10 great places for small-town NASCAR racing
NASCAR isn't just about enormous coliseums and mammoth crowds. Summer brings racing to more than 50 regional tracks (hometracks.nascar.com), where the atmosphere is small-town and family friendly. "These are local tracks, local fans and local competitors," says Dick Berggren, a NASCAR pit reporter for Fox, and executive editor of Speedway Illustrated magazine. "It's a different experience." Some speedways also host NASCAR regional series, letting crowds see up-and-coming stars. He shares some favorite tracks with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.
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Colorado National Speedway Dacono, Colo.
Located north of Denver, the paved oval track is a NASCAR leader in social media, updating fans during races through its website and on Twitter. (Its handle: @cnsracing). "It's a very small racetrack with nicely banked turns, and it draws huge crowds," Berggren says. The track hosts the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West on July 28. 303-665-4173; coloradospeedway.com
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(Dacono, CO 05-27-2012) On day two of the CNS Memorial Day race it appeared that multi-time Late Model track champion Bruce "the Moose" Yackey might be on his way to winning the biggest race of the year at Colorado National Speedway. Yet Rick Smith from Gering Nebraska made a strong move on the outside of Yackey to take the win and top the huge field of 29 Late Models that were on hand for the event.
(05-26-2012 - Dacono, CO) Lee Kemmit in the #98 Dodge won yet another main event maintaining his stranglehold on winner's circle for the Sportsman division. In the Pro Trucks #07 Chris Leaf landed in winner's circle as did #33 Bear Lynch in the Super Stocks. #3 Harold Evans piloted his supermodified to the win in the first ERA event of the season at CNS.
As of yesterday the weather forecast looked fairly grim but CNS officials were still holding out hope that the May 19th races would be able to be run. However, the rain has intensified and the forecast continues to worsen therefore CNS officials have been forced to cancel the events scheduled for tonight (May 19th).
Next weekend is our big 2-Day Memorial Day race. On Saturday May 26th we will feature Sportsman, Pro Truck, Super Stocks, Supermodifieds, and Trains. Then on Sunday May 27th get ready for a 100 lap Late Model main event, a 40 lap GAM main event, plus the Mod Coupes, Legends, and Figure 8s.
The weather forecast for Saturday May 12th is dismal. The National Weather service has predicted 50% chance of heavy showers and high temp's in the low 50's. Therefore we are canceling the events scheduled for 05-12-2012 hopefully this early notice will allow you to adjust your weekend plans accordingly.
Colorado National Speedway would like to wish all the mother's a joyous and relaxing Mother's Day!
We will see all of you on May 19th for Van's Equipment Night featuring the Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Mod Coupes, and the Figure 8s!
Thank you - CNS Management
- Music at CNS Thursday June 21st 2012
- Lightning strikes at CNS in both the Super Stock and Late Model main events
- Qualifying Tire Rule
- Rick Smith and Bruce Yackey thrill the CNS fans in a photo finish
- Eggleston, Yackey, Avants, and Smith, thrill the CNS fans in the first Late Model event of the 2012 season
- Transponder UPDATE
- DEMO X Windshield Announcement
- Celebration of life for JD
- Rain shortens Sunoco Race Fuel Night at CNS
- The passing of John "JD" Dixon
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