By Dusty Wiegert
SALINA, Kan. – Last week the engines roared to life as cars took to the Salina Speedway’s 3/8 mile oval for the first time in 2015. It was short-lived, however, as severe storms closed in and forced the cancellation of the night’s events before they got started.
Race teams and fans are now anticipating the second take on opening night Friday, May 1. All that was completed in last week’s show was hot laps, so this week’s racing will start from scratch, with seven divisions competing in qualifying heat races and features.
Those divisions are the BSB Manufacturing NeSmith Late Models, 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modifieds, Coors Light IMCA Stock Cars, Xtreme Motorsports IMCA Northern SportMods, Auto House Mod Lites, Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stocks, and M&H Motors IMCA Sport Compacts.
An added bonus includes a special heat race winner payout. Don Damon and Xtreme Motor Sports will be giving $50 to all heat race winners in every division. Heat races will be lined up by draw with features redrawn for lineups.
The event will once again be a fundraiser for Browynn Birdsong’s family. The speedway will donate $2 for every ticket sold to the family along with a 50/50 raffle and other various fundraising activities. Browynn died in February after a short battle with ETANTR brain cancer, a very rare cancer with zero percent survival rate. He was only two years old.
Fans and race teams in attendance last week are asked to please hold on to their ticket stubs or pit passes for admittance this week. They will be honored as rain checks this week only and you must have it in hand when arriving at the ticket booth or pit shack.
Admission is $10 for adults, while kids 15 and under are free with paid adult admission. Seniors 55 are up are half price with ID and military, both active and retired, are free also. Pit passes are $25.
Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. and hot laps are at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow.