100 per night. Stock Car and Northern SportMod entry fees are $75. Registration fees go into point funds for each division. Drivers must compete in half the tour races held to be eligible for point fund shares.
One hundred dollars will be paid to drivers making the longest tow each night in each division. Non-qualifier pay is $50.
IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, state, special series and track points will be awarded each night. Modifieds also earn Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region points. Stock Cars race for EQ Cylinder Heads Northern or Southern Region points.
Tour point leaders will be eligible to compete in race of champions qualifying for their respective divisions at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.
Ninety-eight Modified events were held, at 15 different tracks in six states, during the Wild West Tour’s 2007-2014 run.
“The Wild West Tour has been missed. I hated to see them bow out, but understood the reasoning behind it,” said IMCA President Brett Root. “Ken has remained active in racing at the local level and his sons have continued to race with IMCA. I hope drivers appreciate the dedication Ken and Shelly have for this tour and am confident the tour won’t miss a beat. The tracks will benefit as well.”