Our second to final weekend of racing looked a bit uncertain earlier in the day with the poor weather. As it turned out we were one of very few tracks to race in the state once again it appears, and so the racecars come flyin’ in. We had more than 100 cars on the speedway property and after the track got ran in a little bit, we had some excellent and wicked fast racing. Thanks to the staff and all the drivers for working hard to get the track in race condition, allowing us to start on time right at 7:00 p.m.
I will start out with the Late Models with what seemed to be, based on cheers from the crowd, the most popular win of the year. Multi-time Merritt champion Frank Seder went back to victory lane for the first time this season, after coming out of retirement and racing with us almost all season. We had 24 Late Models on the property and the feature was thrilling and bad fast. Always hate to see cars get torn up like we had Saturday, in what looked like hard racing with just a handful of laps to go on the restart. Thanks to all the teams that came out and hopefully we will have everyone back for the big championship weekend.
Our Modifieds put on another great race Saturday night. Joe Rokos looked really strong for much of the race and was good to see him race in the lead, battling with Stemler, Baker, Banning and others. David Mielke yet again showed his muscle, pulling it out with just a couple laps to go and returning to victory lane. As I said about Late Models, this weekend should prove to be a fun weekend for the Modifieds, with a lot to race for.
Neat to see Rick Irwin in the Lighting Sprints, and Nate Jones in the Pro Stocks get their first victories at Merritt this season. Also congratulations to Kenny Keller, Chad Tomczak, and Bobby Liuzzo Jr. on their victories. With all those cars we had damn good racing throughout the entire night and the fans in the stands seemed to enjoy it all. It was ladies free night on Saturday and was a pleasure to see the stands fill up quite well considering the weather, and having the drivers put on a great show.
The season ending Awards Banquet will be held at the Wexford County Civic Center, on Saturday, November 7. Happy Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m., and the awards and dinner at 7:00. A reminder that drivers must be in attendance to collect their championship prize monies. This should be a great event, to celebrate our champions and bench race about 2015. Tickets will be available at the speedway on Saturday at the tire barn, as well as the souvenir trailer on the concourse. If you haven’t been to one of my banquets, you are in for a treat.
This Saturday we close things out with our Gene Kregear Championship Weekend, with all seven of our divisions determining their champion! Late Model championship will be Saturday night, with the American Ethanol Late Model championship settled Sunday night. The Modified title will be determined on Sunday, with the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds racing with us Saturday. The Lighting Sprints, Pro Stocks, Pro Trucks, Factory Stocks, and 4-Cylinders will all race both Saturday and Sunday, with their championships awarded Sunday. We will NOT be starting races by points, so all drivers from all tracks are welcome and we will be pill drawing both nights for our classes. Races start at 7:00 on Saturday, and 6:00 on Sunday. Sunday will also have $1.00 beer and hot dogs, and a big fireworks show and post race party. Everyone come on out for the weekend, as we have free camping for everyone and enjoy your labor day at the speedway! I can’t wait.
See everyone on Saturday and Sunday!