Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Belton, Tongie, Liberty, and KC. Here's your list of Kansas City car shows, car cruises, and car races for Memorial day weekend, May 27, 28, 29, 30

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the biggest motorsports weekends of the year. Of course, that traditionally stems around the historic Indy 500, but the Coca-Cola 600 is a pretty big event for the NASCAR boys as well.

Still, you don’t have to leave Kansas City to see some great racing action this weekend. Circle tracks like Lakeside and Valley Speedways will be kickin’ up some rooster tails, while KCIR and Heartland Park will be serving up the drag racing.

Meanwhile, there are several car shows and cruises that look like fun. Both Liberty and Belton have huge cruises on Saturday night, and in honor of Memorial Day, there will be some nice vintage military vehicles on display at the Liberty Memorial.

In summary, there is no shortage of car shows, cruises, and races to attend this weekend. But as always, make sure you call or check ahead, especially if weather could be an issue.

Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Friday, May 27 - Saturday, May 28. Pratt, Kan. Pratt City Fire Dept Car Show. Lemon's Park. South end of Pine St. Cruise night Friday, 4:00 p.m. Saturday registration, 9:00 a.m. For more information, visit http://www.americantorque.com/page/0/544/.

Friday, May 27 - Sunday, May 29. Springfield, Mo. Mid-America Street Rod Nationals. Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. 2,000 cars possible. For more information, visit http://nsra-usa.com/index.php/site/evsum/C2#entry208.

Friday, May 27. Overland Park, Kan. Longbranch TGIF Cruise sponsored by Hollywood Nights. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse & Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, May 27.  Overland Park, Kan.  Fast Fridays at KC Trends.  $10 entry donations are matched by KC Trends and sent to Joplin tornado victims.  133rd and Grandview.  7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.  For more information, visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=116895188394069&ref=mf.

Friday, May 27. Lansing, Kan. Leavenworth Cruisers Burger King Cruise. 391 N Main Street in the Carriage Hills Shopping Plaza, 66043. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 240-6775.

Saturday, May 28. Liberty, Mo. Liberty Main Street Car Cruise. Kansas and Main Streets. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call Gary at (816) 524-7669, or Werner at (816) 810-9487.

Saturday, May 28. Tonganoxie, Kan. Shrine Rodeo Car Show. Leavenworth Country Fairgrounds. 22618 McLouth Road, 66086. 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.shrinerodeo.com/joomla/.

Saturday, May 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 at (816) 808-1154.

Saturday, May 28. Belton, Mo. Belton Main Street Cruise. 4:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.south71cruisers.org/.

Sunday, May 29. Gladstone, Mo. Cowtown T’s Hy-Vee Cruise. Hy-Vee parking lot, 7117 N Prospect, 64119. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call Sal at (816) 452-8152, or e-mail sbonsignore@kc.rr.com.

Sunday, May 29. Kansas City, Mo. Art of the Machine Display featuring the Kansas City Vintage Thunderbird Club. 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Kansas City’s City Market. For more information, visit http://www.thecitymarket.org/, or e-mail ppowers@copaken-brooks.com.

Sunday, May 29 - Monday May 30. Kansas City, Mo. Military Vehicle Display at World War I Memorial. 100 West 26th Street, 64108. 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.theworldwar.org/s/110/new/index.aspx?sid=110&gid=1&pgid=1053.

Monday, May 30. Kansas City, Kan. Pinto Stampede passes through Kansas Speedway. National Ford Pinto tour will take some laps on the 1.5-mile oval. 3:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.pintostampede.com/The%20Route.htm.

Kansas City-area car races

Friday, May 27.  Kansas City, Kan. Weekly Racing. Lakeside Speedway, 5615 Wolcott Dr, 66109. For more information, call (913) 299-2040, or visit http://www.lakesidespeedway.net/.

Friday, May 27. Kansas City, Mo. Friday Night Grudge. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Friday, May 27. LaMonte, Mo. Weekly Racing. L A Raceway, 11649, 11649 Highway Y, 65337. For more information, call (660) 563-9878, or visit http://www.laraceway.com/.

Friday, May 27 – Saturday, May 28. Grain Valley, Mo. Weekly Racing. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Saturday, May 28.  Kansas City, Mo. Trail Blazer SS Club Event. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Rd, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Saturday, May 28. Nevada, Mo. Weekly Racing. Nevada Speedway, S Barrett Ave, 64772. For more information, call (417) 667-5859, or visit http://www.nevadaspeedway.net/.

Saturday, May 28. Topeka, Kan. E.T. Bracket & Junior Dragster Series Race w/ Super Comp. on the Drag Strip. Heartland Park Topeka, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Saturday, May 28. Topeka, Kan. Super Saturday Showdown on the Dirt Track. Heartland Park Topeka, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

NASCAR and IndyCar on TV

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series runs their longest race of the season this weekend with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte, but on Memorial Day weekend, it’s all about the Centennial running of the Indianapolis 500. Just between the two series, you can watch 1,100 miles of action, and that doesn’t include the support events. Better fire up the Crock Pot, because you’re going to need a lot of Ro*Tel dip to get through all this.

Saturday, May 29. Concord, N.C. NASCAR Nationwide Series Top Gear 300. Charlotte Motor Speedway. 1:30 p.m. ABC Television.

Sunday, May 30. Concord, N.C. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. Charlotte Motor Speedway. 5:00 p.m. Fox Television.

Sunday, May 30. Speedway, Indiana. IZOD IndyCar Series’ 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 11:00 a.m. ABC Television.

IndyCar photo provided by Honda Media Services.  Lakeside photo by www.picturemeracing.com.

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