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posted June 05, 2002 10:57 PM
Toby Kruse joins I.M.C.A. as
director of track relations
VINTON, Iowa (June 5) – The motorsports career of Toby Kruse has taken a new turn.
Kruse brings a national reputation for his race track announcing and flagging skills to his new position as director of track relations for I.M.C.A.
He’ll undertake a wide variety of responsibilities, working with promoters and officials at sanctioned tracks around the country, helping plan special events and series, and working with the marketing department in gaining and retaining sponsors.
Kruse will also maintain regular contact with I.M.C.A.’s regional and divisional directors.
“This is a natural fit for me,” said Kruse, 33. “I have a true love of the sport, I enjoy traveling, visiting tracks and working with promoters and track officials.”
“For me, it’s not going to be work so much because I have such a passion for the sport,” he added.
Kruse was the perfect candidate to fill the position, according to I.M.C.A. President Kathy Root.
“There are few, if any, other people who have Toby’s experience and knowledge in so many different aspects of mo-torsports,” she said. “He is a tremendous addition to this staff.”
Kruse got his first flagging job in 1988. He’s been paired with Denny Grabenbauer at the Boone Speedway since 1989 and the partnership has become one of the best-known announcing tandems in grassroots racing.
His on-the-track experience includes memorable, though not entirely successful outings in both the I.M.C.A. Sunoco Modified and Stock Car divisions. He worked at Wayne Larson Racing Specialists and for JR Motorsports before signing on with I.M.C.A.
Kruse will become a frequent flyer next season, alternating weekend trips with I.M.C.A. Vice President of Operations Brett Root. He’ll continue flagging Wednesday nights at Buena Vista Raceway and, as often as possible, announcing on Saturday evenings at Boone.
“I’ve done just about everything in this sport and hope to be able to continue to do some of them,” he said. “I have a good handle on all aspects of racing and that’s because I learned from Robert Lawton,” promoter at Boone.
Kruse will continue to live in Boone. His first day on the job with I.M.C.A. was Monday.