Dirt racing fans enjoy night of racing with NASCAR stars

Fulton Speedway

Hundreds turned out to Fulton Speedway Wednesday evening to see NASCAR superstars Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart return to their racing roots.

Stewart drove in the UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions. He finished 12th. Kahne was the Grand Marshall for the Wednesday's event. He also signed autographs for some of the fans. NASCAR's top series is off this weekend, allowing Stewart and Kahne the chance to stop by Fulton.

Hundreds of fans came out to the speedway to see the drivers and enjoy a night of dirt racing.

Penny Derocha of Hannibal has been coming to dirt races for years.

"Dirt racing is awesome. There's a lot of action, there's a lot of dirt, there's a lot of noise, it's just awesome," she said with a huge smile. "It's just nice having some pro's here to support the town and the's just nice to have them here."

Many race fans like David Cornell, Sr., are carrying on a tradition of attending races.

"I grew up watching dirt track with my father and now I am doing it with my son," said Cornell.

His son nodded and grinned, "it means a lot because you get to know what they did when they were younger," said David Jr.

The racing atmosphere is a big attraction for many fans.

"Just hearing the roar of those four tires and the biggest race cars out there, and maybe getting a little dirt on your head, you got to love it," said Scott Peck of Syracuse.

John Gerber came from Camden to bring his coworkers down to the track for the night. "I come down early, bring the boys out, have a good time, have a few beers, and watch cars around the track," he said.

"The noise is awesome, it is, the adrenaline, its awesome, I love racing," said Derocha.

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