Race Track Reopens After Flooding

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas is open once again. In 2011, a flood shut down the track after only seven races.

The track and the entire pit area was under water. On Saturday, the drivers were back for the first and only practice run of the season. It's an opportunity for drivers to iron out any kinks in their cars before the season begins. Everywhere you turn there are drivers getting in gear to check out the track.

"It feels awesome!" said Rodney Schweizer, driver. "I've been waiting for this since July."

FOX 4 caught up with Scott Hansen after his test run and he's fired up to be back on the track.

"It was kind of the unknown with the track being under water last year," Hansen said. "You didn't know what to expect but they got the track in pretty good shape. i think it will be a good year."

Drivers say trying to find another track to race on was painful on the pocket last season because for some people traveled as far as Iowa to race.

Cliff Hedges has two cars he plans to race this season and he thanks the volunteers who helped get the track back on track.

"Once the water receded they cleaned up the track and had a lot of volunteer help a lot of people came out to pitch in to clean get the track back up in shape," Hedges said. "I think everybody is excited about coming back out for the 2012 season."

Friday the 13th is the official kick off at Lakeside Speedway and we're told opening night is likely to be standing room only.

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