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Kansas Speedway Hosting First NASCAR Night Races May 9-10
Posted by: newsla on Apr 30, 2014 - 04:34 PM
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Kansas Speedway Hosting First NASCAR Night Races May 9-10


As race fans prepare to attend the first NASCAR night races at Kansas Speedway, they can expect the same great experiences they have had in the past while also being part of another first in Kansas Speedway history. For the latest updates, visit www.facebook.com/kansasspeedway and www.kansasspeedway.com. For updated ticket information, visit www.kansasspeedway.com or call 866-460-RACE (7223).

 

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Schedule and Highlights:
May 9 - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (SFP 250) – 7:30 PM (FOX Sports 1 and MRN)

· Parking lots open – 9 AM

· Grandstand gates open – 10 AM

o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice – 11 AM – 12:30 PM

o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice – 1:30 – 2:30 PM

o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying – 3:35 PM

o NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying – 5:30 PM

o NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver introductions – 7 PM

§ Invocation by Chaplain Jenkins, State Chaplain of the Kansas Army National Guard

§ National Anthem by Kansas Music Hall of Fame inductee Betti O.

§ Presentation of Colors: Kansas Army National Guard

· In Sprint FanWalk, Ron White, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, will be writing out the names and rank FROM MEMORY of the over 2,200 fallen heroes from the war in Afghanistan. It takes him 10 hours to write the names on a 52 foot long wall.

May 10 - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (5-hour ENERGY 400® Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation) – 6:30 PM (FOX and MRN)

· Richard Petty Driving Experience Race Rides – 9 AM – Noon

Rides must be pre-purchased; please visit www.drivepetty.com for information.

· Parking lots open – Noon

· Gates open – 3 PM

o Crossover gates for TrackPass open – 3 PM

· NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions – 6 PM

o Invocation by Chaplain Jenkins, State Chaplain of the Kansas Army National Guard

o National Anthem by Father Meinrad Miller, Benedictine Monk and Priest; Theology Professor at Benedictine College (Atchison, Kan.)

o Presentation of Colors: Kansas Army National Guard

· Kansas Army National Guard Pre-Race concert by ACM New Artist of the Year finalist Brett Eldredge at approx. 4:40 PM.

· In Sprint FanWalk, Ron White, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, will be writing out the names and rank FROM MEMORY of the over 2,200 fallen heroes from the war in Afghanistan. It takes him 10 hours to write the names on a 52 foot long wall.

· KCSP 610 AM (Kansas City) will be broadcasting live from 4 PM – 5:30 PM in Sprint FanWalk.

All times central, and times and events subject to change without notice.

VIPS
· Major General Lee Tafanelli, the Adjutant General of Kansas.

· 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award Winner Don Post.

· Green Bay Packers WR and former K-State WR Jordy Nelson is the honorary pace car driver for the Kansas 400.

· K-State Men’s Basketball Coach Bruce Weber.

Parking
As a reminder, Kansas Speedway offers free parking for all guests in our general parking lots. Please follow signs, parking attendants and local law enforcement directions to enter the parking lots as quickly as possible. Please remember by not following these directions or flow of traffic, that it will impede your time entering and exiting Kansas Speedway’s parking lots.

Overnight parking is not allowed.

Tickets
Tickets are available for both races by calling 866-460-RACE (7223), online at www.kansasspeedway.com, at the Kansas Speedway Ticket Office (400 Speedway Blvd., Kansas City, KS) from 9 AM – 5 PM Monday – Friday or on the day of the race at the ticket booth at Gate B.

Kansas Speedway’s Ticket Office will have extended office hours on May 3 -4. The office will be open from 10 AM – 3 PM.

Ticket office hours for race week are as follows.
May 5 – 8, Kansas Speedway Ticket Office, 9 AM – 5 PM.

Friday, May 9, Gate B Ticket Booth, 9 AM until one hour after the start of the SFP 250.

Saturday, May 10, From 9 AM – Noon, Kansas Speedway’s Ticket Office will be open. After Noon: Gate B Ticket Booth, Noon until one hour after the start of the 5-hour ENERGY Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Please remember that tickets cannot be resold on Kansas Speedway property.

Watching on TV
Races, practices and qualifying from Kansas Speedway can be seen on FOX, FOX Sports 1 or FOX Sports 2 on May 9 and 10. Check local listings for times.

Radio Coverage
Fans can tune into MRN affiliates throughout the country to hear coverage of Kansas Speedway’s races. In Kansas City, the MRN affiliate is 102.5 FM. Fans can also listen to MRN’s coverage on Sirius Satellite Radio’s NASCAR channel.

Social Media
Fans can participate in the conversation on social media by following Kansas Speedway at facebook.com/kansasspeedway, on Twitter (@kansasspeedway and @ksspeedwayprez), and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/kansasspeedway. Join the conversation by using #KansasNights.

Driving to the Races
Kansas Speedway is conveniently located off of I-435 and I-70. Fans traveling on I-70 can exit at the 110th Street/Speedway Blvd. exit or exit onto I-435 North and exit onto State Ave. West. Fans traveling on I-435 should exit at State Ave West. Follow the signs to the parking lots.

Please remember that due to the large volume of traffic, there will be delays entering and exiting the facility.

Please also remember that pedestrians may not cross State Ave. to enter or leave Kansas Speedway.

Merchandise Available
Race fans can purchase driver specific merchandise at the merchandise trailers located near Gate B. Race and track specific merchandise, including race programs can be purchased at stands located throughout Kansas Speedway.

Display Midway
Kansas Speedway’s display midway is located north of Gate B. Several corporate displays will be on hand, including displays from the following.

Sprint, SFP, Kansas Army National Guard, Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, 5-hour ENERGY, AAA, New Holland, Factory Motor Parts, Playstation, Olathe RVs, Cumulus Radio, BlueGreen Vacations, NASCAR Foundation, Racing 101.

The Display Midway is open on Friday, May 9 from 10 AM – 7:30 PM, and on Saturday, May 10 from 12 PM – 6:30 PM.

New Menu Items
Americrown, Kansas Speedway’s official concession provider, is offering new menu items in 2014. Following is a list of some of the new items at Kansas Speedway this year.

· Tachos (Sec. 161): Tater tots covered with chili and cheese.

· Shrimp Roll (Sec. 116): Jumbo shrimp mixed with mayo, celery and onions on a New England style roll.

· 50/50 Bacon Infused Cheddar Burger (Sec. 131, 149): Ground beef mixed with ground bacon to form a 50/50 patty topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion.

· Buffalo Dog (Sec. 135): A hot dog rolled in buffalo sauce topped with bleu cheese crumbles and diced celery.

· Cheeseburger Dog (Sec. 135): Cheeseburger in the shape of a hot dog on a seeded hot dog bun topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles.

· KC Que Dog (Sec. 161): Hot dog topped with pulled pork, fried onion straws and BBQ sauce.

· Smoked Cheddar Jalapeno Sausages (sec. 129, 146).

· Louisiana Red Hot Sausages (Sec. 129).

Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway
The Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway is open 24 hours a day throughout Kansas Speedway’s race weekend. In addition to gaming, Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway offers several dining options (Final Cut Steakhouse, The Epic Buffett, Turn 2 Sports Bar and Restaurant, Hollywood and Grind, and the Marquee Café).

For additional information, visit www.hollywoodcasinokansas.com.

Race Notes
· Hometown driver Clint Bowyer is making his 300th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on May 10 at Kansas Speedway.

· Several past NASCAR champions are still looking for a win this season, and four of them have previously won at Kansas Speedway – Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenneth.

· Ryan Blamey will be making his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut on May 10 with Team Penske.

· Joe Nemechek has partnered with his son, John Hunter, to compete in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this year. While John Hunter is too young to race at Kansas Speedway, Joe will be behind the wheel for the SFP 250 on May 9. Joe Nemechek won both the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Kansas Speedway in 2004. This is also the first time in the Truck Series that a father and a son have teamed for the entire season.

KANSAS SPEEDWAY – POLICY REMINDERS

Bag Inspection Policy
· ALL bags are subject to search prior to entering Kansas Speedway gates.

· Each guest is permitted to bring in one (1) soft-sided cooler or bag up to 14x14x14-inches and one (1) school size backpack. The cooler may have telescoping handles and/or wheels. Please remember that coolers and bags must not block walkways or aisles or obstruct other guests.

· Food and beverage of your choice is permitted; however glass containers are not.

· Strollers are permitted through the gates as long as there is a child to accompany the stroller. Strollers cannot inhibit guest movement or block any aisles. Strollers must be left on the concourse underneath the grandstands and may be secured by the guest to the chain link fence. Strollers ARE NOT permitted in the grandstands. Kansas Speedway is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

· Guests may also bring in stadium seat cushions without metal tubing, binoculars, blankets, camelbaks, scanners and personal cameras. Please do not obstruct other guest’s views while taking photos.

· Umbrellas, glass, stadium seats with metal hooks and/or tubing, pets (service animals are approved), folding chairs, firearms, fireworks and weapons of any kind, thermoses, hard sided coolers, non-clear insulated cups, bicycles and skateboards, and flag poles are not permitted. This list is not an all-inclusive list and all items are subject to inspection and denial upon arrival.

· Please minimize items you bring into Kansas Speedway to speed up the inspection process.

· Expect lines upon entry and allow yourself plenty of time to go through the inspection process.

No Smoking Policy
· There is no smoking in Kansas Speedway’s grandstands; this includes cigarettes, cigars and e-cigarettes.

· Kansas Speedway offers designated areas under the grandstands for smoking.

· Guests who do not adhere to Kansas Speedway’s No Smoking policy in the grandstands are subject to removal from the facility.

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