IMCA Notes: names to watch out for

BOONE, Iowa – When it comes to tough customers at Boone Speedway in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod rankings, Jake Sachau is among one of those names mentioned.

He has been a beast on the Iowa action track in 2022 and will look to extend that success to the 40th Annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals powered by Casey’s.

“I just need to keep the momentum that I’ve had here all year,” Sachau commented, “I’ve been really fast here all year and one more week to stay fast.”

The Manning, Iowa motorist has done The Big Dance once in his career. That was in 2016 when he finished sixth. That was also the same season that he got the best qualifying result from him, that he was second. Track and field champion Sachau has six main event wins at Boone this year and finished eighth in Sunday’s Wild Rose Casino Prelude show.

“I learned a lot racing at Boone this year. We weren’t planning on performing here this year, but that’s how it worked out,” she said. “I know how to move around the track a little bit better, what you can do with your race car and how hard you have to drive in the heat race if you draw poorly.”

Overall, he has racked up an outstanding twenty wins in 2022 and is chasing his first career state championship.

Caudle hopes to sweep the Super Nationals

Rocky Caudle (Photo by Ben Deatherage)

Ellsworth driver Rocky Caudle will take on the competition at the 40th Annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals powered by Casey’s. The Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMod shoemaker comes to town knowing that he will be competing against many of the division’s top drivers throughout the week at Boone Speedway.

“The first thing is to come here and do the show,” Caudle said, “and if you can do the show, just go from there and see what the track does. We are all here for the same goal: to win the big one, and my goal is no different than anyone else’s.”

Caudle has made a handful of qualifiers during his Super Nationals career. The 2022 season has seen a limited schedule for his race team, with the majority of those starts coming at Boone.

“We haven’t been competing much. I hope we can turn it around here at Super Nationals,” she said.

Young Czarneski pulling double duty at Super Nationals

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Cole Czarneski (Photo by Ben Deatherage)

Running a division in IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals powered by Casey’s can be a tall order.

But to run two? Well, that takes a lot of hard work and determination. However, young lion Cole Czarneski seems up for the job in both the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

“This is my first year in the Stock Car and second year in the SportMod,” said 17-year-old Czarneski. “Last year we brought in the SportMod and we were in a transfer spot, but we got stuck in a racing deal. We just want to get into the dance because the big part is getting into the shows through your heat, and then you have to survive.”

The driver from Denmark, Wis., qualified for Northern SportMod last year and hopes to do the dance for both divisions. He will get a lot of track experience driving in two different classes.

“It’s good to have both cars because I had three days off last year. Now I drive a car a day, so I’m always driving,” he explained.

“We started the year quite well with quite a few wins. Back home, we’ve been good, and hopefully we can do it here and keep the momentum going,” Czarneski concluded.

Czarneski has scored several victories in the campaign. He has two IMCA Northern SportMod wins at The ‘Burg and one in his own IMCA Stock Car.

Callender Driver Racing for Saturday’s Date at Big Dance

Brian Ashburn (Photo by Ben Deatherage)

Brian Ashburn is one of more than 120 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock drivers looking for a date on Saturday night at the Big Dance at Boone Speedway.

The Callender, Iowa driver is in his second season in the class and will look to bring the experience he gained in 2022 to the Championship Night program.

“Our goal is to do an ‘A’ performance on qualifying night,” he said. “We’d like to get to the Big Ball, but our real expectation is to do a couple of qualifiers and have fun.”

Ashburn has posted four top-10 finishes in 12 starts at Boone Speedway this year, his best finish being a runner-up finish on July 30.

“This year has been tough, but we’ve had a couple of good results,” he said. “We finally won our first heat race and got some top 10 finishes at this place.”

The South Dakota sprinter will make his Super Nationals debut in 2022

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Aaron Wiersma (Photo by Ben Deatherage)

While many familiar faces will return to this year’s IMCA Speedway Motors IMCA Super Nationals powered by Casey’s, there will also be a fair number of new faces in the pits and on the oval at Boone Speedway.

One of the new drivers in the 40th Annual Super Nationals is Aaron Wiersma from Sioux Falls, SD in the Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods.

“This is my first year here, so my goal is to try to keep it in one piece, put it in the trailer and make it part of the show,” Wiersma said. “We are excited to be here. We went back and forth a bit on whether or not we could do it this year, but we decided ‘what the hell, let’s go.’

Wiersma had an incredible year at Murray County Speedway in Slayton, Minnesota. He closed out the season with back-to-back main event victories on August 19 and 26. He only finished outside the top five once in 14 starts.

“Overall, the season has been excellent,” he said. “Gas prices have kept us local this year, and this BHE GRT has been fast all summer.”

Overton brings strong Prelude performance to Super Nationals

Tyson Overton (Photo by Ben Deatherage)

While the 2022 season has seen Tyson Overton in limited action, the Carlisle, Iowa racer is optimistic that a strong showing on Sunday will serve as a prelude to a successful week at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals powered by Casey’s.

“Usually we run quite a bit here,” Overton explained. “Sunday’s Wild Rose Casino Prelude was our first race here this year and we placed third. Drawing is a big deal here at Boone and hopefully we can have a good clean heat race because it can get a little wild on the first lap sometimes.”

The National Guard has performed five Grand Balls over the years, with its best finish coming in its last waltz in 2019. That year it finished the night in 14th place.

In addition to his third-place results at the Prelude, Overton finished as runner-up on September 2 at Marshalltown Speedway. Showdown at Motown.

“We didn’t run too much this year. I can’t run weekly anyway because I’m in the National Guard,” she said, “so I don’t get a chance to do it. I go around whenever I can.”

The entire week of the Super Nationals from September 5-10 is broadcast on SPEED SPORT.TV affiliate IMCA.TV.

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