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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.

 

SUPPORT LIFE:
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.

#EndRant

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2017 DIRT TRACK RACING SPECIALS
This is only a partal list of what we found

04-01, SATMarshalltown Speedway11th Annual World Nationals (Night 2)

DATE TRACK EVENT
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)

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