Event Preview: Spring Kickoff at Kennedale gets things rolling this weekend

KENNEDALE, Texas (Feb. 23, 2024) — As the last cold fronts of a strange winter retreat north and temperatures start to rise in Texas, things are also about to heat up on the dirt ovals. There’s been a little action here and there, but it all begins in earnest this weekend. 

On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, James Lopez and his staff will host their 18th annual Spring Kickoff program At Kennedale Speedway Park, with IMCA Modifieds headlining the show. The ground-pounding Mods will run for $1,000-to-win each night, drawing top teams from a wide area.    

Joining the Modifieds on the card will be IMCA Stock cars, who will compete for $750-to-win each night; IMCA Southern SportMods ($500-to-win); Factory Stock ($500-to-win); Eco Mods ($400-to-win); and Sport Compact. The six-division program promises to open a new season with great racing. 

“The track is in excellent shape, and the weather is looking great, especially for February,” Lopez said. “We have a big fan base here at Kennedale, and I hope they’ll take advantage of this nice weather and come on out this weekend. I think we’re going to have an exciting program for both nights. 

“It’s an AllStar race qualifier, with the Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win. We’ve seen that division start to grow, and our fans love it. While some guys may not have their cars ready this early, I’m still expecting a strong turnout and lots of heavy hitters in the pits. Our staff is ready to welcome race fans.”

Cameron Cook won the Factory Stock points title last year at KSP, and will run two cars this weekend.  

“Over the winter we installed a new APE engine from Kevin and Brandon Hightower in the Factory Stock,” Cook said. “We also bought a Wicked Fast Transmission and are now using Undercover Shocks by Jacob Pirkle. We’re looking forward to a solid weekend, and are hoping to be in Tech both nights.

“We were also fortunate enough in the off-season to pick up a Southern SportMod ride for the season. I will be driving Nathan Norcott’s Western Flyer. We’re just hoping to get adjusted to the car quickly and get the setup figured out. The main goal is to get seat time, but a top-five either night would be great.” 

Matt Martin won KSP’s Modified crown last year with a blazing effort. He’s back for more in 2024. 

“I’m just hoping for good, clean two nights of racing,” Martin said. “A win or two would be good, but I’m not greedy. I’ll settle for a top-three, or even a top-five finish. I want to wish the best of luck to everyone this weekend. Now, let’s go have some fun.” 

Hot Laps for Night 1 of the 18th annual Spring Kickoff at Kennedale Speedway Park are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., with racing to follow. You can catch every lap of the action on Friday and Saturday night with a subscription at RaceON.com.

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By Phil Whipple, RaceON.com Staff Writer