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1  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / 3rd Annual STA-BIL Midwest Summer Nationals Carlisle Iowa River Bottom Raceway on: May 05, 2014, 04:46:30 PM
We're doing it again!

June 28th & 29th 2014 at the famed River Bottom Raceway in Carlisle Iowa

1/10 mile flat track on the best river bottom dirt in the country

Primitive camping available at the track and just minutes from the largest city in Iowa

We've hosted some of the largest mower count National Point races in the history of the USLMRA and sure would like this one to be bigger and better than ever.

There will be live entertainment at the track on Saturday night again this year with 1 exception; it will be bring your own beverage this year! All you'll need to join the fun is a pit pass and cooler.

We will add information as it becomes available, if you have questions please ask.

Racer Contact:

Marty Murphy
CILMRA President

Doug Baber
Track Promoter

Other activities:

There will be a live band at the track Saturday night.

Downtown area within walking distance of the track.

The track concession will be open during race times.

City web site:   http://www.carlisle-ia.gov/index.htm

Hotel Information

Sleep Inn & Suites in Pleasant Hill, IA. This motel is about 10 minutes north of the track and the National staff has always stayed here in the past. There are plenty of other options available in the greater Des Moines area. If you are looking for something special just let me know and I'll do what legwork I can for you.


Other area Motels (motels close to the air port would be next closest to the track)


Camping Information:

Camping available at the track.

Yellow Banks Park is a county park about 10 miles north near Pleasant Hill that looks nice and does have electric sites, shower houses and appears to take online reservations for 9 campsites and the rest are first come. Electric camper sites are $19/night, tent sites are $13/night.

Map from Yellow Banks to Track:


Campground web site:


Webb RV Park is a private park about 9 miles east of the track. All 50 sites are full facility (50 amp elec, water, sewer, shower house). Rates are $30/night.
Webb RV Park LLC
22955 Buchanan Trail, Hartford, IA 50118
Phone: (515) 989-0574
Map from Webb RV Park to Track:
Park web site:

2  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / CILMRA RBR Race Postponed on: April 24, 2014, 09:45:55 PM
The race scheduled for this Sunday April 27th has been postponed until Sunday May 4th at 2 PM.
3  General / Coffee Shop / Spec Class on: March 17, 2014, 10:21:51 PM
Are spec classes the future? What are your thoughts? The question has been asked of me several times recently and I don't have the answers, just wondering what everyone thinks. BE NICE, just some food for thought.
4  Mower Building / Setup Help / Driveline / Gear Ratio on: December 05, 2013, 01:54:18 PM
I was attempting to figure out a final ratio for a FXT I'm building. I thought I knew what I was doing and have been running the same engine and basic tire size on a BP with a 700. The new one will have a 1 to 1 LAGB so I figure this is easy, I'll just figure out what I have for a final on the BP and subtract 3 (for the 700 running in a 25/25). According to the EC calculator that does not work, why? What am I missing? I look at that calculator and I see a 8" engine pulley to a 5" tranny pulley = .625, through the tranny through a 25/25 gear set = 3, 12 tooth tranny output to a 46 axle = 3.83. now that equals 7.46 no matter how many times I add it up, BUT the calculator tells me 7.19.

I know I'm about to feel silly and wish I would have never asked but let me have it, what did I miss???
5  Mower Building / Setup Help / Chassis / Rear Bearing Size? on: October 17, 2013, 02:09:07 PM
What are your thoughts on rear bearing size?

1.25 x 2.440 OD vs 1.25 x 2.835

No so much about price, the cassetts are the same price, the larger cermaic bearings are about x5 on the price and the steel bearings are about x3.

I see an advantage in the cassettes for the small bearing because there is a lot more material there (stronger?)

My question is will the larger bearing spin more freely and last longer (faster and more dependable)?
6  General / Coffee Shop / Handy Lift Tables on: October 15, 2013, 04:53:08 PM
I was informed today I won a Handy Industries lift table!!! Pretty excited and wanted to give them a HUGE THANK YOU!!!  woo

"The big winner of the Handy Lift and Wheel Chock is Curt Hodges from Newton, IA! Thanks to everyone who stopped by our trailer at events this summer. Congratulations, Curt!"


7  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / Saline County Fair Marshall, MO - Take Two on: June 03, 2013, 01:57:49 PM
CILMRA will be racing at the Saline County Fair in Marshall, MO again this year. This will be an exhibition and is scheduled for Saturday evening July 13th, 2013. Races will start at 7PM. We should be done by dark but if not there are lights. If you pass all the safety items in tech we will find a class for you to race in.

This was a lot of fun last year with as many spectators as I’ve ever seen at a lawn mower race.  They truly loved what they saw last year and want to see more. I know the Kansas and Iowa crews will be there in full force, come join us for a good time!

Oh Yea, 2 words you all love……….. TOW MONEY!!!   woo
8  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / CILMRA at the Iowa Speedway June 1st 2013 on: April 09, 2013, 01:38:24 PM
The Central Iowa Lawn Mower Racing Association will be racing at the Iowa Speedway on Saturday June 1st (time TBD) during the I80 Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally. This should be awesome and a great opportunity to get our sport out in front of new fans!  The bikers are going to love these mowers. This is a win win for both the Iowa Speedway and CILMRA as the Speedway will be the title sponsor of the STA-BIL National Points Race in Iowa on June 29th & 30th.

All mower racers who participate in the Rally Race will be given free admission to the Rally for the day and free tent camping, this will include your spouse.  Full camping accommodations also available for an additional cost.


I’ll provide additional details as they unfold.
9  General / Coffee Shop / Racing on Turf Questions on: April 08, 2013, 11:28:50 AM
I have never been to a race on turf but have something in the works that may require us to do so.

Looking for advice and what to plan for and expect.

I have not walked the area yet but appears to be flat and fairly smooth with plenty of room.

Track size? Water? Grip? Grass length? Anything???


10  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / 2013 Central Iowa Lawn Mower Racing Association Schedule on: March 29, 2013, 04:53:46 PM
2013 CILMRA Schedule
April 13th                Open Practice       1:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
April 28th             Points Race #1      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
May 26th                Points Race #2      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
June 29 & 30   2nd Annual STA-BIL America’s Heartland Summer Nationals    River Bottom Raceway
July 13th                Exhibition       7:00 PM   Saline County Fair                   Marshall, MO
July 14th                Exhibition                   7:00 PM   Marion County Fair                   Knoxville, IA
July 28th                Points Race #3      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
August 25th   Points Race #4      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
Sept. 22nd   Points Race #5      2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
October 27th   Season Championship   2:00 PM   River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA
November   “No Snow Let’s Mow”   TBD        River Bottom Raceway       Carlisle, IA

Sorry that's such a mess, tried to fix several times.
11  Mower Building / Setup Help / Driveline / Wheel Options on: October 29, 2012, 12:40:49 PM
We’re working on a FTS and trying to figure out wheel and tire sizes / options.  Pretty sure we’ll run 6” wheels and I’m trying to find wheels that come in all the standard widths and have bead lock options in black. Not having much luck…
12  General / Coffee Shop / Lift Table on: October 01, 2012, 10:18:00 AM
New lift table, old hospital bed and a sheet of 11ga banded with 1 1/2" angle. Works great, have about $150 invested. Still need to add a ramp.
13  General / Coffee Shop / Banner Ads on: September 05, 2012, 09:39:40 AM
Am I just slow or is this something fairly new? I’ve been noticing on this site as well as some others I frequent that the last 2 or 3 things I have “googled” or researched on the web are popping up in the banner ads. Go ahead and laugh at me if you must, this has probably been going on for years and I just noticed….
14  General / Coffee Shop / 1 1/4 " steering wheel on: June 18, 2012, 04:21:29 PM
Has anyone found a throttle lever like a dirty harry that will fit the larger diameter steering wheels? I was looking at a new wheel that is 1 1/4 " diameter.
15  Race and Event Announcements / USLMRA Races / River Bottom Raceway - June 24th - Carlisle, IA on: June 18, 2012, 12:11:54 PM
CILMRA Season Points Race #3 is scheduled for Sunday June 24th at River Bottom Raceway in Carlisle, IA. Tech 1 PM  -  Drivers Meeting 1:30 PM  -  Hotlaps 2:00 PM with racing to follow.

We will run local stock, super stock, CP, and BP classes. Depending on drivers attendance there will likely be SP, supermod and FX machines there as well. We will combine classes and everyone will have a place to race as long as the machines meet track and safety requirements.

Track promoters are asking that all drivers wear some kind of upper body protection.

If you received a warning from Tech at the last race please make sure you are squared away for this race.

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