Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals at Kentucky Speedway this Saturday, May 24th
Are you one who is not yet a racing fan and wondering what all the fuss is about? Have you been hearing references to “Kentucky Speedway” with no mention of horses or triple crowns? If you are in that category, or already a race fan, here’s an offer that you should not pass up. Visit Kentucky Speedway this Saturday night for the second annual “Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals.” You will experience one of the most exciting forms of auto racing in one of the most pleasant racing venues. You’ll sit close enough to the track to really see and feel the action on the track. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg!
As the term “enduro” implies, endurance is a factor in this race. The cars race 100 laps on the 1.5 mile track. And these “street stock” cars are not clunkers. They reach speeds up to 130 miles per hour. And did I mention that more than eighty drivers have already paid the entry fee? Imagine the excitement with eighty cars jockeying for position on the oval track while trying to reach the front for victory lane.
Although officially classified as amateurs, these race car drivers are not novices but very experienced racers. Many of them have enduro experience at tracks such as Indiana’s Salem Speedway and Winchester Speedway, or in last year’s inaugural Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals. Chuck Barnes, Sr. of Louisville was last year’s winner. Barnes is a veteran racer who has has won enduros and numerous other racing titles. Like Barnes, last year’s second place finisher, Joe Williamson, is also a veteran racer at Salem Speedway. However, it was Joe’s first enduro race. Just imagine what Joe will do this year now that he’s experienced!
At the time of this writing, eighty-five entries have been received from nineteen states, including the distant states of Florida, Washington, Colorado and Nebraska. Entries will be accepted through race day and the starting field will be limited to the fastest 99 cars. I expect the number of entries to grow and the competition to be intense.
Competitors in the “Frank Kimmel Enduro Nationals II Presented by Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati and the Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson Shop of Florence, Ky.,” will race for a $5,000 grand prize and shares of a $25,000 purse. Kimmel also recognizes Lane Automotive and TCI Automatic Transmissions for their support.
When asked why he introduced Enduro racing to the super-speedway, Kimmel replied: “No one had ever done it--never put a pure street stock amateur on a super speedway. It’s the most excitement you’ll ever see with tight racing, sometimes four or five wide.” Come see for yourself!
Tickets are available at: www.kentuckyspeedway.com; 888-652-7223; Meijer stores and Kentucky Speedway locations ($20 general admission in advance!)
Visit http://www.streetstocknationals.com for official rules, entry list, etc.