Dixie Motor Speedway - Birch Run, Michigan - Track #489 (figure 8) and #490 (oval)
- Greetings from Birch Run, Michigan
The wakeup call came at 5 a.m. in San Clemente.
Touchdown in Detroit was 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Arrival at Dixie Motor Speedway in Birch Run, Michigan
was at 7:30 p.m. just in time for the national anthem.
A simple 11 � hours from my door to Dixie�s door.
I took this trip on United Airlines. My normal
carrier is American Airlines. As a matter of fact I
have 5.6 million miles lifetime in the American
Airlines Aadvantage program. So why United? My AAA
Visa card gives free tickets for just 16,000 points
(one dollar equals one point). Most frequent flyer
programs require 25,000 miles/points for a free
ticket. The AAA Visa card is a great bargain in this
regard. Tickets can be redeemed on United or
I connected in Chicago on the way to Detroit. When
you travel you see all kinds of people. The one I
noticed, in particular, was a young boy about 6 or 7
years old lying on the floor screaming and yelling at
his grandmother. After a short while he got up and
started kicking her in the ankles. Nice kid. Mental
note: avoid this boy!
On board I settled into my aisle seat and made myself
comfortable. As time went by and the plane filled it
looked like I would have the seats next to me empty.
Unfortunately, that would not be the case. Who would
sit next to me other than monster boy and his
grandmother? Monster boy, I would later learn he was
named �Mikey�, sat next to me. This was not a good
Mikey liked to whine. First it was, �I�m hungry�,
then �I�m thirsty�. Then, �I want to sit by the
window�. Mikey would not fasten his seat belt.
Grandma begged and pleaded but Mikey wouldn�t and
didn�t fasten his seat belt. He discovered his tray
table next. Tray table down. Tray table up. Tray
table down. You get the picture. I began to doze
off. Tap, tap, tap on the forearm. It was Mikey. He
wanted to raise the armrest between us. I sternly
said, �No!� He wanted to know why? I told him I
didn�t want him raising my armrest. Can you spell
ADD? I decided to recline my seat. Mikey wanted to
recline his seat but he didn�t see how I did it. I
watched him struggle to recline his seat without
success. That was fun! Next came the pretzels.
After a while Mikey began to throw them at Grandma.
We were nearing the end of the flight when the pilot
came over the speaker and announced he had bad news.
We would need to circle the Detroit airport for 30
minutes��and we had only 30 minutes of fuel. That�s
all he said! If I were an infrequent flyer this
announcement would have worried me. I decided to turn
on my laptop for a few minutes. About this time Mikey
began to drink/play with Grandma�s seven-up drink.
Let�s see�..the Seven-up is about 18 inches from my
laptop. This was more nerve-wracking than the fuel
As you might imagine we landed without further
incident or you would have heard about it before you
saw this email. I figure I have 10 more years to
watch races in Michigan. In 10 years Mikey will be 16
and begin driving. I will then suspend trackchasing
activities for a three-year period in Michigan.
During this three-year hiatus Mikey should be safely
locked up in one state penitentiary or another for a
good long time. I can then resume Michigan
trackchasing pursuits. Allan, keep an eye out for
Dixie Motor Speedway is a well-organized operation.
This is the first track I�ve ever been to that
features an official greeter, just like WalMart.
�Welcome to Dixie�, with direct eye contact. Another
first, it was church bulletin night. Everyone
bringing his or her church bulletin got $1 off the $10
admission. They started on time exactly at 7:30 p.m.
Their grandstand was large, about 30 rows high. They
had an enthusiastic announcer and a great P.A. system.
I�ve never seen cleaner bathrooms at a racetrack
Refreshments were racetrack traditional. I tried the
specialty, popcorn chicken at $2.75. The concession
stands are located underneath the grandstands like a
lot of fairgrounds tracks. It was about 90 degrees
and humid outside. Underneath in the
concession/souvenir area it was about 120 degrees. It
was hot. I don�t know how the concessionaires could
The track offered an excellent program. They had a
special section sort of like a telephone yellow pages
directory that included info on: banners and signs,
fan conduct/profanity, lost and found, paging, etc. I
sat in the non-alcohol section. There were a couple
of guys drinking beer, but not causing any trouble, in
my section. One of the track personnel went to them
and asked them to move. They initially resisted but
then finally moved. I�ve never seen tracks enforce
this policy before. I like that.
They had several classes of racecars. These included:
late models, figure 8s, modifieds, super mini trucks
and the black and blue division.
The track is a low banked 1/3 asphalt oval with a
traditional flat figure 8 track inside. The first
race of the night was a figure 8 feature that had been
postponed from two weeks ago. It had been postponed
because of a serious accident. It was fairly
uneventful but the cars were fast and entertaining.
Usually figure 8 races are the last event of the
night. The figure 8 race gave me my 489th lifetime
The oval track races were only fair. There were lots
of yellows, about 2-3 for every heat race. There were
10-12 heats races. At about 10 p.m. it was time to
make an exit. Just too many delays. The Dixie Motor
Speedway was my 490th lifetime track. Maybe on a
different night the racing would be better at Dixie.
Everything else about the track was good but 2 � hours
of three laps and a caution was not very entertaining.
Best billboard: Bronners � World�s largest Christmas
Store (same exit as the track)
Weather: t-shirt and shorts, it was hot and sticky
Current rental car mileage: 262 miles when I reached
the hotel in Toledo, Ohio
New racetracks visited in 2001
467. Laughlin Event Center, Laughlin, NV (no web
468. Loc Moran, Mont Carmel, Quebec
469. Circuit Jacques Rainville, Vanier, Quebec (no
470. Pauline Davis Pavilion, Red Bluff, CA
471. The Pavilion at the Fairgrounds, Chico, CA (no
472. Baton Rouge Raceway, Baker, LA
473. Mississippi Motorsports Park, Long Beach, MS
474. South Alabama Motor Speedway, Opp, AL
475. Nashville Super Speedway, Smyrna, TN
476. Beech Bend Raceway (oval track), Bowling Green,
477. Beech Bend Raceway (figure 8 track), Bowling
Green, KY (http://www.beechbend.com)
478. Soggy Bottom Speedway, Morgantown, KY
479. Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA
480. Speedway 90, Beaumont, TX
481. 105 Speedway, Cleveland, TX
482 Savannah Speedway, Savannah, MO (no web site)
483. Winston Speedway, Winston, MO (no web site)
484. Stuart Speedway, Stuart, IA
485. Barberton Speedway, Barberton, OH
486. Eriez Speedway, Erie, PA
487. Anderson Dry Lake, Lucerne Valley, CA
488. Perris Auto Speedway-(figure 8 track), Perris,
489. Dixie Motor Speedway � (figure 8 track), Birch
Run, MI (http://www.dixiemotorspeedway.com)
490. Dixie Motor Speedway � (oval track), Birch Run,
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