Kids’ fun at Kil-Kare


XENIA — More than 100 kids went home happy, after Sunday’s Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day festivities at Kil-Kare Raceway.

Each child received a raffle ticket as they entered the race track, and a prize raffle earned each one a gift to head home with after the day’s fun. Some kids went home with brand-new bicycles.

Drivers from the Compact and Street Stock classes chauffeured kids on a slow guided tour of the Kil-Kare Raceway oval. Kids piled into the front passenger seat, if a race car had one. Others sat where the rear window would normally be on a passenger car, but since glass windows are not allowed in race cars the kids got a great view of the facility from atop the back seat.

Woody’s Radiator business, located just west of the track on 1170 Dayton-Xenia Road, provided wagon rides for the kids and their families. Woody estimated he provided rides to more than 100 people. The tractor was seen taking fans over the adjoining Kil-Kare Dragway strip, too.

When all the kids stuff was through, families got to enjoy four racing classes of Gem City Auto Racing series entertainment.

Columbus’s Phil Gussler Jr. claimed the 15-lap Street Stock feature win by just over two seconds over fellow Columbusite Jacob Muncy in the day’s first feature event.

In the 35-lap Modified feature race, Kettering’s Jamie Sites fought off class points leader Jack Jones of Beavercreek to claim a 1.443-second win. Sites now has a division-best four feature wins this season.

It had been seven years since Germantown racing veteran Joe Hill had won a feature event. But he stepped into his son Levi’s bright-blue No. 70 compact division racer and earned a narrow win over Riverside points leader Bo Hoelscher by 0.144 seconds in the 20-lap race. Hoelscher showed a lot of class by stopping behind Hill in Victory Lane and congratulating the former Late Model veteran on a terrific race win.

Then in the 40-lap GCAR Late Model race, another Kettering driver — former Kil-Kare track champion Cody Robinson — ended his day in Victory Lane. Robinson fought off Late Model points leader Drew Charleson of New Bremen to earn his first feature win of the 2017 Gem City Auto Racing series season.

Just two weekends of GCAR series stock car racing remain on the 2017 schedule. The series returns to Kil-Kare on Sunday Aug. 27 for a regular afternoon schedule of Late Model, Modified, Street Stock and Compact class racing. The inaugural GCAR season will wind up on Sunday Sept. 24 with the Lee Raymond 100 event, which will include the four classes of racing.

A pair of kids are fascinated by all the controls inside Columbus driver Dusty Harding’s compact class race car, during Sunday’s Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day festivities at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_Harding75Kids_PS.jpgA pair of kids are fascinated by all the controls inside Columbus driver Dusty Harding’s compact class race car, during Sunday’s Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day festivities at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Germantown veteran Joe Hill wanted a victory lane photo with his granddaughter, after winning the Gem City Auto Racing 20-lap compact feature, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_JoeHill_PS.jpgGermantown veteran Joe Hill wanted a victory lane photo with his granddaughter, after winning the Gem City Auto Racing 20-lap compact feature, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Woody’s Radiator gave free tractor-pulled wagon rides around the Xenia Speedway grounds to the kids and their families during Kid’s Day at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_WagonRides_PS.jpgWoody’s Radiator gave free tractor-pulled wagon rides around the Xenia Speedway grounds to the kids and their families during Kid’s Day at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

A young fan proudly wears a shirt bragging about her dad, during Kid’s Day festivities, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_FastDaddy_PS.jpgA young fan proudly wears a shirt bragging about her dad, during Kid’s Day festivities, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Kids sat on the back or in the passenger seat, if a race car had one, and enjoyed rides around the Kil-Kare Raceway oval in real race cars, as part of the Gem City Auto Racing series’ Kid’s Day festivities at the Speedway, Aug. 13 in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_128Kids_PS.jpgKids sat on the back or in the passenger seat, if a race car had one, and enjoyed rides around the Kil-Kare Raceway oval in real race cars, as part of the Gem City Auto Racing series’ Kid’s Day festivities at the Speedway, Aug. 13 in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

A pair of brothers enjoy their new bikes, won in the Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day event raffle, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_BrotherBikes_PS.jpgA pair of brothers enjoy their new bikes, won in the Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day event raffle, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Kids pile into Columbus driver Phil Gussler Jr’s. street stock race car for a ride around the track, during the Aug. 13 Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day festivities at Kil-Kare Raceway. Gussler later won the street stock feature.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_PhilGusslerJr_PS.jpgKids pile into Columbus driver Phil Gussler Jr’s. street stock race car for a ride around the track, during the Aug. 13 Gem City Auto Racing Kid’s Day festivities at Kil-Kare Raceway. Gussler later won the street stock feature. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Jamie Sites, left, of Kettering celebrates with his family after winning the Gem City Auto Racing series’ Modified class feature race, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway. Sites now has four feature wins in the class.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_JamieSitesFourth_PS.jpgJamie Sites, left, of Kettering celebrates with his family after winning the Gem City Auto Racing series’ Modified class feature race, Aug. 13 at Kil-Kare Raceway. Sites now has four feature wins in the class. John Bombatch | Greene County News

To celebrate his first Late Model win of the season at Kil-Kare Raceway, Kettering’s Cody Robinson brought his whole crew out for the Victory Lane photo, Aug. 13, in Xenia.
https://www.fairborndailyherald.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/50/2017/08/web1_CodyRobinsonCrew_PS.jpgTo celebrate his first Late Model win of the season at Kil-Kare Raceway, Kettering’s Cody Robinson brought his whole crew out for the Victory Lane photo, Aug. 13, in Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

By John Bombatch

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