Some 200 professional racers from across the nation will be at Kearney Raceway Park to compete in the Ignite Ethanol NHRA National Open on October 12-13.
It's being billed as " Corn-fed Madness" as many of the cars will be using high blends of corn-based ethanol—from E85 up to E98—as their racing fuel. Speeds on the quarter-mile dragway will reach 200 miles per hour or faster.
Kearney Raceway Park is the only NHRA-sanctioned drag strip in Nebraska and it has been the site of dozens of national record-breaking performances.
Drivers compete in three divisions in the Ignite Ethanol Racing Series, which takes place at several tracks across the Midwest. The competition in Kearney will help determine the eventual winner of the Ignite Ethanol Quick Series Championship.
Ignite Ethanol Racing Fuel is produced from corn and is a farmer-owned company helping sponsor the Kearney event.
In addition to the competitive racing and muscle car performances, the University of Nebraska—Lincoln Husker Motorsports team will have their 2013 Formula SAE car on display. Also appearing will be James Stevens' Top Alcohol dragster which is capable of 250 mph passes and Ray Vettel's 1978 Z28 Camaro Pro Mod car which has gone over 210 mph.
Competition gears up at 1 p.m. both days. Concessions are available on site throughout the event.
"This is really a great way for people of all ages to see what drag racing is all about," said Grady Koch with Kearney Raceway Park. "If you like fast cars, fast action and a lot of family fun, this is the perfect event to attend. And I guarantee you'll walk away impressed with the way these race cars perform on ethanol!"
The Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board are providing promotional support for the event. Both NASCAR and the Indy Racing League have adopted ethanol as their fuel of choice because of its higher octane and cooler temperatures, which improve engine performance and extend engine life. In plain terms that means more horsepower with less heat.
Admission is $15 per person for one day or $25 for a two-day pass. Kids from 7-12 are $5 per day and 6 and under are free. Coupons good for $5 off gate admission are available at NAPA stores in Kearney, Hastings, Aurora and Minden; at the Kearney Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; and at the Classic Car Collection and NRG Media in Kearney.
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