Milan Dragway’s Future In Doubt After Closure Announcement

Michigan’s Milan Dragway has been a staple in the Midwest drag racing scene for decades, but now the future of the facility is in doubt after the track made a public statement confirming that the track won’t be opening as scheduled for the 2021 season. This surprising revelation has cast doubt on where area racers will be able to compete in 2021.

The 2020 season was a brutal one for the motorsports industry as the pandemic induced issues around the country. Racetracks from coast to coast struggled to survive, some didn’t open for the year, and others closed permanently. Now it appears the sport of drag racing could be losing another great facility if Milan Dragway doesn’t open up again.

Rumors have been swirling about Milan’s future for some time, but the following announcement from the track brought those rumors to reality.

Dear Loyal & Valued Customers:

With heavy hearts, we must announce that we will not be opening as scheduled for the 2021 racing season.

We appreciate all of your support over the years. We have always operated with the best interests of our racers and fans in mind. Current circumstances do not allow us to operate the track safely, and so we are not able to open the track at all. 

We will provide any pertinent updates that we may have as they are available to share.  For now, however, we will be closed until further notice.

Stay safe and good luck to all of our racers and fans in your 2021 racing endeavors.

There has been considerable speculation about what this statement means in regards to the safety aspect, but no facts have been stated yet. CKIW Radio 76 had a reporter at the track and went into detail about what is known. There will be a hearing on April 9th about the receivership of the track and what the future will hold. Allegedly, the track’s primary creditor and the IHRA have a buyer lined up, but that buyer’s intentions aren’t known at this time.

Stay tuned to Dragzine for more information about this developing story.

About the author

Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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