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Déjà Vu: Stewart Strikes Again In Rumble Finale

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – There was a profound sense of déjà vu inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum during Saturday night’s finale to the 22nd annual Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales.

Exactly like he did one night earlier, Tony Stewart set fast time in qualifying, had to transfer into the field from a B-main and then romped forward from ninth to win the 50-lap national midget headliner.

This time, Stewart had to contend with a pair of young guns in Kyle Hamilton and Justin Peck, but neither were strong enough to be able to stop the three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in the end.

Stewart methodically worked his way up to third before 20 laps were on the board, then laid in wait while Hamilton and Peck went at it for the race lead out front before making his move late.

The Columbus, Ind., native pounced following a lap-33 red flag for building ventilation, taking a car that he’d called “not as good as we need it to be” right before the restart and slipping past Peck into second.

Once in the runner-up position with 12 to go, Stewart got the help of a timely caution flag for a spinning Cap Henry to close on the back bumper of Hamilton’s Mel Kenyon-prepared No. 16, setting up the winning pass.

Stewart finally got inside Hamilton in turn three with six laps left, finding front grip he hadn’t had all race long and surging ahead to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

It was Stewart’s record-extending 11th career Rumble in Fort Wayne victory, far and away the most of all drivers, as well as the first time a driver has swept both nights of the event since 2011.

In victory lane, an animated Stewart noted that he drove his No. 2 Our Gang Poker Munchkin “with no power steering for 50 laps” as he discussed the night and what many considered a surprising victory.

“This is indoor racing. Anyone that came to watch a parade came to the wrong place,” Stewart said. “We get rough and rowdy in this building, and all night it was like that. Everybody keeps asking why I come to this deal, and it’s because of the fans and the fact that they want to see a show. They don’t want to see us just sit there and ride around and follow each other for 50 laps. That’s the nature of the beast.

“We saw it all night. I don’t know why when I do it (make contact while making a pass), it’s not acceptable, but I think everyone came to see a show and if they didn’t get a show out of that, I don't know what else to do, man,” Stewart continued. “I sat there and ran 50 laps and I only leaned on guys a couple of times when I needed to. I never spun anybody out in the two days that I was here.

“All in all, I don’t think I did too badly. After last year, it’s pretty sweet to be back here winning again.”

Hamilton won the dash to earn the pole for the main and jumped out to the early lead, with only one caution slowing the early pace after Scott Hampton found the wall off the exit of the second corner.

Following that restart on lap 16 is when Stewart made his move into the top three, but at that point, all eyes were on Hamilton and Peck as they diced it up for the race lead out in front.

Hamilton held serve through the halfway point of the race, but on the 29th lap, Peck was tired of sitting back in second and made his bid for the race lead. The three-time Rumble winner got inside of Hamilton going into turn one and came out ahead, looking like a driver who might win his fourth Rumble main.

But Peck’s downfall was short-run speed, and a segmented end to the race spelled his doom. The race’s lone red flag with 17 to go, plus a caution one lap after the restart, ultimately ruined his chances.

Peck spun the tires on a lap-35 restart and gave up command to Hamilton, who then appeared to be in the driver’s seat until spins by Henry – and then Austin Nemire with nine to go – gave Stewart a fighting chance.

After the last restart, Stewart dug down deep and finally got to Hamilton’s bumper, turning the tables coming to five to go and forcing Hamilton to settle for second at the checkered flag.

Hamilton was matter-of-fact after the race and said he “couldn’t be too disappointed” at the final outcome.

“I was pretty happy to get back around Peck, but I knew that was just a battle. The war was still going to be to try and beat Tony, and he just had too much there at the end,” Hamilton said. “Our car was good, but it was second best. We can’t hang our heads on it though. To come in here and have a car that could run that close to Tony within six laps, you really can’t be all that disappointed.”

Peck crossed the line third, followed by Derek Bischak and Travis Welpott.

Matt Westfall, Billy Wease, Nick Hamilton, Scott Hampton and Troy DeCaire were the balance of the top 10.

To view complete race results, advance to the next page.

RESULTS: 22nd annual Rumble in Fort Wayne Finale Night; Dec. 28, 2019

National Midget Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. Tony Stewart, 2, Stewart-7.606; 2. Nick Hamilton, 6, Kenyon-7.652; 3. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-7.656; 4.  Kyle Hamilton, 16, Kenyon-7.692; 5. Joe Liguori, 8up, Williams-7.757; 6. Cap Henry, 44, Williams-7.760; 7. Matt Westfall, 9, Ryder-7.794; 8. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-7.835; 9. Trey Osborne, 61, Kenyon-7.853; 10. Justin Peck, 5x, Clay-7.866; 11. Troy DeCaire, 67, Williams-7.911; 12. Scott Hampton, 5, D. Dietsch-7.919; 13. Travis Welpott, 18, Gorman-7.931; 14. Mario Clouser, 99, Guess-7.950; 15. Austin Nemire, 19, O’Connell-8.000; 16. Billy Wease, 99, Burrow-8.053; 17. Junior Gould, 65, Gould-8.057; 18. Sean Murphy, 4b, Murphy-8.057; 19. Rich Corson, 15, Corson-8.134; 20. Jordan Caskey, 33, Caskey-8.149; 21. Jim Anderson, 36, Anderson-8.151; 22. Cory Setser, 24s, Setser-8.173; 23. Aaron Pierce, 98, Pierce-8.220; 24. Mike Fedorcak, 97, Stewart-8.252; 25. Justin Harper, 53, Harper-8.393; 26. Brian Vaughn, 49v, TnT-8.510; 27. Billy Lewis, 49, Burrow-8.686; 28. Chris Malaterre, 6m, Malaterre-8.992; 29. Jared Rouch, 88, Jagger-9.004; 30. Tim Buckwalter, 8, J. Dietsch-11.015; 31. Rico Abreu, 2.5, Stewart-NT.

National Midget Heat #1 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Joe Liguori, 2. Travis Welpott / 3. Tony Stewart, 4. Trey Osborne, 5. Jim Anderson, 6. Junior Gould, 7. Justin Harper, 8. Jared Rouch.

National Midget Heat #2 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Justin Peck, 2. Nick Hamilton / 3. Mario Clouser, 4. Cap Henry, 5. Sean Murphy, 6. Brian Vaughn, 7. Tim Buckwalter, 8. Cory Setser.

National Midget Heat #3 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Troy DeCaire, 2. Derek Bischak / 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Austin Nemire, 5. Aaron Pierce, 6. Rich Corson, 7. Billy Lewis, 8. Rico Abreu (DNS).

National Midget Heat #4 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Kyle Hamilton, 2. Scott Hampton / 3. Bryan Nuckles, 4. Mike Fedorcak, 5. Billy Wease, 6. Jordan Caskey, 7. Chris Malaterre.

National Midget B-Main #1 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Tony Stewart, 2. Austin Nemire / 3. Jim Anderson, 4. Tim Buckwalter, 5. Sean Murphy, 6. Mike Fedorcak, 7. Billy Lewis, 8. Bryan Nuckles.

National Midget B-Main #2 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Cap Henry, 2. Billy Wease / 3. Trey Osborne, 4. Rich Corson, Justin Harper, Chris Malaterre, 7. Cory Setser, 8. Rico Abreu (DNS).

National Midget B-Main #3 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Matt Westfall, 2. Mario Clouser / 3. Aaron Pierce, 4. Junior Gould, 5. Brian Vaughn, 6. Jordan Caskey, 7. Jared Rouch.

National Midget Dash (4 laps, sets first two rows): 1. Kyle Hamilton, 2. Justin Peck, 3. Troy DeCaire, 4. Joe Liguori.

National Midget A-Feature (50 laps): 1. Tony Stewart [9], 2. Kyle Hamilton [1], 3. Justin Peck [2], 4. Derek Bischak [7], 5. Travis Welpott [5], 6. Matt Westfall [11], 7. Billy Wease [13], 8. Nick Hamilton [6], 9. Scott Hampton [8], 10. Troy DeCaire [3], 11. Cap Henry [10], 12. Mario Clouser [14], 13. Austin Nemire [12], 14. Joe Liguori [4].

Lap Leader(s): Kyle Hamilton 1-28, Justin Peck 29-34, Kyle Hamilton 35-44, Tony Stewart 45-50.

Hard Charger: #2 – Tony Stewart (+8)

 

 

 

Ivy Sweeps Rumble 600 Micro Features Once Again

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Less than 24 hours after one of his worst showings in recent memory, John Ivy reminded everyone why he’s the king of the 600cc micro sprints at the Rumble in Fort Wayne.

Ivy raced to a sweep of the two micro features on Saturday during the finale to the 22nd annual Rumble, wiring the non-winged main event and making a late pass of Rod Henning to win the winged feature.

The non-winged feature was a straight shot for the wily veteran after he landed on the pole for the 25-lapper. Ivy jetted away and never looked back, easily gapping Friday night winner Larry Joe Sroufe.

“My guys busted their humps all weekend long. I can’t thank my brother and Guy and Andy and Mikey enough; they’ve been working hard on Kelsey’s car and this car,” said Ivy. “I think we bit off a little more than we could chew by bringing them all here, but hey, you know, you have to try, right?

“We put a soft tire on this thing for qualifying and it just freed it up, and I don’t know why,” Ivy continued. “That put us behind. With the race track being like it was, we thought we’d go softer on the compound, and it bit us pretty good, but we made it all work out in the end.”

Behind Ivy and Sroufe, Jason Ormsby, Justin Harper and Blane Culp completed the non-winged top five.

Ivy’s victory in the 25-lap winged feature was a bit more dramatic.

He started sixth, while up front Howard McCormick and Rod Henning led the field to green, with Henning getting the advantage and pacing the first seven revolutions before Ivy’s teammate Cap Henry came calling and roared to the lead with a muscle move in the first turn.

From there, it appeared Henry was well on his way to victory before he spun all by himself in turn two with three laps left, setting up a sprint to the finish with Henning back out front over Ivy at that point.

Henning held on through the initial restart, but a spin by Ryan Ball on the final lap of the scheduled distance set up a critical green-white-checkered finish to decide the winner.

Though Henning got the jump on the final restart and looked like he might get a huge Rumble triumph, Ivy motored past coming to the white flag when Henning slowed with a flat tire, and never looked back.

“I thought Cap had that one locked up, really,” Ivy admitted. “He was gone. I just couldn’t get around the guys I was racing with there behind him, and then I did … and when the yellow would come out I though ‘Man, we got a shot here,’ and realized it was for Cap and didn’t really like that too much.

“Then that second yellow came and I was frustrated, but it all worked out for us. The boys never gave up.”

Polesitter McCormick ended as the runner-up, followed by Friday winged winner Nate Franklin and a charging Henry, who put together a furious rally from eighth to fourth in the final three laps.

Dylan Woodling completed the top five after having to race his way in from the B-main.

Saturday night's pair of victories were Ivy's 21st and 22nd career Rumble wins across go-karts and 600 micro sprints, further extending his all-time record as the winningest driver in event history.

RESULTS: 22nd annual Rumble in Fort Wayne Finale Night; Dec. 28, 2019

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. 21-Larry Joe Sroufe, 8.139; 2. 12-Blane Culp, 8.162; 3. 17n-Dillon Nusbaum, 8.229; 4. 51-Jason Ormsby, 8.271; 5. 35-Justin Harper, 8.293; 6. 91a-Tyler Fitzpatrick, 8.315; 7. 57b-Michael Busz, 8.320; 8. 74-Brent Busz, 8.355; 9. 46-Tyler Lindsay, 8.371; 10. 75b-Brian Busz, 8.378; 11. 27m-Jorgan Montel, 8.422; 12. 2-John Ivy, 8.431; 13. 52-Brenton Lamb, 8.462; 14. 7-Matthew Brannin, 8.629; 15. 70-Devin Beer, 8.644; 16. 6-Grant Valkner, 8.681; 17. 11b-Adam Walker, 8.683; 18. 68g-Tyler Gunn, 8.756; 19. 83-Dustin Ingle, 8.793; 20. 19-Aiden Williamson, 8.830; 21. 79-Chris Malaterre II, 8.939; 22. 28-John Kirchner, NT; 23. 2k-Kole Kirkman, NT; 24. 29k-Kelsey Ivy, NT.

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Heat #1 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Larry Joe Sroufe, 2. Brian Busz, 3. Jason Ormsby, 4. Michael Busz / 5. Dustin Ingle, 6. Grant Valkner, 7. Brenton Lamb, 8. John Kirchner (DNS).

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Heat #2 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Jorgan Montel, 2. Justin Harper, 3. Blane Culp, 4. Brent Busz / 5. Matthew Brannin, 6. Aiden Williamson, 7. Kole Kirkman, 8. Adam Walker.

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Heat #3 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. John Ivy, 2. Tyler Lindsay, 3. Dillon Nusbaum, 4. Tyler Gunn / 5. Kelsey Ivy, 6. Devin Beer, Tyler Fitzpatrick, 8. Chris Malaterre II.

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc B-Main (10 laps, top four transfer): 1. Kelsey Ivy, 2. Dustin Ingle, 3. Aiden Williamson, 4. Tyler Fitzpatrick / 5. Grant Valkner, 6. Adam Walker, 7. Brenton Lamb, 8. Devin Beer, 9. Kole Kirkman, 10. Matthew Brannin, 11. Chris Malaterre II, 12. John Kirchner (DNS).

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc A-Feature (25 laps): 1. John Ivy [1], 2. Larry Joe Sroufe [3], 3. Jason Ormsby [7], 4. Justin Harper [5], 5. Blane Culp [8], 6. Tyler Gunn [12], 7. Brian Busz [4], 8. Brent Busz [11], 9. Kelsey Ivy [13], 10. Tyler Lindsay [6], 11. Aiden Williamson [15], 12. Dustin Ingle [14], 13. Dillon Nusbaum [9], 14. Michael Busz [10], 15. Jorgan Montel [2], 16. Tyler Fitzpatrick [16].

Lap Leader(s): Ivy 1-25.

Hard Charger: #68g – Tyler Gunn (+6)

Winged 600cc Outlaw Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. 17-Cap Henry, 8.135; 2. 87-Nate Franklin, 8.168; 3. 84-Bill Dunham, 8.217; 4. 11b-Drew Dorsett, 8.244; 5. 62-Rod Henning, 8.317; 6. 69-Blake Lamb, 8.348; 7. 18-Cody Tyler, 8.366; 8. 51-Jason Ormsby, 8.392; 9. 91L-Alexis Adgate, 8.419; 10. 44-Blake Adams, 8.524; 11. 3w-Dylan Woodling, 8.526; 12. 94-John Ivy, 8.581; 13. 10r-Ryan Ball, 8.595; 14. 21-Clay Sanders, 8.634; 15. 26-Howard McCormick, 8.649; 16. 14-Keith Ousley, 8.751; 17. 35z-Mark Zumbrun, 8.852; 18. 48-Bobby Murany, 8.896.

Winged 600cc Outlaw Heat #1 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Ryan Ball, 2. Cap Henry, 3. Cody Tyler, 4. Blake Adams / 5. Keith Ousley, 6. Drew Dorsett.

Winged 600cc Outlaw Heat #2 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Rod Henning, 2. Jason Ormsby, 3. Clay Sanders, 4. Nate Franklin / 5. Mark Zumbrun, 6. Dylan Woodling.

Winged 600cc Outlaw Heat #3 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Howard McCormick, 2. John Ivy, 3. Alexis Adgate, 4. Blake Lamb / 5. Bill Dunham, 6. Bobby Murany.

Winged 600cc Outlaw B-Main (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Mark Zumbrun, 2. Bill Dunham, 3. Dylan Woodling, 4. Bobby Murany / 5. Keith Ousley, 6. Drew Dorsett.

Winged 600cc Outlaw A-Feature (26 laps, extended by green-white-checkered finish): 1. John Ivy [6], 2. Howard McCormick [1], 3. Nate Franklin [11], 4. Cap Henry [4], 5. Dylan Woodling [15], 6. Bobby Murany [16], 7. Clay Sanders [8], 8. Rod Henning [2], 9. Blake Lamb [12], 10. Bill Dunham [14], 11. Cody Tyler [7], 12. Ryan Ball [3], 13. Blake Adams [10], 14. Alexis Adgate [9], 15. Mark Zumbrun [13], 16. Jason Ormsby [5].

Lap Leader(s): Rod Henning 1-7, Cap Henry 8-24, John Ivy 25-26.

Hard Charger: #3 – Dylan Woodling (+10)

 

 
Last-Lap Pass Lifts Schneider To Limbacher Memorial Win

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Phillip Schneider completed a near-dreamlike Rumble in Fort Wayne weekend with a crown jewel victory in the third annual John Limbacher Memorial Race for Clone 360 go-karts.

Schneider took the Limbacher’s $2,000 top prize with a gutsy last-lap, last-corner pass of Joey Pendergrass, who had dispatched Jake Shelley for the point on lap 16 and appeared to be in control.

But Schneider was not to be denied. He keyed up a banzai run into turn three coming to the checkered flag, forced his way underneath Pendergrass and then raced home to victory lane.

Schneider became the third different winner in three runnings of the Limbacher with his triumph, joining Shelley (2017) and Dustin Heath (2018).

“I had to get up on the wheel pretty hard there,” said Schneider, who actually led the first seven laps before being passed by Jake Shelley on the eighth round. “I hated to see those cautions, man. I’ve got a long-run car, long-run tire and a long-run prep program, so those cautions didn’t help me too much. I know you’ve got to have an ace up your sleeve in these big races though, and we try to have that, but every time I saw a caution I was just like, ‘Oh great.’ And that’s the only reason we lost Friday night.

“I can’t thank my guys enough, though. Everyone does their part and I just do my little small part. It takes every one of them to get it done and I’m so proud that we’re standing in victory lane.”

The feature had three different leaders, with Shelley holding command from lap eight to lap 15 before Pendergrass got around him on the backstretch with five to go and brought Schneider with him.

That move ultimately led to Schneider’s stunning last-ditch effort to win the race, a score he called “extremely meaningful” on the frontstretch after his initial victory lane celebration.

The race was created in honor of the late John Limbacher, who passed away just prior to the 2017 Rumble and was a tremendous supporter of the annual indoor event and its drivers.

“John Limbacher was a great, great man. He would do anything to help anybody,” Schneider recalled. “He was a personal friend of mine, and that had a lot going on in my head. I kept thinking I had to hang it all on the line for that man in memory of him.

“His son’s a great friend of mine, John Jr., and I couldn’t be happier winning this one for them.”

The 20-lap feature for the Clone 360 division headlined a full day of racing for the go-kart and quarter midget fields inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, with winners crowned in 13 classes.

Schneider ended the weekend with four wins in six tries, topping two features both Friday and Saturday.

He added the Clone 330 win to his resume in the finale, while Ryan Moran won the Senior Caged feature and Tristan Chamberlain finished a sweep of the Rumble in the Junior Caged class with his second win.

Other Saturday go-kart feature winners included Travis Fisher (Clone 400), Jakeb Boxell (Junior 3) and Knox Carmin (Kid Karts), who picked up his third Kid Kart feature in a row after also topping the 2018 Saturday race for the division.

Kaylee Boston (Light 160, Animal Combined) again won two features to lead the quarter midget contingent Saturday, pushing her total to four victories across three classes for the weekend.

Landon Hathaway completed a sweep of the Heavy 160 division, adding his second win of the weekend, while other quarter midget victors included Dylan Regnerus (Senior Honda), Nolan Mitchell (Junior Honda) and Taylor Nibert (Heavy 120).

RESULTS: 22nd annual Rumble in Fort Wayne Finale Night; Dec. 28, 2019
 

Go-Karts

Limbacher Memorial Clone 360 Feature (20 laps): 1. Phillip Schneider, 2. Joey Pendergrass, 3. Jake Shelley, 4. Smo Tater, 5. Ryan Moran, 6. Shawn Kluck, 7. Alex Smolders, 8. Doug Stearly, 9. Bryan Cataldi, 10. RJ Cornett, 11. Jon Keister, 12. Sam Weaver, 13. Tyler Brown, 14. Spencer Smolders.

Lap Leader(s): Schneider 1-7, Shelley 8-15, Pendergrass 16-19, Schneider 20.

Senior Caged Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Ryan Moran, 2. Sam Weaver, 3. Steven Berlin, 4. Seumus Calderwood, 5. Charlie Schultz, 6. Michael Paterno, 7. Kevin Wall Jr., 8. Dylan Woodling, 9. Aiden Williamson, 10. Cole Rhonton, 11. Tyler Brown, 12. Phillip Schneider, 13. Travis Fisher, 14. Joey Pendergrass.

Junior Caged Go-Kart Feature (16 laps, extended due to green-white-checkered): 1. Tristan Chamberlain, 2. Jakeb Boxell, 3. Manix Furqueron, 4. Carson Mason, 5. Alyssa Vanderpool, 6. Audra Weaver, 7. Alex Geren, 8. AJ Vanderpool, 9. Ruger Lough, 10. Brycen Whited, 11. Parker Moyer, 12. Logan Perkins, 13. Oliver Osborn, 14. Colton Rychener.

Clone 400 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Travis Fisher, 2. Justin Clark, 3. Jo Jo Warner, 4. Seth Schneider, 5. Seumus Calderwood, 6. Jeff Funk, 7. Jamie Miller, 8. Brock Anderson, 9. Kyle Watson, 10. Andrea Weaver, 11. Blake Smith, 12. George Rangel, 13. Josh McNichol, 14. Cody Jarrett.

Clone 330 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Phillip Schneider, 2. Jon Keister, 3. Smo Tater, 4. Tyler Brown, 5. Jake Shelley, 6. Shawn Kluck, 7. Sam Weaver, 8. Zach Wolfe, 9. Alex Smolders, 10. Joey Pendergrass, 11. Bryan Cataldi, 12. Mark Click, 13. Sam Dues, 14. Jacob VanDeVoorde.

Junior 3 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Jakeb Boxell (winner in his ninth Rumble), 2. Tristan Chamberlain, 3. Colton Coe, 4. Kaden Francis, 5. Noah Comer, 6. Michael Villena, 7. Manix Furqueron, 8. Cecil Moulton, 9. Gracyn Spillers.

Kid Kart Feature (10 laps): 1. Knox Carmin, 2. Hudson Brown, 3. Cameron McKnight, 4. Macy Staton, 5. Shelby Rychener, 6. McKinlee Perkins, 7. Maveryk Harris, 8. Audrey Hyliard.

Quarter Midgets

Senior Honda QM Feature (15 laps): 1. Dylan Regnerus, 2. Elijah Anderson, 3. Gavin Underdahl, 4. Jaden Tharp, 5. Memarie Ashcraft, 6. Parker Bupp, 7. Caleb Edington, 8. Jimmy McCune IV, 9. Austin Yrd, 10. Easton Zent.

Junior Honda QM Feature (15 laps): 1. Nolan Mitchell, 2. Kedryn Evenson, 3. Tyler Lupton, 4. Izaiah Higdon, 5. Jonathan Decker, 6. Hunter Cardwell, 7. Blane Withers, 8. Riley Mason, 9. Knox Carmin, 10. Hudson Roberts.

Heavy 160 QM Feature (15 laps): 1. Landon Hathaway, 2. Kaylee Boston, 3. Austin Kryta, 4. Reed Whitney, 5. Andrew Bogusz, 6. Andrew White, 7. Nathan Koester, 8. Randi Marsh, 9. Braeden Marsh, 10. Nick Cassell, 11. Kristen Hammer, 12. Breanna Berry, 13. Kayden Boyles.

Heavy 120 QM Feature (15 laps): 1. Taylor Nibert, 2. Reed Whitney, 3. Kaylee Boston, 4. Kaden Bush, 5. Austin Kryta, 6. Noah Mehl, 7. Andrew Bogusz, 8. Colson Gray, 9. Alexis Regnerus, 10. Andrew White, 11. Kristen Hammer.

Light 160 QM Feature (15 laps): 1. Kaylee Boston, 2. Austin Geer, 3. Tyler Lupton, 4. Nathan Spain, 5. Izaiah Higdon, 6. Parker Bupp, 7. Wesson Zantjer.

Animal Combined (15 laps): 1. Kaylee Boston, 2. Austin Kryta, 3. Taylor Nibert, 4. Landon Hathaway, 5. Parker Bupp, 6. Caleb Edington, 7. Austin Geer, 8. Abby Hohlbein, 9. Noah Mehl, 10. Kayden Boles, 11. Nathan Koester, 12. Nick Cassell.

 

 

After Eight Years, Smoke Rises Again In Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – It took him eight years and a boatload of effort to do it, but Tony Stewart finally returned to the top of the heap at the Rumble in Fort Wayne on Friday night.

Stewart raced to victory for the 10th time inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum with a dominant run through the field in the headlining 50-lap national midget feature.

The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion had to transfer in through one of three B-mains after missing the cut in his heat race, but once the main event started there was no stopping Stewart’s familiar No. 2 Our Gang Poker Munchkin midget.

Stewart raced from ninth to third by the halfway point of the event, then moved into second behind polesitter and race-long leader Cap Henry on lap 30 after then-runner-up Tim Buckwalter caught air with the front end of his car in turns one and two and slid back in a hurry.

From there, Stewart ran down and dogged Henry for four revolutions before making the winning pass on lap 35 with an inside maneuver off the fourth corner.

Once Stewart took the point, not even a red flag for fumes with 14 to go could keep his momentum down. He pulled away from Henry on two late-race restarts and never looked back after that.

Friday night’s triumph extended Stewart’s all-time record for event wins at the Rumble, as well as broke a tie with the late Rich Vogler for the most indoor midget wins in North American history.

It was a moment that left the usually-vocal Hoosier nearly at a loss for words in victory lane.

“It’s pretty damn cool; any time you put yourself in the same category as Rich Vogler, or take a record from him, you know you’ve done something pretty special,” said Stewart, whose last Rumble win prior to Friday night was in 2011. “Rich was pretty badass; it didn’t matter whether it was a midget, a sprint car, Silver Crown car, dirt or pavement. He was one of the best of all time for sure. That kind of thing is something you don’t think about when you show up here, but it’s a pretty cool stat to know now.

“It makes this win that much more worth it, really. The car was pretty good there in the main, even though I forgot all the tire rules and ran the same right rear the entire night,” he tipped. “After qualifying it was chewed up, so we dismounted it, flipped it around backwards for the main and luckily it cleaned up, but it started going away again right at the end of the race. This place is feast or famine and there are so many things that can happen in these races. You just have to hope everything goes right.

“For us tonight, everything did work out and we’re standing here with a trophy because of it.”

Henry topped the special dash race, contested between the four heat winners, to earn the pole for the midget feature and used the prime starting spot to lead the first 34 laps uncontested.

However, once Stewart got around him, Henry just didn’t have enough pace to keep touch with the leader and faded back in the final laps off Stewart’s bumper before his eventual second-place finish.

It tied Henry’s career-best Rumble mark, set during the opening night of competition in 2018.

“We just weren’t quite fast enough,” Henry noted. “We were kind of struggling there (toward the end), and I think I kind of burnt the tires up trying to hang on to it. I knew those guys were going to be coming. Tony had to run the B, so I knew it was only a matter of time until he got there.

“My guys did a really good job, though. I couldn’t be prouder of them and we’re excited for tomorrow now.”

Henry’s co-team owner, Joe Liguori, completed the podium ahead of former Rumble winners Justin Peck and Derek Bischak.

Famed Munchkin fabricator and designer Mike Fedorcak was sixth, followed by Bryan Nuckles, Jim Anderson, Kyle Hamilton and Cory Setser.

Saturday’s Rumble program will feature another complete midget program of time trials, heat races, consolation races and a 50-lap main event. Peck is the defending Saturday winner at the Rumble.

RESULTS: 22nd annual Rumble in Fort Wayne Opening Night; Dec. 27, 2019
 

National Midget Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. Tony Stewart, 2, Stewart-7.723; 2. Tim Buckwalter, 8, J. Dietsch-7.817; 3. Mike Fedorcak, 97, Stewart-7.876; 4. Jim Anderson, 36, Anderson-7.889; 5. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-7.900; 6. Justin Peck, 5x, Clay-7.908; 7. Kyle Hamilton, 16, Kenyon-7.940; 8. Troy DeCaire, 67, Williams-7.943; 9. Cap Henry, 44, Williams-7.968; 10. Joe Liguori, 8up, Williams-7.975; 11. Russ Gamester, 46, Gamester-7.997; 12. Brian Vaughn, 49v, TnT-8.024; 13. Nick Hamilton, 6k, Kenyon-8.025; 14. Matt Westfall, 9, Ryder-8.032; 15. Cory Setser, 24, Setser-8.033; 16. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-8.036; 17. Travis Welpott, 18, Gorman-8.039; 18. Austin Nemire, 19, O’Connell-8.051; 19. Trey Osborne, 61, Kenyon-8.099; 20. Rico Abreu, 2.5, Stewart-8.185; 21. Chris Jagger, 88, Jagger-8.188; 22. Rich Corson, 15, Corson-8.297; 23. Junior Gould, 65, Gould-8.387; 24. Billy Wease, 99, Burrow-8.447; 25. Billy Lewis, 49, Burrow-8.475; 26. Jordan Caskey, 33, Caskey-8.512; 27. Don Dietsch, 5, D. Dietsch-8.539; 28. Sean Murphy, 4b, Murphy-8.610; 29. Justin Harper, 53, Harper-8.866; 30. Mario Clouser, 99, Guess-9.081; 31. Chris Malaterre, 6m, Malaterre-9.156; 32. Tyler Roahrig, 8r, Brewer-NT; 33. Aaron Pierce, 98, Burrow-NT.

National Midget Heat #1 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Cap Henry, 2. Derek Bischak / 3. Tony Stewart, 4. Nick Hamilton, 5. Travis Welpott, 6. Chris Jagger, 7. Billy Lewis, 8. Justin Harper, 9. Aaron Pierce (DNS).

National Midget Heat #2 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Tim Buckwalter, 2. Joe Liguori / 3. Justin Peck, 4. Matt Westfall, 5. Mario Clouser, 6. Austin Nemire, 7. Jordan Caskey, 8. Rich Corson.

National Midget Heat #3 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Russ Gamester, 2. Mike Fedorcak / 3. Cory Setser, 4. Trey Osborne, 5. Junior Gould, 6. Don Dietsch, 7. Chris Malaterre, 8. Kyle Hamilton.

National Midget Heat #4 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Troy DeCaire, 2. Jim Anderson / 3. Brian Vaughn, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Bryan Nuckles, 6. Billy Wease, 7. Sean Murphy, 8. Tyler Roahrig.

National Midget B-Main #1 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Tony Stewart, 2. Cory Setser / 3. Billy Wease, 4. Brian Vaughn, 5. Chris Jagger, 6. Mario Clouser, 7. Austin Nemire, 8. Don Dietsch, 9. Aaron Pierce (DNS).

National Midget B-Main #2 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Justin Peck, 2. Bryan Nuckles / 3. Nick Hamilton, 4. Trey Osborne, 5. Sean Murphy, 6. Billy Lewis, 7. Rich Corson, 8. Chris Malaterre.

National Midget B-Main #3 (10 laps, top two transfer): 1. Kyle Hamilton, 2. Travis Welpott / 3. Matt Westfall, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Junior Gould, 6. Jordan Caskey, 7. Justin Harper, 8. Tyler Roahrig (DNS).

National Midget Dash (4 laps, sets first two rows): 1. Cap Henry, 2. Russ Gamester, 3. Tim Buckwalter, 4. Troy DeCaire.

National Midget A-Feature (50 laps): 1. Tony Stewart [9], 2. Cap Henry [1], 3. Joe Liguori [6], 4. Justin Peck [10], 5. Derek Bischak [5], 6. Mike Fedorcak [7], 7. Bryan Nuckles [13], 8. Jim Anderson [8], 9. Kyle Hamilton [11], 10. Cory Setser [12], 11. Travis Welpott [14], 12. Russ Gamester [2], 13. Tim Buckwalter [3], 14. Troy DeCaire [4].

Lap Leader(s): Cap Henry 1-34, Tony Stewart 35-50.

Hard Charger: #2 – Tony Stewart (+8)


 

 

Franklin & Sroufe Split Friday 600 Features At The Rumble

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Nate Franklin stunned the fans assembled inside Allen County War Memorial Coliseum by snapping John Ivy’s 600 micro sprint win streak at the Rumble in Fort Wayne Friday night.

Franklin snagged his first-career Rumble victory, and ended Ivy’s run of six micro wins in succession, with a shocking triumph in a topsy-turvy winged 600cc micro sprint main event that saw three different leaders and a myriad of chaos embedded within it.

It started with a lap-seven caution for the stopped car of Ivy on the frontstretch, then continued a lap later under yellow again when Howard McCormick crashed into the turn-one infield tire from second shortly after losing the top spot to Clay Sanders.

Sanders then led until lap 20, when he was the point man following a late-race restart and got turned from the top spot by second-running Cody Tyler.

Tyler was put to the tail for the incident, handing the lead – and eventual win – to Franklin.

Franklin had to hold off a hard-charging Drew Dorsett on a green-white-checkered restart in order to collect the checkers, but was ultimately able to climb atop his car and celebrate in the end.

Friday night’s score marked Franklin’s first Rumble victory of any kind in his neon orange No. 87.

“Man, to be honest, I can’t replay that race,” said Franklin in victory lane. “It seemed like I’d get close to the front, and then someone would get back in front of me or the caution would come out, or I’d make a mistake or something. Going into the race, we just had a goal of (finishing) top five. We hadn’t had a great car all day, but to be honest I don’t know what's going on. This thing was a rocket tonight and I can’t thank my family enough. I’m about to cry. This is such a great moment.

“We just come here for a vacation, not really to win. It’s just to have fun and as a great way to end the racing season,” he added. “Hopefully we can be back here again tomorrow night.”

Dorsett came through the field from 11th to run second, his best at the Rumble in Fort Wayne in winged 600 action, trailed by 12th-starting Jason Ormsby in the final podium position.

Hard charger Alexis Adgate moved forward from last in the 16-car field to cross fourth and Rod Henning completed the top five.

Meanwhile, Larry Joe Sroufe returned to Rumble in Fort Wayne victory lane after a three-year absence Friday, topping a non-winged 600cc micro sprint feature that was nearly as wild as the winged race.

Sroufe inherited the lead after Brian Busz jumped one of Ormsby’s tires on lap 14 while trying to pass Ormsby for the top spot entering turn one.

The loss in momentum slowed up both cars and allowed Sroufe to take a position he wouldn’t relinquish. The veteran led the final 12 laps of the 25-lapper in his familiar No. 21 for the victory.

“I’ll tell you, this was a very weird night,” Sroufe noted in victory lane. “The lineup was totally weird. Everything about tonight was weird, but it was good. It’s always good when you end up here.

“I didn’t even know I was gone like I was. I thought they were on my rear bumper, so we just kept pushing.”

Justin Harper finished second to Sroufe, with Busz hanging on to collect a third-place result. Brent Busz was fourth and Ormsby faded to fifth after starting from the pole and leading the first half unchallenged.

Phillip Schneider (Senior Caged, Clone 330) led the list of go-kart feature winners on night one by collecting two wins and a runner-up finish in the three classes he ran on Friday. In all, including heat races, Schneider was eight-for-nine when he was on the race track during the course of the program.

Alex Geren took his first Rumble win in the Junior Caged main event, while Justin Clark (Clone 400), Jake Shelley (Clone 360), Tristan Chamberlain (Junior 3) and Knox Carmin (Kid Karts) also won in go-kart action Friday.

Kaylee Boston (Heavy 120, Light 160) was the only multiple quarter midget winner Friday night, joined by Elijah Anderson (Senior Honda), Hudson Roberts (Junior Honda), Landon Hathaway (Heavy 160) and Austin Geer (Animal Combined) in quarter midget victory lane during the opening night’s action.

Racing continues Saturday inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum with another full day of 600cc micro sprint, go-kart and quarter midget action. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m.

RESULTS: 22nd annual Rumble in Fort Wayne Opening Night; Dec. 27, 2019
 

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. 2-John Ivy, 8.152; 2. 91a-Tyler Fitzpatrick, 8.429; 3. 46-Tyler Lindsay, 8.464; 4. 21-Larry Joe Sroufe, 8.517; 5. 29k-Kelsey Ivy, 8.519; 6. 51-Jason Ormsby, 8.587; 7. 68g-Tyler Gunn, 8.720; 8. 35-Justin Harper, 8.761; 9. 17n-Dillon Nusbaum, 8.782; 10. 83-Dustin Ingle, 8.903; 11. 11-Adam Walker, 8.994; 12. 6-Grant Valkner, 9.006; 13. 7b-Matt Brannin, 9.054; 14. 75b-Brian Busz, 9.061; 15. 2k-Kole Kirkman, 9.070; 16. 27-Jason Montel, 9.081; 17. 52-Brenton Lamb, 9.116; 18. 74-Brent Busz, 9.175; 19. 29-Brandon Whited, 9.178; 20. 12-Blane Culp, 9.251; 21. 57b-Michael Busz, 9.285; 22. 7-Devin Beers, 9.802; 23. 19-Aiden Williamson, 10.128; 24. 79-Chris Malaterre II, 11.691.

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Heat #1 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Brian Busz, 2. Larry Joe Sroufe, 3. John Ivy, 4. Dustin Ingle / 5. Jason Montel, 6. Devin Beer, 7. Tyler Gunn, 8. Brandon Whited (DNS).

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Heat #2 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Justin Harper, 2. Tyler Fitzpatrick, 3. Blane Culp, 4. Grant Valkner / 5. Adam Walker, 6. Brenton Lamb, 7. Kelsey Ivy, 8. Aiden Williamson.

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc Heat #3 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Jason Ormsby, 2. Dillon Nusbaum, 3. Brent Busz, 4. Tyler Lindsay / 5. Kole Kirkman, 6. Chris Malaterre, 7. Matthew Brannin, 8. Michael Busz.

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc B-Main (10 laps, top four transfer): 1. Adam Walker, 2. Kole Kirkman, 3. Aiden Williamson, 4. Tyler Gunn / 5. Michael Busz, 6. Matthew Brannin, 7. Jason Montel, 8. Brenton Lamb, 9. Chris Malaterre II, 10. Kelsey Ivy (DNS), 11. Devin Beer (DNS), 12. Brandon Whited (DNS).

Non-Winged Dirt 600cc A-Feature (25 laps): 1. Larry Joe Sroufe [4]; 2. Justin Harper [2]; 3. Brian Busz [3]; 4. Brent Busz [9]; 5. Jason Ormsby [1]; 6. Tyler Lindsay [12]; 7. Aiden Williamson [15]; 8. Adam Walker [13]; 9. Dustin Ingle [10]; 10. John Ivy [7]; 11. Kole Kirkman [14]; 12. Grant Valkner [11]; 13. Tyler Gunn [16]; 14. Dillon Nusbaum [6]; 15. Tyler Fitzpatrick [5]; 16. Blane Culp [8].

Lap Leader(s): Jason Ormsby 1-13, Larry Joe Sroufe 14-25.

Hard Charger: #19 – Aiden Williamson (+8)

Winged 600cc Outlaw Qualifying (best of two laps): 1. 94-John Ivy, 7.829; 2. 3w-Dylan Woodling, 7.979; 3. 17-Cap Henry, 8.069; 4. 21-Clay Sanders, 8.236; 5. 62-Rod Henning, 8.272; 6. 51-Jason Ormsby, 8.315; 7. 91L-Alexis Adgate, 8.347; 8. 11b-Drew Dorsett, 8.393; 9. 26-Howard McCormick, 8.422; 10. 14-Keith Ousley, 8.455; 11. 87-Nate Franklin, 8.479; 12. 10r-Ryan Ball, 8.520; 13. 84-Bill Dunham, 8.534; 14. 26m-Jason Montel, 8.685; 15. 18-Cody Tyler, 8.778; 16. 35z-Mark Zumbrun, 9.015; 17. 69-Blake Lamb, 9.049; 18. 44-Blake Adams, 9.053.

Winged 600cc Outlaw Heat #1 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Clay Sanders, 2. John Ivy, 3. Bill Dunham, 4. Mark Zumbrun / 5. Keith Ousley, 6. Alexis Adgate.

Winged 600cc Outlaw Heat #2 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Jason Montel, 2. Nate Franklin, 3. Rod Henning, 4. Drew Dorsett / 5. Blake Lamb, 6. Dylan Woodling.

Winged 600cc Outlaw Heat #3 (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Howard McCormick, 2. Cody Tyler, 3. Cap Henry, 4. Jason Ormsby / 5. Ryan Ball, 6. Blake Adams.

Winged 600cc Outlaw B-Main (8 laps, top four transfer): 1. Ryan Ball, 2. Keith Ousley, 3. Blake Lamb, 4. Alexis Adgate / 5. Blake Adams, 6. Dylan Woodling.

Winged 600cc Outlaw A-Feature (23 laps, shortened due to time constraints): 1. Nate Franklin [5]; 2. Drew Dorsett [11]; 3. Jason Ormsby [12]; 4. Alexis Adgate [16]; 5. Rod Henning [8]; 6. Mark Zumbrun [10]; 7. Ryan Ball [13]; 8. Cody Tyler [6]; 9. Bill Dunham [7]; 10. Keith Ousley [14]; 11. Clay Sanders [3]; 12. Howard McCormick [1]; 13. Cap Henry [9]; 14. John Ivy [4]; 15. Blake Lamb [15]; 16. Jason Montel [2].

Lap Leader(s): Howard McCormick 1-7, Clay Sanders 8-20, Nate Franklin 21-23.

Hard Charger: #91L – Alexis Adgate (+12)

Senior Caged Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Phillip Schneider, 2. Ryan Moran, 3. Dylan Woodling, 4. Seumus Calderwood, 5. Tyler Brown, 6. Sam Weaver, 7. Charlie Schultz, 8. Steven Berlin, 9. Travis Fisher, 10. Josh McKnight, 11. Michael Paterno, 12. Cole Rhonton, 13. Carson Smith.

Junior Caged Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Alex Geren (first-time winner), 2. Jakeb Boxell, 3. Audra Weaver, 4. Manix Furqueron, 5. Oliver Osborn, 6. AJ Vanderpool, 7. Carson Mason, 8. Brycen Whited, 9. Parker Moyer, 10. Logan Perkins, 11. Colton Rychener, 12. Ruger Lough, 13. Tristan Chamberlain.

Clone 400 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Justin Clark, 2. Erik Wolleson, 3. Bob Gindlesperger, 4. Travis Fisher, 5. JoJo Warner, 6. Jamie Miller, 7. Cody Jarrett, 8. Brock Anderson, 9. Seumus Calderwood, 10. Andrea Weaver, 11. Kyle Watson, 12. Tim McCafferty.

Clone 360 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Jake Shelley, 2. Phillip Schneider, 3. Ryan Moran, 4. Jon Keister, 5. Alex Smolders, 6. Sam Weaver, 7. Spencer Smolders, 8. Ryan Ruhl, 9. Jacob VanDeVoorde, 10. Levi Wilbur, 11. Kameron Lindlag, 12. Smo Tater, 13. Lance Mitchey, 14. Joey Pendergrass.

Clone 330 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Phillip Schneider, 2. Jacob VanDeVoorde, 3. Jake Shelley, 4. Shawn Kluck, 5. Dustin Heath, 6. Alex Smolders, 7. Sam Weaver, 8. Joey Pendergrass, 9. Derek Hammond, 10. Kyler Bowlby, 11. Smo Tater, 12. Dustin Lundgren (DNS).

Junior 3 Go-Kart Feature (15 laps): 1. Tristan Chamberlain, 2. Jakeb Boxell, 3. Kaden Francis, 4. Noah Comer, 5. Michael Villena, 6. Manix Furqueron, 7. Gracyn Spillers, 8. Cecil Moulton, 9. Colton Coe (DNS).

Kid Kart Feature (10 laps): 1. Knox Carmin, 2. Cameron McKnight, 3. Shelby Rychener, 4. Macy Staton, 5. Rhyker Hicks, 6. McKinlee Perkins, 7. Maveryk Harris, 8. Hudson Brown (DNS), 9. Austin Foulk (DNS), 10. Audrey Hyliard.

Senior Honda QM Feature (12 laps): 1. Elijah Anderson, 2. Parker Bupp, 3. Gavin Underdahl, 4. Easton Zent, 5. Jimmy McCune IV, 6. Dylan Regnerus, 7. Austin Yrd, 8. Memarie Ashcraft, 9. Jaden Tharp, 10. Caleb Edington.

Junior Honda QM Feature (12 laps): 1. Hudson Roberts, 2. Nolan Mitchell, 3. Tyler Lupton, 4. Knox Carmin, 5. Kedryn Evenson, 6. Blane Withers, 7. Riley Mason, 8. Jonathon Decker, 9. Lukas Waber, 10. Izaiah Higdon, 11. Hunter Cardwell.

Heavy 160 QM Feature (12 laps): 1. Landon Hathaway, 2. Reed Whitney, 3. Andrew White, 4. Austin Kryta, 5. Nathan Koester, 6. Andrew Bogusz, 7. Randi Marsh, 8. Braeden Marsh, 9. Kristen Hammer, 10. Breanna Berry, 11. Kaylee Boston, 12. Nick Cassell, 13. Kayden Boyles.

Heavy 120 QM Feature (12 laps): 1. Kaylee Boston, 2. Austin Kryta, 3. Taylor Nibert, 4. Kaden Bush, 5. Colson Gray, 6. Reed Whitney, 7. Noah Mehl, 8. Andrew Bogusz, 9. Andrew White, 10. Kristen Hammer, 11. Alexis Regnerus.

Light 160 QM Feature (12 laps): 1. Kaylee Boston, 2. Tyler Lupton, 3. Austin Geer, 4. Parker Bupp, 5. Nathan Spain, 6. Izaiah Higdon, 7. Wesson Zantjer.

Animal Combined (12 laps): 1. Austin Geer, 2. Landon Hathaway, 3. Kayden Boles, 4. Austin Kryta, 5. Abby Hohlbein, 6. Nolan Cooper, 7. Nathan Koester, 8. Caleb Edington, 9. Parker Bupp, 10. Taylor Nibert (DNS), 11. Kaylee Boston (DNS), 12. Noah Mehl (DNS), 13. Nick Cassell (DNS), 14. Kaden Bush.


 

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BADGER MIDGET SERIES

 
"Two motorsports events slated for Badger Midgets this weekend"

 
West Allis, Wis., Feb. 20---Cars, drivers, and officials of the Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie Badger Midget Series will make appearances at two popular Midwest Racing events this upcoming weekend Feb. 21-23. Badger has multiple booth space at both events. Listed below is information for each event. 
 
Event:  58th annual O'Reilly World of Wheels
 
Time: Friday Feb. 21 3pm-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 10am-6pm.
Location: Wisconsin State Fair Grounds, 8400 W. Greenfield Ave, West Allis, WI, in the Wisconsin Expo Building. 
 
Event Overview: One of the country's oldest custom car shows featuring street rods, high performance vehicles, motorcycles and race cars. Event has several celebrity autograph sessions and interactive actives for attendees. More info at: www.autorama.com
 

 
Event:  Race & Performance Expo
 
Time: Saturday Feb. 22 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm.
Location: Renaissance  Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, IL
Event Overview: Over 200 motorsports business's, including: manufacturers, speed shops, tracks, and sanctioning bodies covering 100,000 square feet
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"Twenty-three race slate highlights 2020 Badger Midget Series season" 
 

 
By Bryan Gapinski
Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 21---Officials of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA) released a twenty-three-race schedule for the 2020 racing season, today. Badger is the country's oldest midget auto racing sanctioning organization. Zimbrick Chevrolet of Sun Prairie returns as title series sponsor.
        Sun Prairie's Angell Park Speedway continues as the cornerstone of the series, with twelve Badger races slated at the famed 1/3-mile facility. The first event will be on Sunday May 19. Other traditional APS events include: "The Sprint Spectacular with All Stars & IRA" on May 31; "39th annual Pepsi Midget Nationals" on July 5, with a complete night of racing also on Saturday July 4; and "The 41st annual Miller Lite Cornfest Racing Classic" on August 23. The "Kevin Doty Classic" will be the tracks season finale on Labor Day weekend Sunday Sept. 6. Other APS events include June 7, June 21, June 28, July 19, August 2, and August 16. 
      Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway hosts the Series for eight Saturday Night events. The track will be the season opener and finale for Badger on May 9 and Sept. 26. The "Franklin B. Alexander Memorial" paying $5,000 to win will be held Sept. 5. Other Sycamore Badger events are scheduled for Saturday's: May 23, June 6, July 18, Aug. 2, and Aug. 16.
      Last year's popular return to the Plymouth (Wis.) Dirt Track, for the first time in a dozen years, has resulted in two series appearances at the Sheboygan County Fairgrounds on Saturday Aug. 1 and Sept. 12.
 
        The 11th annual "Salute to Harry Turner" highlights the Saturday June 27 event at Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway. The event has produced first-time Badger feature winners the last two events: Ryan Probst (2018), and Zach Boden (2019). Additional races will be announced as they be available.
2020 Badger Midget Auto Racing Association Schedule
Saturday May 9      Sycamore Speedway (Sycamore, IL)
Sunday May 17       Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, WI)
Saturday May 23     Sycamore Speedway
Sunday May 31       Angell Park Speedway
Saturday June 6     Sycamore Speedway
Sunday June 7        Angell Park Speedway
Sunday June 21      Angell Park Speedway
Saturday June 27   Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Sunday June 28      Angell Park Speedway
Saturday July 4       Angell Park Speedway
Sunday July 5         Angell Park Speedway
Saturday July 18     Sycamore Speedway
Sunday July 19       Angell Park Speedway
Friday July 31         TBA
Saturday Aug 1       Plymouth Dirt Track (Plymouth, WI)
Sunday Aug 2         Angell Park Speedway
Saturday Aug. 8      Sycamore Speedway
Sunday Aug. 16      Angell Park Speedway
Saturday Aug. 22    Sycamore Speedway
Sunday Aug. 23      Angell Park Speedway
Saturday Sept. 5    Sycamore Speedway
Sunday Sept. 6       Angell Park Speedway
Saturday Sept. 12   Plymouth Dirt Track
Saturday Sept. 26  Sycamore Speedway
as of 1/21/2020
 

 

"Ninth Decade in the Books for Badger Midget Series"


 
By Bryan Gapinski
 
Sun Prairie, Wis., Dec. 26---The ninth decade of sanctioning midget auto racing for the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association concluded three months ago. A promising and interesting 2020 schedule will be released shortly.
       The 2010 decade opened on May 1, 2010, with Brad Kuhn wining at Beaver Dam (Wis.) Raceway, and concluded on Sept. 21, 2019, with Chase McDermand's victory at 141 Speedway (Maribel, Wis.). A total of 142-events were sanctioned at nineteen different tracks. Angell Park Speedway was the popular venue hosting 72-events.
       In one of the most competitive decades in history a total of 42-different drivers won a feature event led by 2018 Champion Scott Hatton's eleven victories. Hatton also topped all drivers during the decade in fast time honors. Brad Kuhn was the only repeat decade driver champion picking up titles in 2011, and retirement season of 2013.
       Chase McDermand's decade finale feature victory made him the youngest Badger driver champion ever, and his two-point margin in the final point tally was the closest ever in drivers points. 

Races: 142

 
Most Popular Tracks: Angell Park Speedway 72 events; Beaver Dam Raceway 15; Sycamore (Ill.) Speedway 14.

 
Most Feature Victories: Scott Hatton (11); Davey Ray (8); Brad Kuhn, Brandon Waelti, Zach Daum, Billy Balog (7 each).

 
Driver Champions: Mike Hess (2010); Brad Kuhn (2011 & 2013), Gary Altig (2012); Christopher Bell (2014), David Budres (2015); Brandon Waelti (2016); Robbie Ray (2017); Scott Hatton (2018); Chase McDermand (2019).

Car Owner Champions: Jerry Hardy (2010); RW Motorsports (2011); Hans Lein (2012); RAB Racing (2013); Kunz/Curb-Agajanian (2014); Manic Racing (2015); Harlan Kittleson (2016); Mark Ray (2017); Jerry Hatton (2018); Kevin McDermand (2019).

 
Scott Hatton led all drivers in Badger Midget Series Feature victories during the decade of the 2010's. Here is shown on his way to victory at LaSalle (Ill.) Speedway on Sept. 24, 2107.  (Stan Kalwasinski photo)
 

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POWRI RACING SERIES

     
 

 

  POWRi Lucas Oil Border Tour Expands for 2020 Season

      

BELLEVILLE, ILL. (February 4, 2020) - After a successful inaugural campaign centered around Vado Speedway Park in 2019, the POWRi Lucas Oil Border Tour Non-Wing Sprint Series will branch out in 2020 with new venues and extra bonuses on the line.
 
"The racers have been asking for this for awhile and we're glad to see Cocopah and Aztec come aboard," said Rue Stone, Border Tour Series Director. "With this expanded schedule, we were also able to increase this year's point fund to $10,000. I'm hoping to see several teams competing for the championship in 2020."
 
A total of 16 events are on the docket for the POWRi Lucas Oil Border Tour this year with trips to Vado (N.M.), Aztec (N.M.) and Cocopah (Ariz.) on tap. It all begins on Saturday, March 21 with the season opener at Somerton, Arizona's Cocopah Speedway, the first race in series history outside of New Mexico. A Halloween weekend double dip will feature Cocopah with races on October 30-31. Aztec Speedway will debut on the tour with a pair of shows on September 11-12.
 
The newly built state-of-the-art facility, Vado Speedway Park, will remain at the core of the POWRi Lucas Oil Border Tour schedule with seven shows on the schedule. Dates at Vado include April 4, May 9, June 13, July 18, August 8 and the season finale "Turkey Bowl" on November 27-28.
 
New for 2020, Griffin's Propane will come on board as the presenting sponsor of the series. Serving Southwest New Mexico and Arizona, make sure to visit "The Gas Man" Richard Griffin in Silver City, New Mexico for all of your propane needs. 
 
"I would personally like to thank Royal Jones, owner of Vado Speedway Park and Mesilla Valley Transportation, for his continued help and support as a huge contributing factor in helping grow this series," added Stone.
 
For more information on the POWRi Lucas Oil Border Tour and all POWRi Racing Leagues, you can visit www.powri.com online, like POWRi on Facebook, and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter and Instagram.
 
2020 POWRi Lucas Oil Border Tour - Tentative Schedule:
Saturday, March 21 - Cocopah Speedway (Somerton, Ariz.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Saturday, April 4 - Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Saturday, May 9 - Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Friday, May 22 - TBA
Saturday, May 23 - TBA
Saturday, June 13 - Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Saturday, July 18 - Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Saturday, August 8 - Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Friday, September 11 - Aztec Speedway (Aztec, N.M.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Saturday, September 12 - Aztec Speedway (Aztec, N.M.) *$2,000 to win $220 to start
Friday, September 25 - TBA
Saturday, September 26 - TBA
Friday, October 30 - Cocopah Speedway (Somerton, Ariz.) *$1,500 to win $220 to start
Saturday, October 31 - Cocopah Speedway (Somerton, Ariz.) *$2,000 to win $220 to start
Friday, November 27 - "Turkey Bowl" Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$2,000 to win $220 to start
Saturday, November 28 - "Turkey Bowl" Vado Speedway Park (Vado, N.M.) *$2,000 to win $220 to start

 

"Mazda Motorsports Supports Badger Midgets"

 

Sun Prairie, Wis., Jan. 20---Mazda Motorsports is proud to announce a partnership with the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA). As one of three engine manufacturers powering the race cars, Mazda racers competing within BMARA are eligible to receive parts discounts and contingency awards direct from Mazda.
       "Racing runs deep within BMARA, as it does within Mazda Motorsports," commented David Cook, Business Development Manager for Mazda Motorsports. We are happy to welcome the BMARA Mazda racers into our family, and support them along their journey."
       The Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA), founded in 1936, is the oldest active open wheel racing sanctioning body in the world. The BMARA has hosted events in six states and two countries throughout its 84 years of existence. The BMARA is one of the premier Midget Racing organizations in the world and is considered a proving ground for chassis, engines, teams and especially race car drivers.
       "We are excited to have Mazda Motorsports on board for the 84th season of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association," stated Quinn McCabe, President of the BMARA. "The Badger Midgets are in a growth period and partnering with Mazda Motorsports will only accelerate that growth."

 

 
 
 

 

POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets Unveil 2020 Schedule


 
Belleville, IL - The POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League campaign rolls out a 39-event schedule, tackling 2020 with the tour invading Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin. An action-packed 2020 includes a handful of first-time events, historic midget jewels, and traditional POWRi outings.

 
As has been tradition for the past several years, the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midgets will join up with the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midgets to open 2020 with the Seventh Annual Turnpike Challenge. A star-studded annual event, the Turnpike Challenge is the place to be as fans and drivers alike are itching to get their outdoor racing thrill.

 
Opening with Creek County Speedway on Thursday, March 26th, the National Midgets will spar with the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League for night one of four. I-44 Riverside Speedway is set to host two nights in a row with Port City Raceway rounding out the Turnpike Challenge on Sunday. Previously, everyone has been gunning for Christopher Bell, who has a total of nine TPC victories. In 2019 Bell was only able to capture one of four nights with Logan Seavey taking two and Jonathan Beason trumping Bell as the duo collided coming to the line at Port City for the TPC finale.

 
April 17th and 18th will feature the inaugural Little Rock Nationals at I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Arkansas. A facility that always has good side-by-side racing, Arkansas will get a late Easter present in the form of a double-dose of both the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget Leagues.

 
The Missouri Mid-State Midget Nationals, a fan-favorite doubleheader weekend, will kick off the month of May at Valley Speedway on May 1st and round out the weekend with the annual appearance at the title-sponsor owned Lucas Oil Speedway, labeled the "Diamond of Dirt Tracks," on May 2nd for the Open Wheel Showdown.

 
The Ninth Annual POWRi Illinois SPEED Week will again host five nights of racing. A crown jewel in its own right, POWRi Illinois SPEED Week displays some of the best midget racing in the world, attracting drivers from around the globe. Belle-Clair Speedway will once again serve as the SPEED Week opener on Wednesday, June 10th. The League will then head to Lincoln Speedway on Thursday, June 11th and then Jacksonville Speedway on Friday, June 12th before Macon Speedway on Saturday, June 13th. POWRi Illinois SPEED Week will conclude on Sunday, June 14th at Fayette County Speedway.

 
New for 2020, POWRi will invade Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, June 27th for the Class Track Mania. A solo appearance at Tri-State, this will be the first scheduled visit for the POWRi National Midgets to Tri-State since 2015.

 
Rich in heritage and tradition, Angell Park Speedway will host the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League on Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th for the 39th Annual Pepsi Nationals.

 
What has grown into a staple in the POWRi Lucas Oil National and West Midget League schedules, Valley Speedway will host the Fourth Annual Thunder in the Valley on July 11th and 12th. New for 2020, the POWRi National and West Midgets will precede Valley Speedway with a visit to Humboldt Speedway on July 10th.

 
A fan-thrilling favorite, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will host the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League alongside the World of Outlaws for the Iron Man weekend doubleheader on August 7th and 8th.

 
Other notable events include July 24 and 25 alongside the All Star Sprints at Jacksonville Speedway and Tri-City Speedway.

 
2020 will continue to be dotted with key events of the League's traditional schedule, including the Camfield Memorial at Macon Speedway on Saturday, August 22nd, the Knepper Memorial at Belle-Clair Speedway on September 5th, and the Charlene Meents Memorial on September 6th.

 
Rounding out the season, Creek County Speedway will host the Season Championship/Fall Fling for both the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget League and the POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League.  

 
For further information, visit www.powri.com, "Like" POWRi on Facebook and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter.
 
Thur, March 26* Creek County Speedway - Turnpike Challenge
Fri, March 27*   I-44 Speedway - Turnpike Challenge
Sat, March 28 *I-44 Speedway - Turnpike Challenge
Sun, March 29*Port City Raceway - Turnpike Challenge
Fri, April 17*       I-30 Speedway - Little Rock Nationals
Sat, April 18*      I-30 Speedway - Little Rock Nationals
Fri, May 1*          Valley Speedway - MO, Mid-State Midget Nationals
Sat, May 2*        Lucas Oil Speedway - Open Wheel Showdown
Sat, May 16         Macon Speedway - Midwest Season Opener
Fri, May 22          Belle-Clair Speedway
Sat, May 23         Belle-Clair Speedway - Knepper Memorial
Wed, June 10     Belle-Clair Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Thur, June 11     Lincoln Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week  
Fri, June 12         Jacksonville Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week
Sat, June 13        Macon Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week                                                          

Sun, June 14       Fayette County Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week

Sat, June 27        Tri-State Speedway - Class Track Mania
Sat, July 4            Angell Park Speedway - Pepsi Nationals
Sun, July 5           Angell Park Speedway - Pepsi Nationals
Fri, July 10*         Humboldt Speedway
Sat, July 11*       Valley Speedway - Thunder In The Valley
Sun, July 12*      Valley Speedway - Thunder In The Valley
Fri, July 24           Jacksonville Speedway - All Star Sprints
Sat, July 25          Tri-City Speedway - All Star Sprints
Fri, July 31           Belle-Clair Speedway
Sat, Aug 1            Macon Speedway                                                                        
Fri, Aug 7             I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55
Sat, Aug 8            I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55
Fri, Aug 21           Belle-Clair Speedway
Sat, Aug 22          Macon Speedway - Camfield Memorial
Sat, Sept 5*        Belle-Clair Speedway - Meents Memorial
Sun, Sept 6*       Belle-Clair Speedway - Meents Memorial
Fri, Sept 11          Jacksonville Speedway - Herb Barlow Memorial
Sat, Sept 12        Spoon River Speedway - Tom Knowles Memorial
Sat, Sept 19        Fairbury Speedway
Fri, Oct 2              Jacksonville Speedway
Sat, Oct 3             Belle-Clair Speedway
Fri, Oct 16*         Creek County Speedway - Fall Fling/Season Championship
Sat, Oct 17*        Creek County Speedway - Fall Fling/Season Championship
Co-Sanction - *POWRi West

 

 

POWRi Creates Quarter Midget League


 
POWRi is proud to announce the addition of another new league in 2020. In an effort to serve an ever-growing need within the quarter midget community, POWRi has created the POWRi Quarter Midget Racing League.
 
"We are very excited to grow our organization in a unique way," commented POWRi League owner Kenny Brown. "The direction we are heading with the quarter midget community is to allow them to run as a member-controlled organization, but with the support of POWRi Racing behind them. Our number one goal is to allow these young drivers to enjoy the sport of racing, time with their families and make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime."
 
The addition of the POWRi Quarter Midget League into the POWRi Racing organization creates tremendous value to all parties involved. From the support and unification of POWRi to the ability to help transition drivers as they age-out of quarter midgets into other Leagues. Quarter Midget racing is a perfect fit for POWRi's ladder of success.
 
At the writing of this press release, POWRi has reached agreements with the following groups: American, Baylands, Capitol, Good Times, I-70, Orange Show and Tri Valley.
 
For more information on the POWRi Quarter Midget Racing League and all POWRi related leagues, visit online at www.POWRi.com, like POWRi QMR on Facebook, and follow @POWRi_Racing on Twitter.
 
If your quarter midget club has questions or interest in being sanctioned by POWRi, please call 314-267-4944.

 

Iowa Sprint League joins the POWRi Team

 

BELLEVILLE, IL. (Dec. 23, 2019) Fresh off an outstanding Inaugural season the Iowa Sprint League looks to continue their success, as they will now be joining the Performance Open Wheel Racing Incorporated sanctioning body. With POWRi as a sanctioning body the POWRi Lucas Oil Iowa Sprint Car League will primarily run throughout the Midwest focusing on Iowa, Missouri, and parts of Illinois.

 
As the most diverse sanctioning body in the country POWRi's Kenny Brown stated "This will be a perfect opportunity for the Iowa Sprint Car League to continue to grow non-wing sprint car racing in the Heartland of the Midwest"

 
With the addition of the POWRI Lucas Oil Iowa Sprint Car League, there will now be two non-wing champions crowned as both leagues will have their own point's battle to contend for.

 
Iowa Sprint League director Joe Leer would go on to add "This is what the racer's asked for; it helps to grow the Iowa Sprint League as well as getting to race closer to home."
Final touches for the 2020 race schedule for both POWRi Lucas Oil WAR Sprint Car League and POWRi Lucas Oil Iowa Sprint Car League will be released shortly. 
 
For more information on the POWRI Lucas Oil Iowa Sprint League as well as all things POWRI related, you can find us online at www.powri.com. Like us on Facebook at POWRI or follow along on Twitter @POWRI_Racing.

 

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Schultz Honored With Rumble's David Lesiecki Award

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Must See Racing Sprint Car Series regular Charlie Schultz, one of the longest-tenured go-kart racers at the Rumble in Fort Wayne, was presented with the event’s highest honor during opening ceremonies on Saturday night.

Schultz was named as the recipient of the sixth annual David Lesiecki Award for Untiring Dedication and Devotion to Motorsports, recognizing the Lorain, Ohio veteran’s longtime commitment to both the Rumble itself and short-track auto racing as a whole.

The award was created in 2014 to honor the late Lesiecki, who passed away prior to that year’s Rumble and was instrumental in the operation and success of the quarter midget class at the event for many years.

Lesiecki‘s widow Diana and sons A.J. and Jonathan, who raced 600cc micro sprints at the Rumble for many years, have remained an active part of the Rumble community and the event’s operational success.

Diana has maintained the quarter midget program behind the scenes since David’s passing with help from 2018 Lesiecki Award recipient David Ebert, while A.J. and Jonathan transitioned over to lead the technical inspection side of the micro sprint program this year instead of racing in their own rights.

Much as they’ve continued to give their time and efforts to the Rumble, the Lesiecki family wanted to honor Schultz for doing the same and continuing to give back to the sport in numerous ways.

“My dad lived by a motto of the three Ds: determination, dedication and discipline, and this year’s recipient falls under all three of those,” noted A.J. Lesiecki. “Dedication, because he’s been with Larry Boos’ show longer than most in this building, from the Marion days to the Columbus shows to the Fort Wayne shows, to even running in 600s and at Toledo; he definitely falls under that category. Discipline, because my father always put new kids in quarter midgets if they wanted to give racing a try, and Charlie is constantly molding the younger generation and helping people learn the skills of racing fabrication. Multiple people, including myself and my brother, have come through under his guide.

“And determination, because there’s not a harder guy to race against or beat than Charlie Schultz when you’re beside him or chasing him on the race track,” Lesiecki added with a laugh. “We’re truly honored to recognize him for all he’s done in racing and at this Rumble, and to present him with this year’s David Lesiecki Award. He deserves to be right alongside the five previous recipients of my father’s award.”

Schultz is a past go-kart feature winner at the Rumble and earned a top-five finish on Saturday night in the Senior Caged division.

He was blown away, however, at being recognized by the Lesiecki family – who he’s known and remained friends with for many years – in such a manner as he was during the Rumble finale.

“Receiving this was definitely a surprise. I really had no idea it was coming,” Schultz admitted. “We were downstairs and everyone was like, ‘Come on, let’s go upstairs for opening ceremonies,’ and we were standing over (in turn four) watching and listen to A.J. talk, and he was getting pretty choked up, which I can definitely understand. But when they called my name, it definitely took me by surprise.

“David was a very close friend, almost like a second dad to me. We had our fights, and we had arguments, but he was the guy that would go out of his way, not just for me … but for anybody in racing,” Schultz recalled. “He got so many kids started in quarter midgets and just gave them an opportunity to get that spark for racing ignited, to love the sport like he did. He did so much for me that to this day I still run a sticker in memory of David Lesiecki on my kart and my other race cars.

“It means a lot just to receive this award. I love the Lesiecki family and this is a really special moment for me.”

Past recipients of the David Lesiecki Award include John Ivy (2014), Doc Hathaway (2015), Larry Cleveland (2016), Joe Liguori (2017) and David Ebert (2018).

 

Lucas Oil Raceway To Host Non-Points, Non-Winged MSR Sprint

 

HOLLY, Mich. – The Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro will host one of the most unique events in tour history at one of the Midwest’s most well-known facilities next season.

Announced Wednesday in advance of the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show in Indianapolis, Must See Racing will headline the inaugural Indy Summer Nationals, June 18-20 at Lucas Oil Raceway.

The three-day mega event will feature a host of drag racing on the LOR drag strip, while the Saturday night portion of the program will star the warriors of Must See Racing in a special non-points, non-winged showdown on the .686-mile oval.

Must See Racing will utilize Little 500 rules for the Lucas Oil special event, with the winner taking home a $4,000 payout from a purse of nearly $25,000 in total.

The Indy Summer Nationals will mark the first non-winged event in the history of the decade-old winged asphalt sprint car sanctioning body, a challenge and opportunity that MSR Founder and President Jim Hanks is eager to tackle next summer.

“Must See Racing has always prided itself on innovation, competition and entertainment for our fans, drivers and sponsor partners through the years, and we feel that we have all three of those boxes checked with the huge Indy Summer Nationals event coming up in June,” Hanks said. “We’ve put on some of the most exciting winged sprint car racing on pavement in the country over the last decade, and we hope to do the same with this special non-winged event at Lucas Oil Raceway, one of the premier facilities in the country. We look forward to the unique challenge that non-winged racing provides and showcasing that spectacle to our fans on June 20 during the Indy Summer Nationals.”

National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame inductee Tom Bigelow will serve as the grand marshal of the oval-track portion of the Indy Summer Nationals.
 

Bigelow was the 1978 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series champion and 1984 NOS Energy Drink USAC National Midget Series champion.

He also raced in parts of 17 different Indy car seasons, with nine straight Indianapolis 500 appearances between 1974 and 1982 and a best finish in The Greatest Spectacle in Racing of sixth in 1977.

Joining the Must See Racing-sanctioned non-winged sprint cars on the Indy Summer Nationals oval-track card will be the Midwest Supermodified Series, the Midwest Compact Touring Series and the Super Cup Stock Car Series.

The Must See Racing portion of the Indy Summer Nationals will be taped for television broadcast on MAVTV as part of the award-winning SPEED SPORT presented by WorkAtHendrick.com series, hosted by industry veteran and SPEED SPORT President Ralph Sheheen.

“SPEED SPORT is thrilled to be working with Must See Racing and Jim Hanks for a fourth season in 2020, as we showcase these incredibly fast cars and talented drivers on our SPEED SPORT presented by WorkAtHendrick.com series on MAVTV,” said Sheheen. “Each year, we've had a new and exciting Must See event to cover and 2020 is no exception, as the series heads to the famed Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. We can't wait to add this venue to the already impressive lineup of Must See events we’ve broadcast on national television!”

For more information on Must See Racing, visit www.mustseeracing.com

 

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2020 Badger Midget Auto Racing Association Schedule

Saturday May 9      Sycamore Speedway (Sycamore, IL)

Sunday May 17       Angell Park Speedway (Sun Prairie, WI)
Saturday May 23     Sycamore Speedway

Sunday May 31       Angell Park Speedway

Saturday June 6     Sycamore Speedway

Sunday June 7        Angell Park Speedway
Sunday June 21      Angell Park Speedway
Saturday June 27   Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Sunday June 28      Angell Park Speedway

Saturday July 4       Angell Park Speedway
Sunday July 5         Angell Park Speedway

Saturday July 18     Sycamore Speedway
Sunday July 19       Angell Park Speedway
Friday July 31         TBA

Saturday Aug 1       Plymouth Dirt Track (Plymouth, WI)

Sunday Aug 2         Angell Park Speedway

Saturday Aug. 8      Sycamore Speedway
Sunday Aug. 16      Angell Park Speedway

Saturday Aug. 22    Sycamore Speedway

Sunday Aug. 23      Angell Park Speedway

Saturday Sept. 5    Sycamore Speedway

Sunday Sept. 6       Angell Park Speedway

Saturday Sept. 12   Plymouth Dirt Track

Saturday Sept. 26  Sycamore Speedway

 

Thur, March 26* Creek County Speedway - Turnpike Challenge

Fri, March 27*   I-44 Speedway - Turnpike Challenge

Sat, March 28 *I-44 Speedway - Turnpike Challenge

Sun, March 29*Port City Raceway - Turnpike Challenge

Fri, April 17*       I-30 Speedway - Little Rock Nationals

Sat, April 18*      I-30 Speedway - Little Rock Nationals

Fri, May 1*          Valley Speedway - MO, Mid-State Midget Nationals

Sat, May 2*        Lucas Oil Speedway - Open Wheel Showdown

Sat, May 16         Macon Speedway - Midwest Season Opener

Fri, May 22          Belle-Clair Speedway

Sat, May 23         Belle-Clair Speedway - Knepper Memorial

Wed, June 10     Belle-Clair Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week

Thur, June 11     Lincoln Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week  

Fri, June 12         Jacksonville Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week

Sat, June 13        Macon Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week                                                                                        Sun, June 14       Fayette County Speedway - Illinois SPEED Week

Sat, June 27        Tri-State Speedway - Class Track Mania

Sat, July 4            Angell Park Speedway - Pepsi Nationals

Sun, July 5           Angell Park Speedway - Pepsi Nationals

Fri, July 10*         Humboldt Speedway

Sat, July 11*       Valley Speedway - Thunder In The Valley

Sun, July 12*      Valley Speedway - Thunder In The Valley

Fri, July 24           Jacksonville Speedway - All Star Sprints

Sat, July 25          Tri-City Speedway - All Star Sprints

Fri, July 31           Belle-Clair Speedway

Sat, Aug 1            Macon Speedway                                                                        

Fri, Aug 7             I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55

Sat, Aug 8            I-55 Raceway - Iron Man 55

Fri, Aug 21           Belle-Clair Speedway

Sat, Aug 22          Macon Speedway - Camfield Memorial

Sat, Sept 5*        Belle-Clair Speedway - Meents Memorial

Sun, Sept 6*       Belle-Clair Speedway - Meents Memorial

Fri, Sept 11          Jacksonville Speedway - Herb Barlow Memorial

Sat, Sept 12        Spoon River Speedway - Tom Knowles Memorial

Sat, Sept 19        Fairbury Speedway

Fri, Oct 2              Jacksonville Speedway

Sat, Oct 3             Belle-Clair Speedway

Fri, Oct 16*         Creek County Speedway - Fall Fling/Season Championship

Sat, Oct 17*        Creek County Speedway - Fall Fling/Season Championship

Co-Sanction - *POWRi West

 

 

 

   

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