Drivers got ready for the 2018 racing season Saturday with a test and tune at RPM Speedway.
For new and experienced drivers and their crews, it was a chance to get on the track on get their cars prepared for the season.
Anna Meier, Hays, watched the action from behind the track fence, waiting to see Joel Dix hit the dirt track in his hobby stock car.
“He’s a new racer, so he comes out for a lot of seat time,” she said.
It’s a chance to learn from experienced racers, she said.
“You watch other racers and you do it yourself. It’s a lot harder than you think. He’s just trying to get the seat time and get the hang of it,” she said.
Racing is not something Meier said she’d want to do herself, however.
“I rode with him once, and that was plenty for me,” she said with a laugh.
Ben Boland of Hays was suited up and ready to hit the track for the first time in a northern sport mod. He’s raced karts the past two years, he said, and the test and tune helped him make the adjustment to the bigger cars.
“It just helps me more than anything get used to the car because I’ve never been in one before and get everything set up to where we need it so we can be fast,” he said.
Boland will join other racers in the season’s first race this weekend in the Mike “Huey” Hughes Sunflower Classic Memorial Race. Hughes, an announcer at RPM Speedway and other area tracks, died last year.
A test and tune will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday. Races will start at 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.