2019 Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge

Onaway Speedway, Onaway, MI: Friday, May 17–19, 2019

The Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge, 2nd Edition in Onaway, MI is coming up! If you’re in the area Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2019 Onaway Speedway is the place to be!

Featuring Quebec style side-by-side racing, this is the only racing event of its kind in the United States. Attendees will enjoy onsite camping, live bands, and a weekend of diesel power!

Onaway Speedway is a 1/4-mile oval asphalt track built in 1983 by local racing legend Harry Moran, and was purchased by Mike Sturgill in 2017, at which point an 1/8-mile drag track was built, making Onaway Speedway home to the first uphill drag racing venue in the United States!

The Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge was inspired by Canadian bobtail and loaded trailer racing – this year’s event is expected to exceed 20,000 spectators in attendance, and over 50 competitors!

A-Class: Open Class
B-Class: Limited to One 80mm Turbo
C-Class: Stock

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, May 16th

  • 4:00–6:00 PM Carnival
    *open for locals with no Big Rig Ticket purchase. $5 for an unlimited ride band

Friday, May 17th 

  • 2:00-6:00 PM Open Practice for all Competitors
    6:00 PM Parade Line Up
    7:00 PM Parade Leaves Speedway
    4:00 PM–12:00 AM Carnival
    8:00 PM–12:00 AM Eric Chesser Band

Saturday, May 18th

  • 9:00 AM Driver’s Meeting
    10:00 AM Driver Intro
    11:00 AM National Anthem & Fireworks
    11:15 AM Racing Begins
    11AM–12:00 AM Carnival
    2:00 PM Burnout Contest Begins
    2:30 PM Racing Resumes
    7:00 PM Complete Racing for the Day
    8:00PM–12:00AM Jedi Mind Trip
    9:30 PM Flames Out Pipes
    10:00 PM Fireworks

Sunday, May 19th

  • 11:00 AM National Anthem
    11:15 AM Racing Begins
    Burnout Contest Periodically Throughout the Day
    11:00 AM Carnival
    6:00 PM (Approximately) Award Ceremony at the Conclusion of Racing

Ticket Prices:

  • Pre-Sale General Admission Adult Weekend Pass: $40.00
  • This ticket is designated for anyone over 18 years of age
  • ** Tickets will be available at the gate for $50.00
  • Pre-Sale General Admission Student Weekend Pass: $20.00
  • This ticket is designated for students ages 12-18
  • ** Tickets will be available at the gate for $25.00
  • *Camping Permit: $30.00
  •  This is for rustic camping (NO power, NO water) onsite for May 17th–May 19th
  • *Sunday DAY Pass: $25.00
  • We will offer a day pass for Sunday ONLY
  • ** Tickets will also be available at the gate for $25.00
  • *Child Tickets 11 & Under FREE Ticket
  • Children 11 & Under are free for this event

Tickets can be purchased here.

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Posted by Onaway Speedway on Thursday, May 9, 2019

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Posted by Onaway Speedway on Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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