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KRP Hosts Ethanol Performs Cornhusker Fall Classic

Kearney Neb. – Kearney Raceway Park (KRP) will once again host the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) National Open race Oct. 1-2. The Ethanol Performs Cornhusker Fall Classic will bring some of the fastest race cars from around the country to the historic drag strip in Kearney.

“We are very excited Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Ethanol Board have continued their support of this event,” said Al Simmons, KRP general manager. “We pride ourselves on being a place where racers and families can come and enjoy the sights and sounds of championship drag racing.”

This ethanol-fueled race offers spectators the opportunity to watch cars of all types and sizes. From street cars to dragsters that run close to 200 miles per hour, spectators are sure to see a favorite car. During NHRA drag racing, KRP also offers pit passes allowing spectators to not only see the cars up close but speak with drivers and crew members.

Nebraska is the second-largest ethanol producer in the country, so this race is a natural fit noted Todd Sneller, Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator.

“Our goal is to increase consumer awareness about ethanol choices and illustrate the high performance of ethanol in racing applications,” he said. “Ethanol is the should be the choice on and off the track.”

The Ethanol Performs Cornhusker Fall Classic weekend will be the final race of the Harris Race Cars Super Class Shootout Series. On Saturday, Oct. 1, representatives from KRP and Harris Race Cars will crown a champion in this three-race series that started in April. Tonniges Chevrolet in Osceola will present the NHRA Stock/Super Stock Combo race on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit www.krpi.com

For press credentials, call 308.750.2049

 NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. NHRA presents 23 national events featuring the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA J&A Service Pro Mod Drag Racing Series. NHRA provides competition opportunities for drivers of all levels in the NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style presented by AAA. NHRA also offers NHRA Jr. Street for teens and the Summit Racing Jr. Drag Racing League for youth ages 5 to 17.

E15 American Ethanol Blend Now Available in Omaha

 

Special Introductory Price of $1.15 per Gallon at Kum & Go This Friday

OMAHA, NE—On Friday, September 23 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Omaha area drivers will be able fill their tanks with E15, a fuel blend of 15 percent American Ethanol, at a special introductory price of just $1.15 per gallon at participating Kum & Go locations across the metro.kum_and_go_e85_e15_flex_fuel_pumps_2016

Since 2011, E15 has been approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for use in all passenger vehicles model year 2001 or newer, including cars, pickups, vans and SUVs.   Flex-fuel vehicles, capable of operating on blends up to E85 (85 percent American Ethanol) can also use E15 regardless of model year.  Omaha now joins more than 80 cities in 26 states across the U.S. offering E15 now sold at select Kum & Go locations.

All vehicles, regardless of model year, are approved to use E10, which is widely available across the country. American Ethanol E15 provides consumers with an additional fueling choice at the pump, while typically costing less than other choices. E15 also increases vehicle performance due to the higher octane in the blend.

American Ethanol is also a cleaner burning, renewable source of octane that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, ground-level ozone and toxic exhaust emissions.  Higher levels of American Ethanol reduce the volume of cancer-causing toxic compounds added to fuel, which helps reduce toxic emissions and harmful particulate matter from the tailpipe.

“This particulate matter poses a health threat to all of us, but poses a special danger to infants, children, the elderly and those who suffer from asthma, heart disease and cardiopulmonary disease,” said Angela Tin, Vice President of Environmental Health for the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.  “Using ethanol blended fuels helps make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone.”

Greg Youell, executive director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency (MAPA), said that E15 is a great way for metro area consumers to participate in MAPA’s “Little Steps, Big Impact”, a campaign to improve air quality and reduce ground-level ozone in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area.  “Biofuels such as American Ethanol are an easy way for consumers to make a choice for cleaner air in the Omaha area,” he said.  “E15 gives even more people the opportunity to help improve air quality in Omaha and save money at the same time.  It’s truly a win-win for all of us.”

Kum & Go pumps with E15 are easily identified by the blue hose on the dispenser.  Following is a list of the Omaha area Kum & Go locations that carry E15 and are participating in the $1.15 per gallon promotion this Friday:

1010 S 154th St Omaha
8990 Boyd St Omaha
4041 N 168th St Omaha
11205 Wickersham Blvd Gretna
2627 S HWS Cleveland Blvd Omaha
14353 Q Street Omaha
1819 N 72nd St Omaha
4443 S 84th St Omaha
10764 Virginia Plaza Papillion

For more information and for a list of participating locations, visit E15Omaha.com or AmericanEthanolNE.org.

A portion of Kum & Go’s Nebraska E15 fuel pump upgrades were paid for with the Access Ethanol Nebraska (AEN), a grant program administrated by the Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Ethanol Board and Nebraska Department of Agriculture, with the Nebraska Energy Office as the lead agency. Nebraska’s federal award of approximately $2.3 million for the AEN program came from the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corporation’s Biofuel Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA rules require that the USDA funds be matched dollar for dollar with funds from state, private industry or foundations. Matching funds will come from the Nebraska Corn Board through the state corn checkoff funds paid by Nebraska corn farmers and from the Nebraska Environmental Trust approved funding of $500,000 for each of the next two years. Matching funds will also come from contributions made by individual ethanol plants and “Prime the Pump,” a nonprofit organized and funded by the ethanol industry to improve ethanol infrastructure.

E85 for Just $0.85 in Kearney

KEARNEY, Neb. – Flex fuel vehicle drivers can take advantage of huge savings with E85 for just 85 cents at Pump & Pantry (4311 N 2nd Ave.) in Kearney from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, July 28. Consumers will be limited to 30 gallons and no containers are allowed.

The fuel promotion is sponsored by Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and Bosselman Enterprises. Sponsors will be on site greeting drivers, pumping fuel and providing giveaways and coupons. The promotion is being held in conjunction with the King of the Corn ethanol drag races at Kearney Raceway Park July 30 and the Buffalo County Fair.

One in seven Nebraskans are driving a flex fuel vehicle, which can run on any blend of American Ethanol up to E85 (85 percent ethanol and 15 percent gasoline). Drivers can check their owner’s manual to see if they’re driving a flex fuel vehicle.  The vehicle might also have a flex fuel badge on the trunk or tailgate — or have a yellow gas cap.

With a flex fuel vehicle, drivers can choose any ethanol blend up to E85 including E10, E15, E30 or E85. American Ethanol is a clean-burning, non-toxic, renewable source of octane. Using homegrown ethanol reduces the levels of harmful chemicals in our fuel — and in the air we breathe.

American Ethanol License Plate Frames Available

Ethanol enthusiasts have the opportunity to display their pride on their vehicle with a specialty license plate frame highlighting the importance of ethanol in Nebraska’s agriculture industry.

The Nebraska Ethanol Board is giving away 250 license plate frames through Feb. 29. Please limit requests to no more than five frames per household.License_Plate_Frame_

If you’re interested in a license plate frame, contact Megan Grimes at 402-471-2941 or by email at megan.grimes@nebraska.gov.

Nebraska is the second largest ethanol producer in the country; and recent research by University of Nebraska-Lincoln economists reveals Nebraska’s ethanol production value is approximately $5 billion.

High Octane Ethanol Fuels Championship for Oder

KEARNEY, Neb. — John Oder claimed the Kearney Raceway Pro Class Points Championship in a come-from-behind victory Nov. 1.

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John Oder, KRP Racer

Trailing by 60 points late in the event, Oder needed to win two more rounds to take the lead. His excellent reaction time helped him snatch the victory from the jaws of defeat and earn his second consecutive championship.

The Osceola resident won six races during the 2015 season, including his final three races. Although he’s been racing 16 years, this was his first year racing on Ignite Fuel – a 90 percent ethanol and 10 percent gasoline blend.

“I remember thinking ‘Wow! I can’t believe I pulled this off,’” Oder said. “I didn’t think I had a chance of winning the championship again, but the car ran on the ‘number’ all weekend. It finally sank in the following week when I had time to think about the accomplishments and work I did figuring out the new fuel, carburetor and car setup.”

His fuel choice shifted when he was approached by Grady Koch, local farmer and Kearney Raceway Park investor, to consider racing his 2015 season on Ignite Fuel.

“I wanted to supply a consistent ethanol-blended fuel for our racers and I needed a driver willing to give it a try,” Koch said. “Bringing in Ignite high performance racing fuel was a great decision for our track. We get a high quality, high octane blend of ethanol every time.”

Oder’s 1971 Dodge Challenger, which runs a Dodge 440 big block engine, needed some fine tuning to properly run the new fuel. The first half of his racing season was spent adjusting the new carburetor, which was not set up for drag racing, according to Oder.

“I’m always interested in ways to advance my racing and I like a challenge,” he said. “I drove on race fuel 15 years, so I knew this would be a good learning experience. I learned to be patient and not give up quickly when I had issues at the beginning of the season.”

After figuring out the jetting and timing of his Challenger, Oder noted the biggest benefit was the consistency of the car.

“Consistent times allow for precise ‘dialing in,’ which is important in E.T. bracket racing,” he said. “My horse power and torque increased helping improve all my times.”

Although Oder burns about 30 percent more fuel the economics still work in his favor. The race fuel he used previously cost more than $7.70 per gallon. Ignite Fuel has a 114 octane rating and is about $4 per gallon – about a 50 percent savings.

“I would recommend it to my fellow racers to improve horsepower, torque and consistency,” Oder said. “Ethanol fuel doesn’t corrode like straight methanol, so I was able to use all the same fuel system components.”

Koch is in negotiations now to bring Ignite Fuel to Nebraska circle tracks including Junction Motor Speedway in McCool and I-80 Speedway in Greenwood.

“Racers gain about 10 percent more horsepower with a less expensive fuel that burns cleaner,” Koch noted. “Ethanol is a green fuel that reduces pollution and our exposure to unhealthy toxic compounds found in racing fuel. This is a great opportunity for more tracks to get a cleaner-burning, high octane fuel.”