New owners hope to return speedway to its ‘glory days’

Photo courtesy of Silver Bullet Speedway

By Mary Drier
Staff Writer

OWENDALE —  Faster than a speeding bullet? Not likely, but drivers  will try their best to be when the race track in Owendale opens for the season.

H & H Racing LLC purchased Owendale Speedway, and the plan is to rename it the “Silver Bullet Speedway.” That used to be the track’s name back in the early 2000s.

The new owners are Nick and Matt Hoonhout, and their father, Case.

“The plan is to completely restore and renovate the track to its former glory,” said Mike Spencer, who the Hoonhouts hired as the track’s race director. “So far the weather hasn’t been too cooperative for us to get much done.

“Some of the first things we want to do is (install) new electronic scoring, new driveways, a new PA system and lighting. Those are immediate needs.”

The race track in Owendale opened in 1955.

“Then, over the next three to four years get new bleachers, buildings, new pits, drainage, and such,” said Spencer. “We want to bring the track back to its ‘glory days.’ ”

Opening night for the track this season will be Saturday, May 11, and will feature all five classes of racing. Racing will be at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday during the season.

“The Silver Bullet will have fast-paced racing featuring Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Stock Cars (Street Stocks) and Jr. Stocks,” said Spencer noting the track will be the “best source of entertainment Saturday nights this summer.”

For more information on Silver Bullet Speedway, go to:  www.silverbulletspeedway.com, or Facebook – www.facebook.com/SilverBulletSpeedwayMI, or email silverbulletspeedway@yahoo.com.

H &H Racing is based in Washington, MI.

Mary Drier is a staff writer for the Tuscola County Advertiser. She can be reached at drier@tcadvertiser.com.

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