By Russ Pankonin, Brenda Johnson-Brandt
The Imperial Republican/The Holyoke Enterprise
NASCAR race fans got a rare treat Monday when they got to meet drivers Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace.
The pair made a joint appearance in Imperial, sponsored by Harchelroad Motors of Imperial and Wauneta. The event was held at their collision and restoration center in Imperial.
Harchelroads treated those in attendance to lunch while the drivers treated fans with pictures and autographs.
Fans of all ages came to see the NASCAR standouts.
Schrader and Wallace both grew up in Missouri and know each other well.
Schrader, a second generation race car driver, said he’s been driving cars for more than 40 years.
Wallace was the NACSAR Rookie of the Year in 1986, spanning a lengthy racing career.
After making their stop at Harchelroads, the drivers and their cars headed to Holyoke, Colo.’s Phillips County Raceway for races Monday night.
Monday night marked the sixth straight night that Schrader had raced.
It marked the fourth race in row for Wallace as they made their way around four different race tracks in the Colorado-Kansas region.
Blood Sweat and Tears (BST)Racing Series, based in Denver, organized the pair’s appearance with races in Holyoke, Lamar and Calhan, Colo., and Colby, Kan., on consecutive nights.
At age 50, Wallace said he’s started to wind down his racing career. This four-race tour represents his and Schrader’s way of giving back to the sport and promoting the short-tracks in the country.
“Short tracks are the grass roots of racing,” Wallace said, noting many great NASCAR drivers got their start on small tracks like those in the BST circuit.
After arriving in Holyoke, Wallace said they would do some maintenance to the cars and gear the rear ends for the PCR track. Wallace said they also gear the rear end for each specific track and run in fourth gear during the race.
Schrader travels with his own team and is sponsored by Federated Auto parts.
Wallace is sponsored by JEGS but was racing another car during his four-night run on the BST circuit.
Schrader, Wallace headliners
Schrader and Wallace headlined Phillips County Raceway’s racing card Monday night, adding to the week-long entertainment during the Phillips County Fair.
Schrader and Wallace added to the modified racing divsion in what BST Racing pegged as BST’s Best against NASCAR.
The four-day tour started at Lamar Speedway Friday, July 18, continued to El Paso County Speedway in Calhan Saturday, on to Thomas County Speedway in Colby, Kan., Sunday and finally to PCR Monday.
NASCAR won the four-day tour, but it was a different story at PCR.
Schrader won his heat race at PCR and was leading the modified main event. However, flyin’ Ryan Gaylord of Lakewood, Colo., in car No. 03 narrowed Schrader’s lead, lap by lap.
Gaylord was working on the high side. He put on a good race side by side and eventually prevailed to take the checkered flag.
Schrader told BST’s Joe Bellm that he couldn’t believe Gaylord went that fast that high.
Crash in stock car heat
A stock car heat race resulted in a crash on the east end of the track Monday.
Kurt Trusty was in the lead when he spun sideways and was hit by Jason Noyes. Greg Gutt then hit Noyes, pushing his car up on to the back of Trusty’s No. 10K. Ondre Rexford was also involved in the collision.
Next up for Phillips County Raceway will be races on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. BST late models will race in addition to stock cars, modifieds, sport mods and hobbies.
Results from the July 21 races follow, with winners listed in order of placing:
BST mods—Ryan Gaylord, Ken Schrader, Dominic Ursetta, Eddie Belec, Jacob Adler, Beau Speicher, John Hansen, Greg Gustus, Jesse Taylor, Kenny Wallace, Bill Brack, Jeremy Frenier, John Burrow Jr., Greg Sharpe, James Krehmeyer, Garrett Sporhase, Danny Concelman and Jeff Hunter.
BST stocks—Angel Munoz, Spiderman Tubbs, Ondre Rexford, Jason Noyes, Greg Gutt and Kurt Trusty.
BST sport mods—Chad Dolan, Bryan Herrick, Brandon Clough, Ryan Moser, Tom Nelson Jr., Henry Henderson, Mike Lininger, Tom Quint, Brian Cross and Trevor Geist.
Hobbies—Michael Bruns-wig, Brody Weinman, Woody Woodhead, Jim Moore, Colt Gibbs, Fred Elliott, Tanner Clough, Leland Stute, Litton Stute and Greg Dannatt.