The roar of stock cars, trucks, open wheels, modifieds, and drags fills the air on summer weekend afternoons and evenings as racing fans enjoy short track action at speedways across Michigan. Amateur, and pro, and junior drivers put on exciting shows that are affordable and fun for the family.
Some tracks sell pit passes that get you close to the action during the races, and others open the gates for free, post-race visits and photos of the drivers. Be sure to check on rules for each raceway, as well as special pricing often offered for families and active military personnel.
NASCAR in Michigan
The granddaddy of Michigan car racing facilities, and one of the top venues in the nation, is in the Irish Hills town of Brooklyn. Michigan International Speedway (MIS) is in its 44th year of racing and will welcome more than a quarter million fans during its two race weekends this season: June 17-19 featuring the ARCA Racing Series 200, NASCAR Nationwide Series 250, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400, and the August 19-21 Meijer Pole Day, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 400 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series 200.
Feel the need for speed? Experience the thrill of the MIS two-mile D-shaped oval your way: for $25 MIS Track Laps allow you to drive your own vehicle (no motorcycles allowed) for three laps at speeds up to 70 mph. Three driving schools at MIS---Richard Petty, Mach1 and Fast Track---offer three-lap ride-along experiences in a race car next to a professional driving instructor who tops 150 mph, and hands-on racing action as you get behind the wheel of a race car and drive for your choice of laps, from six to 80.
Here’s a sampling of the more than two dozen raceways across the state: