STARS at K-C Raceway

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio and STARS have always been two key ingredients in a recipe for exciting short track auto racing, but a "pinch" of 410 Outlaw Super Sprints has sweetened the pot for Midwestern Auto Racing...

CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-K-C Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio and STARS have always been two key ingredients in a recipe for exciting short track auto racing, but a "pinch" of 410 Outlaw Super Sprints has sweetened the pot for Midwestern Auto Racing fans as the t rio again joins forces in the K-C Raceway season opener and first annual "Spring 50", Saturday, April 4, 1998. The STARS event, featuring the "World's most powerful stock cars", will pay some lucky driver $8,000 to win in an over $40,000 purse, which als o highlights 410 outlaw super sprints paying $2,000 to win.

Stevie Francis of Ashland, Kentucky will be out to defend his STARS title in the familiar Arizona Sport Shirts #15 Rocket Chassis, while former champion Mike Balzano of Parkersburg, West Virginia hopes to continue his success from the recent southern tou r. Balzano won the 100-lap STARS feature at East Bay Raceway's Winternationals, February 8, and helped Balzano make a decision he had been pondering over the winter--'to race for the 1998 STARS Championship". Currently, he and Francis are tied with 560 p oints each. Other drivers expected to be on hand are STARS competitors Rick Eckert, Steve Shaver, Barry Bragdon, Bart Hartman, Mike Benedum, Todd Andrews, Tim Hitt, Rod Conley, R.J. Conley, Delmas Conley, and Gary Stuhler. Other drivers expressing an interest in the event are former K-C winner Donnie Moran, Billy Moyer, Jack Boggs, and Steve Lucas, who are expected to join a field of the 30-40 regulars that K-C drew during last season.

A huge field of sprint cars are also expected to get the jump on the competition by working the bugs out of their cars at K-C's early opeing date. Second generation driver Jimmy Stinson, the nephew of Chargin' Charlie Swartz, hopes to get off to a good start in defense of his 1997 sprint car title. Other top midwestern drivers including former K-C champs Charlie Fisher and Mike Bowling are out to regain titles, while 14-year-old high school freshman Jonathan Stevens, the Dirt Track Racing Round-up "roo kie of the year" is going to be joined by another teenager-Boston Reed, who pilots a car sponsored by Jeff Gordon's stepfather Jon Bickford.

K-C Raceway has added all-new lighting around the track, an improvement that has improved brightness 60%; while the old lighting has all been moved to the enlarged pit-area. More speakers, a few more stands, and a new flag stand have also been added to the lightening fast 3/8 mile high-banked dirt oval.

Gates open at 4 p.m., time trials are at 6:30 and racing is at 7:30. Overnight, primitive camping is welcomed. The rain date for the event is the next Saturday, April 11, a date that also sees the competing Have-a-Tampa Series idled.

The K-C Anniversary show, "The Night the Stars Come Out", featuring the STARS Late Models and All-Star Sprints, will be Saturday, June 20, while the STARS make a return visit in the season finale, September 26, 1998.

The "Great K-C Raceway" will continue to run weekly Saturday shows throughout the summer, featuring Super Sprints, Late Models, Modifieds, and Street Stocks.

For more information, please call 740-663-4141 or e-mail Scott Wolfe, P.R. Director at sdwolfe@frognet.net. Catch our new K-C Website sometime soon!

K-C Raceway is located six miles south of Chillicothe at Alma, Ohio off SR 23 on Blain Highway.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Donnie Moran