Hartford Speedway News

Michiana Vintage Racers Coming This Friday July 25th

The Michiana Vintage Racers make their first appearance in 5 years at the Hartford Speedway this Friday. We bring back racing from the past with beautifully restored Coupes, Modifieds, Super Modifieds, Sprints, Midgets and Stock Cars. The cars will be in the pits, as fans can use the Fan zone opportunity to see these cars up close, take pictures, and even sit in a seat. At intermission they will take to track to run exhibition laps. They will not race one another, but rather run at a comfortable speed. Some of these cars date back over 50 years old, and they are built just as they were back in the day.

This will be event # 9, as they have been at South Bend, New Paris, Plymouth, M-40, Mottville, Butler, Springport, and Winchester so far in 2014. We also have Angola, Sandusky, Eldora, and maybe Berlin in future shows this year. Also on display will be a 20,000 plus vintage photo and memorabilia collection. Black and White shots of Hartford, Millburg, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Sister Lakes, Galesburg, and Speedrome, Racers like Nolan Johncock, Jack Goodwin, Bob Senneker, Bob Carnes, Elver Harrington, Tom Marks, Denny Nyari, Dick Good, Bob Paul, Eddie VandaLaan, Rick Knotts, just to name a few. Adds and write-ups of past races, Championships, and stories to bring back memories. Over a dozen photo books that are all pre 1970.

This show will bring to you the history of Midwest Auto Racing. Think of a past driver, and ask. I (Ron Verash) probably will have a picture of him in the books. I will be located on the top of the hill to the left of the start-finish line.

Attention Drivers: Hot Laps Now At 7PM

(7-8-14) – Starting July 11th hot laps will now be ran before the drivers meeting each race night. As soon as hot laps are over we will hold the drivers meeting at 7:15-7:20. Pill draw will also now close at 7PM.

$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.

Hinkle Gets Frye’d In Hartford Thriller

Ruhlman, Hotovy, and Wynbelt Celebrate The 4th With Wins

In 1776 America’s founding fathers could never imagine the modern marvels we enjoy today let alone the spectacles that would ensue this past Friday at Hartford Speedway where three of the four divisions would come down to the wire on the final circuits.

Josh Frye made his first appearance at the half mile two weeks ago walking away with the checkers showing form as to why he is the defending UMP National Champion in the stock car ranks, but on this night a worthy adversary would arise in the form of Hobart, Indiana racer Bobby Hinkle. Both drivers would establish dominance over the rest of the field with Hinkle leading the way through lap six when Frye would edge the #18H by mere inches to lead the seventh circuit before rookie Blake Spalding would draw the caution flag for a blown tire. Hinkle would wrestle the lead from Frye’s #44 and hold the point through lap 13 where Jeff Morse would slow the field once again setting up a two lap dash to the finish. On the restart both drivers would stay side by side, each driver leading for a few seconds then swapping back and forth. As the white flag flew signaling the final circuit Hinkle would play defense holding the right rear corner of Frye down as they entered the corner to slow the #44′s advance setting up a drag race to the checkers. The national champion would nip Hinkle by a matter of inches to win in front of a massive crowd.

UMP Late Model action would have Brian Ruhlman visit Lane Automotive victory lane over Dowagiac native Phil Ausra.  Alan Vochaska would finish third, Rich Neiser fourth, and Brandon Thrilby rounding out the top-5.  The event would run green to checker with Curt Spalding leading the opening two circuits before being overhauled by Ruhlman’s #49.

Chad White would start on pole for the UMP Modified feature event and lead the opening six circuits before spinning his #20 in the fourth turn handing the lead to #J12 Jason Wagner. White’s bad weekend would continue into Saturday night suffering a horrendous crash Plymouth Speedway in Indiana. Wagner would lead the next three laps before being overhauled by long time veteran JR Hotovy. Hotovy would feel some pressure from Brian Ruhlman as the event drew to a close, but it would be too little too late as Hotovy would claim the win.

In their first year at the speedway the Cyber Stock class has grown in size and popularity with the fans who would see fireworks a little early as the #85 of Rich Loraff would spin in the third turn collecting the entire field in a heart stopping crash. Three cars were all that were left to fight it out for the win. Christian Wynbelt and opening night winner Aaron Sill would put on a thrilling race pushing each other around the track as if they were NASCAR drivers racing at Daytona. Sill would eventually slip with three laps remaining handing the lead to Wynbelt who would barely hold on for his third consecutive win.

Friday July 11th Hartford Speedway will be hosting UMP Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Stock Cars, and Cyber Stocks. General admission is $12 and every fan is invited to the pit area between 5 & 7PM  to get autographs. 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….