A new, affordable late model division will be launched at Eagle River Speedway for the 2020 season.

Promoter Pat Zdroik unveiled the new division recently at the season awards banquet. The new division will be geared toward affordability for the drivers. 

The late model will feature either the Eagle River Speedway-legal B modified motors, the Chevrolet GM 602 crate powerplant or the GM 604 crate with a restrictor plate. The class will also showcase a $150 shock claim rule and a pair of harder compound tire choices (Hoosier WRS-2, Hoosier D-55 and the American Racer MD-56) — all designed to help curb costs.

With a new division being added, one class is being eliminated. Due to low car counts, there will no longer be weekly 4-cylinder racing at Eagle River Speedway in 2020.

“With the track widened now we feel we can field an affordable late model division on our track,” Zdroik said. “We are committed to this class for three years as we’re realistic in terms of the time it will take to grow the class. It will be a different looking product for our fans, too.”

It’s Zdroik’s hope that many drivers may be able to build a late model at a cheaper cost that the track’s current top division B modifieds.

“I would think somebody could resurrect an older late model chassis laying around and go late model racing for around $10,000 give or take a bit each way,” Zdroik explained. “We’ve had some local interest in the division early on.”

A preliminary 2020 season schedule was recently released with the ’20 lid lifter slated for Sunday, May 24. The regular Tuesday night schedule kicks in the following week on June 2. A total of 18 race dates are scheduled, with tentative “test and tune” dates to be released in the future, along with special event announcements.

To obtain a copy of the rules for this new late model division, email Zdroik at patzdroik@yahoo.com. 

Nearly 170 drivers, car owners, sponsors and track officials officially capped off the 2019 racing season for Eagle River Speedway during the awards banquet at Chef Rene’s in Eagle River.

Jesse Aho of Twin Lakes, Mich., won the B mod title, beating out hometown driver Jason Zdroik en route to the crown. Pulaski’s “Hot Rod” Snellenberger made the six-hour round trip commute worthwhile, as the veteran stock car ace copped his first ever track title at Eagle River. Snellenberger bested hometown driver Ryan Valeria in the final points chase.

It was Tomahawk’s Keith Troutman hauling home the big hardware in the pure stock class earning the division championship. Dave Dishaw of Ontonagon, Mich., took runnerup honors in the class.

Eagle River’s own Tommie Jo Springer mopped up the competition in the 600 micro sprints, beating out former champion Dylan Larsen of Shiocton in the final point tally. Conover’s Blake Hartman was the class of the junior sprint field, capturing the division crown ahead of Josh Nevoraski, while Mark Schoone bested Ashley Schoone in the four-cylinder class in what was essentially a two-horse race for the balance of the season.

During the 10 events that were run at Eagle River Speedway in 2019, 114 drivers from three states squared off in six classes as they tested the widened, resurfaced D-shaped third-mile clay oval.