Three special shows to open the 2022 racing season at 34 Raceway

MIDDLETOWN – Although it’s hard to tell from your window, the local auto racing season is less than three months away.

Brad Stevens and Jessi Mynatt, co-owners and promoters of 34 Raceway, haven’t slowed down one iota since the 2021 racing season ended almost four months ago. Since then, Stevens and Mynatt have had the pedal to metal to set everything up for what they hope will be the biggest season in track history in 2022.

Stevens and Mynatt recently released the 2022 34 Raceway schedule, which features many great annual shows, 14 nights of regular points racing in seven classes, and a few new surprises.

It should prove to be a hot and intense 2022 racing season on the famous 3/8 mile oval dirt track.

“I’m excited about the schedule,” Stevens said. “We’re currently working on finding sponsors. We’re going to have the same classes of cars and we’re partnering with Lee County Speedway for a combined mini-transporter championship. We’re trying to give these guys 10-12 race dates. Right now, if it’s raining, they could go three weeks without a race. That way, if it rains, it won’t be that big of a deal because they can race on the other track the following week. “

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The 2022 season will open with three consecutive specials. Kicking off the season will be a two-day sprint auto show featuring the annual IRA and MOWA Clash. This event is scheduled for April 1 and 2.

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The Sprint Invaders will make the first of four stops at 34 Raceway on April 9. The Sprint Invaders will also be at 34 Raceway on May 29, June 25 and September 24 for the annual 360 Fall Haul.

Everyone’s Grandpa is scheduled for April 15-16 with the annual Slocum 50, Stevens and Mynatt pride and joy. July 2 is the rainy date if necessary.

“We’re excited to start the season with a pair of two-day shows,” Stevens said. “We went to the two day Slocum 50 show last year and people seemed to really like the format.”

The first night of weekly shopping is set for April 23.

Burlington's Cody Wehrle celebrates his win and championship of the season on Saturday at 34 Raceway.

Regular racing classes include Dirt Late models, IMCA modifications, IMCA sports modifications, 305 sprints, IMCA stock cars, four cylinders and mini towers.

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The next big show on the calendar is May 21 when the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt series will make its first stop on the track since 2019 after being canceled for the past two years, first by COVID-19 and then by rain.

“We really want to bring these guys back here,” Stevens said. “They are really nice to work with and they give us a lot of good publicity.”

Memorial Day weekend with the annual draw / reprint show on May 28, followed by the Sprint Invaders on May 29.

The NOS Energy Drinks World of Outlaws racing car series returns to 34 Raceway on July 8, a show that draws huge crowds every year.

“It’s going to be a really big show for us,” Stevens said. “It’s a Friday night and Lee County Speedway isn’t racing that night because it’s a good week. There should be a lot of famous cars and drivers there.”

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While the All-Star Circuit of Champions sprint car series will not return this season – Stevens said the proposed series dates were not what they had already planned – the show will be replaced by the Castrol FloRacing Night in America, $ 22,000 to win a late August 2 model show.

“It’s only 8-10 races and these guys are offering a lot of money. We’d expect all the big names to be there for that one,” Stevens said. “The previous weekend they are offering $ 50,000 up for grabs and the next race after ours is in Wisconsin and it’s $ 50,000 up for grabs. Every team is going to do all of these great shows. It will definitely be the biggest. race history at 34 Raceway. “

A kid shows his excitement after winning a bike at last year's High 5 for Kids Night at 34 Raceway.

The 34 annual Raceway for Kids Night is scheduled for August 6, but will not be sponsored by the Brent Slocum Foundation this year.

“The Slocum Foundation is going in a different direction, but Jessi and I want to make sure that we continue this tradition, so we are running it as 34 Raceway for Kids Night. We will still have all the school supplies, bikes and stuff. to give to children. “

The championship night of the season is scheduled for August 27.

Stevens said September 2, 3 and 4 are open and they are working on the details to try to bring the truck and tractor back this weekend.

“We’re hoping this will be scheduled for Labor Day Sunday weekend,” Stevens said. “The fans really love this show and we want to bring it back.”

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Brad Stevens and Jessi Mynatt, co-owners and promoters of 34 Raceway, were named Joint Small Business of the Year winners by the Greater Burlington Partnership.

Stevens said they are also working to recover a series of wingless sprints at 34 Raceway, hopefully for the 2023 season.

A Track or Treat Drive-through trick or treat event is slated to close the 2022 season on October 15.

“Jessi and I went to Downtown Safe Trick or Treat last year and we realized we really wanted to bring this back to 34 Raceway,” Stevens said. “We want all the fans to come back to 34 Raceway and go through the parking lot and we’ll hand out some candy. They don’t even have to get out of their cars.”

Stevens said they are also working with Mohrfeld Electric, L&W Quarry and Four Seasons to spruce up the track a bit more, including getting rid of some of the wiring and improving the lighting in the pits.

All systems are on. Now Stevens and Mynatt are waiting for Mother Nature to cooperate.

“We are really excited for the 2022 season,” Stevens said. “We feel like we have something for everyone on the schedule this year. We can’t wait to get started.”

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