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Homecoming Royalty, 1960.
     Joe Wilson, Barb Hiller Trofholz, Jim Napier, Carolyn Mais Leganza, King, Dan Wilson, Queen, Barb Minnick Ritterbush, David Bell, Beverly Kinnison Kilgore.


Eight Man Football, 1961.
     Front row: Dave Bell, Clint Kallenbach, Jim Napier, Ron Trofholz, Gary Navrkal.
     Center: Dennis Davis.
     Back row: Dan Wilson, Dick Hiller.


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Ymada Speedway

Weekender, Sept. 4,1980

By Kay Mohr

   It's Saturday night in Butler County, and if you think Butler is synonymous with boring, you'd better guess again.
   After farming all week, area residents are ridin' high on Saturday night ... riding that is, low to the ground and anywhere between 40 and 50 miles per hour.
   Go-kart races have captured the hearts of young and old in this rural community and this summer marks the second season of racing that draws crowds of 300 and more to the "Saturday night fever" of checkered flags and humming engines.
   It all happens at a place called Ymada Speedway, located on the Leo Adamy farm three miles east of Bellwood.
   Leo and his sons built the track three years ago, the only one-twelfth of a mile high-bank track in Nebraska.
   "Guess you could say that we did it for cheap entertainment," says son Carroll Adamy. "With the price of gas so high, you can run here on a gallon all night."
   The races begin in early spring and end whenever the weather says it's time to stop.
   And it may be cheap entertainment, but it sure is popular in Butler County.
   The Adamys do not charge anything for admission or to participate. The sporting events drew an average of about 40 spectators last summer, but that number has swelled to crowds numbering in the hundreds this season, all from word-of-mouth promotion.
   To accommodate the spectators, the Adamy family erected bleacher-type seating beside the track, which attracts drivers from Butler, Colfax and Platte Counties, in addition to some from as far away as Lincoln, Omaha and Sioux City.
   Carroll Adamy says he has "played around with go-karts for about five or six years."
   "When I got married I had one hanging on the wall, but my wife didn't notice it until I bought four brand new ones," he adds with a chuckle. Carroll who operates a glass and body shop at the family farm also is a dealer for go-karts.
   And Saturday nights in Butler County find most all of the farmers switching from tractors to go-karts.
   "Just about everyone who races here is a farmer," says Carroll, noting that just a handful of participants have other livelihoods.
   And the races are purely for the fun of it, with drivers running for points. There are no cash prizes and trophies are only given if someone donates them.
   A trophy donator is Bill Frohner, a David City native, who now resides in Lincoln and manages Urban Motors.
   Frohner has been racing at the track for "about two months now," which he heard about from friends in the area.
   One of the aspects of the go-kart racing that both he and Carroll are quick to point out is the fact that everyone helps each other.
   "If you break something, there's always someone right there to help you put it together again," Frohner says, who has raced hobby stocks but never found the same camaraderie and companionship.
   "Everyone who races at the track helps out there," notes Carroll, adding that one of the things that he enjoys is seeing the "dads helping the kids ... it really is a family thing with the father-son projects."
   Then he qualifies that statement because one of the go-kart participants is a girl.
   The races now consist of the men's division and the youngsters, but Frohner would like to see "powder puff" races for the women.
   Other future plans for the track, according to Carroll, may include expansion and moving it to a better place.
   "Right now we are racing between grain bins and trees," he says, "and we'd like to get it in a safer area."
   If any changes are made at the track, it's a sure bet that

area residents will be right in there pitching to help.
   It may be all for free, but as Carroll Adamy says "donations are always nice" and it doesn't appear that Butler County farmers want many Saturday nights in front of the television set.


     The kids prepare to race, after putting on protective jackets and helmets, the small engines will roar to life.


     John Adamy waves checkered flag to signal winner.


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