REED CITY\u2014 It\u2019s been a busy, but fun summer for Reed City\u2019s 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. \u201cWe run every Friday night and put on a full show of late model and modifieds,\u201d Steig said. \u201cWe run six different classes of cars up there.\u201d In his second year of running the raceway, Steig said he\u2019s been averaging around 1,600 spectators per performance. The season started the end of May and concludes the first of September. \u201cWhen we took the track over, we (rotated) the banking of the track 12 degrees and widened it to 70 feet wide,\u201d Steig said. \u201cThat makes it exciting for race fans because our cars are getting three to four wide all the time. That\u2019s made it without question the fastest dirt track in the state of Michigan in its own way.\u201d 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. \u201cOn Friday nights, it takes a crew of about 25 people to run the show,\u201d he said. \u201cWe 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.\u201d Steig\u2019s 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\u2019s raceway.