Nostalgia Drag race celebrates history of Kearney Raceway Park

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) A local drag race gave people a trip down memory lane Sunday.

Drivers compete in the Kearney Raceway Park's annual Nostalgia Drag Race on Sunday. (Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

The Kearney Raceway Park hosted their annual Nostalgia Drag Race this weekend.

More than 100 drivers raced Sunday. Many drove down the quarter mile strip in less than ten seconds.

Two of the drivers are part of the Rocky Mountain Nostalgia West Chapter out of Colorado. Dale Schroeder and Brandon Caldwell are a grandfather-grandson duo. They raced in the AFX class, one of the three nostalgia classes.

"There's a lot of down time here in between races so it's time that we get to spend together," Caldwell said.

"I have to second that. And it gives us time to double check our cars for the next round; check tire pressures and fuel," Schroeder said.

Schroeder started drag racing about 55 yeas ago when he was a teenager. He got away from it for awhile, but picked it up again eleven yeas ago once he retired. His grandson, Caldwell, started the sport about seven years ago in step with his grandfather.

They've gone to the Nostalgia Drag Race in Kearney the past few years. The cars they drive mimic those that would've been driven in the 1960s.

"I think he has as much fun watching me race as he does racing himself," Caldwell said.

"Just about," Schroeder laughed.

Friday marked the park's 55th anniversary. What better way to celebrate the day than with cars that would've raced when it first opened.

"It's our heritage. It's our history out here at Kearney Raceway Park. If we didn't have these people that were our predecessors we wouldn't be doing what we're doing out here today," said Joe Roach, track operations at the Kearney Raceway Park. "So it's kind of a commemorative sort of thing. We're doing what we can to survive and just keep this tradition alive for everybody out here. Just giving them a place to race."

There were other classes at the race aside from the nostalgia classes, including some junior divisions.

If you missed the fun event, the park has many others coming up soon. One is on Kearney Cruise Nite. Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster in "The Munsters," will be there with original cars from the show.

For a list of full events, you can go to https://www.krpi.com/.