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Birch Run Speedway becomes NASCAR-sanctioned ahead of 75th anniversary

BIRCH RUN, Mich. — A big year is ahead for Birch Run Speedway and Event Center as the track celebrates its 75th year of operation.

The 0.4-mile, progressively banked oval situated in Birch Run, Michigan, is now now part of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series, continuing a vibrant short-track tradition that has been ongoing since the facility opened during NASCAR’s first year in 1948.

Originally a 0.33-mile dirt track during its first decade, what was then Dixie Speedway was paved in the early 1960s. The facility continued to grow during the next several years with additions that included a Figure 8 course in the infield and the construction of the 4/10-mile oval that is predominantly used today.

Many notable competitors have developed their talents on both ovals at Birch Run since its inception, such as past NASCAR Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski and Benny Parsons, 1963 Indianapolis 500 winner Parnelli Jones and with two-time Southern 500 winner Erik Jones.

Outside of the on-track action, Birch Run has worked diligently to create a welcoming atmosphere for fans and competitors with the installation of a modern tech barn, upgraded bathrooms, new stadium lights and the construction of a luxury VIP box atop the main grandstands. The track was recognized for that work by the Michigan Automobile Racing Fan Club, which awarded the facility its 2022 Promoter of the Year Award.

Under the direction of owner Andy Suski, who purchased the track in 2017 and renamed it Birch Run Speedway and Event Center, the 75th year of on-track competition is primed to be the most exciting in the facility’s long history.

The 2023 season will see Birch Run host the second edition of Down Right Awesome Night, which is designed to raise awareness for those born with Down syndrome. As part of the festivities, 100 percent of 50/50 and t-shirt money raised will be donated to the Hurley Children’s Clinic in Flint, Michigan.

Headlining Down Right Awesome Night will be a $21,000-to-win Modified feature. This will serve as one of several major events for Birch Run on a 2023 schedule that includes hosting the American Speed U.S. Nationals for the first time and welcoming the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.

Fans who attend any race at Birch Run will have plenty of entertainment at their disposal. Along with giveaways, autograph sessions and family theme nights, Birch Run also features the longest bar in Michigan known as Gas Alley and has their own mascot called Marco the Track Dog.

A thrilling year at Birch Run commemorating the history of the track formally kicks off March 11 with a preseason party. Opening night for Birch Run is scheduled for April 28, with a docket consisting of the Midwest Dirt Compact Series, Wheeler Trucking Friday Night Thunder Series, Dwarf Cars and American Trucks.

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