It’s being billed as eight seconds of corn-fed madness.
Saturday and Sunday at Kearney Raceway Park in Kearney, Neb., street-legal muscle cars powered by renewable fuels made from corn will reach speeds of 180 mph on a quarter-mile track.
The Ethanol NHRA National Open will feature 200 professional drag racers from across the nation competing for top honors. In addition, there will be street-legal cars running on E85, a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline.
Also appearing will be James Stevens’ Top Alcohol dragster capable of making 250 mph passes and Ray Vettel’s 1978 Z28 Camaro Pro Mod car, which has topped 210 mph on a pass.
“This is really a great way for people of all ages to see what drag racing is all about,” said Grady Koch of Kearney Raceway Park. “If you like fast cars, fast action and a lot of family fun, this is the perfect event to attend. I guarantee you will walk away impressed with the way these muscle cars perform on ethanol.”
Competition starts both days at 1 p.m.
Other late-season events:
» I-80 Speedway will close its racing season Oct. 12 to 14 with the annual Cornhusker Classic. The race will feature A Mods, B Mods, Grand Nationals, Pro-am/Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Hornets and the SLMR Super Late Model Touring Series.
Classes will run complete programs each night, with the Sunday A Mod feature paying $3,000 to win.
» The Junction Motor Speedway west of McCool Junction will close out its season Oct. 20 and 21 with the Barb Nunnenkamp Memorial 100. The annual event will feature Late Models, A Mods, B Mods, Hobby Stocks, 4 cylinders and Cruisers. Action starts each day with hot laps at 1:30 p.m., with racing at 2 p.m.
» The Mid America Motorplex will continue with weekly drag racing events on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons through Nov. 2. On Oct. 27, it will feature the Boo Bash Tower of Doom. On the road course at Mid America, there will be an SCCA Double Regional Double IT Tour event Oct. 13 and 14.
» The Fifth Annual Holiday Horsepower Drive is noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Joe’s Karting in Council Bluffs. Proceeds will help the Omaha Children’s Hospital.
» Little Sunset Speedway will be hosting its annual Turkey Chase Go-Kart races indoors at the Lancaster Events Center in Lincoln from Nov. 23 to 25.
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