Every Saturday night experience top-notch dirt track racing. The 3/8-mile clay-surfaced track is home to the area’s top drivers. Drivers compete at Merritt Raceway each and every Saturday night from May until September. Merritt Raceway hosts several classes including UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Trucks, Sportsman and Factory Stocks.
Short tracks like Merritt Raceway are the backbone of the sport and provide the rugged proving ground for young drivers. Almost every major racing champion can trace his beginning to the rough and tumble racing at a local track. Late Model superstar Jeep VanWarmer, and Nationwide Series veteran Tim Fedewa both began their racing careers on the dirt track of Merritt Speedway. Even Nascar Series driver Ryan Newman and World of Outlaws champion Tim McCreadie have won races at Merritt!
Short track racing is among the most entertaining motor sport because it concentrates the action. A driver can’t wait or think too long about strategy. He has to move now even if cars are three and four wide in the corner!
Merritt began in 1968 when local farmer, Gene Kregear, decided to turn his “back 40″ into a racetrack. When he started the track, Gene didn’t know it would develop into one of the most prestigious dirt tracks in the state. He just wanted to have a little fun on Saturday nights.
Merritt Raceway also hosts special events like the World of Outlaws, Wood Tic 100, Fourth of July fireworks, Nights of Destruction, 410 Sprint Tic weekend, Monster Trucks and Free Style motor cross.
We proudly thank our drivers, staff, fans, and sponsors for our continued success. Let’s keep up the tradition!