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Three Race Independence Day weekend await NCRA Late Model Series


Park City, Kansas (June 26, 2011) - After being silent for over a month, the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley’s Racing Products DIRTcar late model series kicks back into action in a big way this coming Independence Day weekend with three races at three different venues on the docket.


It all kicks off this coming Friday night, July 1st, at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska with $3000 going to the nights feature winner. Then on Saturday night the tour makes their second ever appearance at Adams County Speedway in Corning, Iowa for yet another $3000 winners share. The tour then closes out the holiday weekend with their first of two appearances of the season atop the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kansas on Sunday night in a $2500 to win event. The Friday and Saturday night shows will be co-sanctioned with the DART Corn Belt Clash and Lucas Oil MLRA late model series while Sunday night’s event will see the series Great Plains DIRTcar region joining forces with the NCRA DIRTcar late model regulars.


Al Purkey of Coffeyville, Kansas currently sits atop the point standings with Cory Zeitner of Omaha, Nebraska just fifteen points out of the lead in second place. Dean Moore of Grand Junction, Colorado is third in the point standings while late model veteran Joe Kosiski of Omaha sits fourth. Shelton, Nebraska’s Steve Kempt, who leads the Great Plains DIRTcar late model point standings, currently sits in the fifth position.


Drivers expected to compete during this holiday weekend late model triple header include Wylan Petrie of Soloman, Kansas, Shawn Harker of Plattsmouth, Nebraska, former series champion Kyle Berck of Marquette, Nebraska, John Anderson of Omaha, Billy Koons, Jr. of Omaha, Mike Collins of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Gary Christian of Broken Bow, Oklahoma and Eric Turner of Hermitage, Missouri. Close to forty drivers from at least six different states are expected.


There have been five different feature winners out of the five races that have been completed thus far on the 2011 race season and with still eleven points races left on the season, the battle for the points championship has just begun. All indications are that five-time and defending series champion Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colorado will not be back to defend his championship so a new series champion is sure to be crowned at season’s end.


Among the tour winners thus far include Purkey (Great American Dirt Track), Brandon McCormick (Humboldt Speedway), Jesse Stovall (81 Speedway), Brady Smith (Junction Motor Speedway) and the most recent feature winner, Chad Simpson (I-80 Speedway).


Friday nights event at I-80 Speedway will see pit gates open at 3:00 PM with grandstand gates opening at 5:30 PM. Race time is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Adult general admission tickets are $20 with juniors ages 6-15 years of age $8. Kids five and under will be admitted free. Pit passes are $30. The speedway is located off of I-80 at exit 420. For more race and ticket information contact the speedway (402) 659-3301.


The Saturday night show at Adams County Speedway will see the pit gates open at 4:00 PM with grandstand gates opening at 5:00 PM. Racing is slated to begin at 7:00 PM. Pit passes are $30 for adults and $15 for minors. General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for ages 13-17 yrs. of age and free admission for ages 12 and under. There will be a family pass available where two adults and all minors get in for just $40. Adams County Speedway is located one block east of HWY 148. For more race or ticket information contact the track (641) 322-4184.


Gates on Sunday night will open at 5:00 PM with racing set for 7:30 PM. General admission tickets are $18 for adults and $5 for kids 14 years and younger. Pit passes will be $25. The Belleville High Banks is located 2.0 miles north of US 36 on US 81, then 0.4 mile southeast on M St. to 7th St., then 0.1 mile east (near the water tower, at the North Central Kansas Fairgrounds).


For more information on the NCRA of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley’s Racing Products DIRTcar and Great Plains DIRTcar late model series, contact the series office (316) 755-1781.

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