Four fast and furious nights ahead for Iron Man Challenge
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August 29, 2017  |  by Jeff Nun,

Four big nights of racing leading up to Labor Day are on tap for the Iron Man Challenge featuring Holley USRA Stock Cars and Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.

With the end of summer in sight, so too are the points battles that will determine the 2017 Iron Man Challenge champions in both divisions.

Steve Jackson of Polk City, Iowa. continues to lead the chase for the Holley USRA Stock Car title, but Derek Green of Granada, Minn., is nipping at his heels heading into this week’s fast and furious foursome.

In the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods, Cole Denner of New Hampton, Iowa, clings to a 75-point lead over Decorah, Iowa’s Dan Hovden who has four Iron Man victories this season.

The action this week kicks off at the Fairmont Raceway in Fairmont, Minn., on Thursday, Aug. 31. From there the series moves to the Fayette County Speedway in West Union, Iowa, on Friday, Sept. 1. Saturday, Sept. 2, will find the drivers taking on the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn., and the swing wraps up at the Cresco Speedway in Cresco, Iowa, on Sunday, Sept. 3.

The Iron Man Challenge will join the high-powered USMTS Modifieds at all four events. Holley USRA Stock Cars will be grappling for a minimum of $600 to win each night and the Out-Pace USRA B-Mod feature winner gets at least $500 each night.

In addition to Iron Man Challenge points, drivers will also be battling for precious Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series national points all four nights.

THURSDAY, AUG. 31, 2017

Thursday night at the 51-year-old Martin County Fairgrounds, the pit gate opens at 4 p.m. and the grandstands open at 5. Hot laps begin at 7 with racing to follow at 7:30. Adult tickets are $20, youth (ages 11-15) are $10 and kids 10 & under are free. Pit passes are $35.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Amboy, Fairmont, Sherburn, Trimont, Truman, Welcome and Winnebago plus Armstrong in Iowa.

The Fairmont Raceway is a high-banked 1/2-mile dirt oval located 1.0 mile south of I-90 (exit 99) on CR 39. For more information, call (507) 382-4531 or visit online.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2017

Friday’s show at the Fayette County Speedway is presented by Appliance Plus of West Union and will see the pit gate open at 4 p.m., grandstands open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7. Adult tickets are $20, kids ages 11 & under get in for free and pit passes are $30.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Clermont, Decorah, Fairbank, Fredericksburg, Maynard, Oelwein, Ossian, Postville, Strawberry Point, Sumner, Tripoli and West Union.

The Fayette County Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8-mile clay oval located 0.9 mile south of US 18 on SR 150, then 0.1 mile east on SR 56 (Vine St.). For more information, call (563) 422-5202 or (563) 422-5286 or visit online.


Saturday’s 12th Annual Labor Day Duel presented by Barclay Landscaping will see the pit gate open at 2 p.m. and spectator gats swing open at 2:30 with Slingshots racing at 3 p.m. on the Button Buck Speedway inside the high-banked 3/8-mile clay oval. Hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6 p.m.

Adult general admission is $20 and kids ages 12 & under get in for $5. Pit passes are $35 for grown-ups, $20 for kids ages 6-15 and free for children 5 & under.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Austin, Blooming Prairie, Dodge Center, Hayfield, Mantorville, Oronoco, Preston, Rochester, Spring Valley and Stewartville, plus Cresco, Lime Springs, Osage, Riceville and St. Ansgar in Iowa.

The night’s on-track action will also showcase the Wissota Street Stocks.

The Deer Creek Speedway is located 11.3 miles south of I-90 (exit 209) on US 63 (0.7 mile north of SR 16) in Spring Valley, Minn. For more info, call 877-327-7223 or (507) 346-2342 on race day or visit online.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 3, 2017

The Iron Man Challenge will invade the Cresco Speedway on Sunday with the USMTS Modifieds, and the USRA Hobby Stocks will also be in action.

The pit gate opens at 4 p.m., grandstands open for seating at 5, hot laps begin at 6 and the first race hits the track at 6:45. Grandstand admission is $20 for adults (18 and older), $10 for teens (13-17) and free for kids 12 & under.

Coupons good for $2 off adult admission available at Casey's General Stores locations in Cresco, Decorah, Fredericksburg, Lime Springs, New Hampton, Ossian and Riceville, plus Preston in Minnesota.

The Cresco Speedway is a semi-banked 4/10-mile clay oval located 2 blocks north of SR 9 on SW 7th. Race day info is available by calling (563) 547-3400 or at

(top 10 as of Aug. 30, 2017)

Holley USRA Stock Cars:
1. 2j Steve Jackson, Polk City, Iowa ... 1194
2. 32 Derek Green, Granada, Minn. ... 1164 (2 wins)
3. 11 Jesse Brown, Nashua, Iowa ... 1124
4. 14 Todd Staley, Webster City, Iowa ... 983
5. 5 Luke Sathoff, Jackson, Minn. ... 682
6. 15 Mitch Hovden, Decorah, Iowa ... 661 (2 wins)
7. 33 Kevin Donlan, Decorah, Iowa ... 559
8. 66 Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa ... 454 (4 wins)
9. 23m Matt Jones, Waukon, Iowa ... 439 (1 win)
10. 44 Dillon Anderson, Decorah, Iowa ... 408
Other winners:
2n Donovan Nunnikhoven, Sully, Iowa (1 win)
417 Kevin Anderson, Kansas City, Mo. (1 win)
52 Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa (1 win)
24 Josh Zieman, Plymouth, Iowa (1 win)
5L Dustin Larson, Rushmore, Minn., (1 win)

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods:
1. 02 Cole Denner, New Hampton, Iowa ... 1196
2. 16 Dan Hovden, Decorah, Iowa ... 1021 (4 wins)
3. 28 Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan. ... 954 (2 wins)
4. 85 Ben Moudry, Cottage Grove, Minn. ... 952 (4 wins)
5. 98 Kyle Anderson, Decorah, Iowa ... 946
6. 7+ Jared Timmerman, Norwalk, Iowa ... 607
7. 6 Dustin Kruse, Brandon, S.D. ... 589
8. 14m Brian Mahlstedt, Ionia, Iowa ... 559
9. 20t Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo. ... 504 (1 win)
10. 56h Brandon Hare, Elma, Iowa ... 469
Other winners:
23K Erik Kanz, Winona, Minn. (1 win)
18 J.C. Morton, Springdale, Ark. (2 wins)
65 Kris Jackson, Lebanon, Mo. (1 win)
1 Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa (1 win)
20 Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz. (1 win)

Eight nights of racing remain for the Out-Pace USRA B-Mods while just five shows remain for the Holley USRA Stock Cars.

Out-Pace USRA B-Mods will join the USMTS Modifieds at the 19th Featherlite Fall Jamboree, Thursday-Saturday, Sept, 21-23, at the Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn.

Both classes will be on the track for the USRA Nationals at the I-35 Speedway in Winston, Mo., Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 12-14.

The final Iron Man Challenge event will happen at the Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City, Iowa, for the rescheduled Boone River Bayou on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28.

Sanctioned by the United States Racing Association, headquartered in Webster City, Iowa, all Iron Man Challenge events also award regional and national points in the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series. The best 16 points nights for each driver will be used to calculate points standings. Some tracks may also award track points during Iron Man Challenge events.

All Iron Man Challenge main events pay a minimum of $600 to win and $60 to start for Holley USRA Stock Cars, and a minimum of $500 to win and $50 to start for Out-Pace USRA B-Mods.


2016 – Kyle Falck, Decorah, Iowa (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Andy Bryant, Fort Scott, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
2015 – Tom Schmitt, Independence, Iowa (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Dakota Foster, Gardner, Kan. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
2014 – Mitch Hovden, Decorah, Iowa (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
2013 – Mitch Hovden, Decorah, Iowa (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Cory Crapser, Chippewa Falls, Wis. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
2012 – Tom Schmitt, Independence, Iowa Holley (USRA Stock Cars); Trevor Hunt, Kearney, Mo. (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
2011 – Mike Van Genderen, Newton, Iowa (Holley USRA Stock Cars); Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa, Iowa (Out-Pace USRA B-Mods).
2010 – Nathan Wood, Sigourney, Iowa (Holley USRA Stock Cars). Note: No Out-Pace USRA B-Mods in the first Iron Man Challenge season.

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