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Nebraska’s Stuart Raceway is latest to add IMCA Northern SportMods, Sport Compacts

STUART, Neb.– Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts join Sunday race programs during the 60th anniversary season at Stuart Raceway.

The north central Nebraska venue has been operated by volunteers for more consecutive years that any other track in the nation. Ten race dates are on the schedule between May 20 and Aug. 19.

“We have had ‘B’ modified and 4-cylinder classes with similar rules to IMCA’s,” said Stuart Stock Car Association president Keith Larabee. “What we want to do by sanctioning is bring our car counts back up and give our drivers the opportunity to race for points and national recognition.”

Drivers who don’t mind trips about 100 miles one way can add Stuart to their weekend schedules: Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts also run Fridays at Boone County Raceway in Albion and Saturdays at Riviera Raceway in Norfolk.

Located in the middle of City Park, between a baseball diamond and a football field, Stuart has seen numerous recent improvements including an underground system to water the racing sur­face, new lighting and deck seating in the grandstands.

Fans can park on the north side of the track and watch the races from their car or pickup. Larabee said that option allows families to enjoy a barbecue or picnic and gives younger kids some play time during the evening.

Concession stands operated by the Stuart Ladies Auxiliary and local FFA chapter are season-long fundraisers for the two organizations and a portion of the proceeds go into local track point funds.

Clay is being added to the track this spring and a new announcer’s stand may be built before open­ing night. Admission this season will be $8 for adults, $2 for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade, and free for preschoolers and younger. Pit passes will be $18.

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