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Sunday, February 19, 2023


Race Day is a new event at Kena Shriners sponsored by the Kena Car Club. It will take place on the same day as the Daytona 500. Funds raised will support Kena Shriners and the Kena Car Club.


On race day, you will be able to walk around ‘pit road’, see the cars, visit the betting table to place your bets, and mingle & socialize. During each race, you can cheer for your favorite car.

What is it?

Think adult Pinewood Derby! Guests can expect a fun racing atmosphere, great food and drinks, lots of mingling, non-sense, and an enjoyable and entertaining event.

How can I get involved?

There are 3 ways to be a part of this event:

  • Spectators: Come to Kena to see the fun. Admission is free.

  • Racers: Be a part of the fun. Enter a car for your chance to cross the finish line.

  • Bet on the Races: That’s right! Take a chance to bet on who will win and you just might take home a pocket full of cash.

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Information for Racers:

To be a racer you need a car. There are 3 ways to make this happen.

  1. Bring your own car. (Note: Kits are readily available on Amazon or if you have a Pinewood Derby car, bring it!) $0

  2. Purchase a kit from the Kena Car Club to make your own. $11 Fee (Purchase early while supplies last.)

  3. Buy a car that is already made from the Kena Car Club. $25. Reach out to Mike Ford to arrange delivery.


You must visit our website to declare your intention to be a racer. Declarations must be made by February 15, 2023. Registrations after that date (up to and including the day of the event) will incur a $10 up charge. To declare after the deadline, contact Mike Ford.


Race Registration

Upon arrival, each car owner must register their car. The registration fee is $30. The registration team will weigh the car and place it into the appropriate weight class. The car will then be randomly assigned a heat and lane.


The classes are:

  • Lightweight: 0 to 5 oz.

  • Midweight: 6 to 11 oz.

  • Heavyweight: 12 to 16 oz.


Races will be conducted in heats for each weight class. The number of heats will be determined based on the number of cars registered. Each heat will have the times recorded for the fastest and slowest cars on a computer timing device. At the conclusion of the qualifying heats, each weight class will have a race for the three fastest cars and the three slowest cars to determine the champion.


The racetrack will be set up in the center of the ballroom. Each race will be computer timed with neutral judges recording the times. Each race will have a fastest car, and a slowest car determined by the timing.


Beauty Contest

There will be a ‘beauty contest’ across all cars and classes. Each car owner will register their car into the prettiest or ugliest car contest – whichever you think you have the best chance of winning. There will be judges assigned to determine the winners.

Betting Information:

There will be a betting station on the main stage for individuals to place their bets on each race. You can place a bet on each race for the winning (i.e. fastest) car. Each person who holds a winning ticket for each race will split half of the take for that race and must return their betting slip to the bank for payment by the end of the event.


While each race will have bets for the fastest car, there will also be one betting option for the slowest car. During the final ‘slowest of the slow’ race, you can bet on the slowest car for that race.


Here is how the betting works:

  • Tickets will be sold for $5.00 each.

  • 50% of the pot for each race will be split among tickets purchased on behalf of the winning car.

  • The other 50% will go to the temple.


For example:

In Race 1, 20 tickets are sold for a total purse of $100. $50 would go to Kena, the other $50 would be split among the winning ticket holders. For the purposes of this example, let’s say Car 2 won and there were 2 tickets sold for that car. Each winning ticket would be worth $25. The bettor must provide their winning slip to the bank and have it matched up against the bank’s copy to collect their winnings.


There are 5 slots per race (heat) and the heats are separated by Weight Class. The betting slip will denote the weight class, Heat, and Car # on each ticket. Post the car # and lane assignment at beginning of the betting. No more than 30 minutes between races. Each heat will pay on the fastest car. The final race of the slowest cars will pay the slowest car in that race only.



The Car Club will be selling brats, hot dogs, potato salad, chips, nachos, and decorated cupcakes. Condiments and sauerkraut will be available.


Drink tickets will be available for purchase. Must be 21 to consume alcohol on the premises. Please have your ID available.


Individual units and clubs can set up a table and sell food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages for the benefit of their unit or club. Unit/club leaders should contact Roland Hassebrock for further information.


Event Start: 1:00pm

Car Registration Ends: 2:30pm

First Race: 2:30pm

Subsequent races will take place with no more than 30 minutes between races. The total number of races depends on the number of cars entered.

Ready to get in the Race?


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