Race to End COVID-19 at Kansas Speedway

Cars, SUVs and trucks lined up to take a few laps around Kansas Speedway on Friday evening as part of the Race to End COVID-19, a vaccination clinic. For getting a vaccine or a COVID-19 test, people could drive their cars around the track. This free vaccination effort continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Speedway near I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Cars circled the Kansas Speedway during the Race to End COVID-19 Friday evening. Those who got COVID-19 vaccinations or tests were able to take a few laps around the track. (Video by Steve Rupert)
Some pretty cool-looking cars participated in the Race to End COVID-19 on Friday evening at the Kansas Speedway. This vaccination effort continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Kansas Speedway near I-70 and I-435 in Kansas City, Kansas. There was no charge to get a vaccine, a test or to drive around the track. For more information, visit http://www.wyandottedaily.com/kansas-speedway-offers-laps-around-the-track-to-those-who-get-vaccinated-or-tested-at-event/ (Photo by Steve Rupert)
A dog accompanied participants Friday evening in the Race to End COVID-19 at the Kansas Speedway. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Preparing to ride around the Kansas Speedway track during a vaccination clinic event on Friday evening. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Getting ready to circle the track on Friday evening at the Kansas Speedway, as part of the Race to End COVID-19. The event continues on Saturday. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Preparing to go around the track on Friday evening at the Kansas Speedway, as part of the Race to End COVID-19. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
Cars on the track of the Kansas Speedway on Friday evening had to stay within highway speed limits. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
A garage at the Kansas Speedway was turned into a vaccine and testing clinic on Friday evening. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
A garage at the Kansas Speedway was turned into a vaccine and testing clinic on Friday evening. (Photo by Steve Rupert)
A garage at the Kansas Speedway was turned into a vaccine and testing clinic on Friday evening. For more information, visit http://www.wyandottedaily.com/kansas-speedway-offers-laps-around-the-track-to-those-who-get-vaccinated-or-tested-at-event. (Photo by Steve Rupert)

Kansas Speedway offers laps around the track to those who get vaccinated or tested at event

The Kansas Speedway is offering an incentive to those who get vaccinated or tested at special clinics on Friday and Saturday – laps around the track.

The track, which holds NASCAR racing in Kansas City, Kansas, will be the site of the Race to End COVID-19 with clinics scheduled from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 4, and 11 am. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Participants will enter on France Family Drive, near the Sporting KC stadium across from Nebraska Furniture Mart.

Everyone who is eligible can drive a vehicle two laps around the track. Cars have to be driven no faster than highway speed limits, according to organizers.

It is a free event, with vaccinations and testing for free. Pre-registration is not required. People will be registered at the site. There will be a 15-minute observation or waiting time after the vaccination.

Those wishing to save time can print out registration forms online at www.KansasSpeedway.com/RaceToEndCOVID and fill them out ahead of time. Johnson and Johnson and Pfizer vaccines will be available.

Legal drivers age 16 and older who get tested or vaccinated at this event will be offered the chance to drive their car or truck on the track. Certain types of vehicles, such as motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and semis are not allowed.

Cars going around the track will be single file behind a pace car, and no passing will be allowed. All vehicles must have a valid license plate and all drivers going around the track must have a valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

All drivers must be over 16. Those who are under 18 must have a valid driver’s license and be accompanied by a parent or guardian who signs a release form. Unsafe vehicles will not be allowed on the racetrack.

Any passengers who want to go around the track in the vehicle must also be tested or vaccinated at the event.

The Kansas Speedway is the host of the event in partnership with Wyandotte County Unified Government, University of Kansas Health System, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Kansas Division of Emergency Management.

Individuals who are tested or vaccinated will be entered into a free raffle drawing, which is separate from the laps around the track. Prizes include a set of two tickets to the Oct. 24, 2021, NASCAR Cup Series Race; a set of four tickets to the Oct. 24, 2021, NASCAR Cup Series Race; and gift cards for the NASCAR Racing Experience Ride Along.

For more information, visit www.KansasSpeedway.com/RaceToEndCOVID.

Busch wins Buschy McBusch Cup race at Kansas Speedway

Kyle Busch won Sunday’s Buschy McBusch 400 race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. It was his 36th birthday. Second place went to Kevin Harvick, and third to Brad Keselowski. Busch also won the Saturday night Camping World truck race at Kansas Speedway. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Kyle Busch received his trophy after winning the NASCAR Buschy McBusch 400 race Sunday at the Kansas Speedway. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Racing action Sunday at the NASCAR Cup series race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Racing action Sunday at the NASCAR Cup series race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Racing action Sunday at the NASCAR Cup series race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Cody Ware’s vehicle spun around and went the opposite direction to the pits in racing action Sunday at the NASCAR Cup series race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Racing action Sunday at the NASCAR Cup series race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Ricky Stenhouse, No. 47, lower right, went to the pits while video played of a wreck he was in during racing action Sunday at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Ricky Stenhouse, No. 47, lower right, was in a wreck with Christopher Bell, No. 20, and Ryan Preece, No. 37, in racing action at Sunday’s NASCAR Cup series race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. Bell’s vehicle went sideways to start the collision. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Christopher Bell, No. 20, hit the wall during an accident at Sunday’s Buschy McBusch 400 race at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
After the collision, Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 47 car was on fire during racing action Sunday at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
Another view of the No. 47 car driven by Ricky Stenhouse, after a wreck on Sunday at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
A fire in Ricky Stenhouse’s No. 47 car created a lot of smoke in racing action Sunday at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)
The Kansas Speedway on Sunday afternoon before the Buschy McBusch 400 race in Kansas City, Kansas. (Fan photo copyright 2021 by Steve Rupert)