For Tom and Tracey Hernly, the Corrigan Oil Speedway in Mason has been a part of their family history from the very beginning. The racetrack, also known by the locals as Spartan Speedway, was Tom and Tracey’s home track growing up. They both grew up at the track, enjoying the races and doing some racing themselves. And it’s where they met years later.
When they got the opportunity to purchase the track in 2020, it was a natural fit for the Hernlys to become the new owners. While the racetrack wasn’t open in 2020 due to the pandemic, the Hernlys are happy to see the track back open and selling out races.
Corrigan Oil Speedway hosts automobile, stock car racing. “We provide local, short track racing every Friday night and one Sunday a month beginning in late April through early September,” said Tracey. Racing starts at 7 p.m. on Fridays and 5 p.m. on Sundays.
This includes lots of family-friendly fun with special events in addition to the racing, with events like bike night giveaways, autograph nights, and a Sheriff’s race.
“It’s amazing to me how many people live in our community and have never been to the racetrack,” said Tracey. “It’s like a hidden gem in our community.”
In addition to watching the races, fans can go down into the pits after the races to meet the drivers, sit in race cars, and get autographs. Events last about three and a half hours. Races are split into several different classes depending on the make of the car.
The racetrack is a great place for everyone – race enthusiasts, families with kids, and everyone else in between. Guests might even get a chance to see Tom, Tracey, or one of their three children racing in one of the events. In addition to running the racetrack, the Hernlys still like participating in races themselves.
“It’s great family fun entertainment. It’s something different that most people don’t do every day, and it’ll provide a unique experience. Plus, kids love it!” Tracey said.
The Corrigan Oil Speedway is located at 779 College Road in Mason, 517.676.5404, corriganoilspeedway.com.