Aaron Sill 2014 Cyber Stock Track Champion
Paul Zelmer 2014 Stock Car Track Champion
Phil Ausra 2014 UMP Late Model Track Champion
Steven Pena 2014 UMP Modified Track Champion
Daggett Out Paces Mother Nature For SOD Sprint Car Win
Baldwin Takes Modified Feature, Hinkle, Krick, Gage, & Jenema Win Qualifiers
Hartford Speedway would like to express gratitude to the entire community for helping to revitalize a fixture of family entertainment that has been a part of south west Michigan for over 50 years. Without the communities support we simply could not put on an event that continues to inspire a younger generation or entertain a venerable crowd each and every week. We look forward to next year where we hope to continue our positive influence on the local area and providing marquee events that will enthrall all race fans.
Ryan Ruhl headed into Hartford winning two consecutive SOD Sprint Car feature events. After a delayed start of the evenings activities from early rain showers the race program hit a furious pace that send the crews scrambling to have their cars ready before the next event. Craig Karazim #4z would lead much of the early feature until getting into lap traffic forcing his sprint to a slower pace allowing Dustin Daggett and Ryan Ruhl to close in on him. Daggett would make an aggressive pass for the top spot at a blazing pace through the third and fourth turns. Ruhl would follow through taking the second position while Daggett continued his march through lap traffic extending his lead. The #19 of Brett Mann would be a one man thrill show as he would put all four tires into the cushion right against the outside wall making one breathtaking pass after another until his engine blew in a fiery explosion on the last lap. Lap traffic would not be as kind to Ryan Ruhl as it was to Daggett’s #2m and Daggett would find himself in victory lane. Ryan Ruhl would finish second, Chad Ridenour third, Craig Karazim fourth, and Mark Aldrich finished out the top five.
UMP Modified would make a mad scramble onto the track in an effort to outrun mother nature. Bob Baldwin would stretch out to an early lead as a furious battle for second between Steven Pena, Frank Marshall, and Curt Spalding would ensue. Sprinkles of rain started to fall at lap five and the caution would come on the following lap halting all on track activity. The race was officially checker flagged with Bob Baldwin as the feature winner. Steven Pena would be credited with second, Frank Marshall third, Curt Spalding fourth, and Chad White fifth.
Stock Cars were 14 strong as heavy hitters Bobby Hinkle, Jerrad Krick, and Josh Frye were all in attendance. Bobby Hinkle would pilot his #18H to a half track lead in the heat race winning over Jake Hoffman while Jerrad Krick would continue his dominance taking his heat race over Josh Frye. With the rain after the Modified feature the stock cars were unable to get their main event in.
Cyber Stocks would see Brian Gage win his heat over Christian Wynbelt and I96 Speedway regular Nick Jenema would make his first ever visit to the big half mile winning his qualifier over Rich Loraff. Once again, mother nature would not cooperate enough to get the feature race completed.
August 29th marked the conclusion of the 2014 race season at Hartford Speedway. On behalf of the Dibble family and entire Hartford staff, thank you to all the drivers, fans, crew members, sponsors, and volunteers for making this a great year. We wish everyone a safe off season and we will start the high speed thrill again each and every week starting in May 2015.
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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(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.
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