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Posted 12 February 2019 - 06:07 PM

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Hello everyone!
I hope life is treating you all well, if it is be grateful and say your prayers and if its not do the same say your prayers. I know I have been very quiet about plans for 2019. Well here it is, Big Hause Inc. has sold the race track. It is official! The new owners are Jerry and Ken Williams. They are not married,
they are brothers haha. There plans for 2019 will soon be announced. Not many changes are expected, other than PLM will now run as Supers with no motor rule.
All employees are encouraged and welcome to comeback. I gave all my awesome staff a great recommendation, because you guys are great! I sincerely thank you all so much for your loyalty to me personally and Owosso speedway. A meet and greet will be announced soon.
I want to thank everyone that helped out, worked, watched or just participated in any way. I am so grateful for you all. Owning, Operating and Racing at Owosso Speedway has been an awesome life experience in many ways. I am very thankful for this opportunity God gave me. It is a bitter sweet day
for sure.
I wish the new owners and Owosso Speedway the best of luck and lots of success in the future.

New owner contact numbers are:
Jerry Williams (810)614-8887
Ken Williams (810)730-1063

Sincerely,
Dave Bigos
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Posted 14 February 2019 - 10:04 AM

https://www.abc12.co...-505800351.html
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Posted 26 February 2019 - 04:55 PM

HERE YOU GO!!
Duo hopes to foster family friendly atmosphere
By JAMES McKINNIE
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.”
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Posted 04 March 2019 - 10:59 AM

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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!!!
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Posted 04 March 2019 - 05:00 PM

Working with another track! What is this blasphemy?

Good on Owosso for smartly approaching it though.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 09:04 AM

I hear only 8 mods races this year???? Not even close to a season for full time racers....The new owners need some coaching but I am sure they will ask the wrong people and the same thing will happen. 50 cars total for 4,5,6 or classes.

MY suggestion, supers on 11 inch slicks,then sell them to street stock guys and let them have REAL race cars. Have 3 STRONG,COMPETITIVE classes with guest classes occasionally. The mods are out of control and I will skip Saturday night racing on tar most likely and I am looking for a dirt car for Saturday nights. Since more people from Owosso go to Crystal on Saturday night anyway. I see more folks I know up there than at Owosso. They are packed full all the time and its an exciting atmosphere like we used to have here in Owosso. Now its been kinda boring watching the same 6 to 8 cars race weekly. Empty track time chased everyone away. Hire Ricky Brooks would be the best thing...lol.....enforce the rules or cross them out.....
The Neons used to be a good show until they let them go stupid also...sectioning your frame to get better angles was wrong but it happened didn't it....NO experienced driver can get in one on race night,be new or be gone.....beginner classes are for beginners,not nascar wanna be's....

I am sure the same losers who advised the last dozen owners is also at work now so nothing will change....family and friends deserve an advantage so I was told......
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:04 AM

But how many people run a full season anymore? Berlin seems to be the lone exception. Here are the statistics from last year: http://www.mstrc.net...showtopic=44410

Springport had 8 regular season shows (9 if you count Michigan Cup). 4 drivers ran 8 or more. (Fun fact though - 9 drivers ran ten or more of the 14 late model sportsman races).

Spartan had 12 regular season shows. 6 drivers ran 11 or more.
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Posted 20 March 2019 - 11:53 AM

Maybe that is ONE reason for going dirt. Plenty more but there is one.....everyone who went dirt will never go tar again.so they tell me....flimsy shows and car counts do not attract spectators. I won't drive around the block to watch 2bbl "supers". Dirt supers do not run 2bbl carbs on the chip......what a shame,same ol same ol....plus being a flattened out looking Lumina...after 40 years of free towing out there and 38 years racing what would I know....and 42 years in business.....a few more will come and go before I kick the bucket....I hope...already past my family life expectancy....
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