Saturday night tradition at Butler

Troy Chehowski
Troy Chewhowski

From Jim Fisher

For over 50 years, Butler (Mi.) Speedway has opened it gates to race fans. Many of the years sprint cars have
headlined the program, and most of those seasons began on the first Saturday night in May.

The ground-pounding winged sprints headline the show as Butler kicks off the 2010 season this Saturday, May 1.
Also on the progam will be UMP Modifieds, Sportsman, and Street Stocks.

Nine-time track champion Ken Mackey took the 2009 opener for the sprint cars, winning his heat race and then
leading the feature start-to-finish from a front-row starting spot. Second-place finisher Mark Aldrich won the
2008 Opener, while Doug Zimmerman took the 2004 and 2007 openers.

Nathan Bevard edged out Mackey for last season’s sprint car title, the first of his career. Races are scheduled for five Saturdays during May, with all four divisions on tap for each event. Spring Championships conclude the month on May 29. Admission prices for all May events are $12 for an adult grandstand ticket, and $5 for kids. Pit passes are $25.
Butler Speedway is located at 1031 Clarendon Road, Quincy, Michigan. Detailed directions can be found at the
track’s web site: