May 26, 2011
Posted In Kansas Speedway

Help Kansas Speedway provide disaster relief to tornado victims in the Midwest. On Sunday, May 22 tornados tore through the towns of Joplin, Missouri and Reading, Kansas.  Sunday’s storm in Joplin was the nation’s deadliest single tornado in more than 60 years. More than 900 people were injured and there are an estimated 8,000 buildings that were destroyed in Joplin.

“My heart goes out to all the people that have been affected by the devastating Missouri tornado on May 22nd, especially my hometown of Joplin,” said Jamie McMurray, “It is difficult to put into words the emotions I have when I see the devastation and destruction that was caused by this storm. My thoughts and prayers are extended to all the people who are dealing with so much loss.”

McMurray is not the only driver to reach out to tornado victims; Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took to twitter to express his sorrow for Joplin Sunday night. “Prayers going out to the people and city of Joplin, MO. tornados are awful.”

Kansas Speedway will provide an opportunity for race fans to assist the disaster relief efforts for Midwest towns hit by recent tornados. For a $25 donation to the American Red Cross, fans will have the opportunity to drive their personal vehicle around Kansas Speedway on Friday, June 24 from 2 PM – 7PM. For a donation of $50 to the American Red Cross, fans will have the opportunity to drive their vehicles around Kansas Speedway on Saturday, June 18th from 6:30 PM- 10 PM as part of the first event under the lights at Kansas Speedway.

Clint Bowyer said, “It’s just terrible what’s happened back there. Poor Joplin; it’s unbelievable how they just keep getting hammered time-after-time they are going to need a lot of help getting things rebuilt and put back in place and it’s going to take a total effort by everybody in this country to do his part. I hope that everything works out for all of those guys.”

Cash and check donations will be accepted by the American Red Cross at Kansas Speedway on June 4-5. Vouchers will be given to any fan that donates during Kansas Speedway’s upcoming race weekend that will be redeemable for the corresponding date. Fans can also visit, or call 913-321-6314 with a credit card and provide the information code: Kansas Speedway Relief Efforts.

Additional Details:

American Red Cross – Disaster Relief Event
June 18, 2011  6:30pm – 10:00pm
June 24, 2011  2:00pm – 7:00pm

Entrance:  Guest may enter Kansas Speedway through France Family Drive and follow the directions of Kansas Speedway staff and/or signs.

Cost:   $50 – June 18 (first event under the lights)
 $25 – June 24    
$10 -  June 18 and 24th for any spectator car that wants to come and watch. These guest will be directed between Garages A and B to park.

Event Details:
 No pre-event registration or reservations required.
 Cash, check or credit card.
 Kansas Speedway will provide a lead car and vehicles will be paced at 60-65 mph.
 3 Laps around the track.
 Groups of 25-30 vehicles will go out at a time.
 If heavy rain occurs, hot laps will be delayed until weather clears.
 Kansas Speedway holds the right to refuse anyone on to the track. 

1. Must have a valid driver’s license.
2. Must be properly insured.
3. Absolutely no use of alcohol or drugs.
4. No burnouts anywhere on property.
5. Responsible for ensuring all passengers are wearing seatbelts.

1. Must be street legal.
2. No RV’s, motorcycles or tractor trailers.
3. Must be properly insured and tagged.
4. All tires must be in good condition.
5. No leaky vehicles.

Track Specs:
 1.5 miles long
 15 degree banking on turns
 10.4 degree banking on the frontstretch
 5 degree banking on the backstretch
 55 feet wide