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Dawson County Raceway is back; Jewett takes reigns as promoter of Lexington speedplant

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February 15, 2018

Defending IMCA Northern SportMod track champion Jacob Olmstead (88) fights for position in a 2017 heat race.
Defending IMCA Northern SportMod track champion Jacob Olmstead (88) fights for position in a 2017 heat race.
Long-time racer and former race track promoter Dave Jewett will be the new manager and promoter of the Dawson County Raceway in Lexington, Neb., beginning with the 2018 racing season.

In addition to Jewett, Bob Jones will handle marketing and media relations for the facility at the century-old Dawson County Fairgrounds.

A tentative schedule of events has been revealed, with an opening night set for Sunday, April 29, and the Connie Jewett Memorial on Sunday, Aug. 19. The memorial race is held in honor of Dave Jewett's late wife who passed away nearly two years ago after a battle with cancer.

Sunday, April 29 ... Opening Night
Sunday, May 6 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, May 27 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, June 3 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, June 10 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, June 17 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, June 24 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, July 1 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, July 8 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, July 15 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, July 29 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, August 5 ... Sunday Night Racing
Sunday, August 12 ... Championship Night
Sunday, August 19 ... Connie Jewett Memorial

This schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Unless otherwise noted, Sunday Night Racing features NeSmith Late Models, IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Stock Cars, IMCA Northern SportMods and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Gates open at 4 p.m., the pit meeting is at 5:15, hot laps begin at 5:30 and racing starts at 6 p.m. sharp.

The registration fee for drivers is $45 if pre-registered by March 15, or $60 after that date. To receive a pre-registration form, email bob@dcraceway.com. Reserved pit stalls are are also available for $50.

Many sponsorship packages are available for businesses wanting to advertise their products and services to the most sponsor-loyal fans in America. We are looking forward to a great 2018 season at the Dawson County Raceway.

The first race held in Nebraska was in 1912 in Hemingford, and the second was Sept. 9, 1913, in Lexington. In the spring of 1913, Joe Morgan and his brothers, along with the help of Roy and Earl Wells, took four mules and a pull-type grader and cut out a half-mile race track in Lexington. The first race was held during the Dawson County Fair and they raced for three consecutive nights along with horse and motorcycle races. In 1914, the Dawson County Fair races entertained crowds estimated at more than 10,000 spectators.

The Dawson County Raceway is a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located just 2 miles north of the Lexington/I-80 interchange at exit 237. For more information, call the speedway office at (308) 324-5000, promoter Dave Jewett at (308) 325-7986 or marketing/media manager Bob Jones at (402) 879-1512. You can also check us out online at www.dcraceway.com.