Grassroots Racing in Northern Michigan: Hot Shoe 100

WHITTEMORE – Our Grassroots Racing in Northern Michigan series takes us to Whittemore Speedway Friday for the third running of the Hot Shoe 100.

Opened in 1948, the 1/4-mile paved Whittemore Speedway is the state’s longest continuously operating racing facility.

The Midwest-based ICAR Top Speed Modified Tour’s 100 lap feature Saturday evening highlights the two-day event which is the state’s largest pavement Modified show. Prior to Friday, 65 Modifieds were pre-registered, up from 51 last year.

The event kicks off Friday with feature racing for Legends and Lead Sleds and a $500-to-win Modified shootout, while Legends and Modifieds take center stage on Saturday.

Benefitting the Petoskey-based nonprofit Northern Michigan Cancer Crusaders, a portion of the proceeds raised from the races, raffle and fundraisers will go directly to programs supported by the organization as well cancer patients and their families.

“Last year and the year before, a lot of the drivers for their heat race wins, they turned around and brought us to the meeting and said that they want to donate that money back into the Cancer Crusaders,” race organizer Kim Gray said. “It wants to bring tears to your eyes. You can’t believe it that they’re that willing to do that.”

“Everybody knows somebody or is affected by it in some way,” added driver Jay Palumbo. “It’s nice to see when you can get all these cars and people together for such a good cause and you know that money is really going towards some people who really need it and are sick.

Celebrating 11 years, NMCC has raised more than $500,000 for families from Marquette to Sault Ste. Marie to Grand Rapids, including $18,000 from the two previous runnings of the Hot Shoe 100.

In addition to the action on the track Saturday night, a car show and meet and greet pig roast are scheduled for 11 a.m.

Gates open Saturday at 9 a.m.