Hartford Speedway News

Attention drivers and fans: Track Telephone

The track phone is currently out of order. If you need to contact the speedway please call: 269-313-9132

Attention drivers and fans: Road Construction In Hartford

If you’re coming to Hartford Speedway off of the Hartford I-94 exit the road is closed at the train tracks. Please take a left (westbound) at the stop light. Come to Marion St (just past the Oasis Ice Cream Shop) take a right, then straight ahead to the track.

Attention Stock Car Drivers: August 22nd $1000.00 To Win

Puhrman Hauling & Excavating of Hartford has partnered with the speedway to make this special event possible for this Friday August 22nd. Hartford Speedway rules for this class apply. Exception: 4 barrels will be legal.

8/22 Puhrman Hauling & Excavating Stock Car Payout:
1st: $1000
2nd: $500
3rd: $250
4th: $185
5th: $135
6th: $125
7th: $115
8th: $105
9th: $95
10th: $85
11th: $75
12th: $70
13th: $65
14th: $60
15th: $60
16th: $60
17th: $60
18th: $60
19th: $60
20th: $60
Tow: $35

Zelmer And Ausra Clinch Final Two Speedway Championships
Spatola, Ruhlman, Krick, and Wynbelt taste victory

In stick and ball sports a team never intentionally does anything to openly help their opposition. The opposing sides try to take advantage of every bad situation in order to seal a victory. Local racing has different mentality where a kinship develops over time and drivers reach out to one another for help. That help can be something has simple as a driving tip, car handling information, tools, or in the case of this past Friday night, a borrowing of another drivers car. During the qualifying heat race Ryan Flagel was involved in an accident that damaged his UMP Modified beyond what could be fixed at the racetrack. In an effort to keep his position in the final point standings, Hartford native JR Hotovy reached out to the Flagel team and allowed them to borrow his orange #13 to the feature event. In no other sport will you find competitors willing to share their playbook in order to provide the best competition like you will in the local auto racing scene.

Cyber Stock drivers have had a rough month suffering defeat after defeat to the #1T of Chad Tomczak. Friday night Chad’s win streak would come to an end as the result of a blown Honda engine. Rich Loraff would lead the opening eight laps before some confusion on the restart would let Christian Wynbelt take the top spot and go on to win his fourth feature of the season. Loraff would finish second, Brian Gage third, young lady Brooke Derrick fourth, and 2014 Point Champion Aaron Sill fifth.

Jerrad Krick has set the new standard for who you have to beat at Hartford Speedway in the Stock Car division. It would be no different this past week as Krick would lead every lap of the main event winning his fourth straight race. Todd Atherton would finish second, 2014 Point Champion Paul Zelmer third, George Zelmer fourth, and Tony Stewart fifth.

In UMP Modified action Bob Baldwin would lead the first four circuits before Brian Ruhlman’s #49 would take the point. The 20 lap feature would set a torrid pace only being slowed one time for a spin by Kyle Parker. Ruhlman would visit Lane Automotive Victory Lane, 2014 Point Champion Steven Pena second, Mark Hotovy third, Mark Pifer Jr. fourth, and Kyle Parker rounded out the top-five.

Late Models would be in action for the final time of the 2014 race season receiving a special Illinois visitor in the form of Mike “Opie” Spatola. Spatola, who had won two ALMS events last weekend at Kakakee County Speedway (Kankakee, IL) and Plymouth Speedway (Plymouth, IN) battled JR Hotovy until a caution on lap 11 brought out by #00 of Chris Keller. The ensuing restart was exactly what Spatola needed to get away from Hotovy’s #13 and go on the take the checkers for his first win at Hartford Speedway in a Late Model. JR would finish second, 2014 Point Champion Phil Ausra third, Guy Volk fourth, and Doug Ausra fifth.

Two nights of Friday night excitement remain at Hartford Speedway. Friday August 22nd the speed plant will host the Michigan DirtCup UMP Modifieds, $1000 to WIN Stock Cars, and Cyber Stocks. 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.

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.