2018 Schedule Release!

2018 Schedule Release!

Thunderbird is proud to announce and release it’s 2018 schedule, celebrating its 60th anniversary season at the 3/10ths mile dirt track. Opened in 1958 under the Birchwood Speedway name, the track has withstood Father Time, and Mother Nature to put on great racing that packs the house every Saturday night. Kicking off the season, the “Thunderstruck 35”, presented by Allstar Performance paying the winner of the Late Model feature, $2,500 to win, looks to be a big draw to kick off the season. The theme of big shows is spread evenly throughout the schedule, with many different classes taking the lead spotlight. The month of May wraps up with the American Ethanol Late Model Tour coming into town for Memorial Day weekend, on May 26th, with the winner taking home $4,000 to win for the Late Models, again presented by Allstar Performance. The Modifieds, Factory Stocks and Cyber Stocks also get a nice payday on the 26th as well.

June is a PACKED month with the 1st Annual Dirt vs Tar 50 with the Midwest Compact Touring Series on June 2nd, showing off the best that FWD classes have to offer. Kids Night is June 9th, offering a great time for families alike, with details on giveaways to come later on. June 16th, the first of three sprint car shows at Thunderbird Raceway happen, with the Great Lakes Super Sprints come to town, poised to possibly bring their track record down into the 10 second bracket. Chase Ridenour looks to defend his clean sweep from 2017. June 23rd, another big paying Late Model race, the “Haulin’ Fast 35” pays $2,000 to win, as we look to pack the pits with the fastest cars we have every week. June comes to close on the 30th for us, with the 60th Anniversary celebration, with a full show, including the Tim Epplett Memorial, presented by Port City Racecars and for the first time since reopening in 2016, FIREWORKS are on the docket!

July kicks off with the Wayne Roe Memorial for the Factory Stocks, paying four figures for the first time ever! $1,200 is the winner’s prize, promising to bring the best Michigan Dirt Stocks from all over to try and square off with our regulars. Arguably the crown jewel of the season, The DirtCar Racing Summer Nationals Hell Tour comes to town to square off in the “War on the Shore”, presented by Port City Racecars, with winner taking home a handsome $5,000 to win on Wednesday, July 11th. As we recover from the midweek special event, we offer a gem for families all around, the Night of Destruction on July 14th, everything will be smashed, crashed, and flipped in a one-off all out demolition night to remember. July is capped off with the annual “Salute to Veterans” night, with all veterans and active service members receiving free general admission with valid Military/VA ID, which is also Michigan Auto Racing Fan Club Night.

August is a very busy month, kicking off with the second sprint car show of the season, as we will take the wings off….as the MTS Sprint Series comes to town for the first time since the reopening. August 11th brings us the fan favorite “Autograph Night” where all of the fans are invited onto the frontstretch to meet and greet their favorite driver before the racing program begins. August 18th brings us a two-fold event, as the final sprint car event of the season finds the Great Lakes Super Sprints visiting us as their championship begins to wrap up. Championship Night features kick off on the 18th as well, with Modifieds, Factory Stocks, and Cyber Stocks taking their turn. August 26th is the second round of Championship Night features, with the Late Models, Street Stocks, and Warriors getting their time to shine.

September closes out a very aggressive 2018 racing season with yet another Late Model special show, the “Full Throttle 40” paying $2,000 to win on September 1st. The future of our sport, the kids driving the Mini Wedges, will follow suit and run their Championship Night features in both classes on the same night as well. The season wraps up with the spectacular Rolling Thunder two day show, September 7th & 8th. September 9th is the rain date if we need to use it. Details about classes, times and tickets are to be announced at a later date.

Overall, there is something for the diehard racing fan, and the casual fan to find on this schedule, and we look forward have the privilege of your attendance as we celebrate our history during the 2018 racing season.

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