LEXINGTON - Race season approaching the green light at DCR and for some it began to feel real on Sunday this week when they opened their gates for drivers for a test and tune day at the track. the stands were open to the public to watch the racers take their first laps around the dirt track at the Dawson County Fairgrounds this season.

“It’s just kind of a practice for everybody,” Chad Dolan said shortly before the drivers took their cars onto the track. “The drivers get to come out, dial their cars in, see the changes we’ve made to the facility, work with the new staff and the staff can see the changes we’ve made.”

Driver participation at the Dawson County Raceway had been in a decline in recent years. The test and tune day was also a way for drivers to come and appreciate the changes made to the track itself that had been a concern for racers in the past.

Dolan also felt that, aside from the facilities for the racers, the spectator environment has also undergone some renovation.

“One of our major changes is how our show is going to run,” Dolan explained. “We’ve made it a fan oriented environment. Between cutting down the time to a three hour show so it’s like going to a movie, giveaways in the grandstands every night, the first 100 people get a free hot dog and drink and a prize wheel where you can win flatscreen televisions makes an entertainment value. That’s probably the biggest change.”

Fans and drivers can look forward to the new beginning at DCR when the season kicks off on Sunday, May 19. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with races to begin at 6 p.m.

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