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Saturday, August 10, 2013
Dawson County Raceway Celebrates 100 Years!

Lexington, Nebraska—The name has changed a few times. The location of the track has moved a couple of times. Dawson County Raceway, Dawson County Speedway, Lexington Raceway, Platte Valley Speedway were just some of the names used over the years. One of the things that never changed over the years is the hard racing demonstrated by drivers from all over the country.  Dawson County Raceway will honor those 100 years of racing championship night, August 18, 2013. 
     Dawson County Raceway held its inaugural race September 10, 1913. The race was held by the management of the Dawson County fair. Monoplane flights, free acts, hay rack rides, comedy trick house were some of the events held during the fair. The automobiles races however were the highlight of the three day festival. The races were the main event and they were held at night with an “amply lighted track”.  In the spring of 1913, Joe Morgan and his brothers along with the help of Roy and Earl Wells, took four mules and a pull type grader and cut out a ˝ mile race track in Lexington. Horse races, motorcycle races and three consecutive days of auto races entertained the fans for the first time ever. The Clipper-Citizen herald reported the stands were full of spectators and the races were well received. The paper noted that “the element of danger attached to Auto Racing was a strong drawing card for this class of sport and held the crowds to close attention while in progress”. There were collisions and other mishaps, but no serious injuries. Joe Morgan won all three races and set the track record in the five mile contest in a time of 7 minutes and 20 seconds. According to race historians this was the second automobile race held in the state of Nebraska.  At the 1914 Dawson County Fair, the crowd was estimated at 10,000 to 12,000 spectators with over 600 spectator automobiles in the parking area. The cars have changed a lot over the years and have advanced technically.  The one constant that still remains today is the passion that drivers, pit crew and race fans still have for the great sport of racing. 
 Dawson County Raceway will celebrate 100 years of racing during Championship Night races.  It will also be fan appreciation night and driver appreciation night with a lot of give aways.  Racers will also compete hard for added money to the purse. The IMCA classes of sport compact, hobby stock, northern sportmod, stock cars and modifieds will battle it out for final points for the season. Gates open at 5:00 pm and races begin at 6:30 pm. Admission for adults is $10, kids 6-12 $5 and  5 & under free. Join us for our 100 year celebration of racing in Lexington, Nebraska. For more information contact Allen Wissmann-DCR track promoter at 308-991-4645.  

Source: Allen Wissmann


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