Racers prep for Mayhem finals; hundreds of drivers flock to G.C.

6/15/2013

Racers prep for Mayhem finals; hundreds of drivers flock to G.C.

Racers prep for Mayhem finals; hundreds of drivers flock to G.C.

By GRANT MELIN

sports@gctelegram.com

In day two of the Micro Mayhem races at Airport Raceway, a couple of participants had time to go over their views of the first-of-its-kind three-day event as the qualifying races carried over into the late night hours on Friday.

Despite a windy Friday, race drivers from all around the region were ready and anxious to get going.

That includes Nathan Benson of Concordia, Mo., who was already moving up the ladder in the standings.

"It's been pretty good, we won both our heat races Thursday night so we're sitting in pretty good shape going into tonight, it's been a good race so far," Benson said.

In addition to many out of the town and out of state participants, several Garden City natives such as Cody Ellis were also looking to find their footing in the Micro Mayhem event in front of their home crowd.

"I think it's a good deal for Garden City and I hope they do it again," Ellis said. "I'm competing for $8,000 to win in the open classes."

Benson was also looking forward to battling for the big money in the Micro Mayhem event.

"(We are competing for) $8,000 to win in one of the classes we're running in and $5,000 to win in the other. There's a $55,000 purse for the whole event and that's big," said Benson.

With many racers competing and people coming from out of town, Benson thinks the event is important to the community.

"It's a big event, it's brought a lot of people from a long distance to the city so it's gotta be good for the economy around here," Benson said.

Ellis was also optimistic about Micro Mayhem's impact on Garden City.

"Most of the people here are from out of state so it brings in a lot of people," said Ellis.

After Friday's qualifiers, the event concludes tonight with final races beginning at 7 p.m.

The Micro Mayhem event has been in the planning stages since last August and is being partially underwritten by the Finney County Convention and Tourism Bureau, which has contributed $25,000 to help underwrite the three-day event.

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