ERIE, Mich. (January 15, 2016) – Butler Speedway owner/promoter Denny Donaldson and promoter partners Bob and Karen Garrett have announced that the two leaders in sprint car racing in Michigan, Butler Speedway and Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP, will continue their partnership that began in 1982 by teaming up for two races this season.
Louis Heyward built Butler Speedway in 1952. Louie Freeburn, along with his brother and father Virgil, bought the track from Heyward in 1957. Butler was a dying track and they proceeded to turn it around and into one of the most successful short tracks in Michigan and the birthplace of sprint car racing in the state. Freeburn was the promoter of Butler Speedway for nearly 25 years.
Legendary driver Denny Donaldson is now into his twentieth year as the owner of Butler Speedway, continuing the speedway’s rich history as the home of weekly sprint car racing in Michigan.
Donaldson raced for twenty years and won six track championships at Butler Speedway and 150 feature events overall before retiring in 1991. Donaldson was a winner whether racing sprint cars, modifieds, or late models. Denny’s father, Ralph Donaldson was also a standout driver; both Ralph and Denny are members of the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame. The next two generations, Derek Donaldson and Nick Nelson, are carrying on the family tradition, following Ralph and Denny with micro sprint careers of their own.
Butler Speedway will host Engine Pro Sprints On Dirt presented by ARP races on Saturday, May 21, and Saturday, August 13.
For more information about Butler Speedway, go to www.butlerspeedway.net. For more information about Engine Pro, go to www.enginepro.com. For more information about Sprints On Dirt, go to www.sprintsondirt.com.
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