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2016 SEASON Highlights
FINDLAY, Ohio - Millstream Speedway near Findlay, Ohio will roar back to life in 2024 under new ownership and a new promotion team.
MS Properties, Matt and Beth Cogley recently purchased the four-tenths-mile dirt track and have begun work on the facility. The Cogleys will be teaming up with Rich and Shelly Farmer to promote races at Millstream in 2024. The Farmers recently took over promoting Fremont Speedway again after having operated the "The Track That Action Built" for 10 years (2008-2017) and in years past have promoted events at Millstream Speedway.
"We are excited to work with Matt and Beth to bring Millstream back up and running successfully. In an age where more and more dirt tracks are closing it's fantastic to be able to help keep a historic track running. The enthusiasm of the area fans and race teams for this is very encouraging," said Rich Farmer.
The schedule of races for 2024 is dependent on the amount of work that can be accomplished over the off-season.
"Matt and Beth have been hard at work and a lot of area fans have come out to help. Right now we're looking at a handful of special events at Millstream in 2024," said Farmer.
Matt Cogley has been a Lightning Sprint racer for 5 years, also running a 360 sprint car in the 2022 season. The Cogleys' son Alex also raced Lightning Sprints for 3 years, and then spent a year traveling with a professional sprint car team out of Texas.
"We know we have a lot to learn about operating a racetrack. The support we have received for getting Millstream back up and running has been incredible and we look forward to working with Rich and Shelly in 2024 and learning what it will take to be successful," said Beth Cogley.
Millstream Speedway opened in 1952 as a five-eighths-mile oval and was shortened to its current size in 1960. The track operated under many owners and managers regularly through 1999 - including a stint in the 1970s under the direction of the then Fremont Speedway promoters. The track reopened in 2008 and closed again in 2011. Since then Millstream has hosted a few select shows.
Keep up to date on the progress at Millstream by following them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Millstream.Speedway.
Drown, Anderson, and Daugherty tops at Millstream
Millstream Speedway swung open it's gates on Sunday evening July 24, 2016 to welcome the
STARS Late Model Series for their inaugural visit to the the 1/2 mile speedplant. Joining the
Late Models were the UMP Modifieds for their only scheduled visit to Millstream in 2016, and
the always exciting Stocks and V8 Trucks.
Wooster Ohio's Doug Drown would pick up the win in the 40 lap Late Model feature, pocketing a cool $4000. Drown started 6th in the A Main after winning his heat race from the pole. Finishing 2nd was No. 28 Tyler Carpenter, with No. 99M Devin Moran third, No. 71R Rod Conley fourth, and No. 115 Zach Dohm charging to 5th from his 20th starting position.(FULL RESULTS HERE)
In the UMP Modifieds, It was Lima Ohio's Tony Anderson picking up the 20 lap feature win in the Dock and Lumber, John P. Timmerman No. 22T, over Marion Indiana's Randy Lines in the No. 18. No. 10L Nathan Loney would finish third, with No. 4L Mike Learman 4th, and No. 64Jr Billy Workman Jr completing the top 5. (FULL RESULTS HERE)
In the Stocks and V8 Truck feature, Tony Anderson would try to double up in his No. 22T Stock car, but would fall short to No. 21D Bob Daugherty, who picked up the win from 3rd starting position. No. 34S Gregg DeTray would finish 3rd after leading much of the first half of the feature. Forest, Ohio's Jordan Conover would finish fourth in the Lucky's Taproom No. 7, and polesitter Dean Pitts would complete the top 5 in the No. 00P (FULL RESULTS HERE)
Weaver, Cottle, Kinser, and Daugherty close Millstream 2016 Season with wins
Findlay, OH / October 15, 2016
Mother Nature smiled down on the fans, teams and staff at Millstream Speedway on Saturday night as perfect weather greeted them for the final race of 2016 at the half mile speedplant in Findlay, Ohio. Paul Weaver, Shane Cottle, Kraig Kinser and Bob Daugherty would pick up wins to close the season in front of a great crowd.
Kicking off the afternoon was a live performance by Nashville Crush with an "Unplugged" musical set for the fans before the races. Also, a Trick or Treat session was held on the front stretch for the younger fans, who came dressed up ready to get some goodies from some very gracious racers, sponsors, and even vendors. Feature racing kicked off with the 305 Sprint Cars, with Fremont Ohio's Paul Weaver picking up the win in the #1w. Patience was the key for Weaver, as several cations marred the 20 lap A Main. Weaver's winning pass came on the final restart on lap 16, as he would power under #1 Nate Dussel exiting turn 2 and never look back. Dussel would finish 2nd with #77i John Ivy 3rd, #8F Matt Foos 4th and #20B Cody Bova completing the top 5. Weaver also picked up a $50 bonus from On The Throttle with Duane Hancock for being the highest finisher signed up with Duane before the Friday October 14th deadline.
Next up were the Non Wing Sprint Cars in their 30 lap feature. Kokomo Indiana's Shane Cottle would pick up the $5000 to win A Main in the Paul Hazen owned #57. Cottle would grab the lead on lap 8 from early race leader #4 Michael Fischesser. Caution would wave for #11 Travis Berryhill coming to a stop on lap 11, and a scary accident on the restart involving #39 Matt Goodnight, #23s Kyle Simon, and #18 Todd Keen that resulted in Matt Goodnight being transported to a local medical facility for observation after walking to ambulance under his own power. The red flag would wave once again on lap 12 for #38 Dean Jacobs, as he would get upside down in turn 2. Dean would walk away unharmed. #93 Sheldon Haudenschild went to work after the caution, moving up to 2nd on lap 14, and taking the lead on lap 16. Haudenschild appeared to have the race well in hand until in hand until getting into the turn 3 wall while manuvering thru lapped traffic and damaging the front end of the #93, and ending the Wooster Ohio native's feature. Cottle would inherit the lead on the restart, and hold on to win over #33m Matt Westfall, #77 Dustin Smith, #11p Brady Short would be scored 4th after hitting the front stretch cone on the final restart, and being docked 2 spots, and Fischesser would complete the top. Cottle also received a $100 bonus from On The Throttle with Duane Hancocck on 1520AM out of Bryan, Ohio.
The Winged 410 Sprint Cars would take to the half mile next in a 30 lap A Main. Bloomington Indiana's Kraig Kinser would win the $5000 top prize in the Arctic Cat, MVT #11k. Kinser started the feature in 3rd and fell back early, as #10H Chad Kemenah took the early lead over #35 Stuart Brubaker, and #93 Sheldon Haudenschild, but all eyes were on #6m Jac Haudenschild, as the "Wild Child" put on a show after starting 17th. Haud moved up to 9th by lap 4 and seemed to be on his way to the front. Kraig Kinser got to the front first on lap 14, grabbing the lead from Kemenah, but once again, Jac was the star of the show, as he knifed his way through the middle of his son Sheldon and #5T Travis Philo as they battled wheel to wheel. Jac grabbed 4th place and seemed poised for more until a flat tire ended his night. Kinser would hold on to win over a hard charging Sheldon Haudenschild at the end, with Kemenah 3rd, #22 Cole Duncan 4th, and Brubaker completing the top 5. Sheldon Haudenschild picked up the $100 bonus from On The Throttle with Duane Hancock.
HAUDENSCHILD WINS ALL STAR FEATURE, MOORE SETS TRACK RECORD AND WINS BIG IN 2ND "RON JENKINS MEMORIAL RACE"AT MILLSTREAM
Millstream Speedway was the setting for a tremendous night of racing on Sunday August 28th, as Tony Stewart's Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions invaded the Findlay Ohio half-mile, and the friends and family of Ron Jenkins presented the 2nd Annual Stock/Truck race honoring the former Millstream track champion. No. 93 Sheldon Haudenschild would best the field in the All Stars, with No. 11A Kyle Moore picking up the $1521 winner's share in the Jenkins Memorial feature
No. 1 Dale Blaney would set a New Track Record in time trials for the All Stars with a 13.746 second lap, while Kyle Moore would start his night off with a bang, setting a new track record for the Stocks/Trucks with a lap time of 20.074 seconds
Mother Nature threw a monkey wrench in the opening of the nights activities with a light shower, but with the help of push truck drivers and stock car and truck racers, the track was ironed out in record time and ready to go for racing. In feature action, Haudenschild would jump out to the early lead and hold off Alvada, Ohio's Chad Kemenah in the Rob Hunter No. 10H, despite several cautions and a red flag for fuel with 5 laps remaining. Dale Blaney would finish 3rd, with No. 49 Tim Shaffer in 4th, and No. 5T Travis Philo completing the top 5. Full press release for the All Stars will be available at allstarsprint.com. FULL RESULTS HERE
2ND ANNUAL RON JENKINS MEMORIAL RACE - In the Stocks/Trucks, 57 cars/trucks filled the pit area, and through heat races and B Mains, were whittled down to 22 for the 21 lap A Main. #1M Jeff Matheny would lead the opening 2 laps before a body panel would come off his car and cause the first caution and send him to the tail. On the restart No. 34 Gregg DeTray would assume the lead, with Kyle Moore having already charged from his 10th tarting spot all the way up to 3rd. DeTray would hold the top spot until lap 8 when No. 17x Dustin Keegan, No. 99 Andy King, and No. 14 Ronnie Bloomfield would tangle in turns 3 and four, and Detray would spin trying to avoid the melee, amking contact and coming to a stop briefly enough to be charged as part of the caution and sent to the tail. With that, Moore would assume the lead and cruise to a near straightaway lead and win over No. 21D Bob Daugherty. No. 7B Shawn Valenti would finish 3rd, No. 8KB Kent Brewer 4th, and No. 7B Jeff Babcock would complete the top 5 after battling the last 3rd of the race with Brewer. FULL RESULTS HERE
Posted 7/7/15 By LARRY ALTER
FINDLAY COURIER STAFF WRITER
Cody Darrah walked away with the big prize Sunday night at the grand re-opening of Millstream Motorsports Complex.
But a whole lot of racing diehards, estimated at 4,000-plus, were rewarded with an outstanding night of action at the 3/8-mile speed plant as engines roared for the first time since June of 2011 at Millstream Speedway.
Latest News: Millstream Opener a Big Success
For Immediate Release 3/9/2015
GRASS ROOTS RACING RETURNS TO FINDLAY, OHIO
Over a year ago a group of race fans, community business men and racers came together to strategize about how they could bring back racing to Millstream Speedway. Today, new promoters for Millstream Motorsports Complex, home of; Millstream Speedway, are releasing a long awaited 8 race schedule with special events to compliment the 2015 dirt track race season.
The grand kickoff for 2015 will be on Sunday May 31st, with the newly purchased All Star Circuit of Champions, by three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup series Champion, Tony Stewart. The highly anticipated race will bring back grass roots racing to Findlay, Ohio. Special guests will include former President of the All Stars and Secretary-Treasurer-Program Editor; Bert and Brigitte Emick. The Emick’s recently had a chance to meet and congratulate the new owner in Florida. Historically fans have had a hard time predicting, “Who will win an All-Star show?” Race fans will recall, ironically, the Emick’s, adopted a “mission statement” in the 2001 All-Star program, which may turn out to be a reflection of the 2015 season for the All Star group. The mission statement was as follows, “Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is SUCCESS.” Dirt track race fans hope the new owner will take the organization to a higher level, and Millstream Motorsports Complex is honored to be apart of the historical season.
The month of June will also be history making on June 14th when the 3rd leg of the Buckeye Late Model, “Dirt Week Speedweek”, with Stocks and Mini-sprints hit the ½ mile clay oval. June 28th will host Non-winged Sprints, 360 Sprints and Modified teams, making a total of 6 different racing divisions for the month.
July 5th, the All-Stars return with 305 sprints for the inaugural, “Infield Fan Fare,” where race fans can take the infield, to experience the thunder, throughout the night.
August 2nd, the Boss Non-wing Sprints will go the distance for a $1500 purse, with Mini-Sprints. August 23rd the All-Stars return for their final appearance of the 2015 season with 305 Sprints. The month’s racing finishes up on August 30th featuring Late Models, Modifieds and Stocks for the “Parking Lot BBQ Pitmaster Challenge,” racing and tasty entertainment.
Racing finale will be Sunday October 11th for the 410 Sprint “Trick or Treat 30” with Late Models to close out the season. Gates will open up for all racing events at 1 pm, hot laps at 6 pm.
The Hammer’s continue to work diligently to bring the facility up to the standards to make racers, community members and race fans proud to be a part of dirt track racing. The goal will be to partner with other sanctioning bodies and different forms of motorsports to provide quality entertainment to the community. Anyone interested in talking with the Hammers can contact them at, firstname.lastname@example.org or follow the breaking news about the track on the website; www.millstreamspeedway.net or find us on Facebook or twitter, @millstreamspdwy
Ladies and gentlemen will once again start their engines at Millstream Speedway. Just when the racing season is winding down for many race tracks, local race fans cannot help but get excited for a long awaited announcement that someone will be shaking off the dust at Millstream Speedway. The announcement is finally here. Track Owners Greg and Mary Beth Roe have entered in a multi-year agreement with long time racing enthusiasts Randy and Lisa Hammer from Fremont, Ohio. "Motorsports in Northwest Ohio is alive and will be full of drive in 2015", says Hammer. The 1/2 mile semi-banked clay oval has remained dormant for the past 3 years except for some track time with several ATV extreme dirt events. The Hammer's are well known, and have a reputation and resume that includes a long history in motorsports of driving, owning, promoting and winning. After sitting down with owners, the Roe's, to discuss a strategic plan on how they could keep the spirit alive in Findlay Ohio, the parties came to an agreement they feel will be in the best interest of the track, the racers and the community. With a little help from some fabulous Flag City race fans, 2015 will make the rebirthing of a race track with a vast amount of grass roots racing history to share.
The Hammer's are excited to reach out to the community to build a facility and reputation that boldly represents motorsports at its finest, and something the community can be proud of.
The Roe's are ecstatic to see the vision for the facility, to include different forms of motorsports; local community participation on the grounds, and reaching out to local charities and non-profit organizations that can be helped by the racing communities support.
Scheduling of events will be announced at a later date. Anyone interesting in talking with the Hammers can contact them at email@example.com or follow the breaking news on the track website; www.millstreamspeedway.net or find us on the Facebook page; MILLSTREAM SPEEDWAY.