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NCRA Late Model DIRTcar Series Opens Season Saturday in Sunflower State Showdown!

NCRAPark City, Kansas – April 25, 2011 – The National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley’s Racing Products late model DIRTcar series kicks off their 2011 race season this coming Saturday night, April 30th, at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas in grand style during the second annual Sunflower State Showdown that will pay $10,000 to the 50 lap feature finale winner.

It will be a ground breaking year for the series late model division as they have teamed up with the Charlotte, North Carolina based DIRTcar series for the entire 2011 race season.

The cars and late model stars of the CLMA DIRTcar, MARS DIRTcar and Lucas Oil Late model series will also be in action for this huge one night event.

John Anderson of Omaha, Nebraska picked up last year’s inaugural running of this event, taking the lead over race leader Eric Turner of Hermitage, Missouri with three laps to go for the victory, the largest of his late model career.

While the night’s feature winner will earn a cool $10,000, just starting the twenty-seven car feature finale field will earn drivers $700 just to start out of the $40,000 total purse. All non-qualifiers will earn $150.

The top sixteen in heat race passing points will qualify for the nights feature finale with the remaining eleven positions to be determined by “B” feature finishes and provisional’s.

Five-time and defending series champion Kelly Boen of Henderson, Colorado will be back to defend his championship and add to his 56 career NCRA late model victories, second only to Hooks, Texas sprint car driver Gary Wright for the most career series feature victories.

Drivers expected to compete full-time with the series as it enters its 28th season include 2010 series runner up Corey Zeitner of Omaha, Nebraska, Dean Moore of Grand Junction, Colorado, Shawn Harker of Nebraska City, Nebraska, Wylan Petrie of Soloman, Kansas, Cliff Morrow of Enid, Oklahoma and rookie contenders Jimmy Seagraves of Furley, Kansas and Nebraska Dennis Duncan.

Below are tidbits that you need to know for this huge one night of late model action:

WHAT: “Sunflower State Showdown” paying $10,000 to win and $700 to start during Saturday nights 50 lap feature finale at Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas this coming Saturday night, April 30th, 2011. All “B” feature non-qualifiers earn $150.

WHEN AND WHERE: This Saturday night, April 30th, at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas. There will be an open practice session at the track on Friday night.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The top late model drivers from the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley’s Racing Products MARS DIRTcar late model series, Missouri based late model series’ of the MARS DIRTcar and Lucas Oil MLRA and the Colorado based CLMA DIRTcar series.

SUNFLOWER STATE SHOWDOWN TICKET INFORMATION: Admission to Friday nights practice is free to all grandstanders. All pit passes for Friday nights practice session is $15. Grandstand general admission is just $25.00 for Saturday night.

SUNFLOWER STATE SHOWDOWN AGENDA: Pit gates will open at 5:00 PM on Friday for that nights practice session. Practice times are from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM. On race day Saturday night, drivers meeting will be held at 6:30 PM with hot laps set to begin at 7:00 PM. Heat race action is slated for a 7:30 PM start time. The super late models will run heat races, “B” feature(s) and the 50 lap feature finale. The tracks IMCA modified division will also be competing.
GREAT AMERICAN DIRT TRACK LOCATION: Sits adjacent to the Jetmore Municipal Airport, six miles south of Jetmore on US 283. For more information check out their website www.greatamericandirttrack.com.

For more information concerning the NCRA of Park City, Kansas presented by Smiley’s Racing Products DIRTcar late model division, contact NCRA steward Chris Smith (918) 625-6200 or call the series office (316) 755-1781. For more on the National Championship Racing Association check them out on the web atwww.racencra.com.

The National Championship Racing Association would like to thank the following contributors for their involvement with the late model division for the 2011 race season:

Official Sponsors: Park City, Kansas, Smiley’s Racing Products, DIRTcar, Hoosier Racing Products and Sunoco Race Fuels.