Race programs have been canceled due to weather this evening (Friday) at Beatrice Speedway, Boyd Raceway, Casper Speedway, Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway, Davenport Speedway, Lee County Speedway, Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway and Princeton Speedway.Rained out for Saturday, May 30 is Thunder Hill Speedway in Kansas.
FARLEY, Iowa – Keith Simmons of SPI has put together his most ambitious Stock Car racing schedule in his 17 years of operating dirt tracks in Eastern Iowa.Simmons owns and operates the Farley Speedway in Farley, Iowa in addition to holding contracts to operate racing events at the West Liberty Raceway on the Muscatine County Fairgrounds in West Liberty, Iowa and the Dubuque Speedway located on the Dubuque County Fairgrounds, located on the west edge of Dubuque, Iowa.The 2016 racing season will take its first green flag with a special event at the West Liberty Raceway featuring the Deery Brothers Summer Series for IMCA Late Models on Saturday, April 9. Saturday, April 16, the West Liberty Raceway will host the Modified Extravaganza then on Saturday, April 23, the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season will get underway with five classes of cars in action.Racing will continue every Saturday through the end of August with season championships being contended on Saturday, Aug. 27. Saturday night action gets underway with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. followed by racing at 7 p.m.Additional major special events at the West Liberty Raceway include Ideal Ready Mix Tri-Track Late Model specials May 21 and July 16. The second of three Deery Brothers Summer Series races will be held Tuesday, June 14. The Muscatine County Fair Races will be held July 23. The 2016 season will come to a close with the annual running of the Liberty 100 on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23 and 24 with Deery Brothers Summer Series Late Models being the featured division.Farley Speedway will open the 2016 season with a Late Model special featuring the Deery Brothers Summer Series on Friday, April 15. Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds will also be in action during the season opener.The IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season gets underway on Friday, April 22 with six classes of race cars in competition. Regular Friday night races get underway with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing to follow at 7:30 pm.Tri-Track Late Model specials featuring the IMCA Late Models will be held May 20 and July 15. Farley Speedway will hold Driver Appreciation night on Friday, July 8th with a free grandstand for all race fans. Season championships will be held on Friday, Aug. 26.The stage will then be set for the racing event of the year with the running of the 39th annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic which will be a 4-day event again in 2016.This year the Yankee will be moved up to allow fans more racing options. Opening night will be Aug. 31 with the finals being held on Saturday, Sept. 3. The 100-lap Yankee finale will feature Deery Brothers Summer Series drivers battling for their season’s largest first place prize of $7,500.SPI’s Sunday night racing venue will be Dubuque Speedway, which will see the 2016 racing season get underway much earlier than in the past. The opening night of the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season featuring four classes will be Sunday, April 17.Racing will be held Sundays through the end of August. The first special at Dubuque will be Sunday, May 1 with the Modified class taking center stage. May 29 will be the first of two Tri-Track Late Model specials, the second will be held on July 3.The Deery Brothers Summer Series will make its lone visit of 2016 to Dubuque Speedway on July 10. The Dubuque County Fair will host three nights of racing. Tuesday, July 26 will be headlined by an exciting night of open wheel racing featuring the Sprint Invader Series plus the IMCA Hawkeye Dirt Tour Modifieds, Wednesday, July 27 will be the annual Julien Dubuque Classic with five classes of race cars in competition. The fair will wrap up with race day on Sunday, July 31, when the afternoon demolition derby will be followed by a full night of racing featuring five classes of cars.Season Championship racing takes place Sunday, Aug. 28.For more information or to view the entire SPI racing schedule log onto the official SPI website at www.simmonspromotionsinc.com.
By Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, Iowa (May 22) – Tacky track conditions led to a fast night of action Sunday night at Raceway Park.The first of five IMCA divisions hit the track when the KISS 107 FM Sport Compact division headed out. Only one caution slowed the race at six laps to go with Luke Jackson holding onto the lead he took at the drop of the green flag. In the final dash to the checkered flag, it was Jackson taking the win followed by point leader Ramsey Meyer.The Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stocks ran clean for the first six laps of the feature until the first yellow of the evening brought the field together with pole sitter Mike Hanson leading Andy Hoffman, Craig Clift, Ron Jensen, and Dave Riley. A tangle on the restart took Hoffman and Riley out of contention. Hanson held on for his first win of the year followed by point leader Aaron Shearn.A.J. Boulware led the early laps of the MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature until his uncle Todd Boulware made the pass for the lead with 10 laps remaining. In the closing laps, Todd Boulware and Kaleb Kennedy pulled away from the field to finish in that order.The Casey’s General Stores Stock Car feature was the wildest of the night. Mel Elsberry led the early portion of the race before the first caution came out with 11 laps remaining. The second restart saw Chris Mills complete his charge through the field, taking the lead within a lap. At the checkered flag, it was point leader Mills out front followed by ElsberryThe Total Motors Modified feature wrapped up the evening in grand style as defending track and national champion Chris Abelson powered from sixth to the lead in the opening two laps. A caution with 15 laps remaining brought the field together with Abelson out in front of Jason Schneiders, Jim Cole, Jim Thies, and Ricky Stephan.The field ran fast and clean over the final laps with the exception of point leader Justin Zeitner, who fell out of competition with six laps remaining due to mechanical issues. At the checkered flag, it was Abelson out front by a full straightaway over Thies.
By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. – With another successful Lewis Automotive Group Driver Appreciation Night in the books at Dodge City Raceway Park, another pair of events are on the docket for this month at the state-of-the-art facility in southwest Kansas as the final portion of the 2018 season kicks into gear.The most recent card atop the 3/8-mile clay oval on July 27, played out before a packed grandstand with Brendon Gemmill coming up just two positions short in the “Back to the Front Challenge” that would have awarded a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu to a lucky race fan.Had he pulled off the win from the 20th starting position, some lucky race fan would have driven home with the new car. However, a caution-free 25-lapper didn’t allow Gemmill enough rounds to get to the front of the IMCA Modified feature as defending track champion Clay Sellard reeled off his third consecutive win.Other Driver Appreciation Night winners included Mike Roach in the IMCA SportMods, Dusty Witthuhn in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Lyle Russell in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.After a couple of idle weekends, the track fires back into action with the first of three consecutive Saturday nights beginning with the fifth annual SportMod Mayhem event on Saturday night, Aug. 18.The special card offering up a $1,000 winner’s share for the SportMods also includes championship chase action for sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks.A full card of championship chase action follows seven nights later on Saturday, Aug. 25, includes all four IMCA divisions.A third consecutive Saturday night of racing once again featuring a full slate of championship chase action will follow on Sept. 1 to lead the way into the Sept. 15 sixth annual Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship event that wraps up the 2018 title chases.
HARLAN, Iowa – Shelby County Speedway rolls out the red carpet for six IMCA divisions at the 28th annual Tiny Lund Memorial Friday and Saturday, Sept. 25 and 26. Friday night action is in honor of the Dale Swanson Memorial and sees the IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Late Models racing for $755 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $655 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $555 and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $155 to win. Both race night programs will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Both programs are draw/redraw and drivers should pre-register online at racescs.com before Sept. 24; one-time entry fee for all divisions except the Sport Compact is $28 (early) or $40 (late). Gates open at 3:28 p.m. on Friday with hot laps and racing to follow the 6:28 pit meeting. On Saturday, the Modifieds race for $1,528 to win their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Late Models race for $1,228 to win, Stock Cars and Northern SportMods both for $1,028 to win, Hobby Stocks for $828 to win and Sport Compacts for $328 to win. On Saturday, gates open at 2:28 p.m. and hot laps and racing follow the 5:28 p.m. pit meeting. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and KMJ Performance State points will be awarded both nights. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for kids ages 15 and under. Reserved pit stalls are $25.
Batesville, In. — Mayor Mike Bettice will present his State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Batesville Middle School Commons, 201 N. Mulberry Street, Batesville.This informative meeting will review the City’s 2018 Finances, the 2019 Budget and include a discussion on future projects and initiatives.This meeting is open to the public. For more information click here. or contact the Mayor’s office, 812-933-6100.
Mrs. Nellie Lee (Tague) Hamilton, age 89, of Bennington, Indiana, entered this life on July 9, 1929, in Muncie, Indiana. She was the loving daughter of the late, Rufus Walter and Alice Lillian (Roberts) Tague. She was raised in Dupont, Indiana and was a graduate of Oakland School in Madison, Indiana. On January 11, 1947, she was united in marriage to Charles Everett Hamilton at the Wirt Baptist Parsonage in Madison, Indiana. This happy union of 62 years was blessed with four sons, Rodger, Richard, Steve and Larry and two daughters, Joyce and Sara. She resided most of her life in Switzerland County and was a wonderful homemaker. She loved her vegetable garden, flower beds, painting, sewing and hummingbirds. Nellie passed away at 12:05 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019, at The Waters of Clifty Falls in Madison, Indiana.Nellie will be lovingly remembered by her children, Rodger Hamilton of Bennington, IN, Richard Hamilton and his wife: Anita of Bennington, IN, Steve Hamilton and his wife: Kathy of Milton, KY, Larry Hamilton of Edmonton, KY, Joyce Hamilton of Penrose, CO and Sara Smith of Madison, IN; her 12-grandchildren, 24-great-grandchildren and 9-great-great-grandchildren and her half-brother, Billy Joe Wren of Boise, ID.She was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus Walter Tague, died February 19, 1960 and Alice Lillian (Roberts) Tague, died November 5, 1972; her husband, Charles Everett Hamilton, died January 12, 2009; her children, Vivian Kay Hamilton, died September 12, 1947, Ronald Allen Hamilton, died June 9, 1952 and Bryant Keith Hamilton, died June 17, 1968; her great-grandchildren, Jace Alexander Herring, died June 13, 2004 and Jorja Marie Pearl Herring, died September 22, 2006; her daughter-in-law, Carole Ann Hamilton, died October 9, 2014; her sisters, Ruby Alice Tague, died November 28, 1932, Carolyn E. Skirvin, died June 8, 2002, Dorothy A. Whisman, died February 28, 2005 and Edna Ruth Robertson, died August 2, 2007 and her half-brother, Robert Lincoln Tague, died February 1, 1991.Graveside Services will be conducted Monday, June 3, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Bro. Cliff Hartley at the Pleasant Cemetery in Pleasant, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Cemetery Fund. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.com
Batesville, IN—If you are more awake in the morning than I am, you might have been wondering “Who the heck is this new girl and what happened to Mike?”Well, before you start googling, calling in the hounds, or file a missing person form, We will give you all the details here on Southeastern Indiana’s most viewed website.Mike has taken an afternoon position at WAJR in Morgantown, West Virginia. Not only will he be sending news through the airwaves, but he will also have a role with West Virginia Metro News and Dominion Post out of Charleston.Mike will certainly be missed by us as well as the community!As for me. Well, as the intro says, I am Jody Coffman. I was born in Batesville, raised in Greensburg, and am a graduate from Ball State. I’ve lived in Decatur, Ripley, and Dearborn County. I enjoy good music and traveling and I always have enjoyed immersing myself in the communities I live in. I have always loved radio and come with a couple of years of experience reporting local news. I am looking forward to my time here at WRBI and getting to know all the listeners. If you see me out at an event, at a meeting, or even at lunch, please come say hi!
Statewide—The state issued an advisory for several Indiana recreational spots that could have high amounts of blue-green algae.The Indiana Department of Environmental Management issued the recreational advisory Friday. Blue-green algae has been in the headlines over the last few weeks after several dogs in the southeast part of the country died from being exposed to it.The advisory includes the following areas, which showed high levels of blue-green algae:Brookville Lake – Quakertown SRABrookville Lake – Mounds SRACecil M Harden Lake – Raccoon Lake SRAHardy Lake – Hardy Lake SRAKunkel Lake – Ouabache SPMonroe Lake – Fairfax SRAMonroe Lake – Paynetown SRAWhitewater Lake – Whitewater Memorial SPWorster Lake – Potato Creek SPDNR Reservoir Specialist Phil Brown says anyone who does go in the water should shower off as soon as possible. The advisory also says you should avoid allowing your pets to drink or swim in lake water under the advisory. Animals are not necessarily more vulnerable to the algae toxin effects, but they are more likely to drink larger amounts of lake water while playing.According to the DNR’s website, Blue-Green Algae are capable of producing several different toxins. The toxins can cause rashes, skin or eye irritation. It can also cause nausea, stomach aches and tingling in the fingers and toes.Algae blooms can be fueled by excess lawn fertilizers and runoff from pastures, feedlots, lawns and golf courses. They can also be fueled by drainage from sewage systems, as well as warm, sunny weather.Sampling of the water began on May 13 to coincide with the opening of swimming beaches around the state. Testing will continue through Aug. 26. You can learn more about blue-green algae, and the DNR’s current list of advisories on their website.
Harrison, OH—Early Monday, a crash closed part of I-74 inbetween Indiana and Ohio westbound for most of the morning. Investigators say Lafayette Dante Smith, 46, of Cincinnati, got into the westbound lanes heading east somewhere in Indiana and that he traveled nearly 7 miles into Ohio going the wrong way, crashing into a Mazda and then getting hit by a box truck, then another car. Seven people were hurt and two were critically injured, including a child.The driver of the Mazda and a 5-year-old in that car were most seriously injured. A 3-year-old was transported for observation. Police say the two children were not wearing seatbelts, police said. One crash victim said she was driving home from work and nearly went over the guardrail to avoid crashing. Investigators say they believe alcohol was a factor in the crash and are still trying to figure out where the Cadillac entered I-74 going the wrong way; 911 calls indicate it was before it came into Ohio from Indiana.The Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating. If you were a witness, please call 513-825-1500.