Sure, it's been a pretty mild winter but it's still been way too long since we got to take in those racing fumes we all live for. Once the season kicks off it always seems that it was worth the wait though. This season will be even more exciting as our local tracks look to step up their programs even more to fill their pits and seats every weekend and at least one more track will be in the mix in 2017. Mansfield Motor Speedway set the racing world on fire back in January when it was announced that a new promoter would be taking over with the wild and crazy idea of ripping up all that pretty asphalt and installing a new clay surface. Well folks, the clay was already being hauled in by mid February and some major events have already been scheduled. Action begins on March 25th for the first night of their Triple Crown Spring Series. This awesome facility will showcase everything from Super Late Models, Sprints, Monster Trucks, and even Flat Track Bikes. Their website is still a bit short on details of some events but they're working quickly to get things in order. Be sure to check them out soon and take in a show to support this huge effort to return excitement to this historic track.
The only drawback to the news from Mansfield was that their first three shows ran up against the first three nights on the schedule at Hilltop Speedway. Buck made the simple decision to allow area racers and fans to support Mansfield on those nights by changing the Hilltop schedule from Saturday night to Friday night on those weeks. Now we can get a double dose of kickass racing action for the first few weeks of the season as long as Mother Nature cooperates. Some highlights of the 2017 Hilltop schedule include the return of Buckeye All Star Late Model Speed Week event, the first ever appearance of the Ohio Thunder Sprint Car Series, a qualifier event for the Jim Dunn Memorial show, Ohio Outlaw Motorsports Flat Track & Quads shows, and even some Blue Collar Series events. The gang at Hilltop are still working on other ideas for other special events this summer so stay tuned for further updates. For now the complete schedule as it stands is below. Be sure to get to "The Hill" often for the best side by side action on dirt!
Hilltop Speedway 2017 Schedule
March 18 Test & Tune 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 24 Opening Night Regular Racing Event Excluding First Choice Stump Grinding & Trees Mini Wedges
March 31 Blue Collar Mini Stock Qualifier $500 to win Plus Regular Racing Event Excluding First Choice Stump Grinding & Trees Mini Wedges
April 8 TBA
April 15 Blue Collar Street Stock Qualifier $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event
April 22 Jim Dunn Memorial Qualifier Holmes Tire Late Models $2,000 to Win Plus The Hangout in Danville Modifieds $1,000 to Win Other Divisions TBA
April 29 Short Track Fire & Rescue Mini Stocks $500 to Win Plus Mini Late Models Plus Regular Racing Event
May 6 Driver Autograph Night Plus Bugs R Gone Trucks $500 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event
May 13 Regular Racing Event
May 20 Not Running – Enjoy Your Weekend
May 27 TBA
June 3 Regular Racing Event
June 10 Regular Racing Event Plus TBA
June 17 Regular Racing Event
June 24 Regular Racing Event
July 1 TBA
July 7 Ohio Outlaw Motorsports Flat Track Racing Bikes & Quads
July 8 Rigz Towing Modlites $500 to Win Plus Fan Appreciation Night Plus Regular Racing Event
July 15 Ohio Thunder Sprint Car Series Plus Regular Racing Event Excluding Short Track Fire & Rescue Mini Stocks
July 20 Buckeye All Star Speed Week Late Models $3,000 to Win Plus The Hangout in Danville Modifieds $1,000 to Win Plus More TBA
July 22 Not Running – Enjoy Your Weekend
July 29 Regular Racing Event Plus Mini Late Models Excluding TBA
August 4 Ohio Outlaw Motorsports Flat Track Racing Bikes & Quads
August 5 Regular Racing Event
August 12 Mini Late Models Plus Regular Racing Event Plus Kids Night
August 19 Season Championships
August 26 Ohio Outlaw Motor Sports Bikes & Quads 9th Annual Battle At The Hill
September 2& 9 TBA
September 15th and 16th 9th Annual Weekend on the Hill – Holmes Tire Late Model Invitational, The Hangout in Danville Modifieds, Homes Pest Control Street Stocks, Bugs R Gone Trucks, Short Track Fire & Rescue Mini Stocks, Rigz Towing Modlites, First Choice Stump Grinding & Trees Mini Wedges. More details will follow.
September & October TBA
This is a tentative schedule. Dates may be changed or added. Watch website for up to date information about Hilltop Speedway at www.hilltopspeedway.org.
Regular Racing Event Includes: Late Models sponsored by Holmes Tire, Modifieds sponsored by The Hangout in Danville, Street Stocks sponsored by Holmes Pest Control, Mini Stocks sponsored by Short Track Fire & Rescue, Trucks sponsored by Bugs R Gone, Modlites sponsored by Rigz Towing, and Mini Wedges sponsored by First Choice Stump Grinding & Trees