COLUMBUS – For the first time in 2019, the US 30 Speedway roared with the familiar sounds of racing on Thursday night.
The first Thursday Night Thunder of 2019 was an evening dedicated to those who were affected by the flooding of March. Attendees were encouraged to wear either red shirts, or shirts bearing the “Nebraska Strong” logo to show their support for those still recovering from the devastation.
US 30 Speedway Director of Operations Angey Johnson says that the evening was a chance for the Speedway to give back after not suffering any major damage from the flooding.
“We were lucky enough to not be affected,” Johnson said. “The water stopped about a quarter of a mile from the raceway, so we took that as an opportunity for us to be able to give back our labors for others that were affected.”
A 50/50 raffle was held to benefit the Columbus and Duncan Volunteer Fire Departments, who Johnson says were unsung heroes during the flooding. Johnson says that those were the people that went above and beyond to help those that she and others knew who were affected.
Despite the brisk weather, Johnson says that it was a great turnout to kick off the season, as racing will be held nearly every Thursday night from now through the end of August at the US 30 Speedway.