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Salina Speedway Set For Opening Night This Friday!


by John Lowery


Salina, KS Its been a long off season for many tracks. Salina Speedway is one of those tracks that spent the off season working hard to make racing experience better for both the racers and the fans.





This Friday night, April 25, all of the hard work in the off season will pay off as the 1st of 24 dates kicks off just after 7:15 p.m.





Salina Speedway hosts the best of the best when it comes to dirt track racing on a weekly basis. There are 7 classes that comprise of the weekly show; BSB Mfg Late Models, sanctioned by the Nesmith Crate Late Model Series in 2014, BMS IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light Street Stocks, M&H Motors IMCA Northern Sport Mods, AutoHouse Towing Mod Lites, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks and the T&R Dirt Construction Mini Stocks. Each division will battle it out every week to see who can end up in the Xtreme Motorsports Victory Lane!





The class of race cars arent the only attractions at Salina Speedway, as the drivers add just as much character to the track! All the 2013 champions will be back to defend their titles this season. Delbert Smith will be ready to take on any and all comers in the Late Model division, Smokin Joe Cleveland, the 2x defending champion, is ready to defend his hard fought IMCA Modified championship from 1 year ago, one of the toughest competitors around is Tyler Frye in the IMCA Northern Sport Mods and Mike Trasowsky will see plenty of competition as he tries to repeat in the IMCA Hobby Stock class. Duane Toyne, Justin Kinderknecht and Brian Dunsworth are other returning champions that will look for another title. Each champion will find the going tough in 2014 as the competition has gotten stronger since a year ago.





Salina Speedway has made a lot of track improvements in the off season that will be evident on opening night, but the fans might be hoping for a new promotion to be put into effect every single race night!!!





Beginning in 2014 if there are 1500 fans in attendance on a given race night the following week fans will be given half priced admission!! Thats right race fans will get in for 1/2 price. That means $5.00 will get you into see the greatest show on dirt. In this tough economy, Tommy Hendrickson and his staff wanted to go above and beyond to help the fans out. This promotion should get everyone fired up about saving money and getting to see great racing! This is only the first promotion of the year, fans will have to wait and see what will follow this one.





Tommy Hendrickson, the promoter of Salina Speedway, didnt forget the racers this season either as he put together the Scoggin-Dickey Chevrolet Crate Challenge for drivers competing in the 3 IMCA divisions, Modified, Northern Sport Mod and Hobby Stock. A driver that races the entire season minus 1 race for 2014 season will be eligible to win a free 604 Crate Motor (Modifieds) and a free 602 Crate Motor (Northern Sport Mods/Hobby Stocks) to be given away at the year end banquet. The drivers who win the crate motors will also have to be at the banquet but that is a small price to pay for taking home a brand new power plant!





Racing action gets started Friday night with hot laps at 7:15 p.m. and the racing action goes green shortly after the completion of hot laps.





Ticket prices are $10 for adults and seniors (55 and over) are just $5. The word FREE doesnt get thrown around enough in this world, but dont worry Salina Speedway hasnt forgotten how to use this word. All active and retired military (with appropriate ID) are FREE and kids 15 and under are ALWAYS FREE with a paid adult!





Fans wanting to get the 411 on Salina Speedway just need to stay logged in to their home on the world wide web at http://www.racesalinaspeedway.com./ As fans visit the site take a look at the 2014 schedule to see what classes are running, great stories and results and sign up for the Text & Email Blasts! You can also like their Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/SalinaSpeedway or Follow on Twitter @SalinaSpeedway1.





Salina Speedway is located at 2841 South Burma Road, Salina, KS 67401. If you more questions or would like to see about becoming more involved at Salina Speedway call 785-292-9220.

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