First 2024 event at Fairgrounds racetrack is Friday


Phil Nightingale with Salt City Racing LLC told Hutch Post that tickets for Friday night’s opener at the Kansas State Fairgrounds are all electronic tickets, but he explained why.

“Racing will start at 7 p.m.,” Nightingale said. “Gates will open at 5 p.m. There are several ways to get tickets. You can go to and purchase your tickets there online. You can just walk up with your phone and scan them in. They’ll scan you in as you go through the gate, or you can buy them right there at the gate as you come in and you’ve just got to remember, we’ll remind everybody, we’ve went cashless. The reason we’ve done that is so I can have good validation reports of scans and show the Fair Board exactly how many people came through the gate.”

Adult General Admission tickets are $18. Kids General Admission tickets are $12. Pit passes are $35.

“I hope we do have the support from the public,” Nightingale said. “I tell everybody, once you go racing one time, you’re hooked. You’ll go again. If you’ve never been, you want to come out and check it out this Friday and see the fun and excitement. Yeah, there’s some noise behind it, but there’s a lot of action and a lot of stuff going on at the same time.”

One of the big challenges for Nightingale is that he cannot figure the concession revenue in his financial calculation.

“My first initial proposal that I put to the Fair Board did have concessions in it,” Nightingale said. “They took that away from me. All that did was take how many more people that I’ve got to put in the stands to, what do you want to say, break even.”

The following classes will run Friday night.

  1. IMCA Stock Car
  2. IMCA Modified
  3. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint CarURSS-United Rebel Sprint Series
  4. URSS-United Rebel Sprint Series
  5. IMCA Hobby Stock
  6. IMCA Northern SportMod


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