Davenport Speedway gears up for 2017
DAVENPORT, Ia. (March 16, 2017) – Spring will be here shortly and soon the green flag will drop on the 2017 racing season at the Davenport Speedway. Twenty-one nights of stock car racing action make up this year’s schedule for the dirt track located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. Special events figure prominently in this year’s schedule.
The season will start with the REBEL 5K held on Friday, April 7th. The event is highlighted by IMCA Late Models racing on the quarter-mile track. Also racing at the REBEL 5K will be Modifieds, Street Stocks, and SportMods. A $5,000 prize awaits the winner of the Late Model feature.
The following Friday, April 14th, the racing action jumps over to the half-mile track on for the 4th annual Midwest Sanction Showdown. The event is co-sanctioned by the MARS DirtCar Series and the Corn Belt Clash late model series. Last year, Wisconsin’s Jimmy Mars was victorious in the Showdown. The late models will be joined on the track by Modifieds, Street Stocks and SportMods.
The Lucas Oil MLRA late models will return to the Davenport Speedway on Friday, May 5th, as the open late models tackle the quarter-mile oval. The Modified, Street Stock, and SportMod classes will be racing for track points.
The Iowa Governor’s Cup, the official stock car championship of the State of Iowa, will see some big changes in 2017. This year’s version of the Iowa Governor’s Cup is the 25th running of the race and will be held on Friday, September 22nd. IMCA Modifieds will be the featured class this year, paying $5,000 to win. SportMods will pay $2,000 to win and Street Stocks $1,000 to win. All races for the one-night event will be on the quarter-mile track.
For the seventh straight year, the Davenport Speedway will offer $2,000-to-win specials for each of our weekly support classes. The IMCA Mod Madness will be held on May 19th, with the Sport Mod Challenge on June 9th. The Street Stock Clash will take place on August 11th.
The Night of Destruction returns on Friday, September 8th. The motorized mayhem includes Cheater Races for the stock car classes and the always popular Trailer Race.
The battle for the 2017 Davenport Speedway track championships will start with the Season Opener on April 21st, and conclude with Season Championship night on August 25th. Weekly racing classes will be IMCA Late Model, IMCA Modifieds, Street Stocks, and IMCA Sport Mods.
Two of Davenport Speedway track champions for 2016 were also crowned IMCA National Champions. IMCA Late Model driver Rob Toland of Davenport, won his third national title. Tony Olson captured his first IMCA Northern SportMod national championship.
Vintage racing continues to be a fan favorite at the Davenport Speedway. The American Iron Racing Series will visit the Davenport four times in 2017, May 12th, July 7th, August 25th and September 22nd. The Midwest Jalopies will appear three times, April 28th, June 2nd, and July 14th.
Racers will get a chance to try out their new rides before the season begins. A test & tune session will be held, on Thursday, April 6th. The open practice will be on the quarter-mile track.
The Davenport Speedway is located at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, on West Locust Street in Davenport, Iowa. On weekly points race nights, the pit gates open 4pm, with hot laps at 6:15 and racing to follow.