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Kearney Raceway Park Celebrates 50 Years

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A Kearney business celebrates a 50 year milestone of fostering the need for speed.

July 5th marks the golden anniversary of the opening of Kearney Raceway Park. 

Organizers say it started from humble beginnings, but through the years has outlasted every other drag strip in the state.

Officials say part of the track's success is based on the common theme of the love of motor sports.

"My dad was going to Grand Island to race, they weren't getting opened early enough," said Doug Sheldon. "He thought he could do a better job so he talked to the city, got it worked out and opened up, was going to open up for two years and sell it, but sold it 25 years later."

"It's just neat that it's lasted this long and it just keeps growing and getting better," said KRP's General Manager Al Simmons. "Some say motor sports are dwindling or going away but not here in Kearney. We just keep growing every single year, more participation and it's just been wonderful."

Festivities for this weekend will include a tribute to the track's original developer, Carroll Sheldon, on Sunday, July 6 around 12:30 p.m.


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