Reed City coach keeping busy with raceway

REED CITY— It’s been a busy, but fun summer for Reed City’s Roger Steig.

Along with running a summer softball program for the high school girls in Reed City, Steig and his family have kept busy running Cherry Raceway which they bought more than a year ago. The raceway is located in Fife Lake, not far from Traverse City.

“We run every Friday night and put on a full show of late model and modifieds,” Steig said. “We run six different classes of cars up there.”

In his second year of running the raceway, Steig said he’s been averaging around 1,600 spectators per performance.

The season started the end of May and concludes the first of September.

“When we took the track over, we (rotated) the banking of the track 12 degrees and widened it to 70 feet wide,” Steig said. “That makes it exciting for race fans because our cars are getting three to four wide all the time. That’s made it without question the fastest dirt track in the state of Michigan in its own way.”

Last Friday, the raceway had its biggest turnout of fans since the Steigs took control.

Steig said he does all the Cherry Raceway track preparation himself.

“On Friday nights, it takes a crew of about 25 people to run the show,” he said. “We have a kids class from 12-to-16 years old in which we run a 4-cylinder race. Crossroads Chevrolet (of Reed City) was sponsoring that.”

Steig’s two daughters, Amanda and Taylor Steig, who play on his softball team, have driven in the youth classes in past seasons.

The quarter-mile oval dirt track featured the Battle of the Bullring and $2,000 to win last Friday in the UMP Modified Michigan Dirt Cup.

Coming up is the Sprints on Dirt (SOD) special event Aug. 12 plus the Auto Value Outlaw Late Models on Sept. 4. A mud bogg on Sept. 10 ends the 2011 schedule for the Steig’s raceway.