Garden City Airport Raceway's Club Officers have officially announced that for the first time in almost two decades, the ever popular 250cc Wingless Micro Midgets (known as B Class cars) will make a return to the speedway's high banked oval on August 9th as part of the track's Stand Packer Night presented by Papa Murphy's Pizza. All general admission tickets to the speedway will be free courtesy of Papa Murphy's Pizza. The Garden City business will also have its concession stand stocked with pizza and other refreshments for spectators throughout the evening as well.
After two years of schedule conflicts with the Amarillo based class, track officials and class representatives chose the August 9th date to host the 250cc midgets as a full crowd is expected. The visiting B Class drivers will be chasing the rights to be crowned the first B Class feature winner on Kansas soil in twenty years, along with their share of over $400 in prize money to be given out to the drivers, courtesy of Amarillo based Lovelady Motorsports Marketing.
"Airport Raceway is extremely excited to have the B Class join our local racers and have the great support of Papa Murphy's Pizza for this special evening", said Russ Mangan, Vice President of Airport Raceway. "Our fan base is growing and we think it's time for our weekly classes to grow as well. The 250 B Class looks like a promising class to add to our racing schedule in the coming years, and we are excited to see how the fans react to a different class. With our excellent racing surface, it is a natural fit to have the B Class division, and we welcome them here."
Over the last five years the 250cc B Class has quickly grown into one of the largest classes at their hometown track in Amarillo, Texas, averaging 13-17 cars a week during their Friday night programs. The class utilizes the same chassis design as their bigger counterparts, the 600cc Micro Midgets (known as A Class Cars), but have been retrofitted with a smaller 250cc Kawasaki motor and do not run wings.
"Keeping the cost down of these cars is what makes them so appealing," stated Tom Burkhalter, who owns four B Class cars, and is making the trip from Amarillo to Garden City. "These cars are fun to drive, affordable, and are easy to maintain for drivers just getting into the sport who don't have the time or money to invest in a 600cc Micro."
Airport Raceway should see anywhere from 8-12 B Class cars making their way up for Amarillo, with the list of drivers ranging from previous class champions to stellar rookie drivers. This year alone, the B Class has seen only two repeat winners, with competition at their weekly venue heating up as the summer has progressed.
Borger, Texas native Tanner Prater is one of the drivers looking to make the haul with his #12 car for a chance to claim a win in the Sunflower State. Prater has been running with the class for three years, and finished second in points in 2013 after several strong finishes throughout the year. 2010 and 2011 points champion John Young is also expected to join the group in the #711 Burkhalter Performance/Hyper Racing car. Young, a seasoned 600cc driver, has been consistent all year in his newly acquired seat after sitting out two seasons in the B Class ranks in 2012 and 2013.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Dakota Ricks throughout the evening, as the Amarillo native will be conducting double duty when the class invades the beautiful Airport Raceway. Ricks is scheduled to run his B Class car along with his newly built 600 Restricted chassis hoping to get a few laps in with local racers such as Liberal's Cody Weaver and Tanner Johnson. Another pair of seasoned vets, Chad Daniels and Jeremy Lovelady have also confirmed their intentions of running, while Rookie driver Joy Dalrymple has committed, with husband Curtis in tow with his 600cc race car to join the locals in the A Class division. It is rumored that one or two local Kansas drivers may find themselves behind the wheel of an open B Class seat for the evening, creating what could possibly be a Texas versus Kansas Showdown in the feature event.
With the addition of the B Class, Airport Raceway will run all five of its regularly scheduled classes in the same evening, with Jr. Sprints, Restrictors, Dwarf Cars, 600cc Open, and 600cc A Class drivers all taking to the 1/6th mile dirt oval. Fans will also get to experience the speedway's newest class addition, the Modified Lawnmowers, which were introduced at the beginning of the season and run a limited schedule in 2014.
Papa Murphy's Pizza will host a car show and meet and greet from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the day of the event at their Garden City location on N. Campus. The general public is welcome to the car show and is free of charge. Fans will be able to see the cars up close, meet and take pictures with their favorite drivers, and get more information about Airport Raceway and its facility at the event. Hot laps for drivers racing that evening will start at 7:30 p.m. with the racing program slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. The program will start with one set of heat races lined up based on the pill draw of each driver selected when they signed in. A second set of heat races will then take the track with the drivers inverted from their first heat race starting position. The top four cars in each class will then race head to head in the O'Reilly Auto parts sponsored trophy dash before concluding the evening with the Feature races of all seven classes battling it out for 20 laps.
Updated through June
Hey guys. Results through July 12th have been posted over on the Results section, so feel free to check those out.
Points will be updated probably later tonight or tomorrow as soon as I get them, and should be current through July 12th as well (for now they're up and current through June).
Keep an eye out for upcoming information and registration sheets for the Fallen Racers Memorial, as well as some info on a Pack the Stands night.
That's all for now!
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