Hartford Speedway News

$1200 To WIN Weekly For UMP Late Models

(6-28-2014) – Hartford Speedway is pleased to announce a new increased payout for the UMP Late Models. Weekly racing will now pay $1200 to win! Check out the payout page (above) for a complete payout listing.

Ruhl Conquers Hartford

Hotovy, Krick, and Tomczak victorious in front of massive crowd

Thousands of fans from all over the mid-west poured into Hartford Speedway Friday night to witness the winged warriors of the SOD Sprint Cars tackle the wicked half mile. Steeped in a rich tradition of speed and ingenuity Sprint Cars offer a unique form of traditionalist racing that appeal to a diverse audience.

SOD made their first visit of the 2014 race season in June where Ryan Ruhl put a clinic dominating the event. Since that win Ruhl had battled a run of bad luck failing to qualify for races, poor finishes, and crashes. The confidence of that first win would propel Ryan back to the front of the pack and into victory lane yet again. Only a handful of cautions would slow the main event including jaw dropping save by Craig Karazim that saw is #4z ride the fourth turn wall and return safely to the ground. Dustin Daggett would finish second, Gregg Dalman third, Trey Smith fourth, and Chase Ridenour fifth.

In UMP Modified action JR Hotovy would take the lead early with Curt Spalding hot on his heels. Spalding’s #111 would get to the back bumper of Hotovy before jumping the turn 1 & 2 cushion ending his bid for the win and sending him pit side. Spalding’s misfortune would open the door for Bob Baldwin to challenge Hotovy’s #13. On the subsequent restart Randy Frank would tag the right rear of Jesse Bitterling sending his #225 spinning however Jesse would keep his car running and the green flag would stay out. Coming to the white flag Baldwin would throw a hail mary for the win, but it was too little too late to challenge Hotovy who would claim the win. After the checker flag Bittlerling would show his displeasure at Frank with a hard hit on the back of Frank’s #911. Bob Baldwin would finish second, Steven Pena third, Randy Frank fourth, and Jesse Bitterling fifth.

Last weeks feature winner Todd Atherton would start on pole for the 20 lap Stock Car main event and lead the opening four circuits before surrendering the top spot to Earl Park, Indiana’s Jerrad Krick (a regular at Farmer City Speedway in Illinois). Krick in his first ever appearance at the speedway had never raced on a half mile before, but learned quickly how to tackle the challenge of a big track. Point leader Jeff Morse would lose control of his car on the fourth lap giving up valuable points in his bid for the Stock Car championship. Paul Zelmer would take advantage of Morse’s bad night and finish second behind Krick, taking over the championship point lead, rookie Blake Spalding third, Atherton fourth, and George Zelmer fifth.

Race fans continue to turn into race car drivers as the appeal of the entry level Federated Auto Parts Cyber Stock division continues to grow. Sixteen entries would battle it out in an effort to stop Chad Tomczak’s winning streak. Point leader Aaron Sill would lead the first seven laps before Paul Namey and Chad Tomczak would split Sill’s #4 three wide taking over the top two spots. Namey would keep his #74 in the lead for the next five circuits before Tomczak would put his Honda to the top spot and into Lane Automotive Victory Lane. Namey would settle for the runner up position, Sill third, Marq Eaton fourth, and Rich Loraff fifth.

Friday August 1st Hartford Speedway will host Kids Bike Night where the speedway will be giving away 50+ bikes to some lucky young race fans! UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Cyber Stocks will all be in action. General admission is $12 and every fan is invited to the pit area between 5 & 7PM  to get autographs. Racing gets under way at 8PM. For all the latest information visit our website at www.HartfordSpeedway.net.


Hartford Speedway FanZone Pit Initiative

(April 5th, 2014) – For the first time in Hartford Speedway history fans will be given the chance to be up close and personal with cars and drivers that they cheer (or jeer) for each week with the purchase of any general admission ticket.

During the course of the 2014 season spectators will be allowed to enter the alcohol free pit area between 5 & 7PM where they are encouraged to talk with the drivers, receive autographs, and get the inside scoops on what is happening behind the scenes.

All spectators will be required to clear the pits by 7PM and make their way to the grandstands. Once the events on track activities have concluded spectators are invited to come back down to the pit area. Anyone that wishes to enter the FanZone Pits must sign a waiver of liability each week and anyone under the age of 18 must have a minor release form filed with the track. Minor Release forms will be available at the track and on the Hartford Speedway website.

Ausra Equipment Partners With Hartford Speedway

(March 26th, 2014) – Ausra Equipment (Dowagiac, MI) has come on board for the 2014 race season as an official track sponsor and will be supplying the speedway with equipment for track prep and grounds keeping. We ask everyone who supports Hartford Speedway to support businesses that support short track racing.


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Get Weather Cancellation Notifications

(March 13th, 2014) – In the event mother nature does not cooperate with Hartford Speedway during the 2014 season we will be utilizing the “RainedOut” instant messaging service to alert everyone. This will allow us to communicate instantly with our fans and drivers and prevent them from wasting hours on the road.

This is a FREE service. To sign up, simply CLICK HERE or text the word “hartford” to: 84483

Note To People Who Signed Up Before March 13th, 2014: Since the track is under new ownership, if you have signed up for the RainedOut notification under the old ownership, you will need to sign up again to receive messages.

2014 Division Rules Available

(March 8th, 2014) – The rules for the 2014 race divisions are now available. UMP Late Models & UMP Modifieds will be required to have mufflers. Stock Car and the new “Cyber Stock” (4/6 cylinder) rules have been posted as well. Simply click on the ‘Rules’ tab above.

Hartford Speedway Under New Management

(February 28th, 2014) – Hartford Speedway will be under the helm of local businessman Tim Dibble for the 2014 race season and beyond. With the new management team in place Hartford Speedway will be returning to weekly competition every Friday night starting May 30th. Nightly division racing will consist of the UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Stock Cars, and the introduction of the first ever 6 Cylinder entry level class. SOD Sprints will return to the wicked half mile Friday June 6th, July 25th, and August 29th. Michigan Dirt Cup Modifieds will also be on hand June 20th and August 22nd. A complete 2014 TENTATIVE schedule is available on the “Event Schedule” page of the website.

The track name will be undergoing a change by dropping the “Motor” from Hartford Motor Speedway to be become Hartford Speedway. All social media outlets will be updated to reflect the name change as well as the new logo once it is available.

For the upcoming season spectators will be allowed to once again bring in their own alcohol ensuring Hartford Speedway to be a very fan friendly environment.

2014 looks to be a bright and productive season for area racers and fans. Hartford Speedway looks forward to working not only with the spectators and race teams, but also partners such as Allstar Performance and Lane Automotive as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary serving the racing community.

More details such as division rules for the Stock Cars and 6 Cylinders, and payout will be posted in the coming days. Stay tuned….