HOLLY, Mich. – Must See Racing officials have announced that the Engine Pro American Speed U.S. Nationals will shift from Ohio’s Lorain Raceway Park to Kalamazoo (Mich.) Speedway.
The event will remain on its previously scheduled weekend, May 28-29.
The American Speed U.S. Nationals were announced when the tentative MSR schedule was released with limited details. The concept of the event is to create a national winged sprint car event on pavement that will attract teams from across the country on Memorial Day Weekend.
The holiday weekend is key to the success of the event, with the Monday holiday allowing non-Midwestern teams an extra travel day to return home.
MSR officials indicated that, in the coming weeks, social media invitations to all recent winged pavement series sprint car champions and competitors will be sent out. It is hoped that the event will draw competitors from multiple winged pavement sprint car tours.
The move to Kalamazoo Speedway is seen by many as an enhancement for the event. Kalamazoo Speedway is relatively closer for West Coast teams. In addition, the speedway has a larger seating capacity and a rich history of hosting high-profile open wheel events.
MSR officials indicated the move to Kalamazoo will be part of a long-term partnership with the Michigan track.
The two-day format will begin on Friday, May 28, with MSR qualifying, heat races and qualifying races, as well as complete racing programs for the Must See Racing Midwest Lights Series, the National Compacts and local support classes.
The following evening will conclude the inaugural American Speed U.S. Nationals, with a B Main and a 50-lap, $5,000-to-win finale with bragging rights on the line.
The winged Midwest Supermodified Series will also join Saturday’s buffet of racing for the first time at the speedway in nearly two decades, plus the Zoo Stocks and Compacts.
The event will offer a total purse of more than $30,000, with $5,000 going to the winner and $800 to start the event. It is anticipated the American Speed U.S. Nationals will also draw a substantial media presence and a sizable crowd.
The national television cameras of SPEED SPORT and MAVTV will also be on hand for this event, with a tape-delayed broadcast planned for a later date.