Beatrice Speedway set to host Septemberfest
Local racing fans have one last chance to get their racing fix in before the winter months hit.
Beatrice Speedway will be hosting its annual Septemberfest this weekend.
Beatrice Speedway chairman Derek Fralin said they changed up the format of the Modified A Feature this year. Instead of awarding $1,500 to the winners each night, they will award $1,000 to Friday night’s champion and $2,000 to Saturday’s champion. The top four from Friday night will automatically qualify for Saturday’s A Feature.
“We kind of asked the drivers last year what would make this event more exciting,” Fralin said. “They like the idea of -- if you get in the top four -- you don’t have to worry about having to qualify again on Saturday.”
In the Stock Car A Feature, $500 will be awarded to the winner each night as will the winner of the Hobby Stock A Features and Sportsmods A Feature.
The winner of the Sports Compact A Features will be $200 each night.
On Thursday, practice for all classes will take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. with pit passes costing $10.
On Friday, there will be a complete show. The pit gates will open at 4 p.m. and hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. Racing will then begin at 7 p.m. A pit pass for Friday’s event will be $30.
On Saturday, pit gates will open at 3 p.m. with hot laps beginning at 6 p.m. and racing beginning at 6:30 p.m. Pit passes are again $30.
“The track is looking good and it was good for the Enduro race yesterday,” Fralin said. “We just have to monitor the weather because they are calling for some rain at the end of the week. Hopefully that weather gets pushed out of here.”
Early forecasts for the weekend includes a 90 percent chance of evening thunderstorms on Thursday night during practice. On Friday, there’s a chance of morning showers with a high temperature of 69.
Saturday’s forecast is cloudy skies with high temperatures in the mid 70s.
Grandstand admission on Friday and Saturday are $20 for adults and $5 for kids (10 and under)/
Beatrice Speedway wrapped up its regular season of racing recently. Jordan Grabouski was once again crowned track champion in the Modified Division with 440 points.
In the Sports Modified Division, Lance Borgman was track champion with 427 points while Kyla Vanover won the track championship in the Stock Car division with 414 points.
In the Hobby Stock division, Taylor Huss of Fairbury won the track championship with 398 points and John Martinez won the track championship in the Sports Compact division with 407 points.
Fralin said all track champions are expected to race this weekend along with racers from all over the Midwest.
“We are expecting all the top drivers in the Midwest, including Jordan Grabouski who is leading in national points and almost definitely will win in national points,” Fralin said. We have a lot of good drivers coming down and a lot of first time racers who came to watch Spring Nationals and wanted to try it out.”
Fralin said they caught a break with Husker football’s kickoff being slated for 11 a.m. on Saturday.
“We got burned by that a few years ago because it just kills our crowd,” Fralin said of Husker football. “But we don’t have to worry about that, so we hope everybody comes out to watch racers from all over the Midwest come in and try to knock off our local guys. It’s a chance to watch some of the best drivers around compete one final time.”