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Big paydays are on the line for Urbana Five Memorial at Benton County Speedway

The Urbana Five Memorial has always been one of the biggest events of the year at Benton County Speedway. This year’s edition promises to be the biggest yet. The ninth annual event, which honors the memory of five area youth who lost their lives in a traffic accident just a few miles north of Vinton in 2015, will boast increased purses across the board this Sunday, July 16 at The Bullring.

Rick races to a share of history Sunday at Benton County Speedway

Lukas Rick became the first driver in 44 years to win the first five weekly points events of a season at Benton County Speedway when he topped the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact feature Sunday night. (photos by Kylie Worthen) (Be sure to hit the arrows on the photo to see ALL the photos that accompany this story!) It took Lukas Rick a little longer than normal to get there, but by night’s end he again stood victorious in victory lane at Benton County Speedway.  With Sunday’s win, the Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compact driver accomplished something that had only been done once 44 years ago at The Bullring.
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Kids’ Christmas in July this Sunday at The Bullring

Although Santa doesn’t arrive for another few months,  kids in attendance will have some mid-summer Christmas cheer this Sunday at Benton County Speedway. Kids’ Christmas in July is on tap July 9 and will feature kids’ power wheel races, plus a number of prize giveaways for the youth in attendance at The Bullring. The IMCA Weekly Racing season continues Sunday night in all divisions, as well.

Christmas in July for the Lil' Racer Car Club Members this Sunday

Christmas in July is coming to the Bullring Lil Racer Car Club this Sunday night! The first 65 kids that come by the clubhouse and register will receive a Christmas stocking and another gift. Santa may make his appearance also! There will also be some ladies' gifts to randomly hand out so be sure to stop by on your way to the grandstands!

Motorcyle Racing in Vinton - 70 years ago

70 years ago today, Benton County Speedway held its first Motorcyle race Bob Kimm on his motorcycle preparing to race - note that there are no brakes! He was just 18 at the time, but the motorcycle enthusiast made plans to compete on the Benton County race track. The first motorcycle race on the track was held on Sunday afternoon, July 5, 1953, sponsored by the fair board as part of their 4th of July celebration. Bob Kimm had been riding motorcycles since he was old enough to get a license. A first-year novice racer, he took part in that event, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.
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Wehrle wins Sprint Invaders stop at Benton County Speedway

The Sprint Invaders made their first of two stops this season at The Bullring. Cody Wehrle topped the 21-car field in Sunday night’s action. (Photo by Lisa Vogt)  Cody Wehrle was the top 360 Sprint during an appearance by the Sprint Invaders July 2 at Benton County Speedway. Wehrle raced from the second row and into the runner-up spot two laps into the 25-lapper and chased leader Bret Tripplett until caution slowed action on lap 11. On the restart, Wehlre made his bid for the lead and drove away to victory.

Bullring Lil Racer Car Club activities for Sunday July 2

Welcome back Lil Racers! It's been a couple of weeks since we have seen each other at the Bullring! Stop by and register for FREE at the clubhouse and get your prize numbers for our prize drawings. We have FREE racing flags, FREE juice pouches, FREE stuffed animals, and FREE freezer pops available. Stop and visit with “George the Giraffe” and g

Sprint Invaders return Sunday to Benton County Speedway

In what has become an annual Independence Day holiday tradition, the Sprint Invaders will make their way back to Benton County Speedway this weekend. The 360 Sprint series will make its return this Sunday, July 2 and join the IMCA weekly racing program at The Bullring.  IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars presented by Christie Door Company, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks presented by Vermedahl Trucking, Friesen Performance IMCA Northern SportMods presented by Houdek Auto Center and Mach-1 IMCA Sport Compacts presented by iHeart Radio will complete Sunday’s program.
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Party in Pink Race results

The annual Party in Pink event was held in Vinton on Friday evening. Dealing with smoke from the Canadian wildfires, most racers did not appear to be affected.  The event held three different categories for the run. 5KIn the 5K race, the overall winner was Eli Page with a time of 17:57 followed by Emma Olsem at 25:32. All other race results can be seen HERE.

Bullring Lil Racer Car Club's "Father's Day Bucket Giveaway" items announced

Three buckets to drop your extra ticket into. Three numbers to be called at intermission, in addition to our weekly prize giveaways and our “Lil Racer of the Week, sponsored by The Pizza Place of CenterPoint”. WHAT is in each bucket you ask?? Bucket #1 winner will receive TWO 20.00 dollar gift certificates to CHECKERS TAVERN in Cedar Rapids, a long-time club sponsor.
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