Ethanol Powered Muscle Cars Hit the Track In Kearney


Kearney- It's being billed as "8 Seconds of Corn-fed Madness."

Street-legal muscle cars doing 180 mph on a quarter-mile track, powered by ethanol, the renewable fuel made from corn, will race down the track at Kearney Raceway Park.

Their performance is a special attraction at the Ethanol NHRA National Open held Saturday and Sunday, October 6th and 7th.

In addition to the 200 professional drag racers from across the nation who will be competing for top honors, the weekend event will also feature a special fleet of street-legal cars running on E85, and 85/15 ethanol/gasoline blend, proving that ethanol is a high-performance fuel.

In addition to the competitive racing and muscle car performances, the University of Nebraska--Lincoln Husker Motor sports team will have their 2012 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 beautiful 1978 Z28 Camaro Pro Mod car which has gone over 210 mph.

The competition gears up at 1:00 p.m. both days.

"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 muscle cars perform on ethanol!"

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. Concessions are available on site throughout the event.

The track is partnering with the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board to promote the event.

Admission is $15 per person for one day or $25 for a two-day pass. Kids from 7-12 are $5 per day and six 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 NRG Media in Kearney.

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