Kearney Raceway Park to Feature Ethanol-Powered Race


Some 200professional racers from across the nation will be at Kearney Raceway Park tocompete 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 beusing high blends of corn-based ethanol--from E85 up to E98--as their racingfuel. Speeds on the quarter-mile dragway will reach 200 miles per hour orfaster.

KearneyRaceway Park is the only NHRA-sanctioned drag strip in Nebraska and it has beenthe site of dozens of national record-breaking performances.

Driverscompete in three divisions in the Ignite Ethanol Racing Series, which takesplace at several tracks across the Midwest. The competition in Kearneywill help determine the eventual winner of the Ignite Ethanol Quick SeriesChampionship.

IgniteEthanol Racing Fuel is produced from corn and is a farmer-owned company helpingsponsor the Kearney event.

In additionto the competitive racing and muscle car performances, the University ofNebraska--Lincoln Husker Motorsports team will have their 2013 Formula SAE caron display. Also appearing will be James Stevens' Top Alcohol dragster which iscapable of 250 mph passes and Ray Vettel's 1978 Z28 Camaro Pro Mod car whichhas gone over 210 mph.

Competitiongears up at 1 p.m. both days. Concessions are available on site throughoutthe event.

"Thisis really a great way for people of all ages to see what drag racing is allabout," said Grady Koch with Kearney Raceway Park. "If you likefast cars, fast action and a lot of family fun, this is the perfect event toattend. And I guarantee you'll walk away impressed with the way theserace cars perform on ethanol!"

The NebraskaCorn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board are providing promotional support for theevent. Both NASCAR and the Indy Racing League have adopted ethanol as theirfuel of choice because of its higher octane and cooler temperatures, whichimprove engine performance and extend engine life. In plain terms that meansmore 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 perday and 6 and under are free. Coupons good for $5 off gate admission areavailable at NAPA stores in Kearney, Hastings, Aurora and Minden; at theKearney Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; and at the Classic CarCollection and NRG Media in Kearney.

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