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Former NASCAR Driver Kenny Wallace to compete at Mitchell Raceway in Fairbanks

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 7:36 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Mark those calendars Fairbanks race fans, as former NASCAR Driver Kenny Wallace is scheduled to circle the dirt track at the Mitchell Raceway in Fairbanks in June. Wallace, who hung up his NASCAR keys in 2015, has spent his retirement racing and visiting local dirt tracks across the country as a hobby. The 25-year NASCAR veteran will spend two days at “The northern most dirt track in the world”, June 25 and 26, competing in races and interacting with the Fairbanks community. According to Greater Fairbanks Racing Association (GFRA) President Monte Pearson, Wallace will be the first NASCAR Driver to ever take on the Mitchell Raceway.

“It is such a huge thing,” said Pearson of Wallace’s upcoming appearance. “It is just special to be able to bring somebody like Kenny, who is an amazing dirt track racer and a very approachable guy who loves dirt racing and grassroots racing in general.”

Pearson, who is a driver for GRFA himself, follows Wallace on social media and has seen his recent involvement in the dirt racing community and believed this was a great opportunity to provide for race fans in the Last Frontier. GFRA will be providing Wallace with wheels, an alcohol-modified vehicle with 600 horsepower and a small-block engine that will race in the modified class.

“We are going to have meet and greets and he is going to be very involved at the track with the fans,” Pearson added, who will be racing next to Wallace on the dirt track in June.

While many sporting events during the summer were canceled or postponed, the Greater Fairbanks Racing Association was one of the few active organizations, regularly hosting races at the Mitchell. As Fairbanksans were itching for activities, the Raceway saw more fans in seats and more drivers in cars than in years past.

“If it wasn’t for the support of Fairbanks last season, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to bring Kenny to Fairbanks,” Pearson noted. “So with that support last year, it is sort of a way for us to pay it forward to our fans, to bring somebody like him to Fairbanks and showcase a little history in the making.”

Wallace, 57, tallied nine wins in his NASCAR career, all coming in the Xfinity Series. Coming from a racing family, his brothers Rusty and Mike Wallace are also accomplished NASCAR drivers.

A few weeks before the announcement that the former NASCAR driver was coming to Fairbanks, GFRA released their 2021 season schedule. Classes offered at the Mitchell Raceway include sprints, modifieds, sportsmans, as well as dollar and mini stocks. More information about the Greater Fairbanks Racing Association can be found on their website or Facebook page.

2021 MITCHELL RACEWAY SCHEDULE

DateEvent
May 22Test and Tune
June 4Opening Night: Regular Racing
June 11Regular Racing
June 18Regular Racing
June 25Alaska Dirt Shootout Racing
June 26Alaska Dirt Shootout Racing
July 9Regular Racing (Military Appreciation Night)
July 16Regular Racing
July 23Regular Racing (BCDC Night)
July 30Regular Racing
August 6Regular Racing
August 13Regular Racing (Canned Food Night)
August 20Regular Racing
August 28Regular Racing Under the Lights
August 29Regular Racing

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