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June 10, 2020

Kyle Berck (14) of Marquette, Neb., is a seven-time Malvern Bank SLMR series champion.
Kyle Berck (14) of Marquette, Neb., is a seven-time Malvern Bank SLMR series champion.

A doubleheader week kicks off Thursday night with the Super Late Models of the Malvern Bank SLMR series taking center stage as they visit the Hamilton County Speedway for the first time after being rained out two times last season.

Thursday night's clash will pay $3,000 to win. Stein Heating & Cooling USRA B-Mods will also be running for $500 to win. Diamond in the Rough USRA Hobby Stocks battle for $400 to win and $150 goes to the MyRacePass USRA Tuner winner.

Nebraska veteran Kyle Berck is expected to be a strong contender for the victory Thursday. Berck is the defending series champion and has racked up seven championships in the series' 13-year history.

Past series champions include Al Humphrey (2008), Mike Wiarda (2009), Kyle Berck (2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019), Travis Dickes (2011, 2012) and Tad Pospisil (2017).

The pits open at 4 p.m., spectator gates open at 5, hot laps start at 6:45 and racing gets underway at 7:15. Tickets are $20 for adults (17-61) or $15 for juniors (12-16) and seniors (62+). Kids ages 11 and under get in for free. Pit passes are $35 for all those ages 11 and older while youth (6-10) are $25 and kids ages 5 and under are free.

Two days later on Saturday, June 13, it’s “Racing for the Right Reasons” featuring Super Late Models powered by Jerry Goebel State Farm battling for $1.000 to win plus the Summit USRA Weekly Racing Series featuring Olsen Family USRA Modifieds, Seneca Foundry USRA Stock Cars, Stein Heating & Cooling USRA B-Mods, Diamond in the Rough USRA Hobby Stocks and MyRacePass USRA Tuners.

Opening in July 1910, the Hamilton County Speedway is the oldest speedway in the state of Iowa. In 1938, work began on the current location at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The semi-banked half-mile dirt track was completed in the spring of 1939, and the first races were held on the track in September of that year.

The Hamilton County Speedway driven by Spangler Automotive is located off US 20 at exit 140, then 1.2 miles north, then 0.5 mile east on Bank St., then 0.4 mile south on Bluff St. to the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in Webster City, Iowa. The physical address is 1200 Bluff St, Webster City, IA 50595. For more information, call (515) 832-6000 or check out hamiltoncospeedway.com. You can also get social on Facebook and Twitter.