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The Sunflower State

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From the travels and adventures of the “World’s #1 Trackchaser”

 

 

Highlights

 

All-Time Favorite Kansas Track:

 

Airport Raceway

 

 

 

Current lifetime trackchasing state rank:  1

 

 

 

Best Memories:

 

The trailer race at the Achison County Raceway in Achison was one of the most entertaining races I’ve ever seen….anywhere. The Airport Raceway (above) way out in Garden City isn’t close to anywhere but the little bullring produced some fantastic midget racing. I’ve been to the Belleville Nationals twice for four nights of racing. That track is insanely fast.

 

 

The Caney Valley Speedway is another really racy little bullring. Had some fun Sunday afternoon racing at the Dirtona Raceway (above) on a 98-degree Kansas summer afternoon. The Dodge City Raceway is a high-quality facility out again in the middle of nowhere. Didn’t care much for the Heartland Park Topeka road course.

 

 

Back in 2000, I met fellow trackchasing competitor John Moore from Tennessee for the first time at the Humbolt Speedway. Had a great at the track interview while sitting in the grandstands at the Jetmore Racing Complex. It can be a long walk from the parking lot to the track at the Kansas Speedway. At my last Cup race there the “sign” yielded a free ticket. The Kansas Speedway is not my favorite NASCAR track.

 

 

The Lakeside Speedway (above) is a well-run track even on a cold and windy night. I drove 750 miles to see seven F8 cars, qualify, have a 5-car heat race and a 5-car feature race at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Dighton. Don’t worry. It’s what I do. Just three F8 cars showed up at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro. Good UTV racing but unsafe spectator conditions at the Miami County Raceway in Paola.

 

 

Saw David Murray (above), who had 324 IMCA wins at the time, race at the Oberlin Speedway. Met driver Larry McDaniels at the Park City Raceway in Valley Center. At the RPM Speedway way out in Hays, I ran into Pennsylvania fellow trackchasing competitors Gordon Killian and Mike Knappenberger. They were intrigued when the track announcer welcomed the, “World’s #1 Trackchaser” to the track. At the Soloman Valley Speedway in Beloit spectators get pelted with mudballs while standing in the concession line! That was a first. It was 104 degrees for an afternoon F8 race at the Sumner County Fairgrounds in Caldwell.

 

 

At the Thomas County Raceway in Colby when the wind shifted it became the dustiest track I’ve ever seen and that is truly saying something. Finally made it to the WaKeeney Speedway (above) and they rewarded me with some excellent racing. Awesome mini-sprint racing at the Washington Speedway in Washington and a fun at the track interview with two enthusiastic announcers.

 

TRACK CITY STATE COUNTRY DATE TRACK TYPE
Eighty-One (81) Speedway Wichita Kansas United States July 1, 1981 DO
Belleville High Banks Belleville Kansas United States August 4, 1994 OUTER-DO
Humboldt Speedway Humboldt Kansas United States May 26, 2000 DO
Kansas Speedway Kansas City Kansas United States July 7, 2002 PO
Heartland Park Topeka  Topeka Kansas United States July 11, 2004 DRC
Park City Raceway Valley Center Kansas United States July 11, 2004 DO
Heartland Park Topeka  Topeka Kansas United States July 18, 2004 PRC
Lakeside Speedway  Kansas City Kansas United States April 22, 2005 DO
Salina Speedway Salina Kansas United States April 23, 2005 DO
Jetmore Racing Complex Jetmore Kansas United States April 24, 2005 DO
Oberlin Speedway Oberlin Kansas United States April 24, 2005 DO
Thomas County Speedway Colby Kansas United States July 24, 2005 DO
Heartland Park Topeka  Topeka Kansas United States July 3, 2006 DO
Thunderhill Speedway Mayetta Kansas United States July 3, 2006 DO
Hutchinson Raceway Park Hutchinson Kansas United States September 22, 2006 DO
Dodge City Raceway Park  Dodge City Kansas United States September 23, 2006 PO
Dodge City Raceway Park  Dodge City Kansas United States September 23, 2006 DO
Kansas Coliseum – Arena Building Valley Center Kansas United States November 18, 2006 INDOOR-DO
Washington Speedway Washington Kansas United States August 3, 2007 DO
RPM Speedway Hays Kansas United States August 14, 2007 DO
Dirtona Raceway Hugoton Kansas United States August 26, 2007 DO
Sherman County Speedway Goodland Kansas United States September 26, 2008 DO
WaKeeney Speedway WaKeeney Kansas United States June 21, 2009 DO
Linn County Fairgrounds  Linn Kansas United States July 9, 2010 DF8
Caney Valley Speedway Caney Kansas United States July 16, 2010 DO
Rush County Speedway LaCrosse Kansas United States August 7, 2010 DO
Sumner County Fair Arena Caldwell Kansas United States August 8, 2010 DF8
Marshall County Fairgrounds Blue Rapids Kansas United States July 13, 2012 DF8
Liberal Fairgrounds Speedway Liberal Kansas United States July 29, 2013 DO
Soloman Valley Speedway Beloit Kansas United States July 30, 2013 DO
Achison County Raceway Achison Kansas United States July 19, 2014 DO
Lane County Fairgrounds Dighton Kansas United States July 20, 2014 DF8
Belleville High Banks Belleville Kansas United States July 30, 2015 INNER-DO
Rooks County Speedway Stockton Kansas United States August 13, 2015 DO
Scott County Free Fair Scott City Kansas United States July 20, 2016 DF8
Clay Center Dirt Track Clay Center Kansas United States July 22, 2016 DO
Osborne Speedway Osborne Kansas United States July 27, 2016 DO
Marion County Fairgrounds Hillsboro Kansas United States July 30, 2016 DF8
Overbrook – Osage County Fairgrounds Overbrook Kansas United States August 13, 2016 TEMPORARY-DRC
Miami County Raceway Paola Kansas United States October 15, 2016 DRC
Airport Raceway Garden City Kansas United States May 29, 2017 DO

 

 

If you see a track link in the above list simply click on it to be transferred to my Trackchaser Report. Here you will be able to read about my adventure at this particular track. Not only will you learn about my time at the track but you’ll hear about all of the interesting people, places and things I encountered during the entire trip, coming and going, to that speedway. Most of my Trackchaser Reports will also include a photo album and YouTube video. Check it all out. Don’t be afraid to use the “search” box in the upper right corner of my website’s home page. Just type in the track name or whatever and you’ll be directed to the place you want to be.

 

 

Below is a key to surface types and track configurations so you can understand the above list just a little bit easier.

 

 

Surface types:  D-dirt; P-paved; M-mixed

 

Configuration types:  O-oval; RC-road course; F8-figure 8 track

 

 


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