In honor of Dylan Kennedy, who passed away last July at the age of 22, Wartburg Speedway will host a special event on August 5th, 2017. The show will feature a $3,700-to-win Steelhead Late Model race along with increased purses in all other divisions.
Kennedy was survived by his father and mother Billy Glen and Kim Kennedy as well as his racing brother Drew and numerous friends and family members.
Wartburg Speedway promoter Raymond Shepard says that his track was honored to be asked to play host to such a special event.
“This is for the Kennedy family,” Shepard said in an interview with InsideDirtRacing.com. “Drew Kennedy asked me if we’d run it. I think it’s going to be a pretty good deal. We’re going to offer a lot of extra money like $370 for the top-6 dash race and the fast qualifier will get $137.”
The number 37 is the car number of Drew Kennedy’s No. K37 machine.
“The Kennedy family thought of doing this,” Shepard explained. “We sat down and talked about and decided to make it happen. Dylan loved racing and he loved watching Drew race.”
The promotion of the event will be a joint effort by the track and the Kennedy family. Shepard points out that the family has supported his track greatly over the years.
“We’re going to get some fliers out and advertise it on the radio to try to get it pumped up,” Shepard declared. “We’re hoping to get a pretty good amount of drivers and fans for this race. I think this will be one of the bigger steelhead races we’ve had in this area.”