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81 Speedway opens with NCRA Spring Thunder feature

World of Outlaws racer Brian Brown will race at 81 Speedway tonight as the track begins its 2012 season with an NCRA Sprint Car Series “Spring Thunder” feature.

This is also the series opener for NCRA, a 12-race schedule through Kansas and Nebraska. Racing begins at 7 p.m., and the winner’s share is doubled to $4,000. Drivers also earn $400 for reaching the feature event.

Brown, from Grain Valley, Mo., is not an NCRA regular but is making 81 Speedway the first of several Midwest stops this month. He has 97 career victories.

Defending champion C.J. Johnson of Quinter is also scheduled to race.

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