RPM Speedway fans give back during Community Giveback Night

Promoter Chris Sutton brought five-plus grocery carts full of food items donated by RPM Speedway fans on opening night to the Ellis County Community Assistance Center, to be distributed to area residents in need. (Courtesy Photo)

HAYS, Kan. (April 13, 2024) – Planning that began last fall came to fruition Saturday night at RPM Speedway.

Fans attending the first race of the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point season at the Hays, Kan., track donated enough non-perishable food items to fill five grocery carts and part of a sixth to the Ellis County Community Assistance Center.

Those Community Giveback Night donations will be distributed to those in need served by the center, located in Hays.

“Almost everybody has been in the position where they needed a little help,” said RPM promoter Chris Sutton. “It was very, very encouraging to be able to give back like this to the community that supports us.”

Sutton had helped with similar projects while announcing for Paul Dutton at Hutchinson Raceway Park. A proponent of making every race night “an event,” and came up with Community Giveback Night while penciling out his 2024 schedule.

Fans donating four cans of food got in for $5 while those donating eight cans got in at no additional cost.

“Our fans really stepped up big time,” said Sutton, already looking to expand the second annual event to the back gate in 2025. “Everybody was the winner in this situation. Hopefully next year, we have two truckloads to donate.”

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