Hello Everyone,

It’s been a while since I’ve communicated with you. I hope that you are as excited as I am to get this season started. We only have 58 days left. Going into this year we have one of the best schedules of any track out there. With this being said, I’m looking forward to a successful 2019 season. Merritt Speedway’s office is now up and running in Cadillac. As most of you already know, I hired a new marketing guy named Will. He has been making some new changes, starting with new website. If you have not seen it yet, please be sure to check it out at We will be doing a lot of new and exciting things with our website, etc. READ MORE...

Chad Bauer Notches First Win of the Year at Merritt

Lake City, Michigan (Saturday August 18th, 2018): The race fans of northern Michigan made their way out to the Merritt Speedway this past weekend for another speed filled Saturday night. The show featured a big 7 in 1 show headlined by the Cadillac Tire Center UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. They were joined by the Diesel Freak B-Modifieds, Cadillac News Lighting Sprints, Auto Value Pro Stocks, Lake City Materials Factory Stocks, XLT Engineering Four-Cylinders, and Allstar Performance Mini Wedges.


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Lake City, MI, 49651

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Michigan's Premier Dirt Track | Presented by Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort.​

Merritt Speedway first opened its gates in 1968 with Gene and Maryann Kregear as owners. Gene decided to turn his back forty into what today is one of the most prestigious dirt tracks in the country. By the end of the 1979 season, Gene’s interest had moved to Oklahoma. He sold the track to former driver Phil Fuller, who ran the track in 1980 and 1981. Phil decided to move on, thus turning the track back over to Gene Maryann. Gene had made the move west, and had started a cable business which left him no time to come back and run the speedway. So he contacted Ed and Carmen VanDuinen about buying the track. Ed had married Gene’s daughter and bought the home next to the track. After a little talking, he convinced Ed and Carmen, to meet him at the MSPA spring meetings. Ed and Carmen returned home and they had a track to get ready for the 1982 season.