HERMON – Midweek racing is back at Speedway 95 with the return of summer.
“A lot of these guys on Wednesday nights bring their kids and the same way with the fans, your little ones can’t get up in the morning if they’re out here until nine or ten o’clock,” said owner Del Merritt.
With school out of the way now, a summer of Wednesday racing is to come, a slate of races more accessible than the late model races on Saturday night.
The speedway is in fifty third year of operation. While there’s never been a shortage of racers or fans in the grandstand, Merritt and his team are actively looking to raise attendance now more than ever, “they talk about the good ‘ol days, well in the good ‘ol days you didn’t have the Bangor Mall or waterfront with the concerts all the time and you know you’re competing for the dollars.”
While some might say the Bangor Mall is out of its” good ‘ol days” as well, Merritt is still competing with increasing entertainment options across the area, “I’ve done some promoting but the problem is it costs you so much, I’m not sure if I’d be better off doing a free night over there for people to see what it’s like.”
Money drives every decision around the track; Saturdays will always have high stakes racing, but Wednesdays offer a more accessible outing for fans and drivers that they hope will bring more people through their gates.
“Saturday night is kind of a money game, you know you got money you go faster, so I think that’s why everybody likes Wednesdays because it’s not a money game, it’s the cars from years ago and there’s only so much you can do to them,” said Wayne Elston.