Hello everyone! I hope you all had a nice weekend, and after a rain out are ready for a big weekend this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday! We are!
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. Looking back, I would’ve preferred to cancel June 17 and pushed June 24, but with the weather, you just never know and we’ll have made the wrong decision for half the people, either way.
Points... After evaluating the points model that has been used the last few years at the track and looking at what other racetracks do as well, as revamped the points distribution scheme to tighten things up a bit more. Heat races will pay 5 points to win, 4 for 2nd, downward, with everyone getting at least 1 point. Features: 1st- 25, 2nd- 22, 3rd- 21, downward, with a minimum of 10 points given. This should make the points battles that much more entertaining and exciting for drivers and fans alike. You can see the updated scheme standings HERE.
With that cancellation, we have just determined that we will be rescheduling the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt for Saturday, July 8! This is going to be one massive night of racing, as they’ll join all of our regular divisions. Make plans to be in attendance and watch the big winged 900 horse sprinters do battle July 8!!!
The formerly scheduled All Star Circuit of Champion Sprint Car show was canceled last week, after long discussions with the tour and talking with area competitors. Both Merritt and the ASCoC were nervous about not providing the type of high quality show that we’re both used to providing the fans, and was ultimately the reason for cancellation. A Michigan track had them scheduled the day before Merritt, but was then canceled and created a long drive for racers for a one-day show. We are committed and been talking already with the tour about rescheduling for 2018 and look forward to having them at Michigan’s Premier Dirt Track.
This weekend… we’re gonna be rockin! Provided everything goes well, this will be the start of a new Merritt tradition on the special Independence Day weekend, so make sure you all come out and support it! Just $27 will get adults in to ALL THREE DAYS of racing this weekend! Sunday, we’re proud to offer grandstand tickets for just $5, as well as the biggest fireworks show in Merritt’s history that you won’t want to miss. Oh by the way, for $5, you’ll not only see that, but also the best racing action too as the American Ethanol Late Model Tour will be on hand racing for $4,000 and 40-laps.
Sunday, fans will have the chance to meet and get an autograph from their favorite drivers before the racing Sunday, as well as see the race cars up close from 6 to 6:45. Get to the track early to get your seats picked out, miss the line, and get a Merritt t-shirt perfect for getting autographs! Last year this event sold out, but we now have all new bleacher seating capable of holding a ton more guests, as well as new track lighting, paved concourse expansion, great handicap seat area and much more! We do this special $5 night as an appreciation and thanks for Merritt Speedway fans who we obviously couldn’t do any of this without!
On Monday, we’re really excited about our $10,000-to-win Allstar Classic, presented by Merritt Speedway for the American Ethanol Modified Tour. I have said repeatedly in my thoughts that the UMP Mods put on the best racing, and I can only imagine what Monday is going to be like. I was fortunate enough to see the AEMODT at I-96 on Sunday, and I can say that that was the best racing I’ve seen in a long time. I look forward to more of the same this weekend with the high payouts at Merritt, and rumors of some big names coming to town to compete with us. Pro Stocks were added to our Monday slate of action, and Mini Wedges to Saturday. You can find all the details about the weekend by clicking HERE.
The track should be in great shape as we head into a busy three days of racing, as we’ve had the surface disced up and open to the rainfall that we look to be getting tonight at tomorrow at the track. Lots of work to make the racing surface good is always done every day of the week during the season, and even more has been put in this week.
Regardless of what the forecast says at any point this weekend, come on out… we’re going to go racing! Unless we totally lose the racetrack from extensive rain, we’re committed to getting all three days of racing done, even if it goes late. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates and daily event information and I look forward to seeing you all this weekend for what will hopefully be a really enjoyable time for everyone.