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NASCAR fans meet racing legends

7/21/2014

By NICK SCHWIEN

By NICK SCHWIEN

nschwien@dailynews.net

COLBY -- Her son tipped her off it was going to be an event she didn't want to miss.

So when the time came, Cindy Enright loaded up and headed west from Salina.

Nearly three hours later, she arrived at her destination -- Thomas County Speedway in Colby.

Enright normally wouldn't travel the long trek down Interstate 70 for a regular race, even though she's been attending dirt-track racing events since she was 5.

Now, 47 years later, she was getting a chance to meet NASCAR legends Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace in person.

"It's usually so crowded when you go to see them at things like this that you can't get very close to them," Enright said about arriving early for Sunday's meet-and-greet for the two main attractions. "It's very neat to be able to get this close to them."

Enright and her son, Joe, were just two of the many fans who crowded into the 4-H Building on the Thomas County Fairgrounds for the pre-race activities.

The event was part of S&W Supply's 80th anniversary celebration, and Schrader and Wallace were the headliners -- both driving IMCA modifieds later that night.

"It's good for dirt track racing," Enright said. "It brings out the fans. We love our local guys, but it's awesome to see these guys closer."

Schrader, who has raced at RPM Speedway in Hays three times including earlier this year, and Wallace were making a quick tour of tracks in Colorado and made the swing east through Colby for the special event.

Schrader, in his laid-back attitude, let Wallace rev up the crowd upon his arrival. Wallace, who has a flamboyant personality and high-energy attitude, didn't take long to get the crowd laughing.

"The older I get, the more I get wore out entertaining," Wallace told the crowd.

"But not talking," Schrader jabbed back.

"That's true," Wallace said, then let out a hearty laugh.

Schrader and Wallace have dabbled in the NASCAR ranks through the years, and Wallace has a regular show on Fox Sports 1 focusing on NASCAR.

But both still have a love for dirt tracks and fans of the sport. They showed that Sunday in Colby.

"You can have a lot more fun with a $1,000 motor than something a lot more expensive," Schrader said.