The familiar hum of race cars on the south side of Grain Valley is a sure sign that summer is on its way.
The track, an oval 1/3 mile dirt track, was built in 2004. Dennis Shrout, owner of Valley Speedway, purchased it in 2008.
“I sold my motorcycle dealership after 30 years, and I wasn’t ready to stop yet, so I thought this would be fun. It’s a lot more work than I thought it was going to be,” Shrout said.
Shrout can be found at the track in the days leading up to the event, prepping the track and working with his staff to get ready for weekend crowds.
“On race day, we’ll have around 20 staff members on site,” Shrout said.
The season begins in April and runs through September.
Racers of all types compete at Valley Speedway.
“I’ve had kids as young as 10 years old and guys in their 70’s on the track,” Shroud said. “We’ve had Tony Stewart race here before. The top racers in the country will come in for our specials,” Shrout said.
Admission is $13/adults, $11/seniors, students, and military, and $6/for kids 6-12. Parking is free, and concessions are available. Gates open at 6:00pm, and races begin at 7:00pm.
“We’re usually done by 10:00pm. We try to be good neighbors,” Shrout said.
First-timers to the track are encouraged to bring ear plugs, but the race track has ear protection available if you leave yours at home. Shrout offers another tip for first-timers: watch out for dirt clods flying in the stand.
“A lot of people don’t mind that. A bit of dirt is all just part of racing.”
Results from the Valley Speedway points race on April 26th:
Valley Speedway 4/26/2019 Pure Stocks
1. Bobby Ohrenberg #23
2. Logan Headley #23X
3. Cody Ohrenberg #01
4. David Schirlls #10
5. Austin OBryan #25
Valley Speedway 4/26/2019 Dirt Demons
1. Richard Mccaulley #19
2. Gene McCaulley #1
3. Robert Loegering #20
4. Eric Schmidt #121
5. Will Guthrie #78
Valley Speedway 4/26/2019 E Mods
1. Trevor Hand #236
2. Kit Bailey #77
3. Shawn Burns #28
4. Jeremy Curless #33
5. Jeff Jackson #81
Valley Speedway 4/26/2019 Valley Powri Outlaw Midgets
1. Pat Schudy #7S
2. A.J. Gilbert #2
3. Brad Wyatt #41
4. Dustin Gilbert #3
5. Heath Murry #7M
Valley Speedway next hosts the Powri National Midget Show featuring some of the top Midget drivers in the country on May 3rd. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.valleyspeedway.com.
Valley Speedway is located at 348 E. Old 40 Hwy, Grain Valley.
Visit www.valleyspeedway.com for racing schedule. Photo credit: Valley News staff