Opening Night, Friday, May 6!

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. — The 2011 season gets started Friday, May 6 at the Mt. Pleasant Speedway, 4658 E. River Rd., Mt. Pleasant, MI, as Betty Crook and the speedway management begin their 24th season promoting the three-eighths mile dirt track.

This season there are 20 weeks of spectacular dirt racing on the schedule, including two Sunoco American Late Model Series specials on May 27 and August 5, a tribute to longtime racing supporter and sponsor “Smoke Shop” Dave Sprunger on June 17 with a Street Stock Invitational, a memorial race special for former track champion Dennis Boyce in the UMP Modifieds on July 29, an American Legion Late Model special on August 12, and of course the Allstar Performance Michigan Dirt Cup Xtreme 100 on a special date of Sunday, August 21st, plus many more great events planned.

On Friday, May 6 the green flag will drop on the new season with a full show of racing in the UMP Late Models, Chuck’s Discount Foods UMP Modifieds, Smokers Club UMP Stock Cars/Street Stocks, NAPA Modified Mini Stocks, and Mt. Pleasant and Clare Automotive Stock Minis. The night also welcomes a new sponsor, Mt. Pleasant-based JNR Engraving for the JNR Engraving “Best Looking Car Contest,” which will crown the sharpest looking racecar in each class.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:45 p.m. sharp. Pit passes are $25 per person, and general main grandstand admission is $11 for adults, ages 11-64, $8 for senior citizens ages 65 and older, and $5 for kids ages 0 to 10.

For more information keep checking the website, search Mt. Pleasant Speedway on Facebook or call the track at 989-773-2387.

(By Jeremy Dickman, Mt. Pleasant Speedway Public Relations & Marketing,