The public is invited to the free program "Kansas Takes the Checkered Flag in American Racing" at 7 p.m. on April 22 at the Harvey County Historical Museum, 203 N. Main, Newton. The program is being presented by Sara Jane Richter, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and a professor of English at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.

The presentation examines how Kansas race tracks gave rise to innovations that still keep the motors of race cars running across the nation. Stock car racing is generally associated with the South, and drag racing is considered a West Coast phenomenon; Kansas, however, played a vital role in the development of both. Some of the earliest drivers of NASCAR (National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) and the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) came from Kansas and brought many early trophies home to the Sunflower State.

The program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council Speakers Bureau in conjunction with the Harvey County Historical Museum, and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Harvey County Historical Museum at 283-2221, or