Brief History

About Onaway Speedway


Onaway Speedway was built in 1983 by Harry Moran in Northern Michigan. The track is an 1/4 mile oval asphalt.   

Mike Sturgill, who is an avid racer and fan, decided to purchase the track in April of 2017. Sturgill is the sole owner and wanted to keep the sport of racing alive in the local area. Onaway Speedway is the only track in the Midwest to run Semi’s on the Oval Track as a regular class on their racing schedule each year.  

The 2017 race season was one of the most successful years the track has had in its 34 year history. The track had many sellout crowds and over 100 race cars throughout the season competing. Mike Sturgill and his staff pride themselves on having the highest payouts in Michigan and Onaway Speedway is the first track to bring Uphill Semi Drag Racing to the United States.  

For the 2018 racing season Onaway Speedway is bringing a full racing schedule yet again. This year Onaway Speedway is opening things up with a huge event on the May 18-20 weekend, “The Great Lakes Big Rig Challenge”. The track is expecting a crowd of over 15,000 people. This will include side by side Uphill Loaded Semi Drag Racing, the first in the United States. It will be an A,B,C format. 

Onaway Speedway and their staff want to give all race fans the opportunity to see  how Northern Michigan races! The track offers an exceptional racing value for racing and motorsport enthusiasts. If you are looking for a family friendly, thrilling and affordable way to spend an evening in the great outdoors, then Onaway Speedway has your hook up.

The opening night of regular season racing is May 26th for the first full show of stock car racing. 

Racing has been Mike Sturgill’s biggest passion his whole life, he owns 8 Outlaw Super Late Models and 
offers a buy up program to competitors to always ensure the best racing is happening on his track! 

H&D was the company who originally paved Onaway Speedway. Since then Jim and Krista had Freeburn Track Grinding out of Indiana Carbide grind the corners of the track in 2012. In 2011 all of the lighting and sound was upgraded By Jim and Krista DuBois.