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Hartford & Merritt Host Huge Great Lakes Sprints Weekend

All Three Great Lakes Sprint Divisions in Action

Merrill, MI (Friday, July 9, 2021) - All three of the Great Lakes Sprints Family divisions are in action this weekend across the state of Michigan, two-out-of three will enjoy a double-header weekend. The Great Lakes Super Sprints Presented by Engine Pro and ARP (GLSS), the Great Lakes Traditional Sprints Presented by Perfit (GLTS), and the Great Lakes Lightning Sprints Presented by Maxima Racing Oils (GLLS) will all race together on Saturday night at Merritt Speedway after the GLSS and GLTS race Friday night at Hartford Speedway.

The GLSS are coming off a double-header weekend just one week ago from I-96 Speedway and Crystal Motor Speedway. Over the weekend, Lima, Ohio’s Max Stambaugh swept the weekend with wins on both Friday and Saturday night. Thanks to his effort, Stambaugh comes into the weekend as the new GLSS Championship Points leader.

Stambaugh will need to continue to be strong in his Home Pro Roofing 5s this weekend to retain the top of the Standings. In 2020, Ryan Ruhl lost the lead late in the one and only race held at Hartford Speedway last fall. Ruhl came home in second spot behind 2016 GLSS Champion, Chase Ridenour. In last year’s appearance at Merritt Speedway, Ruhl came from the outside pole to pick up the win after Ridenour got caught up in lapped traffic and crashed off the top of turn three.

Also in attendance both Friday and Saturday is the GLTS. Earlier this season, GLTS visited Hartford Speedway and current points leader, Stevie Irwin grabbed the win over Keith Sheffer, Jr, who is also behind Irwin in the Championship Points Standings. Irwin has grabbed a pair of wins so far this season, and multiple top fives to lead the standings. Other winners include 2020 GLTS Champion, Mike Galadja (Silver Bullet), Dustin Daggett (I-96), Drew Rader (Butler), and Matt Covington (I-96). Irwin is the only multi time winner so far this season.

The GLLS come into the picture on Saturday night when all three divisions will unload at Merritt Speedway in Lake City, Michigan. Last weekend Jac Nickles continued his winning ways sweeping the weekend at Mount Pleasant Speedway and Thunderbird Raceway. Nickles also won the last event at Merritt back in June.

Friday night racing at Hartford Speedway begins at 8:00PM with the cars hitting the track for engine warm-ups at 6:00PM. Saturday at Merritt Speedway, gates open at 4:00 PM with racing at 6:30 PM. For more information on each respective track, log onto or

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