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  1. In Topic: Owosso Speedway

    Posted 4 Mar 2019

    Owosso Speedway
    3 hrs ·

    We would like to thank all the drivers, car owners and families that came to the Meet and Greet yesterday. It was a great turnout.
    We are all very excited about the upcoming 2019 Season.
    A complete schedule will be posted on website soon. We are excited to have 16 race nights scheduled already including MARFC Night and Autograph night on June 1; Destruction Night June 29th; The Ron Hauser 75 lap OSLM Memorial Race on July 27th; Marie Smith Bike Give a Way night August 17th; Must See Sprints on August 24th and of course the Annual Owosso Nationals Sept. 27-29.
    We will be off on May 25th - Memorial Day Weekend; June 8th MIS Weekend; July 6th - 4th of July Weekend; August 31 - Labor Day Weekend.
    Rules will also be posted. No changes to Modifieds.
    We will have the same Outlaw Super Late Model rules as Springport Speedway and on an opposite rotation as they are with OSLM and Modifieds.

    OPENING NIGHT will be May 4th with OSLM, Pure Stocks and Sportsman, we are working to add another class for the night.
    May 11th: Modifieds, Pure Stocks and Sportsman, we are working to add another class.
    May 18th: OSLM, Pure Stocks and Sportsman, we are working to add another class.
    May 25th: Off for Memorial Day.

    Test and Tune will start on Wednesday, April 17th. Saturday, April 20th. Wednesday, April 24th. Saturday, April 27th. Wednesday May 1st.

    Please keep an eye on our Facebook for update along with our website.
    (Subject to change)

    Come on Spring and Let's Go Racing!!!
  2. In Topic: Owosso Speedway

    Posted 26 Feb 2019

    Duo hopes to foster family friendly atmosphere
    Argus-Press Staff Writer
    OWOSSO — For the first time in 16 years, Owosso Speedway has new ownership.
    Brothers Gerry Williams of Attica and Ken Williams of Laingsburg, recently purchased the track from Dave Bigos for an undisclosed amount. They aren’t planning to make any drastic changes, but there will be some enhancements.
    “For the most part we’re going to try to keep everything the same as it was before,” Gerry Williams said. “A couple of things will be changed up a little bit, though. We want to revamp the speedway to make it a little more fan friendly.”

    There will be a meet-and-greet for employees at 1 p.m. Sunday at Capitol Bowl in Owosso to bring them up to speed on new ownership.
    “(Bigos) was close to my brother,” Ken Williams said. “He mentioned that it was going up for sale. We took a look at it and it fit into what we were trying to do. We ended up making a deal on it.”
    The sale was finalized this month.
    Owosso Speedway has a long and storied history. It began as a quarter-mile dirt track in 1939. In 1944 and 1945, it was closed for racing and used as a prisoner of war camp, housing German POWs as “Camp Owosso.”
    Racing resumed in 1946 with the addition of a new half-mile dirt oval surrounding a quarter-mile dirt track. Over the years, some people called Owosso Speedway “the fastest half-mile dirt track in the world.” Both tracks were later paved, then went back to dirt.
    The speedway was closed in 1988 and 1989 to convert the half-mile and quarter mile tracks to the current setup, a 3/8-mile, high-banked asphalt track.
    The new owners plan to run four classes at the track this season: Pure stock, sportsmen, modified and super late modified classes.
    In addition, the new owners are attempting to add two new classes — truck and 4- or 6-cylinder front wheel — to the schedule.
    “When the prior owner owned it he had two businesses,” Ken Williams said. “His other business had a manager that suffered a heart attack, so he felt that he couldn’t put the time and energy into the track any more.”
    Williams said the plan is to have some bathrooms renovated, complete various track improvements and do some work in the pit area.
    “We want to bring it back to its glory days,” Ken Williams said. “We want to do as much of a facelift as we can on it. It hasn’t had the maintenance that it should. We’re going to paint, freshen up the menu and increase the size of the playground area.”
    Williams believes a successful business begins with the community.
    “We really want to focus on making it as family friendly as possible,” he said. “We want it to be an option for Saturday night entertainment. I have grandchildren in the area, so I’m going to make family the focal point.”
    With numerous projects on the agenda, the brothers are a little concerned with the timetable.
    “Unfortunately, with it being this late in the winter, we have a very short time to get things done,” Gerry Williams said. “It’ll be hard to get a lot done before the season starts, so we’re going to try to get everything we can get done by opening day.”

    The brothers were born in Troy, but grew up in the Owosso area. Gerry Williams has raced at a lot of tracks in the state and has been an engine builder.
    “It’s not every day that you get an opportunity like this,” he said. “It’s not like these things come up all of the time. I’m at a time in life when I needed to change up what I was doing. Lifting engine blocks all day isn’t the easiest thing to do, so hopefully this is something easier to do physically.”
    Williams also wants to share some of his racing expertise with those who come to the track.
    “I want to show others how to build and keep engines going,” he said. “I still have a machine shop (All Tech Performance) in Burton where I’ve built many engines for the circle track.”
    He’s interested in bringing his shop to the Owosso area. He has owned the business for 15 years.
    Ken Williams hopes to have local businesses be a part of the track through sponsorships.
    He’s also going to attempt to hire more teens to enhance the family atmosphere.
    “I’m going to be out in the community knocking on doors as much as I can,” he said. “I would love to be able to have more Ovid, Owosso and Corunna kids come in and work with us. I want everything to be community based.”
  3. In Topic: Speedweeks - New Smyrna

    Posted 18 Feb 2019

  4. In Topic: Owosso Speedway

    Posted 14 Feb 2019

  5. In Topic: 2nd Annual Hot Shoe 100

    Posted 22 Aug 2018

    View Postfastbackss, on 19 August 2018 - 12:35 PM, said:

    Did anyone attend?

    Clearly was a big event - would like to hear thoughts on the qualifying format before I opine about it.

    Not sure what you want about Qualifying the qualified 60 Mods on Friday plus ABC stocks and FWD had 120 cars
    Saturday ran Features and B and C mains pitts and grandstands were packed

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