Demo Derby For July 26th Cancelled
The demolition derby at Cherry Raceway originally scheduled for July 26th has been cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday September 20th.
Saturday July 26th: Demolition Derby, Off Road Derby, and 4WD Tug of War
Saturday, July 26th, Cherry Raceway will host a 3 for one show. Demolition Derby, Off Road Derby, and 4WD Tug of War. Trophies for all classes. Demolition will pay $1000.00 to win $300.00 for 2nd and $100.00 for 3rd. Off Road Derby will pay $500.00 to win $200.00 for 2nd and $100.00 for 3rd. Tug of War trophy only. You will be allowed to run your Off Road Derby car in the Demolition also. The first 20 cars, there will be no registration fee and you will get one free pit pass. To get registration form just go to Cherry Raceway.com, print off registration (below). Where it says chassis just put Demolition. Any questions, call Roger at 231-578- 2072 or Ed at 231-335-8121.
Pit gates open at 3 o'clock, Grandstands open 4:30.
Registration for the event is $30.
Cherry Raceway Holds Seven Thrilling Features on Kids Night
Fife Lake, Michigan (Friday July 18th, 2014): The short track racing season clicked off another week with another exciting full show at the fast 3/8ths (0.375) mile high-banked dirt oval of Cherry Raceway in Fife Lake, Michigan. The fans were treated to a full show featuring the return of the Auto Value UMP DIRTcar Late Models, UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, and Lighting Sprints who all have been off as of late. Stock Cars, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warriors, and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts were also in action. The program was all part of Pizza Hut Kids Night.
The Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts were the first main event of the night competing in a 15-lap feature event. 12-year old Andrea Taghon took the early lead after the opening lap, but on lap 2 she would be passed by 15-year old Dalton Bouschor. He would be able to hold his line at the front of the field for the rest of the race and went on to get the win.
The young Traverse City, Michigan native picked up the win in the Van’s Auto Sales / Porsha. He finished just ahead of the 2012 track champion 15-year old Chris Casey. 17-year old Rheanna Doberstein, 16-year old Jacob Flickinger, and 17-year old Calvin Ingleston rounded out the top five. Casey was the heat race winner.
The Factory Stocks went head to head in a 15-lap A-Main. Richard Cebula Jr. took off with the race lead in the early going. He would remain there until after a restart on lap 13, Peni LaLonde would make the move for the lead, which she was able to take and get the win.
Lalaonde the 40-year old driver from Lake City, Michigan earned her second feature win in a row in her P&J racing / Chevrolet. Dan Wireman finished second. Cebula, Jeff Chalker, and 2011-track champion Emery Smith made up the rest of the top five. The lone heat was also won by LaLonde.
The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds were out next for their 20-lap main event. Once the green flag was dropped it would be defending track champion Dennis Taghon taking off with the lead. Despite what all of his opponents would try to do, he would never look back from there going all the way from green to checkered for the win.
This was the first win of the season for the 48-year old Empire, Michigan driver. 2011-track champion Joe Rokos finished in the second position. Two-time track champion Larry Cade, Jeremy Tulick, and Nick Taghon finished off the top five. Cade was the winner of the lone heat race.
The Lighting Sprints were out next for their 15-lap feature. Josh Ward took the early lead. However, he would have to watch his brother Justin Ward pass him on lap 4 for the top spot. Justin would gain a great jump on the rest of the field going to pick up his fourth win of the season in a caution-free A-Main.
Ward, a native of Benzonia, Michigan picks up the win in the Geno’s Sports Bar & Grill sponsored car. Tom Hunt took the second place finish. Josh Ward, Mack Erickson, and Chuck Erickson capped off the top five. Justin Ward and Ron Ramoy were the heat winners.
The 20-lap Stock Cars feature event was out next. John Hittle fired away at the start with the lead. He would command that spot for the first 6 laps. However, on lap 7 Kevin Newberry would power his way to the front passed Hittle. He would then hang on through several cautions to cross the finish line first for the win.
The 49-year old Gaylord, Michigan driver picks up his fifth win of the season in the Diamond Performance Engines / Chevrolet. Joe Fisher was the runner up. 14-year old Drew Wilkerson, Charlie Garrison Jr., and J.J. Arbour completed the top five. The heat wins went to Fisher and Mark Phillips.
The 20-lap Four-Cylinder Warrior feature event race made their way onto the racing surface. The defending track champion Andrew Austin started on the pole, and when the green flag waved he shot off into turn one with the lead. The laps commenced, and he would hold a commanding lead throughout the race, and went all the way from green to checkers for the victory.
Austin the driver out of Manton, Michigan wins his second feature of the year, in the A&W Racing / Chevrolet. Bob Wood finished second. Arlie Cooper, Jeremy Wood, and Jeremy Tulick were the top five. Cooper and Bob Craycraft won the heat races.
Finally, the Auto Value UMP DIRTcar Late Models capped off the night with their 20-lap feature. Five time track champion Eric Spangler jumped out with the lead after lap one. He would not see a challenge until lap 10, when 2012 track champion Brandon Thirlby would pass him for the lead. However, after a caution occurred, Thirlby would lose power after a restart and be forced to retire to the pit area. This again surrendered the lead back to Spangler who continued to dominate the race and he would go on pick up the win.
This was the fourth win of the season for the 45-year old Lake City, Michigan driver of the Spangler Heating & Cooling / Mastersbilt Racecar. Bob Green picked up the second place finish. Scott Phillips, Phil LaLonde, and Steve Niewenhuis rounded out the top five. Spangler, and Jim Billett won the heats.
This Friday July 25th the Cherry Raceway will be taking the week off. However they will be hosting a special Demolition Derby, Off-Road Derby, and 4WD Tug of War in a special 3 in 1 show on Saturday July 26th. The pit gates will open at 3:30pm. The Grandstands will open at 4:30pm, and the action will get underway at 6:00pm. For more information log on to www.cherryraceway.com
The raceway will return to racing action on Friday August 1st. It will be Hoosier Free Hat Night. The program will be headlined by the high-powered Auto Value UMP DIRTcar Late Models. They will be joined by the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds, Lighting Sprints, Stock Cars, Factory Stocks, Four-Cylinder Warriors, and Crossroads Chevrolet Compacts making a full 7 in 1 show.
Ticket Prices for Friday August 1st are: Adults (13-59): $12.00 – Seniors (60 and Over): $9.00 – Children (6-12): $5.00 – Kids (5 and Under): FREE – Pit Passes: $25.00.The Pit Gates Open at 5:00p.m. Grandstand Gates Open at 6:00p.m. Practice also starts at 6:00pm. Then after Pre-Race Ceremonies / Invocation / National Anthem(s), Racing Begins approximately at 7:30pm.
Cherry Raceway is located at: 8649 East M-113 in Fife Lake, Michigan. For more information, please call: 1-(231)-468-1477. Don’t forget to check out the track website at: www.cherryraceway.com you can also follow us on Facebook by going to: www.facebook.com/cherryraceway and clicking on the “Like” button as well as on Twitter by going to: www.twitter.com/cherryraceway
2014 Registration Form
The 2014 Cherry Raceway Driver Registration Form is now available for download. The form also contains season pass information & pricing.
To download registration form (PDF), visit the Track Info Page or CLICK HERE.