It's that time of year again when I can almost smell those racing fumes. Two area tracks will start their 2018 seasons with new ownership and I wish them well. Near the end of the 2017 season a deal was worked out to sell Deerfield Raceway to Don Sharpless. It will now be known as Deerfield Speedway, and more than the name has changed. Don has some pretty big plans for this 1/4 mile bullring including the new Wingless Sprint division. Sadly the Modifieds are now gone, but this place has many other divisions to keep you entertained. The Miller family deserves HUGE credit for running Deefield all these years in a way that not only helped the place survive and thrive, but they made sure it was the most family friendly facility in racing. Hats off to ya Paul and the entire Miller family and track staff. I'm sure gonna miss dealing with Paul but I look forward to giving the same support to Don and his crew. The other track that will start 2018 with new folks holding the keys is Midvale Speedway. While I haven't always had kind words for some of the actions I witnessed there over the years, I've also told everybody I know that Midvale is the nicest facility in the area and the action on the track is great every week. That's saying alot for an asphalt track;-) The Smith family has poured tons of money and sweat into this place in recent years to make it what it is, and the deserve respect and many thanks for their efforts. They handed this beautiful facility over to new owners, John and Kelley Chapman during the off season. Many of those that have been in the background to help this place run smoothly will return in 2018 to help John and Kelly in every way that they can. Both of these tracks will continue to get advertising and coverage here on this website as well.
Hilltop will kick off their season very soon with the same great owner of course. Buck Smitley is one of those track owners that honestly wants to hear any concerns or ideas from the racers and fans. To be perfectly clear, this means either stop and talk to him in person at the track, or give him a call any time. Posting online is no way to get concerns addressed by any track owner, so step up and talk to the man about anything. Buck has always taken the time to listen to anybody that's ever done it the right way. Shucks, he will even personally address your online rant while you're at the track if given the chance but I don't recommend taking that route. ;-) Buck is always looking for ways to speed the show along while putting on the best show possible every week so if you have real suggestions give him a shout. The 2018 tentative schedule has been released and posted below. Some dates are still being discussed but expect some great shows this year on "The Hill" for sure. See ya there!
Hilltop Speedway 2018 Schedule FRIDAY NIGHT RACING IN 2018!!!
March 17: Test & Tune 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 24: Test & Tune 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 30: Opening Night Regular Racing Event Excluding Mini Wedges
April 6: Regular Racing Event
April 13: Regular Racing Event Plus $500 to win Mini Stocks
April 20: Regular Racing Event Plus $1500 to win Late Models *No Wedges*
April 27: Regular Racing Event
May 4: Driver Autograph Night Regular Racing Event Plus Trucks $500 to Win *No Wedges*
May 11: OVSCA Sprints plus Late Models, Modlites, and Mini Stocks *No Mini Wedges, Street Stocks, or Modifieds*
May 18: Regular Racing Event
May 25: Regular Racing plus Late Model Show *No Wedges*
June 1: Regular Racing Event
June 8: TBA
June 15: Regular Racing Event
June 22: Regular Racing Event plus $1,000 to win Street Stock *No Wedges*
June 29: Regular Racing Event
July 6 TBA
July 13: Regular Racing Event
July 20: Regular Racing Event plus $1,000 to win Modifieds *No Wedges
July 27: Regular Racing Event
August 3: Regular Racing Event plus Kids Night
August 10: Regular Racing Event
August 17: Regular Racing Event Plus Season Championships
September 14th and 15th: 10th Annual Weekend on the Hill – More details will follow
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
*FRIDAY NIGHT RACING TIMES*
Pits and General Admission OPEN @ 5:00pm
Pill Draw closes @ 6:45
Hot laps/Qualifying @7:00pm
Racing starts @7:30pm
Mini Wedges 6:30 sharp *FEATURES ONLY*
Regular Races Pricing
General Admission - $12
Kids under 12 – Free
Pit Pass - $30