By MIKE HUGHES
Special to The Hays Daily News
HAYS, KS--RPM Speedway in Hays, KS, has released its 2013 race schedule with 18 races on the calendar.
IMCA-sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Northern Sport Mods, Hobby Stocks and Sport Compacts will compete throughout the season on a regular basis, with the School Buses returning for five nights, two of those with boats. Sprint Car Mania returns also, as does Modified Mania.
The track will host a car show at Thirsty's on Saturday, March 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., followed by a test & tune at the track from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
There will also be a test & tune on Thursday, April 4, at 7:00 p.m.
Five special events will highlight the season at the 3/8-mile oval, starting with the Sunflower Classic to kick off the year on Friday & Saturday, April 5-6. Also, the first 150 kids with paid admission on Friday will get a Kids Club shirt, where they will be admitted free all season long to the races when wearing their Kids Club t-shirts.
Sprint Car Mania will return on Friday, May 24, featuring the NCRA 360 Sprint Cars and the URSS 305 Sprints. They will be joined by the sport compacts and school buses.
The Ellis County Fair will feature races on Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14, and will feature the regular five divisions each night.
Modified Mania will return on Tuesday, July 30. NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer will make a return appearance for this event.
And the season will conclude with the 7th Annual Fall Nationals on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 10-12. Saturday night's races will start at 6:00 p.m.
Race time each evening will be 7:00 p.m.
Admission prices will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 & under. Special events will feature $15 admission for adults with kids remaining $5.
Several theme nights return to the speedway as well, such as Merchants Night, Armed Forces Night, School Night (featuring the bike giveaway), Pink 4 Life, and Daisy Dukes & Cowboy Boots.
The Greg Close Memorial race will also be featured in August.
For more information, check out the track's website at HYPERLINK "http://www.rpmspeedway.net" www.rpmspeedway.net or call promoter Rod Bencken at 785-672-0123.
2013 Race Schedule - RPM Speedway
Friday & Saturday, April 5-6: Sunflower Classic
Saturday, April 20: School buses added
Saturday, May 4
Saturday, May 18
Friday, May 24: Sprint Car Mania
Saturday, June 1: Boat races with school buses added
Saturday, June 15
Saturday, June 29
Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14: Ellis county fair races (school buses added on Saturday)
Tuesday, July 30: Modified Mania (modifieds and sport mods only)
Saturday, August 10
Saturday, August 24: Greg Close Memorial race (school buses added)
Saturday, September 21: Championship night with boat races with school buses added
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, October 10-12: Fall Nationals