Center Raceway

Address: Hilltop Rd - 1 Mile West of M-37
City: Grawn
State: MI
Zip:
County: Grand Traverse
Number of visits to this page: 9315
Notes: Dirt Oval
Operating Dates: 1968-1976
Info Updates:
4/5/2017 - John Williams
My father raced at Center Raceway back in the early 70's I was about 7 or 8 and looked forward too the races every week. From He and several others including Vic Lonn were from Thompsonville. My Dad didn't do to well, he did get a trophy for going of the end and rolling over. The smell of OFF still makes me think of the old tack we were pretty upset when they closed it down.
8/8/2010 - ANDY NICKERSON JR
NEVER THOUGHT I''D SEE SOMETHING ON THE NET ''BOUT THAT OLD TRACK. WAS BEFORE MY TIME BUT I''VE HEARD SOME GREAT STORIES BOUT THAT PLACE. CAL SPANGLER(TRACK OWNER) STILL OWNS THE PROPERTY. SOLD ALOT OF GRAVEL OUTTA THERE. STILL HAS THE OLD SIGN IN THE RAFTERS OF HIS BARN.
1/22/2010 - NC Ghost Hunter
Jason the location in the aerial is on Lemcool Road, take MI 37 south to Hilltop Rd, go west 1 mile, Lemcool is on the right.
11/20/2007 - RandyPeters
Larry Price, now there,s a name that rings a bell... He also used to race at Northern Mich Raceway in Elmira Mi.. Blue Chevelle #77 for sure, he used to show up and clean house there, really didn,t have a whole lot of competition until the guys from Sault St Marie Canada started comming down....

I think Larry was the first car I ever saw there with a Quick Change rear end...... the first time I saw him run I couldn,t figure out why the car was making a whinning noise, I didn,t know what a Quick Change was before then, but after he showed up we sure did.... I was still sitting in the stands then cause I wasn,t old enough to build a car yet.... I raced there later starting in 1980 for a couple yrs till I moved down state, ran a steet stock back then...

Wonder if Larry is still around???? Yes he,s the one that made others finally decide they had to "get with it" or be left behind to lick there wounds.... He,s one of the guys that gave me the Idea that I could build a race car and race, others were Frank Shaler, Vasco Zucciatti, Warren Ecker, Randy Sattison ect.... This fall I had my Vintage Supermod up there and Frank and Vasco were sitting in the stands....some things never change.....
12/30/2005 - Ron Akers
I remember going there to see my dad Jack, Andy Nickerson, Larry Price, Lamar Kreps, and all the others race IN THE DIRT!! man i miss that place! Last I remember its all a gravel pit now.
8/11/2005 - Sean Fitzgerald
What a shame another track that brought joy is gone, looks like it must have been an airfield too?
8/9/2005 - Bruce Cascadden
It was located off Hilltop road, about half way between M-37 and County Road 633. It was on the North side of the road (Hilltop) there is a gravel pit there now. I dont think there is any of the track left from what Ive heard.
2/7/2005 - Jason
I have lived in Grawn myself and have never heard of this racetrack. Could someone possibly tell me where the location of this track is? I would love to find out.
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Center Raceway - 1981 AERIAL
1981 AERIAL
Center Raceway - AERIAL PHOTO
AERIAL PHOTO
Center Raceway - AUG 18 1977 ARTICLE
AUG 18 1977 ARTICLE
Center Raceway - JUL 25 1970 AD FOR MOTORCYCLE RACING
JUL 25 1970 AD FOR MOTORCYCLE RACING
Center Raceway - JUL 26 1975 ARTICLE
JUL 26 1975 ARTICLE
Center Raceway - SEP 3 1970 AD
SEP 3 1970 AD
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