Thursday, August 26, 2010

Big cruises in Liberty and Belton, NASCAR in Canada, car shows, races, and more. Kansas City car events for August 27, 28, 29

The weather is supposed to be all sorts of fabulous this weekend, so there's no excuse not to have some car-crazy fun.  There are a ton of great car shows, cruises, and races going on all over town.  Saturday night, it's north vs. south, as two of the biggest downtown cruises in town go head-to-head, with Liberty for the northerners and Belton for the southerners.  Or look for more organized shows in Smithville, Olathe, and Bonner Springs.

Love racing?  Check out Lakeside, I-35, or any of the other exciting area tracks.  Or, if you just want to stay inside, the NASCAR Nationwide Series makes their annual stop in Montreal, Canada, while the Camping World Trucks are in Chicago.  We've got the full list of Kansas City car events for you right here.

Kansas City-area car shows

Friday, August 27. Smithville, Mo. Smithville's Hot Summer Nights Car Show and free Jeremy Nichols Band concert. Historic Downtown Smithville Main Street. For more information, contact Ann Darr at (816) 532-4349, or e-mail

Thursday, August 26-Sunday, August 29. Wichita, Kan. Black Top Nationals. Downtown Wichita, Kan. For more information, call Frank Upton or Stephanie Fleming at (316) 425-6767, or visit

Saturday, August 28. Olathe, Kan. Olathe Police Foundation Benefit Car Show. The Great Mall of the Great Plains. 2700 West 151st Street. Registration 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Show from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Judging from 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Awards at 3:00 p.m. For more information, call LaVern Fields at (913) 780-4760,e-mail, or visit

Saturday, August 28. Bonner Springs, Kan. Tiblow Days Car Show. Downtown Bonner Springs Main Street (following the parade). For more information, check out

Saturday, August 28.  Warrensburg, Mo.  22nd Annual Warrensburg Wheels Car Show.  Happy Days Dream Cars, Highway 50, Warrensburg.  Registration 8:00 a.m.-noon.  For more information, call Alan Olas at (660) 747-2285, or e-mail

Saturday, August 28. Sugar Creek, Mo. Dance with the Vets Car & Bike Show benefiting U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. VFW Post 3976, 110028 Truman Road, 64050. 1:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Check-in 10:00 a.m. For more information, call (816) 461-2636.

Saturday, August 28. Olathe, Kan. Kansas School for the deaf K.S.D.R.A.C.E. car show. 450 Park Street, 66061. For more information, call (913) 791-0573, or visit

Kansas City-area car cruises

Friday, August 27. Overland Park, Kan. Longbranch TGIF Cruise presented by the Hollywood Nights Car Club. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call Dan Green at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, August 27. Olathe, Kan. Subway Cruise Night presented by the Good Times Car Club. 539 E Santa Fe St, 66061. 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Subway at (913) 393-0363

Friday, August 27. Kansas City, Mo. High Performance Auto Club North Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In. 10101 NE Cookingham Rd (across from Pleasant Valley Church), 64157. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bob Snyder at (816) 407-9023 or e-mail

Friday, August 27. Lansing, Kan. Burger King Cruise presented by the Leavenworth Cruisers. 391 N Main Street (Carriage Hills Shopping Plaza), 66043. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 240-6272 or (913) 306-0959.

Saturday, August 28. Liberty, Mo. Liberty Monthy Cruise. This is the final Liberty Cruise of the year! Kansas and Main Streets. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, contact Gary Hanson at (816) 524-7669, or Werner Hentz at (816) 810-9487, or visit

Saturday, August 28. Belton, Mo. Cruzin' Main Street in historic downtown Belton hosted by the South 71 Cruisers. For more information, contact Russ at (816) 331-9204, Paul at (816) 331 4069, or visit

Saturday, August 28. Independence, Mo. Hartman Heritage Center Summer Cruise-In. Jackson Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. 6:00 p.m. For more information, contact Jim Tormena at (816) 808-1154.

Saturday, August 28. Overland Park, Kan. Dunn Brother’s Coffee Morning Cruise. 8975 Metcalf Ave. 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. For more information, call (913) 381-3030.

Saturday, August 28. Lenexa, Kan. Margarita's Promotional Car Night. Margarita's, 7890 Quivera Rd, 66215. For more information, check out

Kansas City-area car races

Friday, August 27. Kansas City, Kan. Baker’s Tow Night at the Races. Lakeside Speedway, 5616 Wolcott Drive, 66109. For more information, call (913) 299-2040 or visit

Friday, August 27. Kansas City, Mo. Friday Night Grudge Racing. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 South Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit

Friday, August 27-28. Topeka, Kan. NHRA Division V Championships. Heartland Park Topeka, 7530 SW Topeka Blvd. For more information, call (785) 862-4781, or visit

Saturday, August 28. Winston, Mo. Weekly racing program. I-35 Speedway, I-35 (Exit 64) and Highway 6, 64689. For more information, call (660) 749-5317, or visit

Saturday, August 28. Wheatland, Mo. Lucas Oil MLRA Late Model Touring Series. Lucas Oil Speedway, 700 US 54 Hwy, 65779. For more information, call (417) 282-5984, or visit

NASCAR on Television

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off this weekend, but some of the competitors have a longer weekend than normal. The Nationwide Series heads up to Montreal, Canada for the annual visit north of the border. It’s usually a pretty entertaining race, definitely worth setting the DVR for. Check out for the latest information.

Sunday, August 29. Montreal, Quebec, Canada. NASCAR Nationwide Series NAPA 200 Presented by Dodge. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 1:00 p.m./C.T. ESPN2.

Friday, August 27. Joliet, Ill. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 225. Chicagoland Speedway. 7:30 p.m./C.T. Speed TV.

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