300 Raceway gets its name from geography – it’s located off U.S. Highway 20 at Exit 300 – and the Simon family’s background in tractor pulling. Friday’s test and tune runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The traditional standard for a full pull was 300 feet. One of the biggest tractor pull events in the state will be held at the raceway in mid-August. “We have a test and tune this Friday. We’ve already gotten a lot of good feedback from drivers and we’re really stoked about this season,” Simon continued. “We’ve looked forward to being able to open the grandstands and have made a lot of changes to the track (from regrading to making entries and exits more driver-friendly). It’s going to be racy from top to bottom.” The evening’s program will be held in honor of the late Randy Mackey, a long-time track employee at Farley. Gates open at 5 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps. All four IMCA divisions also run Wednesdays June 10 and 24 and Aug. 12 and 26. The Sept. 3-5 Yankee Dirt Track Classic features the Modifieds, Stocks and SportMods while Modifieds and SportMods run July 13. 300 Raceway is part of IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region for Modifieds and EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region for Stock Cars. FARLEY, Iowa – With one practice session left for fine-tuning, promoter R.J. Simon had a promise for IMCA drivers looking forward to opening night next Wednesday at 300 Raceway. “I raced a Late Model one season and respect everyone who races. I understand the struggles,” commented Simon. “What I like best about sanctioning is the rules and the help we get from IMCA in enforcing them. The rules are right there in black and white.” “It’s going to be one of the fastest tracks you’ve seen at Farley,” he predicted, with IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods all on the June 3 card.
By Joe ChapmanBOTOFAGO got their act off to a winning note with a 4-1 brushing aside of Hi Stars, while Net Rockers ended the quest of Amelia’s Ward Panthers for a berth into the next stage with a 2-2 result, as this year’s Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA) 5th GT Beer Christmas football championship continued on Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.The night began with Botofago facing Hi Stars who were handed a loss for their abandoned game when they were trailing with six minutes left in their game against Eagles United when a scrimmage had broken out.That loss and now Botofago’s hammering out a 4-1 victory behind goals from Jashwan Moore, who netted early in the 11th minute and Jamal Haynes’ 31-minute strike sending them into a 2-0 half-time lead, were early warnings of how the game would end.But two minutes after play resumed, Hi Stars found the back of the net in the 47th minute through Jason Monah. The lead was increased, however, when Botofago’s Jamal Haynes connected again in the 60th minute making it 3-1.Then Haynes club mate Amar Jones pushed Botofago to a 4-1 lead in the 80th minute, as they shut down the hopes of Hi Stars. and now await their other group match against Eagles United to decide which club will advance to the semifinals from that group.In the other game Ward Panthers, after losing out in their first game to Blueberry Hill, were hoping for a positive result to make it to the next round, but they were unable to get the necessary win.In fact, Denzil Pryce first sent Net Rockers into the lead in the 31st minute but the Panthers were able to square things through a 37th minute goal by Matthew Whyte before the first half ended 1-1.But Clarence Huggins again gave the Rockers the edge when he scored in the 52nd minute. It seemed that the Panthers were down and out but Omalli Webb was able to convert from close range after a relentless offensive play bore fruit in the 83rd minute and raised hopes of the Panthers.However, a non-call for handle ball that went against Panthers as they were on the look-out for that winning goal in the dying moments of the game did not help the Panthers’ cause and they had to settle for a draw which eradicated any hope of reaching the next round.On Friday, other matches are set for the tournament venue – the MSC ground – where Kwakwani Strikers meet Silver Shattas, the defending champions, and the other match pits Botofago against Eagles United in key encounters.