Fan and Driver Numbers Limited
Sterling Heights, MI (Monday, May 18, 2020) - Following the announcement from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer that certain regions of the state will be allowed to relax restrictions and slowly open up to the public, Tri-City and Merritt Speedway Promoter Mike Blackmer made an announcement via a Facebook Live video stating his intentions to host racing this weekend at Lake City, Michigan’s Merritt Speedway. Fan attendance will be limited to 1,000 people and just 80 cars will be allowed in the pit area.
From the video, Blackmer said that he has worked closely with the Michigan State Police, Missaukee County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney as well as other local authorities to be able to race on both Saturday and Sunday, May 23rd and 24th. Certain guidelines will be enforced throughout the weekend including a strict rule against four-wheelers, motorcycles, golf carts and other All Terrain Vehicles typically used throughout the pit area. Drivers are limited to four crew members - giving teams a total of five individuals who could enter the pits. Likewise, social distancing measures will be required, and those planning to attend are encouraged to wear a mask.
Fans who are able to attend the event will see two separate shows on Saturday and Sunday, with DIRTcar UMP Late Models the headliner each night. On Saturday night, Late Models will race for $1,500 to win. DIRTcar UMP Modifieds, Pro Stocks, 4 and 6 Cylinders and B-Modifieds will also be on the card. On Sunday, Late Models will race for $2,000 to win, with B-Modifieds, Factory Stocks, UMP Modifieds, and 4 and 6 Cylinders.
With a limit on the number of cars allowed in the pit area, drivers were instructed to reserve their spots ahead of time by calling or texting 231-842-7223. Blackmer also said any driver who would be arriving after 6:00pm would not be permitted in an effort to reduce the period of time for traffic at the ticket window. Pre-sale general admission tickets will not be available and fans will not be allowed to go from the pits to the general admission stands,or the other way around.
Near the end of the video, an elated Blackmer expressed his excitement for being able to open. “God is great. I’m excited. Things are starting to change, and it’s been a rough few months,” said Blackmer referring to the executive order in the state of Michigan that has had the doors closed on a number of Blackmer’s businesses since early March.
In closing Blackmer reminded race fans that the situation is fluid, and changes are likely to happen up until and on the day of the first event. According to Blackmer, he has plans in place to provide live video updates throughout the week on the Tri-City and Merritt Speedway Facebook pages.
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Story by - Zach Hiser, Motor City Racing Promotions
Updated: 05/18/2020 4:38pm