This past weekend (August 27th) I learned a little more about what I would consider Michigan’s smallest Super Speedway. Located near the Prime Outlets in Birch Run, Michigan Dixie Motor Speedway is a perfect place to spend a Friday night.
In all my years around the sport, I had never spent a night taking in the action at Dixie, and I was definitely missing out.
With Pro Late Models, Pro Stocks, Modifieds, Street Stocks, Bombers, and Figure 8’s compromising their regular weekly program the action is non-stop and exciting, and with the speedways location it can easily turn from a great shopping trip to a fun night of racing.
The experience and atmosphere at Dixie is unlike any other, as soon as you walk through the gates it is apparent that this 4/10-mile paved oval with a 1/3-mile center track isn’t your typical speedway. Instantly setting it apart is the layout which features all the amenities and various vendors underneath the concrete grandstands. Grandstands, that are easily accessable for all and would be great for individuals with young children, and people like me who just often find themselves on crutches.
But it is not just the seating that sets this facility apart, the quality of the track itself is amazing. Stadium style lighting allows no shadows on the speedway long after the sun has set, and the high banked outer track with it’s state of the art catch fence is very reminiscent of a super-speedway.
The track design provides the opportunity for great racing, and I was treated to an awesome show. Each of the divisions was fun to watch, especially the Bombers who make their home on the original 1/3rd mile and never once had a break in constant side-by-side action throughout their entire feature.
The program at Dixie Motor Speedway is run with professionalism in mind. Matt Prieur who is the primary announcer does an amazing job of keeping fans filled in on calls, cars, and other tid-bits of information. I was especially pleased to hear him announce those who make the racing possible each and every week; the track officials. Without these individuals it is impossible for a weekly racing program to ever commence, and Matt does an amazing job of giving credit to those who greatly deserve it.
In addition to seeing great racing, it was also wonderful catching up with some surprise guests like Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club (MARFC) president Dave DeHam, who was selling MARFC raffle tickets for the October 23rd drawing. Winners need not be present to win and tickets are only $1 a piece with a 1st prize of $300 Cash, 2nd prize of $150 Cash, and a 3rd prize of $100 Cash. To learn more about the raffle and all things MARFC you can visit them on the web.
I was thrilled with my visit to Dixie Motor Speedway and am looking forward to visiting the track many more times in the coming years.
Although the season is winding down there are still a few more special events on tap at Dixie, to learn more about them and the Dixie Motor Speedway in general you can check them out on the web at www.dixiemotorspeedway.com