(Special to Bill Martin)
Score a career highlight this season for Kevin Feller. The Iowan scored his first race at Maquoketa Speedway in 1975. Since that date, he’s kept track of laps and lineups at another 52 facilities nationwide. Now, he prepares to go back to where it all began.
The 2020 season finds Feller returning to Maquoketa Speedway to promote Saturday night racing. His plans for the new year include four IMCA divisions on regular weekly programs. He also has high hopes of introducing a legion of young fans to the sport.
“I haven’t been this fired up about the new race season in a long time. If it wasn’t for this little track, I wouldn’t be where I am,” Feller shared. “This is a very, very special place for me.
“I am very driven on getting a young crowd to the track. I’m working with the schools and with the library on a reading program,” he continued. “We want to get kids interested in racing, and we want to get them and their parents to the track.”
Opening night at Maquoketa Speedway is April 18. In total, the 2020 season spans more than five months. The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods concludes on September 5
In addition to a power-packed weekly slate, the 2020 docket includes multiple special races. A $1,000 to win, Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier for the Modifieds is scheduled July 18. Northern SportMods and Stock Cars race for $750 to win on May 30 and Aug. 15, respectively. Meanwhile, the inaugural Full Fender Frenzy for Hobby Stocks and Stock Cars is June 20.
“I like IMCA’s rules and it’s a lot easier for everyone to have the same rules as all the other tracks in the area,” Feller said. “I’ve been around IMCA for a long time and already have strong contacts with everyone at the IMCA home office.”
Mentored by Jerry and Donna Blue while working at West Union and Independence, Feller promoted East Moline from 2004-2006.
He’ll apply 40-odd years of racetrack education at Maquoketa, starting with a focus on kids and community.
“We want to get people involved. Groups that sell tickets for us for events like the principals’ race or faster pastor race will receive a portion of those proceeds,” Feller explained. “We’re really excited about the reading program. Kids who make reading goals will receive a certificate from their favorite driver during intermission.”