Merritt Speedway Announces 2019 Schedule

      (11/05/2018) Merritt Speedway is pleased to announce their 2019 season schedule. “Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track” will feature full programs of racing entertainment all summer long from May to September. All eight of Merritt’s weekly divisions will make their return next season including; UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Modifeds, B-Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinders, and Mini Wedges. “Simply put, I’m going for it” Owner / Promoter Mike Blackmer remarked. “I wanted 2019 to be big and hope the fans can come out and support this solid schedule”. The upcoming season will mark Merritt’s 51st year of operation.

            In 2019 Merritt Speedway will feature the UMP DIRTcar Late Models every single night of the season. Plus, every late model driver who has perfect attendance will be entered in a special drawing at the 2019 awards banquet. The winner of the drawing will receive a special Ten Thousand ($10,000) dollar sponsorship for the 2020 season. There will also be special prizes for drivers who are in the other divisions with perfect attendance as well. Those prizes will be announced at a later date.

            Opening night will take place on Saturday May 11th and feature $10 admission. Memorial weekend will be a 2-day event. On Saturday May 25th The Pro Stocks and B-Modifieds will run $1000 to win specials. Then on Sunday May 26th, the UMP Late Models will compete for a $4000 to win prize with the visitors of the American Ethanol Late Model tour. The UMP Late models will also have a $3000 to win special on Saturday June 22nd. Plus, there will be a Lightning Sprint special on June 15th.

            Independence Weekend, arguably the biggest week of the year for Merritt Speedway will be running events over the course of four days, July 3-6. The event will also serve as the 31st annual Ed Vanduinen WoodTic weekend with all eight divisions competing Thursday-Saturday. Wednesday July 3rd will be a special Monster Truck Show. Thursday July 4th will feature a $3000 to win Four-Cylinder event with the Midwest Compact Touring series making its first ever visit to northern Michigan. There will also be a $5000 to win B-Modified special. Friday July 5th will be fan appreciation night with $5 admission and of course a huge fireworks display. The race program will be headlined by a $3000 to win UMP Modified special with the American Ethanol Modified tour. Saturday July 6th will see the American Ethanol Late Model Tour return for a $7000 to win program.

            The Anniversary weekend will again be a 2-day show on Friday and Saturday, August 2-3. Each of Merritt’s weekly divisions will be in action. Friday will feature a B-Modified special paying $3000 to win. Saturday’s program will be headlined by a major $10,000 to win UMP Late Model main event. There will be a Mini-Wedge special as well.

            Labor Day weekend will draw the points season to a close, with the Gene Kregear Championship on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st. All the speedways divisions will race both nights with the American Ethanol Modifieds running a $3000 to win program on Saturday, and the American Ethanol Late Model Tour competing for a $4000 to win race on Sunday.

            The Season will conclude with another special 2-day event on Friday and Saturday September 6-7. All divisions will be in action both nights. The event will showcase a $2000 to win UMP Late Model program and an unprecedented $10,000 to win B-Modified special.

This schedule is still tentative and subject to change between now and the season opener with some events still being discussed. Be sure to follow along on social media for all of the latest updates as they happen. Merritt Speedway’s 51st season will be a memorable season for everyone to enjoy and we are excited for it begin.

2019 Merritt Speedway Event Schedule

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Saturday May 4th – Test & Tune / 3:00PM – 7:00PM

Wednesday May 8th – Test& Tune / 4:00PM – 7:00PM

 

Saturday May 11th – Opening Night / ALL DIVISIONS

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lighting Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges.)

Saturday May 18th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, B-Mods, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges.)

Saturday May 25th – Memorial Weekend – Pro Stocks $1000 to Win / B-Mods $1000 to Win

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Sunday May 26th – Memorial Weekend  – American Ethanol Late Model Tour $4000 to Win

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges, 6-Cylinders)

Saturday June 1st – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday June 8th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday June 15th – Lightning Sprint Night

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, Mini Wedges)

Saturday June 22nd – $3000 to win UMP Late Model Special

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges, 6-Cylinders)

Saturday June 29th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Wednesday July 3rd – Monster Truck Show

 

Thursday July 4th - $5000 to win B-Mod Special / 4-Cylinder Midwest Compact Tour $3000 to Win

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Friday July 5th – Fan Appreciation Night $5 Admission plus Fireworks!

$3000 to Win American Ethanol Modified Tour

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges, 6-Cylinders)

Saturday July 6th – American Ethanol Late Model Tour $7000 to Win

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday July 13th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday July 20th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday July 27th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, Mini Wedges)

Friday August 2nd – Anniversary Weekend

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, Mini Wedges)

Saturday August 3rd – Anniversary Weekend - $10,000 to win UMP Late Models

$3000 to Win B-Mod Special

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday August 10th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday August 17th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday August 24th – Regular Night

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday August 31st – Gene Kregear Championship Weekend

American Ethanol Modifieds $3000 to Win

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Sunday September 1st –Gene Kregear Championship Weekend

American Ethanol Late Models $4000 to Win

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Friday September 6th – Season Finale Weekend Day 1

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Saturday September 7th – $10,000 to win B-Mod Special / $2000 to win UMP Late Models

(UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, B-Mods, Lightning Sprints, Pro Stocks, Factory Stocks, 4-Cylinders, Mini Wedges)

Printable Version of the 2019 Schedule