Local racers in action Saturday at UPIR

ESCANABA – U.P. International Raceway Saturday’s race will showcase the Sport 4’s with a 25-lap feature, driver introductions and an increased payout for the feature racers. The Island Resort and Casino is the race night sponsor.

Thirty Sport 4 racers have taken to the track in 2014. The increased payout may well bring in some new cars adding to the action packed class’s racing. Erik Marenger currently leads in points. Elliot Reid of Faithorn, Justin Lauscher and Robbie Iverson follow and are within reach of taking over the lead.

Also on tap are twin 20 modified features with the June 7 make-up feature scheduled. Defending modified champion Dale Peterson holds the points lead, but veteran racers John Ostermann (Niagara), Pat Richer, Chris Pepin, 2012 king Matt Valiquette, Fran Berube and Lonnie Dalgord are not out of taking over first place in points.

Modified rookies Karl Lamoreaux (Niagara), Austin Cayer and Brad Lemberg have been dialing their mods in and will also be in contention.

The fierce competition in the 600 Micro-Sprint class is topped by Josh Bartel. With two rollovers last weekend and a few other disabling incidents, don’t rule out a big jump in points.

Five Hundred Micro-Sprint racer Kristy Peterson is on top with Kyle Getchell in the second spot. Rookies Stephanie Wolf and Rhianna Carne (Kingsford) are gaining experience.

The grandstand opens at 4 p.m. (Central time), with a $5 admission. As always, age 10 and under are free.

Most food concession items and beer are $2.

Go to www.upirtrack.com for schedule and more information.