Cresco Speedway adds IMCA late models to Sunday night slate in '99
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January 14, 1999

CRESCO, IA (January 14, 1999) - You won't have to wait for the Howard County Fair to attend an I.M.C.A. Late Model event at the Cresco Speedway this season. The division will join the regular Sunday night programs at the Northeast Iowa track, beginning with the May 2 opener.

"Drivers have always wanted to run I.M.C.A. Late Models here and we've had specials for them for sev-eral years," manager Tom Barnes said. "We had one I.M.C.A. Late Model race here last year during the fair. Usually, that's all we ever did, but the drivers have told us they want to come here on a regular basis."

Located on the Howard County Fairgrounds, the 4/10-mile semi-banked track has a fast clay surface and is operated by the county fair board.

Improvements made at the race facility the last two years include a new track surface, new lighting and new fenc-ing. The pit area has also been moved out of the infield. An 800-seat section was added last year to the main section of the grandstand.

"We've been doing a lot of little things out there, too," said Barnes, who is also executive secretary of the fair board.

Other members of the board's race committee are Les Zaptocny, Art Bina, Don Ferrie, John Wacha Ill, Tim Walton, Dick Ollendieck and Frank Moore.

Hot laps at the Cresco Speedway will begin at 5:30 p.m. this season (one half hour earlier than last sea-son) and heats are at 6 p.m. The 1999 season runs through championship night on August 29.

"I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Late Models and I've always pushed to get them here," said Barnes, a former Late Model racer. "This is a big step. We're really excited about this. There hasn't been a regular Late Model program here since the late 1970s. I think this is going to bring the Cresco Speedway up a notch."

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