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Taylor Ferns to Race Twice in Home State of Michigan this Weekend

May 30th, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Taylor Ferns doesn’t get to race in her home state of Michigan too often anymore. She will get to hit the dirt twice this weekend in the “Wolverine State” as she takes to the track at Hartford Speedway and I-96 Speedway for a pair of events.

The weekend will open for Ferns, who drives the Eco-Mend/Jimmy’s Towing Maxim, on Friday, May 29 at Hartford Speedway for an event with the Engine Pro Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP. She will the race in the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at I-96 Speedway, which is set for Saturday, May 30.

“After getting rained out on Monday, I am really looking forward to getting to race twice this weekend,” said Ferns. “We’ll be racing both the 360- and 410-sprint car, which is always a good transition. I’ve never been to Hartford before, so I’ve been watching You Tube video to stay on points. I did race a micro (sprint) at I-96, but that was on the smaller inner track, so it will be a lot different this time, especially racing with the World of Outlaws, who in my opinion, are the best in the world.”

Ferns has raced once with the Sprints on Dirt this season, finishing eighth on May 16 at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana. That event marked her first 360-winged sprint car start since last fall.

The Michigan native, who now calls the Indianapolis area home, competed with the World of Outlaws earlier this month at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, during the two-night “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends” on Mother’s Day weekend. She battled engine problems on the second night, which forced her to scratch after time trials.

Last weekend, Ferns returned to Plymouth Speedway to race with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions on May 22 in the Earl Gaerte Classic. She opened the night by timing in 31st and finished eighth in the second heat race. The night ended for Ferns in the B-main.

“We have a full week of racing coming up and we are hoping to have a good start to that in Michigan,” said Ferns. “We’ll be racing good competition both nights and that always adds a bit to the learning curve, but it’s also how you get better. The team has been working hard as always and we can’t wait to get to the track both days this weekend.”

Ferns has made 12 starts this season, while battling Mother Nature, with a number of scheduled events rained out. She finished a season-best eighth in her first race of the year with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions in Florida. She also has raced with the MOWA Series, OVSCA and F.A.S.T. Series.

She will continue to contest a true “Outlaw” schedule in 2015, racing with a variety of series at numerous tracks across the Midwest.

Spring Brawl to Pay $250 to Start for Membered Drivers

May 19th, 2015

Troy, Michigan-The next race of the fifth anniversary 2015 racing season for the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Allstar Performance (MDC) will be at the track that hosted the inaugural race back in 2011, the fast 3/8 (0.375) mile semi-banked clay oval of I-96 Speedway, located east of Grand Rapids and west of Lansing in Lake Odessa, Michigan serves as hosts of the Spring Brawl 35 Presented by Allstar Performance on Friday, May 15th. In celebration of the fifth anniversary season, the Michigan Dirt Cup Tour will increase the start pay from $200 to $250 to start for membered drivers this Friday.

In five previous appearances at I-96 Speedway, there have been five different winners with 2014 Tour Champion Travis Stemler scoring the most recent win on September 20th, 2014 to clinch the championship. Two other former series champions, Jacob Poel (2012 & 2011) and David Mielke (2013) also have wins which came in the 2014 and 2013 seasons respectively. Aaron Morey’s victory came in 2012 while Mark Anderson won the inaugural race in 2011.

Mielke is coming off of a thrilling victory in the 2015 MDC Modified Tour season opener at Winston Speedway (MI) on May 8th and will be looking to repeat that performance at I-96. Defending Tour Champion, Travis Stemler returns to his home track and is wanting a return trip to victory lane in front of the home track crowd. Three more former winners in MDC Modified Tour competition at I-96, Poel, Morey and Anderson will also all try to become the first repeat winner at the Lake Odessa facility.

Out-Pace Racing Products L.L.C. has joined the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour as a contingency sponsor. Out-Pace will award the second non-qualifier a product certificate at each MDC event in 2015. Out-Pace has been involved in racing and building components for racing for over 18 years. They have developed a solution for the problem of sticky and seized rod ends that racers have been dealing with for years. Their innovative system reduces the time it takes to maintain your rod end components, along with a host of other benefits. For more information visit: www.out-pace.com

As for the post-race contingency awards from Winston, Collin Thirlby was the winner of the $100 QuickCar Racing Products Hard-Charger Award while Bob Baldwin scored the $100 Crane Ignition Systems award. Aaron Morey received the $100 QuarterMaster Award as the $100 Allstar Performance Award went to Mike Patrick. The $100 Aeroquip Performance Products Award was collected by Jeff Erickson Jr., as Rich Robinson Jr. scored the $100 Lane Automotive Award and Mike Peterson grabbed the $100 Driven Racing Oil Award. Finally, Dave Baker and Loren Short snared the Hoosier Racing Tire Awards.

To learn more about the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour Presented by Lane Automotive, go to the website at: www.michigandirtcup.com. You can also follow MDC all season long on Facebook and Twitter at: www.facebook.com/midirtcup and www.twitter.com/michigandirtcup. For further information, email Michigan Dirt Cup, Director of Operations Scott Menlen at smenlen@michigandirtcup.com Finally, for more information about I-96 Speedway, the host track for the second race of the season, log onto their website at: www.i96speedway.com.

I-96 Speedway Wraps Up 2012 With Awards Banquet – 2013 Racing Season Is Up Next

February 13th, 2013

Lake Odessa, Michigan–The 2012 I-96 Speedway Awards Banquet was held at the Steele Street Hall in downtown Ionia, Michigan on Saturday, February 9th as the four track champions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series were honored for their accomplishments from the 2012 racing season.

The highest honor of the night would be the I-96 Speedway Driver of the Year Award as 2012 Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds Track Champion, Zack Olger, who also finished third in the points within the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models would be the surprised winner of the award. The St. Johns, Michigan driver was very gracious and humbled as he accepted the highest honor of the entire Awards Banquet.

Other special awards included the now traditional honoring of the late Jim Thompson, the long-time Water Truck Driver at the speedway who suffered from heat stroke during the 2011 season and later passed away due to complications and other health issues. The 2012 I-96 Speedway Jim Thompson Memorial Sportsman of the Year Award Winners were: Brandon Thirlby-UMP Super Late Models (Second year in a row); Todd Feutz-UMP Modifieds; Bill Brandt Jr.-UMP Street Stocks; and Joe Pironello-UMP Sport Compacts.

The now former Voice of I-96 Speedway, Matt Prieur served as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and said one final goodbye to the drivers and teams as well as fellow officials as he will move on as the Midwest Senior Editor for Speed51.com for SPEED TV Announcer, Bob Dillner. The new Director of Communications / P.A. Announcer beginning with the 2013 racing season, 19-year-old Brian Osborne was formally introduced to the contingent on hand as he will step into the roles vacated by Prieur after serving as the Assistant P.A. Announcer during the 2012 racing season.

As for the final rundown of the season, the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models would see Brandon Thirlby win his first I-96 Track Championship to go with the 2012 UMP DIRTcar Super Late Models Michigan/Wisconsin/Canada Regional States Championship, the 2012 Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Championship, and 2012 Cherry Raceway Track title. The Traverse City, Michigan stand out in his #m14 Thirlby Automotive / Mastersbilt Racecars entry scored a Three Feature Wins at I-96 during the season which was amongst his 14 overall Feature victories in 2012, tied for second in the Nation in UMP DIRTcar Racing Series competition.

Rich Neiser (1 Feature Win) actually finished tied with Thirlby for the title, but would be credited with second in the points due to the first tie-breaker (Feature Wins). Zack Olger (1 Feature Win & 2012 Hard-Charger Award Winner) was third in the final points run down ahead of Dan Hubbell (Co-2012 Most Improved Driver Award Winner) and 2011 Track Champion, Tom
Sprague Jr. (1 Feature Win) who finished off the top five.

Billy Bray finished sixth in the final tallies while 2010 & 2006 Track Champion, Eric Spangler was seventh over Brad Harden (Co-2012 Most Improved Driver Award Winner), Adam Thrush and Scott Haney were the final top 10.The Honorable Mention Award went to Shannon Babb who swept the entire night during the 2012 UMP Summer National Hell Tour visit on June 24th as he set Fast Time, Won the Qualifier Heat and then took the victory in the Feature all in one night. Also getting an Honorable Mention would be 2012 Rookie of the Year, Brook Brasington.

In the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, it was Zack Olger winning his first career Track Championship in his #0x Racer’s Speed Shop / Xtreme racecars open-wheeled Modified. The St. Johns, Michigan star, who also finished third in the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models points standings, recorded a single Feature Win while also finishing second in the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Final Points Standings as well.

2009 & 2008 Track Champion, Todd Feutz (1 Feature Win) finished in the runner-up spot ahead of 2007 Track Champion, Shannon Fisk (1 Feature Win) while 2011 Track Champion, Jacob Poel (1 Feature Win & 2012 Hard-Charger Award Winner) and Jared Guinn (2012 Most Improved Driver Award Winner) were the top five.

2010 Track Champion, Rich Robinson Jr., finished sixth while 19-year-old Nick Kurtz was seventh. Tim Stemler, Ken Beutler, and Travis Stemler finished off the top 10. The 2012 Honorable Mentions outside of the top 10 would be Collin Thirlby who picked up two Feature wins during the year and 2012 Rookie of the Year, David Schmidt.

For the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Josh Frye would bring home his first career Track Championship in his #44 Rhino Roofing & Construction / Chevrolet as the Coopersville, Michigan driver collected four Regular Season Feature Wins while also winning the big Pro Stocks / Pro Trucks Invitational on the big ½ mile during the Inaugural appearance by the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Tour back on August 7th.

2011 Track Champion, Bill Brandt Jr. (3 Feature Wins & 2012 Hard-Charger Award Winner) finished in the runner-up spot this time around as the Defending Track Champion going into the season battled tooth and nail all season long with Frye for the title. Jim Belt (2012 Most Improved Driver Award Winner) also finished on the podium in third in the final points run down while Ron Harper and Bill Brandt Sr., rounded out the final top five.

2009 Track Champion, Aaron Wolf finished sixth in the points while Randy Wellman was seventh ahead of 2012 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Street Stocks Northeastern States Champion, Dan Dykman was eighth. Duane Nelson and Max Ake were the final top 10. The 2012 Honorable Mention Award to the driver who finished outside of the final top 10 in the points would be Sadie Klein who finished just outside of the top 10 in 11th and 2012 Rookie of the Year, 18-year-old Calvin Stemler.

Finally in the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Hastings, Michigan driver, Rick Peck repeated as Track Champion in the Four-Cylinders division as his #14 Frisbee & Sons Plastering Saturn was dominant all season long en route to repeating as Track Champion. The Hastings, Michigan driver led all drivers at I-96 Speedway in nearly every statistical category including a Season High 5 Feature Wins as well as a Season High 8 Top 5s and was involved in a Three-Way Tie for Season with High 8 Top 10 finishes.

Chad Tomczak (1 Feature Win & 2012 Hard-Charger Award Winner) finished in the Runner-Up spot ahead of 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr. (2012 Most Improved Driver Award Winner) who completed the podium in third. 2012 18 & Over Rookie of the Year, Nick Jenema (1 Feature Win) finished an impressive fourth in his freshman season while Scott Rumsey finished off the top five.

11-year-old Christopher Joyce finished an impressive sixth in his second year of competition while 12-year-old Tony Taylor, the 2012 17 & Under Rookie of the Year would pick up a seventh place finish. Colee Ruesink was eighth as Terry Henderson Sr., and 14-year-old Harper Hotchkiss rounded out the final top 10. The 2012 Honorable Mentions would go to 18-year-old Joe Pironello who finished just outside of the top 10 in 11th and 2010 Track Champion, Dan Reimersma who would finish in 12th in the final tallies.

Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike and Sarah Mouch would like to sincerely thank the entire management and staff as well as the great teams and dedicated fans of I-96 Speedway for making the 2012 racing season such a rousing success. The 2013 racing season begins with two Pre-Season Test & Tunes scheduled for Saturday, April 13th and Saturday, April 20th as both Test & Tunes will see the Pit Gates open at 12:00p.m., and Practice will go from 1:00-6:00pm., each day. The 2012 Racing Season will begin on Saturday, April 27th with the 8th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2013 featuring a full four in one show highlighted by the UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts who will be joined by the Pro Stocks/Pro Trucks

The 2013 campaign will also feature appearances by the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series (June 1st), USAC National Sprints Series (June 22nd) UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour & Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals (June 23rd), the return of the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Tour (August 6th), two appearances by the SOD Sprints (May 4th & August 3rd) and one appearance each by the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour (June 15th) and the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour (May 18th). The Complete and Finalized 2013 Schedule will be posted on the I-96 Speedway Website as soon as it becomes Official per Track Management.

On Saturday nights during the 2013 racing season, the Pit Gates will Open at 3:00pm., with Practice starting at 5:30pm., as all divisions will take turns on the track on a rotating basis until 6:30pm. After Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), which are slated for 6:45p.m., Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

For more information about the fast approaching 2013 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow all of the off-season happenings in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.comand search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” button today. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

I-96 Speedway Crowns Four 2012 Track Champions At The 5th Annual Dirt Gold Cup

August 27th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan -I-96 Speedway, located west of Lansing and east of Grand Rapids in Lake Odessa, Michigan hosted
the 5th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza / 2012 Season Championships for ALL FOUR weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series! It was also Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night as well as the 4th annual Relay for Life Celebration which benefitted the American Cancer Society.

The 2012 Track Champions as well as the 2012 Rookies of the Year were crowned in the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models, Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts as the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval was action packed night throughout the night and the great crowd
on hand was treated to a great night of racing.

Congratulations to the 2012 Track Champions at I-96 Speedway and they are: m14 Brandon Thirlby – Traverse City, Michigan – Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models —- 0x Zack Olger – St. Johns, Michigan – Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds —- 44 Josh Frye – Coopersville, Michigan – Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks —- 14 Rick Peck – Hastings, Michigan – Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts.

In addition, the 2012 Rookies of the Year were also honored and they were: 5 Brook Brasington – Evart, Michigan – Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models —- 46 Dave Schmidt – Grand Haven, Michigan – Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds —- 1c Calvin Stemler – Ionia, Michigan – Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks —- 44 Nick Jenema – Wyoming, Michigan – 18 & Over
Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts —- 11 Tony Taylor – Portland, Michigan – 17 & Under Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts.

The first Championship to be decided would be for the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks as their 25-Lap Feature would see Defending Track Champion Bill Brandt Jr., and Current UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Northeastern States Points Leader Dan Dykman starting on the front row. Dykman would edge out Brandt Jr., who had another battle of his own with
Current Points Leader Josh Frye for the 2012 Track Title.

Dykman paced the field for the first 21 laps before an axle broke going into turns three and four bringing out the caution flag. This gave the lead to Frye and the Coopersville, Michigan driver would make no mistake the last four laps as the driver of the #44 Driftwood Bar & Grill / Chevrolet would win his fourth Feature Win of the year and the 2012 Track
Championship in the process!

Jim Beltz finished second ahead of Brandt Jr., who pitted for a flat tire and make a valiant effort before coming home third. 2009 Track Champion Aaron Wolf and 16-year-old Carlind Forsythe completed the top five. Randy Wellman finished sixth as Joel Hummel, Trey Cotter, Bill Brandt Sr., and Dykman were the final top 10. Frye, Brandt Jr., and Dykman won the Heat Races.

The Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts were next for their 25-Lap Championship Feature as 2012 18 & Over Rookie of the Year Nick Jenema and Ryan Hamm brought the field to Chief Starter Brett Farmer’s green flag. Hamm set a torrid early pace for the first five laps before slowing on the front stretch to bring out the yellow flag. This handed the lead to Current UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Eastern States Points Leader Paul Namey who tried to check out on the field.

Defending Track Champion Rick Peck who clinched his second straight Track Championship earlier in the afternoon to go with his 2011 crown simply by pulling into the pits, challenged Namey over the remainder of the race before taking the lead with just two laps to go and from there, his #14 Frisbee & Sons Plastering / Saturn would walk away with his fifth Feature Win and Repeat as UMP Sport Compacts Track Champion!

Namey settled for second while 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr., Chad Tomczak, and 11-year-old Christopher Joyce finished up the top five. Fellow 11-year-old driver, Tony Taylor, who earlier in the night wrapped up the 17 & Under Rookie of the Year title finished sixth while Colee Ruesink, 14-year-old Harper Hotchkiss, Jackson Walker, and Jenema were the top 10.
Henderson Jr., and Namey won the Heats.

The premier division within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series, the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models were next for their 25-Lap Season Championship Feature as going into the night, three drivers; Brandon Thirlby, Rich Neiser, and Zack Olger were all within sight of each other for the 2012 Track Championship. Alan Vochaska and Bry Sloan led the field to the green and it would be Vochaska beating Sloan and the rest of the first to the first corner.

Within just four laps, Thirlby, Neiser, and Olger were all running together and an epic battle ensued for not only position on the track, but for the 2012 Track Championship. With just four laps to go, Vochaska collided with a lapped car which forced the field behind to take evasive action. It would be Neiser who would pass Thirlby, Vochaska, and the lapped car to take over the lead and from there the Fruitport, Michigan veteran held off Vochaska and Thirlby and steer his #87 Baker Engineering / Mastersbilt Race Cars into victory lane after winning his first Feature of the Season.

Vochaska finished second and Thirlby finished third and it would be Thirlby and Neiser sitting on top of the Final Points Standings Tied for the title. The first tie-breaker edge would go to Thirlby (Most Feature Wins:
Thirlby-3 / Neiser-1) to give the Traverse City, Michigan driver in his #m14 Thirlby Automotive / Mastersbilt Racecars machine his first career Track Championship off of that all important tie-breaker. This is the first of a potential four titles for Thirlby as he also leads the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan / Wisconsin / Canada States Points, Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Points, and Cherry Raceway Track points as well.

Dab Hubbell finished fourth in the main ahead of Dale Sheehy who would complete the top five. Chris Nash, Sloan, Olger, and Randy Whitten Jr., rounded out the top 10. Thirlby and Vochaska would score the Heat Race triumphs.

The final race of the night would be the 2012 Season Championships for the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds and although disappointed with the outcome of the UMP Super Late Models Feature, Zack Olger wouldn’t go home empty handed as the driver of the #0x Racer’s Speed Shop / Xtreme Racecars entry took the green flag in the 25-Lap Feature to Officially clinch his first Track Championship of his stellar career.

The front row of the main would be John McClure and Collin Thirlby and it was Thirlby slipped by McClure in the early going to grab the lead. A scary incident involving Mark Anderson resulted in the veteran barrel rolling several times off the backstretch. He was fine, but the car was destroyed and he was done for the night. Thirlby maintained the advantage up front for all 25 Laps as the Traverse City, Michigan standout in his #47 Thirlby Automotive / Diamond Racecars ride would score his second Feature Win of the season.

Outgoing Track Champion Jacob Poel finished second while Travis Stemler, Former Two-Time Track Champion (2008 & 2009) Todd Feutz, and McClure were the top five. 2012 Track Champion Olger was sixth in the main while Tim Stemler, Kevin Cavanaugh, 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk, and Justin Fleming completed the top 10. McClure, Travis Stemler, and Anderson were the Heat Race victors.

I-96 Speedway will now take an extended vacation in preparation for the 2012 Season Finale on a special Sunday afternoon, October 14th as the cars and stars of the United States Auto Club (USAC) AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series will make the return trip to West Michigan and race on the famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval after getting rained out back on August 10th.

Superstars like Five Time & Defending Series Champion Levi Jones as well as Indy 500 starter Bryan Clauson, Current Points Leader Jon Stanbrough, Veterans Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, and many more will make the trip north in the series’ first appearance at I-96 since 1996.

Joining the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series on the famed 1/2 mile will be the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds as well as a “Run What You Bring” division featuring any type of car such as Limited Late Models, Pro Stocks, Pro Trucks, Street Stocks, and more (excluding Super Late Models) The Schedule of Events and Starting Times for this event are also “To Be Announced.”

Race Fans who already purchased Advance Tickets will still be able to use those in October and now there’s plenty of time to still get tickets for this event for those that haven’t at the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226174 and for more information about the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series, go to their website at: www.usacracing.com

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

2012 Track Champions To Be Crowned During 5th Annual Dirt Gold Cup At I-96 Speedway

August 20th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan- THIS Saturday, August 25th is a very big night at I-96 Speedway located West of Lansing and East of Grand Rapids in Lake Odessa, Michigan as it is the 5th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza / 2012 Season Championships for ALL FOUR weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series!

The 2012 Track Champions will be crowned in the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models, Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts as all four divisions return to the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. In addition the 2012 Rookies of the Year titles will also be decided on an
action packed night at the track.

It’s also Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night as all 2012 MARFC members in good standing who show their 2012 Membership Cards will get into the races for absolutely FREE! For more information on how to become a MARFC member, go to their website at: http://www.marfc.org/

If that all wasn’t enough, it’s also the 4th annual Relay for Life Celebration at the track as the RFL Time will be doing the silent auction/raffle and have already began to collect donations. If you have anything you would like to donate, please contact a team member and they will get it from you. After The Races, the “Steel Gray Band” will be playing well into the evening. For Saturday, August 25th, Pit Gates Open: 3:00p.m. – Grandstands Open: 5:00p.m. – Practice Starts: 6:00p.m. -Racing STARTS: 7:00p.m.

Tickets remain on sale for the 5th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza. Get your Tickets in Advance and avoid the long lines at the front gate as well as the Race Day Ticket Price Increase for the 2012 Season Finale.

Tickets Prices for Saturday, August 25th are: Adults (13-61)-$12.00 -Seniors (62 and Over)-$10.00 – Kids (6-12)-$6.00 – Children (5 and Under)-FREE. Family Pass $32.00 (A family pass will get Two “2″ Adults and Two “2″ Kids into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids). Pit Passes are $25.00. For more information and to order tickets in
advance, click on the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226248

Then I-96 Speedway will take an extended vacation before returning to action on Sunday, October 14th as the cars and stars of the United States Auto Club (USAC) AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series will make the return trip to West Michigan and race on the famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval after getting rained out back on August 10th.

Superstars like Five Time & Defending Series Champion Levi Jones as well as Indy 500 starter Bryan Clauson, Current Points Leader Jon Stanbrough, Veterans Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, and many more will make the trip north in the series’ first appearance at I-96 since 1996.

Joining the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series on the famed 1/2 mile will be the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds as well as a “Run What You Bring” division featuring any type of car such as Limited Late Models, Pro Stocks, Pro Trucks, Street Stocks, and more (excluding Super Late Models) The Schedule of Events and Starting Times for this event are also “To Be Announced.”

Race Fans who already purchased Advance Tickets will still be able to use those in October and now there’s plenty of time to still get tickets for this event for those that haven’t at the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226174 and for more information about the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series, go to their website at: www.usacracing.com

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Mother Nature Forces I-96 Speedway To Postpone USAC National Sprint Cars Series Race To Sunday, October 14th

August 11th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan- The cars and stars of the United States Auto Club (USAC) AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series were
set to invade I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on a special “Flashback Friday” August 10th. However Mother Nature had other ideas with continuing Showers and Thunderstorms that began the day before and continued on throughout race day morning saturating the grounds and forcing I-96 Speedway and USAC Officials to Postpone the Speedway, Indiana based
series first appearance at I-96 in 16 seasons.

The make-up date will now be on Sunday Afternoon, October 14th as the USAC Sprints were originally scheduled to be off that weekend, but will now make the trip to West Michigan and race on the famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. Stars like Five Time & Defending Series Champion Levi Jones as well as Indy 500 starter Bryan Clauson, Current Points Leader Jon Stanbrough, Veterans Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, and many more will make the trip north in the series’ first appearance at I-96 since 1996.

Joining the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series on the famed 1/2 mile will be the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds as well as one more support division “To Be Announced. The Schedule of Events and Starting Times for this event are also “To Be Announced.” Race Fans who already purchased Advance Tickets will still be able to use those in October and now there’s
plenty of time to still get tickets for this event for those that haven’t at the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226174 and for more information about the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series, go to their website at: www.usacracing.com

The next event(s) on the 2012 calendar at I-96 Speedway is set for Friday & Saturday, August 17-18th as the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan with two complete shows both days. Get your tickets for both AMA D14 Flat Track days at the Main Ticket Office on each Race Day.

For both AMA D14 Race Days, Tickets are: Adults (13-61): $10.00 (Per Day) – Seniors (61 and Over): $8.00 (Per Day) – Children (6-12): $5.00 (Per Day) – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Pit Passes: $15.00 (Per Day) Class Entry Fee: $20.00 (Per Day / Per Class Entered). The schedule of events for both days will remain the same and goes as follows: Pit Gates Open: 4:00p.m. – Grandstands Open: 5:00p.m. – Practice Starts: 6:00p.m. -Racing STARTS: 7:00p.m.

Then on Saturday, August 25th, it is the 5th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza / 2012 Season Championships for ALL FOUR weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series! The 2012 Track Champions WILL BE CROWNED in the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models, Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service
UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts as all four divisions return to the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

It’s also Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night as all 2012 MARFC members in good standing who show their 2012 Membership Cards will get into the races for absolutely FREE! For more information on how to become a MARFC member, go to their website at: http://www.marfc.org/

If that all wasn’t enough, it’s also the 4th annual Relay for Life Celebration at the track as the RFL Time will be doing the silent auction/raffle and have already began to collect donations. If you have anything you would like to donate, please contact a team member and they will get it from you. After The Races, the “Steel Gray Band” will be playing well into the evening.

For Saturday, August 25th, Pit Gates Open: 3:00p.m. – Grandstands Open: 5:00p.m. – Practice Starts: 6:00p.m. -Racing STARTS: 7:00p.m. Tickets are On Sale for the 5th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza. Get your Tickets in Advance and avoid the long lines at the front gate as well as the Race Day Ticket Price Increase for the 2012 Season Finale. For more information and to order tickets, click on the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226248

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Northeastern Legend Danny Johnson Scores Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Series 100-Lap Feature Win At I-96 Speedway

August 9th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan – The superstars of Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada, the high-powered Big Block Modifieds Super DIRTcar Series made their first ever appearance in the state of Michigan on the famed 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway, located east of Grand Rapids and West of Lansing in Lake Odessa, Michigan on a special Tuesday night, August 7th.

The first Feature of the night and the first feature on the 1/2 mile since Memorial Day Monday in 2011 would be the 15-lap main which served as the Pro Stocks / Pro Trucks Invitational and the front row would be a pair of regulars in the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks on Saturday nights, Defending Track Champion Bill Brandt Jr., and Current Points Leader Josh Frye lead the 15-car/truck field to Chief Starter Brett Farmer’s green flag.

Frye would lead lap one while Brandt Jr., had a pair of Pro Trucks on his back bumper as Carl Thayer and Brad Roberts were on his back bumper. One of the hardest crashes of the evening occurred on lap four as the second through fourth place machines of Roberts, Brandt Jr., and 2010 UMP Street Stocks Track Champion Gary Vandermark all slammed the turn four wall. All three were ok but done for the evening.

Throughout the event, Frye would be up to the challenge of taking on the Pro Stocks & Pro Trucks invaders as the Coopersville, Michigan driver in his #44 Rhino Roofing & Construction / Chevrolet UMP Street Stock would fend off the hard chargers and score the big Feature Win. Dick Reynolds finished second over Jake Headley, one more UMP Street Stocks regular Ron Harper, and Mike Seaman were the top five. Mike Husted finished sixth as Luke Hubbell, Jason Playter Jr., Thayer, and Brandt Jr., wrapped up the top 10. Earlier in the Heat Races it was Vandermark and Roberts scoring those
victories.

The second Feature of the night would be the 25-lap main event for the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds and it was Brian Ruhlman and John McClure leading the 20-car field to the green. At the start it would be Ruhlman beating the rest of the field to the first corner to snare the lead from the rest of the field and immediately began pulling away from the rest of
the field.

Defending Track Champion and Reigning UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Champion, Jacob Poel would climb up into second place and began slowly but surely reeling in Ruhlman who had built up a comfortable lead around the 1/2 mile. As Poel tried desperately tried to bring Ruhlman closer to him to battle it would be Ruhlman who would keep enough real
estate between himself and Poel to stay out in front.

In the end, Ruhlman’s #49 Malcuit Racing Engines / Rocket Chassis by Ruhlman machine would go on to lead all 20 laps to score the impressive Feature triumph over Poel who finished second. Curt Spalding would come home third ahead of J.R. Hotovy while Current Points Leader Zack Olger finished off the top five. Mark Anderson was sixth as McClure, Two-Time
Track Champion Todd Feutz, Jared Guinn and Tim Dalman were the final top 10. Olger, Anderson, and Ruhlman would collect the Heat Race triumphs.

Then it was time for the main event of the evening; The 100-Lap Feature for the traveling invaders of the Big Block Modifieds Super DIRTcar Series and as legendary starter, Dave Farney of Syracuse, New York waved the green flag it was Tyler Siri and Rick Scagliotta leading the field into turns one and two. Jimmy Phelps, who started third slid underneath the front row to grab the lead out of turn two and he would pass the field for the first half of the event setting a torrid pace in the process.

Four-Time Series Champion, Danny Johnson, who started fifth began chipping away at Phelps’ lead and on lap 53, the legendary Empire State driver would grab the lead away using a daring three-wide pass for the top spot as he, a lapped car, and Phelps were three abreast coming out of turn four. Johnson took the lead but soon had Two-Time Defending Series Champion Matt Sheppard to deal with as Sheppard began his charge from his 10th starting spot.

However Johnson wouldn’t be denied as the Rochester, New York legend in his #27j Honeoye Auto Parts / Bicknell Chassis would cross the start / finish line first to collect the $7,500 payday! Sheppard settled for second with Billy Dunn, Gary Tomkins, and Phelps completing the top five. Vince Vitale started 11th and finished sixth while Mat Williamson, Justin Haers, Rob Bellinger, and Tim Currier were the final top 10. Earlier in the evening, Britten established the Big Block Mods Track Record in Qualifying as he went an 18.531 which measures out to 97.1325mph. In the Qualifier Heat Races, Britten and Phelps would pick up the wins.

The second BIG event in just three days in Lake Odessa, Michigan features the return of the United States Auto Club (USAC) AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series on the special “Flashback Friday” (Friday, August 10th, 2012). Superstars like Five Time & Defending Series Champion Levi Jones as well as Indy 500 starter Bryan Clauson, Current Points Leader Jon Stanbrough, Veterans Dave Darland, Tracy Hines, rising superstar Kyle Larson and more take on the famed 1/2 mile in the series’ first appearance at I-96 since 1996.

Joining the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series on the famed 1/2 mile will be three of the tracks weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series as the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts as all three weekly classes will get the
chance to conquer the historic 1/2 mile dirt oval.

For this special event the pit gates will open at 2:00pm. Grandstands will swing open at 4:00pm. Practice will start at 6:00pm., with qualifying for the USAC sprints beginning at 7:00pm. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing is set to begin at 7:30p.m. Get your tickets early for this event at the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226174

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

The Famed I-96 Speedway ½ Mile Roars Back To Life On Tuesday, August 7th & Friday, August 10th

July 25th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The famed ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway, which has laid dormant throughout
the 2012 racing season will come back to life for two of the biggest events of the season coming up on a special Tuesday night, August 7th and then again three days later on a special Friday, August 10th.

Up first on Tuesday, August 7th will be the first ever appearance in the state of Michigan by the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Series as I-96 Speedway will serve as hosts for these wild exotic machines in a grueling 100-lap Feature in Lake Odessa, Michigan!

Then on Friday, August 10th, the United States Auto Club (USAC) AMSOil National Sprint Car Series invades Lake Odessa, Michigan for the first time in 16 years as Tickets are On Sale for the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series invasion on a special “Flashback Friday.”

Take Advantage of the very Special Offer for Tickets for BOTH races from I-96 Speedway; If you buy your tickets in advance for each event, both events are only $25.00 apiece prior to race day. In addition, if you order your tickets by Tuesday, July 24th, you’ll save an Additional $5.00 off of the Box Office Price IN ADDITION to already saving be pre-ordering! Until the end of business on Tuesday, July 24th, both events are only $20.00 apiece! Click on the link below to order today, (Coupon Code is “$5 Off”): http://www.showclix.com/events/12585

The Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Series will be led into Michigan by Two-Time Defending Series Champion Matt Sheppard as well as the legendary Seven-Time Series Titlist Brett “The Jet” Hearn, Four-Time Series Champion Danny Johnson, Two-Time Series Champion and 2011 Runner-Up Billy Decker, the premier Big-Block Modified tour in the Northeast will make their farthest haul West in the series’ 37-year history and will take on the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. To learn more about the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Series, log onto their website at: www.superdirtcarseries.com

As an Added Bonus and joining the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Series will be a special Pro Stocks / Pro Trucks Invitational as these machines will make their first appearance since the 2003 season when the Pro Stocks division was a weekly class. The rules for this special Invitational are simple; If you’re a Pro Stock / Pro Truck or Sportsman at your track, you’re legal for this invite, please bring your home track rule book. In addition, if you’re a UMP Street Stock that wants to come out and join in on the fun, those machines are welcome as well.

Finally the only weekly division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series that will be a part of this event will be the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds who will also climb up to the big 1/2 mile for their first of TWO Shows on the big track in just three days for an action packed and historic night of mid-week racing in the state of
Michigan.

For this very special event, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00p.m. (an hour earlier than a weekly show) to accommodate the travelers coming in. Grandstand Gates swing open an hour earlier as well at 4:00p.m., as Practice will start at 6:00p.m., with Qualifying for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds beginning at 7:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies /
Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing is set to begin at 7:30p.m. Get your Tickets in Advance for the Inaugural Appearance in Michigan for the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Series and avoid the long lines at the front gate as well as the Race Day Ticket Price Increase. For more information and to order tickets, click on the link below:

http://www.showclix.com/event/226167

The USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series features superstars such as 2011 National Champion, Levi Jones out of Swansea, Illinois driving for NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart and Tony Stewart Racing will lead the field onto the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. Jones has reeled off four titles in the past two years and is tied with Mel Kenyon and Rich Vogler with seven National crowns, four behind A.J. Foyt’s record of 11. Foyt owns seven National Championships in Indy cars, three in Stock Cars and one in Silver Crown. Jones has two Silver Crown titles in addition to his five in the Sprint cars.

Marc Cassella won the last USAC Sprint race on the dirt in Michigan in 1996, a 30-lapper at I-96 which has hosted the series five times. Jack Hewitt won three of those and is one of only two drivers to record multiple USAC wins in Michigan in 25 previous appearances. The other is Eric Gordon, who also won three features.

Michigan has proven to be one of the most unpredictable states in USAC history. IN 25 races there, 21 different winners have emerged! Jud Larson won the inaugural at Berlin Raceway in 1959 and Clauson won the most recent, also at Berlin in 2010. In all classes, a total of exactly 100 different drivers have won USAC races in the state of Michigan.

Joining the premier non-winged sprints cars tour in the country will be three of the weekly divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series as the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts will also be in action.

For this very special event, the Pit Gates will open at 2:00p.m. (an hour earlier than a weekly show) to accommodate the travelers coming in. Grandstand Gates swing open an hour earlier as well at 4:00p.m., as Practice will start at 6:00p.m., with Qualifying for the USAC AMSOil National Sprint Cars Series beginning at 7:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing is set to begin at 7:30p.m.

Get your Tickets in Advance for the USAC National Sprint Cars Series event and avoid the long lines at the front gate as well as the Race Day Ticket Price Increase. For more information and to order tickets, click on the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/226174

The next racing action at I-96 Speedway for the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series is on Saturday, July 28th as the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds will headline the card and will be going extra laps for extra cash as their 30-Lap Feature will pay $1,500 to win and $150 to start.

Also racing will be the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, and Spectator Drags. Pit Gates will open at 3:00p.m., while the Grandstand Gates swing open at 5:00p.m., as Practice will start at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing is set to begin at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 28th are: Adults (13-61): $15.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $12.00 – Children (6-12) $8.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $35.00 (*A family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free). Get your Tickets in Advance and avoid the Race Day Ticket Price Increase. For more information and to order tickets, click on the link below: http://www.showclix.com/event/223328

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Younger Brother Collin Thirlby brings home UMP Modifieds Feature Win

July 12th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan- The second and final appearance by the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour
Presented by Lane Automotive highlighted a hot and steamy Saturday night, June 30th at I-96 Speedway as the touring cars and stars went head to head with the tracks’ premier division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series; the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models just a few days after the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour event, giving the great fans of Western Michigan two GREAT UMP Super Late Models shows in just under a week in Lake Odessa, Michigan!

The first Feature of the night would be the 20-Lap A Main for the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks as Defending Track Champion Bill Brandt Jr., and Max Ake led the field to Chief Starter Brett Farmer’s green flag. However, Dan Dykman, the reigning UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Northeastern States Champion and current points leader in the same region this season would dart underneath the front row to take the early lead as the field settled into a rhythm.

Dykman, who came into the night second in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National points would lose the lead to Current Track Points Leader Josh Frye on lap five but Dykman would never let Frye stray too far out in front of him and with two laps to go, the Twin Lakes, Michigan veteran seized the opportunity to slip back past Frye using lapped traffic and from there, he would steer his #35 ASAP Auto Parts / Chevrolet into victory lane for his first I-96 Speedway Feature Win of the 2012 racing season.

Frye settled for second while Brandt Jr., Jim Beltz, and Kendall Marlink were the top five. Ron Harper was sixth with Amber Eberspeaker, Bob Wolf, Randy Wellman, and Bill Brandt Sr., would finish off the top 10. Dykman, Frye, and Wolf were the Heat Race victors.

Next up would be the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts 20-Lap Feature with the front row consisting of Randy Whitten and 18-year-old Rookie Caleb Klotz leading the field to the green. Whitten led the first two laps before Chad Tomczak would get by on lap three to take the lead. He would bring Defending Track Champion and Current Points Leader Rick Peck and Current 18 & Over Rookie Points Leader Nick Jenema with him and the trio would pull away to battle.

On the last restart, Tomczak was cited for jumping the start and was to be penalized at the next caution. Unfortunately that caution never came and although he did cross the start/finish line first, he would be docked three spots giving the win, his fourth of the season to Peck as the Hastings, Michigan driver in his #14 Frisbee & Sons Plastering / Saturn would extend his already massive points lead in the process.

Jenema inherited second as Tomczak was placed in third in the final rundown. 2010 Track Champion Dan Reimersma was fourth while Scott Rumsey completed the top five. 16-year-old Jordan King, the 2011 17 & Under Rookie of the Year was sixth with 11-year-old Christopher Joyce, Terry Henderson Sr., 18-year-old Joe Pironello, and the second 11-year-old in the field,
Current 17 & Under Rookie Points Leader Tony Taylor was the final top 10. 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr., and Pironello won the Heat Races.

A stellar 23-car field took the green flag to begin the 40-Lap Main Event of the evening for the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive as they took on the weekly cars and stars of the premier division in UMP DIRTcar Racing Series weekly competition, the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. Brandon Thirlby, the Current MDC Late Models Tour & I-96 Speedway Track Co-Points Leader Brandon Thirlby and Former Two-Time Track Champion Eric Spangler brought the field to the green.

Spangler led the first four laps before Thirlby regrouped and took the lead on lap five and he brought fellow Co-Track Points Leader Rich Neiser and Zack Olger with him. Curtis Roberts joined the battle as well as second through fifth traded spots with each other while Thirlby continued to show the way as he tried to lose his challengers by placing lapped cars between him and the next four drivers.

Throughout the entire race, Thirlby would maintain his lead and when all was said and done, the Traverse City, Michigan driver in his #m14 Thirlby Automotive / Mastersbilt Racecars entry would hang on to win his second MDC Late Models Tour Win and third I-96 Speedway Feature victory of the season and extend his MDC points lead while taking the track points lead for himself.

Olger would finish second over Neiser while Ryan VanderVeen and Roberts were the final top five. Brad Harden finished an impressive sixth while 2011 Mt. Pleasant Speedway Track Champion Mark Andersen was seventh. Buckeye State invader Dusty Moore was eighth as Spangler and Adam Thrush would wrap up the top 10. Spangler, Thrush, and Thirlby would win the
Qualifier Heat Races. The final Feature of the evening would be the 25-lap Feature for the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds as Collin Thirlby started on the pole after just watching his older brother win the UMP Super Late Models Feature and
he was flanked by 2010 Track Champion Rich Robinson Jr. Thirlby would beat Robinson Jr., who won the Feature the previous night at Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan to the first corner to grab the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him,

Thirlby would survive a caution plagued event and series challenges from Robinson Jr., as well as Current Points Leader Zack Olger, and finally a late charge from a strong Trevor Sloan to lead all 25 laps as the Traverse City, Michigan driver in his #47 Thirlby Automotive / Diamond Racecars entry would score his first career I-96 Speedway Feature win after winning the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour race at Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Michigan back on June 16th.

Sloan would finish a career high second with Olger, Robinson Jr., and Former Two-Time Track Champion Todd Feutz completed the top five. 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk was sixth over Jared Guinn, Jason Hoogerhyde, 18-year-old Nick Kurtz, and Ken Beutler finished off the top 10. Robinson Jr., and Olger won the Heat Races.

The Fourth of July Weekend will see I-96 Speedway sit idle over the holiday weekend in an effort to give the drivers, families, fan, and teams a chance to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Action returns to the track over the weekend of July 13-15th as it’s a full three-day weekend of American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Series racing action.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Shannon Babb Prevails In UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Only Michigan Appearance At I-96 Speedway

June 26th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan — One the Biggest Shows of the Season for the UMP Super Late Models in the state of Michigan was on a special Sunday Night, June 24th at I-96 Speedway, located east of Grand Rapids and West of Lansing in Lake Odessa, Michigan as the annual appearance by the UMP Summer National Hell Tour invaded to take on the tracks Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models in the tours’ ONLY appearance in the State of Michigan during its’ marathon 29 races in 32 days jaunt.

They were joined by their companion tour, the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals as the best Mod drivers in the country went head to head with the tracks Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds. Plus the Rained Out Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds Feature from June 2nd was also made up on this night and was the first race of the Evening. If that wasn’t enough, the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts were also on the card for an action packed night of racing. 109 cars were in the pits and the great crowd on hand got their monies worth. The first race of the night was the Make-Up Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds 25-Lap Feature that was rained out on June 2nd during the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series appearance and after a spirited “Wave Lap” to kick off the action packed evening, the field was led to Chief Starter, Brett Farmer’s green flag by Former Two-Time Track Champion Todd Feutz and Kyle Roberts and it would be Feutz pacing the field for the first five laps before Mark Anderson drove by on lap six.

Anderson set a torrid pace before suddenly dropping out on lap 14 which handed the lead to Zak Olger who made no mistake the rest of the way as the St. Johns, Michigan driver in his #0x Mid-States Sales & Service / Xtreme Racecars machine would walk away with his second Overall Feature Win of the season and first of the season in a Mod.

Feutz finished second ahead of Defending Track Champion Jacob Poel while 2010 Track Champion Rich Robinson Jr., and 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk completed the top five. Aaron Morey was sixth while Travis Stemler, Mike Wilbern, Jared Guinn, and Tim Stemler would complete the final top 10 in the make-up A Main.

In the regularly scheduled UMP Modifieds 30-Lap Feature which served as Night #11 for the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals Series, the companion tour that travels with the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour, Travis Stemler and David Mielke would lead the field to the green and it would be Mielke leading the field into the first corner. Mielke would pace the field for the first 15 laps setting a torrid pace.

That was until Defending Track Champion Jacob Poel worked his way up to Mielke’s back bumper from his ninth starting spot and rode the cushion around the outside of Mielke to take the lead and from there it was all Poel in his #82 Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication / Rocket Chassis machine as the Spring Lake, Michigan driver picked up his first I-96
Speedway Feature Win of 2012, his 10th overall of the year and third of the weekend to go with his wins at Winston Speedway on June 22nd and Merritt Raceway in June 23rd.

Andy Sprague would come home second while Zack Olger backed up his win earlier in the afternoon with a third place showing. Tim Stemler and Aaron Morey from 19th completed the top five. Rich Robinson Jr., was sixth as Brad Wilson, Cherry Raceway Points Leader John McCaul, 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk, and John Taylor were the top 10. There 33 UMP Modifieds as Tim Stemler, McCaul, Sprague, and Luke Olger won the Qualifier Heat Races as Fisk took the B Main to transfer into the Feature.

The 20-Lap Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks Feature, which was actually the first regularly scheduled A Main of the evening and it would be 2010 Track Champion Gary Vandermark and Current Points Leader Josh Frye bringing the stout 20-car field to Chief Starter Brett Farmer’s green flag. Vandermark paced the field for the first four laps until mechanical problems forced him to the pits.

This handed the lead to Frye who has 2011 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Northeastern States Champion Dan Dykman trailing him in second spot. Dykman brought Derek Poland and Robbie Sternberg with him and the battle was on between the four Muskegon, Michigan area drivers. As hard as the drivers behind him tried, they could not overtake Frye as the Coopersville, Michigan driver in his #44 Rhino Roofing & Construction / Chevrolet would walk away with his third Feature Win of the year.

Dykman settled for second with Sternberg, Mt. Pleasant Speedway Points Leader Rob Brillhart, and Ron Harper completing the top five. Kendall Marlink was sixth while Poland, Jim Beltz, Defending Track Champion Bill Brandt Jr., and Rookie Points Leader Max Ake finished off the top 10. Brillhart, Dykman, and Marlink would collect the Heat Race triumphs.

The main event of the evening, Race #11 of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models rolled out next and after an enthusiastic four-wide salute and wave lap, the green flag flew with Three-Time and Defending Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Shannon Babb and Jason McBride leading the stout 22-car field to the green.

Babb would escape McBride’s grasp leading into turns one and two to grab the early advantage while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him. Current Summer Nationals Hell Tour Points Leader Brian Shirley, fresh off his win the night before at Fairbury American Legion Speedway in Fairbury, Illinois, worked his way up to second and tried to chase down Babb.

Lapped Traffic played a key role throughout the duration of the 40-Lap main around the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as Babb would be able to keep lapped traffic between him and Shirley throughout the race. In the end, Babb’s #18 Petroff Trucking / Moyer Victory Circle Chassis entry would lead all 40 laps as the Moweaqua, Illinois driver would go on to defend his win in the Great Lakes State from a year ago and bring home Win #2 on the 2012 Hell Tour.

Shirley would finish second to maintain his Hell Tour points lead while Jason Feger, Three-Time Series Champion Dennis Herb Jr., and McBride were the top five. Ryan Unzicker was sixth while 19-year-old Brandon Sheppard, Curtis Roberts, Jon Henry, and Brian Ruhlman were the top 10. Babb shattered the Track Record by early a second in Summer Nationals Hell Tour Qualifying as he turned a 15.279. The old record was a 16.255. Shirley, Henry, Babb, and McBride won the Qualifier Heats as Jerry Lierly won the B Main.

The final race of the night was the 20-Lap Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts Feature as 2010 Track Champion Dan Reimersma and Rich Lieb brought the 20-car field to the green flag. Reimersma led the first lap before Lieb took over on lap two. Defending Track Champion and Current Points Leader Rick Peck, who started fourth, maneuvered his way by both drivers to grab the lead on lap five.

Reimersma ad Lieb stayed glued to Peck’s back bumper throughout the course of the entire race, but all the while, Peck would keep the two competitors behind him and when all was said and done, it would be Peck’s #14 A.R.D. Graphix / Saturn would see the checkered flag first giving the Hastings, Michigan driver his third Feature win of the 2012 racing season. Reimersma finished second with Lieb, 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr., and Randy Whitten were the top five. Scott Rumsey collected the sixth place honors as Colee Ruesink, Terry Henderson Sr., 16-year-old Jordan King, and Josh Sternberg were the final top 10. Lieb, Peck, and Reimersma were the winners of the Heat Races.

THIS Saturday, June 30th will be the second and final appearance by the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive as they’ll try their hand at dethroning the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series weekly UMP Super Late Models just a few days after the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour appearance, giving the great fans of Western Michigan two GREAT UMP Super Late Models shows in just under a week in Lake Odessa, Michigan!

Traverse City, Michigan’s Brandon Thirlby is the current points leader in both the MDC Late Models Tour as well as the Tracks’ Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models division and will try to repeat his performance from May 19th as he won the Inaugural MDC Tour race which was also held at I-96.

The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags, and a thrilling Stunt Show will also be on the schedule to wrap up the month of June in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Advance Tickets are on sale through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway and you can purchase them by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223128

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to:
www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Two Big Races On Tap This Weekend For Sammy Epling at I-96 Speedway

June 22nd, 2012

Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour & UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour on the Schedule

Perry, Michigan –Sammy Epling has only made four starts so far in the 2012 racing season. After racking up two quick
top five finishes, engine problems plagued the Perry, Michigan veteran in the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tours’ inaugural race at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan back on May 19th.

After running as high as second, Epling’s engine problems began creeping up, but he held on for a third place finish. The motor troubles were enough to keep him out of the second MDC Tour race the following week at Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on May 25th. Epling was second in MDC points going into that event, but since he was unable to attend, he fell all the way back to 15th.

The continuing motor issues have also kept Epling from the last event at I-96 where he was also in second place in points there before falling to ninth. “We’ve just not had the season I had hoped for; we haven’t raced very much, a far cry from usually starting in March.” Explained the 42-year-old. “Just rotten luck! We started out great, then it’s been downhill ever since.” He added.

In stepped veteran driver, Joey Fowler who took Epling’s ailing power plant and refurbished it from top to bottom and now Epling is ready to get back at it. “It’s not very often that you have another racer to stop everything he’s doing to help you. I’m very fortunate to have Joey & Mary Fowler as good friends.” The appreciative driver continued.

Epling returned to the track for the first time in almost a month on
Friday, June 15th at Tri-City Motor Speedway in Auburn, Michigan and unfortunately the bad luck continued; “At least it wasn’t engine related.” Laughed Epling. On only the second lap of the Feature, the leader spun in front of the field for a second time and Epling was drilled from behind in the chain reaction accident ending his night early. “The damage was bad enough to keep us from going to I-96, which was difficult to take.” He added.

The S.J.E. Motorsports Team isn’t giving up on the 2012 racing season as the car is fixed, the motor is solid and the team is ready to go for two of the biggest races of the season beginning on Friday, June 22nd at the wicked fast Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Michigan for the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tours’ third race of the 2012 season; the S&S Agriculture 27 on the big 9/16 (0.563) mile semi-banked dirt oval.

Then one of the biggest races of the season on dirt for UMP Super Late Models in the state of Michigan is set for Sunday, June 24th as the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour makes its’ only stop in the Great Lakes State within its marathon 29 races in 32 days jaunt to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan for a grueling 40-lap main around the fast 3/8s (0.375)
mile high-banked dirt oval.

“We’re looking to turn things around starting this weekend and finish the year strong and just be there to contend for race wins.” Epling continued as he and his S.J.E. Motorsports crew continues preparations for a pivotal race weekend. “I really would like to thank all my sponsors, my fans, everyone for their understanding and continued support. It means a great deal to me and hopefully we’ll prove this weekend that there faith in us will be rewarded.” He ended.

For the remainder of the 2012 racing season, Epling’s #28 Brady Smith Racecars UMP Super Late Model will carry sponsorship decals from Fusion Graphics & Sign Company as well as Arrow Racing Supply, Shift Shop Transmissions, Huffy’s Marathon of Perry, Hedrick Precision Engines, Ohlins Shocks, Allstar Performance, M.P.H. Promotions, Imagine Design Now, and S.J.E. Motorsports. Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available on the car as well.

For more information about Sammy Epling and the entire S.J.E. Motorsports Team and to inquire about additional sponsorship opportunities for the rest of the 2012 racing season, log onto the S.J.E. Motorsports website at: www.sammyepling.com Don’t forget to follow along throughout the year by becoming a fan on the Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/sammyepling and click on “Like”. Finally you can also follow the team on Twitter by going to: www.twitter.com/sjemotorsports and click on the “Follow” button

Brandon Thirlby Scores The Big Daddy Win At I-96 Speedway

June 21st, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returned to action at the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan as the “Big Daddy” highlighted the Father’s Day Holiday Weekend featuring the premier division within UMP; The Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They were joined by the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, and Spectator Drags.

The First main event of the evening was the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts for their 20-Lap main event. It would be a pair of 18-year-olds in Terry Henderson Jr. and Joe Pironello leading the field out to the green flag. Defending Track Champion Rick Peck managed to snag the lead away from just prior to halfway and tried to check out on the field.

Rich Lieb put out a great effort, but in the end it would be Peck in his #14 Frisbee & Sons Plastering / Saturn who would go on to score his second Feature Win of the season and extend his points lead in his efforts to defend his track title. Lieb was second while Chad Tomczak, Danny Joyce, and 11-year-old Rookie Tony Taylor made up the top five. 2010 Track Champion Dan Reimersma was sixth ahead of Current Rookie Points Leader Nick Jenema while Scott Rumsey, Jake Loesch, and Pironello rounded out the Top 10. Lieb, Reimersma, and Rumsey won the Heat Races.

The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks rolled out next for their
20-Lap Feature add it would be Defending Track Champion Bill Brandt Jr., and Current Points Leader Josh Frye leading a very stout field to the green flag and it would be Frye who would jump out front and take the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him.

Frye would survive several cautions and a late charge from 2011 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Northeastern States Champion Dan Dykman to give the Coopersville, Michigan driver his second Feature Win of the season in his #44 Rhino Roofing & Construction / Chevrolet. Dykman finished second with Brandt Jr., 2009 Track Champion Aaron Wolf, and Jim Beltz rounded out the top five. David Grega finished sixth as Bill Brandt Sr., Max Ake, Randy Wellman, and Curtis Harrington completed the Top 10. Frye and Brandt Jr., picked up the Heat Race wins.

To end out the night it was the premier division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series, the Miller Light UMP Super Light Models entering the speedway for their 30-Lap A-Main. After the command to fire engines it was Rich Neiser and Former Two-Time Track Champion Eric Spangler on the front row. Neiser would hold the top spot despite a tough challenge from Brandon Thirlby early on in the event.

On Lap 19, Thirlby would grab the lead and from there, the Traverse City, Michigan driver would never look back as his #m14 Thirlby Automotive / Mastersbilt Racecars entry would go on to win the Big Daddy for his second Feature of the season at I-96 as well as his second Feature of the weekend as he won the night before at his home track of Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, Michigan.

Neiser would come across the strip in second over Defending Track Champion Tom Sprague Jr., while Spangler and Adam Thrush wound up in the top five. Dan Hubble finished sixth over Billy Bray, Scott Haney, Bob Hardin, and Josh Knoll were the final Top 10. Knoll and Thirlby won the heats.

The next race on the 2012 Schedule is the Biggest Show of the Season for the UMP Super Late Models in the state of Michigan as the annual appearance by the UMP Summer National Hell Tour will be held on a special night; Sunday, June 24th as some of the best UMP Super Late Model Teams in North America will invade to take on the tracks Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models in the tours’ ONLY appearance in Michigan.

They’ll be joined by their companion tour, the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals as the best Mod drivers in the country will go head to head with the tracks Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds. AS AN ADDED BONUS: The Rained Out Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds Feature from June 2nd will be made up on this night and will be the first race of the Evening at 6:00p.m. From there, the events of the day will roll into the regularly scheduled Complete Show.

Both series’ will be joined by the tracks weekly divisions of Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts. Special Starting Times for this event are; Pit Gates Open at 2:00p.m. Grandstands Open at 4:00p.m. Practice & UMP Super Late Models Qualifying starts at 4:30p.m., with Racing set for 6:00p.m. Tickets for this event are available through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway. Purchase your tickets early and save some money by doing so at the link located here: http://www.showclix.com/event/223118

Then the month of June will end on Saturday, June 30th with the second and final appearance by the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive as they’ll try their hand at dethroning the cars and stars of the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models just six days after the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour appearance, giving the great fans of Western Michigan two GREAT UMP Super Late Models shows in just under a week!

The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags, and a thrilling Stunt Show will also be on the schedule to wrap up the month of June in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Advance Tickets are on sale through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway and you can purchase them by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223128

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals Invades I-96 Speedway This Sunday, June 24th

June 22nd, 2012

Spring Lake, Michigan–The statistics for the 2012 racing season so far for one of the top UMP Modifieds drivers in the
country, Spring Lake, Michigan’s Jacob Poel is impressive to say the least. In 21 Starts so far in 2012, he has seven Feature Wins in three different states (Michigan, Illinois, and Kentucky) while keeping his consistent finishes in tact when not winning with an impressive 14 top fives.

Overall in those 21 races, the 25-year-old has 16 top 10 showings while traveling all over the Midwestern United States in an effort to garner as many points as possible within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National points chase. Amongst his seven Feature wins includes three at Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Michigan; two at Merritt Raceway in Lake City,
Michigan and one at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana.

There’s one more Feature Win and that can arguably be considered one of the biggest wins of his career as it came against Three-Time and Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart as well as NASCAR veteran Kenny Wallace back on May 29th at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, Kentucky.

Now Poel and the rest of the crew will shift focus on the next two events on the schedule beginning with a return trip to Winston on Friday, June 22nd for the Paul Bouwman Memorial an event that Poel is the Defending Champion of. The next night on Saturday, June 23rd, the team will head back north to Merritt for the tracks special Topless night as the Mods will take the roofs off for a night.

Then on Sunday, June 24th Poel and crew will head to the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan for the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals, which are touring in support of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for UMP Super Late Models.

This event is big in so many ways for Poel and the entire Jacob Poel Racing team; In addition to the traveling invaders coming into town for the race, the track will also host the 25-lap Make-Up Feature that was rained out on June 2nd as that race will be the first event of the night before the Modifieds Teams who are eligible to run in that, will then regroup and race with the touring stars of the Summit Series.

Going into this coming weekend, Poel is 17th in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National Points as well as third in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Points Standings. After his third place finish at Butler Speedway in Quincy, Michigan back on June 16th in the second Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour event of the year, he’s now tied for the points lead in the MDC Tour points. Poel is the Defending Champion in both UMP Michigan State and MDC.

For the rest of the 2012 racing season, Poel’s popular black #82 Rocket Chassis UMP Modified will carry the sponsorship decals of his own business, Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication as well as 22 Below Bar & Grill, Lakeshore Custom Services, Sweet Manufacturing, A&A manufacturing, Fitness Together, Dura-Tech Racing Engines, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser’s Port City Racing, Trago Electric, Poel’s Blueberry Farms, Fewless Motorsports and M.P.H. Promotions.

To learn more about Jacob Poel and the entire Jacob Poel Racing Team and to inquire about every type of sponsorship opportunity available for the remainder of the 2012 racing season, head over to the Jacob Poel Racing Website at: www.jacobpoelracing.com. You can also become a fan of the Jacob Poel Racing Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.com and search “Jacob Poel Racing”

AMA Pro Rider Henry Wiles Sweeps Both Days Of AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Weekend At I-96 Speedway

June 11th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan: It was AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Weekend at I-96 Speedway on Friday & Saturday, June
8-9th as the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles called Lake Odessa, Michigan home for the weekend and completed two thrilling nights of two-wheeled racing around the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the lower peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

The headlining Winner of the weekend was AMA Pro Flat Track star, Henry Wiles from near-by Blanchard, Michigan who swept the weekend in the premier division within AMA District 14, the Combo Class as he dominated on Friday Night before holding off a hard-charging Kyle Johnson to score the thrilling victory on Saturday night.

As for the rest of the results from each night, on Friday, June 8th, the Feature Winners were: 451cc Open Single & Veterans 30+-Rick Hitchcock; Seniors 40+ & Super Seniors 50+-Jack Mayer; Vintage 401cc+ Open Winner-Simon Kelly; 52-65cc 6-11 Years Older-Gage Beland; 401-505cc B-Morgan Nottingham; 401-505cc A-Koda Ronald; 66-85cc 6-11 Years Old-Calob Blain; Vintage 0-400cc-Mike Putnam; 0-51cc-Bretton Overfield; 0-51cc 4-8 Years Old-Noah Brinker; 251-450cc Open-Jordan Hitchcock; 201-250cc Open-Parker Norris; and 251cc+ Open Twin-Jeff Bullington.

For Saturday, June 9th, Multi-Time Feature Winners for the night were; 251-450cc Open & 401-505cc A-Kyle Johnson; while repeating in two divisions on both days was Veterans 30+ & 451cc Open Single-Rick Hitchcock; Seniors 40+ & Super Seniors 50+-Jack Mayer; 52-65cc 6-11 Years Old-Gage Beland; 66-85cc 6-11 Years Old-Calob Blain;

Other repeat winners who swept the weekend in their respective divisions were; 0-51cc 4-8 Years Old-Noah Brinker, 0-51cc Multi-Speed-Bretton Overfield; 201-250cc Open-Parker Norris; 401-505cc B-Morgan Nottingham; and 251cc+ Open Twin-Jeff Bullington. First time Feature Winners over the Weekend on Saturday Night were; Vintage 401cc+ Open-Eric Kolenda; and
Vintage 0-400cc-John Tejchma. Calob Blain and Kyle Johnson won the Special Buddy Race to wrap up the weekend.

The traveling professional riders of the AMA Pro All-Stars Flat Track Motorcycles Series will be at I-96 Speedway on Saturday, July 14th as the best expert and professional riders from all over North America will invade West Michigan. The AMA D14 Riders will kick off that weekend the night before on Friday, July 13th and also end the weekend on Sunday, July 15th (Make-Up date from the May 12th rainout), Saturday, July 21st during Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend; and Friday-Saturday, August 17-18th.

The 2012 season is the 37th year of sanctioning racing/road riding events for the AMA District 14 organization which is governed by a Board that includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Division Chairs, and AMA Congress Representatives. Membership ranges from 2,000-4,000 riders and is the longest running Michigan Motorcycle Association in the state. For more information about AMA District 14 Motorcycles Association, log onto their website at: www.ama-d14.org

This coming weekend, Friday-Saturday, June 15-16th is “Who’s Your Daddy” Weekend at the track as Friday, June 15th will kick off the Father’s Day Weekend with the first Official Motocross event at I-96 Speedway! The only Stadium-Type course in the state of Michigan! Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and every other Sunday for the rest of the season, there will be Open Practice on the Motocross track so there will be plenty of opportunity to get acclimated to the new track before the first Official event on Friday, June 15th.

For Friday, June 15th, the Pit Gates will Open at 4:00p.m. The Grandstands Open & Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing Begins at 7:00p.m. Get your tickets for the Inaugural Motocross Event through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway in advance and SAVE! Just click on the link provided: http://www.showclix.com/event/223113

Then on Saturday, June 16th, the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returns to action with the “Big Daddy” highlighted by the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They’ll be joined by the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, and Spectator Drags.

Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m., Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem, Racing is set for 7:00p.m. Get your tickets in Advance for the “Big Daddy through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223114

Upcoming events to wrap up the month of June includes the annual appearance by the UMP Summer National Hell Tour on a special Sunday, June 24th as some of the best UMP Super Late Model Teams in North America will invade Lake Odessa, Michigan to take on the tracks Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They’ll be joined by their companion touring series, the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals as the best Mod drivers in the country will go head to head with the tracks Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds.

AS AN ADDED BONUS: The Rained Out Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds Feature from June 2nd will be made up on this night and will be the first race of the Evening at 6:00p.m. From there, the events of the day will roll into the regularly scheduled Complete Show. Both series’ will be joined by the tracks weekly divisions of Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts.

Special Starting Times for this event are; Pit Gates Open at 2:00p.m. Grandstands Open at 4:00p.m. Practice & UMP Super Late Models Qualifying starts at 4:30p.m., with Racing set for 6:00p.m. Tickets for this event are available through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway at the link located here: http://www.showclix.com/event/223118

Then the month of June will end on Saturday, June 30th with the second and final appearance by the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive as they’ll try their hand at dethroning the cars and stars of the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models just six days after the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour appearance, giving the great fans of Western Michigan two GREAT UMP Super Late Models shows in just under a week!

The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags, and a thrilling Stunt Show will also be on the schedule to wrap up the month of June in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Advance Tickets are on sale through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway and you can purchase them by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223128

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Craig Dollansky Wins World Of Outlaw Sprint Cars Series’ NAPA Rumble In Michigan At I-96 Speedway*

June 7th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan–The “Greatest Show On Dirt”; the Fire-Breathing, Winged Warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series made their one and only stop in the state of Michigan for the 2012 racing season to the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, June 2nd for the NAPA Presents; The Rumble In Michigan.

The legendary Voice of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series, Johnny Gibson got the standing room only overflow crowd of screaming fans on their feet with the often copied, often imitated, but never duplicated WoO Sprints Traditional Four-Wide Salute / Wave Lap and then it was time to get down to business with their 30-lap main event as the front row of David Gravel and Kerry Madsen led the field down to the green flag and it would be Gravel grabbing the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position.

Craig Dollansky reeled in the early race leader from his third starting spot and was trailed by Chad Kemenah. On lap 10, Dollansky would grab the lead and began using lapped traffic as a pick to pull away from the rest of the field. Gravel and Kemenah hooked together and stalked Dollansky all over the 3/8s mile. The first caution flew on lap 17 when Geoff Dodge went end over end in turn four and collected the third place car of Gravel. Both drivers were ok but done for the evening.

Once the green came back out, the battle was on between Dollansky and Kemenah as Defending Race Winner Jason Sides joined the battle as well. 20-Time World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series Champion Steve Kinser made it a quartet battling for the lead as the four-some had the sold out capacity crowd on their feet as they sliced and diced through lapped traffic while battling for position.

Despite the constant challenges from the trio behind him, it would be Dollansky fighting off all challengers as his #7 Big Game Tree Stands / Maxim Chassis machine would cross the start / finish line first and the Elk River, Minnesota driver would enjoy the accolades of winning the NAPA Rumble In Michigan. His fourth Overall WoO Feature Win of the season. Kemenah finished second as Sides, S. Kinser, and Cody Darrah were the top five. Donny Schatz was sixth as Tim Shaffer, Dale Blaney, Madsen, and Kraig Kinser wrapped up the top 10.

26 World of Outlaws Sprint Cars timed in on the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as Darrah shattered the existing Track Record as he won the WoO Sprints Fast Qualifier Award with a lap of a 12.119 which measures out to 111.395mph. I-96 Speedway has only held Qualifications one other time since the creation of the 3/8s mile as the UMP Super Late Models Track Record stands at a 16.255 set during the 2011 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour visit.

S. Kinser, Shane Stewart, and Kemenah won the Qualifier Heat Races while Gravel won the Fast Car Dash with Sammy Swindell winning the Last Chance Race over Bryan Sebetto, K. Kinser, Bill Rose, Dodge, and Chad Wilson who all transferred into the NAPA Rumble In Michigan.

Also on the card were two of the weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series led by the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds as well as the tracks “Beginners” Division within UMP, the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts. Unfortunately, Mother Nature paid a visit and wiped out the rest of the night.

Kyle Roberts, Jacob Poel, and Mark Anderson won the Qualifier Heats while Jared Guinn scored the 15-Lap Last Chance Race victory over Ed Reyes, 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk, Jeff Erickson Jr., and Luke Olger who all transferred into the 25-Lap Feature. There were 31 UMP Modifieds on the grounds. Rick Peck won the first UMP Sport Compacts Heat Race while the rains came during the second and final Heat. There were 17 UMP Sport Compacts on hand.

This Friday & Saturday, June 8-9th it’ll be racing of the two-wheeled variety as it’s AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Weekend featuring the Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Series who will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan taking on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as the AMA D14 Flat Trackers will be running in complete shows both days.

Both Days’ Schedules will be the same as the Pit Gates will Open at 4:00p.m. The Grandstands Open and Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing both days begins at 7:00p.m. Get your tickets for both days through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway in advance and SAVE! Just click on the links provided: For Friday, June 8th: http://www.showclix.com/event/223091 AND For Saturday, June 9th: http://www.showclix.com/event/223093

Friday-Saturday, June 15-16th is “Who’s Your Daddy” Weekend at the track as Friday, June 15th will kick off the Father’s Day Weekend with the first Official Motocross event at I-96 Speedway! The only Stadium-Type course in the state of Michigan! Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and every other Sunday for the rest of the season, there will be Open Practice on the Motocross track so there will be plenty of opportunity to get acclimated to the new track before the first Official event on Friday, June 15th.

For Friday, June 15th, the Pit Gates will Open at 4:00p.m. The Grandstands Open & Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing Begins at 7:00p.m. Get your tickets for the Inaugural Motocross Event through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway in advance and SAVE! Just click on the link provided: http://www.showclix.com/event/223113

Then on Saturday, June 16th, the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returns to action with the “Big Daddy” highlighted by the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They’ll be joined by the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, and Spectator Drags.

Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m., Practice Starts at 6:00p.m., then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem, Racing is set for 7:00p.m. Get your tickets in Advance for the “Big Daddy through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223114

Upcoming events to wrap up the month of June includes the annual appearance by the UMP Summer National Hell Tour on a special Sunday, June 24th as some of the best UMP Super Late Model Teams in North America will invade Lake Odessa, Michigan to take on the tracks Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models. They’ll be joined by their companion touring series, the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals as the best Mod drivers in the country will go head to head with the tracks Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds.

Both touring series’ will be joined by the tracks weekly divisions of Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts. Tickets for this event are available through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway at the link located here: http://www.showclix.com/event/223118

Then the month of June will end on Saturday, June 30th with the second and final appearance by the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive as they’ll try their hand at dethroning the cars and stars of the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models just six days after the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour appearance, giving the great fans of Western Michigan two GREAT UMP Super Late Models shows in just under a week!

The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags, and a thrilling Stunt Show will also be on the schedule to wrap up the month of June in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Advance Tickets are on sale through ShowClix, the Official Ticket Outlet of I-96 Speedway and you can purchase them by clicking on this link: http://www.showclix.com/event/223128

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series ONLY Michigan Race In 2012; THIS Saturday, June 2nd at I-96 Speedway*

May 31st, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan –The Greatest Show on Dirt, the Fire Breathing, Winged Warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series make their ONLY stop in the state of Michigan to I-96 Speedway THIS Saturday, June 2nd! TICKETS ARE STILL ON SALE THROUGH SLS PROMOTIONS; BUT THEY’RE GOING FAST…. GET YOURS TODAY!!!! For more information, go to: www.slspromotions.com

This will be the first time ever that the WOO Sprints will take on the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as 20-Time Series Champion, the legendary Steve Kinser will lead a field of the greatest Sprint Car Drivers in the World into Lake Odessa, Michigan in their ONLY appearance in the Great Lakes State in 2012.

Also racing will be the likes of Defending Race Winner Jason Sides as well as Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz, Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana, Kraig Kinser, Chad Kemenah, Cody Darrah, Kerry Madsen, Lucas Wolfe, Danny Lasoski, Jac Haudenschild, Paul McMahan, Bill Rose, Terry McCarl, Daryn Pittman, David Gravel, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Stevie Smith, and many more.

From February through November and from Florida to Washington, Southern California to Quebec and plenty of points in between, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Series schedule goes coast to coast and Lake Odessa, Michigan hosts the best sprint car drivers in the world in their one and ONLY appearance in the state of Michigan for the 2012 racing season!!!!

Two of I-96 Speedway’s support divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters DIRTcar Racing Series; The Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts will also be on the card. For the Modifieds and Sport Compacts Teams, it’s $30.00 each for Pit Passes for a driver and two (2) crew members. Other pit passes are $40.00.

For Saturday, June 2nd, the Pit Gates will Open an hour earlier at 2:00p.m., to accommodate the travelers making the long haul into Lake Odessa, Michigan. The Grandstand Gates will also open an hour earlier than normal at 4:00p.m., as Practice will start at 5:30p.m. World of Outlaws Sprints Qualifying is scheduled for 6:30p.m., and then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at approximately 7:00p.m.

*Reserved Tickets in Advance*
Adult Pit Combo $38 (resv seat + pit pass)
Adult Resv $35
Child Pit Combo $25 (0-12 yrs) (resv seat + pit pass)
Child Resv (0 – 12yrs) $15

*** “NAPA $5 off Coupon Special” on General Admission tickets at
participating NAPA Auto Parts Stores***
Adult General Admission – $30 (with coupon on race day)
Child General Admission (6-12 yrs) – $10 (with coupon on race day)
Child General Admission (5 & under) – FREE

*Race Day Prices*
Adult Resv & GA $35
Child Resv (0-12yrs) $15
Child GA (6-12 yrs) $15
Child GA (0-5 yrs) FREE

Pit Combo ticket holders sign at the pit gate

For VIP Suite information call the track at: 1-616-642-0555

All tickets come up as Adult $38, then click Apply Discount for other choices.

For tickets & info go to www.slspromotions.com or call SLS Promtions at: 1-815-344-2023

(8:00am to 5:00pm CT ) or Track Phone 1-616-642-0555

In 2011, Bartlett, Tennessee stand out, Jason Sides held off eventual series Champion, Jason Meyers, to win his third of four Feature triumphs of the 2011 racing season. Meyers would eventually go on to score his second consecutive WoO Sprint Cars Series Championship.

For Saturday, June 2nd, the Pit Gates will Open an hour earlier at 2:00p.m., to accommodate the travelers making the long haul into Lake Odessa, Michigan. The Grandstand Gates will also open an hour earlier than normal at 4:00p.m., as Practice will start at 5:30p.m. World of Outlaws Sprints Qualifying is scheduled for 6:30p.m., and then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at approximately 7:00p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

The Outlaws head to I-96 Speedway on Saturday, June 2, for Michigan’s only race

May 25th, 2012

LAKE ODESSA, Mich. – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is ready to rumble at the new and improved I-96 Speedway.

After reconfiguring the track from a half mile to the fast 3/8-mile oval during the offseason, the NAPA Rumble – the World of Outlaws lone event in the Wolverine state – is set for Saturday, June 2.

“Those are usually the good races for us whenever we go to places in an area that doesn’t have a whole lot of sprint car racing,” Lucas Wolfe said. “I think it’s always good to go to those events and that’s the only race in Michigan this year.”

It will mark the sixth consecutive year and eighth out of the last 10 seasons that the Outlaws have competed at the semi-banked track.

“It’s always a good weekend when you get to a track that we’ve been to a few times that we’ve had some decent speed at,” Wolfe said.

The track record of 14.834 seconds was established by Joey Saldana in 2010. Saldana claimed the first World of Outlaws event at I-96 Speedway in 1995 and six other drivers have picked up a feature win since.

Steve Kinser, who leads the current Outlaws points, has won a series-best four events and Jason Meyers took two victories. Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky, Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell are also winners at the facility.

“It’s a unique track,” Kerry Madsen said. “I always look forward to going there. I think we can run well there, so I’m pretty excited about I-96.”

There is a ticket special with a $5 discount coupon on general admission at all participating NAPA Auto Parts stores. With the discount, adult tickets are only $30 and children ages 6 to 12 are only $10.

Pit/Combo tickets are available in advance only (includes a reserved seat and a pit pass) by ordering online at
SLSpromotions.comor by calling 1-815-344-2023 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Central) Monday thru Friday.

Brandon Thirlby Wins Inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Race At I-96 Speedway

May 22nd, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan — It was a historic night at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, May 19th as the
Inaugural race for the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive occurred at the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. The MDC Late Models went head-to-head with the tracks Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models in a thrilling showdown.

The first feature to roll out onto the speedway would be the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks 20-lap A Main as Josh Frye and Landon Hidy brought the field down to the green flag and it would be Frye leading the field into the first corner. Frye held on until lap nine when the Gary Vandermark would take the top spot from him. However, just three laps later it was Frye reclaiming the lead, and from there, the Coopersville, Michigan driver in his #44 Rhino Roofing & Construction Chevrolet went on to win the first feature of the 2012 season.

Jim Beltz put up a nice fight to take Second while Hidy, Ron Harper, and Vandermark completed the top five. Defending Track Champion, Bill Brandt Jr., was sixth over 16-year-old Carlind Forsythe, Sadie Klein, Randy Wellman, and Bill Brandt Sr., rounded out the top 10. Frye, Derek Poland, and Vandermark won the Heat Races.

The 40-lap Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive / Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models Feature was brought down to Chief Starter, Brett Farmer’s green flag by the front row of the Defending Track Champion, Tom Sprague Jr., and Brandon Thirlby. It would be Thirlby who would lead early on as the race saw several cautions in the first 10 laps.

After which, Thirlby would go unchallenged as the Traverse City, Michigan standout was able to lead the entire feature and take his Thirlby Automotive / Mastersbilt Racecars machine to victory lane. This was the second Feature win in two nights for Thirlby as he also picked up the Feature win at Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, Michigan the previous night.

Zack Olger put up a strong fight to finish second while Sammy Epling finished third ahead of Rich Neiser and Curt Spalding rounded out the top five. Kris Patterson Jr., who earlier in the night won the B Main to transfer into the Feature finished sixth ahead of Billy Bray, Mark Andersen, Former Two-Time Track Champion Eric Spangler, and Keith Gentz who completed the top 10. Sprague Jr., Olger, and Thirlby picked up the wins in the Qualifier Heat Races while Patterson Jr. won the B-Main over Alvie Haynes, Bruce Vance, and Gentz as all four transferred into the feature.

The final race of the night would be the 20-lap Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts Feature. Dan Reimersma and Rookie Nick Jenema made up the front row. Reimersma shot out in front of the pack like a cannon ball and the Ada, Michigan driver, a former Track Champion back in 2010, would steer his Enterprise Iron & Metal Honda into victory lane for his second consecutive Feature Win.

Jenema picked up the runner up spot while Defending Track Champion Rick Peck would finish third over Scott Rumsey and 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr., who wrapped up the top five. Tim Horvath II finished sixth ahead of Kyle Brigance, Bob Wolf, 18-year-old Joe Pironello, and 11-year-old hristopher Joyce rounded out the top 10. Reimersma and Jenema would pick
up the Heat Race Wins.

This Saturday, May 26th will feature a special five in one night of racing as the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models will highlight the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Extravaganza. The chase for those coveted UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National & State Points as well as the 2012 Track Championship title chases will continue for all four weekly UMP divisions.

Joining the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models will be the Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds who return after taking this past weekend off. Also the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, and Spectator Drags will cap off the night in celebration of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend.

Ticket Prices for Saturday, May 26th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00 – Children (6-12) $6.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $32.00 (*A family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free). Get your tickets exclusively with ShowClix! Click on the link for more information: http://www.showclix.com/event/223083

Every Saturday night throughout the 2012 racing season, unless otherwise noted; Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstand Gates will open at 5:00p.m., as Practice will start at 6:00p.m. Each UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Division will get one Practice Session apiece. Then after the Drivers Meeting at 6:30p.m., followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information about the on-going 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

I-96 Speedway To Host Inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Race THIS Saturday, May 19th

May 16th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan– History will be made THIS Saturday, May 19th as the Inaugural race for the Allstar Performance
Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive will bring 40+ Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan! The weekly competitors of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series will take on the traveling stars from the Flint, Michigan based series in their first Official race of the tour.

The series held three season preview races a year ago and now it’ll all count for points for the very first time on May 19th as Defending Track Champion and 7th annual Ice Breaker Feature Winner, Tom Sprague Jr., as well as former Two-Time Track Champion, Eric Spangler, plus Zack Olger, Dona Marcoullier, Brandon Thirlby, Sammy Epling, Rich Neiser, Billy Bray,
Kris Patterson Jr., and many more will all have a say in the outcome of the first official MDC Late Models Tour event.

Joining the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive / Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models will be the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags and a special Stunt Show to be held at Intermission. The Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds will have the night off.

Ticket Prices for the Inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour event on Saturday, May 19th are: Adults (13-61): $15.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $12.00 – Children (6-12) $8.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $35.00 (*A family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free). Get your tickets exclusively with ShowClix! Click on the link for more information: http://www.showclix.com/event/223081

Every Saturday nights; Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstand Gates will open at 5:00p.m., Practice will start at 6:00p.m. and will go until 6:25p.m., as each division gets one Practice Session apiece. Then after the Drivers Meeting at 6:30p.m., followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

Brand new to I-96 Speedway is the exciting AMA Motocross Track, the only Stadium-Type course in the state of Michigan! The Grand Opening is set for Sunday, May 20th with an all-day Practice. As a Thank You to everyone for taking the chance on our brand new Motocross Track, from 10:00a.m.-12:00p.m., every ride that comes out to Practice, gets in for
FREE for the entire day! In addition, any Rider that comes in after 12:00p.m., will only have to pay $10.00 for the entire day.

The Concession Stands will be open throughout the day and there’s a large playground for the kids. There will also be a big Bonfire Party at the end of the day as well as $1.00 beers during the night. If any bands are interested in playing during this event, please email: info@i96speedway.com

Then every Tuesday, Wednesday, and every other Sunday for the rest of the season, there will be Open Practice on the Motocross track “Weather Permitting.” Finally, I-96 Speedway is currently looking for motorcycle riders to perform in some stunt show performances throughout the year. For more information, please call Mike Mouch at: 1 (616) 299-2534.

The first Official event on the Motocross Track is on Friday, June 15th during Who’s Your Daddy / Father’s Day Weekend at the track. Then the AMA Motocross Riders will kick off Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend on Friday, July 20th while the final Motocross Weekend at I-96 Speedway will be on Saturday-Sunday, August 11-12th.

Saturday, May 12th was to have been the first AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Series race of the season, but that was POSTPONED due to persistent showers and a forecast for more throughout the afternoon and into the evening. A make-up date is being negotiated and will be announced as soon as it becomes finalized.

The rest of the AMA District 14 Motorcycles Flat Track Schedule will see the riders and teams racing on Friday-Saturday, June 8-9th; Friday, July 13th; Saturday, July 21st during Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend; and Friday-Saturday, August 17-18th.

The traveling professional riders of the AMA Pro Grand National Series will once again invade I-96 Speedway on Saturday, July 14th as all the best expert and professional riders from all over North America will make their yearly appearance in West Michigan.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow along all season long by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Aaron Morey Wins Thrilling Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Season Opener at I-96 Speedway

May 7th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan –After a week delay due to Mother Nature, the 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 was held at the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway. 119 cars jammed the pits to kick off the respective chases for the 2012 United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series Weekly Track Championships in Lake Odessa, Michigan. It was also the first race of the 2012 campaign for the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Presented by Lane Automotive.

The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks rolled out for the first Feature of the 2012 racing season and the 20-lap main would be led to Chief Starter, Rusty Seaver’s green flag by Ron Wiers and Steven Erickson and it would be Erickson leading the first lap until breaking a rear end just two laps into the race. This handed the lead to Wiers who had Bill Brandt Jr., on his back bumper on the start.

Brandt Jr., grabbed the lead on lap five and made no mistake the rest of the way as the Defending Track Champion and hometown favorite from Lake Odessa, Michigan would steer his #65 Zylstra Construction Chevrolet into victory lane after winning the first Feature of the 2012 racing season and begin defense of his track title from a year ago in style.

Ron Harper finished second over Ron Harper who finished second. Former Track Champion Aaron Wolf was third as Josh Frye and Chuck Smith completed the top five. Landon Hidy finished sixth while Kenny Clark, Wiers, Jim Beltz, and Robb Sternberg wrapped up the top 10. Derek Poland, Gary Vandermark, and Sternberg won the Qualifier Heat Races while David Grega scored the B Main victory to transfer into the Feature. There were 24 Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks on the grounds.

The main event of the evening, the 40-lap Feature for the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Presented by Lane Automotive would be up next as this race also served as the 2012 season opener for the tracks’ weekly Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds division. The stellar field was brought out of turns three and four by Zack Olger and Joe Rokos and it would be Rokos leading the first two laps. Defending UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Champion, Defending
Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds tour Champion, and Defending Track Champion, Jacob Poel rocketed into the lead on lap three and was seemingly running away with the race until Aaron Morey used lapped traffic to catch Poel and on the white flag lap, Morey would steer his #2k Keyser Manufacturing / Diamond Racecars entry to victory lane as the West Olive, Michigan driver would fend off Poel to win the $1,500 pay day.

Poel finished second while Olger was third. David Mielke and Andy Sprague were the top five. Collin Thirlby started 16th and finished sixth as Former Track Champion Rich Robinson Jr., Trevor Sloan who started 19th, Mark Anderson, and Travis Stemler were the final top 10. Olger, Rokos, Sprague, John McCaul, and Poel won the Howe Racing Enterprises Qualifier Heat Races as Thirlby, Dennis Craft, and Jeff Erickson Jr., all collected the Outerwears Performance Products B Main victories to transfer into the A Main. There were 49 Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Presented by Lane Automotive / Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds Teams on hand.

Normally the premier division within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series, the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models rolled out next for their 30-lap Feature as this event served as the one and only tune-up for the Inaugural Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour Presented by Lane Automotive race in two weeks on Saturday, May 19th.

The front row would consist of Sammy Epling and Brandon Thirlby, but it would be Defending Track Champion, Tom Sprague Jr., who would grab the early lead from his inside second row starting spot. Zack Olger briefly took the lead on lap 13 only to lose it two laps later to Sprague Jr., who would then lose Olger and the rest of the field in lapped traffic and in the end, would steer his #21s Sprague Auto Parts / Rocket Chassis machine into the P.A.T. Landscaping & Restoration victory lane after his win.

Olger finished second while Dona Marcoullier, Former Two-Time Track Champion Eric Spangler, and Epling completed the top five. Dave Hartman finished sixth while Billy Bray, David Hilliker, Keith Gentz, and Kris Patterson Jr., rounded the top 10. Rich Neiser, Sprague Jr., and Marcoullier won the Qualifier Heat Races as Patterson Jr., grabbed the B Main win. There were 23 Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models entered.

Finally to close out the 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012, the Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts 20-lap Feature would be up and it would be 14-year-old Harper Hotchkiss and Chad Tomczak on the front row. Tomczak led the first three laps before Former Track Champion Dan Reimersma slipped by on lap four.

Reimersma brought Defending Track Champion Rick Peck with him and Peck would be able to steal the lead away on lap seven. Reimersma wasn’t to be deterred however as the Ada, Michigan veteran in his #13 Enterprise Iron & Metal Honda would fight back and reclaim the lead with four laps to go and go on to take the checkered flag and win the Feature,

Peck settled for second while Tomczak, Scott Rumsey, and Harley Farkle were the top five. Kyle Brigance finished sixth over Tim Horvath II, 18-year-old Terry Henderson Jr., Bob Wolf, and 17-year-old Joe Pironello finished off the top 10. Brandon Taipolus, Tomczak, and Peck won the Heat Races. There were 23 Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts in attendance.

The cars and stars within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series take the weekend off to allow for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Series to start their 2012 racing season at I-96 Speedway this Friday-Saturday, May 11-12th.

Stock Car Racing returns to Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, May 19th with the Inaugural race for the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour as the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models will take on the traveling stars from the Flint, Michigan based series in their first Official race of the tour. The series held three season preview races a year ago and now it’ll all count for points for the first time on May 19th.

Joining the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour / Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models will be the Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts, Spectator Drags at a special Stunt Show to be held at Intermission.

Ticket Prices for the Inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour event on Saturday, May 19th are: Adults (13-61): $15.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $12.00 – Children (6-12) $8.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $35.00 (*A family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free). Get your tickets exclusively with ShowClix! Click on the link for more information: http://www.showclix.com/event/223081

For the 2012 racing season on Saturday nights; Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstand Gates will open at 5:00p.m., Practice will start at 6:00p.m. and will go until 6:25p.m., as each division gets one Practice Session apiece. Then after the Drivers Meeting at 6:30p.m., followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow all of the off-season happenings in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Brandon Thirlby’s 2012 I-96 Speedway Championship Title Chase Begins THIS Saturday, May 5th*

May 4th, 2012

Traverse City, Michigan The end of April was supposed to feature a nice two races in two nights weekend close to home for Brandon Thirlby starting on April 27th at Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan for their 2012 Season Opener. Then on April 28th at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan for the tracks’ 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012. The Thirlby Automotive Racing Team went one for two over the weekend after racing at Mt. Pleasant and finishing a solid third. The next day at I-96, Track Officials were forced to postpone opening night until this Saturday, May 5th.

“We didn’t do as much racing as we would have liked, but we recorded another top five finish and my brother Collin (Thirlby) did an awesome job in the modified with a second place finish on Friday night.” Stated the Traverse City, Michigan driver. “The car was good, but we needed a little something more and I think we’ll be ok this weekend when we go back to Mt. Pleasant and especially at I-96.” He added.

This Friday, May 4th will see the 24-year-old make a return trip to Mt. Pleasant for UMP DIRTcar Racing Series weekly action and then on Friday, May 5th will offer the only opportunity for Thirlby to get some much needed track time on the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway in preparation for the Inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour race there on Saturday, May 19th.

“We will have the same plan of attack this weekend as we did last weekend with Mt. Pleasant on Friday and tuning up at I-96 for the first Michigan Dirt Cup race.” He continued. “We’re definitely getting anxious for the MDC to start up and also the I-96 points chase. There isn’t a lot of show there this season for us, so every one of them is pretty important and hopefully we can start off strong there.” He ended.

For the 2012 racing season, Thirlby’s familiar black and purple #m14 UMP Super Late Models which is a Mastersbilt Racecar will carry sponsorship decals all season long from Thirlby Automotive as well as Homestead Motorsports, FK Rod Ends, Integra Racing Shocks, Allstar Performance, Micro-Armor Racing, and M.P.H. Promotions.

For more information about Brandon Thirlby and the Thirlby Automotive Racing and to find out about sponsorship opportunities for the 2012 season, check out the Brandon Thirlby Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.comand search for “Fans of Brandon Thirlby” You can also go to the Thirlby Automotive website as well located at: www.thirlbyautomotive.com

Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Championship Title Defense Begins This Weekend For Jacob Poel

May 4th, 2012

Spring Lake, Michigan — When the formation of the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour became a reality on April 30th, 2011 with the inaugural race at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. 63 Teams answered the call for the brand new series. This was also the season opener at the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval and little did Jacob Poel know, that the start of the 2011 campaign would be a race season only dreams are made of.

Now the Spring Lake, Michigan driver hopes a repeat is in the works as all of the same logistics are in place this Saturday, May 5th as I-96 Speedway hosts the 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012. In addition it’s also the 2012 Door Opener for the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour. At the end of 2011, the 25-year-old would be crowned both the 2011 Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Champion as well as the 2011 I-96 Speedway UMP Modifieds Track Champion.

“The 82 crew has built confidence in their program and is ready to take on the numbers the Dirt Cup will offer,” Stated the Reigning UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Champion. “We’re excited! The last couple weeks we have been really fine tuning the car and feel it’s going to be the best its’ been so far this season.” He added. In seven races he’s raced in early on in the 2012 season, Poel has recorded Two Feature Wins, Four Top Five’s, and Six Top 10 finishes.

“Having the first Michigan Dirt Cup race at one of our home tracks should play into our favor.” Poel continued as he and the entire Jacob Poel Racing Team continue to prepare for the all-important first race of the season for the Flint, Michigan based series. “We want to start the MDC Tour out right and that means with a win and to be on top of the point’s right from the first race!” He ended.

Prior to the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Season Opener at I-96, Poel hopes to continue his quest for the 2012 UMP Modifieds Track Championship at Winston Speedway in Rothbury, Michigan on Friday nights and the team will head out to the 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked paved oval this Friday, May 4th. Poel is currently second in the season long points chase by just a single point behind current points leader, Andy Sprague.

In addition to repeating as UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Champion as well as the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Champion and I-96 Speedway UMP Modifieds Track Champion, Poel’s primary goal in 2012 is the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National Championship. He will also chase after the 2012 Winston Speedway UMP Modifieds Title and there’s a very good possibility of making as many shows as possible running with the Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals that supports the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour from Mid-June to Mid-July throughout the Midwestern United States

For the remainder of the 2012 racing season, Poel’s black #82 Rocket Chassis UMP Modified will carry the sponsorship colors of Poel’s own business, Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication as well as 22 Below Bar & Grill, Lakeshore Custom Services, Sweet Manufacturing, A&A manufacturing, Fitness Together, Dura-Tech Racing Engines, Integra Racing Shocks, Keyser’s Port City Racing, Trago Electric, Poel’s Blueberry Farms, Fewless Motorsports and M.P.H. Promotions.

To learn more about Jacob Poel and the entire Jacob Poel Racing Team and to inquire about every type of sponsorship opportunity available for the 2012 racing season, head over to the new Jacob Poel Racing Website at: www.jacobpoelracing.com. You can also go to the JPR Facebook Fan Page at: www.facebook.com and search “Jacob Poel Racing”

7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 POSTPONED to Saturday, May 5th*

April 28th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan: The 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night has been
POSTPONED to Saturday, May 5th as the UMP Super Late Models have BEEN ADDED to the show featuring the 2012 Season Opener for the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour.

Unusually Cold Weather and a Forecast for freezing temperatures later in the evening have forced I-96 Speedway Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike & Sarah Mouch to POSTPONE opening weekend to Saturday, May 5th. “We want to give the fans a great experience and a good time and the forecast for tonight would’ve been miserable for our fans and our teams who want to put on good show.” Stated Mike Mouch.

“We’re going to add the UMP Super Late Models to next weeks’ big show with the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds,” Continued Mouch. “Last year we did this show for our Ice Breaker and had about 150 cars in the pits. Plus our Late Models have somewhat of a limited schedule this year so we want to give them as many races as we can.” He ended.

The four United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series Weekly Divisions of Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models, Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar & Restaurant UMP Sport Compacts will all be together on Saturday, May 5th to begin their respective chases for the 2012 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Track
Championships on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

In addition, this event will also be the 2012 season opener for the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour as an expected field of over 50 Accurate Engines UMP Modifieds is set to invade and chase after an impressive $1,500 pay day. Plus with the addition of the Miller Lite UMP Super Late Models to the card, this will be the ONLY opportunity for the premier division at the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant to get on the track under race conditions before the 2012 Season Opener for the Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models Tour on Saturday, May 19th.

The Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) portion of the Ice Breaker has also been postponed, but will be rescheduled for a later date “To Be Announced.” To learn more about MARFC and to become a member, go to their website at: www.marfc.org

Ticket Prices for the rescheduled 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 on Saturday, May 5th are: Adults (13-61): $15.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $12.00 – Children (6-12) $8.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $35.00 (*A family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free). Get your tickets exclusively with ShowClix! Click on the link below for more information: http://www.showclix.com/event/222645

For the 2012 racing season on Saturday nights; Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstand Gates will open at 5:00p.m., Practice will start at 6:00p.m. and will go until 6:25p.m., as each division gets one Practice Session apiece. Then after the Drivers Meeting at 6:30p.m., followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2012 racing season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

7th annual Ice Breaker/Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night Highlight Opening Night 2012 THIS Saturday, April 28th at I-96 Speedway

April 25th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan: The Two Pre-Season Test & Tunes have been completed and now it’s time to go racing at the newly
revamped and fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan THIS Saturday, April as the 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night will highlight a festive season opener.

Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike & Sarah have a very aggressive schedule planned throughout the year and it all starts this Saturday featuring a full four in one show highlighted by the high-powered UMP Super Late Models who’ll be joined by the UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar UMP Sport Compacts as all four divisions begin their quests for the 2012 Track Championship within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series.

Coming into the 2012 racing season, Tom Sprague Jr., will lead a stellar field of UMP Super Late Models as the premier divisions’ Defending Track Champion while rising superstar, Jacob Poel will head up one of the strongest weekly fields of UMP Modifieds in the state of Michigan as he’ll come into the season as the open-wheeled divisions’ Defending Track
Champion. Hometown favorite, Bill Brandt Jr., will try and fend off and expected stout cast of Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks as the Defending Track Champion and Rick Peck will lead the army of Smyrna Bar UMP Sport Compacts as the Defending Track Champion.

Every Regular Racing Night in 2012, The UMP Super Late Models will race for a minimum of $1,200 to Win and $200 to start while the UMP Modifieds will go for minimum of $500 to Win ad $125 to Start. The Rudd’s Septic Service AMP Street Stocks will be gunning for the highest payout in the state for their division at $500 to Win and $100 to start and the Smyrna Bar UMP Sport Compacts will be racing for a hefty $200 to Win and $25 to Start.

Get tickets exclusively with ShowClix! Just click on the link below for more information: http://getik.it/222645?f Those Ticket Prices for the 2012 season opener are: Adults (13-61): $12.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00 – Children (6-12) $6.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $32.00 (*A
family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free).

In addition, it’s also Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) Night, as all 2012 MARFC members who show their membership cards will get into OPENING NIGHT for absolutely FREE! This is the first MARFC Night of the 2012 season anywhere! To learn more about MARFC and to become a member, go to their website at: www.marfc.org

For the 2012 racing season, there will be some new starting times implemented. Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., and the Grandstand Gates will open at 5:00p.m., just like in previous seasons. However Practice will now start earlier than in the past as the cars hit the track on race day starting at 5:30p.m. and will take turns on the track on a rotating basis
until 6:25p.m. Then after the Drivers Meeting at 6:30p.m., followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow all of the off-season happenings in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on
“Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

7th annual Ice Breaker / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night Highlight Opening Night 2012 at I-96 Speedway*

April 5th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The 2012 Racing Season at I-96 Speedway will begin on Saturday, April 28th with the 7th annual Ice
Breaker / Opening Night 2012 / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night. The Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant will begin their ninth season under the guidance of co-Owners / Promoters, Mike & Sarah Mouch and the fast and newly revamped 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval will feature a very aggressive schedule throughout the year.

It all begins with two Test & Tunes slated for Saturday, April 14th and Saturday, April 21st. Both are open to any and all classes of cars who want to come out and shake things down for the upcoming campaign. From the weekly divisions that race within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series to the Traveling Series’ that will be making appearances, and even those classes of cars who are not on the schedule in 2012. For both days, the Pit Gates open at “High Noon” 12:00p.m., and Practice will go from 1:00-6:00p.m.

Grandstand Admission is absolutely Free for BOTH Test & Tunes while Pit Passes are $20.00 and everyone who attends is encouraged to bring a canned food item for donation to the Can from Race Fans organization. The Mt. Pleasant, Michigan based non-profit organization collects nonperishable food items for local charities and the organization has grown and also has spread its message to the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Late Models & Modifieds Tours’ host facilities throughout the state of Michigan. To learn more about the Cans from Race Fans organization, go to their website
at: www.cansfromracefans.org

Then on Saturday, April 28th, the 2012 racing season comes to life in a big way with the 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 / Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club night featuring a full four in one show highlighted by the high-powered UMP Super Late Models who’ll be joined by the UMP Modifieds, Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks, and Smyrna Bar UMP Sport Compacts. (NOTE: The two Divisional Sponsors for the UMP Super Late Models and UMP Modifieds will be announced soon.)

Coming into the 2012 racing season, Tom Sprague Jr., will lead a stellar field of UMP Super Late Models as the premier divisions’ Defending Track Champion while rising superstar, Jacob Poel will head up one of the strongest weekly fields of UMP Modifieds in the state of Michigan as he’ll come into the season as the open-wheeled divisions’ Defending Track Champion. Hometown favorite, Bill Brandt Jr., will try and fend off and expected stout cast of Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks as the Defending Track Champion and Rick Peck will lead the army of Smyrna Bar UMP Sport Compacts as the Defending Track Champion.

Every Regular Racing Night in 2012, The UMP Super Late Models will race for a minimum of $1,200 to Win and $200 to start while the UMP Modifieds will go for minimum of $500 to Win ad $125 to Start. The Rudd’s Septic Service UMP Street Stocks will be gunning for the highest payout in the state for their division at $500 to Win and $100 to start and the Smyrna Bar UMP Sport Compacts will be racing for a hefty $200 to Win and $25 to Start.

Get tickets exclusively with ShowClix! Just click on the link below for more information: http://getik.it/222645?f Those Ticket Prices for the 2012 season opener are: Adults (13-61): $12.00 – Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00 – Children (6-12) $6.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Family Pass $32.00 (*A family pass will get 2 adults and 2 children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!) – Pit Passes: $25.00 (for any age that can walk, infants are free).

In addition, it’s also Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) Night, as all 2012 MARFC members who show their membership cards will get into OPENING NIGHT for absolutely FREE! This is the first MARFC Night of the 2012 season anywhere! To learn more about MARFC and to become a member, go to their website at: www.marfc.org

For the 2012 racing season, there will be some new starting times implemented. Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., and the Grandstand Gates will open at 5:00p.m., just like in previous seasons. However Practice will now start earlier than in the past as the cars hit the track on race day starting at 5:30p.m. and will take turns on the track on a rotating basis until 6:25p.m. Then after the Drivers Meeting at 6:30p.m., followed by Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located at 3823 Portland Road in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow all of the off-season happenings in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com/i96speedway and click on “Like” button. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com/i96speedway and “Follow” us today.

Opening Night / 7th annual Ice Breaker set for Saturday, April 28th

February 5th, 2012

Lake Odessa, Michigan –The 2011 I-96 Speedway Awards Banquet was held at the Steele Street Hall in downtown Ionia, Michigan on Saturday, February 4th as the four track champions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series were honored for their accomplishments from the 2011 racing season.

The highest honor of the night would be the inaugural I-96 Speedway Driver of the Year Award and the first ever recipient would be the 2011 Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds Track Champion, Jacob Poel for his accomplishments not only at I-96, but for his entire 2011 racing season as his stats were impressive to say the least.

In addition to his first career track title, he also collected the 2011 UMP DIRTcar Michigan State Point Championship, the inaugural 2011 Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Championship, 21 Feature Wins at Six (6) different facilities, including Five (5) of those in Lake Odessa, Michigan. He also finished the season in fourth in the UMP DIRTcar National Points Standings.

Other special awards including the honoring of the late Jim Thompson, the long time Water Truck Driver at the speedway who suffered from heat stroke during the season and later passed away recently due to complications and other health issues. The I-96 Speedway Sportsman of the Year Award Winners will from this point forward receive the Jim Thompson Memorial Sportsman of the Year Awards. The inaugural winners in each division were: Brandon Thirlby-UMP Late Models; Ken Beutler-UMP Modifieds; Jay Chelbek-UMP Street Stocks; and Greg Pinard-UMP Sport Compacts.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening and the Voice of I-96 Speedway, Matt Prieur was honored as well with a very special Appreciation Award from track Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike & Sarah Mouch. Later, Prieur introduced the new co-announcer at the track, 19-year-old Dale Spencer who’ll be at Prieur’s side for the majority of the 2012 racing season and will be filling in on the nights that Prieur will not be at the track due to his commitments as the new Midwest Editor for Speed51.com

As for the final rundown of the season, the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models would see Tom Sprague Jr., win his first I-96 Track Championship to go with 2007 UMP Late Models Track Title at near-by Winston Speedway. The Muskegon, Michigan driver in his beautiful black and white #21 Sprague’s Auto Parts / Rocket Chassis machine scored a single Feature Win, but it was the biggest one of all as he won the 2011 Season Championships main to clinch the title after going into Championship night third in the points standings.

Brandon Thirlby (1 Feature Win), the 2011 Jim Thompson Memorial Sportsman of the Year finished in the runner-up spot while Zach Olger (2 Feature Wins), Kris Patterson Jr., and 2011 Rookie of the Year Kathy Jarvis finished off the top five. Rookie Runner-Up Jason Wiley finished sixth overall while former two-time track champion Eric Spangler, Curtis Roberts, Dan Hubbell, and Dona Marcoullier wrapped up the top 10.

Honorable mentions outside the top 10 includes; Ben Hidy, Scott Baker, Sammy Epling, Phil Ausra, Luke Tominski, Dave Hartman, Chris Nash, 19-year-old Luke Hubbell, Rich Neiser, Rusty Schlenk (1 Feature Win), Dale Sheehy, and Shannon Babb (1 Feature Win).

In the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Jacob Poel capped off a career season by winning his first career Track Championship. Later in the evening, he would receive the inaugural I-96 Speedway Driver of the Year Award. Poel’s popular black #82 Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication / Keyser’s Port City Racing machine scored a season high Five Feature Wins including the Summit Racing Equipment UMP Modifieds Summer Nationals Race as well as the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza / Season Championships.

The 2011 Runner-up was Mark Anderson (2 Feature Wins) while former two-time track champion Todd Feutz (2 Feature Wins), Travis Stemler and his Father Tim Stemler completed the top five. 2011 Jim Thompson Memorial Sportsman of the Year Ken Beutler finished sixth while former track champion Shannon Fisk was seventh. Luke Olger, Trevor Sloan, and Jared Guinn wrapped up the final top 10.

Honorable Mentions who finished just outside of the top 10 were; Johnny DeYoung, John McClure, Andy Sprague (1 Feature Win), Kyle Roberts, 2011 Rookie of the Year, 17-year-old Josh Crane, former track champion Rich Robinson Jr., Tim Dalman., James Kimmel, 18-year-old Derek Passenier, Zach Olger, 19-year-old David Mielke, and Joe Rokos.

For the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, Lake Odessa’s own, Bill Brandt Jr., put together a career year to capture his first career Track Championship. The hometown favorite in his familiar white #65 Zylstra Construction Chevrolet scored Three Feature Wins on his way to his first career Track Championship in a very competitive division on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Hillary Smith also had a career season in finishing as the former UMP Sport Compacts Track Champion finishes the year as the 2011 Runner-up. 2010 Rookie of the Year Ron Harper also finished on the podium in third while former track champion Gary Vandermark and Josh Frye (1 Feature Win) finished up the top five. Former track champion Aaron Wolf finished sixth while 2011 Jim Thompson Memorial Sportsman of the Year Jay Chlebek was seventh ahead of Rich Sweet (1 Feature Win), 2011 Rookie of the Year, 16-year-old Carlind Forsythe, and Cody Denny were the final top 10.

Those outside of the final top 10 who were deemed honorable mentions were; Bruce Howe, Dan Dykman, Duane Nelson, 19-year-old Trei Cotter, Nathan Eli, David Grega, Derek Poland (1 Feature Win), Landon Hidy, Keith Shumaker, Ron Wiers, Ryan Alexander, and Tom Curley.

Finally in the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts, Hastings, Michigan driver, Rick Peck, the 2010 18 & Over Rookie of the Year showed no signs of a sophomore slump in any way as the driver of the red and black #14 Bob’s Repair Saturn showed the way in the tracks beginners division with an impressive four Feature Wins en route to his first career Track Championship in only his second year of racing.

Tim Horvath II finished the year as the 2011 Runner-up over 2011 18 & Over Rookie of the Year Kyle Brigance who also finished on the podium in third overall. Former track champion Dan Reimersma (2 Feature Wins) was fourth while 2011 17 & Under Rookie of the Year, 16-year-old Jordan King completed the top five. 2011 Jim Thompson Memorial Sportsman of the Year Greg Pinard (1 Feature Win) was sixth while 10-year-old Rookie Christopher Joyce, 13-year-old Harper Hotchkiss, and two more rookies, Mike Vezino and Kyle Brigance were the final top 10.

Honorable Mentions who finished just outside of the top 10 were; Scott Rumsey, Colee Ruesink, 19-year-old Caleb Schuiling, Chad Tomczak (1 Feature Win), J.T. Leach, Chuck Peterson II, Rich Lieb (1 Feature Win), 17-year-old Calvin Stemler, 17-year-old Joe Pironello, 15-year-old Mariah Caswell, Paul Namey, and 16-year-old Kenny Playter.

Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike and Sarah Mouch would like to sincerely thank the entire management and staff as well as the great teams and dedicated fans of I-96 Speedway for making the 2011 racing season such a rousing success. The 2012 racing season begins with two Pre-Season Test & Tunes scheduled for Saturday, April 14th and Saturday, April 21st as both Test & Tunes will see the Pit Gates open at 12:00p.m., and Practice will go from 1:00-6:00p.m. each day.

The 2012 Racing Season will begin on Saturday, April 28th with the 7th annual Ice Breaker / Opening Night 2012 featuring a full four in one show highlighted by the high-powered UMP Super Late Models who’ll be joined by the UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts. Note: Some new starting times to be implemented for the 2012 racing season; Pit Gates will Open at 3:00p.m., just like in previous seasons, however Practice will start earlier than in the past as the cars hit the track on race day starting at 5:30p.m. and will take turns on the track on a rotating basis until 6:30pm. After Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), which are slated for 6:45p.m., Racing will begin at 7:00p.m.

For more information about the fast approaching 2012 racing season, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow all of the off-season happening in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.comand search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” button
today. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

2011 Champions Crowned in the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza at I-96 Speedway

September 28th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan — The 2011 racing season came to an end on Saturday, September 24th at I-96 Speedway with the running of the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza! After taking the last three weekends off to allow for other area facilities to conduct their 2011 season finales, it was the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plants’ turn to wrap up the 2011 campaign.

The fire breathing, winged warriors of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP headlined the racing action while it was also the 2011 Season Championships for the remaining three divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series as the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts officially crowned their 2011 Track Champions and Rookies of the Year
respectively. All four divisions challenged the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. A total of 91 teams were in the pits.

After all the Preliminary Events were completed, the first Feature of the night to roll out would be the 25-lap Season Championship Feature for the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks. Before the night had even started, current points leader Bill Brandt Jr., had already clinched the 2011 Track Championship back on August 27th after winning his third Feature of the season almost a month ago. So he put Dan Zylstra in the car for the evening.

The chase for the 2011 Rookie of the Year title would go down to the wire between recently turned 16-year-old Carlind Forsythe and Bruce Howe as the two Freshman would battle it out with Forsythe carrying a 29-point lead over Howe going into the Feature. If Forsythe finished seventh or better, he would wrap up the title no matter where Howe finished.

19-year-old rookie, Trey Cotter and Rich Sweet brought the field to the green flag and it would be Sweet leading lap one. On lap two, 2010 Rookie of the Year, Ron Harper drove to the inside of Sweet to take over the top spot and he brought Derek Poland with him. Poland, who came into the night second in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Northeastern States Points Standings behind Dan Dykman, worked on Harper before grabbing the lead on lap eight.

Dykman, who started shotgun on the field in 17th position, rocketed his way through the field and was soon up to third spot behind the second place car of Cody Denny as Dykman followed Denny by Harper. A caution on lap nine brought the field together and on the restart, Denny and Dykman collided sending both around. Denny was done for the night while Dykman, who had his left front fender and front bumper torn off, restarted at the rear of the field and once again had his work cut out for him.

As Poland continued to lead the way, Dykman again worked his way back through the pack and caught Poland’s back bumper with just two laps to go. Dykman edged Poland at the line on the white flag lap and as they drove through turns one and two, the collided sending both around. Sweet, who worked his way back up to third ducked underneath both spinning cars and the Hastings, Michigan driver in his #74 Sweet Machine Repair Chevrolet would take the checkered flag to win his first Feature of the year.

After all the chaos of the last lap dramatics, Josh Frye would pick up second place ahead of Harper as Hillary Smith and Josh Sternberg completed the top five. Poland recovered to finish sixth, but Dykman limped across the line behind him to clinch the 2011 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Northeastern States Championship. Harvey Wyskowski was eighth as Forsythe finishing ninth to clinch the 2011 Rookie of the Year title. Cotter completed the top 10. There were 17 teams on the grounds.

As has been the case all season long at I-96 Speedway, all teams within UMP do not Qualify and instead draw for their starting positions in their Qualifier Heat Races with those finishes determining the starting line-ups in the Features. Then the drivers who advance from the B Mains (if needed), tag onto the back of those Features. Denny and Poland won those Qualifier Heat Races

The tracks’ beginners division, the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts rolled out next for their 25-lap Season Championship Feature and just like in the previous race, current points leader, Rick Peck had already clinched the 2011 Track Championship by winning the last Feature held at I-96 back on August 27th. This time in the 2011 Season Championship Feature, Peck was looking to put an exclamation point on an already successful sophomore season for the 2010 18 Years Old and Over Rookie of the Year.

As for the Freshman title chases, by merely starting the Season Championship Feature, Kyle Brigance would lock up the 2011 18 Years Old and Over Rookie of the Year title while the 17 Years Old and Under Rookie battle would be decided between recently turned 16-year-old Jordan King and 10-year-old Christopher Joyce as the two teenagers were separated by 20 markers heading into the Feature. If King finished fourth or better, he would clinch the Rookie title no matter where Joyce finished the Feature.

Tim Horvath II and Brigance would lead the 21-car field to the green flag and it would be Horvath leading lap one before Peck, who started seventh, dove underneath several cars in one motion to grab the lead away on lap two. He brought 2011 Winston Speedway Track Champion, Chad Tomczak with him and the battle was on between the two Track Champions. Tomczak briefly took the lead on lap seven before Peck stole it back the next lap.

From there, Peck began slowly pulling away from the rest of the field while Tomczak had to try and fend off the advances of another rookie, Keith Brigance, who was running the race of his life. All the while Peck slowly inched out ahead even further and in the end, the 2011 Track Champion in his #14 Frisbee & Sons Plastering Saturn would score his fourth Feature Win of the season to officially seal the title!

Tomczak worked his way back up to second over Chuck Peterson II who finished third after starting 14th. Tom Hider finished fourth as Nick Jenema, in his stock car racing debut, completed the top five. Pavement invader, Tom Conroy was sixth while Gary Larabee, Keith Brigance, Joyce, and King finished off the top 10. Kyle Brigance officially clinched the 2011 18 and Over Rookie of the Year title while King beat out Joyce to win the 2011 17 and Under Rookie of the Year title. There were 21 teams on hand and in the Qualifier Heat Races, the winners were Kyle Brigance and Peck.

The traveling cars and stars of the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP was pushed off next for their 25-lap Feature and after the traditional four-wide salute and wave lap, the front row of Gregg Dalman and Davey Brown led the star studded field to the green flag and it would be Dalman taking the early advantage while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him.

Dalman paced the field for the first 10 laps before former three-time I-96 Speedway Track Champion and former two-time Series Champion, Brett Mann, in only his second start behind the wheel of the 2011 Series Championship car #3w owned by Jim Wohlfiel, snagged the lead away from Dalman on lap 11 and he brought hometown favorite from near-by Portland, Michigan, Dustin Daggett with him and the battle was on.

Coming into the night, Daggett, another former two-time series champion and current points leader, simply needed to start the Feature and in turn had already clinched 2011 Series Championship. Daggett, who already had seven Feature Wins coming into the night was looking for win #8 and officially wrapping up his third career Championship with one race left in the season.

As the series’ second appearance of 2011 unfolded, Daggett, who won the only other Feature held at the series’ home track back on June 18th (The other two scheduled races on May 14th and August 13th were both rained out), worked his way through the field from his eighth starting spot and followed Mann by Dalman and one of the most intense battles of the season took place between Daggett and Mann, two former two-time series champions.

For the next 10 laps the lead between Mann and Daggett was exchanged 14 times with each officially taking the lead at the line on seven different occasions. The final caution flew on lap 20 and Daggett was just inches ahead of Mann at the line giving him the point on the final restart. Mann tried in vain to get back around Daggett throughout the remaining five circuits, but Daggett held tough and the driver of the #2m Miles Petroleum Group / Maxim Chassis machine would take home the popular win!

Mann settled for second with Dalman coming home in third. Dain Naida finished fourth with Jared Horstman completing the top five. Canadian invader, Dave Dykstra finished sixth while Ryan Ruhl, Aaron Shaffer, Troy Chehowski, and Keith Dempster finished off the top 10.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP do not Qualify and use a Passing Points System during their Qualifier Heat Races to transfer teams into the Feature. Mann, Dalman, Naida, and Jamie Collard won the Qualifier Heats while Dempster took the win in the Dash, Joe Bares scored the B Main 1 win over Trey Smith while Chehowski won B Main 2 over Jay Steinbach as all four teams transferred into the A Main.

The series will wrap up their 2011 racing season and Daggett will officially be crowned the 2011 Series Champion on Friday, September 30th at Hartford Motor Speedway during the series’ 2011 Season hampionships Feature in the running of the “King of Michigan” which is part of the tracks’ Dealers Choice Weekend which runs from Friday-Sunday, September 30th-October 2nd.

The last race of the night and the last race of the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway would be the 30-lap Season Championship Feature for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds. Going into the race, UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Points Leader, Jacob Poel needed to finish 14th or better and he would clinch his first career Track Championship! Only Mark Anderson still had a mathematical shot at surpassing Poel for the title, but he was a no-show which gift-wrapped
the Championship for Poel.

In addition, 16-year-old Josh Crane led 18-year-old Nick Kurtz in the chase for the 2011 Rookie of the Year title and Crane simply needed to transfer into the Feature to clinch the Freshman title. The stellar starting field took Chief Starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag led by the front row of former two-time track champion, Todd Feutz and Jared Guinn.

Feutz would grab the lead and pace the field for the first six laps before Guinn regrouped and passed the 2007 and 2008 track champion to take over the lead on lap seven. Poel, who starts eighth, slowly began working through the field as he has done all season long, by building the momentum and creating his own line around the top side of the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. Soon he was in second behind Guinn.

On lap 14, Poel’s momentum carried him around Guinn for the lead and from there, it was all Poel as he would survive three cautions over the last 10 laps of the race and a quick rain shower that hit the track as the white flag flew courtesy of Mother Nature, who had been a thorn in the side of I-96 Speedway all season long, so it was only appropriate that a visit was made in the last few laps of the season. Poel in his #82 Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication Chevrolet would take the checkered flag to cement the title.

For the Spring Lake, Michigan driver, this was his fifth feature win of the season in Lake Odessa, Michigan and his 20th overall feature triumph of the 2011 campaign! Poel will now chase after the 2011 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Championship as well as the Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series title on Friday-Sunday, September 30th-October 2nd at Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Michigan in the season finale for both points titles during the tracks’ Dealers Choice Weekend. Poel leads the UMP DIRTcar points over Anderson by a comfortable margin and is second in the MDC points to Anderson by just five markers.

2011 Cherry Raceway Track Champion, Joe Rokos finished second while former track champion, Shannon Fisk collected the final podium position of third over Feutz and Luke Olger, who were the final top five. Darrell Woodring finished sixth as Brad Wilson, Tim Dalman, Steve McClees, and Trevor Sloan finished off the top 10. There were 21 Modifieds on the grounds as earlier in the evening, the Qualifier Heat Race Winners were Todd Feutz, Rich Robinson Jr., and Poel.

I-96 Speedway would like to Congratulate the 2011 Track Champions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series in Lake Odessa, Michigan and they are: 21 Tom Sprague Jr. – Muskegon, Michigan – Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, 82 Jacob Poel – Spring Lake, Michigan – Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, 65 Bill Brandt Jr. – Lake Odessa, Michigan – Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and 14 Rick Peck – Hastings, Michigan – Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts.

In addition, I-96 Speedway would also like to congratulate the 2011 Rookies of the Year and they are: 30 Kathy Jarvis – Park City, Utah -Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, 77 Josh Crane – Rochester Hills, Michigan – Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, 67 Carlind Forsythe – Middleville, Michigan – Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, 15 Kyle Brigance – Delton, Michigan – Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts (18 Years Old and Over), and 74 Jordan King – Clarksville, Michigan – Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts (17 Years Old and Under).

Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike and Sarah Mouch would like to sincerely thank the entire management and staff as well as the great teams and dedicated fans of I-96 Speedway for making the 2011 racing season such a rousing success. Plans are already on-going in preparation for the 2011 Awards Banquet as well as the upcoming 2012 racing season. More Details will be Available as they are finalized.

For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow all of the off-season happenings in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” button today. You can even follow us on Twitter as well, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway” Thank you to everyone for a great 2011 racing season and thanks for “Getting Dirty” with us at I-96 Speedway.

4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza Ends 2011 Racing Season at I-96 Speedway

September 23rd, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– I-96 Speedway returns to action THIS Saturday, September 24th with the running of the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza! After taking the last three weekends off to allow for other area facilities to conduct their 2011 season finales, it’s the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plants’ turn THIS Weekend!

Headlining the card will be the fire breathing, high-flying, winged warriors of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP as the Grand Rapids, Michigan based series will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. Current Series Points Leader, Dustin Daggett, from near-by Portland, Michigan, who is also a former two-time series champion and the all-time Wins leader in the series, headlines a stellar field of Winged Sprint Cars who will invade Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Daggett’s popular red #2x Miles Petroleum Group machine will have stiff competition in the form of former two-time Series Champion and former three-time I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Brett Mann, who’s now behind the wheel of the familiar white #3w Sprinter owned by 2010 Series Champion Car Owner, Jim Wohlfiel. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame driver, Ken Mackey in his familiar maroon #25m Mackey’s Body Shop sprinter will also be in the hunt for the win as will another former I-96 Track Champion, Robert Huisken as the Marne, Michigan veteran will be steering his black #46 Glen’s Gases & Welding Supplies machine.

In addition, the tracks remaining three weekly divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will all settle their 2011 Track Championship and Rookie of the Year title chases respectively.

Coming into the 2011 Season Finale; 82 Jacob Poel – UMP Modifieds, 65 Bill Brandt Jr. – UMP Street Stocks, and 14 Rick Peck – UMP Sport Compacts, are the current points leaders respectively while 77 Josh Crane – UMP Modifieds, 67 Carlind Forsythe – UMP Street Stocks, 15 Kyle Brigance – UMP Sport Compacts 18 years old and Over, and 74 Jordan King – UMP Sport Compacts 17 years old and Under, are the freshman points leaders coming into the weekend.

For Saturday, September 24th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping will be Available beginning on Friday, September 23rd and will be FREE the entire weekend! In addition, on Saturday, September 24th, Miller Lite, the Official Beer of I-96 Speedway will be Available all night long for only $1.00! The Three 2011 Track Champions will get $0.01 Beer throughout the evening at the end of the night! Then after the races, a band “To Be Announced” will be playing well into the evening in celebration of the end of the 2011 Racing Season in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Tom Sprague Jr., Wins Season Championship Feature & 2011 UMP Late Models Track Championship

August 30th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan- The Premier division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series; The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models decided their 2011 Track Champion and Rookie of the Year on Saturday, August 27th at I-96
Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan during the 2011 Season Championships Part I.

Coming into the night, three drivers were still mathematically eligible and would decide the outcome of the 2011 Track Title. St.
Johns, Michigan standout, Zack Olger held onto a 21-point advantage over Traverse City, Michigan driver, Brandon Thirlby while Muskegon, Michigan’s Tom Sprague Jr., was only 15 markers behind Thirlby. Olger simply needed to finish fifth or better in the 2011 Season Championship Feature and he would win the 2011 Track Championship no matter where Thirlby or Sprague Jr., finished!

Unfortunately for Olger, he blew a motor the night before at Mt. Pleasant Speedway and couldn’t get another engine in time or another car to borrow and was a no show, thus ending his chances at a first career Track Championship. This set up a showdown between Thirlby and Sprague Jr., and going into the 2011 Season Championship Feature, Thirlby carried a slim 15-point lead over Sprague Jr.

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models 2011 Season Championship 30-lap Feature would be the second main event of the evening to hit the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval and leading the field to the green flag would be Thirlby, who also came into the night fourth in the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National points standings, and Curtis Roberts leading the field to chief starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag. Thirlby would grab the lead only to be immediately challenge by Sprague Jr., who started fourth and snuck by Roberts to take second spot.

The two Championship title contenders batted side by side before Sprague Jr., took the lead for himself on lap four. Roberts was able to regroup and also slid by Thirlby to take over second spot and set his sights on Sprague Jr. The two drivers would then pull away from Thirlby, who then had two-time and defending track champion, Eric Spangler who was also the current UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State points leader, and Kris Patterson Jr., to contend with.

In another side plot to the 2011 Track Championship title chase, the battle for the 2011 Rookie of the Year title would come down to the “Professional Stunt Woman” from Park City, Utah, Kathy Jarvis and former Street Stocks standout, Jason Wiley of Fenwick, Michigan as the two freshmen would decide the Rookie title amongst themselves as Jarvis hung onto a slim 11-point advantage over Wiley coming into the night. Both drivers battled in the middle of the pack for the coveted freshman title while the rest of the field battled.

As Sprague Jr., and Roberts continued to battle, Spangler was able to get by Thirlby for third leaving the title contender in fourth. If he stayed there, him and Sprague Jr., would’ve tied for the Championship with Thirlby winning on an unprecedented fifth tie-breaker! Patterson Jr., and Thirlby battled side by side over the last 10 laps for the all important fourth spot.

In the end, Sprague Jr., in his Sprague’s Auto Parts Chevrolet would fight off Roberts and the Muskegon, Michigan driver would win his first Feature of the season. Roberts finished second over Spangler while Patterson Jr., just nipped Thirlby at the line for fourth giving Sprague Jr., ,the 2011 Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models Track Championship by just five points over a dejected Thirlby. Dan Hubble finished sixth while Wiley beat Jarvis at the line for seventh, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit as Jarvis in her Andy Stebbins Motorsports Chevrolet would beat Wiley by just nine markers to give the Park City, Utah driver the 2011 Rookie of the Year title! Larry Zander and Zach Calkins finished off the top 10. Appropriately enough, Sprague Jr., and Jarvis won the Qualifier Heat Races and for Jarvis, it was her first career checkered flag.

The first Feature of the evening would actually be the 20-lap main for the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and it would be current points leader, Bill Brandt Jr., and 2011 Winston Speedway Track Champion, Dan Dykman starting on the front row. Brandt Jr., would grab the early lead while the rest of the field would jockey for position behind them. Several cautions plagued the feature event including one for Dykman who spun on lap seven. The veteran campaigner would then charge through the pack from the rear of the field and worked his way back up to second and began reeling in the race long leader. Brandt Jr., had the opportunity to clinch the 2011 Track Championship a week early depending on what defending Track Champion, Gary Vandermark did in the race. Vandermark’s fate was sealed early as he was involved in one of
the numerous cautions.

Back up front, Dykman searched high and low for a way around Brandt Jr., but the Lake Odessa, Michigan resident was up to the challenge as Brandt Jr., would lead all 20 laps in his Zylstra Construction Chevrolet to win his third Feature of the season and clinch the 2011 Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks Track Championship a week early!

Dykman settled for a hard fought second over 2009 Track Champion, Aaron Wolf while Jay Chelbek, and Rich Sweet completed the top five. Josh Frye was sixth as Hillary Smith, Ron Harper, Duane Nelson, and new Rookie of the Year points leader, 15-year-old Carlind Forsythe completed the top 10. Chelbek and Vandermark picked up wins in the Qualifier Heat Races.

After the post-race ceremonies involving the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, it was time for the 20-lap Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts Feature and the front row would consist of Rookie Keith Brigance and Defending Track Champion, Dan Reimersma and it would be Reimersma pacing the field for the first seven laps before current points leader, Rick Peck drove by on lap eight to take over.

Just like Brandt Jr., in the UMP Street Stocks, Peck had the opportunity to clinch the 2011 Track Championship with a week to go providing he won the Feature! Once he got by Reimersma, he then had to deal with current UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Eastern States Points Leader, Paul Namey who slipped by Reimersma on a restart to take over second spot and begin to challenge Peck.

Namey, the 2010 Runner-Up at I-96 threw every trick he had in his arsenal at Peck, the 2010 18 & Over Rookie of the Year, but Peck in his Bob’s Repair Saturn fought off every challenge and the Hastings, Michigan driver would collect his third Feature win of the year and clinch the 2011 Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts Track Championship with a week to go in the season!

Namey settled for second as Reimersma, current 18 & Over Rookie points leader, Kyle Brigance, and 2011 Winston Speedway Track Champion, Chad Tomczak wrapped up the top five. Another Rookie, Keith Brigance finished sixth while 13-year-old Harper Hotchkiss, current 17 & Under Rookie points leader, 15-year-old Jordan King, another rookie, 10-year-old Christopher Joyce, and yet one more rookie, 19-year-old Joe Pironello were the top 10. Namey, Peck, and rookie Mike Vezino won the Qualifier Heats.

The final Feature of the night would be for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds and starting on the front row and leading the field to the green flag would be Travis Stemler and his Father, Tim Stemler. The first caution of the race was for contact between points leader coming into the night, Mark Anderson and current UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State points leader, Jacob Poel. Anderson was done for the night after suffering heavy right front damage, while Poel only suffered cosmetic damage and was able to continue.

After another complete restart, it would be Travis Stemler grabbing the early lead while Poel charged up to the second spot from his fifth starting position. Coming into the night, Anderson carried a slim two-point lead over Poel and after Anderson pitted for the night, Poel would take over the points lead no matter where he finished. Nevertheless, Poel began applying pressure to Stemler for the lead.

On lap eight, Poel would be able to complete the pass to take over the top spot and from there, the Spring Lake, Michigan driver in his Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication Chevrolet, who won the Feature the previous night at Winston Speedway, would make it two for two on the weekend and walk away with his fourth overall I-96 Speedway Feature Win of the 2011 racing season and officially take over the points lead in the chase for the 2011 Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds
Track Championship with a week to go!

Stemler finished second over former Two-Time Track Champion, Todd Feutz who pitted early and came from the rear of the field to finish third. Johnny DeYoung was fourth while Trevor Sloan completed the top five. 2007 Track Champion, Shannon Fisk was sixth over Ken Beutler while rookie, Nick Kurtz, Corey Bevard, and Ron Chaffee finished off the top 10. Anderson, Stemler, and Tyler Boggs picked up Qualifier Heat Race triumphs.

I-96 Speedway will take the next three weekends off to allow for other area speed plants to conduct their 2011 Season Championships and season ending Special Events. Racing returns to Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, September 24th for the 2011 Season Finale; The 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza as Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants presents a spectacular night of Champions and exciting racing action to conclude the 2011 racing season.

Headlining the card will be the fire breathing, hi-flying, winged warriors of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP as the Grand Rapids, Michigan based series will crown their 2011 Series Champion and Rookie of the Year. In addition, the tracks remaining three weekly divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will also settle their 2011 Track Championship and Rookie of the Year title chases as well.

For Saturday, September 24th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00. Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com

You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

2011 UMP Late Models Track Championship at I-96 Speedway to be decided THIS Saturday, August 27th

August 29th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan –THIS Saturday, August 27th, the Premier division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series; The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will decide their 2011 Track Champion and Rookie of the Year as they headline 2011 Season Championships Part I at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. $1,200 goes to the Feature Winner and the Championship Race pays $200 to start with $50 tow money.

Going into Championship night, three drivers will decide the outcome of the 2011 Track Title as St. Johns, Michigan standout, Zack Olger will carry a 21-point advantage over Traverse City, Michigan driver, Brandon Thirlby while Muskegon, Michigan’s Tom Sprague Jr., is only 15 markers behind Thirlby. Olger simply needs to finish fifth or better in the 2011 Season Championship Feature and he will win his first career Track Championship no matter where Thirlby or Sprague Jr., finish!

In addition, it’s without a doubt the biggest weekend of Olger’s career as he is also the current points leader at near-by Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan in the track UMP Late Models division and it’s also Season Championships there. Olger has never won a Track Championship! However, he and his team could very well be pulling into I-96 having already secured one track championship and potentially could be aiming for his second such title in two days.

In the chase for the 2011 Rookie of the Year title, it’s down to the “Professional Stunt Woman” from Park City, Utah, Kathy Jarvis and former Street Stocks standout, Jason Wiley of Fenwick, Michigan as the two freshmen will decide the Rookie title amongst themselves as Jarvis hangs on to a slim 11-point advantage over Wiley.

Also on the card will be a regular show for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to Win – $125 to Start – $25 Tow), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to Win – $100 to Start – $25 Tow), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to Win – $25 to Start – $25 Tow) as this event will be the final opportunity for these divisions to gain valuable points before deciding their respective 2011 Track Champions and Rookies of the Year on Saturday, September 24th.

Also as part of the festivities, there will be a Motorcycle Run starting at 9:00a.m. Contact info for the motorcycle run is Larry
Fredrickson (1-616-666-9106) or Randy Tomac (1-616-550-6931). The Band “5 Days Old” is joining Amway and the United Way as part of the Motorcycle Run and will be playing Live in Concert from 3:00-5:00p.m.

For Saturday, August 27th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and
search “I-96 Speedway”

Mother Nature Takes Another One Away From I-96 Speedway

August 15th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan: Once again, Mother Nature played havoc with the racing action at I-96 Speedway on Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Night at the Races as persistent showers and thunderstorms resulting in saturated grounds and an extremely wet race track, plus a forecast for more of the same throughout the night forced I-96 and Renegade Officials to Postpone what was to be the second of three appearances by the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

“Man I am just so disappointed about all of this. We tried like hell to get this race in. I wanted to see the Sprints, our Fans wanted to see them, but Mother Nature just wouldn’t cooperate with us. Seems to be the theme of the season,” A dejected Mike Mouch, Co-Owner / Promoter of I-96 Speedway said. “We thought about running just our support divisions, but by the time the track would’ve been ready to go, it would’ve been past 10:00p.m., and as it was, it started raining again when I was thinking about that, so we had to pull the plug.” He added.

A make-up date is being negotiated and if one is found suitable by all parties, it will be announced as soon as possible. In addition, I-96 Speedway Officials are looking at the possibility of adding additional dates to the 2011 schedule due to losing so many shows this season because of weather related issues. If those dates can be worked out and negotiated, they too will be announced as soon as possible. Both issues will be resolved soon and announced as soon as they become finalized.

“We’re going to try and figure something out, maybe add an extra date or two to the schedule,” Mouch continued. “We need to see if there are any available. We don’t want to go against some of the bigger shows in the state and it has to make sense for us to be able to add a date. My wife, Sarah (Co-Owner / Promoter, Sarah Mouch) and I will sit down and see what we can come up with.” He ended.

The ASCS Sprints on Dirt are scheduled to return to I-96 Speedway at least once more in 2011 as they will headline the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24th. On this night, the ASCS Sprints on Dirt will crown their 2011 Series Champion and Rookie of the Year during their 2011 Season Championships. To learn more about the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, go to the series website located at: www.sprintsondirt.com

Short Track Racing takes the weekend of August 18-20th off for the 2011 Carnival of Chaos metal music festival featuring national and local bands, sideshows and debauchery galore! Hatebreed, Dope, Mushroomhead, Kittie, Bleeding Through, Motograter, Ventana, Dirge Within, Blue Felix and 40 local metal bands will all be playing LIVE in Concert throughout the weekend of festivities.

Side acts feature: Lingerie Oil Wrestling & Pillow Fighting Tournaments, Miss PussKatt & the Daredevil Dolls, Wet T-shirt contests, Kat the Midget Entertainer, Custom Glass Blowers, Body Suspensions, and Spike TV’s Half-Pint Brawlers Midget Wrestling. Tickets are $25.00 in advance or $35.00 at the gate with free tent camping. 18+ ONLY. Buy tickets online, at the locations shown on the website or from any local band playing the festival. For More Information, go to the Website at: www.thecarnivalofchaos.com

Short Track Racing returns to Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, August 27th. More Details are Coming Soon. Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the remainder of the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the all of the happenings in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP RETURN to I-96

August 10th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan: THIS Saturday, August 13th Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Presents the second of three appearances by the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP at I-96 Speedway as the high flying, fire breathing, winged warriors will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval and return to their home track for the second of three appearances in 2011.

Defending Series Champion, Ryan Grubaugh from near-by St. Johns, Michigan, as well as former two-time series champion and former three-time I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Brett Mann, and former series champion and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Driver, Ken Mackey will lead a stacked field of Winged Sprint Cars into Lake Odessa, Michigan. Former I-96 champion, Robert Huisken, and other stars like Joe Bares, Davey Brown, Gregg Dalman, Gary Fast, Jared Horstman, Marques Huffer,
Jim Lingar, Matt Lumbert, Blake Nimee, Ryan Ruhl, Ben Rutan, Trey Smith, Andy Teunessen, and many more will also be on hand.

Current Series Points Leader and former two-time series champion from near-by Portland, Michigan; Dustin Daggett, who has six Feature Wins in ASCS Sprints on Dirt competition so far this season, including a dominating win in the series’ first appearance at I-96 back on June 18th, will NOT be in attendance for this event as he is competing with the World of Outlaws Sprints Series at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa during the prestigious 51st annual Knoxville Nationals.

Also on the card will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money) and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money) as all three divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series will join the Sprints on the 3/8s mile.

The Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, August 13th are; Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP made their first appearance back on June 18th after getting rained out in the series’ first scheduled appearance back on May 14th, (that race has since been officially cancelled and will not be made up), the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP were pushed off and after an impressive four-wide salute, the green flag flew for their 25-lap feature with 1999 I-96 Speedway Track Champion Robert Huisken and Joe Bares leading the stellar field to the green.

All the way from his outside third row starting spot, home track favorite, Dustin Daggett rocketed into the lead passing all five cars in front of him by the time they came out of turn two before even completing lap one, and to the roar of the partisan crowd on hand, Daggett would lead that first lap. From that point on, the all-time leader in feature wins in the series as well as a former two-time series champion put on a clinic few fans who witnessed the race will ever forget.

Daggett would take advantage of the caution free event to lap everyone up to the second place and in the end, the Portland, Michigan driver in his Miles Petroleum Group / Maxim Chassis machine would dominate like few have ever seen in track history en route to the popular win. Jared Horstman finished second and was the only other car on the lead lap! Bares was third with Ben Rutan and Gregg Dalman the top five. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, Ken Mackey was sixth as former Three-Time Track Champion Brett Mann was seventh with Huisken, Blake Nimee, and Andy Chewoski wrapped up the top 10.

There was no Qualifying for the 27 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP teams as the heat races used a passing points system to transfer cars into the Feature as Daggett, Mackey, Defending Series Champion and Feature Winner the night before at Cherry Raceway, Ryan Grubaugh, and Horstman scored heat race wins while Nimee won the dash. Tim Champlin won the B Main over Kirk Cheney, Dustin Shriver, and Nic Rogers who also transferred to the feature.

The ASCS Sprints on Dirt return to I-96 Speedway once more in 2011 after the events of Saturday, August 13th as they will headline the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24th. On this night, the Sprints on Dirt will crown their 2011 Series Champion and Rookie of the Year during their 2011 Season Championships. To learn more about the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, go to the series website located at: www.sprintsondirt.com

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Brandon Thirlby Bags a $1,500 pay day at I-96 Speedway in the Relay for Life Celebration

August 8th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– I-96 Speedway hosted the Relay for Life Celebration on Saturday, August 6th as Co-Owners / Promoters Mike and Sarah Mouch fought off the constant threat of Mother Nature throughout the afternoon and into the evening, and despite a very bleak outlook, and a two-hour delay due to the extensive track prep needed, the entire show was completed and the patrons who filled the grandstands were treated to some great racing on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

The first Feature of the night was for the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and their 20-lap feature was led to the green by Larry Passenier and Josh Frye and it would be Passenier grabbing the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Current points leader, Bill Brandt Jr., began his charge to the front from his sixth starting spot and worked his way into second place after a lengthy battle with defending track champion. Gary Vandermark.

Vandermark would drop out just past the 1/2 way point with a flat tire leaving Brandt Jr., to challenge Passenier for the lead. With three laps to go, Brandt Jr., would grab the lead away from Passenier and as they drove into turns one and two, they touched sending Brandt Jr., around. Both were sent to the rear of the field giving the lead to Frye who was lurking in third spot.

Frye would survive one more caution and the Coopersville, Michigan driver in his Rhino Roofing & Construction Chevrolet would hang on to score his first career I-96 Speedway Feature Win. Rich Sweet finished second while 2009 Track Champion, Aaron Wolf was third. Brandt Jr., and Passenier rallied to finish fourth and fifth respectively.

2010 Rookie of the Year, Ron Harper finished sixth as regular UMP Late Models driver, Luke Hubbell, in a rare UMP Street Stocks appearance, was seventh. 15-year-old Rookie, Carlind Forsythe, another rookie, Nathan Eli, and first time visitor, Joel Fild wrapped up the top 10. Wolf, Vandermark, and Brandt Jr., won the Heat Races.

The premier division within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series, the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models rolled out next for their extended distance 30-lap feature as the high-powered machines were going for a hefty $1,500 to win. Dan Hubble and Scott Baker led the field into turn one and it would be Baker beating out Hubble to the first corner to take the lead.

Zack Olger, who took over the points lead in the chase for the 2011 Track Championship after points leader coming into the night, Tom Sprague Jr., was a no-show, worked his way into second from his fifth starting spot and began challenging Baker for the lead. On lap nine, Olger’s transmission gave out and he spun in turn four and was done for the night. This gave second place to Brandon Thirlby, who won the Sunoco American Late Model Series race at Mt. Pleasant Speedway the night before.

Earlier in the day, the Traverse City, Michigan driver raced over at Thunderbird Raceway in Muskegon, Michigan, an hour away, and won the UMP Late Models Feature there. Then he raced over to I-96 and made it in time to start at the back of this Feature. After getting into second, he fought tooth and nail with Baker before steering his Thirlby Automotive Chevrolet by Baker on lap 21 and in the end would pull away to win his second feature win of the night, and his third Feature triumph in 24 hours

Baker finished second with Sammy Epling, Dean Wilkerson, and Rookie Jason Wiley completing the top five. Ben Hidy was sixth while Rookie Points Leader, Kathy Jarvis was seventh over Hubble, two-time and defending track champion, Eric Spangler, and Kris Patterson Jr., who finished off the top 10. Patterson Jr., and Olger would collect Heat Race victories,

Next up would be the scheduled 30-lap Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds Feature and the front row would consist of former two-time track champion, Todd Feutz and Tim Dalman. Feutz would take the early lead while the drivers first and second in the season long points chase, Mark Anderson and Jacob Poel would quickly take over second and third from their seventh and fifth starting spots respectively.

Anderson and Poel would battle hard for the runner-up spot while Feutz maintained a safe distance from the two dueling drivers to keep the lead. On lap 17, they touched sending Anderson around. He went to the back while Poel stayed up in second, but with a damaged race car. On the next restart, a major seven-car pile-up occurred in turns three and four and Anderson was involved and was done for the night. Poel pulled into the pits under the red flag as he was too damaged to
continue from the earlier incident.

Two more major incidents forcing red flag situations forced track officials to cut the feature to 20 laps due to time constraints and setting up a green-white-checkered finish. Feutz fought off a late challenge from veteran Tim Stemler and the Ada, Michigan driver, in his O.M.M. Engineering Chevrolet would go on to win his second Feature of the season. Stemler was second with 2007 Track Champion, Shannon Fisk finished third over Tim Dalman and Justin Fleming from 19th finished fifth.

Dave Baker was sixth as Bryant Dickinson, Todd Cowan, 18-year-old Rookie, Nick Kurtz, and Ken Beutler from 18th, were the top 10. Jared Guinn, Anderson, and Justin Matson won the Qualifier Heat Races while 19-year-old Jacob Bailey won the B Main over 18-year-old Derek Passenier, Beutler, Fleming, and Chad Maurer finished off the top five and transferred into the Feature.

The final Feature of the night would be for the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts and the 20-lap main would be led to the green by Greg Pinard and 10-year-old rookie, Christopher Joyce and heading into turn one it would be Rick Peck, who started sixth, rocketing past the five cars who started ahead of him to take the early lead while the rest of the field settled in behind him. Peck was soon joined by Rich Lieb, who would follow Peck by the front row and soon the duo would pull away to battle. They were eventually joined by veteran Paul Namey, the 2010 Runner-Up who was making only his second appearance of the 2011 racing season. The trio would have a bunch of real estate between them and the rest of the pack.All the while, Peck would fight off the advances of Lieb and later Namey who would pass Lieb and try in vain to get around the 2010 18 and Over Rookie of the Year. In the end however, Peck, who has shown no signs of a “sophomore jinx” would end up taking the checkered flag and the Hastings, Michigan driver in his Frisbee & Sons Plastering Saturn would collect his second Feature win of the year.

Namey settled for second with Lieb, Tim Horvath II, and 16-year-old Rookie, Kenny Playter completing the top five. Scott Rumsey was sixth while Rookie Kyle Brigance from 16th, Jeff Dygert, Pinard, and 13-year-old Harper Hotchkiss would complete the final top 10. Lieb, Horvath II, and Peck collected the Heat Race triumphs.

THIS Saturday, August 13th, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Presents the second of three appearances by the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP as the high flying, fire breathing, winged warriors will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval and return to their home track for the second of three appearances in 2011. Current Series Points Leader and former two-time series champion from near-by Portland, Michigan; Dustin Daggett, who has six Feature Wins in ASCS Sprints on Dirt competition so far this season, including a dominating win in the series’ first appearance at I-96 back on June 18th, will lead a stacked field of Winged Sprint Cars into Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Defending Series Champion, Ryan Grubaugh from near-by St. Johns, Michigan will be looking to stop the Daggett Dominance this season as well as another former two-time series champion and former three-time I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Brett Mann. Plus former series champion and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Driver, Ken Mackey, former I-96 champion, Robert Huisken, and other stars like Joe Bares, Davey Brown, Gregg Dalman, Jared Horstman, Marques Huffer, Jim Lingar, Matt
Lumbert, Blake Nimee, Ryan Ruhl, Ben Rutan, Trey Smith, and many more will all be in attendance.

Also on the card will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money) and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money) as all three divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series will join the Sprints on the 3/8s mile.

The Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, August 13th are; Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP made their first appearance back on June 18th after getting rained out in the series’ first scheduled appearance back on May 14th, (that race has since been officially cancelled and will not be made up), the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP were pushed off and after an impressive four-wide salute, the green flag flew for their 25-lap feature with 1999 I-96 Speedway Track Champion Robert Huisken and Joe Bares leading the stellar field to the green.

All the way from his outside third row starting spot, home track favorite, Dustin Daggett rocketed into the lead passing all five cars in front of him by the time they came out of turn two before even completing lap one, and to the roar of the partisan crowd on hand, Daggett would lead that first lap. From that point on, the all-time leader in feature wins in the series as well as a former two-time series champion put on a clinic few fans who witnessed the race will ever forget.

Daggett would take advantage of the caution free event to lap everyone up to the second place and in the end, the Portland, Michigan driver in his Miles Petroleum Group / Maxim Chassis machine would dominate like few have ever seen in track history en route to the popular win. Jared Horstman finished second and was the only other car on the lead lap! Bares was third with Ben Rutan and Gregg Dalman the top five. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Ken Mackey was sixth as former Three-Time Track Champion Brett Mann was seventh with Huisken, Blake Nimee, and Andy Chewoski wrapped up the top 10.

There was no Qualifying for the 27 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP teams as the heat races used a passing points system to transfer cars into the Feature as Daggett, Mackey, Defending Series Champion and Feature Winner the night before at Cherry Raceway, Ryan Grubaugh, and Horstman scored heat race wins while Nimee won the dash. Tim Champlin won the B Main over Kirk Cheney, Dustin Shriver, and Nic Rogers who also transferred to the feature.

The ASCS Sprints on Dirt return to I-96 Speedway once more in 2011 after the events of Saturday, August 13th as they will headline the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24th. On this night, the Sprints on Dirt will crown their 2011 Series Champion and Rookie of the Year during their 2011 Season Championships. To learn more about the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, go to the series website located at: www.sprintsondirt.com

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Relay for Life Celebration / Extended Purses for all 4 UMP DIRTcar Weekly Divisions at I-96 Speedway

August 3rd, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan: THIS Saturday, August 6th, the new month begins with the Relay for Life Celebration at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan as the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series headline this very special evening of celebration and awareness which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Due to the cancelation of last week’s events thanks to flooding and extremely saturated grounds, co-owners / promoters, Mike and Sarah Mouch have decided to add to the purses for all four weekly UMP DIRTcar Racing Series divisions! The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will highlight the nights racing action and will be going for a cool $1,500 to win and $250 to start with $50.00 tow money.

They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will be racing for $700 to win and $150 to start with $25.00 tow money while the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks will be running for $300 to win and $100 to start with $25.00 tow money, and the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will be going after a $200 to win payday and $50.00 to start with $25.00 for 20th on back and tow money. ALL UMP Sport Compacts on the grounds WILL start the Feature.

All four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. After the races, the band “Center Stage” will be performing LIVE in concert, so be sure to stick around afterwards for the celebration. All you need is your Grandstand Ticket or Pit Pass and you’re good to go to attend the Concert.

For Saturday, August 6th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Center Stage goes on approximately 15 minutes after the races have been completed.

Ticket Prices for Saturday, August 6th REMAIN THE SAME, even with the extended purses and feature laps for all four divisions and are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Flooding and Saturated Grounds Claim Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night at I-96 Speedway

August 1st, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan: Due to Flooding and extremely saturated grounds, I-96 Speedway Officials were forced to cancel Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night scheduled for Saturday, July 30th. I-96 and MARFC Officials are working diligently to
reschedule MARFC Night in Lake Odessa, Michigan and as soon as that is finalized, it will be announced soon.

The month of August begins with the Relay for Life Celebration at I-96 Speedway on Saturday, August 6th as the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series headline this very special evening of celebration and awareness which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Due to the rainout of July 30th, next Saturday, August 6th, all four weekly divisions within UMP will be racing for an extended purse and extended laps. More Details will be made available in the coming days. The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will highlight the nights racing action and they’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts. All four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

After the races, the band “Center Stage” will be performing LIVE in concert, so be sure to stick around afterwards for the celebration. All you need is your Grandstand Ticket or Pit Pass and you’re good to go to attend the Concert. For Saturday, August 6th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Center Stage goes on approximately 15 minutes after the races have been completed.

Ticket Prices for Saturday, August 6th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night Wraps Up the Month at I-96 Speedway THIS Saturday, July 30th

July 28th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan- A busy month of July at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan wraps up with the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returning after taking last weekend off as they’ll headline Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) Night THIS Saturday, July 30th. ALL members of the MARFC in good standing who show their 2011 membership card at the Main Ticket Window will get into the nights’ races for absolutely FREE.

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action and they’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile
high-banked dirt oval.

For Saturday, July 30th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the MARFC Presentation / Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 30th are: MARFC Members who show their 2011 Membership Cards: FREE, Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

The Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club (MARFC) was established on September 25th, 1965 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. MARFC is a non-profit organization which is basically a social club for all those interested in, or actively involved in auto racing. The primary purpose of the club is to promote auto racing in and around Michigan and to honor those who have been successful in any aspect of auto racing.

Club meetings are held monthly October through April and feature racing films, guest speakers, and tours of racing facilities in and around Michigan. During the racing season, Fan Club days are held at member tracks. During these Fan Club Days, members staff a booth where you may become a MARFC member yourself. To show appreciation to the host track, a driver’s name is randomly picked to receive a MARFC helmet/uniform bag prior to the start of that night’s races.

The Premier event of the year is the Annual Awards Banquet and Dinner Dance where the MARFC honor the Track Champions from all MARFC member tracks in good standing as well as others for their achievements as they pertain to auto racing. the list of honorees form previous years consists of a who’s who in auto racing. A sampling of those guests are Gordon Johncock, Bobby Unser, Benny Parsons, Jim Chapman, Herb Fishel, Michael Kranefuss, and of course many local track champions too numerous to mention.

The 46th annual MARFC Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 and I-96 Speedway Director of Media / Public Relations – Public Address (P.A.) Announcer, Matt Prieur, will have the honor of serving as Master of Ceremonies for the gala evening.

With the exception of the banquet, all meetings are free to members. On Fan Club Days, members are admitted free to the host track by showing their current MARFC membership card. The cost of annual membership dues are: $10.00 for single person, or $15.00 married couple or family (two adults and all children up to age of 15). Payment of dues entitles you to a membership card, window decal, and a monthly newsletter. Memberships run from January 1st of each year and expire on December 31st of the same year. If you would like to become a member, use the Member Application link on the MARFC website to obtain a membership application. at: www.marfc.org

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Home State Favorite, Jared Mees Wins AMA Pro Grand Nationals Invasion of I-96 Speedway

July 26th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan–It was Day II of the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan as the traveling stars of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Flat Track Championship Series invaded for their yearly appearance on the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. A capacity crowd witnessed the two divisions representing the AMA Pro Grand National Flat Track Motorcycle Series as 87 total riders were on the grounds including 51 Experts and 36 Pros.

The first Main of the evening would be for the AMA Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship division and as the
field took the green flag for their 16-lap Main, it would be Stephen Vanderkurr passing Mikey Martin going into turn one to lead lap one, but lost the lead a lap later to 18-year-old Mikey Martin the following lap.

Martin set a torrid pace as Chaz Springsteen, one of several home state drivers in the field, began chasing down Martin for the lead. Springsteen, the nephew of the legendary AMA rider, Jay Springsteen, fought tooth and nail with Martin all over the 1/2 mile before unfortunately dropping out with just five laps to go. This left Conner Anderson to try and take on Martin.

But it would be to no avail as Martin made the long haul from Acampo, California worthwhile as he would take the checkered flag in to win the AMA Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship Main and would ride his Weirbach Racing / General Engineering Honda to victory lane. Anderson settled for second while Jake Shoemaker, Michael LaBelle, and John Long III completed the top five. Jason Isennock finished sixth as Zakk Palmer, Corey Crawford, William Cato, and Jeremy Hamilton wrapped up the top 10.

Earlier in the afternoon, Martin out qualified the 36-rider field with a lap measured at a 22.776 and he also won a Qualifier Heat. Vanderkuur scored the other Qualifier Heat Race win. Palmer picked up the win in the Last Chance Race to transfer to the Main along-with Hamilton, Long III, and Cato who also transferred.

The bikes and riders everyone in attendance was waiting for; the AMA Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Expert Twins Championship division rode out for their 25-lap main and at the drop of the green flag, it would be 18-year-old Brad Baker leading the field but a lap later, Bryan Smith from near-by Flint, Michigan would grab the lead away. On lap four, Jared Mees, also a home state favorite from Clio, Michigan, slipped by to take over the top spot.

Mees was in a dogfight for the lead with Smith and defending series champion, Jake Johnson as the trio battled all over the fast 1/2 mile dirt oval. Slowly but surely though, Mees began pulling away from his fellow podium drivers and opened up a full second lead on Smith and Johnson. Current series points leader, Sammy Halbert began reeling in Johnson and that battle ensued for the final podium position while Mees continued to show the way.

Mees opened up a nearly two second lead over the rest of the pack and in the end, Mees would never be seriously challenged the rest of the way as one of the home state favorites in his Rogers Lake / Blue Springs Harley-Davidson would take the checkered flag to score the win to the roar and approval of the partisan home state crowd. Smith settled for second with Johnson, Halbert, and seven-time national champion, Chris Carr completed the top five. Matt Weidman finished sixth while Jeffrey Carver Jr., Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Brad Baker, and Brandon Robinson finished off the top 10.

Baker was the fastest qualifier of the 51 riders on the grounds as he went a 22.489 and he also picked up a Qualifier Heat Race Win. Smith and Johnson also collected Qualifier Heat Race victories while Johnson also picked up the Dash for Cash win. In the two Semi-Features, Michael Kirkness, the winner of the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycle Series Combo Main the previous night, took the win over Doug Lawrence and Robinson while Johnny Lewis scored the second Semi-Feature victory
over Adam Carpinello and Jimmy Wood. All six would transfer into the Main.

A busy month of July in Lake Odessa, Michigan wraps up with the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returning after taking a weekend off for the Motorcycles as they’ll headline Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) Night on Saturday, July 30th. ALL members of MARFC who show their membership card at the Main Ticket Window will get into the nights’ races for absolutely FREE. To learn how to become a member of MARFC for the remainder of the 2011 racing season, go to their website at: www.marfc.org

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action and they’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

For Saturday, July 30th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 30th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Michigan Festival of Speed Kicks Off the Weekend at I-96 Speedway

July 24th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan : The bikes and riders of the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycle Series as well as Country Music Legend, David Allan Coe highlighted Day I of the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive at I-96 Speedway on Friday, July 22nd. The two-wheeled machines took on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval in preparation for the Traveling stars of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidsons who will invade on Saturday, July 23rd.

After the AMA Flat Track Motorcycle races were over, legendary country music outlaw, David Allan Coe, along-with special guests, “Small Town Son” entertained the massive crowd on hand well into the evening during the first of two consecutive days of AMA Flat Track Motorcycle racing and Live Country Music in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

As for the motorcycle races, 14 different divisions were on the grounds representing several regions of AMA Flat Track racing
including the host region, which includes District 14. The night was also proudly sponsored by Hot Rod Harley-Davidson out of Muskegon, Michigan and the Main Event Winners of the night in each riders division were: Devin Pfeiffer who won two mains in both the 201-250cc Open and 401-505cc B Features.

Australian, Michael Kirkness, who now calls Jefferson City, Missouri home and is one of the traveling stars of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Series who’ll be competing in the Expert division against the likes of Chris Carr, Sammy Halbert, Jake Johnson, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Jared Mees, and more won the Combo Division Feature, the premiere division within the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycle Series.

Other Feature Winners included: Bret Tremblay – Veterans 30+, Steve Packard – Vintage 0-400cc, Aaron Fortenberry – 251-450cc Open, Ross Robinson – 251cc+ Open Twin, David Soderstrom – Seniors 40+, Jordan Hitchcock – 451cc+ Open Single, Bobby Lynn II – Vintage 401cc+ Open, Gage Beland – 52-65cc 6-11 years old, Tyler Hicks – 401-505cc A, Jayson Bloss – 66-85cc 6-11 years old, and Bill Lynn – Super Seniors 50+.

Saturday, July 23rd, the big day is here! The Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive features the traveling superstars of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Flat Track Motorcycle Series as super stars like multi-time series champion, the Legendary Chris Carr, who is in the midst of his Farewell Tour. Also defending series champion, Jake Johnson, current series points leader, Sammy Halbert, the most recent winner on the tour back on July 9th in Hagerstown, Maryland, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., and more will headline the massive list of riders expecting to invade.

Other stars expected includes; Brad Baker, Steven Bonsey, Jeffrey Carver Jr., Chad Cose, Joe Kopp, Johnny Lewis, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Matt Weidman, Henry Wiles, and more will all be in action. If you have never seen motorcycles hitting speeds of over 140mph on the straight away and sliding sideways three-wide into the corners you will be amazed from the start to the finish. These are the biggest, baddest, and best Motorcycle Flat Track Riders in the World and Auto First Car Care Center as well as Right Way Automotive has brought them back this year for you to witness talent and speed at its best on two wheels.

If the races weren’t enough, Country Music Legend, David Allan Coe will be back performing LIVE in Concert for the second day in a row starting at 4:00p.m. The Band “Jaded 8″ opens for Mr. Coe. The Time Line for the days’ events will see the Pit Gates & Grandstand Gates opening at: 12:00p.m. Practice / Qualifying is at 3:30p.m. Jaded 8 opens and then David Allan Coe goes on-stage starting at 4:00p.m. opening Ceremonies are at 7:00p.m. Racing starts at 7:30p.m.

Ticket Prices are: Adult Reserved (13 and Over): $35.00, Adult General Admission (13 and Over): $30.00, Child Reserved (12 and Under): $25.00, Child General Admission (12 and Under): $20.00. In addition, Tickets for the David Allan Coe / Jaded 8 Concert are $20.00 and are only Available on Race Day and are in addition to the race event tickets.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Michigan Festival of Speed set for Friday-Saturday, July 22-23rd at I-96 Speedway

July 21st, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan–The event originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th at I-96 Speedway has been officially cancelled due to sponsor obligations and the extensive track preparations that are required for this weekend’s Motorcycle Races and two concerts. With so much work needed to be done prior to those events, plus a forecast calling for a high temperature of nearly 100 degrees during the day and temps in the mid 80s at night, I-96 Management and Staff have decided to cancel the I-96 Speedway VS North America Wednesday Night Showdown.

The Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive is now set for Friday and Saturday, July 22-23rd at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan featuring the Bikes and Riders of the AMA Pro Grand Nationals Harley-Davidson Flat Track Series, Two Concerts by Country Music Legend, David Allan Coe, and AMA Regional Flat Track Bikes.

THIS Friday, July 22nd it’s the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive Day I as the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycles will headline the racing action on the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as the Flat Trackers from District 14 and other Regions from throughout the Midwest will prepare for the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson stars who’ll be invading the next day. This is also the AMA Regional and Districts’ fifth and final race of their season series at I-96 for 2011.

Then once the Motorcycle races are completed, Country Music Legend, David Allan Coe will be performing LIVE in concert as the Country Music Outlaw will entertain everyone on the grounds well into the evening with all of his greatest hits. The concert will start approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycle Races.

Tickets for Friday, July 22nd are $25.00 for EVERYONE across the board which gets you in the pits, the grandstands, and admission into the concert! Open Access throughout the grounds of I-96 Speedway! In addition AMA Riders Entry Fee will be $20.00 Per Class Entered. For Friday, July 22nd, the Pit Gates Open: 4:00p.m. Grandstand Gates Open: 6:00p.m. Practice: 7:00p.m. Racing Starts: 8:00p.m. Then the David Allan Coe Concert will start at approximately 10:30p.m.

Then THIS Saturday, July 23rd, the big day is here! The Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive features the traveling superstars of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Flat Track Motorcycle Series featuring such super stars as defending series champion, Jake Johnson as well as multi-time series champion, the Legendary Chris Carr, current series points leader, Sammy Halbert, also the most recent winner on the tour on July 9th in Hagerstown,
Maryland, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., and more will headline the massive list of riders expecting to invade.

More stars making the trip includes; Brad Baker, Steven Bonsey, Jeffrey Carver Jr., Chad Cose, Joe Kopp, Johnny Lewis, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Matt Weidman, Henry Wiles, and more will all be in action. This is an event that will be a great time with great entertainment happening in every corner of the property.

If you have never seen 20+ American Made motorcycles hitting speeds of over 140mph on the straight away and sliding sideways three-wide into the corners you will be amazed from the start to the finish. These are the biggest, baddest, and best Motorcycle Flat Track Riders in the World and Auto First has brought them back this year for you to witness talent and speed at its best on two wheels.

If the races weren’t enough, before the racing events, Country Music Legend, David Allan Coe will be back performing LIVE in Concert for the second day in a row starting at 4:00p.m. The Time Line for the days’ events will see the Pit Gates & Grandstand Gates opening at: 12:00p.m. Practice / Qualifying is at 3:30p.m. David Allan Coe goes on-stage at 4:00p.m. Opening Ceremonies are at 7:00p.m. Racing starts at 7:30p.m.

Advance tickets are available at the Speedway Office by calling: 1 (616) 642-0555. Office Hours are 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. THIS Tuesday-Friday, July 19-22nd. Advance Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 23rd: Adult Reserved (13 and Over): $30.00, Adult General Admission (13 and Over): $25.00, Child Reserved (12 and Under): $20.00, Child General Admission (12 and Under): $15.00.

On RACE DAY (Saturday, July 23rd) Ticket Prices are: Adult Reserved (13 and Over): $35.00, Adult General Admission (13 and Over): $30.00, Child Reserved (12 and Under): $25.00, Child General Admission (12 and Under): $20.00. In addition, Tickets for the David Allan Coe Concert are $20.00 and are only Available on Race Day and are in addition to the race event tickets.

Camping is allowed every weekend and especially for the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the remainder of the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Olger, Poel, Brandt Jr., and Tomczak Score Wins in the I-96 Speedway Summer Spectacular

July 18th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan — It was the I-96 Speedway Summer Spectacular on Saturday, July 16th as the weekly cars and stars within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series returned to the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval after a two week vacation from the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant. A solid field of cars in all four divisions greeted the nice crowd on hand.

The first feature of the night would be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds as their 25-lap feature would see Andy Sprague and 2007 Track Champion, Shannon Fisk start on the front row and lead the field into the first corner. Fisk would edge Sprague coming out of turn two and would lead the first two laps before Jacob Poel, who started fourth, rocketed his way using the outside lane and take over the lead on lap three.

Poel would then set a torrid pace as only one caution slowed down the action on lap six. On that one and only restart, Poel would pull away from the rest of the field putting lapped traffic between himself and the rest of the field. No one seriously challenged him throughout the remainder of the feature which went the last 19 laps caution free.

The Spring Lake, Michigan driver in his Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication Chevrolet would go on to collect his third feature win of the 2011 racing season and move to within three markers of the points lead. Former two-time track champion, Todd Feutz finished second while Travis Stemler, current points leader and UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State points leader, Mark Anderson was fourth over Fisk who completed the top five.

Jared Guinn was sixth as 18-year-old Andy Galgoci, Tim Stemler from 16th, Ken Beutler, and Nick Curtis would finish off the final top 10. Anderson and Travis Stemler picked up the heat race victories.

The premier division within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series at I-96 Speedway, the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models rolled out next as Chris Nash and Zack Olger led the field to chief starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag to start their 25-lap feature. After a couple of complete restarts it would be Kris Patterson Jr., grabbing the early lead while the rest of the pack jockeyed for position.

Olger, who was steering Rusty Seaver’s #18 car for the night, was shuffled back to second but quickly caught back up to the son of Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer and multi-time I-96 Speedway track champion, Kris Patterson. On lap eight, Olger would slide by Patterson Jr., and take the lead for himself and brought Tom Sprague Jr., with him.

Sprague Jr., searched high and low trying to find a path around Olger who was at a disadvantage in an unfamiliar ride. But in the end, Olger hung tough in the unfamiliar car and after all was said and done, the St. Johns, Michigan driver would steer Seaver’s Knight’s Auto Sales Chevrolet into victory lane and win his second feature of the 2011 racing season.

Sprague Jr., settled for second but would be able to retake the points lead with Olger moving up to second in the season long points chase. Patterson Jr., slipped back to third while Phil Ausra and Rookie Jason Wiley would complete the top five. Rookie of the Year points leader, Kathy Jarvis finished sixth ahead of Luke Hubbell and Nash who would complete the field. Nash and Olger collected heat race wins.

The next race of the evening would be the 20-lap feature for the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks as the front row of Current Points Leader, Bill Brandt Jr., and Cody Denny would lead the pack to the green flag. Just like the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, it took a couple of restarts before the field settled down and when they did, Brandt Jr., jumped out to the early advantage.

Several cautions and attrition played a major role in the outcome of the feature, but each and every time, it would be Brandt Jr., leading the field back to the green in the Delaware Double-File restarts and each time he would continuously stave off the constant barrage of challengers behind him over the course of the entire race.

When the checkered flag finally fell, it would be Brandt Jr’s Zylstra Construction Chevrolet who would see it first as the Lake Odessa, Michigan pilot collected his second consecutive feature win and extend his points lead in the process. Jay Chlebek finished second while Landon Hidy, Hillary Smith, and Bob Wolf were the top five.

Ryan Alexander, in his first start at I-96 Speedway, finished sixth while 15-year-old rookie, Carlind Forsythe was seventh. Denny, defending track champion, Gary Vandermark, and Duane Nelson would wrap up the final top 10. Chlebek and Vandermark won the heat races.

The final feature of the night would be the 20-lap Feature for the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts as the front row consisted of 19-year-old Caleb Schuiling and Chuck Peterson II and it would be Chad Tomczak, who started on the inside of row four powering his way up to the front from his seventh starting spot and taking the lead as the field completed lap one.

Defending track champion, Dan Reimersma, who started last, 19th in the field after problems in his heat race, methodically worked his way through the field as the veteran sliced and diced his way through heavy traffic and as the 1/2 way signal was given, he found himself in second spot and slowly but surely began to reel in the race long leader.

Reimersma finally did catch Tomczak as the white flag came out and he searched high and low for a way around the Winston Motor Speedway points leader. However, Tomczak wasn’t to be denied as the Casnovia, Michigan competitor in his River City Motors Honda would hold off Reimersma and lead all 20 laps for his first I-96 Speedway Feature win of his career. Reimersma was second while current points leader, Rick Peck finished third over Tim Horvath II and Rookie Kyle Brigance rounded out the top five.

Greg Pinard finished in sixth as 16-year-old rookie, Kenny Playter, the grandson of former track champion, Gene Playter was seventh. Peterson II, 13-year-old Harper Hotchkiss, and another Rookie, Keith Brigance completed the top 10. Peck, Pinard, and J.T. Leach were the winners of the heat races.

Complete and Updated Information regarding the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive will be available in the mid/late morning hours of Monday, July 18th, 2011.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Summer Spectacular marks the return of UMP DIRTcar Racing to I-96 Speedway THIS Saturday, July 16th

July 14th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan –After taking the last couple of weekends off for various special events, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series return to action at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan on
Saturday, July 16th with a full four in one show in the running of the Summer Spectacular!

The premiere division at I-96 within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series, the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action and are coming off a very successful UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour race back on June 26th which saw 46 teams invade and in the end, the big 40-lap feature was won by Moweaqua, Illinois standout, Shannon Babb.

They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Heading into this weekend, Traverse City, Michigan standout, Brandon Thirlby carries a slim 10-point lead over Muskegon, Michigan’s Tom Sprague Jr., in the chase for the 2011 Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models Track Championship. Zack Olger is not so far behind as the St. Johns, Michigan star is just nine markers back of Sprague Jr. Houghton ake, Michigan pilot, Dona Marcoullier and Coleman, Michigan veteran, Curtis Roberts round out the top five.

Dave Hartman sits sixth while Two-Time and Defending Track Champion, Eric Spangler is seventh in the points. Dan Hubbell, Ben Hidy and Park City, Utah freshman, Kathy Jarvis are the current top 10. Jarvis also leads the 2011 Rookie of the Year title chase as the Professional stuntwoman holds down a 23-point advantage over fellow rookie, Jason Wiley of Fenwick, Michigan.

In the battle for the 2011 Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds Track Championship, Lowell, Michigan veteran, Mark Anderson, who is also the current UMP DIRTcar racing Michigan State Points Leader, carries an 18-point advantage over Spring Lake,ichigan rising star, Jacob Poel while Ionia, Michigan driver, Travis Stemler sits comfortably in third while former two-time track champion (2008 and 2009) Ada, Michigan veteran, Todd Feutz and Clarksville, Michigan driver, John McClure wrap up the current top five.

Veteran Tim Stemler sits sixth while Ken Beutler, Kyle Roberts, Andy Sprague, and Defending Track Champion, Rich Robinson Jr., complete the current top 10. 16-year-old Rookie, Josh Crane, who makes the trip from Rochester Hills, Michigan on Saturday nights, leads the 2011 Rookie of the Year title chase by a somewhat comfortable 45 point margin over Vermontville, Michigan’s Marty French.

As for the battle for the Track Championship within the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, Lake Odessa, Michigan’s own, Bill Brandt Jr., is having a career season as he leads Defending Track Champion, Gary Vandermark of Lowell, Michigan by 22 points. 2009 Track Champion, Clarksville, Michigan standout, Aaron Wolf sits third over 2010 Rookie of the Year, Belding, Michigan sophomore, Ron Harper and former UMP Sport Compacts Track Champion, Hillary Smith as both Harper and Smith are tied for fourth and complete the current top five.

Jay Chlebek currently is sixth while Union Mills, Indiana traveler, Cody Denny is seventh. Belding, Michigan freshman, Bruce Howe is eighth overall while Josh Frye and David Grega finish off the current top 10 in the season long points chase. Howe leads the 2011 Rookie of the Year title chase by 56 markers over Olivet, Michigan rookie, Keith Shumaker.

Finally in the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts, 2010 18 and Over Rookie of the Year, Hastings, Michigan sophomore, Rick Peck carries a whopping 55-point advantage over Grand Rapids, Michigan driver, Tim Horvath II while Defending Track Champion, Ada, Michigan’s Dan Reimersma is currently third in the title chase. Current 18 and Over Rookie of the Year Points Leader, Lowell, Michigan’s Mike Vezino is fourth overall in the points chase with fellow 18 and Over Rookie title contender, Delton, Michigan’s Kyle Brigance rounding out the top five.

Greg Pinard currently holds down the sixth spot while 15-year-old Jordan King is seventh. Scott Rumsey, J.T. Leach, and Caleb Schuiling are the current top 10. This division has two Rookie of the Year titles, one for drivers 18 and Over and one for drivers 17 and Under. Vezino leads Brigance in the 18 and Over category by 29 points while King, who calls Clarksville, Michigan home, leads the 17 and Under Freshman title chase by 22 points over 10-year-old Grand Rapids, Michigan youngster, Christopher Joyce.

For Saturday, July 16th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 16th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Michigan Festival of Speed on Wednesday, July 20th & Friday-Saturday, July 22-23rd at I-96 Speedway

July 13th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan –I-96 Speedway and Auto First Car Care Centers of Wyoming, Michigan are proud to bring in the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive which will begin on Wednesday, July 20th and continues on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23rd, featuring exciting racing for both cars and motorcycles as well as two concerts by Country Music Legend David Allan Coe.

The traveling bikes and riders of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Flat Track Motorcycles will highlight the entire
weekend on Saturday, July 23rd featuring legendary multi-time series champion Chris Carr as well as defending series champion Jake Johnson, plus Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert, also Kenny Coolbeth Jr., the most recent winner on July 9th in Hagerstown, Maryland and more will tour around the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval at some of the fastest speeds seen this season!

The Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive begins with a very special Wednesday night of racing on Wednesday, July 20th as all four weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series are in action and headlined by the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models who will compete in the highly anticipated midweek event titled; “I-96 Speedway VS North America Wednesday Night Showdown”

“This is going to be such a huge weekend of events. We know the bikes and David Allan Coe are headlining the entire weekend, but I wanted to start things off with our weekly competitors who race with us on Saturday nights,” Remarked I-96 Speedway Co-Owner / Promoter, Mike Mouch. “This is also a great opportunity for other fans and teams from around the state, the Midwest, the rest of the country, and even Canada to come on out to the track and give us a try and not have to
miss a night at their home track to do so.” He added.

Joining the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money) for an exciting evening of mid-week stock car racing.

For Wednesday, July 20th, the starting times will remain the same as a regular race night with the Pit Gates opening at 3:00p.m. Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m. Practice starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing BEGINS at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Wednesday, July 20th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE, Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside, the Kid’s Club is Free for the
Kids!): $30.00, and Pit Passes: $25.00.

Then on Friday, July 22nd it’ll be Day II of the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive as the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycles will be headlining the racing action on the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as the Flat Trackers from District 14 and other Regions from throughout the Midwest will take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Flat Track stars who’ll be invading the next day. This is also the AMA Regional and Districts’ fifth and final race of their season series at I-96 for 2011.

Then once the Motorcycle races are completed, Country Music Legend David Allan Coe will be performing LIVE in concert as the Country Music Outlaw will entertain everyone on the grounds well into the evening with all of his greatest hits. The concert will start approximately 15 minutes after the conclusion of the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycle Races.

Tickets for Friday, July 22nd are $25.00 for EVERYONE across the board which gets you in the pits, the grandstands, and admission into the concert! Open Access throughout the grounds of I-96 Speedway! In addition AMA Riders Entry Fee will be $20.00 Per Class Entered. For Friday, July 22nd, the Pit Gates Open: 4:00p.m. Grandstand Gates Open: 6:00p.m. Practice: 7:00p.m. Racing Starts: 8:00p.m. Then the David Allan Coe Concert will start at approximately 10:30p.m.

Finally on Saturday, July 23rd, the big day is here! Day III of the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive features the traveling superstars of the AMA Pro Grand National Harley-Davidson Flat Track Motorcycle Series featuring such super stars as defending series champion Jake Johnson as well as multi-time series champion the Legendary Chris Carr, current series points leader Sammy Halbert, also the most recent winner on the tour on July 9th in Hagerstown, Maryland, Kenny Coolbeth Jr., and more will headline the massive list of riders expecting to invade.

More stars making the trip will be; Brad Baker, Steven Bonsey, Jeffrey Carver Jr., Chad Cose, Joe Kopp, Johnny Lewis, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Matt Weidman, Henry Wiles, and more will all be in action. This will be an event that is simply a great time with great entertainment happening in every corner of the property. If you have never seen 20+ American Made motorcycles hitting speeds of over 140mph on the straight away and sliding sideways three-wide into the corners you will be amazed from the start to the finish. These are the biggest, baddest, and best Motorcycle Flat Track Riders in the World and Auto First has brought them back this year for you to witness talent and speed at its best on two wheels.

If the races weren’t enough, before the racing events, Country Music Legend David Allan Coe will be back performing LIVE in Concert for the second day in a row starting at 4:00p.m. The Time Line for the days’ activities will see the Pit Gates and Grandstand Gates both opening at: 12:00p.m. Practice / Qualifying begins at 3:00p.m. David Allan Coe goes on-stage at 4:00p.m. Opening Ceremonies are at 7:00p.m. Racing starts at 7:30p.m.

Advance tickets are available at the I-96 Speedway Office by calling: 1 (616) 642-0555. Office Hours are 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Make sure to get them soon before all the good seats are gone! Advance Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 23rd: Adult Reserved (13 and Over): $30.00, Adult General Admission (13 and Over): $25.00, Child Reserved (12 and Under): $20.00, Child General Admission (12 and Under): $15.00.

On RACE DAY Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 23rd are: Adult Reserved (13 and Over): $35.00, Adult General Admission (13 and Over): $30.00, Child Reserved (12 and Under): $25.00, Child General Admission (12 and Under): $20.00. In addition, Tickets for the David Allan Coe Concert are $20.00 and are only Available on Race Day and are in addition to the race event tickets.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend a Rousing Success at I-96 Speedway

July 12th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The second and final night of the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend was on Saturday, July 9th at I-96 Speedway. The Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 and Regional Flat Track Racing Series were on hand in Lake Odessa, Michigan for two consecutive nights of two-wheeled racing action.

The two-day weekend was a rousing success with two consecutive shows and a great field of riders and their bikes competed and treated the fans in the grandstands to a thrilling night of two-wheeled racing excitement for the second night in a row, this time on the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval after spending the previous night on the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

As for the results for the Flat Track riders and teams in Lake Odessa, Michigan on another beautiful night of racing, this time on a Saturday night, there were 87 bikes / riders on the grounds competing in 16 different divisions and the big Feature Winners of the night were Jordan McCready who took Three Main Feature Wins in the 401-505cc A and 251-450cc Open and the premiere division with the AMA District 14 and Regional Flat Track Motorcycles Series, the Combo Division.

His Parkinson Brothers Racing Teammate, Brett Boulis was involved in a violent accident in 251-450cc Open division and was transported to the hospital. McCready dedicated all three of his Feature Wins to his teammate in a show of support.

Two-Time Feature Winners for the evening included; Devin Pfeiffer scored Feature victories in the 401-505cc B and 201-250cc Open Classes. Ross Robinson took home two triumphs in the 251cc+ Open Twin and Vintage 401cc+ Open Classes. Also Dean Young scored two Main victories in the Super Seniors 50+ and 451cc+ Open Single divisions and young Jacob Nichols took the Feature Wins in both the 0-51cc Multi-Speed and 0-51cc 4-8 years old divisions.

Thos repeating their Feature Wins from Day I of the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend the previous night were John Tejchma – Vintage 0-400cc, Gage Beland – 52-65cc 6-11 years old, Calob Blain – 66-85cc 6-11 years old. First time Feature Winners over the weekend were; Chuck Smith – Seniors 40+, and Cory Clare – Veterans 30+.

Overall a grand total of 200 Bikes / Riders participated in the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend over the two days. Both events this past Friday and Saturday (July 8-9th) were races #3-4 of five events to be held at I-96 during the 2011 racing season for the AMA District 14 and Regional riders. The series finale in Lake Odessa, Michigan for the AMA / I-96 Series is on Friday, July 22nd during Day II of the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive, the AMA Regional riders and teams will race on the 3/8s mile.

AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

After taking the last couple of weekends off for other special events, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series return to action on Saturday, July 16th with a full 4 in 1 show in the Summer Spectacular! The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action and are coming off a very successful UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour race back on June 26th which was won by Moweaqua, Illinois standout, Shannon Babb.

They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

For Saturday, July 16th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 16th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Highlighting the month of July will be a very special three races in four nights weekend as I-96 Speedway and Auto First Car Care Centers of Wyoming, Michigan are proud to bring in the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive which will be happening on Wednesday, July 20th and continues on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23rd featuring racing for both cars and motorcycles as well as two concerts by Country Music Legend David Allan Coe!

The Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive kicks off on Wednesday, July 20th with a very special Wednesday night of racing as all four weekly divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series will be in action for the second time in five days and will once again be headlined by the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models who will compete in the thrilling and highly anticipated midweek event titled; “I-96 Speedway VS North America Wednesday Night Showdown”

Also on the card will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for an exciting evening of midweek stock car racing. The Time Line / Schedule as well as Ticket Prices remain the same as they would be for a regular Saturday night of racing, only this time, it’s all on a special Wednesday Night!

For Wednesday, July 20th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Wednesday, July 20th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Then after taking a day to prepare for the rest of the weekend, the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed Presented by Right Way Automotive continues on Friday, July 22nd, as the AMA Regional Flat Track Motorcycles will have their 2011 I-96 Season Championships as riders from District 14, Regional stars, as well as the Pros who’ll becoming in a day early for their big show the next day, will be racing together on a very special night for the Regional stars. Pit Gates open at 4:00p.m. Grandstands open at 6:00p.m., as Racing starts at 8:00p.m. Then after the races, Country Music Legend David Allan Coe will be performing Live in concert at approximately 10:30p.m.

To complete the entire weekend, the traveling bikes and riders of the AMA Pro Grand Nationals Flat Track Motorcycles will highlight the entire weekend on Saturday, July 23rd featuring the legendary Chris Carr as well as defending series champion Jake Johnson, plus Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert and more will tour around the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval at some of the fastest speeds seen this season! Grandstands open at “High Noon” 12:00p.m., while David Allan Coe will be back in concert for the second day in a row and before the Professionals take to the track, at 4:00p.m. Racing Starts at 7:30p.m.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Day I of the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend Complete at I-96 Speedway

July 10th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan–The first of two consecutive nights of the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend took place at I-96 Speedway on Friday, July 8th. The Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 and Regional Flat Track Series invaded Lake Odessa, Michigan for the first of two shows in two days and a great field of riders and their bikes competed and treated the fans in the grandstands to a thrilling night of two-wheeled racing action.

Day II of the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend is TOMORROW; Saturday, July 9th. As for the results for the AMA D14 and Regional Flat Track riders and teams on a beautiful Friday night (July 8th) on the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval, the big Feature Winners of the night amongst the 17 different divisions and 113 bikes were; Kyle Johnson who won two features as he picked up those wins in the 401-505cc A and 251-450cc Open Divisions.

Other Feature Winners included; Jeff Bullington – Vintage 401cc+ Open, Corey Desrosiers – Veteran 30+, Jacob Nichols – 0-51cc 4-8 years old, Noah Brinker – 0-51cc Multi-Speed, Natalie Brinker – 0-51cc Pee Wee Shaft Drive, Danny Oda – 401-505cc B, Lonnie Vanderpool – Seniors 40+, Calob Blain – 66-85cc 6-11 years old, Rick Hitchcock – 451cc+ Open Single, Merlyn Wertz – 251cc+ Open Twin, John Tejchma – Vintage 0-400cc, Gage Beland – 52-65cc 6-11 years old, Dean Young – Super Senior 50+, Koda Ronald – 201-250cc Open, and Tyler Hicks – Combo.

This was the third of five events to be held at I-96 during the 2011 racing season for the AMA District 14 and Regional riders. Day II of the Hot Rod Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend is TOMORROW; Saturday, July 9th as the AMA D14 and Regional stars and their bikes will move up to the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. For the AMA / I-96 Series Finale on Friday, July 22nd during Day II of the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed, the riders and teams will race on the 3/8s mile.

For Day II of Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, it’s just $5.00 to get into the Grandstands! Pit Passes are $15.00. There’s a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in. On Saturday, July 9th, all starting times are an hour earlier as the Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m.,the Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m. Practice starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing begins at 7:00p.m.

AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

Camping is allowed throughout the Weekend for absolutely Free. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

I-96 Speedway Presents; Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend THIS Friday & Saturday, July 8-9th

July 7th, 2011

(Just $5.00 Per Day to get into the Grandstands and enjoy some Two-Wheeled AMA Motorcycle Racing)

Lake Odessa, Michigan –Racing of the Two-Wheeled variety takes center stage at I-96 Speedway THIS Friday and Saturday, July 8-9th as the highly talented Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Series will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan and participate in Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend!

There will be two complete shows for the AMA D14 stars and their bikes on both days as they will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval on Friday, July 8th and then move up to the 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval on Saturday, July 9th. AMA District 14 features over 15 different divisions of motorcycle racing action for 100+ bikes and is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling.

They include Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

For each day of Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, it’s just $5.00 per day to get into the Grandstands! Pit Passes are $15.00 per day. There’s a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in per day.

For Friday, July 8th, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., Grandstands Open at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., and Racing begins at 8:00p.m.

On Saturday, July 9th, all starting times are an hour earlier. The Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m. Practice starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing begins at 7:00p.m.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

(Just $5.00 Per Day to get into the Grandstands and enjoy some Two-Wheeled AMA Motorcycle Racing)

July 6th, 2011

I-96 Speedway Presents; Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend THIS Friday &
Saturday, July 8-9th

Lake Odessa, Michigan – Racing of the Two-Wheeled variety takes center stage at I-96 Speedway THIS Friday and Saturday, July 8-9th as the highly talented Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles Series will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan and participate in Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend!

There will be two complete shows for the AMA D14 stars and their bikes on both days and they’ll take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval each day and they’ll have two complete days to get acclimated to the inner dirt oval. In the first two events of the season back on May 6th and June 3rd, the AMA D14 riders raced on the outer 1/2 mile. For Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend as well as the AMA / I-96 Series Finale on Friday, July 22nd, the riders and teams will race on the 3/8s mile.

AMA District 14 features over 15 different divisions of motorcycle racing action for 100+ bikes and is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the lower peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

For each day of Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, it’s just $5.00 per day to get into the Grandstands! Pit Passes are $15.00 per day. There’s a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in per day. For Friday, July 8th, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., Grandstands Open at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., and Racing begins at 8:00p.m. On Saturday, July 9th, all starting times are an hour earlier. The Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m. Practice starts at 6:00p.m., and Racing begins at 7:00p.m.

After taking the last couple of weekends off for other special events, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series return to action on Saturday, July 16th with a full 4 in 1 show in the Summer Spectacular! The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action and are coming off a very successful UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour race back on June 26th which was won by Moweaqua, Illinois standout, Shannon Babb.

They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

For Saturday, July 16th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, July 16th are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

I-96 Speedway and Auto First Car Care Centers of Wyoming, Michigan are proud to Present the Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed which will be happening on Wednesday, July 20th and continues on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23rd. More Details can be found at: www.i96speedway.com

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Destruction, Fireworks, and More Highlight I-96 Speedway’s Fourth of July Holiday Celebration

July 4th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The Fourth of July Holiday Weekend Celebration was going on at I-96 Speedway on Saturday, July 2nd as the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant celebrated our great nations 235th birthday with a full night of carnage and mayhem as Brand Name Drugs of Grand Rapids, Michigan presented the Fourth of July Holiday Night of Destruction. A wild night of pure excitement and constant action thrilled the massive crowd on hand and the night ended with a HUGE Fireworks display.

The Hudsonville, Michigan based West Michigan Off-Road Derby (WMOR) was on hand featuring cars navigating throughout the grounds utilizing both the 1/2 mile and 3/8s mile as well as jumps and other obstacles constructed throughout the infield for this very special event. 42 entries were on the grounds and after all was said and done, Nick Vliestra took the checkered flag ahead of Mitch Zeerip, Ken Nauta, Brandon Oliver, and Jeff Piccard the top five. Heat Race Winners were; Jason Steele, Piccard, Vlietstra, Katie Steele, and Nauta while Last Chance Races went to Don Oxford, Zeerip, and Mark Spetoskey.

Other destruction events featured a School Bus Race around the 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval and after a very entertaining event that went 10 laps, it would be Chief Tech Inspector Chris Beckhorn taking the win over Jeremiah Kirby, Tim Kirby, Phil Traver, and Matt Prieur the top five. Tim Kirby was the winner of the Heat Race.

Spectator Drags were also a part of the action as fans in the grandstands were able to take their personal vehicles out onto the 3/8s mile dirt and go against each other one on one for one lap. The winner moves on, the loser heads back to the parking lot. In all, 13 competitors took the challenge with Jeremiah Kirby in his Cummins Diesel truck taking the win over Tyler Quillan in his Chevrolet Pick-Up Truck. Earlier in the night, a Jay Scott in a GMC Pick-Up truck went over the top of turn four and barrel rolled several times. He was ok but the truck was completely destroyed.

Then the Busses returned and took part in the first ever School Bus Demolition Derby, when that was over, it would be Chris Beckhorn taking his second win of the night. The very special Gauntlet race wrapped up the Destruction portion of the night as the “Gauntlet” in this case a Van had to fight off two other “attackers” who are trying to tip the “Gauntlet” over by any means necessary. In the end, Co-Promoter Mike Mouch and Driver Gary Bowerman, who were in the Gauntlet” Nick Vlietstra and Brandon Oliver were able to tip over the Van with Mouch and Bowerman in it thus winning the Gauntlet race.

Next Weekend on Friday and Saturday, July 8-9th the highly talented Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan as its Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend! There will be two complete shows for the AMA D14 stars and their bikes on both days and they’ll take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval each day.

Normally when the AMA D14 riders race at I-96, they’re up on the big 1/2 mile, as has been the case for the first two shows of the season back on May 6th and June 3rd, but for Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, they’ll take on the fast 3/8s and they’ll have two complete days to get acclimated to the inner dirt oval. The AMA D14 Motorcycles feature over 15 different divisions of racing action for 100+ bikes.

AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the lower peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

For each day of Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, it’s just $5.00 per day to get into the Grandstands! Pit Passes are only $15.00 per day. There’s also a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in each day. For Friday, July 8th, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 8:00p.m. Then on Saturday, July 9th, the Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands Open up at 5:00p.m. Practice starts at 6:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 7:00p.m.

Then on Saturday, July 16th and after taking a couple of weekend off, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series return to action with a full 4 in 1 show featuring the return of all four weekly divisions in the Summer Spectacular. The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action.

They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Every Saturday night in 2011 (Unless Noted for Special Events) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices every Saturday night (Unless Noted for Special Events) are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Finally, I-96 Speedway and Auto First Car Care Centers of Wyoming, Michigan are proud to Present the; Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed which will be happening on Wednesday, July 20th and continues on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23rd featuring racing for both cars and motorcycles as well as two concerts by Country Music Legend; David Allan Coe.

The traveling bikes and riders of the AMA Pro Grand Nationals Flat Track Motorcycles will highlight the entire weekend on Saturday, July 23rd featuring the legendary Chris Carr as well as defending series champion Jake Johnson, plus Jared Mees, Sammy Halbert and more will tour around the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval at some of the fastest speeds seen this season!

The night before on Friday, July 22nd, the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will have their 2011 I-96 Speedway Season Championships. David Allan Coe will be performing Live in concert after the races on Friday, July 22nd at approximately 10:00p.m., and before the races on Saturday, July 23rd at 4:00p.m.

The Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed kicks off on Wednesday, July 20th with a very special Wednesday night of racing as all four weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series will be in action headlined by the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models who will compete in the thrilling and highly anticipated midweek event titled; “I-96 Speedway VS North America Wednesday Night Showdown” Joining the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for an exciting evening of midweek stock car racing.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and
search “I-96 Speedway”

Celebrate the Fourth of July Holiday Weekend at I-96 Speedway with DESTRUCTION and FIREWORKS

July 2nd, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan — The Fourth of July Holiday Weekend is upon us at I-96 Speedway as the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant will celebrate the Holidays with the Fourth of July Holiday Night of Destruction THIS Saturday, July 2nd. Co-Owners / Promoters, Mike and Sarah Mouch look to celebrate our nations 235th birthday in style by tearing stuff up and getting a little crazy as the West Michigan Off-Road Derby will headline the night’s festivities.

The West Michigan Off-Road Derby (WMOR) isn’t just another off road race; it is an outdoor action packed, family friendly experience! WMOR is about entertaining and filling the night with excitement. If you have been to other off road races, derbies, or demolition derbies and thought it wasn’t for you, try WMOR. They are a family owned, family run, off road racing series.

Based in Hudsonville, Michigan, WMOR puts on about 10 events per year. Races are on dirt tracks with 8-12 drivers in each heat and each event consisting of several heats plus a consolation race, semi-finals, finals and Powder Puff racing. Drivers race cars that were previously driven (legally) on the road, but are now stripped down and reinforced to be able to take a pounding, and be as safe as possible when smashing into one another.

In addition to the West Michigan Off-Road Derby, there will be a School Bus Race, a School Bus Demolition Derby, a Gauntlet Race, Trash Can Bowling, Spectator Drags with $150 going to the winner, and a HUGE FIREWORKS display to wrap up the evening. The Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m.m with Destruction starting promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (12 and Over): $15.00, Kids (11 and Under): FREE With a Paid Adult, and Pit Passes
are $25.00.

Upcoming events at I-96 Speedway after the Holiday Weekend starts on Friday and Saturday, July 8-9th as the highly talented Bikes and Riders of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will spend the weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan as its Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend! There will be two complete shows for the AMA D14 stars and their bikes on both days and they’ll take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval each day.

Normally when the AMA D14 riders race at I-96, they’re up on the big 1/2 mile, as has been the case for the first two shows of the season back on May 6th and June 3rd, but for Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, they’ll take on the fast 3/8s and they’ll have two complete days to get acclimated to the inner dirt oval. The AMA D14 Motorcycles feature over 15 different divisions of racing action for 100+ bikes.

AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the lower peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

For each day of Motorcycle Mayhem Weekend, it’s just $5.00 per day to get into the Grandstands! Pit Passes are only $15.00 per day. There’s also a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in each day. For Friday, July 8th, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 8:00p.m. Then on Saturday, July 9th, the Pit Gates Open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands Open up at 5:00p.m. Practice starts at 6:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 7:00p.m.

The cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series return to action after taking a couple of weekends off on Saturday, July 16th as A full 4 in 1 show is on tap featuring the return of all four weekly divisions in the Summer Spectacular. The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) will highlight the nights racing action.

They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money), and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money). All four divisions will take on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Every Saturday night in 2011 (Unless Noted for Special Events) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices every Saturday night (Unless Noted for Special Events) are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Finally, I-96 Speedway and Auto First Car Care Centers of Wyoming, Michigan are proud to Present the; Auto First Michigan Festival of Speed which will be happening on Wednesday, July 20th and continues on Friday and Saturday, July 22-23rd. A Press Release announcing all the details of this very special three races in four days extravaganza will be available in the mid/late morning hours of Thursday, June 30th.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Shannon Babb Wins UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Feature at I-96 Speedway

June 30th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The traveling cars and stars from the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals invaded I-96 Speedway for the Biggest Single Day Racing Event in the state of Michigan for the 2011 racing season on Sunday, June 26th as an outstanding crowd jammed every inch of the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant and were treated to some outstanding racing within the three divisions as 102 teams were on the grounds.

The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour 40-lap Feature for the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models was up first and after the greatest sight seen anywhere at any race track in the world; The four-wide salute “Wave Lap”, one of the strongest fields of the Hell Tour to date, and perhaps the strongest field of UMP Late Models ever assembled at I-96 Speedway took the green flag in search of a $5,000 pay day with Shannon Babb and Brian Shirley leading the stout 22-car starting field to the green flag.

Shirley jumped out to the early lead on the lightning fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval over Babb and the rest of the field who were jockeying for position. The laps quickly clicked off with Shirley setting a torrid early pace. By lap 15 Shirley had found himself surrounded by lapped traffic and he used that to his advantage to put even more real estate between him, Babb, and Fast Qualifier Zack Olger, the last weekly feature winner for the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models at I-96 back on June 4th.

The first caution didn’t come out until lap 31 and on the restart; Shirley again pulled away from Babb and Olger and opened up nearly a straightaway lead on them in just a few short laps. However working on lap 38, Shirley tapped the turn two wall leading into the backstretch and was able to save the car. However he overshot turns three and four and spun his mount forcing the cars behind him to take evasive action. Babb was able to dodge Shirley but Olger had nowhere to go and slid
into Shirley’s stopped machine bringing out the caution flag. Shirley was done for the evening while Olger went to the rear of the field with a damaged ride.

On the final restart, Babb had defending race winner, Jeep VanWormer on his back bumper, but after a short battle, Babb was able to put some distance between himself and the home state favorite and when the checkered flag flew, the Moweaqua, Illinois veteran, a two-time UMP Summer Nationals Champion and former Dirt Track World Championship winner, steered his Petroff Towing Chevrolet into victory lane after scoring his first Feature Win of the 2011 Hell Tour and taking over the Tours’ points lead in the process!

VanWormer settled for second with Defending UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Jason Feger finishing third over 18-year-old Brandon Sheppard and Jack Sullivan who completed the top five. Former Three-Time UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Dennis Erb Jr., finished sixth while Points Leader going into the night, Scott James was seventh over Billy Moyer Jr. Olger recovered to finish ninth with 19-year-old Dillan White rounding out the top 10.

Olger was the fastest of the 46 cars on the grounds in Qualifying as he established the track record on the 3/8s mile with a lap measured at a 16.252 which equals out to 83.066mph. He also scored a Qualifier Heat Race Win. Shirley, Babb, and White also collected Qualifier Heat Race wins while Donny Walden and Dave Hartman picked up C Main victories and Brian Ruhlman won the B Main over Dona Marcoullier to transfer into the Feature.

James and Walden earned UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Provisionals while 2010 UMP DIRTcar Racing Series National Champion Rusty Schlenk and Two-Time and Defending I-96 Speedway Track Champion Eric Spangler also picked up Provisionals as well.

The 30-lap DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds rolled out next with a $1,000 pay check awaiting the winner. Another stout field of cars took the green flag as Jeff Sayles and Travis Stemler started on the front row. However it would be Joe Rokos, who started on the inside of the second row making a bold maneuver by the front row to take the early lead.

2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk, who started on the outside of the second row, also made short work of the front row and set his sights on Rokos. On lap 10, he would take over the lead and try desperately to pull away from the rest of the field. However Jacob Poel, who came into the night second place in the season long points chase, worked his way up to second from his sixth starting spot and soon reeled in Fisk and the battle was on.

After trading the lead back and forth several times, Poel would take over the top spot for good on lap 20 and from there, the Spring Lake, Michigan driver in his Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication Chevrolet would go on to score his second Feature win of the 2011 racing season and draw ever so closer to Current Points Leader and UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State points leader, Mark Anderson, who finished 11th, in the chase for both titles.

Fisk finished second ahead of new DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Points Leader; Forrest, Illinois visitor Jeff Curl who started 17th. Rokos was fourth ahead of Andy Sprague who finished off the top five. Last Week’s Feature winner, former Two-Time Track Champion Todd Feutz was sixth as Wheatfield, Indiana visitor Nick Allen was seventh over Defending Track Champion Rich Robinson Jr., Sayles, and Tim Stemler from 20th, completed the top 10.

There was no Qualifying for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds as all 31 competitors drew for their starting positions in the Qualifier Heat Races. Robinson Jr., Fisk, and Poel won the heat races. For Poel, he is perfect in Heat Races at I-96 in 2011 as it was his sixth straight heat race win in six nights of racing at I-96 Speedway! Hoosier State invader, Ryan Thomas won the B Main to transfer into the Feature over Curl, Kyle Roberts, Brad Wilson, and Tim Stemler who also transferred.

The final race of the night was the 20-lap Feature for the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts as they were led to Chief Starter Tim Beebe’s green flag by Current Points Leader Rick Peck and Winston Motor Speedway invader Rich Lieb. After a brief side by side dual, it would be Lieb grabbing the early lead away from the reigning 2010 18 and over Rookie of the Year and he would set the pace whole the rest of the field settled in behind him.

Peck experience brief problems in his machine and dropped all the way back to eighth spot. The problem corrected itself and he would then begin fighting his way back to the front. In the meantime, Lieb was enjoying a comfortable advantage over the rest of the field before fellow Winston invader; Chad Tomczak got away from the pack and slowly but surely began reeling in the race long leader.

Tomczak was able to get to Lieb’s back bumper but couldn’t mount a challenge as he had to fight off a resurgent Peck late in the race. This allowed Lieb to again pull away and when all was said and done, the Muskegon, Michigan driver in his East Beltline Towing Eagle would score his first career I-96 Speedway Feature win!

Peck was able to get by Tomczak to finish second as J.T. Leach was fourth over Tim Horvath II who wrapped up the top five. Current 18 and over Rookie points leader Mike Vezino was sixth while Scott Rumsey, Keith Brigance, Taylor Wiles, and Current 17 and Under Rookie points leader, 15-year-old Jordan King were the final top 10. There was no Qualifying for the 25 Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts teams as all teams drew for their starting position in their Qualifier Heat Races. Tomczak and Lieb picked up the Heat Race victories.

Next on the 2011 schedule at I-96 Speedway will be the Fourth of July Holiday Night of Destruction on Saturday, July 2nd as the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant will celebrate the Holiday Weekend in style by tearing stuff up and getting a little crazy as the West Michigan Off-Road Derby will headline the night’s festivities.

The West Michigan Off-Road Derby isn’t just another off-road race; it is an outdoor action-packed family-friendly experience! WMOR is about entertaining and filling the night with excitement. If you have been to an off-road race, derby or demolition derby and thought it wasn’t for you, try WMOR!

West Michigan Off Road Derby is a family-owned, family-run, off-road racing series. Located in West Michigan, the series puts on about 10 races per year. Races are on a dirt track with 8-12 drivers in each heat and each event consisting of several heats plus a consolation race, semi-finals, finals and Powder-Puff racing. Drivers race cars that were previously driven (legally) on the road, but are now stripped down and reinforced to be able to take a pounding, and be as safe as possible when smashing into one another.

In addition to the West Michigan Off-Road Derby, there will be School Bus Races, a School Bus Demolition Derby, a Gauntlet Race, Trash Can Bowling, and a HUGE FIREWORKS display to wrap up the evening. The Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open at 5:00p.m.m with Destruction starting promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (12 and Over): $15.00, Kids (11 and Under): FREE With a Paid Adult, and Pit Passes are $25.00

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

THIS Sunday, June 26th; UMP Summer Nationals HELL Tour Invades I-96 Speedway

June 25th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan: The Biggest Single Day Event in the state of Michigan is THIS Sunday, June 26th at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Race for the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will be on the same card on the same day!

They’ll be joined by the track’s Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for an action packed day of Racing on a special Sunday. During the Sunday extravaganza, all three divisions will race on the 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval that is utilized for the Weekly Divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series throughout the 2011 racing season.

The UMP Late Models will going for a cool $5,000 to the winner of their 40-lap Feature while the UMP Modifieds will run for a $1,000 to win payday in their 30-lap Feature. The UMP Sport Compacts will run a regular 20-lap Feature paying normal pay of $125 to Win and $25 to start. An expected field of well over 100 cars total from all across the United States and Canada will jam the pits for the special Sunday extravaganza.

The Pit Gates will open at “High Noon” 12:00p.m. Grandstands Open at 2:00p.m. Practice starts at 4:00p.m., and will include UMP Late Models Qualifying, (NOTE: UMP Modifieds and UMP Sport Compacts will DRAW for their Qualifier Heat Race Starting Positions) Racing STARTS at 6:00p.m. (NOTE: The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Feature for the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will be FIRST up after all Preliminary Events have been completed.)

Ticket Prices for Sunday, June 26th are on sale at the track; Reserved Seating $25.00 in Advance – General Admission $20.00 in Advance – Children (6-12) $10.00 – Kids (5 and Under) FREE. On Race Day Grandstand Prices will go up $5.00 except for Children (6-12) which stays at $10.00 and Kids (5 and Under) which will remain Free. On Race Day, Ticket Prices are; Reserved Seating $30.00 – General Admission $25.00 – Children (6-12) $10.00 – Kids (5 and Under) FREE.

Pit Passes will be $35.00 for UMP Late Models Teams, UMP Modifieds Teams, and the General Public. For the UMP Sport Compact Teams, the driver and two crew members will be able to Purchase Pit Passes for $25.00 and all three team members must be present at the time of arrival.

“There’s going to be teams here from all over the country for this race in Late Models and Modifieds, and even in the Sport Compacts,” Co-Owner / Promoter, Mike Mouch said. “What a great way to spend a Sunday then to come out to the track early, or even the day before, we’ll be here; Tailgate one or both days, and watch some of the best racing you’ll see all year with some of the best drivers in the country!” He added.

The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for UMP Late Models is now in its 24th year. The race in Lake Odessa, Michigan is part of the marathon 25 races in 32 days and is the ONLY event scheduled in Michigan during the 2011 edition of the Hell Tour! A whopping $25,000 will be going to the winner of the entire series. Over 300 drivers are expected to compete selectively throughout the 25-race 2011 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour.

In the tours’ 2010 visit to I-96, 45 teams made the trip to the farthest northern destination for the tour with Pinconning, Michigan’s Jeep VanWormer winning over Devin Shiels, Brian Ruhlman, Ryan Unzicker, and Zack Olger as four of the top five finishers were from Michigan. Jason Feger won the 2010 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Series Championship over Dennis Erb Jr., while Shannon Babb, VanWormer, and Unzicker were the final Top Five in the series points standings.

This season’s expected entries are staggering to say the least and are led by Defending UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Illinois. His prime rivals for the Summer Nationals title figure to once again be former series champs Dennis Erb Jr., of Carpentersville, Illinois and Moweaqua, Illinois’ ace, Shannon Babb, but there’s a host of other drivers jockeying for position in the spotlight.

Current UMP DIRTcar National Points Leader Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Illinois is among the stellar crop of drivers planning to follow the entire “Hell Tour” along with up-and-coming teenager Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Illinois. More stout entries declaring their intentions on running the entire tour includes; Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Arkansas; Scott James of Greendale, Indiana (Winner at Cedar Lake, WI on June 17th and Current Series Points Leader). Also Randy Korte of Highland, Illinois; Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio; Jim Moon of Zionsville, Indiana; Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Arkansas; Brian Shirley of Chatham, Illinois; and Donny Walden of Towanda, Illinois.

Other high profile drivers expected to enter numerous Summer Nationals events, and follow the entire tour depending on performance includes; Steve Casebolt Jr., of Richmond, Indiana; Gary Christian of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; Frank Heckenast Jr., of Frankfort, Illinois; Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Gulport, Alabama; Rodney Melvin of Benton, Illinois; Billy Moyer of Batesville, Arkansas; Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois; Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Indiana; Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Illinois (Winner at Kankakee, IL on June 16th); Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri; and Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Illinois.

Michigan will be well represented and led by current Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models Points Leader at I-96, Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Michigan along-with defending race winner, Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Michigan; and Brian Ruhlman of Clark Lake, Michigan. Defending 2010 UMP DIRTcar National Points Champion Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Michigan who already has a Feature Win this season in the 2011 season opener at I-96 is another driver looking to defend the home turf while other Feature Winners this season at I-96 includes Curtis Roberts of Coleman, Michigan and the tracks most recent feature winner, Zack Olger of St. Johns, Michigan.

Other top contenders from Michigan also include; Two-Time and Defending Track Champion, Eric Spangler of Lake City, Michigan as well as Tom Sprague Jr., of Muskegon, Michigan; Dona Marcoulier of Houghton Lake, Michigan; Kris Patterson Jr., of St. Johns, Michigan; Sammy Epling of Perry, Michigan; Rich Neiser of Fruitport, Michigan; Ryan VanderVeen of Six Lakes, Michigan; Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Driver, John Grega of Fruitport, Michigan and many more. For more information about the 2011 version of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for UMP Late Models, go to their website at: www.thehelltour.com

New for 2011 and in addition to the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour is the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for UMP Modifieds! Summit Racing Equipment will post a $10,000 cash point fund for the series as well as over $10,000 in Summit Racing gift certificates will be posted as contingency awards throughout the tour. The final points standings will show a driver’s 10 best finishes opening the competition up to a significant amount of drivers. The Series Champion will receive $2,000 for their efforts!

Ken Schrader (Kankakee, IL on June 16th) and Ryan Gustin (Cedar Lake, WI on June 17th) have won the first two events. Over 400 drivers are expected to compete selectively throughout the new series and just like there big brothers with the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour UMP Late Models, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour will hit tracks in six states as it winds its way through the heart of DIRTcar Racing’s UMP region before concluding in mid-July. For more information about the Inaugural DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, go to: www.modifiednationals.com and for more on Summit Racing Equipment, go to: www.summitracing.com or call: 1-800-230-3030.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Welcome Home Dustin Daggett; Total Domination in the ASCS Sprints on Dirt at I96

June 22nd, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan – The Fathers Day Holiday Weekend was celebrated in style at I-96 Speedway as the high flying, winged bandits of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP made their first of three appearances at their adoptive home track in Lake Odessa, Michigan on Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Night at the Races. A stellar crowd was on hand and they witnessed a nice sized field of 85 total teams in the pits including an impressive 27 Sprint Cars!

Also on the card were three of the tracks weekly divisions who race within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series; The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts as all four divisions took on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models had the night off as they prepare for the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour race on Sunday, June 26th.

After taking the weekend of June 10-12th off, drivers and teams were eager to get back on the track and the night started off appropriately enough with the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and their 20-lap feature on Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Night at the Races and it would be David Grega and Hillary Smith bringing the field down to the green flag.

Defending Track Champion and Current Points Leader, Gary Vandermark rocketed from his outside second row starting spot and performed a daring inside / outside maneuver around the first three cars to take the early lead as the rest of the field jockeyed for position around and behind him. Bill Brandt Jr., who came into the night second in the season long points chase behind Vandermark, carefully negotiated his way up to second by following Vandermark by the front row and followed
the reigning champions’ tire tracks.

All of a sudden on lap 13, Vandermark slowed on the track and as the field drove by, he pulled off and was done for the night, handing the lead to Brandt Jr., who had to deal with Grega as well as Smith who had worked her way back into the top three. A late restart bunched the field up once more, but Brandt Jr., wasn’t to be denied as the Lake Odessa, Michigan native in his Zylstra Construction Chevrolet would hang on to win his first feature of the season and with Vandermark dropping out, takes over the points lead in the process!

Grega settled for a hard fought second place finish as Smith finished third over 2010 Rookie of the Year Ron Harper with Landon Hidy finishing off the top five. Josh Frye was sixth as Rookie Nathan Stickney, Rich Sweet, another Rookie, 15-year-old Carlind Forsythe, and 2009 Track Champion Aaron Wolf were the top 10. Vandermark and Brandt Jr., collected the heat race wins.

After getting rained out in the series’ first scheduled appearance back on May 14th, that race has since been officially cancelled and will not be made up, the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP were pushed off and after an impressive four-wide salute, the green flag flew for their 25-lap feature with 1999 I-96 Speedway Track Champion Robert Huisken and Joe Bares leading the stellar field to the green.

All the way from his outside third row starting spot, home track favorite, Dustin Daggett rocketed into the lead passing all five cars in front of him by the time they came out of turn two before even completing lap one, and to the roar of the partisan crowd on hand, Daggett would lead that first lap. From that point on, the all-time leader in feature wins in the series as well as a former two-time series champion put on a clinic few fans who witnessed the race will ever forget.

Daggett would take advantage of the caution free event to lap everyone up to the second place and in the end, the Portland, Michigan driver in his Miles Petroleum Group / Maxim Chassis machine would dominate like few have ever seen in track history en route to the popular win. Jared Horstman finished second and was the only other car on the lead lap! Bares was third with Ben Rutan and Gregg Dalman the top five. Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer Ken Mackey was sixth as former Three-Time Track Champion Brett Mann was seventh with Huisken, Blake Himee, and Andy Chewoski wrapped up the top 10.

There was no Qualifying for the 27 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP teams as the heat races used a passing points system to transfer cars into the Feature as Daggett, Mackey, Defending Series Champion and Feature Winner the night before at Cherry Raceway, Ryan Grubaugh, and Horstman scored heat race wins while Himee won the dash. Tim Champlin won the B Main over Kirk Cheney, Dustin Shriver, and Nic Rogers who also transferred to the feature.

The ASCS Sprints on Dirt return to I-96 Speedway twice more in 2011 on Saturday, August 13th and then in the series’ 2011 Season Championships on Saturday, September 24th during the tracks 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza. Both events will again be Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Night at the Races.

The Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts rolled out next for their 20-lap feature and it would be Tim Horvath II and 2010 18 and Over Rookie of the Year and Current Points Leader, Rick Peck leading the 20-car field to the green flag and it would be Horvath II beating Peck to the first corner to grab the early lead while the rest of the field settled in behind him.

Just a lap later, Defending Track Champion, Dan Reimersma, who started sixth, had methodically worked his way up to Horvath II’s back bumper and drove around the early race leader on lap two. By this time, Peck had regrouped and followed Reimersma by Horvath II to take over the runner-up spot. Peck chased Reimersma all over the 3/8s mile dirt oval, following him through lapped traffic all the while searching for a way around the reigning champion.

Through it all though, Reimersma was able to dodge several obstacles thrown his way in the form of lapped traffic and was also able to fend off Peck and Horvath II and after all was said and done, Reimersma was able to draw closer to Peck in the chase for the 2011 Track Championship as the Ada, Michigan driver, in his Sharkwater Shots Honda would go on to collect his second feature win of the 2011 racing season.

Peck was able to fight off Horvath II to finish second as Horvath II secured the final podium position in third. Rookie Kyle Brigance finished a career high fourth with Scott Rumsey rounding out the top five. Another Rookie Keith Brigance, Kyle’s younger brother, finished a career high sixth as 15-year-old Rookie Jordan King was seventh over 18-year-old Rookie Brian Hofbauer while 19-year-old Caleb Schuiling and 17-year-old Rookie Joe Pironello completed the top 10. Kyle Brigance, Schuiling, and Peck picked up heat race victories.

The final feature of the night would be the 25-lap main event for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds and leading the 24-car starting field to chief starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag would be 19-year-old David Mielke and former Two-Time Track Champion, Todd Feutz. It would be Feutz beating Mielke to the first corner to take the early advantage as the rest of the pack maneuvered their way into position to battle.

With the massive and stout field in such close quarters, real estate was at a premium for the division as from second on back, the battles ensued all over the 3/8s mile which was good news for Feutz who slowly but surely pulled away from the rest of the field. The feature winner from two weekends previous, Jacob Poel, who also won the Michigan Dirt Cup Series race the night before at Winston Motor Speedway, finally escaped the pack from his ninth starting spot and began reeling in Feutz.

As Feutz carefully negotiated the lapped traffic, Poel went up to the top of the track and rode the momentum to close the gap on Feutz. With five laps to go, Poel would find himself on Feutz’s back bumper and the battle was on for the lead. Poel did briefly pull up along-side of Feutz but was forced to back off due to lapped traffic. That proved to be the winning move for Feutz in his O.M.M. Engineering Chevrolet as the Ada, Michigan veteran, the 2008 and 2009 Track Champion, would score his first feature win in two seasons in the caution free race.

Poel settled for second while UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan State Points Leader and Track Points Leader, Mark Anderson was third with Mielke finishing a season high fourth over Defending Track Champion, Rich Robinson Jr., who completed the top five. 2007 Track Champion Shannon Fisk, in his first appearance of the season, finished sixth as 18-year-old Andy Galgoci, John McClure, Travis Stemler, and Trevor Sloan wrapped up the top 10. Poel, Mielke, and Anderson grabbed the heat race wins.

The Biggest Single Day Racing Event in the State of Michigan is next on the 2011 calendar on a special Sunday, June 26th as the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will be on the same card on the same day!

They’ll be joined by the tracks’ Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for an action packed day of racing on a special Sunday. (Note: Saturday, June 25th is an OFF Day at the track, however camping will be allowed for those looking to get to the track early for this event.) During the Sunday extravaganza, all three divisions will race on the 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval that is utilized for the Weekly Divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series throughout the 2011 racing season.

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will going for a cool $5,000 to the winner of their 40-lap Feature and will be the FIRST FEATURE of the evening while the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will run for a $1,000 to win payday in their 30-lap Feature. The Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will run a regular 20-lap Feature paying normal pay of $125 to Win and $25 to start. An expected field of well over 100 cars total from all across the United States and Canada will jam the pits for the special Sunday extravaganza.

The Pit Gates will open at “High Noon” 12:00p.m. Grandstands Open at 2:00p.m. Practice starts at 4:00p.m., and will include UMP Late Models Qualifying, (NOTE: The UMP Modifieds and UMP Sport Compacts will DRAW for their Qualifier Heat Race Starting Positions) Racing STARTS at 6:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for Sunday, June 26th are on sale at the track; Reserved Seating $25.00 in Advance – General Admission $20.00 in Advance – Children (6-12) $10.00 – Kids (5 and Under) FREE. On Race Day Grandstand Prices will go up $5.00 except for Children (6-12) which stays at $10.00 and Kids (5 and Under) which will remain Free. On Race Day, Ticket Prices are; Reserved Seating $30.00 – General Admission $25.00 – Children (6-12) $10.00 – Kids (5 and Under) FREE.

Pit Passes will be $35.00 for UMP Late Models Teams, UMP Modifieds Teams, and the General Public. For the UMP Sport Compact Teams, the driver and two crew members will be able to Purchase Pit Passes for $25.00 and all three team members MUST be present at the time of arrival to take advantage of the discount.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Headlines Biggest Single Day Event in Michigan at I-96 Speedway

June 17th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– The Biggest Single Day Event in the state of Michigan is on Sunday, June 26th at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Race #11 for UMP Late Models and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals Race #11 for UMP Modifieds will be on the same card on the same day!

They’ll be joined by the track’s Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for an action packed day of Racing on a special Sunday. During the Sunday extravaganza, all three divisions will race on the 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval that is utilized for the Weekly Divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series throughout the 2011 racing season.

The UMP Late Models will going for a cool $5,000 to the winner of their 40-lap Feature while the UMP Modifieds will run for a $1,000 to win payday in their 30-lap Feature. The UMP Sport Compacts will run a regular 20-lap Feature paying normal pay of $125 to Win and $25 to start. An expected field of well over 100 cars total from all across the United States and Canada will jam the pits for the special Sunday extravaganza.

The Pit Gates will open at “High Noon” 12:00p.m. Grandstands Open at 2:00p.m. Practice starts at 4:00p.m., and will include UMP Late Models Qualifying, (NOTE: UMP Modifieds and UMP Sport Compacts will DRAW for their Qualifier Heat Race Starting Positions) Racing STARTS at 6:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for Sunday, June 26th are on sale at the track; Reserved Seating $25.00 in Advance – General Admission $20.00 in Advance –
Children (6-12) $10.00 – Kids (5 and Under) FREE. On Race Day
Grandstand Prices will go up $5.00 except for Children (6-12) which
stays at $10.00 and Kids (5 and Under) which will remain Free. On Race
Day, Ticket Prices are; Reserved Seating $30.00 – General Admission
$25.00 – Children (6-12) $10.00 – Kids (5 and Under) FREE.

Pit Passes will be $35.00 for UMP Late Models Teams, UMP Modifieds Teams, and the General Public. For the UMP Sport Compact Teams, the driver and two crew members will be able to Purchase Pit Passes for $25.00 and all three team members must be present at the time of arrival.

“There’s going to be teams here from all over the country for this race in Late Models and Modifieds, and even in the Sport Compacts,” Co-Owner / Promoter, Mike Mouch said. “What a great way to spend a Sunday then to come out to the track early, or even the day before, we’ll be here; Tailgate one or both days, and watch some of the best racing you’ll see all year with some of the best drivers in the country!” He added.

The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for UMP Late Models, now in its 24th year, kicks off TODAY; Wednesday, June 15th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana. The race in Lake Odessa, Michigan will be night #11 of the marathon 25 races in 32 days and is the ONLY event scheduled in Michigan during the 2011 edition of the Hell Tour! A whopping $25,000 will be going to the winner of the entire series. Over 300 drivers are expected to compete selectively throughout the 25-race 2011 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour.

In the tours’ 2010 visit to I96, 45 teams made the trip to the farthest northern destination for the tour with Pinconning, Michigan’s Jeep VanWormer winning over Devin Shiels, Brian Ruhlman, Ryan Unzicker, and Zack Olger as four of the top five finishers were from Michigan. Jason Feger won the 2010 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Series Championship over Dennis Erb Jr., while Shannon Babb, VanWormer, and Unzicker were the final Top Five in the series points standings.

This season’s expected entries are staggering to say the least and are led by Defending UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Champion Jason Feger of Bloomington, Illinois. His prime rivals for the Summer Nationals title figure to once again be former series champs Dennis Erb Jr., of Carpentersville, Illinois and Moweaqua, Illinois’ ace, Shannon Babb, but there’s a host of other drivers jockeying for position in the spotlight.

Current UMP DIRTcar National Points Leader Ryan Unzicker of El Paso, Illinois is among the stellar crop of drivers planning to follow the entire “Hell Tour” along with up-and-coming teenager Brandon Sheppard of New Berlin, Illinois. More stout entries declaring their intentions on running the entire tour includes; Jack Sullivan of Greenbrier, Arkansas; Scott James of Greendale, Indiana; Randy Korte of Highland, Illinois; Matt Miller of Waterville, Ohio; Jim Moon of Zionsville, Indiana; Billy Moyer Jr. of Batesville, Arkansas; Brian Shirley of Chatham, Illinois; and Donny Walden of Towanda, Illinois.Other high profile drivers expected to enter numerous Summer Nationals events, and follow the entire tour depending on performance includes; Steve Casebolt Jr., of Richmond, Indiana; Gary Christian of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; Frank Heckenast Jr., of Frankfort, Illinois; Ronny Lee Hollingsworth of Gulport, Alabama; Rodney Melvin of Benton, Illinois; Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Illinois; Kent Robinson of Bloomington, Indiana; Mike Spatola of Manhattan, Illinois; Will Vaught of Crane, Missouri; and Kevin Weaver of Gibson City, Illinois.

Michigan will be well represented led by current Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models Points Leader at I-96, Brandon Thirlby of Traverse City, Michigan along-with defending race winner, Jeep VanWormer of Pinconning, Michigan; and defending 2010 UMP DIRTcar National Points Champion Rusty Schlenk of Jackson, Michigan who already has a Feature Win this season in the 2011 season opener at I-96. Other Feature Winners this season at I-96 who look to defend the Great Lakes State’s home turf includes Curtis Roberts of Coleman, Michigan and the tracks most recent feature winner, Zack Olger of St. Johns, Michigan.

Other top contenders from Michigan also include; Two-Time and Defending Track Champion, Eric Spangler of Lake City, Michigan as well as Tom Sprague Jr., of Muskegon, Michigan; Dona Marcoulier of Houghton Lake, Michigan; Kris Patterson Jr., of St. Johns, Michigan; Sammy Epling of Perry, Michigan; Rich Neiser of Fruitport, Michigan; Ryan VanderVeen of Six Lakes, Michigan; Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Driver, John Grega of Fruitport, Michigan and many more. For more information about the 2011 version of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for UMP Late Models, go to their website at: www.thehelltour.com

New for 2011 and in addition to the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour is the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for UMP Modifieds! Summit Racing Equipment will post a $10,000 cash point fund for the series as well as over $10,000 in Summit Racing gift certificates will be posted as contingency awards throughout the tour. The final points standings will show a driver’s 10 best finishes opening the competition up to a significant amount of drivers. The Series Champion will receive $2,000 for their efforts!

Over 400 drivers are expected to compete selectively throughout the new series and just like there big brothers with the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour UMP Late Models, the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour will also kick off on Wednesday, June 15th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana and will hit tracks in six states as it winds its way through the heart of DIRTcar Racing’s UMP region before concluding in mid-July. For more information about the Inaugural DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, go to: www.modifiednationals.com and for more on Summit Racing Equipment, go to: www.summitracing.com or call: 1-800-230-3030.

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP INVADE I-96 Speedway THIS Saturday, June 18th

June 14th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan– THIS Saturday, June 18th RACING Returns to I-96 Speedway after taking the weekend of June 10-12th off as Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Presents the first of three appearances by the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP in 2011 is here as the high flying, winged warriors will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval and return to their home track for the first time in 2011.

The Fathers Day Weekend will be celebrated in style with all the stars of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP like former two-time series champion from near-by Portland, Michigan; Dustin Daggett, who just finished 8th in the World Of Outlaws Sprints Series race, “The Rumble in Michigan” at I-96 back on Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, which was won by Jason Sides.

Defending Series Champion Ryan Grubaugh from near-by St. Johns, Michigan will also be in action as well as another former two-time series champion and former three-time I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Brett Mann. Plus former series champion and Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame Driver, Ken Mackey, former I-96 champion, Robert Huisken, and other stars like Joe Bares, Gregg Dalman, Shawn Dancer, Jared Horstman, Ryan Ruhl, Trey Smith, and many more will all invade Lake Odessa, Michigan.

(NOTE: The first appearance by the Series, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 14th, was Rained Out and will NOT be made up.)

Also on the card and helping celebrate Fathers Day Weekend will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money) and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money) as all three divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series will join the Sprints on the 3/8s mile.

Every Saturday night in 2011 the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for Saturday, June 18th are; Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will have the night of June 18th OFF in order to prepare for the Biggest Single Day Event in the state of Michigan on Sunday, June 26th; The UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Race #11 for UMP Late Models and the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for UMP Modifieds will be on the same card on the same day! They’ll be joined by the tracks Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for an action packed Sunday of Racing. (More Details Available on: www.i96speedway.com)

Camping is allowed every weekend in 2011 for absolutely Free. For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway”and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Jacob Poel Pockets $1,000 on Rudd’s Septic Service Night at I-96 Speedway

June 10th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan–It was Rudd’s Septic Service Night at the Races on Saturday, June 4th as it was Day II of the First Weekend in June Celebration at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan. The cars and stars of the four weekly divisions within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series were back in action and all together again for the first time in almost a month.

A stellar field of teams were on the grounds and an enthusiastic crowd was on hand as well taking in the action as the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds highlighted the evening racing for a $1,000 to win. The premier weekly division at I-96, the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models was also on the card along-with the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts for a jam packed four in one show on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high- banked dirt oval.

Current 18 and Over Rookie of the Year Points Leader Mike Vezino and 2010 Springport Motor Speedway Track Champion J.T. Leach led the Jim’s Auto body UMP Sport Compacts 20-lap Feature to Chief Starter Tim Beebe’s green flag and it would be Vezino beating Leach to the first corner to take the early lead as the rest of the field searched for position on the 3/8s mile.

Current Points Leader Rick Peck and Defending Track Champion Dan Reimersma both got by Leach and set their sights on Vezino as the top three pulled away from the pack. Soon Greg Pinard joined the battle making it a four car dash for the cash. Tim Horvath II made it a five car chase for the lead as Vezino and Reimersma squirted by Vezino to take over the lead on lap 12.

Soon Chuck Peterson II made it a six car battle as he shot to the outside of everybody and briefly took the lead away on lap 18 only to lose it a lap later to Reimersma as they were four-wide coming out of turn four taking the white flag lap. Pinard was on the far outside and coming out of turn two would steal the lead away from Reimersma and the Alto, Michigan driver in his Moe’s Coney & Grill Pontiac would fend off Reimersma and a late charging Peck to score his first ever Feature win!

Peck finished ahead of Reimersma in second while Vezino and Horvath II were the top five. Kyle Brigance was sixth with Peterson II in seventh. Two 19-year-olds, Colee Ruesink and Caleb Schuiling were eighth and ninth as Keith Brigance finished off the top 10. Vezino and Pinard scored the heat race wins.

The Tinney Automotive UP Late Models were up next for their 25-lap feature and it would be Kris Patterson Jr., and Dale Sheehy leading the field to the green. Patterson Jr., driving the car made famous by his legendary father, Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer and multi-time track champion, Kris Patterson, would lead the first two laps before Zack Olger charged by to grab the lead on lap three.

Olger, who won the feature the previous night up at Mt. Pleasant Speedway was looking to make it two for two on the weekend and started to slowly pull away from the rest of the field. Dona Marcoulier, who started eighth, worked his way up to second and tried in vain to reel in Olger while trying to fight off the advances of multi-time Hartford Motor Speedway track champion, Curt Spaulding who started 11th.

Soon Brandon Thirlby, who came into the night second in the UMP DIRTcar National Points Standings, joined the duo trying to chase down Olger, but slowed on the track on lap 12. He pitted and returned starting at the rear of the field. On the restart, Marcoulier briefly kept pace with Olger but soon Olger was off and running and the St. Johns, Michigan driver in his Mid-States Sales & Service Cadillac would go on to score his first I-96 Speedway Feature of the season and second feature of the weekend.

Marcoulier settled for second with Spaulding third over Thirlby who clawed his way back to finish fourth over Sheehy, who completed the top five. Patterson Jr., finished sixth as Scott Baker, Dave Hartman, Ben Hidy, and Rookie of the Year Points Leader Kathy Jarvis completed the top 10. Olger, Sheehy, and Marcoulier picked up the heat race victories.

The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds were the highlight of the evening as their extended distance 30-lap feature paid a cool $1,000 to the winner. Jacob Poel and John McClure started on the front row of the stellar field of open-wheeled machines and it would be Poel beating McClure to the first corner to grab the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind them.

Poel maintained his advantage while there was action all over behind the early race leader. Zack Olger, who only moments ago won the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models Feature, climbed behind the wheel of his UMP Modified and from his fifth starting spot would charge up to second place and began reeling in Poel. Soon Current Points Leader at I-96 and UMP DIRTcar Racing Series Michigan Points Leader, Mark Anderson, who won the previous night at Hartford Motor Speedway, also joined in on the battle.

While Olger and Anderson battled, Poel slowly but surely pulled away and after a marathon night of fixing his car due to an accident the night before down at Hartford, the dedication and perseverance paid off for the Spring Lake, Michigan driver as he would lead all 30 laps and pull his Poel’s PRO-ACT Welding & Fabrication Chevrolet into victory lane after winning his first feature of the season.

Olger fended off Anderson to finish second for a great night for him. Anderson was third to extend his points leads while McClure and Travis Stemler were the top five. Two-Time Track Champion Todd Feutz was sixth while Tim Stemler, Trevor Sloan, Kyle Roberts, and Jared Guinn were the top 10. Poel and McClure collected the heat race triumphs.

The last race of the night was the 20 lap feature for the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and it would be Josh Loomis, the feature winner the previous night up at Mt. Pleasant Speedway and Rich Sweet leading the field to the green. Almost immediately after the green flag fell, Current Points Leader and Defending Track Champion Gary Vandermark shot up to second and the battle began!

The battle took a turn when Vandermark slipped underneath the northern invader to grab the lead away as Bill Brandt Jr., joined the duo making it a three-car battle for the lead. Several cautions plagued the event, but each time on each restart, Vandermark set the pace that everyone was following. Loomis never let Vandermark stray too far out in front and kept the reigning track champion within sight.

Try as he might though, Loomis did everything he could overtake Vandermark, but the Lowell, Michigan driver would fend off Loomis and the rest of the field and for the second time in a row, the veteran driver of the Earthworm Dozing & Excavating Chevrolet would pull into the P.A.T. Landscape & Restoration Victory Lane after winning the feature.

Brand Jr., snuck by Loomis to finish second while Jay Chlebek was fourth over 2010 Rookie of the Year Ron Harper who finished off the top five. 2009 Track Champion Aaron Wolf was sixth as Cody Denny, Ron Wiers, Harley Farkle, and Hillary Smith finished off the top 10. Loomis and Sweet were the heat race winners.

I-96 Speedway will take next weekend, Friday-Sunday, June 10-12th OFF to allow the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models teams to make the trip down to the historic Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for the Dirt Late Model Dream! In addition, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will take advantage of the weekend off to go race in the second Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modifieds Tour Powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP event at Butler Motor Speedway on Quincy, Michigan.

The off weekend will also allow the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and Jim’s Auto Body UMP Sport Compacts to visit other UMP sanctioned facilities throughout the state of Michigan in an effort to earn valuable UMP DIRTcar Series State, Regional, and National points. Originally, Bike-N-Roll Fest was scheduled for June 9-11th, but that event has been cancelled. To get your refund on your tickets for that show, visit their website at: www.bikenrollfest.com

Racing returns to Lake Odessa, Michigan on Saturday, June 18th as Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Presents the first of three appearances by the Grand Rapids, Michigan based Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt Presented by ARP at I-96 Speedway in 2011 as the high flying, winged warriors will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Come out and see all the stars of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP like former two-time series champion from near-by Portland, Michigan; Dustin Daggett, who just finished 8th in the World Of Outlaws Sprints Series race, “The Rumble in Michigan” at I-96 back on Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, which was won by Jason Sides.

Defending Series Champion Ryan Grubaugh from near-by St. Johns, Michigan will also be in action as well as another former two-time series champion and former three-time I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Brett Mann. Plus former series champion, Ben Mackey, former I-96 champion, Robert Huisken, and other stars like Joe Bares, Gregg Dalman, Shawn Dancer, Jared Horstman, Ryan Ruhl, Trey Smith, and many more will all invade Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Also on the card and helping celebrate Fathers Day Weekend will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds ($500 to win – $125 to start – $25 tow money), Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money) and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money) as all three divisions within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series will also challenge the 3/8s mile. (NOTE: The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will have the night off in order to prepare for the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour event on Sunday, June 26th)

Every Saturday night in 2011 the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices for Saturday, June 18th are; Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

AMA D14 Motorcycles Wrap Up Night I of the First Weekend in June Celebration at I-96 Speedway

June 10th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan –The first of two nights of racing to kick off the month of June was on Friday, June 3rd at I-96 Speedway and featured the second event of 2011 for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles in Lake Odessa, Michigan. A great field of riders and their bikes competed and treated the fans in the grandstands to a thrilling night of two-wheeled racing action up on the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland,

Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the lower peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula. As for the results for the Flat Track riders and teams in Lake Odessa, Michigan on a beautiful Friday night the big Feature Winners of the night were Devin Pfeiffer who won in both the 401-505cc B and 201-250cc Open divisions while Jacob Nichols scored Feature Wins in both the 0-51cc Multi-Speed and 0-51cc Chain divisions. The premier division within AMA District 14 is the Combo division and the feature winner was Tyler Hicks as he out-dueled Chaz Springsteen, the son of legendary AMA Grand National rider to take the main event of the evening. The rest of the Feature Winners were; Nicholas Myers – 401-505cc A, Eric Kolenda – 251cc+ Open Twin, Cory Clare – Veteran 30+, Mark Davidson – Super Senior 50+, Kyle Johnson – 251-450cc Open, Calob Blain – 66-85cc 6-11 years old, Gage Beland – 52-65cc 6-11 years old, Rick Hitchcock – 451cc+ Open Single, John Kolenda – Vintage 0-400cc, and Natalie Brinker – 0-51cc Pee Wee Shaft Drive.

This event was the second of five to be held in Lake Odessa, Michigan during the 2011 racing season. The remaining schedule for the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles at I-96 this season will see them visiting on Friday, July 8th and Saturday, July 9th for Motorcycle Flat Track Mayhem Weekend. The season finale, which is a non-points race for AMA District 14, is set for Friday, July 22nd as part of the DMX Nation Bike Rally which goes from Tuesday-Saturday, July 19-23rd. In addition to the Flat Trackers Season finale, the DMX Nation Bike Rally Weekend will be highlighted by the traveling stars of the AMA Grand National Flat Track Motorcycles Series the next night on Saturday, July 23rd. The first weekend of racing in June continues THIS Saturday, June 4th, as the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Racing Series take over with a full 4 in 1 show.

The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds headline the nights’ activities and will be going for $1,000 to win on Rudd’s Septic Service Night at the Races! In addition, the Top 5 is getting a bump in pay as well: 1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $400, 4th – $325, 5th – $300, 6th – $185, 7th – $140, 8th – $135, 9th – $130, 10th-20th – $125, $25 Tow Money. The premier division within the UMP DIRTcar Racing Series in Lake Odessa, Michigan; the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models ($1,200 to win – $200 to start – $50 tow money) are back in action while the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks ($300 to win – $100 to start – $25 tow money) and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts ($125 to win – $25 to start – $25 tow money) are also on the card as all four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. Every Saturday night in 2011 (Unless Noted for Special Events) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices every Saturday night (Unless Noted for Special Events) are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00. Camping is allowed throughout the Weekend for absolutely Free. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

World of Outlaw Sprints Series Invades I-96 Speedway; Jason Sides Wins a Wild “Rumble In Michigan”

June 4th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan – After two consecutive rain outs, the third and final day of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration was on tap a very hot and humid day featuring the much anticipated return of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series in the running of “The Rumble In Michigan” on Memorial Day Monday, May 30th. This event was rescheduled due to the rain out back on May 21st.

In the World of Outlaws Sprints Series feature, Bill Rose and Jason Sides led the fastest race cars in the world to the green flag to begin their 30-lap Feature and as they took the green, several cars touched wheels resulting in 20-time series champion Steve Kinser flipping end over end several times before coming to rest in turn one. In total, eight cars were involved and all were ok and most were done for the night. A complete restart was in order and again it would be Rose and Sides leading the now depleted field to the green flag.

Sides grabbed the lead at the start and tried to pull away from the pack when teammates Joey Saldana and Cody Darrah collided in turn four and spun bringing out the caution flag. Both Kasey Kahne Racing teammates restarted at the rear of the field. On the restart, Rose was able to get the jump on Sides in the double file restarts and take over the lead.

On lap 10 Jessica Zemken and Saldana touched wheels sending both around and Saldana over the turn two embankment bringing out a red flag as Saldana was a considerable distance away from the track in the neighboring farm. Saldana was able to return and restart at the back of the pack. On the restart, Rose tried to pull away but Sides kept him in his sights and with a daring slide job coming out of turn four, retook the lead on lap 13.

Four-time series champion Donny Schatz, who started fourth, got around Rose for second and set his sights on Sides. Using lapped traffic, Schatz caught up to Sides and the battle was on for the lead. With just two laps to go, Kraig Kinser, who was involved in the opening accident that took out his father Steve Kinser, flipped wildly in turn two before coming to rest on his wheels bringing out the red flag for the third time. He was ok, but done for the evening.

This set up a green-white-checkered finish for the “Greatest Show on Dirt” as Sides and Schatz started side by side in the double file restart. As the field took the green, Sides got the jump on Schatz when the caution came out again as Tim Shaffer flew off the backstretch bringing out another caution flag and setting up a second G-W-C finish. On the next restart, Sides again got the jump and Defending Series Champion Jason Meyers, the winner of the last two World of Outlaws shows at I-96, also slipped by Schatz for second.

As the field took the white flag, Paul McMahan who was running fifth and was the winner of the series’ last race at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, May 28th, touched wheels with another car sending him flipping wildly down the front stretch. Several cars were also involved and the red flag flew once again. Everyone involved was too damaged to continue.

Under World of Outlaws rules, with the restart happening on lap 29, the last two laps must be run under green flag conditions resulting in an overtime situation with the teams going 31 laps. Plus the field would be lined up single file with Sides, Meyers, Craig Dollansky, Schatz, and Fast Qualifier Chad Kemenah the top five.

As the field took the green for the final time, Sides quickly got away from the remainder of the field and as the checkered flag, Sides in his Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim took the hard fought win and the Bartlett, Tennessee would score his third World of Outlaws Sprint Series Feature of the 2011 racing season.

Meyers settled for second while Dollansky, Schatz, and Kemenah were the top five. Shaffer recovered to finish sixth while Danny Smith, Dustin Daggett, Cody Darrah, and Current Series Points Leader Joey Saldana finished off the top 10.

Earlier in the afternoon, Kemenah won the Fast Qualifier Award with a 15.989 which averages out to 112.577mph. Zemken, Meyers, and McMahan Won the Qualifier Heat Races. Rose took the Dash Win to secure the pole position for the Feature while Greg Wilson won the B Main to transfer into the Feature.

The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds were on hand in support of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series and they were also racing on the big 1/2 mile. A strong 33-car field was on the grounds and after the Qualifier Heat Races and the B Main, a stout 20-car starting line-up lined up. There 20-lap feature was led to Chief Starter Tim Beebe’s green flag by Zack Olger and Mark Anderson.

Anderson took the early lead while the rest of the field jockeyed for position. Jacob Poel, who started third, shot by Olger and began chasing down the current points leader and UMP DIRTcar Series Michigan points leader. On lap seven, Poel dove underneath Anderson to grab the lead away. Three laps later Anderson spun in turn four bringing out the caution and while the yellow was out, Poel lost power in his machine and was forced to pit. This gave the lead to Andy Sprague.

Sprague had to deal with B Main winner, two-time track champion Todd Feutz, who started 16th. As the laps counted down, Anderson charged through the pack, overtook Feutz and set his sights on Sprague. In the end however, Sprague had enough of a cushion to keep his lead and the Muskegon, Michigan driver in his Sprague’s Auto Parts Chevrolet would go on to win his first feature of the 2011 racing season at I-96.

Anderson settled for second while Feutz, Travis Stemler, and Jeff Sayles finished off the top five. Justin Fleming who started 17th finished sixth as Jared Guinn, Kyle Roberts, John McClure, and Poel completed the top 10.

In preliminary action, Jacob Poel, Jared Guinn, and Mark Anderson all collected Qualifier Heat Race wins while Feutz scored the B Main victory over Fleming, Roberts, Steve Shellenberger, and James Kimmel who all transferred to the feature.

The Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant is right back in action with a doubleheader this coming weekend on Friday and Saturday, June 3-4th as it all begins on Friday, June 3rd with the return of the always exciting AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles who take on the big 1/2 mile in race #2 of their five-race series at I-96. The AMA D14 Motorcycles feature over 15 different divisions of racing action for Just $5.00 to get into the Grandstands!

For Friday, June 3rd, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 8:00p.m. Grandstand Admission is just $5.00 while Pit Passes are only $15.00. There’s also a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in.

Then on Saturday, June 4th, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Series take over with a full 4 in 1 show to continue the weekend as the premiere weekly division at I-96 Speedway; The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will headline the evening’s festivities and will be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Race Fuels UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts as all four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Every Saturday night the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices every Saturday night are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping is always allowed for both days of the upcoming doubleheader weekend for absolutely Free. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Doubleheader Weekend on tap THIS Friday and Saturday, June 3-4th at I-96 Speedway

June 3rd, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan -The month of June at I-96 Speedway begins with a doubleheader weekend THIS Friday and Saturday, June 3-4th as it all begins on Friday, June 3rd with the return of the always exciting American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles who take on the big 1/2 mile in race #2 of their series at I-96.

The AMA D14 Motorcycles feature over 15 different divisions of racing action for 100+ bikes for just $5.00 to get into the Grandstands! Pit Passes are only $15.00. There’s also a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in. For Friday, June 3rd, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 8:00p.m.

Then on Saturday, June 4th, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Series take over with a full 4 in 1 show as the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will headline the nights’ activities and will be going for a hefty $1,000 to win payday on Rudd’s Septic Service Night at the Races! In addition, the Top 5 is getting a bump in pay as well: 1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $400, 4th – $325, 5th – $300, 6th – $185, 7th – $140, 8th – $135, 9th – $130, 10th-20th – $125.

The premier division within the UMP DIRTcar Series in Lake Odessa, Michigan; the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models are also on the card while the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will also be in action as all four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Every Saturday night in 2011 (Unless Noted for Special Events) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices every Saturday night (Unless Noted for Special Events) are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Camping is allowed throughout the Weekend for absolutely Free. For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend at I-96 Speedway to feature Three Events in Three Days

May 29th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan is gearing up for a very ambitious Memorial Day Holiday Weekend featuring three events in three days beginning on Saturday, May 28th and continuing on Sunday, May 29th before wrapping up on Memorial Day Monday, May 30th highlighted by the return of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series in the rescheduled “Rumble In Michigan”

The Holiday Weekend begins THIS Saturday, May 28th the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models headline the weekend as the premier division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Series returns to action to highlight day one. The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds are also on the card while the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts also return as all four divisions will challenge the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

For Saturday, May 28th, the Pit Gates Open will open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands swing open at 5:00p.m. Practice will start at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Starts at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Then on Sunday, May 29th, a very special Fan Appreciation Night has been added to the 2011 schedule! Ticket Prices are just $5.00 to get into the Grandstands! In addition, any patrons holding on to their tickets from the postponed World of Outlaws Sprints show from the May 21st rain out, will get into the grandstands for FREE! Pit Passes are just $15.00.

The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will be racing under a special “Bracket Style” format.

The Pay Scale and Race Procedures for this event will be different from a normal weekly show. Buy-In Bracket Races: Special Invitational Races for the three (3) UMP divisions will be conducted throughout the evening. More Details can be found on the website at: www.i96speedway.com and click on the second rotator titled; “Sunday, May 29th – Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration Day II” located within the top rotator.

There will also be a special Invitational for Pro 4s / Modified Mini Stock teams. Open to ANY and ALL Four-Cylinder cars and trucks, front and rear wheel drive. “Run What You Brung” (As long as it’s a Four-Cylinder) and hope you brought enough! There will also be Spectator Drags as well.

For Sunday, May 29th, the Pit Gates Open will open at 2:00p.m. The Grandstands swing open at 4:00p.m. Practice will start at 5:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Starts at 6:00p.m. After the races on Sunday night, Co-Owners/Promoters, Mike and Sarah Mouch will be hosting an I-96 Speedway Memorial Day Holiday Party featuring live music in the pavilion lasting throughout the evening.

Finally to complete the holiday weekend, the big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval comes to life with the ultra fast, fire breathing, winged warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series returns to Lake Odessa, Michigan and will be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds on the big 1/2 mile. The “Greatest Show On Dirt” will return to race in the “Rumble In Michigan” that was postponed from the May 21st rain out.

Tickets are STILL AVAILABLE! You can order yours today by going to the SLS Promotions Website at: www.slspromotions.com/i96.php For Monday, May 30th, the Pits Gates will open at 1:00p.m., the Grandstands Open at 3:00p.m., Practice starts at 4:00p.m., with Qualifying at 5:30p.m., and Racing starts at 6:30p.m.

Camping is allowed throughout all three days of the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration for absolutely Free! For more information, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com

You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Mother Nature wins battle at I-96. World of Outlaws Sprints Series Returns on Memorial Day Monday, May 30th

May 24th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): The big 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval of I-96 Speedway tried to come to life with the ultra fast, fire breathing, winged warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series in their yearly appearance in the running of the “The Rumble in Michigan” on Saturday, May 21st. Mother Nature tried as hard as she could to thwart the plans for the night, but World of Outlaws and I-96 Officials persevered despite a five hour rain delay.

However as the World of Outlaws Sprints Series were in the midst of their Practice Session, the track was deemed unsafe to continue after a flip in turn two by Tony Bures. After the incident, World of Outlaws Sprints Series and I-96 Officials met and determined that the “Greatest Show on Dirt” at I-96 would be postponed until Monday, May 30th. 29 World of Outlaws Sprints Series Teams and 22 Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds Teams were on the grounds.

Tickets purchased for this event WILL BE HONORED for the rescheduled “Rumble In Michigan” on Monday, May 30th.

So now the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend will consist of two races in three nights beginning on Saturday, May 28th as the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models headline the weekend as the premier division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Series returns to action. The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds are also in action while the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts also return as all four divisions
challenge the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

For Saturday, May 28th, the Pit Gates Open will open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands swing open at 5:00p.m. Practice will start at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Starts at 7:00p.m. Ticket Prices are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Then on Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, the World of Outlaws Sprints Series returns to Lake Odessa, Michigan and will be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds on the big 1/2 mile to complete the Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. The Pits Gates will open at 1:00p.m., the Grandstands Open at 3:00p.m., Practice starts at 4:00p.m., with Qualifying at 5:00p.m., and Racing starts at 6:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

I-96 Speedway Prepares for a World of Outlaws Sprints Series Invasion THIS Saturday, May 21st

May 21st, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): THIS Saturday, May 21st will be one of the biggest shows of the year at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan as the ultra fast, fire breathing, winged warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series will invade for their yearly appearance in the running of the “The Rumble in Michigan”

The big ½ (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval comes to life with such stars and legends as 20-time Series Champion, Steve Kinser as well as Defending Series Champion, and Two-Time Defending I-96 Race Winner, Jason Meyers and Four-Time Series Champion Donny Schatz headline the stellar field of the best Sprint Car Drivers in the World.

Current Series Points Leader Joey Saldana as well as Three-Time Series Champion Sammy Swindell, along-with another former Series Champion Danny Lasoski also look to add an I-96 win to their already stellar resumes. They’ll battle the likes of home track favorite from near-by Portland, Michigan, Dustin Daggett as well as several stars from the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP looking to hold back the traveling invaders.

In 2010, Meyers in his #14 GLR Investments machine scored his second consecutive win at I-96 in front of the biggest crowd in the tracks long history as the Clovis, California native took over the top spot after race long leader; Lasoski lost a rear end while leading with just six laps to go. From there, Meyers withstood two late restarts and held off late charges from Craig Dollansky and Jason Sides to score the win in the 30-lap Feature!

Earlier in the evening, Saldana was one of four drivers to break the track record and he also became the first driver ever in I-96 Speedway history to break into the 14-second barrier as he toured around the ½ mile at a lap measured at a 14.834 which equals out to a wicked fast 121.343mph.

Joining the World of Outlaws Sprints will be the tracks’ Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds as the only Open-Wheeled division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar series will move up to the ½ mile for the evening in support of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series.

Current UMP DIRTcar Modifieds Michigan State Championship Points Leader and current Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds Points Leader, Mark Anderson will lead a strong cast of Modifieds while such stars as Jeff Erickson Jr., Jacob Poel, the Father-Son duo of Tim and Travis Stemler, and many more will all be in search of victory lane and hope to do exceptionally well in front of the expected standing room only crowd.

For Saturday, May 21st, the Pit Gates Open will open an hour earlier than normal at 2:00p.m., the Grandstands also swing open an hour earlier than normal at 4:00p.m. Practice will start one hour earlier than normal at 5:00p.m. Qualifying for the World of Outlaws Sprints Series begins at 6:30p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Starts at 7:30p.m. Tickets are still available by calling: 1 (815) 344-2023 or logging onto the S.L.S. Promotions Website at: www.slspromotions.com

The World of Outlaws Sprints Series has made 10 career appearances at I-96 with the first ever show back in 1995. Steve Kinser leads the way with Four (4) career victories while Jason Meyers has won the last two races held in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Picking up single wins over the years includes; Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana, Sammy Swindell, and Stevie Smith.

The World of Outlaws are the premier sanctioning body for winged sprint car racing and is comprised of sprint car drivers from across the country. The series was founded by the late Ted Johnson in 1978, giving winged sprint car racers somewhere to compete with uniform rules. Since then, the series has become one of the most popular traveling series’ in the world!

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will all enjoy the weekend off before returning to action on Saturday, May 28th as part of the tracks’ Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration. All three returning divisions will be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds who go back to the 3/8s mile after supporting the World of Outlaws Sprints Series on the ½ mile This Saturday night!

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Mother Nature Wins Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP invasion at I-96 Speedway

May 15th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): Due to persistent showers and thunderstorms and a forecast for lingering rain throughout the afternoon and into the evening, I-96 Speedway and Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Officials as well as representatives from Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricant, the title sponsor of the scheduled events, have Officially POSTPONED the events scheduled for Saturday, May 14th.

Officials from all sides are working on a make-up date for this event. In the meantime, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP are scheduled to make at least three more appearances in 2011 at I-96 as those remaining shows will all be on the inner 3/8s mile. Those dates are set for Saturday, June 18th, Saturday, August 13th, and Saturday, September 24th in the series 2011 Season Championships, which serves as the headliners for the tracks 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Fall Finale.

Next Saturday, May 21st will be one of the biggest shows of the season as the fire breathing, winged warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series will invade for their yearly appearance on the big 1/2 mile in the running of the “Rumble in Michigan”. 20-time Series Champion Steve Kinser as well as Defending Series Champion, and Two-Time Defending I-96 Race Winner, Jason Meyers and Four-Time Series Champion Donny Schatz headline the stellar field of the best Sprint Car Drivers in the World.

Current Series Points Leader Joey Saldana as well as Three-Time Series Champion Sammy Swindell, along-with another former Series Champion Danny Lasoski along-with Jac Haudenschild, Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Lucas Wolfe, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Paul McMahan, Cody Darrah, Lance Dewease and the rest of the best Sprint Car drivers in the World are just some of who’ll be invading Next Weekend!

Also on the card, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will take to the 1/2 mile in support of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series. Tickets are still available by calling: 1 (815) 344-2023 or logging onto the S.L.S. Promotions Website at: www.slspromotions.com

For Saturday, May 21st, the Pit Gates Open will open an hour earlier than normal at 2:00p.m., the Grandstands also swing open an hour earlier than normal at 4:00p.m. Practice will start one hour earlier than normal at 5:00p.m. Qualifying for the World of Outlaws Sprints Series begins at 6:00p.m. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Starts at 7:00p.m.

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will all enjoy the weekend off before returning to action on Saturday, May 28th as part of the tracks’ Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration. All three returning divisions will be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds who go back to the 3/8s mile after supporting the World of Outlaws Sprints Series on the 1/2 mile on May 21st.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Curtis Roberts Scores $1,500 Payday at I-96 Speedway

May 12th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): The second of twoights of racing at I-96 Speedway to celebrate the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend was on Saturday, May 7th as the tracks premiere division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar series, the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models highlighted the evening with an impressive $1,500 payday going to the winner.

The Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Race Fuels UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts were also in action on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval as an excellent crowd was on hand celebrating the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

The Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks rolled out first for their 20-lap Feature as defending track champion Gary Vandermark and Bill Brandt Jr., brought the field down to the green flag and it would be Vandermark leading the charge into the first corner while the rest of the field sorted themselves out behind him.

Four cautions slowed the pace down and on each “Delaware Double-File” restart; Vandermark took advantage of being by himself on the front row while the rest of the pack was double-file behind him. Vandermark, who was the feature winner the night before at Mt. Pleasant Speedway, continued to fend off the advances of Brandt Jr., who was searching for a path by the reigning champion.

When all was said and done though, Vandermark was up to the challenge and the Lowell, Michigan veteran in his P.A.T. Landscaping & Restoration Chevrolet would lead all 20 laps to score his first feature of the season at I-96, and second feature triumph of the weekend.

Brandt Jr., finished second while new points leader Cody Denny finished third over 2009 track champion Aaron Wolf, and new rookie points leader Jay Chlebek finished off the top five. Another rookie, Keith Shumaker was sixth while Ron Wiers, Josh Frye, Hillary Smith, and a third rookie, Bruce Howe finished off the top 10. Vandermark started the night off by winning the heat race. Up next were the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds and starting on the front row for their 20-lap feature would be Tim Stemler and Zack Olger. But for the second week in a row, Mark Anderson, who started third, shot by the front row to take the early lead just as he done the previous week in the inaugural race for the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour, in which he won.

Anderson, the current point leader at I-96, would bring Jacob Poel, who started fifth and won the feature the previous evening at Winston Motor Speedway, with him and Poel would end up stealing the lead away from Anderson to lead lap one and from there the battle was on. Anderson briefly took the lead on lap four only to lose it again to Poel a lap later. Anderson swiped the lead back away from Poel on lap seven and tried to get away from him and the rest of the field, who were still battling for position.

Poel would never let Anderson stray too far out in front of him, but it was Anderson who was up to the challenge as the Lowell, Michigan veteran would keep Poel at a safe distance behind him by putting lapped cars between them, and for the second time in two starts, Anderson’s Accurate Engines Chevrolet would pull into victory lane after winning his second feature in a row and also for the second time in a row, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds Feature went caution free!

Poel settled for second while Travis Stemler was third over Jeff Erickson Jr., and Tim Stemler who completed the top five. Olger finished sixth while John McClure, Steven Hilliker, Ken Beutler, and Larry Vanderwoude wrapped up the top 10. Anderson and Poel were the heat race winners.

The headliners for the evening were the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models who rolled out for their Feature and it would be Tom Sprague Jr., and Ben Hidy scheduled to start on the front row. However on the wave lap, Hidy lost a left front tire and had to be towed to the pits. He returned moments later and started at the rear of the field.

So it ended up being Sprague Jr., and Rich Neiser leading the field to Chief Starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag and on lap one, Neiser, who won the feature the previous night at Winston Motor Speedway, spun coming out of turn four to bring out the caution flag. Curtis Roberts, who like Neiser, won a feature 24 hours earlier, only at Mt. Pleasant Speedway. Would take the lead while Sprague Jr., ducked in behind him.

Roberts tried to lose Sprague Jr., and the rest of the field in lapped traffic and soon Brandon Thirlby and Sammy Epling caught up to Sprague Jr., and the battle was on for second through fourth while Roberts slowly pulled away from the rest of the pack. In the end, Roberts would overcome one final restart with six laps to go and the Coleman, Michigan veteran in his Superior Metal Recycling Ford would walk away with his first I-96 feature of the season and second victory of the weekend.

New points leader, Sprague Jr., finished second with Thirlby, Epling, and two-time and defending track champion Eric Spangler, who started 17th after having to make the show through the B Main for the second week in a row, wrapped up the top five. Dan Hubbell finished sixth while Phil Ausra, Dave Hartman, Billy Bray, and Hidy finished off the top 10. Thirlby, Roberts, and Neiser scored qualifier heat race wins while Hartman took the B Main victory and transferred to the feature along-with Spangler, John Grega, David Hilliker, and Kathy Jarvis. The final 20-lap Feature of the night would be for the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts and the front row consisted of defending track champion Dan Reimersma and Greg Pinard and it would be Reimersma leading the field into turn one while the rest of the pack jockeyed for position.

Opening Night feature winner, Rick Peck, who started sixth, quickly worked his way up to Reimersma’s back bumper and the battle began. Peck, the 2010 18 and over rookie of the year, searched high and low desperately trying to figure out a way around the race long leader, but Reimersma was up to the task each and every time. Even a few cautions that slowed things down temporarily and allowed Peck to pick and choose which lane to take once the green flag flew wasn’t enough to get around the reigning track champion.

Through it all, Reimersma was quick on the draw and once the checkered flag waved, it would be Reimersma’s Sharkwater Shots Honda driving underneath the checkered first and like two drivers before him on this night, the Ada, Michigan driver would collect his second feature of the weekend as he won the previous night at Winston Motor Speedway. This was his first triumph at I-96 in 2011.

Peck finished second while Chuck Peterson II, who started 16th and finished an impressive third over Tim Horvath II and new rookie of the year points leader Mike Vezino who completed the top five. Scott Rumsey finished sixth while 17-year-old Calvin Stemler, the 2010 17 and under rookie of the year was seventh as a trio of rookies, 15-year-old Jordan King, 14-year-old Mariah Caswell, and 9-year-old Christopher Joyce rounded out the top 10. Vezino and Pinard picked up the heat race wins.

This Saturday, May 14th, the Fire Breathing, Winged Warriors of the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP make their first of four appearances of the 2011 racing season highlighting Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Night at the Races! Defending Series Champion, Ryan Grubaugh from near-by St. Johns, Michigan as well as Current Series Points Leader, Two-Time Series Champion, All-Time Series Wins Leader, and home track favorite, Dustin Daggett from near-by Portland, Michigan will headline the stellar field while Three-Time I-96 Speedway Track Champion and another Two-Time Series Champion, Brett Mann and the rest of the talented field of Winged Sprint Cars will take on the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval.

The 32-year-old series will make three more appearances in Lake Odessa, Michigan in 2011 and those remaining shows will all be on the inner 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval. Those dates are set for Saturday, June 18th, Saturday, August 13th, and Saturday, September 24th in the series 2011 Season Championships, which serves as the headliners for the tracks 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Fall Finale.

As for Saturday, May 14th and joining the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP will be three of the tracks weekly divisions within the UMP DIRTcar series, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will also be in action and will all utilize the 3/8s mile leaving the outer 1/2 mile for the Sprint Cars. The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will enjoy their first of two consecutive weekends off. On Saturday, May 14th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for THIS Saturday, May 14th will be: Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP Invades I-96 Speedway THIS Saturday, May 14th

May 12th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): Two weeks into the 2011 racing season, I-96 Speedway has seen the four weekly divisions within the UMP DIRTcar series put on some excellent races so far. Now it’s time for some traveling invaders to come in and show the great fans of the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant a little bit of what they have to offer and it all begins this weekend with Sprint Cars!

This Saturday, May 14th, the traveling cars and stars of the Engine Pro American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP will make their first of four appearances of the 2011 racing season and in addition, they’ll take on the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval and highlighting Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants Night at the Races!

Current Series Points Leader, Two-Time Series Champion, All-Time Series Wins Leader, and home track favorite, Dustin Daggett from near-by Portland, Michigan will headline the stellar field while Defending Series Champion, Ryan Grubaugh from near-by St. Johns, Michigan as well as Three-Time I-96 Track Champion and another Two-Time Series Champion, Brett Mann will lead the rest of the talented field of Winged Sprint Cars who will highlight the first of two straight weekends of Winged Sprint Cars racing at I-96.

Joining the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, who’ll move up to the 1/2 mile for the first of two straight weekends on the big track. Also on the card will be the Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts as they’ll both utilize the 3/8s mile leaving the outer 1/2 mile for the Sprint Cars and Modifieds.

On Saturday, May 14th, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices for THIS Saturday, May 14th will be: Adults (13-61): $15.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $10.00, Children (6-12): $8.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $35.00. Pit Passes: $25.00.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP will make three more appearances in 2011 at I-96 as those remaining shows will all be on the inner 3/8s mile. Those dates are set for Saturday, June 18th, Saturday, August 13th, and Saturday, September 24th in the series 2011 Season Championships, which serves as the headliners for the tracks 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Fall Finale.

The historic series made three appearances at I-96 during the 2010 racing season with Darren Long scoring the Feature win on June 19th while Daggett grabbed the victories in the final two appearances on August 7th as well as in the season finale on September 25th while Grubaugh finished third in the Fall Finale to secure the 2010 Series Championship.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP sanctions winged Sprint Car races at speedways throughout Michigan, Ohio and the Canadian province of Ontario and will enjoy its 32nd season of operation. The 2011 schedule can be viewed at: www.sprintsondirt.com

In its 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of 10 different Regions throughout the nation. Additional information regarding ASCS is available at: www.ascsracing.com

Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants, part of the Miles Petroleum Group which includes; Miles Petroleum, Miles Propane, Environmental Waste & Recovery Service, M.P. Lubricants, M.P.I. Service Center, and more, is based in Merrill, Michigan and is the Official Fuel of I-96 Speedway and proud title sponsor of all four Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt races in Lake Odessa, Michigan during the 2011 racing season.

To be the #1 leader in the research, selling and marketing of innovative, high value, high quality racing performance products,
Renegade will accomplish this by ensuring that there products and level of service are of the highest quality, and provide long-term value, as well as maintaining a level of excellence in the execution of operations which puts all competitors to shame.
Their objective is to provide superior service to existing customers, to ensure there is no loss of business and to grow sales to these customers. Also, to bring in new customers with a new vision, “A vision of quality and utmost satisfaction.” For more information about Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants and the Miles Petroleum Group, please call: 1 (989) 643-0700 or log onto the website at: www.mpioil.com

Upcoming events to wrap up the month of May starts with Saturday May 21st as the fire breathing, winged warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series will invade for their yearly appearance on the big 1/2 mile featuring the likes of 20-time Series Champion Steve Kinser as well as Defending Series Champion, and Two-Time Defending I-96 Race Winner, Jason Meyers headline the stellar field of the best Sprint Car Drivers in the World.

Four-Time Series Champion Donny Schatz, as well as Danny Lasoski, Joey Saldana, Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild, Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Lucas Wolfe, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Paul McMahan, Cody Darrah, and the rest of the best Sprint Car drivers in the World are just some of who’ll be invading I-96 Speedway.

Also on the card, the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds will take to the 1/2 mile for the second week in a row in support of the World of Outlaws. Tickets are still available by calling: 1 (815) 344-2023. For Saturday, May 21st, the Pit Gates Open will open at 3:00p.m., the Grandstands swing open at 5:00p.m., while Practice will start at the same time, 5:00p.m. Qualifying for the World of Outlaws Sprints Series begins at 6:00p.m., and after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Starts at 7:00p.m.

The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will enjoy the next two consecutive weekends off before returning to action on Saturday, May 28th as part of the tracks’ Memorial Day Holiday Weekend Celebration. The Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts will also return after taking May 21st off as all three returning divisions will be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds who go back to the 3/8s mile after spending two consecutive weekends on the 1/2 mile.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

AMA Motorcycles Highlight first night of Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend Celebration at I-96 Speedway

May 8th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): The first of two nights of racing to help celebrate the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend at I-96 Speedway featured the first event of the 2011 racing season for the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles on Friday, May 6th. A solid field of rider and their bikes were on the grounds competing in several different divisions and treating the fans in the grandstands to a thrilling night of two-wheeled racing action.

AMA District 14 is a non-profit organization based in Midland, Michigan that promotes all aspects of motorcycling including Flat
Track Racing as well as Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Enduros, Ice Races, Hill Climbing, ATV Racing, and Road Racing. AMA District 14 Club Council, Inc., is made up of AMA clubs and promoters in the lower peninsula of Michigan and a small Eastern corner of the Upper Peninsula.

As for the results of the first of five race nights to be held at I-96 in 2011 for the Flat Track riders and teams, Nick Myers and Jacob Nichols were the big winners of the night as both picked up two Feature Wins. Myers’ picked up his victories in the premiere division, the Combo 16 years old and over division as well as the 401-505cc while Nichols scored his wins in the 0-51cc Chain 4-8 years old and 0-51cc Multi Speed divisions.

The rest of the feature winners were; Koda Ronald – 201-250cc Open, Steve Duffy – 251-400cc Open, Gage Beland – 52-65cc 6-11 years old, Jason Rosencrantz – 451cc Open, Rick Hitchcock – 401-505cc B, Jayson Bloss – 66-85cc 6-11 years old, Nick Myers – 401-505cc A, Elijah Wiseman – 0-51cc Pee Wee Shaft, Cory Clare – Veterans 30 and over, John Tejchma – Vintage 0-400cc, Aaron Clare – Vintage 401cc and over, and Jim Bauerle – Super Senior 50 and over.

This event was the first of five to be held at I-96. The remaining 2011 schedule in Lake Odessa, Michigan will see the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles visiting on Friday, June 3rd, Friday, July 8th, Saturday, July 9th, and the season finale, which is set for Friday, July 22nd as part of the DMX Nation Bike Rally on Tuesday-Saturday, July 19-23rd and is highlighted by the traveling stars of the AMA Grand National Flat Track Motorcycles Series on Saturday, July 23rd.

AMA District 14 Flat Track races are run on various lengths of oval tracks which range from 2,250 feet up to roughly 5/8s of a mile. As in all types of AMA amateur racing, classes are available for riders in different age groups and skill levels and on a wide variety of machine types and sizes. Each year, the amateur dirt track season culminates with the AMA National Championships in short-track and 1/2 mile competition.

In 2010, the AMA District 14 organization celebrated its 35th year in sanctioned racing/road riding events and is governed by a Board that includes the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Division Chairs, and AMA Congress Representatives. Membership ranges from 2,000-4,000 riders and is the longest running Michigan Motorcycle Association in the state. For more information about AMA District 14 Motorcycles Association, log onto their website at: www.ama-d14.org

As for the rest of this weekend at I-96 Speedway, Night II of the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend Celebration is TOMORROW; Saturday, May 7th, as the cars take over with a full 4 in 1 show on tap as the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will be going for a cool $1,500 to Win! They’ll be joined by the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Racing Fuels & Lubricants UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts on the 3/8s mile.

Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

I-96 Speedway will be in action Twice over the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend

May 6th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): With Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker now in the record books, I-96 Speedway is gearing up for two straight nights of racing to celebrate the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend THIS Friday and Saturday, May 6th and 7th.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will bring the ultra quick 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval to life for the first time in 2011 THIS Friday, May 6th in race #1 of their season series in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

This is the first of a five-race series for the two-wheeled machines at I-96. The remaining dates for the AMAD14 / I-96 Series are: Friday, June 3rd (1/2 mile) – Friday, July 8th (3/8s mile) – Saturday, July 9th (3/8s mile), and Friday, July 22nd (1/2 mile).

For all Friday AMA D14 shows in 2011 at I-96, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 8:00p.m. Grandstand Admission is just $5.00 while Pit Passes are $15.00. There’s also a $20.00 entry fee for riders per division they compete in.

Then THIS Saturday, May 7th, the cars and stars of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) DIRTcar Series take over with a full 4 in 1 show to continue the celebration of the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend. The premiere division at I-96 Speedway; The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win.

Also on the card will be the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds, Renegade Race Fuels UMP Street Stocks, and Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts as all four divisions will take on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

Every Saturday night, unless noted for a traveling series’ who participate in Time Trials, the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Ticket Prices every Saturday night, unless noted for a traveling series’, are: Adults (13-61): $12.00, Seniors (62 and Over): $8.00, Children (6-12): $5.00, Kids (5 and Under): FREE. Family Pass (A Family Pass will get 2 Adults and 2 Children into the races. Once inside the Kid’s Club is Free for the Kids!): $30.00. Finally, Pit Passes: $25.00.

Starting TODAY; Tuesday, May 3rd, Bi-weekly Tuesday Night Test & Tunes begin and will go from 5:00p.m-”Dark” and is open to cars only! The next scheduled Test & Tune after TODAY, Tuesday, May 3rd will be on May 17th and will continue on a bi-weekly basis through at the month of June.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Mark Anderson wins Inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Tour Race at I-96 Speedway

May 5th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) The 2011 racing season is officially here as I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan opened the doors with a bang! The Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners highlighted Opening Night 2011 / 6th Annual Ice Breaker. The Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts were also on the card as a stellar crowd on hand witnessed a thrilling night of racing highlighted by a whopping 146 cars jamming the pit area.

The first Feature of the 2011 racing season on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval would be the 20-lap main event for the Jim’s Auto Body of Portland UMP Sport Compacts. Formerly known as the Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters, and new for 2011, the beginners division at the track now falls under the guidelines of the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) organization beginning this season and the response was tremendous with 21 machines on the grounds.

Harley Farkle and Jaret Allen led the field to the green flag but it would be Rick Peck diving underneath the front row heading into the first corner to grab the early lead. Rich Lieb followed Peck by the front row starters and the two drivers pulled away to battle. Lieb took the lead on lap seven and held it for two laps until defending track champion, Dan Reimersma went by the top two cars to take over the top spot and pull away from the rest of the pack.

With just two laps to go, Reimersma suddenly slowed, this allowed Peck who passed Lieb earlier for second with five laps to go, take advantage of Reimersma’s misfortune. From there, Peck, the 2010 18 and Over Rookie of the Year, held off one final charge from Lieb to take the checkered flag in his Frisbee & Sons Plastering Saturn to give the Hastings, Michigan driver the first feature win of the 2011 racing season.

Lieb settled for second with Tim Horvath II, J.T. Leach, and Jeff Burke finishing off the top five. Farkle would finish sixth ahead of Allen, Reimersma, Scott Rumsey, and Mike Vezino who completed the top 10. Peck and Lieb would collect Positional Heat Race victories.

The high powered Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models were next up for their 20-lap Feature and the stout field, which started the night at 39 machines, would be paired down to the 20-car starting field who would be lead to Chief Starter, Tim Beebe’s green flag by Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame driver John Grega and Tom Sprague Jr., and it would be Sprague Jr., leading the first lap before Dona Marcoullier shot by to grab the lead for himself on lap two.

2010 UMP National Champion, Rusty Schlenk worked his way through the field from his 10th starting spot and was soon in second place and began reeling in Marcoullier who had built up a sizable advantage. Schlenk caught up to Marcoullier just past the 1/2 way point of the race and an epic battle ensued between the two stout pilots.

Schlenk was finally able to take over the lead with just four laps to go, but Marcoullier didn’t give up and tried every trick in his arsenal to get by reigning UMP National Champion and did briefly grab the lead back. But Schlenk used lapped traffic to motor back around Marcoullier and the Jackson, Michigan standout in his Main & Company Incorporated Chevrolet would go on to score an impressive feature win.

Marcoullier settled for second as Buckeye State standout Jon Henry finished third over Rich Neiser and Sprague Jr., who were the top five. Grega slipped down to sixth while Dan Hubbell, Curtis Roberts who started 16th, Sammy Epling, and Dale Sheehy finished off the top 10. Epling, Schlenk, Marcoullier, and Sprague Jr., all scored Qualifier Heat Races while defending track champion Eric Spangler and Ryan VanderVeen scored the two B Main wins to transfer into the feature.

The headliners for the evening were the Lane Automotive UMP Modifieds as not only was it Opening Night at I-96 for UMP Track, State, and National Points, it was also the Inaugural race for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners. A stellar field of 63 Modifieds were on the grounds and after they were all sorted out, one of the strongest starting fields seen in recent memory took the green flag for their 25-lap Feature.

The final 20-car field was brought out of turn four by Dan DeLong and Brad Wilson, but it would be Mark Anderson, who rocketed past the front row from his inside second row starting spot to take the early lead while the rest of the stellar field of open-wheeled machines jockeyed for position behind Anderson, who the previous night scored the feature win at Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Michigan as was looking to make it two for two on the weekend.

Jeff Erickson Jr., was looking to stop the weekend sweep of Anderson and was soon on his back bumper and the battle that took place was something special for the crowd on hand who witnessed it. Erickson Jr., searched high and low, trying to find a way around Anderson throughout what turned out to be a caution free race. Erickson Jr., even took the lead briefly on several occasions only to see Anderson charge right back by. When all was said and done, it would be Anderson in victory lane as the Lowell, Michigan veteran in his Accurate Engines Chevrolet would fight off Erickson Jr., to score the $1,500 pay day!

Erickson Jr., settled for the runner-up spot with Curt Spaulding also finishing on the podium in third over Aaron Morey and Buckeye State invader Aaron Morey who completed the top five. 2010 Winston Motor Speedway track champion Andy Sprague who started 13th, was sixth while Canadian Justin Coulter, DeLong, Defending Track Champion Rich Robinson Jr., and Marc Kurth rounded out the top 10. Jacob Poel, Spaulding, Kurth, and Sprague all collected Qualifier Heat Race wins while Brian Ruhlman, Scott Payton, and Robinson Jr., all won C Mains to transfer into the B Main. Ruhlman won his second race of the night to transfer to the Feature along-with Robinson Jr., Payton, and Tom Bell.

The final race of the night was the 20-lap Feature for the Renegade Race Fuels UMP Street Stocks as a strong field of 23 machines saw the front row of Josh Frye and Derek Poland and it would be Poland, the 2010 Fall Finale Champion at I-96 in UMP Street Stocks grabbing the early lead while the rest of the pack settled in behind him.

Two early cautions bunched up the field and on the second caution, defending track champion Gary Vandermark was forced to pit with a flat tire. He returned and started shot gun on the field and at the drop of the green, quickly worked his way back up into the top 10. Unfortunately, Vandermark dropped out at the 1/2 way mark and was done for the night.

All the while, Poland continued to show the way around the 3/8s mile dirt oval as he had fellow Muskegon area veteran, Dan Dykman all over his back bumper for the lead. Soon they were joined by the Weinrick Brothers, Chad and Tony and the quartet pulled away to battle. They were eventually joined by David Grega. Despite the constant pressure from the pack behind him, Poland never faltered and in the end, the Muskegon, Michigan veteran in his Arizona Charlie’s Wholesale Chevrolet would hang on for the feature win.

Dykman settled for second with Chad Weinrick, Tony Weinrick, and Grega completing the top five. Mike Sparks finished sixth as Frye, Aaron Wolf, Cody Denny, and Paula Ebel rounded out the top 10. C. Weinrick and Frye scored the heat race victories.

Upcoming next, the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend will see I-96 Speedway in action twice beginning on Friday, May 6th as the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will hit the 1/2 mile for the first time in 2011 in race #1 of their season series in Lake Odessa, Michigan. For all Friday AMA D14 shows in 2011, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice starts at 7:00p.m., with Racing beginning at 8:00p.m.

Then on Saturday, May 7th, the cars take over with a full 4 in 1 show on tap as the Tinney Automotive UMP Late Models will be going for $1,500 to Win! They’ll be joined by the UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks and UMP Sport Compacts on the 3/8s mile. Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Starting on Tuesday, May 3rd, Bi-weekly Tuesday Night Test & Tunes begin and will go from 5:00p.m-”Dark”. The next scheduled Test & Tune after May 3rd will be on May 17th and will continue on a bi-weekly basis through at the month of June.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

This Saturday, April 30th; 2011 Season Opener / 6th annual Ice Breaker Brings in 2011 at I-96 Speedway

April 29th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) The waiting is over, the final preparations have been made, and it’s now time to go racing at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Michigan! The official start of the 2011 racing season is THIS Saturday, April 30th with Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker as the festive opener will be headlined by the high-powered and ultra competitive UMP Late Models in their first race of the season paying $1,200 to win and beginning the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener at I-96, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

Race fans will not only be a part of history with the inaugural race for Michigan Dirt Cup, but the management of MDC is working hard to make their inaugural event a success as the new series will be giving away four (4) pairs of tickets to the NASCAR Nationwide Series 250-lap event at Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, June 18th. In addition, a K&N Cold Air Filter, valued at $500 will also be given away as well as four (4) Bikes to be handed out as well for the kids, courtesy of Last Chance Motorsports.

Joining the UMP Late Models and UMP Modifieds on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval will be the UMP Street Stocks who’ll be racing for $300 to Win and $100 Just to Start! In addition and for this race only, American Racer tires will be allowed in an effort to give prospective teams a chance to try out I-96 Speedway! The UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening as they’ll be fighting for $150 to Win! All Four Weekly Divisions will begin each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights throughout the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m. The Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m. Fans are encouraged to get to the track early, tailgate in the parking lot, watch the haulers pull into the grounds, reacquaint with old friends, and get ready for the 2011 racing season!

On Friday, May 6th the Mother’s Day Holiday Weekend kicks off with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will hit the 1/2 mile for the first time in 2011in race #1 of their season series at I-96 Speedway. For all Friday AMA D14 shows in 2011, the Pit Gates Open at 4:00p.m., while the Grandstands Open up at 6:00p.m. Practice 7:00p.m., and then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s),, Racing Starts 8:00p.m.

Then on Saturday, May 7th, a full 4 in 1 show is on tap in celebration of Mothers Day Weekend as the UMP Late Models will be going for $1,500 to Win! They’ll be joined by the UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks and UMP Sport Compacts on the 3/8s mile. Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., while the Drivers Meeting will begin at 5:30p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Starting on Tuesday, May 3rd, Bi-weekly Tuesday Night Test & Tunes begin and will go from 5:00p.m-”Dark”. The next scheduled Test & Tune after May 3rd will be on May 17th and will continue on a bi-weekly basis through at the month of June.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today. You can even follow us on Twitter, just go to: www.twitter.com and search “I-96 Speedway”

Final Test & Tune Canceled at I-96 Speedway. Next Event; Opening Night 2011 / 6th Annual Ice Breaker on Saturday, April 30th

April 19th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan): The second and what was supposed to be the final Test & Tune of the new season was to
occur on Saturday, April 16th at I-96 Speedway. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other ideas as persistent showers and thunderstorms and a forecast for more of the same throughout the afternoon and into the evening forced track management to cancel the final Practice as well as postpone the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles 2011 season opener.

After careful consideration, Co-Owners / Promoter, Mike and Sarah Mouch have decided to continue honoring the Easter Holiday Weekend and will take this weekend off while continuing preparations for Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker on Saturday, April 30th. As for the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles, which was also rained out last Saturday, April 16th, their 2011 season opener will now be on Friday, May 6th. Every effort will be made between the management of I-96 Speedway as well as AMA District 14 to reschedule the event that was lost due to the weather.

So with the revised schedule in place, the next event on the 2011 calendar in Lake Odessa, Michigan will be the official start of the 2011 racing season as Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker is set for Saturday, April 30th as the festive opener will be headlined by the high-powered and ultra competitive UMP Late Models in their first race of the season paying $1,200 to win and beginning the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks will be racing for $300 to Win and $100 Just to Start! In addition and for this race only, American Racer tires will be allowed in an effort to give prospective teams a chance to try out I-96 Speedway! The UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening as they’ll be fighting for $150 to Win! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase
for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

Starting on Tuesday, May 3rd, Bi-weekly Tuesday Night Test & Tunes begin and will go from 5:00p.m-”Dark”. The next scheduled Test & Tune after May 3rd will be on May 17th and will continue on a bi-weekly basis through at the month of June.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today

Final Test and Tune for Cars / 2011 Opener for AMA District 14 Flat Track Bikes THIS Saturday, April 16th at I-96 Speedway

April 14th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) One Test and Tune is done and there’s one more to go at I-96 Speedway as the second and final Test and Tune of the season is set for Saturday, April 16th from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., as the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval will once again be ready for the weekly divisions’ teams as well as those traveling invaders, giving all of the above one last chance to shake their cars down before the official start of the 2011 racing season.

This will be the last opportunity for the weekly divisions within the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) to get some much needed track time before the chases for the 2011 Track Championships begins for the UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four Cylinders / Road Beaters).

In addition, the outer 1/2 (0,500) mile high-banked dirt oval in Lake Odessa, Michigan comes to life with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles shaking down their machines throughout the day on a rotating basis with the cars who’ll be on the 3/8s mile. Then its Opening Night 2011 for the AMA D14 Bikes as the two-wheeled machines will begin their 2011 season starting at 6:00p.m., with a full show.

“We had a great first Test and Tune last Saturday. We had a ton of cars out here getting things shaken down for the upcoming season.” Co-Owner / Promoter, Mike Mouch remarked. “This Saturday we should see even more cars that weren’t quite ready last weekend coming out this weekend. Plus we’ve got the season opener for the Motorcycles. It’s going to be a full day of activity and we hope everyone comes out and sees us.” He added.

Grandstand Admission will be absolutely Free from 11:00a.m.-4:55p.m. Then after the Grandstands are evacuated, they will reopen at 5:00p.m., and Admission will be just $5.00 for a complete show of AMA District 14 Motorcycles on the fast 1/2 mile. Pit Passes: For the Cars only and from 11:00a.m.-4:55p.m., Pit Passes are $20.00 for Drivers and $10.00 for crew members.

For the Motorcycle Teams, there’s a $10.00 charge for Riders and Crew Members to get into the Pits from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m. Patrons will then reenter the pits for that nights racing at $10.00 for Pit Passes for Riders. There’s also a $20.00 entry fee per class and $30.00 Entry Fee for the Combo Class. For everyone else it’s $10.00 to get into the pits.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, the 2011 racing season will Officially begin with Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker which is set for Saturday April 30th and will be headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in their first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks will be racing for $300 to Win and $100 Just to Start! In addition and for this race only, American Racer tires will be allowed in an effort to give prospective teams a chance to try out I-96 Speedway! The UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening as they’ll be fighting for $150 to Win! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today.

First Test and Tune of 2011 Complete at I-96 Speedway

April 11th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) The 2011 racing season is officially here at I-96 Speedway as the first of two schedule Test and tunes of the new season is now in the record books. 35 teams from seven different divisions including 16 UMP Modifieds made the early season trip to Lake Odessa, Michigan to get their machines dialed into the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval.

All four weekly divisions of UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts (Formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) were represented as well as teams focusing primarily on traveling with the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour Powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners, as well as teams representing the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, and even some teams representing divisions who are not scheduled to race at the track at all this season were on hand as well.

Two of the premiere UMP Late Models in the state of Michigan, Defending I-96 Speedway Track Champion, Eric Spangler along-with 2010 Mt. Pleasant Speedway Track Champion, Sammy Epling were two of the fastest cars overall throughout the day as they took turns fine tuning their rides as Spangler, out of Lake City, Michigan in his #27 Spangler Heating & Cooling Ford Mustang and Perry, Michigan’s Epling and his #29 Northside Service Pontiac GTO were amongst the more popular stops as observers and others made their way through the pit area.

Only one significant incident occurred as Windsor, Ontario / Canada driver, Dan McIntyre rolled his #77 Evoy’s Service Garage UMP Modified in turn one. He went back to the pits under his own power, fixed the damage and came back out and was one of the fastest cars in Practice. McIntyre, along-with the #71 Ovid Iron & Metal UMP Modified driven by Ovid, Michigan’s Pat Ehlert were two of the fastest cars overall in UMP Modifieds Practice amongst a strong field on hand for the first Test and Tune.

Another I-96 Speedway Defending Track Champion, UMP Street Stocks reigning champ, Gary Vandermark took to the track for the first time as the Lowell, Michigan veteran in his #10 Showboat Automotive Chevrolet Monte Carlo was amongst the quickest cars of the day in this division as was the #65 Zylstra Construction Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Lake Odessa’s own, Bill Brandt Jr., who kept pace with the reigning track champion according to unofficial times.

Finally in the UMP Sport Compacts (Formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) 2010 Rookie of the Year (18 and Over), Rick Peck was the class of the field as the Hastings, Michigan driver in his Bob’s Repair Saturn SC-2 looked very strong throughout the day. Also another Lake Odessa, Michigan representative, Steve Wawiernia in his #88 Polly Products Chevrolet Cavalier was quick as well.

The second and final Test and Tune of the season is set for Saturday, April 16th from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., as the 3/8s mile will be ready once again for the weekly divisions of UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts as well as those traveling invaders, giving all of the above one last chance to shake their cars down before the official start of the 2011 racing season.

In addition, the outer 1/2 (0,500) mile high-banked dirt oval come to life on Saturday, April 16th during the second and final Test and Tune from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles shaking down their machines throughout the day on a rotating basis with the cars who’ll be on the 3/8s mile. Then its Opening Night 2011 for the AMA D14 Bikes as the two-wheeled machines will begin their 2011 season starting at 6:00p.m., with a full show.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, the 2011 racing season will Officially begin with Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker which is set for Saturday April 30th and will be headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in their first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks are also on the card while the UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today.

Michigan Dirt Cup Modified Tour to begin Inaugural Season on April 30th at I-96 Speedway

April 8th, 2011

(Novi, Michigan) The countdown has started for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup (MDC) Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners race on Saturday, April 30th at the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked paved oval of I-96 Speedway, located East of Grand Rapids and West of Lansing in Lake Odessa, Michigan.

Drivers and Teams who race in the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modifieds division throughout the Great Lakes State as well as Northern Indiana and Northern Ohio have something to look forward to in 2011 with the formation of the new sanctioning body, Michigan Dirt Cup (MDC). The 2011 campaign will be the inaugural year for MDC and the pre-entry list for the inaugural race is talented from top to bottom.

An expected field of at least 40-50 Modifieds will invade Lake Odessa, Michigan for the inaugural race and try to make history by becoming the first ever winner in the brand new series. Headlining the staggering field of super stars includes 2010 UMP Modifieds State Champion as well as I-96 Speedway and Mt. Pleasant Speedway Track Champion, Rich Robinson Jr., as well as 2010 Merritt Speedway Track Champion, veteran Steven Hilliker and 2010 Thunderbird Raceway Track Champion, Andy Sprague.

More top teams expecting to compete includes Brian Ruhlman, one of the top Late Model drivers in the Midwest who also races an UMP Modified on occasion and was the winner of one of the biggest races for Dirt Modifieds in the Midwest, Extreme 100 in August 2010 at Mt. Pleasant. Zack Olger, who was the 2010 runner-up at both I-96 and Mt. Pleasant, will also be one to watch.

A slew of talented drivers who were amongst the top stars in UMP Modifieds throughout the state of Michigan in 2010 that have indicated their intentions on running the MDC Modifieds Tour includes Mark Anderson, Cody Bauer, Brennan Bowen, Todd Feutz, Josh Lolmaugh, David Mielke, Kevin Miller, Joe Rokos, Curt Spaulding, Travis Stemler, Randy Whitten, and more.

“We have a truly talented field of teams planning on running the full tour. We’re very happy with the Pre-Registration list and we’re still a month away from the opener!” MDC Co-Founder / Promoter, Bill Long stated. “We’ve got teams from several states and even a few from Canada looking to race with us. I can’t wait for the first race at I-96. We’re going to make history.” He added.

The tour will travel throughout the state of Michigan participating in a seven race schedule. In each case when the Tour comes to each facility, those events will count for not only Michigan Dirt Cup points, but for each tracks respective weekly point’s standings in addition to UMP State and National Points!

After the first race at i-96, the MDC Modified Tour will visit six other established Michigan dirt facilities beginning with race #2 at Butler Motor Speedway in Quincy, Michigan (Saturday, June 11th). From there, the Tour travel to Winston Motor Speedway in Rothbury, Michigan (Friday, June 17th), Owendale Speedway in Owendale, Michigan (Saturday, July 2nd), Cherry Speedway in Fife Lake, Michigan (Friday, July 22nd), Mt. Pleasant Speedway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (Sunday, August 21st), and the season finale will be at Hartford Motor Speedway in Hartford, Michigan (Saturday, October 1st).

The new tour will offer a wide array of Contingency Packages! At each Tour event, one driver from the feature starting lineup will be awarded a special contingency package with a youngster chosen from the crowd to come down on the track and draw a number from a hat. The driver who is starting the feature in the spot chosen by the fan will be awarded a product certificate package with a minimum value of $500, providing the correct decals are displayed.

These contingency certificates will be redeemable through Lane Automotive in Watervliet, Michigan. Participants in this program include Allstar Performance, Lane Automotive, ARP Fasteners, Aeroquip, and Landrum Springs. Additional manufacturer support could potentially increase the value of this package by several hundred dollars.

About All-Star Performance:
At Allstar Performance; The key to success in any car building project, whether race car, street rod, or street machine, is access to high quality, reasonably priced parts that will get the job done right – the first time. Each and every Allstar part came about as a direct result of our dedication to continuous research and development. Once a need for a particular part is established, the parts are designed and manufactured by talented craftsmen, many of whom are racers and hot rodders themselves.

Remember, many Allstar Performance parts are one-of-a-kind, you won’t find them anywhere else at any price! Stop by your local Allstar Performance dealer or visit www.allstarperformance.com for the latest product updates.

About Lane Automotive
Lane Automotive was founded in 1964 as a part-time venture in George Lane’s garage; Lane Automotive has become a speed equipment industry phenomenon. Known the world over as a premier supplier of performance parts and accessories for racers, hot rodders, truck and off-road enthusiasts, Lane serves customers around the world from a 153,000 square foot warehouse/office complex located near Watervliet, Michigan, at the intersection of Interstate 94 and Michigan 140.

Lane Automotive looks to the future, and the ever-changing challenges of meeting the needs of the traditional speed equipment market. Product lines are continually being added as new parts and accessories are developed and introduced to the public. The 21st century is here… and Lane Automotive is ready! For more information visit www.laneautomotive.com

About Aeroquip
For more than 60 years, Aeroquip® Performance Products has been the number one choice of racing enthusiasts around the world. Eaton’s Aeroquip Performance Products is the only leading performance plumbing supplier that engineers and manufactures its own hose and fittings. State-of-the-art testing capabilities and ISO 9001 and QS9000 quality certified facilities are Eaton hallmarks.

Aeroquip AQP inner tube used in the majority of their performance hoses is scientifically superior–allowing fluid and ambient
temperatures of 300° F with no loss in performance and unmatched fluid compatibility. With these critical advantages, a pipeline full of new Performance Products and unmatched marketing support,

Aeroquip is ready and excited about continuing six decades of industry leadership well into the new millennium. Visit
www.eaton.com/EatonCom/ProductsServices/AeroquipPerformanceProducts/index.htm for more info on the entire Aeroquip line.

About ARP
At ARP Automotive Racing Products, they say that to be successful you must identify a need and satisfy it. Back in 1968 racing enthusiast Gary Holzapfel saw that many of his friends’ broken engines were caused by fastener failure. At the time, there were no commercially available studs and bolts up to the challenge. So Holzapfel called upon his many years of fastener making experience for a leading aerospace subcontractor and founded ARP® (Automotive Racing Products).

ARP has grown from what was literally a backyard garage workshop into a highly diversified manufacturer with five operational entities in Southern California and a combined area in excess of 200,000 square feet. These include forging, machining, finishing and packaging/warehousing facilities in Santa Paula and Ventura, California.

Today, ARP’s product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline. These range from quality high performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialty hardware for Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing and marine applications. More information about ARP can be found at www.arp-bolts.com

For more information about the inaugural 2011 racing season for the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners, visit the tour website at: www.michigandirtcup.com

2011 Season starts at I-96 Speedway with the first of two Test and Tunes THIS Saturday, April 9th

April 6th, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) The 2010 racing season is a distant memory. The Awards Banquet honoring last seasons’ track champions has come and gone, the 2nd annual West Michigan Racecar Show was a rousing success and the calendar has finally turned over to the month of April and that can only mean one thing; the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway is here!After a long winters nap, the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval in Lake Odessa, Michigan will roar to life this Saturday, April 9th with the first Test and Tune of the new season! The Pit Gates open at 11:00a.m., and from then until “Dark” the track will be open for Practice for the four weekly divisions of UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, UMP Street Stocks, and UMP Sport Compacts (Formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) who will chase after their respective 2011 Track Championships.

In addition, teams from any of the traveling series’ that will visit the Mike and Sarah Mouch owned facility in 2011 such as the Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour Powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners, as well as those representing the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP, the World of Outlaws Sprints Series, UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Late Models, Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds Nationals Teams, and even those teams who will not be racing at the track at all this season who want to shake down their rides for their respective 2011 schedules are also invited to come out.

While the outer 1/2 (0,500) mile high-banked dirt oval will remain silent this weekend, the 1/2 mile does come back to life on Saturday, April 16th during the second and final Test and Tune from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles shaking down their machines throughout the day while the cars will get one last chance to get dialed in on the 3/8s mile. Then its Opening Night 2011 for the AMA D14 Bikes as the two-wheeled machines will begin their 2011 season starting at 6:00p.m., with a full show.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, the 2011 racing season will Officially begin with Opening Night 2011 / 6th annual Ice Breaker which is set for Saturday April 30th and will be headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in their first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks are also on the card while the UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today.

World of Outlaws Sprints to invade I-96 Speedway for the Fifth Year in a row on Saturday, May 21st

April 2nd, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) The Ultra Fast, Fire Breathing, Winged Warriors of the World of Outlaws Sprints Series will challenge the lightning quick 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval for the fifth season in a row at I-96 Speedway on Saturday, May 21st. Tickets are Now Available by Calling: 1 (815) 344-2023 or ordering online by going to the SLS Promotions Website at: www.slspromotions.com

Legendary 20-time Series Champion Steve Kinser, and Defending Series Champion, and Two-Time Defending I-96 Race Winner, Jason Meyers headline the stellar field of the best Sprint Car Drivers in the World while Four-Time Series Champion Donny Schatz, as well as Danny Lasoski, Joey Saldana, Sammy Swindell, Jac Haudenschild, Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Lucas Wolfe, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Paul McMahan, Cody Darrah, and the rest of the best Sprint Car drivers in the World are just some of who’ll be invading I-96 Speedway!

In 2010, Meyers in his #14 GLR Investments machine scored his second consecutive win at I-96 in front of the biggest crowd in the tracks long history as the Clovis, California native took over the top spot after race long leader; Lasoski lost a rear end while leading with just six laps to go. From there, Meyers withstood two late restarts and held off late charges from Dollansky and Sides to score the win in the 30-lap Feature!

Earlier in the evening, Saldana was one of four drivers to break the track record and he also became the first driver ever in I-96 Speedway history to break into the 14-second barrier as he toured around the 1/2 mile at a lap measured at a 14.834 which equals out to a wicked fast 121.343mph.

Joining the World of Outlaws Sprints will be a special UMP Modifieds event also on the 1/2 mile as the only Open-Wheeled division within the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) sanctioned tracks’ Weekly Divisions will move up to the 1/2 mile for a night. This event for the UMP Modifieds will count towards UMP State and National Points only!

The World of Outlaws Sprints Series has made 10 career appearances with the first ever show back in 1995. Kinser leads the way with Four (4) career victories while Meyers has won the last two races held in Lake Odessa, Michigan. Picking up single wins over the years includes; Dollansky, Saldana, Sammy Swindell, and Stevie Smith.

The World of Outlaws are the premier sanctioning body for winged sprint car racing in the world, and are comprised of sprint car drivers from across the country and the world. The series was founded by the late Ted Johnson in 1978, giving winged sprint car racer’s somewhere to compete with uniform rules and guaranteed purse money.

Tickets are Now Available by Calling: 1 (815) 344-2023 or ordering online by going to the SLS Promotions Website at:
www.slspromotions.com For more information about the World of Outlaws Sprints Series and to check out the remainder of the 2011 schedule of events, go to their website at: www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprint

Next Weekend, Saturday, April 9th, the 2011 racing season becomes a reality at I-96 Speedway with the first of Two Pre-Season Test and Tunes and the first one set for Saturday April 9th from 11:00a.m. until “Dark”. This is the first chance for Drivers /Teams to get on the track is open to all classes that will be visiting in 2011. Everyone will get ample opportunity at getting dialed in for the upcoming season on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval.

The second and final Test and Tune is on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., as cars will practice on the 3/8s mile while the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will start their 2011 racing season with practice on the outer 1/2 (0.500) mile high-banked dirt oval. Then it’s Opening Night 2011 for the two-wheeled machines starting at 6:00p.m.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, Opening Night 2011; the 6th annual Ice Breaker is set for Saturday April 30th headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in the first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks are also on the card while the UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today.

Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP to make Four stops at I-96 Speedway in 2011

April 1st, 2011

(Lake Odessa, Michigan) The traveling stars of the Engine Pro American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP will call I-96 Speedway home for the 2011 racing season with four visits during the year. All four races in Lake Odessa, Michigan for the series will be sponsored by Renegade Racing Fuels, the Official Fuel of I-96 Speedway.

The first of those four dates will be on Saturday, May 14th. In a unique twist, the first scheduled event will be on the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked dirt oval while the remaining three dates on Saturday, June 18th, Saturday, August 13th, and the 4th annual Dirt Gold Cup Championship Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24th will be conducted on the inner 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval.

“I’m a big Sprint Car fan and as most everyone knows when I used to race, I was a Sprint Car Driver. So to host the ASCS Sprints on Dirt Presented by ARP four different times this season with excellent backing from Renegade Racing Fuels is a win-win for the teams and especially for the fans.” Stated I-96 Speedway Co-Owner / Promoter,
Mike Mouch.

“I-96 Speedway has always been known as the Sprint Car Capital of the Midwest and I think with the four Sprints on Dirt races and the World of Outlaws Sprints Series coming in on Saturday, May 21st, we’re certainly living up to that moniker.” Mouch added. “We’ve got some great talent here in the state of Michigan in terms of Sprint car drivers and it’s always a lot of fun to watch the best of the best go at it at the track a few times a year.” He ended.

Ryan Grubaugh, from near-by St. Johns, Michigan comes into the 2011 season as the Defending Series Champion and will be challenged all season long by a pair of former two-time series champions in Goshen, Indiana veteran Brett Mann and another home track favorite from near-by Portland, Michigan, Dustin Daggett. In addition, two more former series champions, Ken Mackey and Dain Naida as well as stout competitors such as Gregg Dalman, Robert Huisken, Ben Rutan, and more who will all make the four Sprints on Dirt appearances memorable.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprint on Dirt Presented by ARP made three appearances at I-96 during the 2010 racing season with Darren Long scoring the Feature win on June 19th as Daggett grabbed the victories in the final two appearances on August 7th as well as in the season finale on September 25th while Grubaugh finished third in the Fall Finale to secure the 2010 Series Championship. The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP series sanctions winged Sprint Car races at speedways throughout Michigan, Ohio and the Canadian province of Ontario and will enjoy its 32nd season of operation. The 2011 schedule can be viewed at www.sprintsondirt.com

In its 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation. Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com

The 2011 racing season is drawing ever so closer for I-96 Speedway as the start of the 2011 racing season officially gets going with Two Pre-Season Test and Tunes and the first one set for Saturday April 9th from 11:00a.m. until “Dark”. The first chance to get on the track is open to all classes that will be visiting in 2011 as everyone will get ample opportunity at getting dialed in for the upcoming season on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval.

The second and final Test and Tune is on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., as cars will practice on the 3/8s mile while the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will start their 2011 racing season with practice on the outer 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked dirt oval. Then it’s Opening Night 2011 for the two-wheeled machines starting at 6:00p.m.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, Opening Night 2011; the 6th annual Ice Breaker is set for Saturday April 30th headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in the first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks are also on the card while the UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com You can also follow the entire 2011 season in Lake Odessa, Michigan by becoming a fan on the tracks Facebook Fan Page. Just go to: www.facebook.com and search “I-96 Speedway” and click on “Like” today.

DMX Nation Bike Rally to Highlight HUGE Four-Day Festival of Events and Racing at I-96 Speedway

March 29th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan- One of the biggest events in the history of I-96 Speedway will highlight an action packed 2011 schedule at the popular Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant. The DMX Nation Bike Rally will take over the grounds from
Wednesday-Saturday, July 20-23rd, with Camping available starting on Tuesday, July 19th at Noon as the entire rally will offer a little bit of everything both on and off the track featuring both Motorcycles and Racecars.

The four-day festival of events will be highlighted by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Grand National Flat Track Motorcycles on Saturday, July 23rd. In addition, the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will also be a part of the festivities the night before on Friday, July 22nd with their final race of 2011 at I-96 which serves as a tune-up for the Grand National stars the next day. There’s even something for the stock car race fans as they’ll open up the festival of events beginning on Wednesday, July 20th.

Everything begins on Wednesday, July 20th and it’ll be racecars headlining things on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval as the premier division within the Weekly divisions at I-96 racing for United Midwest Promoters (UMP) National, Regional, and State Points, the UMP Late Models will headline a thrilling midweek showdown titled; “I-96 Speedway VS Michigan Wednesday Night Showdown”

Two-time and defending track champion Eric Spangler, as well as 2010 runner-up Zach Olger will lead the I-96 contingent hoping to fend off the expected stout field of traveling invaders in this special midweek event along-with Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer, former 10-time track champion and six-time American Late Model Series Champion Kris Patterson. Also such stars as Bill Bray, Scott Ehlert, Sammy Epling, Mike Nugent, and the rest of one of the strongest weekly fields in the Midwest will all plan on being on top of their game in one of the highlighted events of 2011 for UMP Late Models in the state of Michigan.

“This is going to be such a huge week of events at the track. We know the bikes are headlining the entire rally, but I wanted to start things off with our dedicated weekly competitors who race with us on Saturday nights,” Remarked I-96 Speedway Co-Owner / Promoter, Mike Mouch. “This is also a great opportunity for other teams from around the state to come on out to the track and give us a try and not have to miss a night at their home track to do so.” He added.

Joining the UMP Late Models will be two more of the tracks weekly divisions as the UMP Modifieds and UMP Sport Compacts will also join in on the fun for an exciting evening of midweek stock car racing to kick off the DMX Nation Bike Rally. For Wednesday, July 20th, there will be special times for everything to start and those will be released at a later date. Before, during and after the races, there will be Live Bands playing inside the massive Beer Tent while there will also be a Burn Out Pit for the early arrivals with their bikes. DMX Motorsports will also be on hand to begin filming the entire week of festivities.

Yhen on Thursday, July 21st, it’s an all-out explosion of motorcycles encompassing the Lake Odessa, Michigan facility. Although there is no actual racing on this day, there will be Live Bands inside the massive Beer Tent, a Burn Out Pit for bikes looking to lay down some rubber. The West Michigan Burnerz Fire Show will be going on and DMX Motorsports will again be filming all the excitement.

Friday, July 22nd will see the AMA District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles headlining the racing action on the fast 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked paved oval as the Flat Trackers will take advantage of this opportunity to prepare for the AMA Grand National Flat Track stars who’ll be invading the next day. This is also their sixth and final race of their series at I-96 for 2011 and the first Champions of the season at I-96 will be crowned.

For the racing portion of the day; the Pit Gates will open at 4:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 6:00p.m. Practice begins at 7:00p.m., and Racing is set to get going at 8:00p.m. Also throughout the day and into the evening, and in addition to the on-track action, there will once again be Live Bands playing in the Beer Tent, the Burn Out Pit will once again be available while there will also be Motorcycle Rodeo Games, the second West Michigan Burnerz Fire Show, a Photo Opp with DMX Models and Co-Hosts; Tiffany and Sunny. DMX Motorsports will again have the cameras rolling.

Finally on Saturday, July 23rd, the big day is here! The traveling superstars of the AMA Grand National Flat Track Motorcycle Series will invade and stamp an exclamation point on the entire DMX Nation Bike Rally featuring such super stars as defending series champion Jake Johnson as well as multi-time series champion Chris Carr will headline while other stars include; Brad Baker, Steven Bonsey, Jeffrey Carver Jr., Kenny Coolbeth Jr., Chad Cose, Joe Kopp, Johnny Lewis, Jared Mees, Bryan Smith, Matt Weidman, Henry Wiles, and more will put an exclamation point on the biggest weekend in the state of Michigan for
all forms of racing.

Also it’ll be “Gift of Life” Night at the races in support of Organ Donation and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. More Details coming very soon. The Pit Gates will open at: 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m. Practice begins at 6:00p.m., and Racing starts at 7:00p.m.

In addition to the AMA Grand National Motorcycles, the West Michigan Burnerz Fire Show will be back for a third day in a row while the Live Bands will continue inside the Beer Tent throughout the day and into the evening. There’s also going to be another round of Motorcycle Rodeo Games, a Bikini Contest, also one more Photo Opp with DMX Models and Co-Hosts; Tiffany and Sunny.

The Burn Out Pit will again be in full swing as there will be a Motorcycle Charity Ride, a Ride in the Motorcycle Show by DC Customs and DMX Motorsports will again have the cameras rolling throughout the day and into the evening. The entire weekend will be capped off by a huge Fireworks show and festival ending party lasting well into the night.

For more information about the 2011 DMX Nation Bike Rally, log onto either the DMX Nation website at: www.dmxnation.com the DMX Motorsports website at: www.dmxmotorsports.com or the I-96 Speedway website at: www.i-96speedway.com

The 2011 racing season is drawing ever so closer for I-96 Speedway as the complete 2011 Schedule is available on the website. In addition, the 2011 Registration Forms and Rulebook for all of the weekly divisions are also available to the general public and both are located on the website.

The start of the 2011 racing season officially gets going with Two Pre-Season Test and Tunes and the first one set for Saturday April 9th from 11:00a.m. until “Dark”. The first chance to get on the track is open to all classes that will be visiting in 2011 as everyone will get ample opportunity at getting dialed in for the upcoming season on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval.

The second and final Test and Tune is on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., as cars will practice on the 3/8s mile while the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will start their 2011 racing season with practice on the outer 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked dirt oval. Then it’s Opening Night 2011 for the two-wheeled machines starting at 6:00p.m.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, Opening Night 2011; the 6th annual Ice Breaker is set for Saturday April 30th headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in the first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks are also on the card while the UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com

UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Date Gets Bigger at I-96 with DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals

March 27th, 2011

Lake Odessa, Michigan -The Biggest Single Day Event in the state of Michigan just got even BIGGER at I-96 Speedway! In addition to the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Race #11 on Sunday, June 26th, the Lake Odessa, Michigan speed plant will also host the newly created DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for UMP Modifieds on the same day!

The brand new Modified series is running in support of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour throughout the marathon 25-race schedule which will take the UMP Late Models and now the UMP Modifieds throughout the Midwestern United States through nine different states over a 32-day span. This is the One and Only stop in the state of Michigan for both tours and will be Race #11 of the 25 races for both.

“This event was already huge to start with. Hosting the only Michigan race on the schedule for UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour and now with the addition of the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, What more could you ask for in a single day of racing?” Asked I-96 Speedway Co-Owner / Promoter, Mike Mouch.

“There’s going to be teams from all over the country here for this race in both the UMP Late Models and UMP Modifieds, plus we’re the only game in town that day.” Mouch continued. “What better way to spend a Sunday during the summer then to come out to the track early in the afternoon, or even the day before, we’ll be here; Do some serious Bench Racing the night before, Tailgate all day and watch some of the best racing you’ll see all year with some of the best drivers in the country!” He added.

During the special Sunday extravaganza, the UMP Late Models and UMP Modifieds will race on the inner 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval that is also utilized for the Weekly Divisions throughout the season. Joining the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals will be one of the tracks weekly regular divisions as the UMP Sport Compacts will also be in attendance in support of the biggest single-day race in the state of Michigan in 2011.

For this event, there will be special times for everything to start and those will be released at a later date. Also it’ll be “Gift of Life” Night at the races in support of Organ Donation and the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. More Details coming very soon. Finally, Camping will be allowed on the grounds the day before on Saturday, June 25th for some of the travelers looking to get to Lake Odessa, Michigan early and get settled in for this special event.

In the Hell Tour’s stop at I-96 in 2010, Home State Favorite, Pinconning, Michigan standout, Jeep VanWormer, who earlier that day out-qualified the stellar 45-car field with a lap measured at a 19.462 around the outer 1/2 mile, took the thrilling win, his second of the 2011 Hell Tour, over a stout field as Britton, Michigan’s Devin Shiels and Clark Lake, Michigan native, Brian Ruhlman made it a clean sweep of the Podium Positions for the state of Michigan by finishing second and third!

El Paso, Illinois driver, Ryan Unzicker finished fourth ahead of I-96 regular, Zack Olger, from near-by St. Johns, Michigan, completed the Top Five and giving Michigan four of the Top Five finishers. Dirt Late Models standout, Moweaqua, Illinois ace, Shannon Babb finished sixth while another I-96 regular, Spring Lake, Michigan Veteran Bill Bray was seventh over Houghton Lake, Michigan’s Dona Marcoullier as a pair of Illinois representatives, Dennis Erb Jr., and Brandon Sheppard finished off the Top 10.

Bloomington, Illinois driver, Jason Feger was crowned the 2010 UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour Series Champion over Erb Jr., while Babb, VanWormer, and Unzicker completed the Top Five. VanWormer was the highest finishing Michigan based driver in the Series.

The DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals for UMP Modifieds is a brand new series that will run in support of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour for UMP Late Models. As Title Sponsor of the series, Summit Racing Equipment will post a $10,000 cash point fund. Over $5,000 in Summit Racing gift certificates will be posted as contingency awards at every event.

The Championship standings will reflect a driver’s seven best finishes, opening the competition up to a significant number of drivers. Summit Racing Equipment and DIRTcar officials will soon announce a significant contingency and product award program that will further reward UMP Modified teams competing in the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.

Both Series’ will travel throughout the Midwest starting in and into the heart of DIRTcar Racing’s UMP region before concluding in mid-July. Like their counterparts of the UMP Summer Nationals Hell Tour, the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals tour will kick off on Wednesday, June 15th at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, Indiana.

For more information and updates on the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals, go to www.modifiednationals.com and for more on Summit Racing Equipment, go to: www.summitracing.com or call: 1-800-230-3030.

About Summit Racing Equipment Established in 1968, Summit Racing Equipment is the leading high performance parts and accessories company. Summit Racing offers the largest selection, lowest prices, and best customer service in the high performance industry via catalogs, Internet, and Retail Super Stores. The company is headquartered in Tallmadge, Ohio with retail locations in Tallmadge, Ohio; Sparks, Nevada; and McDonough, Georgia.

The 2011 racing season is drawing ever so closer for I-96 Speedway as the complete 2011 Schedule is available on the website. In addition, the 2011 Registration Forms and Rulebook for all of the weekly divisions are also available to the general public and all are located on the website.

The start of the 2011 racing season officially gets going with Two Pre-Season Test and Tunes and the first one set for Saturday April 9th from 11:00a.m. until “Dark”. The first chance to get on the track is open to all classes that will be visiting in 2011 as everyone will get ample opportunity at getting dialed in for the upcoming season on the fast 3/8s (0.375) mile semi-banked dirt oval.

The second and final Test and Tune is on Saturday, April 16th from 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m., as cars will practice on the 3/8s mile while the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) District 14 Flat Track Motorcycles will start their 2011 racing season with practice on the outer 1/2 (0.500) mile semi-banked dirt oval. Then it’s Opening Night 2011 for the two-wheeled machines with racing starting at 6:00p.m.

After taking the Easter holiday weekend off, Opening Night 2011; the 6th annual Ice Breaker is set for Saturday April 30th headlined by the high-powered UMP Late Models in the first race of the season counting towards the chase for the 2011 Track Championship.

In addition, the UMP Modifieds will open their 2011 season in a Big Way! Not only is it their Season Opener, it’s also the Inaugural Event for the brand new Michigan Dirt Cup Allstar Performance Modified Tour powered by Lane Automotive, Aeroquip, and ARP Fasteners as the open wheeled machines will be going for a hefty $1,500 to Win as the night will also count towards UMP Track, State, and National Points as well as the chase for the inaugural Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds Series Title!

The UMP Street Stocks are also on the card while the UMP Sport Compacts (formerly Four-Cylinders / Road Beaters) will wrap up the festive evening! All Four Weekly Divisions will be taking on the fast 3/8s during Weekly competition and in turn, beginning each respective chase for their 2011 Track Championships.

On Saturday nights during the 2011 racing season, (unless otherwise noted for traveling series who will Qualify) the Pit Gates open at 3:00p.m. Grandstand Gates open at 5:00p.m., with Practice (Hot Laps) starting at 6:00p.m. Then after the Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing begins promptly at 7:00p.m.

For more information regarding the 2011 racing season at I-96 Speedway, please call: 1 (616) 642-0555 or visit the new and improved website at: www.i96speedway.com

Jeep Takes The Money at I-96 Speedway

May 23rd, 2010

Lake Odessa, MI. Pinconning Michigan racer Jeep VanWormer topped a strong field of 39 of some of the best UMP late models in the tri state area to take home the 30 lap Sunoco American Late model feature Saturday night at I-96 Speedway.

VanWormer, driving a Rocket chassis, Cornett Racing Engines, Bayline Fire Protection, Globe Technologies Monte Carlo, took the lead from his third starting spot and held challenges from several different drivers to take home the $2,000 first place money. “I would like to thank all my sponsors, and my family for making all this possible”, stated Jeep. “The track was a little rough, but I know Mike Mouch will continue to work hard to get it just right. I look forward to returning June 29th for the summer nationals stop”.

After a four wide salute to the fans, Carl Ries and Jerry Bowersock brought the 23 starters to the green flag. The yellow flag waved in turn three during the first lap resulting in a complete restart. Once back under way, Jeep made a power move on the outside to take the lead. Several caution flags and two red flags slowed the action. During the 14th lap restart, former track champion Eric Spangler, slid under Jeep in turn two and took the lead for a brief minute. Coming out of turn four, Jeep once again took over and was never passed again. Jeep held on for the win over 17th starting Dusty Moore, 11th starting Bill Bray, 20th starting and two time ALMS champion Brian Ruhlman and Spangler. The rest of the top ten were, Brandon Thirlby from 16th, Curtis Roberts from 19th, six time champ Kris Patterson from 23rd, JR Hotovy from 22nd and Troy Cattarene.

Heats for the 39 UMP late models were won by Trevor Sloan, Bowersock, Spangler and VanWormer. B main number one was taken by Moore and B main number two by Sam Epling. The UMP modified feature turned into a real barn burner as a six car pack broke away early and put on a great show! Ionia racer Tim Stemler and his son Travis brought another strong field of 23 mods to the green. T. Stemler took the lead and had a mirror full of his son, Curt Spalding, Zach Olger, Mark Anderson and Todd Feutz.
Lap 11 brought out the red flag for Portland racer, and senior honor roll student Chance Hoppes as he did a slow roll in turn two. Hoppes was ok. Back under green and the great racing continued as by lap 14, the eighth starting Anderson made the outside groove work and took the lead and went on to the win. Chasing the Lowell veteran to the win were, T. Stemler, 14th starting Jared Guinn, Spalding, and Tim Stemler. The rest of the top ten were, Feutz, Shannon Fisk, Tim Dalman, 19th starting Justin Fleming and 15th starting Larry Vanderwoude. Heats for the mod squad were won by Zach Olger and Stemler.
The UMP street stock feature found defending track champ Aaron Wolf in the early lead. Lap 3 saw Gary Vandermark take over and check out for the feature win. Chasing another Lowell racer to the win were, Wolf, Richard Hyvarinen, Ron Harper, Larry Zander, Hillary Smith, Joel Hummel, Ron Hodges Jr, Richard Sweet, Steve Piercefield and Harvey Wyskowski. Vandermark took the heat win as well.

The I-96 four cylinder feature looked like a replay from opening night as Ada’s Dan Reimersma took the 15 lap victory. Kyle Shattuck was second, Scott Rumsey, Richard Peck, Jason Feutz, William Morgan, Colee Ruesink, Steve Wawiemia, Dillon Gentry, Calvin Stemler, Terry Henderson, Tyler Quillan Greg Pinard and Michael Vezino followed. Reimersma and Rumsey took home heat wins.

This Saturday night, May 22, the World of Outlaw Sprint cars take over the ½ mile track. Kasey Kane driver Joey Saldana has a slim point lead over 20 time champ Steve Kinser.

Joining the sprint cars on the ½ will be the UMP modifieds.

For all the information on tickets and gate times go to www.i96speedway.com. Photos at www.randyellenphotography.com
I-96 Speedway is located at Exit 64 off of interstate 96. Go south ½ mile to Portland rd, then west to the track.