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IMCA Northeast Weekly Report #5 – DTD Exclusive

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By ANDY KIEFFER

It was another wet and soggy weekend here in the North East Region. All of the NY/PA tracks fell to the weather on Friday and only Five Mile Point got their races in on Saturday.

Weekend Recap: First up is the Empire State Series race from I-88 speedway that took place on Wednesday the 26th. This was a big $1,000 to win race that paid $125 to take the green. Brad Sites took home the top prize followed by Mike Smith, Eddie Sites, James Cornell and Chris Fleming in 5th.

Five Mile Point in Kirkwood, N.Y. was the only NY IMCA track to get in some racing action this weekend. Matt Cole took the win followed by Tanner Harpell and Mike Wilmot. The point standings have not been updated as of this time.

Unfortunately I was having problems with the Tri City Motors Speedway website so I don’t have any information on how their night went. There were no current results posted.

Lastly at Crystal Motor Speedway Milt Montgomery and Myron DeYoung battled most of the night with AJ Ward hot on their heels. Montogmery was able to hold on and claim his third win on the season. DeYoung crossed the line in second and Ward in third.

IMCA Rules: This week we’ll discuss a little bit about the IMCA modified rear end. Per the IMCA rule book:

Any steel approved OEM passenger car or truck non-cambered rear end (housing and carrier) allowed. Safety hubs (floater) allowed. All components must be steel, except lowering blocks, axle and U-joint caps, and drive flange. One inch inspection hole required in housing. Full steel spool, steel mini spool or welded rear ends only. Steel axles only. No quick change devices. One piece drive flange only. No torque dividing differentials. No scalloped ring gears.

The ford 9” is the most common rear end used in the IMCA modified class. These are essentially the same rear ends that are used in NASCAR. Drivers do not change the gears too often but can be done in well under an hour. In comparison where in a quick change rear end gears can be changed in a matter of minutes and tailored for each track.

One-on-One Interviews: This week’s questions we are back on track with IMCA drivers from two different tracks.

Jared Spalding – Five Mile Point Speedway

1. Who is your favorite IMCA driver?

“I always enjoy watching Mike Smith race, so he would have to be my favorite.”

Again with Mike Smith, who is this guy you all may be asking by now……… More on him in a future article.

2. Who is your rival?

“I’m not sure I have a real rival, but it’s always the guy ahead of or beside me.”

3. If you could put one driver from any local class in your car for a year to convert, who would it be?

“My sister claims she could drive my car. She’s 13 and races a 270 sprint so I would put her in the car to show her how hard it really is.”

4. Your favorite IMCA track?

“My favorite track is Boone. I raced in the Super nationals last year and fell in love with the place.”

5. Why IMCA?

“I like modifieds in general but IMCA is a nationally sanctioned body so the same rules apply for everyone from California to Pennsylvania. It’s also nice to be able to go anywhere in the US and compete.”

Jared Spading onboard camera from Boone 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmSfTOv8pNc

Rob Wilcox – Black Rock Speedway

1. Who is your favorite IMCA driver?

“Mike Smith”

2. Who is your rival?

“My teammate Dave Yehl #19”

3. If you could put one driver from any local class in your car for a year to convert, who would it be?

“Jared Hill”

4. Your favorite IMCA track?

“Black Rock and Five Mile Point Speedway. “

5. Why IMCA?

“Why not IMCA mods? Basically the way we all help each other and the support we have as a huge family.”

For some added enjoyment please check out the interviews with brother’s Eddie and Brad Sites over on Doug’s Dirt Diary.

Eddie Sites

http://www.dougsdirtdiary.com/audioplayer.php?id=17579

Brad Sites

http://www.dougsdirtdiary.com/audioplayer.php?id=17575

I will be out of town on vacation yet again with little to no cell phone reception or Wi-Fi so there will be no article next week. I’ll be back the following week with a jam packed edition.