Kevin and Tammy Gundaker have been busy over the last year embarking on a new adventure to offer their guests another attraction at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach.
KG’s Sports Bar and Grill is slated to officially open Saturday, Aug. 22, and will offer an indoor quarter-midget track, two bars, an arcade room and a banquet center in the walls of the former bowling alley at 5100 Nameoki Road.
“This has been a plan in the making for quite some time,” Tammy Gundaker said. “The quarter-midget track is a concrete surface and we will welcome kids and adults to participate driving the midgets and go-karts.”
KG’s will offer an indoor winter series from November to March that will run every other weekend. Adults can get in on the action at 5 p.m. Saturdays and ages 5-16 can race away at 2 p.m. Sundays.
“We want to accommodate families and their schedules,” Tammy said. “Many adults work on Saturdays and attend church services on Sunday. We wanted to set our hours where it’s easier for this to be a family event. That’s what racing is. If you’re a racer, the whole family gets involved. That’s why it’s such a great sport.”
The large banquet center will be available to rent for events and parties and will accommodate up to 1,500 guests. Live music will be a feature at KG’s as well as scheduled meet-and-greets with drivers from different racing circuits.
Tri-City offers an outdoor quarter-midget track for the summer series with a two-day regional in August. The Gundakers have it in the works to install a sand court for a volleyball league behind the KG’s facility.
“We really want our facility to attract and provide for a wide variety of options for our guests,” Tammy said. “This has been such a big step, and we’re so excited to offer more entertainment and athletic options for the community. Where else can you go locally that has this wide scale of opportunities and where families can participate together?”
Tri-City Speedway has had a rain-soaked season, losing 11 weeks to rainouts, but fired back hard Friday with the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series and MOWA Sprint Car series. Darren Hagen of Riverside, Calif., utilized a late race caution to claim the feature victory in the Midget series, while Brady Bacon took the win in the winged sprints. Michael Long in the 18L UMP DIRTcar Modified took the victory while Dustin Homan in the 29 car swept victory lane in the B-Modifieds.
Approaching events at Tri-City include the fifth annual Marty Kopp Memorial. Street Stocks are $500 to win and UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, UMP Sport Compacts & B-Modifieds are slated for competition. Adult tickets are $12 and children will be admitted free.
The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience is scheduled to return to Tri-City Saturday, Aug. 29-30, with gates opening at 1 p.m. Visit Kenny’s website for information at www.DirtRaceWithKenny.com or call (855) 227-8789.