Just a few miles from the expressway and downtown Mt. Pleasant, Michigan this 3/8-Mile dirt track is a great destination or a fun place to stop while passing through mid-Michigan.
Their weekly program features UMP Late Models, Modifieds, and Stock Cars as well as 4-Cylinders, and the action is as hot as a summer night.
Back on July 30th some friends and I trekked down from Gaylord to take in some exciting action, and we definitely got our money’s worth. Betty & Mario Crook keep the track in great condition, and even though there were a couple short breaks for watering, which kept the track groovy, the racing program was completed around 11:00pm. Because of the fast program alone, Mt. Pleasant is a great Friday night track. But add to that spectacular racing and it’s a winning combination.
On this night Zack Olger owned the Late Model division in his #0 machine, picking up the win in the heat and then making some spectacular moves on Brian Nickerson (#21) and Sam Epling (#29) in the feature to take home the checkered.
The Modified feature was won by the very talented Rich Robinson Jr. (#15), but the man to watch was definitely #81 Lawrence Sprague Jr. Sprague made a last lap pass in his heat to take the win at the wire, and in the feature he was able to maneuver his car high and low, making slide-job passes look clean and easy. Sprague ended up trailing Robinson to the line, but put on a great show for the fans.
I must say though, that despite the constantly two-wide racing action in the Late Models & Modifieds; by far the best race of the night was the Smokers Club Stock Cars.
The race was full of action from the start, with an early race flip and a couple rough wrecks that that tore up some equipment, but thankfully left all drivers uninjured. The first half of the race was intense to be sure, but it was the action as the laps wound down that had fans on the edge of their seats. Joe Pomeroy (#55) had been methodically picking his way through the field, making neat passes throughout the race and as the laps wound down he found himself in 2nd trailing the #69 of Nate Murphy. Murphy had posted a heat race win already and definitely looked stout in the feature. With only a handful of laps left Pomeroy made his move, and a battle ensued with both drivers cleanly racing side-by-side, lap after lap until the checkered flag flew with Pomeroy just inching out Murphy in a photo finish.
Racing at Mt. Pleasant is nothing less than exciting and with the voice of Leo “Chief” Pego over the PA, great management, and awesome fans, you just can’t ask for anything better!