Several Dirt Track Racing Specials in Iowa in 2017 [Video]
The 2017 Iowa dirt track racing season is loaded with several specials. Here is a large list of those special races in the Hawkeye State, but I wonder. Have we reached the breaking point?
UPDATE: The list below now includes 99 events. At the time of the video recording and the original post time there were 97.
Below I have a list of specials that I have found, but before you skip right to that, I hope you take the time to read my random thoughts. If not, I hope the list is helpful to you.
BACK IN THE DAY:
The Iowa dirt track racing landscape is decorated with several specials for 2017. I love special races as much as the next fan, but I'm a little concerned. The list I compiled does not contain all of them for 2017, but it does contain a mass majority of them. In total, my list consists of 97 events across 197 days. Have we reached the breaking point?
My youth was spent every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night at a race track. My dad's car made tons of laps on the weekly bullrings. A half dozen, or so, county fair races, and a handful of bigger dollar paydays were added each year. They felt like specials, because we didn't have the option to race more of them. Now it seems every weekend you can.
SPECIAL OR NOT:
Can we really consider it a special anymore if we average one every two days (2.03 days)? Granted several of these shows are scheduled on the same date as other events, but that is still all lot.
IT CAN SURVIVE, BUT...:
Honestly, I think it can survive, but there is a caveat to my answer, and it is something that dirt track racing fans have been telling NASCAR they failed at over the last decade. "Don't forget you roots."
The number one reason I hear dirt track fans dissing on the direction that NASCAR has gone is because, "they forgot where they came from." NASCAR started out with good intentions, but it has grown into a major American corporation. A conglomerate, if you ask me, is trying to position itself as a global racing entity.
WHAT CAN NASCAR TEACH US:
So what does that have to do with 97 dirt track racing specials in Iowa. Just like NASCAR, our roots could get left in the dust. Our love for this sport was born thanks to weekly racing, and I am seeing that change. It's no longer about the weekly show.
As NASCAR grow, so did their expectations, both as business owners and fans of the sport. That monster got hungrier and hungrier until it had to bite into a large piece of the pie. It once was a southern thing. Then it became and east coast thing. Now this monster travels the country. Still the beast needs fed, so the next logical step, the world.
All the while the beast excreted places like Rockingham, North Wilksboro, Bowman Green, Hickory, and the list goes on and on. Why? The monster was and still is hungry. The beast has sampled the racing diet in Japan, Canada, and Mexico. There is even a NSACAR Euro Series (Europe).
THE FRANKENSTEIN IS STIRRING:
We are starting to lose touch with weekly racing, and this isn't just here in Iowa. I see this as a growing concern across the country. More and more race teams have decided to only race those specials. The fans are starting to follow suit. Before it's over, that's all that we will get to choose from. This is what is being taught to the younger generation of fans and aspiring drivers.
But if the bigger racing events continue to grow, eventually weekly racing will succumb to the same fate as the dodo bird, and so will local dirt track racing. The feeder series to these big time events is weekly racing. Without it, the whole thing will slowly fade away and die. Our next wave of drivers and fans to replace our dirt track heroes comes from weekly racing.
Yes, there is an argument to be made about money spent versus money awarded on the weekly level, but chasing the money shows only feeds the beast. It doesn't suppress the appetite. However, that is a conversation for another day.
If those special race events are you life, then go and enjoy, but make sure you still do you part to support the weekend program before the life support plug is pulled.
2017 DIRT TRACK RACING SPECIALS
This is only a partal list of what we found
04-01, SATMarshalltown Speedway11th Annual World Nationals (Night 2)
|03-24, FRI||Boone Speedway||50th Anniversary Celebration (Night 1)|
|03-24, FRI||Lee County Speedway||5th Annual Spring Extravaganza (Night 1)|
|03-25, SAT||Boone Speedway||50th Anniversary Celebration (Night 2)|
|03-25, SAT||Lee County Speedway||5th Annual Spring Extravaganza (Night 2)|
|03-31, FRI||Cedar County Raceway||Darkside Spring Fling Night #1, $3k to win Mods. $2222.22 to win Sport Mods.|
|04-01, SAT||34 Raceway||Sprint Invaders & Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|04-01, SAT||Cedar County Raceway||Darkside Spring Fling Night #2, $3k to win Mods. $2222.22 to win Sport Mods.|
|04-05, WED||Lee County Speedway||Frostbuster (Night 1)|
|04-06, THU||Benton County Speedway||Frostbuster (Night 2)|
|04-07, FRI||Davenport Speedway||Rebel 5K|
|04-07, FRI||Marshalltown Speedway||Frostbuster (Night 3)|
|04-08, SAT||34 Raceway||IRA 410 Outlaw Spring Showdown|
|04-08, SAT||Boone Speedway||Frostbuster (Night 4)|
|04-08, SAT||West Liberty Raceway||Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|04-14, FRI||Davenport Speedway||Cornbelt Clash/Mars Late Models|
|04-14, FRI||Farley Speedway||Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|04-15, SAT||34 Raceway||9th Annual Slocum 50|
|04-15, SAT||Independence Motor Speedway||Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|04-15, SAT||West Liberty Raceway||Modified Extravaganza ($1,200 to win)|
|04-23, SUN||Dubuque Speedway||Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|05-04, THU||Lee County Speedway||Lucas Oil MLRA|
|05-05, FRI||Davenport Speedway||Lucas Oil MLRA|
|05-06, SAT||Independence Motor Speedway||Lucas Oil MLRA|
|05-12, FRI||Farley Speedway||Modified Super Weekend (Night 1)|
|05-13, SAT||Farley Speedway||Modified Super Weekend (Night 2)|
|05-19, FRI||Davenport Speedway||Modified Madness ($2k to win)|
|05-20, SAT||West Liberty Raceway||Tri Track Challenge for IMCA Late Models|
|05-26, FRI||Lee County Speedway||Sprint Invaders|
|05-28, SUN||34 Raceway||Sprint Invaders|
|05-28, SUN||Benton County Speedway||Prelude to the Hawkeye Dirt Tour Opener|
|05-28, SUN||Dubuque Speedway||Tri Track Challenge for IMCA Late Models|
|05-28, SUN||Upper Iowa Speedway||USMTS Modifieds|
|05-29, MON||Benton County Speedway||Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|05-29, THU||Farley Speedway||Aftermarket Nationals (Night 1)|
|05-31, FRI||Marshalltown Speedway||11th Annual World Nationals (Night 1)|
|06-02, FRI||Lee County Speedway||Lucas Oil MLRA|
|06-03, SAT||Knoxville Raceway||USAC Non-Wing National Sprint Cars|
|06-05, TUE||Marshalltown Speedway||HDT Modifieds & Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|06-09, FRI||Davenport Speedway||SportMod Challenge ($2k to win)|
|06-10, SAT||Adams County Speedway||USMTS Modifieds|
|06-10, SAT||Knoxville Raceway||World of Outlaws Sprint Cars|
|06-11, SUN||34 Raceway||All Star Curcuit of Champions 410 Sprint Series|
|06-11, SUN||Benton County Speedway||Urbana 5 Night ($1,500 to win SportMod)|
|06-11, SUN||Mason City Motor Speedway||USMTS Modifieds|
|06-13, TUE||West Liberty Raceway||HDT Modifieds & Deery Brothers Summer Series|
|06-21, WED||Farley Speedway||DIRTcar Summer Nationals|
|06-23, FRI||West Liberty Raceway||World of Outlaws Sprint Cars|
|06-24, SAT||Adams County Speedway||Lucas Oil MLRA|
|06-24, SAT||Maquoketa Speedway||Maquoketa Motor Madness|
|06-27, TUE||Hancock County Speedway||Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|06-30, FRI||Farley Speedway||Aftermarket Nationals (Night 2)|
|06-30, FRI||Hancock County Speedway||Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series|
|07-02, SUN||Benton County Speedway||Hogan Memorial for IMCA Modifieds|
|07-15, SAT||Independence Motor Speedway||Dale Miller Memorial & Hall of Fame Night|
|07-15, SAT||West Liberty Raceway||Tri Track Challenge for IMCA Late Models|
|07-16, SUN||Dubuque Speedway||Tri Track Challenge for IMCA Late Models|
|07-19, WED||Southern Iowa Speedway||Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|07-20, THU||Knoxville Raceway||Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|07-25, TUE||Dubuque Speedway||Sprint Invaders & Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|08-03 thru 08-05||Knoxville Raceway||27th Annual 360 Knoxville Nationals|
|08-07, MON||Clay County Speedway||Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|08-07, MON||Farley Speedway||Open Late Model Shootout ($10k to win)|
|08-08, TUE||West Liberty Raceway||Cornbelt Clash/Mars Late Models|
|08-09 thru 08-12||Knoxville Raceway||57th Annual Knoxville Nationals|
|08-09, WED||Buena Vista Raceway||Hawkeye Dirt Tour|
|08-11, FRI||Davenport Speedway||Street Stock Clash ($2k to win)|
|08-13, SUN||Mason City Motor Speedway||USMTS Hunt Race|
|08-23, WED||Hamilton County Speedway||USMTS Hunt Race|
|08-25, FRI||Rapid Speedway||USMTS Hunt Race|
|08-30, WED||Farley Speedway||40th Annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic (Night 1)|
|08-30, WED||Kossuth County Speedway||USMTS Hunt Race|
|08-31, THU||Farley Speedway||40th Annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic (Night 2)|
|09-01, FRI||Farley Speedway||40th Annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic (Night 3)|
|09-01, FRI||Fayette County Speedway||USMTS Hunt Race|
|09-02, SAT||Farley Speedway||40th Annual Yankee Dirt Track Classic (Night 4)|
|09-02, SAT||Marshalltown Speedway||Showdown at Motown ($1k to win IMCA Mods)|
|09-03, SUN||Cresco Speedway||USMTS Hunt Race|
|09-04 thru 09-09||Boone Speedway||IMCA Super Nationals|
|09-06, SAT||Independence Motor Speedway||September Spectacular|
|09-14 thru 09-16||Knoxville Raceway||14th Annual Late Model Knoxville Nationals|
|09-15, FRI||Rapid Speedway||Rapid Speedway Nationals (Night 1)|
|09-16, SAT||Rapid Speedway||Rapid Speedway Nationals (Night 2)|
|09-22, FRI||West Liberty Raceway||Liberty 100 (Night 1)|
|09-23, SAT||34 Raceway||Sprint Invaders (Season Championship)|
|09-23, SAT||Davenport Speedway||Governor's Cup Iowa State Championship|
|09-23, SAT||West Liberty Raceway||Liberty 100 (Night 2)|
|09-29, FRI||Dubuque Speedway||Rumble on the River (Night 1)|
|09-30, SAT||Dubuque Speedway||Rumble on the River (Night 2)|
|10-06, FRI||Lee County Speedway||6th Annual Fallfest (Night 1)|
|10-07, SAT||Lee County Speedway||6th Annual Fallfest (Night 2)|