Hello everyone! The season has officially arrived. Very exciting time.
This past Saturday we held our first Test & Tune, and had an impressive 68 cars on the property! The track had to be in as good of shape as I’ve seen it since I took over the track in spring of 2015. We have one more practice schedule for this Wednesday from 5:30 to Dusk. The new American Ethanol Mini Wedge track in the infield between turns 1-2 is in place and is undoubtedly going to be a riot for the kids. We’re really excited about this edition, and it was already fun watching them practice last Saturday!
Things are coming together nicely for the season… New bleachers are all in place, new lights are ready to shine down on the speedway, as well as a much larger paved concourse. Handicap seating is largely expanded with a much better view, on the turn 1 side of the front stretch. We even brought back the famous Taco Salad to the main concession!
This Saturday is opening night, featuring Adult tickets for only $8! Kids 6-12 are $5 and Youth 5-Under are always free at Merritt Speedway. Mini Wedge Drivers will pay on the first night, but will receive a Gift Card after they race, good for admission at the next event. There is no charge to register your Mini Wedge, but we still need a registration form turned in to keep track of points, credit your sponsors, etc.
We have a stacked lineup of racing, including our UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Sport (B) Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks and Four Cylinders. The Cadillac Tire Center UMP Modifieds race for $1,200-to-Win, and our Soaring Eagle Casino Sport Mods and 98.5 UPS Factory Stocks will each race for $1,000-to-Win!
New for 2017 is the Hardcore Performance Fast Car Dash! Both the Keyser Manufacturing UMP Late Models, as well as the UMP Modifieds will both have these dashes! That’s right, the UMP Modifieds will also now qualify every week in 2017. Qualifying times will be bumped forward slightly to accommodate the additional session, and drivers who are not ready to qualify will tag the tail of their heat races in all divisions.
Drivers, please plan ahead this week as our pit pass lines are typically lengthy due to missing forms, minor liability waivers, etc. Go to the link to pre-print and fill out your forms prior to arrival to help expedite your entry. Drivers that are not registered with the track will not be able to receive payout until forms are completed and turned in with payment. Also, all UMP Late Model and UMP Modified drivers MUST be registered with DIRTcar in order to compete. You may register at the track with us as forms will be available, but this is a requirement from the DIRTcar sanctioning body in 2017. Raceceivers (Channel 000) will be for sale at the pit entry gate, along with transponders for rental only, at the pill draw table. Please know your Transponder Number, so we can ensure we have the correct one on file during your check-in.
We will be doing a 50/50 Raffle, to raise money for Steve Bowman, husband of Deb Bowman. Steve and Deb worked at Merritt for over 20 years, and Steve is battling Lou Gehrig's disease and needs the racing communities support. Be sure to get your ticket upon entry on Saturday!
We are really excited about the 2017 season and hope you are too. With great driver and fan support, this is bound to be a magical season, complete with huge events and continued fan amenity upgrades and more. We will see everyone Saturday for Yellowhose opening night!