Nebraska Hot Rod Racing Association
The Nebraska Hot Rod Racing Association was formed by a group of hot rod owners in Hastings, Nebraska in 1948. The association was formed to hold dirt track races. Later the association changed name to Nebraska Roadster Racing Association. Safety features were almost non-existent at the time. Some cars had a roll bar behind the driver, but that was about it. Later, some drivers put bars in front of them. The reason? Some fairground tracks had fences, either wooden or wire, and those fences could decapitate a wayward driver. In the few short years of the association's existence, it held races at tracks in Hastings, Fairbury, York, Nelson, Broken Bow, Holdredge, Beatrice, North Platte, Ord, Osceola, Wahoo and Franklin, all in Nebraska. Drivers from the association also raced at least twice at Riverside Speedway just across the South Omaha Bridge in Iowa, and in Belleville and Concordia, Kansas, and Savannah, Missouri.
By 1953, the car count at hot rod races was dropping, and many drivers opted to race in the new United Motor Contest Association for sprint cars. Others raced coupes and sedans in stock car races. So ended the somewhat brief history of the Nebraska Hot Rod Racing Association.
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