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2021 Summer Iowa Games Kicks Off with Virtual Opening Ceremony

The 2021 Summer Iowa Games presented by Grinnell Mutual is underway and will official kick off the main weekend festivities with a virtual Opening Ceremony sponsored by 3M, which will air on Friday, July 30 at 7 p.m. via the Iowa Games Facebook page and YouTube channel.This year's event will feature the National Anthem sung by world renowned opera singer and native Iowan, Simon Estes, along with the oath of athletes recited by Matt Campbell.

Big money, great cause highlight August 1 program at Benton County Speedway

The final month of weekly points racing at Benton County Speedway will kick off in grand fashion Sunday, August 1. Increased prize money in all five weekly divisions, plus an appearance by the Legends cars highlight Racing for Autism Night at The Bullring.A $1,250 winner's share and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational qualifying berth are on the line in the KISS Country 96.
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Five familiar faces find victory lane at Benton County Speedway

Troy Cordes raced to his 5th IMCA Modified win this season on Sunday at Benton Co. Speedway (Wittke) With the weekly points battles entering the final month of the season, drivers who'd already experienced success this season at Benton County Speedway made return trips to the winner's circle Sunday night at The Bullring.Although it had been nearly two months since his most recent win on the quarter-mile, KISS Country 96.5 IMCA Modified driver Troy Cordes showed why he's the point leader in the 20-lapper for that division.

"Back to School Night" Backpack giveaway at the Benton County Speedway

This Sunday night at the Benton County Speedway Bullring Lil Racer Car Club will be our "Back to School Night" Backpack Giveaway! Over 100 backpacks, filled with school supplies, will be given away to school-age kids as they get ready to head back to the classroom this Fall with their friends. All kids under the age of 14 are invited to stop by the Lil Racer Clubhouse and sign our Registration sheet, where they will then receive a ticket, which will need to be handed to our Backpack Coordinator, Janice Smith, in order to receive a brand new pack for school.

Ballard has historic night at Benton County Speedway

Nathan Ballard's victory moved him to the all-time wins list for the division (Photo Jim Wittke) Nathan Ballard won for the 49th time in his career on the Benton County Speedway oval in IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock action Sunday night. The victory moved him to the top of the track's all-time wins list for the division.Nathan Ballard's march to the top is now complete.The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock driver made history Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.

Lil Racer Car Club looks forward to "Back to School Night, July 25!

The Benton County Bullring Lil Racer Car Club will be getting back to our normal ways this Sunday after taking a back seat to the Urbana 5 Group, who had goody bags and a bicycle giveaway last Sunday night. We did begin our "Kids Coloring for Trophies!" promotion again last Sunday as some recent trophy donations have allowed us to start handing them back out to kids who take the time to color us a picture, bring the picture to us at the clubhouse, and exchange it for the trophy of their choosing.

Becerra banks biggest check at Benton County’s Urbana 5

Austen Becerra took home the night’s biggest check, earning $2,200 (photo Jim Wittke) Watching the IMCA Modified feature from his vantage point in staging gave Austen Becerra a pretty good idea where the fast line would be for his own main event Sunday night at Benton County Speedway.The Carthage, Ill., visitor made his way around the high side of The Bullring, leading all 20 laps of the Karl Kustoms IMCA Northern SportMod presented by Christie Door Company feature for a $2,200 Urbana 5 special payday.

Lapan-Islas selected in All Star Cup

David Lapan-Islas was [sel]ed to play in All Star Cup by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.The other [sel]ions can be seen in the photo.

Pladsen working to kick up a Storm at Simpson

Jesse Pladsen is working hard to make the team at Simpson VINTON -- Going back a year, former Vinton-Shellsburg Vikings' placekicker Jesse Pladsen was not thinking about anything beyond the 2020 season. But catching up the present, he has higher sights in mind.In a few weeks, Pladsen will be on his way to Indianola to compete for a spot at the varsity kicker for the Simpson College football team. It has been an interesting year.

Vikettes head into Regional softball action tonight

The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes finished up the regular season last week and they open post-season play tonight at Independence. Game time will be 7 p.m. Here is a summary of last week's games by Vinton Today sportswriter Sage Holmes.Vikette softball sweeps Trojans, 20-8, 15-7Tama, IA - The Vinton-Shellsburg Vikette softball team (10-21) took on the South Tama County Trojans at South Tama County High School in Tama in a WaMaC West doubleheader.
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