posted June 17, 2002 01:13 AM
Nebraska Raceway Park and ConAgra Foods are Racing
for Charity and the US Military!
June 16, 2002-Greenwood, NE--Nebraska Raceway Park has assembled the best
week of racing ever held in the state's history. The ConAgra Foods Stars
and Stripes Speed week kicks off on Wednesday June 26th with Nebraska
Raceway Park as the official stop for the 2002 Kyle Petty Charity Ride
Across America. The United Dirt Track Racing Association (UDTRA) will take
to the track for a two-night shootout on Friday and Saturday, June 28-29.
Then to cap off this incredible week of racing, Nebraska Raceway Park and
ConAgra Foods will host a Salute to America during the Sunday, June 30
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series event by offering military personnel free
admission and featuring a huge fireworks display.
Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America
The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has become a phenomenal event.
The ride is entering its 8th year of bringing NASCAR drivers, celebrities
and fans from across the country together to help raise money for charity.
"At an early age my mother and grandmother told me that if I was blessed
with my health and a career that gives me popularity, I should give back to
those who are less fortunate," said Kyle. With that as inspiration, Kyle
founded the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America. This cross-country
motorcycle journey began its inaugural run in 1995. Since that time, the
Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has logged over 19,000 miles,
encompassed over 1,900 riders and has generated over TWO AND A HALF MILLION
dollars for the Winston Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary and children's hospitals
across the country. The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America is
currently at capacity, so if the ride is passing near you, come out and
cheer on the 200 motorcycles and support vehicles that comprise this awesome
Kyle Petty was born in Trinity, North Carolina. Kyle Petty knew since he
was a young boy that he was destined to become a professional racecar diver.
As the grandson of racing legend Lee Petty, and the son of seven-time
Winston Cup Champion, Richard "The King" Petty, it was only a matter of time
before Kyle would be following in his family's "track" steps. Petty began
his auto-racing career in his senior year in high school with a thrilling
first-place finish at the ARCA 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Five
months later, he started his first Winston Cup race at the Talladega 500
where he finished in the top ten. Kyle pilots the Petty Enterprise #45
Sprint Dodge in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and currently is 22nd in the
NRP is making final preparations with ConAgra Foods and Famous Dave's BBQ to
host a steak dinner for nearly 300 riders and supporters as they rumble into
the track in route from Cheyenne, Wyoming to Chicago, Illinois. To add to
the celebration, Nebraska Raceway Park has planned a full slate of events to
entertain the fans that come out to support the charity fundraising efforts.
The night will feature a rare event as Kyle Petty gets behind the wheel of a
dirt Late Model for special match racing with several other drivers. The
Winston Cup wives will treat fans to an autograph session.
In addition to Kyle Petty, Winston Cup drivers that will be attending the
event include Terry Labonte, Ken Schrader, Matt Kinseth, Jeff Green and
Steve Parks. Retired drivers Harry Gant and Lake Speed will also be
The UDTRA Late Models will also be a part of the event, as the track hosts
an open practice night for Late Models. Plans are also in the works for a
special UDTRA Late Model King of the Hill race. All proceeds from the night
will be donated to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America.
UDTRA Stars and Stripes Spectacular
The rumble of motorcycles turns to the thunder of Outlaw Late Models as the
UDTRA series takes to the track on Friday and Saturday nights. Possible
drivers expected at Nebraska Raceway Park for the event are Billy Moyer,
Scott Bloomquist, Don O'Neil, Rick Eckert, Shannon Bapp, Steve Francis, Dale
McDowell, Donnie Moran, Freddy Smith, Wendell Wallace and Bill Frye...not to
mention local Late Model favorites like the Kosiski brothers and John
Mike Swims and his wife Debra of Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, GA formed the
UDTRA in 1995. The UDTRA is setting a new standard for Dirt Late Model
racing. The mission is to give the Series a common set of rules, and a
full-time staff of traveling officials.
For the 2002 UDTRA Pro Dirt Car Series, the growth continues with 50 events
planned in 17 states, featuring the top dirt late model drivers in the
country. United Dirt Track Racing Association has taken the UDTRA Pro Dirt
Car Series from a regional Southeastern series to the only national dirt
late model series. Today, the top dirt late model drivers in the county
compete for over $4-Million in prize money and contingency awards in 17
states with national television coverage.
NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Salute To America
Could it get any better? It has always been a tradition at Nebraska Raceway
Park to host a big fireworks show the Sunday before the 4th of July. The
events of the past year have made it more important this July 4th to pay
tribute to America and to honor the military that protect our freedom. With
the partnership of ConAgra Foods and the Clear Channel Radio Group (KXKT,
KGOR, KFAB and the Dam) all military personnel will be admitted free with
proper military I.D. Nebraska Raceway Park is working closely with local
branches of the military to create special events throughout the evening.
The racing will feature the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series with the Dodge Super
Late Models, Max I. Walker Grand Nationals, O'Reilly Pro Am's and Jasper
The ConAgra Foods Stars and Stripes Speedweek is four nights of racing that
will make history. Nebraska Raceway Park has worked hard to make this an
affordable week of racing. They are offering two different Supersaver 3-day
tickets that are good for admission on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The
adult general admission pass is $40, kids 6-12 are $10 and 5 and under are
free. The reserved pass is the only way to get reserved seats for the
event, and includes VIP parking all three nights for $50 per person (no
discount for kids). Wednesday night admission for the Kyle Petty Charity
Ride Across America will be sold separately, as all proceeds will be donated
to the charity.
More details are available daily. For the all the latest information on the
event, log on to the Nebraska Raceway Park web site at www.neracewaypark.com, call the track information line at (402) 944-2233, or
the ticket office at (402) 342-3453.
Directions to Nebraska Raceway Park: I-80 to Exit #420 between Omaha and
Lincoln. Go 1/4 mile North to the track entrance and you're ready to go
racing. For more information on Nebraska Raceway Park and scheduled events,
call the track information line at (402) 944-2233 or visit www.neracewaypark.com.