Thursday, November 11, 2010

Well crud--the car season just about over. Kansas City car cruises and races for November 12, 13, 14

Once you get to the second week in November, it’s slim pickin’s when it comes to Kansas City area car events. I only know of a couple of things to post about, and none of them are exactly huge events.

Of course, there are still a few more races on TV. The NHRA Season comes to an end this weekend. NASCAR is getting to the late stages of the Chase for the Sprint Cup. There’s still entertainment if you leave town or simply turn on the tube.

And of course, there’s plenty going on behind the scenes. Car shows are being planned. Local racing awards are being presented for the season, and everyone is getting ready for a killer 2011.

In the meantime, if you have a Kansas City-area car show or automotive event you want to tell people about, feel free to drop me a line at craig@championdirect.com. This is probably my last regular weekly event column for the year, but I’ll be happy to plug worthwhile events as they come up. You’d be surprised how many local gear heads frequent this blog—you may just pick up a few more attendees.

In the meantime, plan out your high octane-fueled weekend with the calendar below. And don’t forget to call ahead before out head out!

Kansas City-area car events

Friday, November 12. Olathe, Kan. Subway Cruise Night sponsored by the Good Times Car Club. 539 East Santa Fe Street, 66061. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Subway at (913) 393-0363.

Friday, November 12. Overland Park, Kan. Hollywood Nights Longbranch TGIF Car Cruise. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse and Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, November 12 (if the temp is above 50 degrees). Basehor, Kan. Basehor Boys Cruise Night Sonic Drive-In. 155th St & Leavenworth Rd, (2 blocks west- 6 miles west of Kansas Speedway). For more information, call Don at (913) 579-1669.

Saturday, November 13. Blue Springs, Mo. Saturday Winter Cruise. Parking lot west of Culver's. 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call Eric at (816) 213-7398.

Saturday, November 13. Lenexa, Kan. Margarita's Promotional Car Night. Margarita's, 7890 Quivira Rd, 66215. For more information, check out http://www.margaritasamigos.com/.

Saturday, November 13 (Rain date November 14). Kansas City, Mo. Test-N-Tune. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more info call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Racing on TV

Both NHRA and NASCAR are sharing the spotlight this weekend. This is the final weekend of racing for the straight-liners this year, so you might want to see how all the championship points standings stack up after Pomona. Meanwhile, the roundy-rounders seem to be losing their minds lately, which means there’s lots of opportunities for us to see fights, tantrums, and all kinds of fun stuff.

Friday, November 12. Phoenix, Az. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 150. Phoenix International Raceway. 6:30 p.m. (CT). SPEED TV. For more information, visit http://www.nascar.com/.

Saturday, November 13. Pomona, Cali. NHRA Qualifying Rounds. Automobile Club of Southern California Finals. 9:30 p.m. (CT). ESPN2. For more details, visit http://www.nhra.com/nhraontv/current.aspx.

Saturday, November 13. Phoenix, Az. NASCAR Nationwide Series WYPALL 200. Phoenix International Raceway. 3:00 p.m. (CT). ESPN2. For more information, visit http://www.nascar.com/.

Sunday, November 14. Pomona, Cali. NHRA Final Eliminations. Automobile Club of Southern California Finals. 8:00 p.m. (CT). ESPN. For more details, visit http://www.nhra.com/nhraontv/current.aspx.

Sunday, November 14. Phoenix, Az. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools500. Phoenix International Raceway. 2:00 p.m. ESPN. For more information, visit http://www.nascar.com/.

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