Rob Toland raced to his career third IMCA Late Model national championship this season. He had also topped 2001 and 2005 points races. (Photo by Chris Damitz)VINTON, Iowa (Sept. 2) – Rob Toland ended a season-long run atop point standings for IMCA Late Models with his career third national championship.Toland adds the 2016 trophy to titles from 2001 and 2005. He won 10 features and local track crowns at his hometown Davenport Speedway and at Quad City Speedway as well.His Davenport title paid off with 15 bonus points, as Toland topped Luke Goedert of Guttenberg by an 800-797 margin for the national prize, worth a $5,500 share of the $21,300 point fund for the division.“When I won my first one in 2001 we were still kind of new to chasing points,” said Toland, at 54 the oldest driver to win an IMCA national championship. “It was different this year. I’d been away from racing for most of two years after being injured at work and I really missed it.”“Right before I got injured I was a third to fifth place finisher,” he continued. “I bought a car from Lynn Richard and it made me relevant again.”Goedert won a division-leading 12 features and got 13 bonus points for winning the track championship at Maquoketa Speedway.Rounding out the top five in the national points race were Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown, Tyler Droste of Waterloo and Joel Callahan of Dubuque.Also winning track championships were Jeff Aikey of Cedar Falls at the Iowa State Fair Speedway, Callahan at Farley Speedway and Dubuque Speedway, DeFrance at Hamilton County Speedway, Droste at Independence Motor Speedway, Chad Holladay of Muscatine at West Liberty Raceway and Jake Neal of Omaha, Neb., at Shelby County Speedway.Toland paced Allstar Performance Illinois State standings and Goedert led the way in Iowa. National rookie of the year was Kirby Schultz of Albia.DeFrance, Ray Guss Jr. of Milan, Ill., and Justin Kay of Wheatland are also three-time IMCA Late Model national champs.Toland said the highlight of his season came on championship night at Davenport when he won ahead of his son Bobby and Kay.Final events of the 2016 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season for Late Models were held Aug. 28 and standings become official on Sept. 26.Point fund checks will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in Lincoln, Neb., on Nov. 26.Unofficial IMCA Late Model point standings – 1. Rob Toland, Davenport, Iowa, 800; 2. Luke Goedert, Guttenberg, Iowa, 797; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, Iowa, 793; 4. Tyler Droste, Waterloo, Iowa, 786; 5. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, Iowa, 779; 6. Matt Ryan, Davenport, Iowa, 760; 7. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, Iowa, 754; 8. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, Iowa, 752; 9. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, Iowa, 743; 10. Allan Hopp, Harlan, Iowa, 742; 11. Jason Hahne, Webster City, Iowa, 726; 12. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, Iowa, 718; 13. Nick Marolf, Wilton, Iowa, 711; 14. Ryan Griffith, Webster City, Iowa, 702; 15. Curt Schroeder, Newton, Iowa, 692; 16. Ben Seemann, Waterloo, Iowa, 690; 17. Jonathan Brauns, Muscatine, Iowa, 685; 18. Travis Denning, Sterling, Ill., 681; 19. Randy Havlik, Ankeny, Iowa, 680; 20. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, Iowa, 677.
Many’s the story will be shared when Donegal hosts 116 heritage events in mid-August for National Heritage Week.National Heritage Week takes place from Saturday, August 18 to Sunday, August 26 2018 and is coordinated by The Heritage Council and Local Authority Heritage Officers.The County Donegal Heritage Office, Donegal County Council has compiled the County Donegal Heritage Week Event Guide which is a free, pocket-size booklet that outlines all 116 Heritage Week events taking place across County Donegal and most of them are free. The Event Guide will be launched at Glenveagh Castle, Glenveagh National Park on Tuesday, August 7 at 12 noon by Cllr. Seamus Ó Domhnaill, Cathaoirleach, Donegal County Council.Event organisers can collect their copies of the Event Guide at the launch. Everyone is welcome to attend and light refreshments will be served.The aims of Heritage Week are to raise awareness of our heritage and to encourage its preservation, conservation and promotion.County Donegal is the county with the most events taking place per head of population and Culture Division, Donegal County Council has organised, or is hosting over 20 of the 116 ‘Heritage Week’ events already planned in County Donegal. Events include built heritage open days, guided walks, heritage site visits, fieldtrips, exhibitions, illustrated presentations, workshops, storytelling, historical re-enactments, children’s activities, launch events and traditional skills demonstrations. Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer said: “As 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage, people are encouraged to ‘make a connection’ with their heritage whether it’s at a local, national or European level.”“Investment in our cultural, built and natural heritage engages people with place, supports local economies and animates our tourism industry. People from heritage organisations, community groups, museums, heritage centres and the Culture Division, Donegal County Council have come together again this year to produce a great Heritage Week events programme in County Donegal.“The theme of this year’s Heritage Week is ‘Share a Story’ and County Donegal has lots of stories to tell about its heritage, landscape, environment, history, folklore, traditional skills and the lives of its inhabitants. It’s little wonder then that County Donegal is set to be the county with the most Heritage Week events per head of population in Ireland again this year.”Copies of the County Donegal Heritage Week Event Guide will be available in tourist offices, libraries, public service centres, museums and heritage centres next week and on-line at www.heritageweek.ie or www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage Donegal to host highest proportion of Heritage Week 2018 events was last modified: August 2nd, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegaleventsHeritage Week read more