2013 Awards Banquet
March 8, 2014
Great Caterers of Iowa
1250 NE 56th St
Pleasant Hill, IA 50327
Schedule of Events
The doors open
4:30pm ~ 6:00pm -
Social Hour w/ cash bar
The Awards Presentation, Special Recognitions and Video presentations
Karl Performance to Support
3 New Programs for 2014.
New for 2014 will be a program for our weekly bracket racers with the points winners in Top, Modified, and Street ET classes having a run off to be the overall track champion. The winner of this run off will recieve cash, track champion jacket, and a full season gold card for a free season of racing in 2015.
Karl Performance will also support our Midnight Madness events by giving out Karl Performance gift certificates for our Fast Four classes of Front wheel drive, Rear wheel drive, and truck class.
On May 31 there will be a Karl Performance Fun Day. On this day everyone will get into the track at no charge. We will offer test and tune to anyone, and we are working on having a car show and other things to be announced.
You can check out everything that Karl Performance has at www.karlperformance.com or stop into their awesome store located at 5927 NE Industry Drive, Des Moines Ia. 50313. They truly are a one stop store for all of your high performance needs.
Details On 2014 Race Schedule
The 2014 Season schedule offers more choices for our bracket racers. We have added 4 more 2 day weekends to our schedule to help reduce the cost of travel to the track especially those that have to make a longer tow. We will drop the 4 lowest points races at the end of the season so for those who don`t want to run more Sundays or those who do not want to come for the one day races can do so and not hurt their chances to chase points. With this schedule we will have at least one weekend a month with no points race and some months with 2 weekends with no points races. On our non points race dates we are still working on details for those dates, watch our website for more details to come. Some will have some racing others may be non racing events.
As in the past we will have several special classes running on select dates. The Advanced Transmission Top Sportsman / Top Dragster series will have 4 (2) day races (8 total with no waived races this year) Quick Performance returns as the sponsor of the very exciting 10.5 tire class which will have 4 races at ERP this year. We will have 4 (2) day races for the 6.90 index class now called `Hot Rod`. The ERP stick shift class will return with either 4 or 5 race dates for this series. As announced earlier the bikes will be allowed to run in the car classes this year but we are also looking at 4 (2) day races that the Pro Bike and Street bike classes have a class just for them. The high school class will run on 8 Friday nights as will a new entry level class called Teen Championship Racing. This IHRA program allows kids with a learners permit or a license to compete with a street legal car 10 seconds and slower with a parent or gaurdian as a passenger. We will have more details on this later. Midnight Madness returns with 6 Friday night events for street legal cars and bikes.
Special events for the year start off with Memorial Day weekend. This weekend will include several of our special classes and we hope to have Pro Mods part of it, however this is not finalized at this time. In June we will have an IHRA Iron Man race when the 3 bracket class winners will get an IHRA Iron Man trophy. The Musco Lighting Night of Fire will return on the weekend of July 4-6 with details to be announced. The awesome World Fuel Altered Nationals will be back for the 9th year on Aug. 15-17 with some more nitro action along with lots of sportsman racing as well. Labor Day weekend will have lots of special sportsman racing and the final big event for bracket racers will be our Fall Bracket Classic this year on Sept. 20-21. Our season will conclude with our Jr Dragster Halloween Nationals Oct. 3-5. This will be a special IHRA event. We are working on details at this time.
Other possibilities that we are working on at this time are car shows, a concert, swap meet, and special events focused on street cars. Details on our special events and classes will be posted on our website and Facebook site as details are finalized. Any questions about the season schedule or any other issue about the track please call Gerald at 641-780-3534 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weekly Points Classes for 2014
at Eddyville Raceway Park
With the change to IHRA our regular classes will only have minor changes, mainly name changes. ERP will take 50 racers to the IHRA ET Finals in September from these 4 classes. (We will offer the top 2 in our high school class the chance to race in the Street class) Track points champions in Top, Modified, and Jr Dragsters will compete in the race of champions at the ET Finals with the winners advancing to the World Finals at Memphis Tn. for the Summit Super Series National Championship !
Super Pro class will now be Top ET. We will keep the ET breaks of 7.50 and quicker as that is only slightly different from the ET Finals. Entry fees and payouts will remain the same. Rules are very similar with helmet rules, chassis certs, and license requirements being less restrictive. New for 2014 motorcycles will be allowed to run with the cars and compete for points. To be in the points and try to go to the ET finals you will have to be an IHRA member and have an IHRA competition license and number.
Pro ET class will now be Modified ET. We will keep our ET breaks at 7.99 and quicker. At the ET finals the ET limits will be 0-13.99 (9.09 1/8th mile). Again all entry fees and payouts will be the same, bikes will be allowed and rule changes are the same as in Top ET. IHRA membership, license issues, and numbers are required.
Sportsman class will now be Street ET. Our ET limits will be the same as for the ET finals, 7.50 & slower. The biggest difference is we will allow any tire in this class at our races, however if you qualify for the ET finals to run the Street class there, you will be required to run DOT street legal tires, or you can move to the Modified class at the ET finals if you are running slicks. Bikes will be allowed to run this class also for 2014. You will need IHRA membership and competition number.
Jr Dragster will have some rule changes. 8 & 9 year olds are now limited to 11.90 and slower, and 12 year olds can run 7.90 and slower.
Jr Dragsters also can go to the ET Finals in Martin Michigan. IHRA membership, competition license, and competition number will be required.
Motorcycle Drag Race Program
at Eddyville Raceway Park for 2014
To better align ourselves with other race tracks in Iowa and surrounding areas we are going to run motorcycles with the 3 car classes we have on all regular points races. We have resisted doing this for several years but this year all of the other tracks are doing it and they will run with the cars at the ET finals. To qualify for the ET Finals you will have to sign up for points in the regular points classes of Top ET, Modified ET, or Street ET.
We will however still do (4) 2 day race days that will offer a Pro Bike class and a Street Bike bracket class. On these dates you will be able to run the bike classes only or run both if you can return to the lanes quickly.The bike only classes will not be for points! Entry fees and payouts for the bike classes are pending sponsorships of those classes. We will continue to have a fast 4 shootout for street bikes at our midnight madness events and will have some bike classes at the R/J Performance Fun Weekend Sept. 27 & 28 (Details TBA). Tenative dates for the 2 day bike events are: May 24-25, June 21-22, Aug. 30-31, & Sept. 20-22.
Any questions please email Gerald at email@example.com, or call him at 641-780-3534.
A Note to Racers and Fans...
We realize that the announcements that came out last Thursday caught everyone by surprise. Some people have been very upset by the change to IHRA and we fully understand some of the concerns. Many of these concerns will be addressed this week as we get answers to these questions. Details will be posted on our website and Facebook site about memberships, licenses, certifications, ET Finals, special events available to us, etc. I have spent a lot of time on the IHRA website researching programs available and the rule book and I like what I see and I think our racers will as well. I really like what I see for the Jrs as they can go to the ET Finals and our Jr track champion can compete for a national championship!
As far as weekly programs we see very few changes only name changes for our bracket classes. Scott remains on as a partner and will still have some time to spend on ERP business. From what I see many rules are more relaxed than with NHRA (Chassis certs start at 6.00 sec. and faster as an example) IHRA has a reputation of being a very racer friendly organization and that will only get better with Scott in charge. Feel free to contact me with any question, email is best but will take phone calls if I can answer them as I will be working a part time job this week.
Thanks Gerald Kramer (Manager@eddyvilleraceway.com) (641-780-3534)
SCOTT GARDNER NAMED PRESIDENT OF INTERNATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
IRG Sports + Entertainment to acquire Cordova Dragway Park, Host of the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series in 2014
JUPITER, FL – November 14, 2013 – IRG Sports + Entertainment™ (IRG), parent company of the International Hot Rod Association™ (IHRA) and multiple motorsports facilities, announced today that Aaron Polburn has stepped down as President and General Manager of the IHRA and Scott Gardner, the longtime owner and promoter of Cordova Dragway Park (CDP), has been named the new President effective today. Polburn, who had been at the helm of IHRA since 2004, has stepped down for personal reasons and will transition the company to Gardner over the next two weeks. Gardner will lead the IHRA team based out of the current Norwalk, Ohio office.
Cordova Dragway Park, home of the World Series of Drag Racing and previously the host of Nitro Jam events, will return as an IHRA-sanctioned Member Track. Gardner will pass the day-to-day management of CDP to his wife and Vice President of CDP, Laura Gardner and Chris McMahan, Director of Operations. CDP will host a newly added 12th event weekend on the Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series™ (NJDRS) 2014 North American Tour. The IHRA recently announced that the NJDRS 2014 North American Tour will feature a number of enhancements for the upcoming racing season including the addition of a national points fund, the return of traditional drag racing, a new Fan Zone pit experience and more.
As Gardner moves from CDP to lead the IHRA, IRG will acquire CDP as part of its portfolio of motorsports facilities and take over the management at the end of the 2014 season. Also under Gardner’s co-ownership, Eddyville Raceway Park in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Cedar Falls Raceway in Cedar Falls, Iowa, will become IHRA-sanctioned Member Tracks. With the addition of these three Member Tracks, the IHRA now sanctions 112 facilities in five countries.
“It’s a great honor and a huge responsibility to take over the position of President of the IHRA,” noted Gardner. “The IHRA brand is something I have always felt was a viable drag racing organization. I am confident I can bring new ideas and renewed energy to the table, while staying true to the sportsman racing at the core of the organization.”
From all of us at ERP we want to thank all of the racers and fans that supported the track this year. In spite of tough economic times and some bad weather issues in May and June we are fortunate to have had a pretty successful season. Our big events (Night of Fire and World Fuel Altered Nationals) were the best ones we have ever had along with some other very good events. We certainly had some disappointing events and are working on plans to change some events and classes to improve them. As always we would love to have feed back on things you think we are doing right and also ideas to improve things we are now doing or ideas for new things you think might be a good fit for our track. We will consider all suggestions and ideas.
We are working on some improvements at the track as time and money permits this fall and next spring. We would like to know what you would like to see for improvements as well. Please email Gerald at firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues or call him at 641-780-3534. Our awards banquet will be on March 8 at the same location in Pleasant Hill as the last few years. You can also send Gerald ideas for special awards that you have for the banquet.
Have a great off season. Gerald Kramer and Scott Gardner