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Green light for racing season at Sands Speedway

First racing event scheduled for Sunday, June 13th
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:10 PM EDT
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SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - Start your engines. Racing season at Sands Speedway will soon be in full throttle, with the first event scheduled in three days.

Despite the pandemic and social distancing, track manager Stan Wittler says the caution flag was not brought out on last year and hopes the momentum carries into 2021.

“Most of our patrons came and were able to manage everything pretty well last year,” Wittler said. “Now that they are loosening up a little bit this year, I think it may be a little easier for them to come to the track.”

A new season means new racers, like Marquette County’s own Wyatt Clement.

“My hopes are to keep the car intact, try to get a first place victory here and there, and pretty much have fun while keeping the car intact,” said Clement.

Clement has the #99 on his car, which is a number that runs through his family.

“That was my grandfather’s number when he used to race back in the late 70s,” he explained. “That was one of our conditions. If I race, then I would have to have that number be my number.”

The speedway is making final preparations for its first races and held a monster truck event last weekend. That event sparked backlash from a few community members at a recent township board meeting.

According to the Sands Township Supervisor, Darlene Walch, the Township is currently having an attorney review documentation on the speedway. Walch said the speedway has been operating on a District Court order for many years and the event violated that order. The Supervisor also said that they are still taking public comment on the Sands Speedway and stated that the Township is not intent on shutting the speedway down. The speedway did not wish to comment on the matter.

Wittler overall expects a large attendance and a great racing season.

“We have a lot of new racers this year,” he mentioned. “Our car count is up. People who came last year are going to see even a bigger show this year. If you come this year for the first time, then you’ll see a great show.”

The first races of the season start this Sunday, June 13th. The gates open at 1:00 p.m. followed by the cars revving up at 3:00.

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