Words and pictures by Damon Lee
One day, countless cars, one memorable experience!
The Goodguys Speedway Motors Day at the Hay is a Goodguys event like no other. It’s an entire weekend of automotive fun packed into 24 action-packed hours. And the third annual Day at the Hay proved to be a total charmer, filling the North Haymarket Festival Space in Lincoln, Nebraska with hot rods, classics, customs and muscle cars – not to mention great vendors, rockin’ tunes and fun activities – from all over the American heartland.
The excitement always kicks off on Friday evening at Speedway Motors. By the time the work week officially ended at 5pm, the Speedway parking lot was filled with hundreds of killer rides for a laid-back, full-scale kickoff party that included great food, music, door prizes and tours of the incomparable Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed. If you haven’t been to this automotive Mecca, you’re missing out! It’s three floors jam packed full of cars, engines, parts, toys, memorabilia, art and artifacts that tell the story of American automotive performance. This year, the Speedway Motors team had a special guest on hand: Stacey David, star of Stacey David’s Gearz TV show, was there talking to fans, signing autographs and sharing his expertise and advice.
A summer thunderstorm brought Friday night to an early end, but Saturday dawned clear and cool, making it a perfect day for shining up the bright paint and polished chrome that packed the main lot of Lincoln’s North Haymarket Festival Space. The space is adjacent to Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket, giving participants easy access to great shopping, dining and other fun activities before and after the show. Nobody wanted to leave during the event, though, because the space was filled with a fantastic selection of vintage iron representing the best the Midwest has to offer. Cool cars were cruisin’ the lot’s lanes all day long, soaking in the sunshine and showing off the American spirit of hot rodding.
Tucked on the back side of the facility is an open lot that’s perfect for Goodguys AutoCross, where more than 30 rides were thrown around the cones all day long. The PRO class was a rumble of the auto parts powerhouses, with the Leisinger family (Karen, Jared and Josh) and their trio of Summit Racing-sponsored rides duking it out with Team Speedway and its substitute driver, Scott Frasier, wheeling the Speedway Motors-sponsored ’70 Camaro. Frasier ended up taking the win for the home team with a blistering 32.816-second pass. In the Street Machine class, it was Tim Molzen and his ’63 Dart (34.105) finding the winner’s circle, while Tiffany Gibson won the Truck class in the Gibson-family ’72 International Scout (35.640). Bobby Schutte, from down the road in Shelton, Nebraska, always brings his ’26 T coupe to hammer around the Day at the Hay AutoCross course, and he took home the top Hot Rod class honor with a 42.025-second best pass.
Speaking of honors, more than 30 car show awards were handed out at the end of the afternoon Saturday, capping off the fun-filled 24 hours with a few special moments for some very deserving cars. And just like that, this one-day automotive extravaganza was over for another year. We’d like to thank the great folks at Speedway Motors and local clubs Midwest Deuces and Lincoln Area Street Rods for making it possible to bring this action-packed day of Goodguys fun to Lincoln!
See y’all in Des Moines in 2 weeks for the Goodguys 26th Speedway Motors Heartland Nationals!