It is with unbridled anticipation and excitement that we say the most famous words in motorsports. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!"
The 2012 Springport Motor Speedway season officially takes the green flag this Saturday Night, May 5th, as over 100 competitors step forward and test their need for speed at the cleanest and most family friendly facility in Michigan. Speedway Entertainment Group has been hard at work since October, putting together a resurgence which has been the talk of the short track racing community all winter long. Fresh faces, fresh attitudes and a fresh approach to the pride and joy of motorsports can be seen everywhere you look and in everything you'll experience at the Port.
For these racers, the last six months have been a crescendo of emotion and effort. Each preparing their race vehicle to go faster, last longer, and look better in the door-to-door asphalt battles which play out each and every Saturday Night at the track in the middle of everywhere; Springport Motor Speedway. These men and women are from our community. They live here, play here, work here, worship here and they put their lives and reputations on the line for the pure enjoyment of race fans in the place most important to them, home.
Opening Night 2012 features all the weekly championship divisions of racing: Outlaw Super Late Models, Hungry Howie Modifieds, ABC Stock Cars and Sport Stocks. Six Feature Events, nearly 250 laps total of green flag racing will greet fans, family and participants alike in one of the mostly highly anticipated season openers in recent history. General admission for adults is just $10. Seniors 60+ $8, Kids aged 12 to 6 receive discounted admission of just $5 and kids aged 5 and under are free.
Nearly $20,000 will be on the line as these men and women setting in behind the wheel of their race machines, pull their helmets on, give those belts one final tug before they lay it all on the line in a display of commitment, determination and will to win. The Outlaws are the baddest, fastest, fendered stock cars in the world. With NASCAR like power plants and radical, aerodynamic appearances these cars will blister the pavement in speeds in excess of 135 mph on the fastest high banked 3/8th mile track in Michigan. Springport Motor Speedway is "Modified Country" and the best Modified racing in the country takes place in the Hungry Howies Modified Division at the Port. Open wheel stock cars, these highly refined machines are capable of sixteen second laps and winning a feature or track championship at Springport is one of the more crowning achievements a Modified drivers can accomplish. ABC Stock Cars are the largest group of competitors at the Port. Racing under a unique set of wide open, street stock rules; these cars encompass the traditional divisions of Limited Late Models, Sportsman, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks and Pure Stocks. Qualifying is essential for the ABC Stock Cars, with the specific mission of delivering highly competitive racing between equally matched racers, these cars are divided into racing groups based on time, meaning each Feature will start twelve to twenty two similarly timed competitors. Utilizing a full invert, the racing action will be intense and drivers skill will be clearly displayed. The Sport Stock division at Springport Motor Speedway is where you will see three, four or even five wide racing as these four and six cylinder race machines face off. Mustangs, Rangers, Pintos and other like 4-Cylinder powered RWD carbureted cars taking on Neons, Cavaliers, Escorts, Luminas and Intrepids as the 4 and 6-Cylinder FWD cars face off.
New in 2012 is Darb's Dash! One division each night will have an extra special 4-car dash to determine the fastest of the fast in a sprint to the finish. Over the course of the season each division will get four opportunities to partipate in a dash event, a little something extra for the fans and drivers alike.
Also new in 2012 are feature win trophies. While racing for championship points and a weekly purse's are what drives our competitors, those quickly fade into memory while a feature win trophy stands the test of time and is a testament to the night you were the big winner! Opening Night's Feature Trophies are being presented by Albion Motors Big Lot of Jackson.
Don't forget to check out the Beacon Sales Fun Zone. A new amenity this season, the Beacon Sales Fun Zone will provide guests aged 12 and under with an additional entertainment option when they are at Springport Motor Speedway. The Beacon Sales Fun Zone will feature a a 30 foot tall inflated slide, a 60 foot long obstacle course and inflated rock wall and an inflated castle "moon jump". Wrist bands for the Fun Zone can be purchased for $5 at the souvenir stand, where the liability release and waiver form must also be signed.
We remind race fans that the front gates open at 5 pm. This is also when Qualifying starts on the track. Opening ceremonies start at 6:45 pm and the green flag drops at 7 pm sharp !
We look forward to seeing you Saturday Night at Springport Motor Speedway.