ALBION, Neb. — Former driver and tech inspector Kirk Westring has a new role this season at Boone County Raceway.
Westring takes over as promoter of the three-eighths-mile clay oval. Five sanctioned divisions, the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts, along with limited late models, fill Friday race programs beginning April 25.
“We want to get the community involved and get people excited about coming to the races again. We’ve got to get back to the grassroots of racing,” Westring said.
His first priority since taking charge last fall was improving the track surface. Sixteen loads of clay were added in each set of turns while banking was reduced on the straightaways.
“I think that’s going to be better for racing,” Westring said. “That will allow for three and four-wide racing in the turns. We’ve never had that before.”
Westring started his own on-track career in a four-cylinder class. He competed in both the hobby stock and sportmod divisions, and handled tech inspection chores among other duties at Boone County before becoming the promoter.
“IMCA levels the playing field for everyone. You can’t beat the rules and the racing doesn’t get any better than the IMCA classes,” Westring said. “The fans really like them.”