Monday, July 30, 2012
Eagle Raceway/81 Speedway Await NCRA Late Models this Weekend
by David Smith, Jr.
PARK CITY, Kan. -- The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Precise Racing Products late model division kicks back in action this coming weekend with a pair of races at two different venues in two different states. It all kicks off on Friday night in the second annual “Rumble in the Bull Ring” at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Nebraska. The tour will then head to the home of the series, 81 Speedway in Park City for their second and final appearance on the 2012 race season in an event billed as the MARS/NCRA “Late Model Clash.”
Joining forces with the NCRA for both of these events will be their familiar partners, the cars and stars of the MARS DIRTcar series.
Gary Gorby of Caney, Kansas will lead the NCRA tour into the weekend as he holds a 120 point lead over series rookie Tommy Weder, Jr. Matt Johnson of Archie, Missouri sits third in the point standings, just 135 points out of the lead.
Other drivers currently in the top ten in points that are expected to compete include Brad Wagoner (Colby, Kansas), rookie Andrew Kosiski (Omaha, Nebraska), Dan Battaglia Gretna, Nebraska), former two time series champion Kyle Berck (Marquette, Nebraska), Travis Dickies (Madison, Nebraska), Ronnie Warman (Wichita, Kansas) and Bill Leighton (Omaha, Nebraska).
The Missouri based MARS DIRTcar late model tour will be led by current series point leader Jesse Stovall of Galena, MO; Tony Jackson Jr. of Lebanon, MO; 6 time MARS Champion Terry Phillips of Springfield, MO; Brandon Morton of Broken Arrow, OK; Justin Asplin of Birch Tree, MO; Leroy Johnson of Springfield, MO; Eric Turner of Springfield, MO; Jason Rauen of Farley, IA; John Anderson of Omaha, NE; Denny Eckrich of Tipton, IA; Dave Eckrich of Oxford, IA.
Friday night’s event at Eagle Raceway will see both tours run “topless” and will pay $3000 while Saturday’s night’s race at 81 Speedway will pay $2500 to win, with the roofs. Close to thirty drivers from at least six different states are expected for both of these events.
The Eagle event will mark the first ever appearance for the MARS DIRTcar series while the last appearance for NCRA was held back in 2010 when Kyle Berck got the best of a twenty-nine car field.
Thus far on the 2012 race season four races have been completed with Berck having won two of those events. Other drivers who have found victory lane include rookies Chase Junghans and Tommy Weder, Jr., both having moved up from the modified ranks.
At Eagle Raceway, grandstand adult tickets for ages thirteen and over are $20 while youth grandstand admission for ages six through twelve are just $5. Pit passes are $30 and will see pit gates open at 4pm. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 pm with hot laps at 6:30 pm. Races are scheduled for a 7:00 pm start time.
From Omaha, Eagle Raceway is located off of I-80 West then eleven miles South on Hwy 63. From Lincoln the track is located twelve miles East on Hwy 34. For more track information contact the speedway office (402) 238-2595.
81 Speedway grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Gates will open at 5:00 pm with racing slated for a 7:00 pm start time.
81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on I-135 to exit 16, then .7 mile west on 77th St. in Park City. For more race and ticket information contact the 81 Speedway office (316) 755-1781.
Find out more information on the NCRA by accessing their newly revamped website www.racencra.com or call (316) 755-1781. For more information on the MARS DIRTcar series check out their website http://www.marsracingseries.com.