Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash


The Jim Sumner Dash For Cash is the emotional highlight of the Dairyland Classic. 100% of all donations to the Jim Dash go directly to the riders!

Each year, we pick select racers to compete in the Jim Dash, which uses the inverted start - fastest qualifier at the rear, slowest at the front - which made AMA Pro short track racing so exciting in the 1970s.

Jim Sumner was a competitor on the AMA Grand National circuit from 1988 until his untimely death in a racing accident in 2002. He was also our family's youngest member. Jim raced motorcycles from eight years of age until his death at 32.

Many Dairyland Classic spectators list the Jim Dash as the best race of the night, and many Grand National stars consider it as a primary reason why they attend the Dairyland Classic whenever they can.

Every year since 2003, the Jim Sumner Memorial Dash has been financed by friends, family members, fans, fellow racers, sponsors, and race fans from around the country. Below is a list of people who are currently financing the next Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash. If you would like to donate to this tradition, click on the DONATE buttons at the top of the page. 100% of the proceeds go DIRECTLY to the riders!

$1,000Jim DrickenKewaskum, WI
$250Paul Covert / I=70 Flat Track SeriesKansas City, KS
$250Al Muth Harley-DavidsonBlack River Falls, WI
$145Brian Malone #193KClearwater, FL
$100John D. Blackstock #17CGainesville, GA
$100In Memory of Trevor ButhWaukesha, WI
$100Red Eddie DrewsRound Lake, IL
$100Pro Plates / Tim HandrichBaraboo, WI
$100DCT Precision / John LambrickDecatur, IL
$100Matt MeesPhoenix, AZ
$100Rob MillaneIxonia, WI
$100Flat Out Friday / Jeremy PrachMilwaukee, WI
$100Don RozwickWaukesha, WI
$100Chris RudyBoulder Creek, CA
$100Tom TetzlaffOshkosh, WI
$100Sally WardMilwaukee, WI
$80Todd CarlsonWest Bend, WI
$70Greg PearsonCulloden, WV
$50Ed ElseDes Plaines, IL
$50Tim Farrell #42PLa Grange Park, IL
$50John FurmanOshkosh, WI
$50Rollie GleisnerJefferson, WI
$50Cory Kleven #98KRosemount, MN
$50Jim Slaughter #30KHills, IA
$20Josh KarausOwatonna, MN

How important is the Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash to the Dairyland Classic? Take a look at the winners over the years. AMA Grand National studs in the list below!

Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash Winners (since 2003):

Jared MeesClio, MIHonda
Jared MeesClio, MIHonda
Rob PearsonMorton, ILYamaha
Rob PearsonMorton, ILYamaha
Kenny CoolbethWarren, CTKawasaki
Sammy HalbertGraham, WAYamaha
Joe KoppMica, WAHonda
Jared MeesClio, MIHonda
JR SchnabelWest Bend, WISuzuki
Jared MeesClio, MIHonda
Terry PooveyEuless, TXHonda
JR SchnabelWest Bend, WIYamaha
Jeremy DeRuyterWest Bend, WIRotax
JR SchnabelWest Bend, WIYamaha

The Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash is our effort to showcase one aspect of professional motorcycle racing that our late brother, Jim, truly loved the inverted, staggered start. Back in the 1970s & 1980s, AMA Pro Racing short track heat races (for the combined Junior/Expert division) were lined up in reverse order, with the fastest qualifier at the rear, and slowest at the front, to make the races more exciting. They certainly were, as the fastest qualifiers only had 4-6 laps to charge through the field in the hopes of securing a transfer spot into the semi qualifiers. The inverted, staggered start was retired after the 1986 season, so Jim was never able to participate in one at his beloved Santa Fe Speedway near Chicago, where he had watched some of the greats of the era Terry Poovey, Randy Goss, Steve Elo, Garth Brow, Scott Pearson hold class every Wednesday night during the 1970s.

Jim passed away two weeks before the 2002 Dairyland Classic, but for 2003 his family decided to honor him by introducing the Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash that would utilize Jim's favorite inverted start.

Jim @ Manitowoc 1988 Jim Sumner was born on April 23, 1970, the youngest of four children born to a life-long AMA Pro Novice and a school teacher. He began competing in amateur dirt track and ice racing in 1979, racing alongside his older brother and sister. From 1979 through 1985, he raced in the amateur ranks, scoring countless wins and earning one District 16 amateur title. In 1986, he obtained his professional racing license from the AMA and was assigned Pro-Am #84S. He received notiety for scoring countless wins throughout the country on a 1971 BSA B50 (500cc single). In May 1987, he advanced to the Junior division, sporting #84K. In 1988, he advanced to the Expert division.

Jim @ Plymouth 1992 In 1990, he earned his first National Championship points by finishing fifth on the mile oval at the DuQuoin, Illinois round of the AMA 600cc National Series. For the 1991 season, he was awarded AMA National Number 45, a number he proudly wore for the rest of his life. Jim made the main event in ten AMA Grand National Championship events and two AMA 600 National events in his career. He was most competitive on the mile tracks, where he frequently won his semi at the Grand Nationals in Springfield or DuQuoin. Jim's greatest professional win came at the AMA Regional event on the Springfield Mile on May 29, 1993, where he won the 600cc Expert division.

Jim was critically injured in a racing crash on the Peoria TT in 1998, but devoted himself to a full year of physical therapy to regain the strength to race again. Jim died after crashing in practive for the Springfield Mile on May 26, 2002. God had allowed him to depart this earth doing what he loved doing the most, surrounded by his racing family. Two hundred and sixty-eight riders held National Numbers during the period from 1991 through 2002. Only nine riders earned a National Number every year over that span: Chris Carr (#1/#4/#20), Jay Springsteen (#9), Terry Poovey (#18), Will Davis (#21), Kevin Atherton (#23), Willie McCoy (#59), George Roeder II (#66), Rich King (#80/#100), and Jim Sumner (#45).

Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash Donors Hall Of Fame

Jim & Sandy Dricken/West Bend Harley-Davidson, West Bend, WI
Al Muth Harley-Davidson, Black River Falls, WI

The Dash For Cash Hall Of Fame Is Dedicated To Those Who Have Financially supported Each and Every Jim Sumner Memorial Dash For Cash since 2003