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Kansas Speedweek gets under way
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Standing in front of a replica of the racing stands from the National Hot Rod Associations first national event, held in Great Bend in 1955, are, from left: Brock McPherson with the Vintage Wheels car club, Matt Levonas from NHRA, Sunflower Rod & Custom Association president Hank Denning and George Koptik III, also with SRCA.

Sunflower Rod & Custom Association is celebrating the 60th anniversary of drag racing at the old B-29 bomber runway west of Great Bend, and in a big way. Kansas Speedweek got under way Saturday with the first-ever West Central Super Quick Series.
The National Hot Rod Association held its first national event at the dragstrip in 1955, and Saturday’s racing included a new national open event, said Matt Levonas from the NHRA. “It looks like a great turnout of cars,” he said Saturday. More than 200 cars had arrived by noon.
Racing continues Sunday, April 28, with eliminations starting at 1 p.m.
Speedweek will feature the SRCA cruise around downtown Great Bend and the courthouse square at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and more racing on Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, with Thunder on the Plains, the Lucas Oil Drag Racing series for NHRA Division 5. On May 4 there will also be an SRCA car show from 1-6 p.m. at the National Guard Armory by the dragstrip.