Stone’s stellar season continues at IMCA Super Nationals

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Caleb Stone took the broom to Cardinal Motor Speedway’s Kelly Sheen Memorial in July to sweep the Friesen Performance IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events. (Courtesy photo)

LOVINGTON, NM — Two-division star Caleb Stone looks to add the shine to what has already been a phenomenal season as he pits at Boone for the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals powered by Casey’s.

The 40th annual event marks the fifth Super National for the Lovington, NM driver, who will compete for the starting spots in Saturday night’s main events for both Friesen Performance IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars.

“This has really been a phenomenal season. Everything has fallen into place for us,” Stone said. He’s quick to share the credit for some of his success with a guy who knows a thing or two about racing two different cars on a weekly basis. “The guys at Jordan Grabouski Racing and Big Johnson have helped us tremendously. We have driven their cars for about six years and have worked with them as a team. I can’t say enough good things about them.”

“More time sitting always makes you better, but spending a lot of time in the workshop is also important,” he added. “I have a full-time job and am starting a new business. My WH dad probably spends 30 hours a week in the auto shop.”

Stone has raced an IMCA Modified since 2011 and the stock car since 2020, but he doesn’t have a decided favorite between the two.

Sometimes it depends on the night.

“Some nights, it’s like going from a monster truck to a Cadillac. The modified one is just a different animal,” Stone explained with a smile. “The stock car is a lot of fun. It’s much more forgiving and easier on the driver.”

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A dozen of his 17 ladies so far this season have arrived in the stock car. Stone leads the points standings in both divisions at Cardinal and statewide. He was a two-time winner at the prestigious CMS Kelly Sheen Memorial over the July 4th holiday weekend.

“Kelly won a lot of races at Cardinal. He was a great guy and an important part of the racing community here,” Stone said. “He had won Sheen Memorial in a modified before (in 2020) but never in the stock car. Winning both races was an honour, especially with his sons there.”

Stone is eligible to qualify for both the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational and the B & B Racing Chassis All-Star Invitational, as well as the Harris Auto Racing and Sunoco Race Fuels champion races.

“We took both cars last year and had a couple of really good races,” he said. “We didn’t put on any great shows, but we did win heat races in both cars and finished 14th in the stock car All-Star race.”

Three other drivers from New Mexico have made the modified main event in Super Nationals since 2006. Zane DeVilbiss, one of those three, became the first to qualify for the stock car show last September.

“Qualifying for a main event would mean a lot to us, it would be the icing on the cake,” Stone said. “We’ve had a great year and that would be the perfect way to end it. We have the cars. Now we just need luck.”

The Stone family already has two qualifiers for Super Nationals, Caleb’s cousins ​​Cory and Cody.

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“They were the first New Mexico amateur stock drivers to pull it off,” Stone said. “Now I have to be on that classified list with them.”

You’ll be leaving home early on Labor Day and arriving in Boone in time for the fast lap on Tuesday.

Both the Prelude from September 3-4 and the Super National from September 5-10 will be broadcast on SPEED SPORT.TV affiliate IMCA.TV.

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