Archive for Thursday, November 16, 2000

Kansas Speedway moves up inaugural date

November 16, 2000

The Kansas Speedway is revving up its racing lineup with a double-header event for its inaugural race day.

Speedway officials said Tuesday, the ARCA Re/Max Series and NASCAR`s Winston West Series will debut back to back June 2.

"We think it will be a great day of racing with two of the best racing series in the country," said Jeff Boerger, Kansas Speedway vice president and general manager.

A Kansas City, Mo., racecar driver brought his ARCA Series stock
car to the Kansas Speedway Tuesday in conjunction with the official
announcement that the ARCA Re/Max Series and Winston West Series
would race in a double-header opening day, June 2.

A Kansas City, Mo., racecar driver brought his ARCA Series stock car to the Kansas Speedway Tuesday in conjunction with the official announcement that the ARCA Re/Max Series and Winston West Series would race in a double-header opening day, June 2.

The announcement came during a press conference Tuesday at the Speedway that was scheduled to open July 7 with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race.

With the recent addition to the racing lineup, Speedway officials moved up opening day and will sell separate tickets for the event, Boerger said.

ARCA Re/Max racers run on different types and sizes of track surfaces in various race formats throughout the racing season. The cars match the engine compression, wheelbase and weight of a Winston Cup stock car, but can reach greater speeds.

The Kansas Speedway event will be the western most venue on the ARCA Re/Max Series racing schedule.

Two-time, and current ARCA Bondo Mar-Hyde racing champion Jeff Kimball said the series is an exciting competition that will give race fans their monies worth. Kimball said he was impressed with the speedway`s layout and thought they would have a good race in June.

The ARCA Re/Max series has more than 100 races a year, and adding a race at the Kansas Speedway gives racers one more venue to win.

"I can`t be bad everywhere, sooner or later I have to win a race," Kimball said.

The inaugural day race will be the farthest east the NASCAR`s Winston West Series has run since its inception, said Kevin Green, NASCAR`s Winston West Series media coordinator.

The June event will be the fourth time the series has raced on a speedway`s opening day.

"We`ve been the inaugural event at Pike`s Peak Speedway, Las Vegas Speedway and California Speedway," Green said.

Winston West Series cars match pound for pound, inch for inch with Winston Cup cars, except in horsepower. Winston West Series cars run lower horsepower V-8 engines under the hood.

Scott Gaylord, of Lakewood, Calif., who was 10th in total Winston West race points this year, said he thinks racers will be able to hit top speeds on the speedway`s 1.5 mile track.

"It looks like a fantastic facility," he said.

John Metcalf, of Aurora, Colo., was fourth in points this year and races for team Re/Max.

"From what I`ve seen of the facility I really can`t wait to get to race with these guys," he said.

Boerger also announced at the media conference that country music radio station KFKF 94.1 FM will broadcast the inaugural race, with pre-race, post-race and traffic coverage. The station has been chosen as the official voice of the Kansas Speedway and will cover the entire racing seasoning, Boerger said.

Wyandotte County residents will get first dibs on inaugural race-day tickets starting this month. General ticket sales to the entire public for this event will start Dec. 18.

The double-header cost $20 and $25 for general admission seats and $30 for reserved seats. Race fans can buy tickets by mail, online at www.kansasspeedway.com or by faxing an order form to 913-328-3380.

"This will be a stand alone event," Boerger said. "This will be separate from the RPM (season ticket) package."

Boerger also announced at the media conference that country music radio station KFKF 94.1 FM will broadcast the inaugural race, with pre-race, post-race and traffic coverage. The station has been chosen as the official voice of the Kansas Speedway and will cover the entire racing seasoning, Boerger said.

Construction began on $228 million speedway 17 months ago at Parallel Parkway and 110th Street and about 80 percent of the regular season tickets have been sold.

Construction workers continue to shape concrete and steel into a behemoth structure that can be seen from the 1-70-I-435 interchange.

Wyandotte County has taken chance on the speedway, hoping that it will spur economic growth in the area as other International Speedway Corporation tracks have done in other cities.

Mayor Carol Morinavich said Tuesday the speedway would be a success because of the cooperation and teamwork between International Speedway Corporation, Wyandotte County and state entities.

"What has brought us here today is a strong partnership," she said.

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