Caney Valley Speedway gets facelift, opens Aug. 2
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July 29, 2008

CANEY, Kan. The Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan., will reopen this Saturday, Aug. 2, for the first weekly racing program at the 1/4-mile semi-banked clay oval in Southern Kansas for the first time since April 2004.

Under the direction of new promoter Kerry Gorby, the facility has experienced a complete top-to-bottom facelift during the last few months, including new restrooms, new concession buildings and new buildings in the pit area.

A new air-conditioned press tower, a new and improved p.a. system and thousands of gallons of fresh paint are just a few of the improvements that fans and drivers will see. The drivers will enjoy a widened back stretch, a completely reworked racing surface and a very friendly purse structure.

Headlining the weekly program this Saturday, Aug. 2, will be USRA-sanctioned Modifieds as they will be battling for track and national points in the USRA Casey's General Stores Weekly Racing Series. Also on the racing card will be Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, B-Mods and Pure Stocks.

Modifieds will pay $700 to win and $100 to start the main event. Street Stocks will pay $325 to win and $30 to start, Factory Stocks and B-Mods will race for a $225 top prize and $25 to start and Pure Stocks will pay $125 to win and $20 to start. Purses in each class are based on a minimum of 12 cars.

Pit and grandstands gates will open at 5 p.m. for the grand opening, with hot laps slated for 7:30 and racing action to kick off at 8 p.m. Adult ticket prices are just $8, seniors are $5, kids ages 6-12 are $4 and children under 6 are admitted free of charge. Pit passes will be $25.

Gorby, a former racer like his father and first-time racetrack promoter, said he hopes to stage eight events before season's end. Plans for the 2009 season include a full season of weekly racing, along with special events featuring Sprint Cars, USMTS Modifieds and more.

The Caney Valley Speedway is located 0.8 mile west of the junction of US 75 and US 166 on CR 1600. For more information, call (620) 330-0485 or check out the new website at, which should be operational this week.

For more information regarding the United States Racing Association call (515) 832-6000 or visit the USRA online at

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