NST: Dodge City preview

National Sprint Tour Racing in Dodge City: Kinser and Lasoski bring their reps to Dodge Put a racetrack in Dodge City and you're bound to attract cowboys -- the kind of cowboys adventurous enough to chase railroad trains. And never mind their...

National Sprint Tour Racing in Dodge City: Kinser and Lasoski bring their reps to Dodge

Put a racetrack in Dodge City and you're bound to attract cowboys -- the kind of cowboys adventurous enough to chase railroad trains. And never mind their intentions.

With top guns like Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski appearing at the Dodge City Raceway Park May 19-20 for the National Sprint Tour Cowtown Showdown, racetrack manager Mike Mathis is expecting the kind of visitors Dodge City is already famous for.

"Yesterday's cowboys are today's sprint car drivers," says Mathis. "They both like pushing the envelope and sticking their necks out. They like to compare reputations. They like to compete. They'll scratch and claw for bragging rights."

"And our job," smiles Mathis, "is to turn all that cowboy attitude into good wholesome family entertainment."

The family atmosphere at the DCRP will be enlivened this weekend by a Wild West aura provided by the Crooked Creek Regulators of Southwest Kansas and by Dodge City's Boot Hill Museum, home to the legends of Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and Doc Holliday. Dodge City Marshal Allen Bailey will be patrolling the Raceway grounds Friday night and sharing some homespun entertainment with the fans.

And since this is Dodge City, parking for the Cowtown Showdown will be marshaled by the Dodge City Roundup Rodeo riders... on horseback, of course.

As a veteran racetrack manager, Mathis knows how hard it is to choreograph all that cowboy attitude.

"We're planning on having a good time at the Raceway," says Mathis. "With all those race drivers and cowboys squeezed into one place, that's about all you can plan on."

Racing action is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Steve Kinser