It's being billed as "8 Seconds of Corn-fed Madness." Street-legal muscle cars doing
180 mph on a quarter-mile track--powered by ethanol, the renewable fuel made from corn. To top it off, they can race at 180 mph down the track after popping a monster wheelie at the starting line!
Their performance is a special attraction at the Ethanol NHRA National Open held Oct. 6-7, 2012, at Kearney Raceway Park in Kearney.
In addition to the 200 professional drag racers from across the nation who will be competing for top honors, the weekend event will also feature a special fleet of street-legal cars running on E85—and 85/15 ethanol/gasoline blend—proving that ethanol is a high-performance fuel. These muscle cars will perform at various times throughout the event, reaching top speeds of 180 mph down the quarter-mile track after popping sky-high wheelies at the starting line.
In addition to the competitive racing and muscle car performances, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Husker Motorsports team will have their 2012 Formula SAE car on display. Also appearing will be James Stevens' Top Alcohol dragster which is capable of 250 mph passes and Ray Vettel's beautiful 1978 Z28 Camaro Pro Mod car which has gone over 210 mph.
Competition gears up at 1 p.m. both days. The ethanol- powered cars will strut their stuff several times during the afternoon both days.
"This is really a great way for people of all ages to see what drag racing is all about," says Grady Koch with Kearney Raceway Park. "If you like fast cars, fast action and a lot of family fun, this is the perfect event to attend. And I guarantee you'll walk away impressed with the way these muscle cars perform on ethanol!"
Kearney Raceway Park is the only NHRA-sanctioned drag strip in Nebraska and it has been the site of dozens of national record-breaking performances.
The track is partnering with the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board to promote the event.
Both NASCAR and the Indy Racing League have adopted ethanol as their fuel of choice because of its higher octane and cooler temperatures, which improve engine performance and extend engine life. That means more horsepower with less heat.
Admission is $15 per person for one day or $25 for a two-day pass. Kids from 7-12 are $5 per day and 6 and under are free. Coupons good for $5 off gate admission are available at NAPA stores in Kearney, Hastings, Aurora and Minden; at the Kearney Area Convention & Visitors Bureau; and at NRG Media in Kearney.
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