Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NASCAR returns to Kansas Speedway as the car show season continues to wind down. The Kansas City car show, car cruise, and car racing schedule for October 7, 8, 9

If my car show coverage seems a little light this weekend, don’t worry. I haven’t renounced old cars or anything like that. I do love stock car racing, though, and I’ll be spending a lot of the weekend out at Kansas Speedway. The Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series’ are in town this weekend, but I am especially excited to watch the ARCA race under the lights on Friday night.

If you aren’t going to the big track, there are lots of car shows, cruises, and short track racing events you can go to. Several of them are the final cruises of the season, which is something to keep in mind while you’re sitting in your living room and watching it snow in a month or two. From Basehor to Blue Springs and from Riverside to Lone Jack, there is bound to be a fun event to check out near you. See the full schedule of events below, and if weather ends up being an issue, make sure you call ahead.


Kansas City-area car shows and cruises

Thursday, October 6. Overland Park, Kan. 2011 Clean Transportation Exhibition. Overland Park Convention Center. 6000 College Boulevard, 66211. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call Aaron at (816) 531-7283, e-mail cleancities@kcenergy.org, or visit http://kcenergy.org/kcrccceventsandnews.aspx.

Friday, October 7. Basehor, Kan. Basehor Boys Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In. 155th and State Ave. US24/40, 6 Miles west of Kansas Speedway. 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Don at (913) 579-1669, J.T. at (913) 568-5789, or e-mail Don at joyce-don@sunflower.com, or J.T. at khun274594@sunflower.com.

Friday, October 7. Riverside, Mo. Final Riverside Red-X Cruise Night. 2401 NW Platte Road, 64150. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call the Red-X at (816) 741-3377, or visit http://www.riversideredx.com/events.html.

Friday, October 7. Overland Park, Kan. Hollywood Nights TGIF Cruise. Dan's Longbranch Steakhouse and Saloon, 9095 Metcalf, 66212. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call Dan at (913) 642-9555.

Friday, October 7. Independence, Mo. Final HPAC East Cruise Night. Sonic Drive-In. 4001 Jackson Dr, 64057. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail hpacmopar@hotmail.com.

Friday, October 7. Blue Springs, Mo. Winstead's Cruise Night. 7-Highway and I-70. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Jim at (816) 841-2116.

Friday, October 7. Lone Jack, Mo. Happy Days Dream Cars Cruise Night. Sonic Drive In, 101 Battlefield Road, 64070. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Chris at (816) 616-6612.

Friday, October 7. Olathe, Kan. Buffalo-to-Burbank Cruising for a Cause. Presented by the Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City. Bass Pro Shop. Bass Pro Drive, 66061. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://mustangclubofgreaterkc.com/calendar or www.facebook.com/MustangClubOfGreaterKC.

Saturday, October 8. Blue Springs, Mo. Second-Annual Blue Springs Fitness Car, Truck, and Bike Show/Down’s Syndrome Benefit. 1300 NW State Route 7, 64014. For more information, call Kurt at (816) 878-5120.

Saturday, October 8.  Excelsior Springs, Mo.  Righteous Rides Car Show.  Flack Memorial.  1300 Tracey Avenue, 64204.  Registration 9:30 a.m., awards 2:30 p.m.  For more information, call (816) 630-6234, or visit www.flackmemorial.com.

Saturday, October 8. Kansas City, Mo. October Family Fest Show and Shine. 11901 Wornall Road, 64145. For more information, call Jeff at (816) 285-4758.

Saturday, October 8. Lee's Summit, Mo. Dan's Cruise Night. Gibson's General Store, Highways 50 and 7. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. For more information, call (816) 524-2221 or (816) 524-2353.

Saturday, October 8.  Sugar Creek, Mo.  Sugar Creek Business and Civic Club Car Show.  Labenite Park.  At the foot of 291 and the Missouri River Bridgs.  8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  For more information, call (816) 985-7642.

Saturday, October 8. Poplar Bluff, Mo. MMCA Car Show and Swap Meet. 5th Street across from the Black River Coliseum. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. For more information, call Kevin at (573) 857-2889.

Saturday, October 8. Lawrence, Kan. Rev It Up Hot Rod Hullabloo presented by Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Be Your Best Self, Inc. Broken Arrow Park, 31st and Louisiana. South Park, 12th and Massachusetts, Downtown Lawrence. For more information, call Stephen at (785) 749-1120, e-mail stephen@chronister.com, or visit http://www.revitup.carshow.com/.

Saturday, October 8. Overland Park, Kan. Final Mustang Club of Greater Kansas City Cruise Night, Foster’s Grille. 11831 Metcalf, 66210. 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, visit http://mustangclubofgreaterkc.com/activities/cruise-nights or www.facebook.com/MustangClubOfGreaterKC.

Saturday, October 8. St. Joseph, Mo. Northwest Missouri Street Rods Cruise Night. Frederick Ave and Village Drive (Perkins--Exit 47). 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. For more information, call Kat at (816) 233-0312, or Galen at (913) 365-4832.

Saturday,October 8. Independence, Mo. Summer Cruise-In at the Hartman Heritage Center. Jackson Drive next to Buffalo Wild Wings. 6:00 p.m. For more information, call Jim at (816) 808-1154.

Saturday, October 8. Mt. Vernon, Mo. Apple Butter Makin’ Days Car Show. Spirit of 76 Park. 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call (417) 466-7654 or visit http://www.mtvernonchamber.com/.

Saturday, October 8. Independence, Mo. KC BMW Club Teen Street Survival Driving School. Metropolitan Community College. 20301 East 78 Highway. For more information, call Bill at (502) 649-4871, or e-mail john at jpfickel@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 8. Camdenton, Mo. Indian Summer Classic Car, Truck, Cycle and Antique Tractor Show. Lake Career and Technical Center. For more information, call (573) 346-9260 or (800) 769-1004.

Saturday, October 8. Annapolis, Mo. 12th Annual Church Car Show. First Baptist Church parking lot. 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, call (573) 598-3577.

Saturday, October 8. Marshfield, Mo. Marshfield Buejay Car and Motorcycle Show.  9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Marshfield Wal-Mart Super Center off I-44. For more information, call Steve at (417) 859-4844 or Laura at (417) 933-2175. You may also call (417) 880-8984.

Saturday, October 8. Walton, Kan. Walton Rural Life Festival Car Show. Historic Walton Main Street. For more information, call Dean at (316) 727-6862, e-mail deandavis1951@hotmail.com, or visit http://www.waltonrurallifefestival.com/.

Saturday, October 8. Topeka, Kan. Topeka HPAC Cruise Night. Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center, 21st and Fairlawn Road, 66614. 6:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. For more information, call (785) 231-0719.

Sunday, October 9. Kansas City, Kan. Turner Days Car Show. Steineger Field. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. For more information, call Brad at (913) 515-6255, e-mail bbscustomz@hotmail.com, or visit http://www.turnerdays.com/Downloads/TD-CARSHOW.pdf.

Sunday, October 9.  Kansas City, Mo.  Hotrodtoberfest 2011.  White Oak Commercial Center Parking Lot.  8002 North Oak Trafficway, 64118.  Opens at 11:00 a.m.  For more information, call Moody's Hot Rod Shop at (816) 569-2467, or visit http://www.moodyshotrodshop.com/.

Sunday, October 9. Bethany, Mo. Northwest Missouri Car Show and Fall Festival. 112 N 16th St. For more information, call John with the Northwest Missouri Car Club at (660) 868-0728, Jeff at (660) 868-1020, The Bethany Chamber of Commerce at (660) 425-6358, or the Bethany Commerce Foundation at (660) 425-3511.


Kansas City-area car races

Friday, October 7-Saturday, October 8. Lebanon, Mo. Fall Brawl. Midway Speedway. 6 miles east on Highway 32 and then right on B Highway, the speedway is 1/2 mile down B Highway on the right-hand side. For more information, call (417) 588-4430, or visit http://www.lebanonmidwayspeedway.com/.

Friday, October 7. Kansas City, Kan. O'Reilly Auto Parts Qualifying Day/ARCA Race. Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd, 66111. Track goes hot at 9:00 a.m. Sprint Cup qualifying at 4:10 p.m. ARCA Qualifying at 5:35 p.m. ARCA Kansas Lottery 98.9 feature event at 7:00 p.m. Jackyl concert following the race. For more information, call (913) 328-3300, or visit http://www.kansasspeedway.com/.

Friday, October 7. Kansas City, Mo. Friday Night Grudge. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Road, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Friday, October 7. Grain Valley, Mo. ASCS Sprints and Midwest Mod Lites. Valley Speedway, 348 E Old 40 Hwy, 64029. For more information, call (816) 229-2222, or visit http://valleyspeedway.com/default.aspx.

Saturday, October 8. 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, October 8. Kansas City, Kan. NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd, 66111. Nationwide qualifying is at 9:05 a.m. followed by Sprint Cup practice. Nationwide race begins at 2:00 p.m. Tim Dugger, Rachel Holder, and the Chris Weaver Band conert after the race. For more information, call (913) 328-3300, or visit http://www.kansasspeedway.com/.

Saturday, October 8. Kansas City, Mo. VAMP HeadsUp Racing Series. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Road, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Saturday, October 8. Topeka, Kan. E.T. Bracket and Junior Dragster Series Race w/ Super Comp. Heartland Park Topeka Drag Strip, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.

Sunday, October 9. Kansas City, Kan. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Kansas Speedway, 400 Speedway Blvd, 66111. Gates open at 8:00 a.m., race at 12:00 p.m. For more information, call (913) 328-3300, or visit http://www.kansasspeedway.com/.

Sunday, October 9. Kansas City, Mo. Fall Import FaceOff. Kansas City International Raceway, 8201 S Noland Road, 64138. For more information, call (816) 358-6700, or visit http://www.kcironline.com/.

Sunday, October 9. Topeka, Kan. E.T. Bracket and Junior Dragster Series Race w/ Super Street.  Heartland Park Topeka Drag Strip, 7530 Topeka Blvd, 60610. For more information, call (785) 862-2016, or visit http://www.hpt.com/.


Driver appearances and events surrounding NASCAR

Thursday, October 6.  Kansas City, Mo.  Meet Clint Bowyer.  Hy-Vee.  5330 NW 64th Street, 64151.  3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.rcrracing.com/fancentral/.

Thursday, October 6.  Blue Springs, Mo.  Meet Tony Stewart.  Office Depot.  450 NW Rt 7.  11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.officedepotracing.com/No--14-Tour/.

Thursday, October 6.  Kansas City, Kan.  ARCA Driver Autograph Session.  Cabela's.  10300 Cabela Drive.  5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.arcaracing.com/news.php?catid=14.

Thursday, October 6.  Merriam, Kan.  Meet Joey Logano/Eric McClure.  Home Depot.  5700 Antioch.  6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  For more information, visit http://joegibbsracing.com/home-depot-racing/.

Thursday, October 6.  Shawnee, Kan.  Meet Brad Keselowski.  Wal Mart.  1601 West 65th Street.  12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 6.  Shawnee, Kan.  Meet Eric McClure.  Wal Mart.  1601 West 65th Street.  2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 6.  Kansas City, Kan.  Meet Brad Keselowski.  Danny's Bar and Grill.  10940 Parallel Parkway.  7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.  For more information, visit http://bradracing.com/appearances/.

Thursday, October 6.  Kansas City, Kan.  NASCAR Hauler Parade/Parade of Heroes.  Parade will begin on Speedway Blvd, before turning onto Village West Parkway through The Legends. The haulers will turn onto Stadium Drive before turning left onto 110th Street and heading into Kansas Speedway for the weekend.  5:45 p.m. For more information, call (866) 460-7223, or visit http://www.kansasspeedway.com/Articles/2011/09/Hauler-Parade.aspx.   

Friday, October 7.  Kansas City, Kan.  Meet Tony Stewart, Ryan Newman, Mark Martin, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Trevor Bayne, Marcos Ambrose, Robby Gordon, and JJ Yeley.  Kansas Speedway Hospitality Village (outside of turn two).  For more information, visit http://www.kansasspeedway.com/Articles/2011/09/Autograph-Session.aspx.

Friday, October 7.  Kansas City, Mo.  Meet Elliott Sadler.  One Main Financial.  1154 West 103rd St.  4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.  For more information, visit http://www.elliottsadler.com/2011website/home.html.


NASCAR/ARCA on television

In case you didn’t figure it out by looking at the local racing calendar up there, the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series’ will be right here in Kansas City this weekend.

Guys like Emporia, Kan., native Clint Bowyer, who is leaving Richard Childress racing at the end of the season, and Columbia, Mo.’s Carl Edwards, who is in the thick of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, consider Kansas Speedway their home track.

The “start times” above include the live driver introductions. The times below are for the couch potatoes who will be watching the action on TV, or those who want to set their DVR’s. See http://www.nascar.com/ for more details.

The Camping World Trucks are off, but I’m also including Friday night’s ARCA TV time. More information on ARCA can be found at http://www.arcaracing.com/.

Friday, October 7. Kansas City, Kan. ARCA Racing Series Kansas Lottery 98.9. Kansas Speedway. 7:30 p.m. (c/t). SPEED.

Saturday, October 8. Kansas City, Kan. NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300. Kansas Speedway. 2:30 p.m. ESPN2.

Sunday, October 9. Kansas City, Kan. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400. Kansas Speedway. 1:00 p.m. (c/t). ESPN.

1 comment:

  1. quite the line up of activities, indeed. enjoy the track, craig! i'll be riding my 2012 Hyundai Elantra "close" to the longbranch cruise... not "through" like i did last time! (what a (dangerous) hoot that was!!) - mike t.

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