The stars will be out in Sedalia on Thursday.
And even if it’s cloudy, stars in the racing community will be in town at the Missouri State Fair Speedway for a “Night of the Stars” ASCS Sprints and USRA Modifieds event featuring former NASCAR driver Kenny Schrader.
After hot laps, scheduled for 7 p.m., Danny Lasoski and nephew Brian Brown will go head-to-head in a best of three “Grudge Match” race.
Despite the family ties and frequency of the matchup — Lasoski and Brown race meet in about 70 races a year — the Grudge Match and ASCS Warrior Region Sprints race that follows is no light-hearted affair.
“(Lasoski) was instrumental in my racing,” Brown said. “When we put our helmets on there’s no relation, there’s no family. All bets are off.
The grudge match — it’s a grudge match within a grudge match, because every night is a grudge match. He’s definitely the guy to beat most every night.”
Lasoski, 57, said wisdom gives him the edge over his nephew.
“We have a friendly rivalry,” Lasoski said. “I’ve taught him everything he knows about racing, but not everything I know.”
Age is a factor, the two agree, for the appeal in the Missouri State Fair Speedway.
“One thing you can’t buy in this world is history,” Lasoski said. “And that place has history. It’s synonymous in our sport. Great facility, great people, I just want to keep it alive and support it as much as I can.”
Kenny Schrader, who first raced in Sedalia in the mid-1970s, also said he was excited to return to Sedalia.
“Some places you look forward to going to more than others,” Schrader said. “I’m very glad to see the track operating again and we’re looking forward to seeing some people we haven’t in a while.”
Schrader is racing full-time after more than 30 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He runs four nights this week, and is scheduled to be in New Jersey the night before Thursday’s race. He said he still likes the day-to-day lifestyle.
“Unfortunately, I’m still enjoying it because if I wasn’t I could quit,” Schrader said with a laugh. “But we’re still enjoying it very much still.”
The pits open 4 p.m. Thursday. Schrader and Brown will host an autograph session at 5 p.m. in front of the grandstand, and hot laps begin at 7 p.m. Tickets for adults are listed at $20, $18 for military and seniors, $10 for teens 13-17 and free for children 12 and under.
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