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.


Jones wins fifth Tri-City feature 

By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (July 27) – Nate Jones won his fifth IMCA Modified feature of the season at Tri-City Mo­tor Speedway on Friday, beating Matt Szecsodi to the checkers on autograph night. The Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified division took to the track for a 20-lap main event and Todd Matheson and Kevin McFarland brought the field of 20 to the green with Matheson immediately jump­ing to the front. Matheson looked as if he was going to run away with the win until an issue with his car caused him to sud­denly spin in turn four with just four laps remaining. That spin also ended the night for third-running Chris Cohoon as he was unable to avoid Matheson. With Matheson out, Jones was handed the lead and held off Szecsodi for his fifth feature win of the year. Chad Wernette, Gavin Hunyady and Chaz Pray wrapped up the remaining top five positions at the finish.


Late pass pays off for Wernette 

By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (June 29) – Chad Wernette made his final move to the front in the waning laps in winning Friday’s Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified feature at Tri-City Speedway. Garrett Bennett led the opening lap before Mitchell Hunt took his turn at the point. Hunt led the majority of the event but Wernette refused to let Hunt get away. For numerous laps, Wernette and Hunt swapped the lead position. With just a few laps remaining, the Sheridan driver cleared Hunt to earn a victory lane visit for the first time this season. Hunt, Matt Szecsodi, Nate Jones and Kody Johnson completed the top five.


GoFundMe started for injured TCMS employee

AUBURN, Mich. – On Friday, June 22, a member of the Tri-City Motor Speedway safety crew was injured during a rain delay in the regular Friday night race show. After a brief, unexpected rain shower, race officials announced a rain delay until the track conditions could be brought back to a safe racing condition. It was during this process where a worker, Pete Badgero, was injured after falling off the tractor he was driving. The safety crew saw this happen and immediately tended to Badgero with emergency medical attention. With the tractor still in gear, it continued across the track, which is where a video circulating the Internet picks up the event. This process of prepping the track is not very exciting so many people in the stands never saw Badgero fall. Their attention only turned when the suddenly unmanned tractor careened across the track into the retaining wall. Laughter can be heard on the video as track staff attempted to chase down the rouge tractor. The crowd was not aware of the injury that [Read More]


Ward gets career fourth Greased Pig win

By Roger Williams AUBURN, Mich. (June 15) – The first race in the new dirt track era of Tri-City Motor Speedway took place in mid-June back in 2011. Each year, Tri-City commemorates the occasion with the annual Greased Pig special for the IMCA Modifieds. On Friday night, A.J. Ward won the event for the fourth time and earned $2,018. Chris Cohoon started on the pole and led the field to green flag but his night ended early because of mechanical problems. With Cohoon out, the lead was handed to Matt Szecsodi, who took ad­vantage of a long green flag run and began to pull away from the field. However, with 31 laps down and 10 to go, a caution bunched up the field and put the ninth start­ing Ward and defending track champion Kody Johnson on Szecsodi’s rear bumper. Ward fought Szecsodi using the bottom groove as the two tussled over the final seven circuits. The two-time defending Dirt Works Eastern Region champion, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, was finally able to [Read More]