All Star Monster Truck Tour Takes Over Merritt Speedway

LAKE CITY – Merritt Speedway kicked off four straight nights of racing on Wednesday with the All Star Monster Truck Tour.

Four monster trucks performed Wednesday in front of a packed house.

“It’s great, we’re here for all the fans,” said Lindsey Rettew, driver of the Pretty Wicked truck. “I’m a woman in a male-dominated sport, so I’m out here to show everybody, all the little girls out here that they can do whatever they want. It doesn’t matter what anybody tells them, if they want to drive a monster truck they can drive a monster truck.

“We’re going to come out here and we’re going to hit some jumps. We’re going to do some racing, and then we’re going to freestyle, and that’s a free for all. You come out and you put on the best thing you can do.”

Wednesday’s show marked the first visit for the All Star Monster Truck Tour to Merritt Speedway. Track owner Michael Blackmer is planning for more unique events in the future.

“It’s something new,” he said. “I’ve been here for five years and this is such a great facility. We’ve put a lot of time and money into the place, bought new bleachers, new lights, so we want to see if we can do some other things here, maybe have a Night of Destruction, and some other kind of things that might entertain the people here.”

Merritt Speedway continues its Fourth of July celebration with a $5,000-to-win B-Mods and $3,000-to-win Midwest Compact Tour show at 7 p.m. Thursday.