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7/23/2013

By RANDY GONZALES

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Drivers can go as fast as they can and not worry about receiving a ticket Aug. 10 at the seventh annual Race Cars and Superstars.

The fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters chapters in Ellis, Rooks, Rush, Russell and Trego counties will be at 7 p.m. at RPM Speedway at the Ellis County Fairgrounds.

"It's fun," said Nancy Jeter, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County. "It's also a way these surrounding counties can raise money for their programs."

For the first time, four women are expected to be among the drivers for Ellis County this year. The top two winners of each heat will race for the winner's trophy, and an automatic berth in next year's field.

Expected to be behind the wheel are Barbara Wasinger, Heath Dorzweiler, Karol Kieffer, Jeremy Schmeidler, Deanna Doerfler, Randy Hattesohl, Zach Peterson, Traci Stanford, Mitch Driscoll, Bob Plante, Kevin Baalmann and Michael Malay. Last year's driver with the fastest time, Troy Hallagin, is unable to compete this year.

Each racer is asked to raise at least $1,500. The racer who raises the most money will lead the parade preceding the races and will be invited back next year. To donate to a particular driver, send pledges to Big Brothers Big Sisters, 1301 Pine, Ste. B, Hays, KS 67601, and include which driver is to receive the pledge.

"There's a lot of people who follow racing, follow NASCAR," Jeter said. "Who wouldn't love to get behind the wheel of a race car and race against other people?"