Last Saturday was a difficult decision for me having to cancel. It was down pouring at the speedway from about 2:30 to 4:00, and the track was getting pretty well saturated. After the attempt to race on June 17 and winding up with a weak car count and fans, it made me more gun-shy than I usually am at trying to still race.
Merritt Speedway officials are ready for a huge weekend of racing, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday this coming weekend. Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, recognizing the size of the weekends slate of events, signed on to be the title sponsor of all racing over the independence weekend of racing at Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN. (June 22, 2017) - A collective decision between Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions and Merritt Speedway officials resulted in the cancellation of the Saturday, July 1, visit to Merritt Speedway in Merritt, Michigan. Track officials and Series representatives hope to work together in bringing the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions back to Michigan in the future.
We’ll start with Saturday, June 10, as drivers got dialed in for the Merritt Showdown in what was a great night of racing. Eric Spangler, David Mielke, and Cody Bauer all revisited victory lane on June 10. Jordan Erickson was hooked up in his lightning sprint and lapped all but second place in en-route to his win, while Rob Westergard and Jim Miller Jr. showed the way in Pro Stock and Factory Stock features.
Lake City, Michigan (Wednesday, June 14th, 2017): The second race of the 2017 racing season for the American Ethanol Modified Tour presented by Allstar Performance would see the AEMODT cars and stars travel north to Merritt Speedway on Wednesday, June 14th. The AEMODT contingent were a part of the 3rd Annual Merritt Showdown presented by Don’s Auto Clinic at the fast ¼ (0.250) mile semi-banked dirt oval located west of Houghton Lake in Lake City, Michigan. The second ever AEMODT race and first of three appearances by the premier DIRTcar UMP Modified Tour in the Great Lakes/Midwestern region of the United States would see a thrilling Allstar Performance 40-Lap Feature and when all was said and done, Jacob Poel would walk away with a $1,500 payday.
Today we start on a sad note. On opening night, we held a raffle fundraiser for Deb and Steve Bowman, and if you were in attendance last Saturday, you heard the news just before our moment of silence. Sadly, longtime Merritt employee and loyal fan Steve Bowman passed away last Thursday, and we would like to express our deepest condolences to the entire family.
I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend, and also took time to remember the lives lost fighting to protect our freedom. It was our honor to recognize members of the armed forces last Saturday, and will never forget those who have been lost.
Merritt Speedway track management is pleased to announce UMP Modifieds will be competing for a massive bonus during one weekend of racing this summer. The speedways Cadillac Tire Center UMP Modifieds always put on extraordinarily entertaining races on the clay oval, and that will be ramped up even more in 2017.
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!
This weather is moody and must be one of the stranger winter and spring seasons I can remember. Working in the rain and mud slows things down a bit and we need the property to start drying out. With that said though, the new aluminum bleachers are 95% complete and ...
Merritt Speedway officials are pleased to announce the newest partner to the tracks already illustrious group of longstanding sponsors. Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort has agreed to be a leading partner at Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track beginning with the 2017 race season.
Happy April everybody! Hope your spring break was safe and enjoyable if you took a trip with the family someplace. The sun is starting to show itself more and more, and shorts have started to work their way out from the bottom of the drawers. That can only mean one thing… racing is here!
Good to see the snow about wrapped up here in Michigan, at least hopefully. Tomorrow I will be meeting with a grandstand assembly crew to review the upcoming project and prepare for what will be a busy spring. The bleachers and Musco lights will be set to go in soon and it should really change the look and feel of Merritt Speedway in 2017!
Hello racers! Just a quick update on the latest happenings from our end. I hope the work on your race cars is coming along well as we prepare for what really does look to be a great 2017 season at Merritt Speedway.
Hi everybody! Are you excited? I'm excited! Racing season is almost here! With less than 2 weeks to the start of NASCAR's Daytona Speedweeks and less than 3 weeks to the Daytona 500, opening night at Merritt Speedway will be here before you know it!
Hello everyone! It’s been a few weeks since my last thoughts update. I hope everyone’s off-season is going well. With this unseasonably warm winter, it has me in race mode already, and I’m guessing many of you feel the same way.
Merritt Speedway recently trimmed some of the fat from their longtime slogan, formerly known as ‘Northern Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track’. Going in to the 2017 season, Merritt Speedway will simply use ‘Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track’, making a bold commitment to both racers and fans across the state.
Merritt Speedway officials are pleased to announce the national touring World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series will make a return trip in 2017. The two-day late season special will again be presented by Coopersville, Michigan’s Keyser Manufacturing.
Merritt Speedway is pleased to announce the touring DIRTcar Summer Nationals Hell Tour will make their return in 2017. Following one of the more successful race event nights of the 2016 season, both the Hell Tour group as well as Merritt Speedway officials saw a natural fit to reschedule for the upcoming year.
I hope you are all having an enjoyable holiday season. We are also carefully putting together our schedule for the 2017 season. We recently made the announcement that the All Star Circuit of Champion, Tony Stewart owned winged sprint cars, will make their first ever trip to Merritt Speedway next season.
One of the oldest traveling sprint car organizations will be making its first trip north to Merritt Speedway in 2017. The Artic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, which will be in its third year of ownership under Tony Stewart, travels to historic racing venues across the Midwest and will add the Lake City, Michigan speedway to its agenda for the new year.