Reay rules Tri-City, Eastern IMCA Allstars Modifieds

PORTLAND, Mich. (June 23) – After winning $2,000 on Friday night, Jeffrey Reay came up just three dollars short of matching that career-topping total in the second installment of the Eastern IMCA Allstars the following Wednesday. Reay led all 30 laps of the June 18 IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Motor Speedway. He outran defending Dirt Works Eastern Region champion Mitchell Hunt and former regional king A.J. Ward to the $1,997 checkers on June 23 at Thunderbird Raceway. “We’ve got some tough guys we run against,” said Reay, one of 28 entries at Auburn, one of 37 at Muskegon and already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “We’re going to keep taking the wins as we get them and not get a big head on us.”  He’d started outside pole at Tri-City and dueled with Ward before winning ahead of Brenten DeYoung. Reay motored from fourth starting and caught Kody Johnson for the front spot en route to his fourth win of the season at Thunderbird.  “It was fun. It was a fun track,” [Read More]


Dialed in, Jones tops Tri-City Modified main

By Roger M. Williams AUBURN, Mich. (July 12) – Friday night was the last opportunity for Allstar Performance IMCA Modified drivers to dial in their rides before the big Greased Pig 9.0 special at Tri-City Motor Speedway on July 19.   Defending champion Nate Jones has had a tough first half of the season.  However, he may have figured out his issues as it took him only five laps to go from ninth place to take the lead from Will Small. Once Jones got to the front, he was long gone from the rest of the field taking the win easily over point leader Matt Szecsodi, Brenten DeYoung, “B” feature winner Kody Johnson and Mitchell Hunt.


Vance, Sautter top Tri-City IMCA Modified features

By Roger M. Williams AUBURN, Mich. (June 7) – Craig Vance won the makeup feature and Don Sautter raced to his first win on dirt Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway, The Allstar Performance IMCA Modified drivers had some extra work to take care of at the June 7 show at Auburn, first of all completing the feature rained out from the previous week. Vance slipped into the lead early and never looked back as he started the evening picking up his first feature win of 2019. He also dominated the field in his heat race and looked like he had a legitimate chance to sweep all of his races that night. However, it was another no. 42 that stole the spotlight in the second feature for the Modified class. No. D42 Sautter, a long-time veteran in asphalt racing, had his own tough luck over the past 10 years since switching to dirt racing. Sautter, who had yet to win a feature on dirt, took the lead from row three on the first lap. He commit­ted [Read More]


Pray prevails at Tri-City for first IMCA Modified win

By Roger M. Williams AUBURN, Mich. (May 24) – Tanner Pray cruised to his first-ever Allstar Performance IMCA Modi­fied feature win on Outdoor Adventures Night at Tri-City Motor Speedway.  With other venues canceling earlier in the afternoon, the field was again bolstered with 29 drivers hoping to find their way to victory lane. Brody Bowser and Don Sautter battled during the first seven laps of the 20-lap feature. Sautter had the field covered until he lost power in turn four, ending his night with a premature exit and what proved to be a 19th place finish.  Former track champion Myron DeYoung inherited the lead. He had his hands full during the se­cond half of the race as Matt Szecsodi  and Pray pressured him through every corner. On lap 17, Pray used the high line coming out of turn two and cleared DeYoung for the lead.  From there, Pray motored to his first ever feature victory. Szecsodi completed the event with a second place effort and was followed by DeYoung, last week’s winner Mitchell Hunt and Brenten [Read More]


Hunt takes home Tri-City trophy

By Roger M. Williams AUBURN, Mich. (May 17) – Friday night belonged to Mitchell Hunt.  Hunt won the Allstar Performance IMCA Modified main event at Tri-City Motor Speedway on a night that saw nearly 30 entries in the division.  Outside polesitter Garrett Bennett led the opening laps before Chris Cohoon took over the top spot. But Hunt marched his way to the front and muscled away the lead from Cohoon on lap eight and never looked back.  For Hunt, it was his first-ever Tri-City feature win. Opening night winner Matt Szecsodi, A.J. Ward, Jacob Flickinger and Brenten DeYoung secured top five finishes.


Szecsodi tops opener at Tri-City

By Roger M. Williams AUBURN, Mich. (April 26) – Inches made the difference between first and second as Matt Szecsodi raced to opening night Allstar Performance IMCA Modified honors at Tri-City Motor Speedway.  A field of 20 Modifieds, led by Toby Steele and Todd Matheson, took the green flag for their 20-lap penulti­mate race of the evening. Matheson took full advantage of his front row starting position to pull ahead of Steele and lead the initial 13 circuits before 2015 champion Myron DeYoung took his turn at the front.  He was in the midst of a hard-fought multi-driver duel that included Nate Jones, Szecsodi, Jacob Flick­inger and Craig Vance. DeYoung found a rut in turn three that upset the handling of his machine which narrowed the lead battle to between Jones and Szecsodi. The duel would not disappoint as both drivers swapped the lead over the final two laps with Szecsodi stealing the win by inches over Jones at the finish.  Behind Jones came Matheson, Vance, and Flickinger.


Tri-City Motor Speedway launches online ticket fundraiser program

AUBURN, Mich. – Tri-City Motor Speedway officials have announced a new online ticket fundraiser program available as part of the track’s community outreach efforts to help give back to the community. Raising funds is a need for so many groups, not just non-profits, and we want to be able to use our business to allow people to do so in a unique and fun way.   The online ticket fundraiser program offers participants an easy solution to raise money without incurring debt, adding risk or storing bulky items. Groups participating in the fundraiser will earn $5 per online adult grandstand ticket sold when selling over 100 tickets. Groups can easily share their fundraiser through social media or email and their supporters can purchase tickets online to participate in the fundraiser. Groups can sign-up to host a fundraiser on any regular race night May-August.   Steve Puvalowski, owner and CEO, said “I am pleased to add the online ticket fundraiser to our community outreach efforts. It will allow smaller organizations the opportunity to raise funds to [Read More]


Tri-City Motor Speedway launches into ninth season

AUBURN, Mich.– Tri-City Motor Speedway is dropping the green flag on the 2019 season opener Friday, April 26.  The entertainment hot spot has packed the schedule full of action all the way through the season finale. IMCA Modifieds run weekly at Auburn for the ninth consecutive season and are part of the Dirt Works Eastern Region.  Families will be looking forward to getting their kids involved in the fun. Bringing the kids to meet the drivers in person, sending the kids around the big track on their pedal bike and pairing up the youngsters in the box cars will leave a smile on everyone’s face.  For Family & Kids June 14: Kids’ Night and autographs. June 28: Kids’ bike races on the track. July 26: Kids’ Night and autographs. August 16: Kids’ box car races. For Entertainment Seekers May 18: Wolverine free fireworks and demo display. June 28: Full fireworks show at dark. Aug. 9: Faster Pastor race and full fireworks show at dark. August 16: Season Championship. Tri-City Motor Speedway continues to give back [Read More]


Tri-City announces 2019 blood drive partnership openings

AUBURN, Mich.– Tri-City Motor Speedway is partnering with area businesses and non-profit groups hosting blood drives with the American Red Cross or Michigan Blood to help increase do­nor participation during the summer months. Tri-City officials are seeking local blood drives held during May, June or July throughout the surround­ing communities including, but not limited to Auburn, Bay City, Beaverton, Gladwin, Mid­land, Mt. Pleasant, Pinconning and Saginaw.   Each participating blood drive will receive one adult grandstand race ticket valued at $14 to give out to all donors who attempt to give blood. Race tickets will be valid for any regular Friday night through Aug. 23, 2019.  In addition to partnering with area blood drives, Tri-City will host a blood drive on June 7. “We want to give back to our community. Blood banks are in desperate need of donations during the summer months. We want to use our means to help promote and support blood donation through­out our surrounding communities,” said Erika Puvalowski, TCMS Marketing and Business Development Director.  Those hosting blood drives can contact [Read More]


Jones switches line in run to Tri-City checkers 

By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (Aug. 17) – Nate Jones won the Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature and unofficial track championship Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway. A single point separated Jones and Matt Szecsodi going into the evening and their competition included A.J. Ward, looking to collect his 100th career IMCA feature win. The pair of title contenders started mid-pack and Will Small took control early before Jones, using the bottom groove, took the top spot on lap five. He continued to run the bottom groove while a hard-charging Ward found speed in the top line. Ward tracked down Jones and was poised to steal the lead before the caution flag flew. On the restart, Jones decided to run the high side. The move allowed Jones to pull away from Ward and to his seventh feature win of the 2018 season. The win, along with Szecsodi’s finish of fourth, gave Jones the unofficial season title.