Merritt Speedway Open For Business Memorial Day Weekend
Sterling Heights, MI (Friday, May 22, 2020) - For racing enthusiasts across the state of Michigan, a light shines at the end of the stay-at-home-tunnel as fans, drivers and officials alike gear up for the highly anticipated return to racing with a Memorial Day weekend show from Lake City, Michigan’s, Merritt Speedway. Along with the excitement, the motorsports community also feels the pressure to ensure that this weekend goes smoothly, to further prove that racing can be done safely and with hope that more events will be permitted soon.
Hours after Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that the northern region of Michigan would be allowed to move forward with slightly relaxed regulations, Mike Blackmer, promoter of Merritt Speedway, announced that he would be hosting the first race in the state since the close of the 2019 season. With many new rules and regulations in place, Blackmer kept everyone in-tune with daily updates, and announced changes as they unfolded - and now it’s time to go to the track.
Drivers will be expected to follow a new set of rules for getting into the pit area, including waiting in their vehicle for someone to come and sign them and their additional four crew members in. Temperatures will also be checked for every individual who wishes to attend events over the weekend. Individuals are expected to maintain social distancing, utilize the multiple hand sanitizer stations available and are asked to stay home if they aren’t feeling well.
Friday kicks off the three day weekend of activities with an open practice for drivers to “knock the rust off” before the first competitive laps are turned throughout the rest of the weekend. Pit gates open at 3:00 p.m. with cars on track at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night.
Saturday, the racing action gets put in gear for the first time this season with DIRTcar UMP Late Models highlighting the night. For their first race, they 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. Pit gates open at 1:00 p.m., the registration deadline is 5:00 p.m., and racing action is slated to start at 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, the Late Models will again top the card, this time racing for an increased $2,000 to win. The full show will include B-Modifieds, Factory Stocks, UMP Modifieds, and 4 and 6 Cylinders. Pit gates will again open at 1:00 p.m., the registration deadline is 5:00 p.m., and racing is expected to begin at 6:00 p.m.
Fan attendance will be limited to 1,000 attendees each day along with restrictions in pit attendance. With the ever changing details associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic, the details announced are fluid and have the potential to change at a moment’s notice. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to the official Merritt Speedway Facebook page and check in frequently with the website, www.merrittspeedwaymi.com for updates and pre-sale tickets.
The Motor City Racing Promotions (MCRP) Timing and Scoring officials along with MCRP Safety Team will be on hand this weekend, as they prepare for a full season of serving Merritt and Tri-City Motor Speedway. Join the MCRP conversation on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #MCRP. Learn more about their services by logging on to www.motorcityracing.co
Horsepower Happenings’ Zach Hiser and Rich Frantz will also be in attendance to cover the weekend’s events first hand. For more stories like this, visit horsepowerhappenings.com. Tune in to the weekly podcast premiering every Monday evening or listen anytime on-demand. Follow Horsepower Happenings on Facebook and on Twitter @HPHpodcast.
Story by - Zach Hiser, Motor City Racing Promotions