Salina Speedway preview: Racing to stay dry 

By Dusty Wiegert

SALINA, Kan. – Three weeks ago racing returned to the Salina Speedway for only the second time in 2015. Opening night was three weeks before that night, and in all seven out of eight scheduled events have been affected by rain.

It only seems fitting that this week the show gets in, as the focus will be on fundraising for Chloe Nelson.

Chloe has a germ cell cancer. She started chemo at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City on Jan. 23. The night’s 50/50 effort will go towards off setting medical costs for Chloe and her family, as well as any donations that will gladly be accepted.

On the track five divisions will highlight the evening, with the Auto House Mod Lite division taking center stage with two features, the first being the make up feature from May 22 with a complete show after that.

The 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modifieds will be back at it with defending champion Mike Petersilie at the top of the two event point standings. In one event on the season, Daniel Gottschalk leads the standings of the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMod division.

Tommy Fose holds down the point of the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division after his week one win. M&H Motors IMCA Sport Compacts will try to get in another event this week as well after having a few washed away. Randy Murphy picked up the first-ever IMCA sanctioned win in the division back on May 1.

Pit gates are set to open at 5 p.m. on Friday with grandstands opening at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps start at 7:15 p.m. with racing to follow. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, seniors 55 and up are half price, military, both current and retired, and kids 15 and under are free.

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