Springport, MI (Tuesday, January 12, 2021) - Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway released their tentative schedule for 2021 Monday night. The 21 event schedule features a return for the Auto Value Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints (AVBBSS), big money races for Outlaw Super Late Models (OSLM) and Modifieds, plus the 2021 Michigan Cup.
The season is scheduled to begin with the First Call on Saturday, April 17th featuring Modifieds racing for $1,500 to win, Late Model Sportsman for $1,000 to win, and Portstocks for $500 to win. The official season opener starts the following week on April 24th, with OSLM racing for $1,500 to win, along with the full show of Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Portstocks, and Mini Wedges.
Each local division gets a shot at a special payout in 2021, and on May 15th during Fan
Appreciation Night, Street Stocks will run for 50 laps while racing for $1,000. Then, on June 19th, Late Model Sportsman drivers race for $1,500 to win alongside a regular program which includes OSLM. Late Model Sportsman will race for another increased payout during the July 17th program for the Russ Densmore Birthday Memorial, paying $1,700 to the winner after 50 laps.
The first of two Springport traditions kicks off on Thursday, July 1st for the Old Glory Freedom Celebration. The weekend leads up to the Saturday night weekend finale, which offers up OSLMs racing for 75 laps and a shot at $2,500, while the Modifieds brace for 45 laps and a chance at $4,500. Street Stocks and Port Stocks will also be in action.
Before the season completely ends, fans will get a chance to see the AVBBSS back at Springport for the first time in several years. On Saturday, September 11th, sprints return to town for the first time in over 20 years. Some reports indicate that sprints haven’t been to Springport since 1998.
Then, the historic grand finale at Springport is the annual Michigan Cup. Featuring OSLM, Modifieds, Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks, Mini Cups, Dwarfs, and Mini Wedges. Speedway owner, Curt Ainsworth says their optimism about the upcoming season is higher than ever.
“We’re going to come out of COVID in 2021 looking like a million dollars,” Ainsworth told Horsepower Happenings’, Zach Hiser. “I’m excited. I’m on top of the world.”
Heading into their fifth season at the helm of Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway, Ainsworth says the plan his team laid out at the very beginning of the venture is coming together perfectly.
“I’m probably the opposite of everybody else,” he says referring to racing amid the COVID-19 uncertainty. “All the plans that were put into place five years ago have come together. We have over $100,000 of new equipment; a new PA system, new safety truck, new tractors. We’ll probably have more improvements than any other track.”
Ainsworth says their schedule isn’t fully complete either. He says more information on additional OSLM shows is expected in the coming weeks which will include a huge payout for the division. To keep up with Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway, log onto www.springportracing.com and follow them on Facebook at Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway.
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Story - Zach Hiser, Horsepower Happenings
Photo - Cally Jean Media