NICK SCHWIEN • Hays Daily News C.J. Johnson, Quinter, sits in his sprint car prior to racing at last year’s Air Capital Shootout at 81 Speedway in Park City.
By DAVID SMITH JR.
Special to The Hays Daily News
PARK CITY -- The 2014 race season for the National Championship Racing Association of Park City, presented by Precise Racing Products sprint car division, kicks off Saturday with the top sprint car drivers throughout the region making plans for the fourth annual Air Capital Shootout at 81 Speedway.
The race once again will pay $5,000 to win, and this year's version will see drivers who make the 20-car feature finale getting paid $500 just to start.
There also will be an open practice session for sprint cars Friday night so drivers can get a feel for the track and shake down their sprinters for the event.
National 360 sprint car champion Jason Johnson of Eunice, La., has won the past two events, with Danny Lasoski (2011) taking the inaugural event.
No other sprint car events are scheduled in the region, which should see some of the top sprint car teams embark on C. Ray Hall's facility.
Three-time tour champion C.J. Johnson will be back once again to defend his championship and this year will be back in his own No. 45x.
Touring regulars expected to compete include: Jeremy Campbell, Luke Cranston, Jon Freeman, Jeff Stasa, J.D. Johnson, Marc Robe, Kris Miller and Jordan Weaver.
The championship feature payout, as part of the $20,000 in prize money, will be distributed as follows:
A feature: 1) $5,000, 2) $4,000, 3) $3,000, 4) $2,000, 5) $1,500, 6) $1,000, 7) $750, 8) $700, 9) $650, 10) $600, 11 to 20) $500.
Gates open at 5 p.m., with racing slated for a 7.
81 Speedway is located north of Wichita on Interstate 135 to exit 16, then 0.7 mile west on 77th Street in Park City.