Why You Need to Rev Your Engines at the Northern Michigan Dragway

The Wolverine State has more to offer than just an abundance of incredible natural riches. While most people think of the metropolis of Detroit, the burgeoning cultural scene in Grand Rapids, and the raw nature of the Upper Peninsula, there hidden gems across the state! Racing fans will want to check out the stretch of asphalt known as the Northern Michigan Dragway. Watch cars go zero to 140 miles per hour in four seconds as you listen to the roaring enjoys and smell the burning rubber. Are you ready for a wild ride?

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What Is the Northern Michigan Dragway?

If you’re a racing fan who loves to experience pulse-pounding excitement, then you need to check out Northern Michigan Dragway. This eighth-mile track is home to six months of events and celebrations that the entire family can enjoy together during a trip to the Wolverine State. Contestants travel from around the Midwest to test their racing skills. A points system doles out cash prizes to drivers with the highest totals. Whether you choose to visit for a regular event or a special weekend program, you will have a great time taking in the sights and sounds of race day! 

Events and Weekend Celebrations

The Northern Michigan Dragway offers an extensive schedule of events throughout the season. The opening day typically takes place in the middle of April, with three or four events running every month until the season points finale at the end of September. These weekend events range from regular drag racing time trials to multi-day bracket challenges. Listed below is the pricing for spectator admission.

Regular Events

Adults: $10

Kids 7-14: $5

Kids 7 and under are free

Full Weekend Events

Adults: $20

Kids 7-14: $10

Kids 7 and under are free

Where Is it?

The Northern Michigan Dragway is three miles north of the small town of Kaleva. We have a few properties that are within an hour’s drive, but Traverse City is the closest city that has a laundry list of exciting things to do and places to see. If you want to experience a race day weekend, take a half-day to enjoy before heading back to your rental.

Book your Freshwater Vacation Rentals Property


Whether you want to watch car racing, take long walks on the beach, or explore stunning waterfalls, Freshwater Vacation Rentals has the perfect property for you and your family. We offer an array of rentals across the state, from the Upper Peninsula to Western Michigan. Of course, if you’re staying in the area, you can check out our Northern Michigan cabin rentals and the Things to Do page highlighting the top activities and attractions.

Start planning your trip to the Wolverine State today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Freshwater Vacation Rentals family.