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! 

There's a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding the new race and championship format in the Monster NASCAR Cup Series. I'm excited to see how this change will affect the competition in NASCAR's premier series. It will be interesting to see how the drivers and teams handle the change and how this will play out in The Great American Race at Daytona International Speedway. Will your favorite driver come out on top? Will it be Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney or Chase Elliot, all who have joined in on the fun we have here at Merritt? Each year the start of the NASCAR season in Daytona stirs up the excitement and anticipation of the local racing season here at Merritt Speedway that's right around the corner. 

I know the bitter-cold winter we're currently experiencing makes it difficult to imagine the warm sun shining on the fun and excitement of firing engines, racers gunning for the checkered flag as the crowd cheers on, but it's coming. And it's coming soon! We have a lot of exciting racing headed our way this season at Merritt Speedway. Our teams and drivers put on a fantastic show week in and week out. Couple that with the Wood Tic, World of Outlaws, and American Ethanol Series, there is so much going on at Merritt Speedway this year it's impossible to say what I'm looking forward to the most. 

I do know one thing for sure, I am looking forward to seeing the best
fans, teams, and drivers in all of dirt racing come May 20th.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon. -Mike B.