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2023 Rumble in Ft. wayne


 
RUMBLE 25 KICKS OFF WITH HUGE PRACTICE NIGHT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Dec. 29, 2023) – The silver running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne got underway Thursday evening inside Allen County War Memorial Coliseum with one of the busiest practice nights in recent memory.

Headlined by 37 national midget entries, more than 200 race cars across 19 different classes took at least one timed lap around the sixth-mile concrete oval during a pair of sessions on the Coliseum floor.

Joe Liguori, the third-generation racer who has done everything but park his No. 8up midget in Rumble victory lane, turned one of the fastest laps of the day of 8.147 seconds during the first practice session.

Liguori felt so good about his race car that he elected to sit out the final session, noting with a smile that “the track is going to change anyways” throughout the weekend.

“We’re always decent on practice night here. We never really try to chase the racetrack,” Liguori noted. “This year, Larry (Boos) and his crew have given us a really racy surface so far … so I think you’ll see that as the weekend goes on.

“We were really good here last year, and we made a few changes over the summer to make the car a little better. Cap (Henry) was second in both sessions with our team car, so I think that’s a good omen for this whole camp and we’re really hoping it translates into results on Friday and Saturday when it counts.”

Ryan “Skip” Flores, one of the tire changers for recent NASCAR Cup Series champion Ryan Blaney, set the fastest overall practice time at 7.799 seconds during the final session.

– While some racers come to the Rumble in Fort Wayne fresh off a busy outdoor motorsports season, 18-year-old Grant Valkner is one of the Rumble racers who only gets to compete once a year.

Valkner, whose younger brother races quarter midgets nationally through the summer, competes in the non-winged 600 micro sprint class in Fort Wayne and tipped that his Rumble sojourns each winter are some of his favorite memories and experiences.

“That’s what makes this place so special; it’s just a melting pot of different racing backgrounds,” Valkner said. “You’ve got people like Joe (Liguori) or John Ivy who race week in and week out during the summer, and then there’s some folks like me where this is our one shot to pull the car out and have some fun. My dad wants to give my brother the same opportunity to try and advance (in racing) that I had when I was growing up, and I’m fine with that and comfortable with where I’m at now.

“If this is my one chance a year to go and have fun in a race car, I always tell people that it’s a pretty fun one to get to choose. There’s nothing else like racing in this building.”

– Tony Stewart may not be racing his familiar Our Gang Poker No. 2 during this weekend’s Rumble, but that didn’t mean that he wasn’t plugged into the happenings inside the Coliseum.

The three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and soon-to-be NHRA Top Fuel rookie arrived on the scene, as he’d previously planned, just before the first round of national midget practice Thursday.

Stewart was on hand watching as supermodified ace Joey Payne and famed Munchkin fabricator Mike Fedorcak wheeled two of Tony Stewart Racing’s indoor midgets during the pair of hot lap sessions.

He smiled as he reminisced with friends and fans alike, but was quick to note that “it’s a lot less fun when I’m not racing,” as he continues to recover from a recent shoulder surgery.

– One of the bigger storylines entering the silver edition of the Rumble is the absence of several notable names from the national midget entry list.

In addition to Stewart, multi-time winners Billy Wease (five) and Justin Peck (three) are not competing at the Coliseum this weekend. Peck is racing his Buch Motorsports sprint car in Australia this winter.

– Thursday’s practice night was a relatively tidy affair, going green at 4:30 p.m. ET sharp and taking the final checkered flag just after 9:40 p.m.

Thirty-eight practice groups over a span of five hours and 10 minutes, with no major incidents during the evening, was something that promoter Larry Boos later noted “is exactly what we like to see.”

– Nearly 300 total entries are expected when the first day of racing kicks off at 11 a.m. ET Friday.

Live coverage of the weekend’s action can be viewed through Pit Row TV, part of the SPEED SPORT Network.

PHOTO CAPTION:    Overview of 1/6 mile race track inside of Allen County War Memorial Coliseum for Rumble in Fort Wayne        Jacob Seelman photo
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25 YEARS AGO, THE GOAL WAS TO RETURN INDOOR RACING TO FORT WAYNE

Tony Barhorst and Jack Calabrase Seized the Opportunity With the Completion of the Expo Center

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 27, 2023) – “Returning indoor racing to prominence at the Memorial Coliseum” was the goal that Ohio native Tony Barhorst announced when he and Jack Calabrase joined forces to present their first Rumble in Fort Wayne in 1998. This weekend, Dec. 29 and 30, will mark the silver anniversary of that venture that has indeed kept Fort Wayne, and the Memorial Coliseum in the forefront of the off-season indoor racing.

 

Continued Barhorst, “Jack and I were aware of the history of indoor racing on the hockey rink floor of the Coliseum, which came to an end in 1989 as construction began on the adjoining Expo Center. He owned the popular NAMARS Midget group, and I came from a promotionally oriented family, so the two of us got together after seeing the completion of the Expo Center and agreed that it was time to get the wheels back turning during the winter in Fort Wayne.”

 

It took several weeks of banter between the two before it was finally determined that the duo would tackle the venture which has turned into a welcome and anticipated mid-winter event for starved race fans.

 

It was a challenge, for sure. “The biggest obstacle for me was literally constructing a race track on an empty concrete floor inside of a massive building. Concrete barriers and fencing with posts and cable had to be obtained and trucked in,” recalled Barhorst.

 

It was Russ Gamester winning the final event on the hockey floor in 1989 and Tony Ellliott capturing the first race inside the Expo Centers in 1998.   The daring venture has survived. 

 

“Special moments that stand out are when Tony Stewart came in to observe and ended up competing when John Heydenreich let him borrow his Wild Goose midget,” remembers Barhorst. “We started Tony as a promoter’s option at the rear of the field. The feature was 100 laps back then, and Tony sliced his way through traffic to take the lead. The exhibition brought a tear to the eye of many a veteran driver watching. However, he hit an infield tire and flipped the car on lap 64. Tony Elliott went on to win his 2nd in a row of the first two races in 1998 and 1999.”

 

Tony Barhorst sold his dream to Larry Boos in 2015, who continues the Ft. Wayne tradition into this year’s 25th round, with two full days and nights of action presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales on the purpose-built 1/6-mile concrete oval inside of the Expo Center.

 

Both Tony and Larry agreed, “these are special moments: watching the Quarter Midget, Kart, 600cc Midget and even young Midget drivers competing indoors, in Fort Wayne as they forge their way to NASCAR, USAC, World of Outlaw and other notable series.”

 

Tickets for the race may be purchased on race days at the Coliseum. Complete event information may be found on the Rumble’s website www.rumbleinfortwayne.com and for those unable to attend in person, the event will be live-streamed on Pit Row TV.

 


FORT WAYNE MAYOR HONORS RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE WITH PROCLAMATION

Mayor Henry Proclaims Friday – December 29, 2023 – Rumble in Fort Wayne Day

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 26, 2023) – With a rich heritage of indoor racing dating back to January 1953, no other city has hosted more such events than Fort Wayne, Indiana. In recognition of that fete, along with the silver anniversary running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Expo Center, Mayor Thomas Henry has proclaimed Friday, December 29 as ‘Rumble in Fort Wayne Day’.

 

Fort Wayne’s indoor racing began with the construction of the War Memorial Coliseum in 1953, with events staged on the tight hockey rink-sized oval through 1989.  A short hiatus followed while the Expo Center annex was being constructed and in 1998, indoor racing returned in a larger, more modern facility under the leadership of Tony Barhorst and Jack Calabrase and the new name of Rumble in Fort Wayne. In 2015, Barhorst turned the Rumble over to Larry Boos, who continues as the mentor leading into this year’s December 29 and 30 running.

 

The prestigious proclamation from the Office of the Mayor, City of Fort Wayne reads….

 

WHEREAS, auto racing is one of the most popular sports in all the world and few places on planet Earth are more known for its auto racing heritage than the great state of Indiana; and

WHEREAS, since 1953, the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and the City of Fort Wayne have played host to more indoor auto races than any other venue or city in the world, including the first-ever event for the United States Auto Club in 1956; and

WHEREAS, with the creation of the RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE in 1998, founders Tony Barhorst and Jack Calabrase, resurrected the rich tradition and history of the original Indoor Midget Races by moving them from the Coliseum Arena to its current and permanent home in the Coliseum Expo Center; and

WHEREAS, over its history, the RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE has brought over 100,000 fans to Fort Wayne to see stars like Tony Stewart, Mel Kenyon, Dave Darland, Russ Gamester, and the late Tony Elliott, while also helping launch the careers of young racers such as: Austin Prock, Erik Jones, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, and Emerson Axsom, and

WHEREAS, the RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE, under the current stewardship of Larry Boos, is celebrating 25 years of enriching the lives of Fort Wayne area fans, and the worldwide television audience, by providing both world-class auto racing thrills and family entertainment along with a platform for hundreds of veterans and young race drivers to pursue their dreams and enjoy a moment in the national spotlight;

NOW, THEREFORE, I THOMAS C. HENRY, Mayor of the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, do hereby proclaim December 29, 2023, as 25th RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE DAY in Fort Wayne, encouraging all citizens to duly note this occasion.


RUMBLE RETURNS TO PIT ROW TV OVER NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND

Third Consecutive Year of Streaming Coverage For Those Unable to Attend in Person

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 26, 2023) – For the third consecutive year, the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales returns to Pit Row TV for digital viewing worldwide, Dec. 29 and 30. Featuring non-stop action of racing both days on the purpose-built 1/6 mile concrete oval inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, both days of action will be carried in their entirety.

 

“I was always hesitant about broadcasting the Rumble because I wanted it to be done right,” said Larry Boos, promoter of the event. “We have found that partner in Pit Row TV, who has long contributed to raising the bar in motorsports streaming broadcasts. For the past two years of this relationship, we had a fantastic crowd for the race in person as well as folks from all across the country viewing via the streaming. We look forward to duplicating that again this year over New Year’s weekend.”

 

An affiliate of SPEED SPORT TV, Pit Row TV offers fans ease of use through the platform with plenty of added features, including replays of past Rumble events.

 

“The Rumble in Fort Wayne is such a unique event – it’s easy to understand why it has such prestige among racers around the entire country,” said Tony Stevens from Pit Row TV. “We’ve been a fan of this event for a few years and are pleased to produce it for those watching on television again. If you’re anything like us, there’s not much better that enjoying one of the indoor racing season’s crown jewels to see the old year off and welcome a new year of racing action in.”

 

The silver anniversary Rumble in Fort Wayne broadcasts can be found by logging onto www.PitRow.tv or www.speedsport.tv. Pit Row TV also has additional ways to enjoy their broadcasts, including popular apps such as Amazon Fire TV, Android and Apple iOS devices, with installation links and instructions at PitRow.tv/watch.

 

Complete racing programs will be staged Friday (Dec. 29) and Saturday (Dec. 30) with Midgets, winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, Quarter Midgets and multiple divisions of kart racing. Tickets for the Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales sponsored event are available race day or in advance through any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum box office. Complete event information may be found at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com.

 


 

JUST AS RACE TEAMS EXPERIMENT, RUMBLE STAFF IS SET TO EXPERIMENT AS WELL

Continuing Changing Track Conditions Have Become a Challenge

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 23, 2023) – Experimentation is one of the fundamentals of any successful racing program. Race teams continually challenge themselves with suspension set-ups, tire compound choice and even driver changes.  That desire to address challenge has transferred over to the Rumble in Fort Wayne management team, as for the first time in recent memory, the racing surface is being tackled during this year’s silver anniversary running of the race, December 29 and 30.

 

“Don’t get me wrong, the racing inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum is good,” stated promoter Larry Boos, “but it is lacking the side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel action that once graced the syrup covered 1/6 mile concrete oval, and we want to try and bring that back.”

 

The racers have noted that even though the track is concrete it is akin to dirt track racing, with the track conditions continually changing through the course of the long day of action that features Midget, winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, Go-Karts and Quarter Midgets. 

 

Veteran dirt-track Sprint Car racer John Ivy (Fremont, OH) races in multiple divisions at the Rumble and noted “every time we hit the track; we just have to chase the rubber. What was there one race, will be completely gone the next time we are out there. It is the same thing that we hunt during the summer. Yes, it is a challenge, and it gets frustrating but that is what racing is all about; it gets exciting for us drivers and the fans like.  I like this new approach being tested”

 

“After watching the excitement of the racing action during the Atlantic City Indoor Championships, we approached Len and Davey (Sammons) and asked them what they did to the surface,” said Boos. “They were very gracious and willing to share as much information as possible to help us. So, we are taking that newly found knowledge and putting it to test.”

 

The base will remain soda pop syrup but will be layered throughout the weekend with a liquid rosin product like what is used at dragstrips throughout the Nation.  The rosin is easy to apply and becomes ‘race-ready’ instantly.

 

“This new process will be initially tested during Thursday evening’s (Dec. 28) optional practice sessions, as we apply and test it. The word of this testing has spread among the teams and they are anxious. We all are.”

 

Friday and Saturday each feature full racing programs for all of the divisions, with the Karts and Quarter Midgets highlighted during the afternoon, while the Midgets and 600’s are showcased in the evening session. Tickets for the Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales sponsored event are available race-day.

 


 

‘TALL’ TREY OSBORNE HOPING FOR 2023 OUTDOOR MOMENTUM AT RUMBLE

“I just want to make my presence known. I want to win – not suck.”

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 18, 2023) – At 6’8”, Trey Osborne has never been hard to notice in the pit area, but when it came to being on track behind the wheel of a race car, the 20-year-old Quarter Midget graduate had been relatively unnoticed. That all changed during the 2023 racing season and ‘Tall Trey’ is hoping to transition that momentum to this year’s Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales, December 29 and 30.

 

Osborne will again be behind the wheel of a Kenyon Midget owned and prepared by the legendary Kenyon brothers, Mel, and Don.  “When I was 12, we were doing some shop tours and while visiting the Kenyon’s, something just clicked. The two of them seemed to be very interested in me. A strong friendship developed, and soon thereafter, I was driving their Kenyon Midget,” stated Osborne.

 

While running on a low budget, Osborne single-handedly embarked on a Sprint Car campaign this season. He would arrive at the track in a pick-up that one wouldn’t think could travel another mile, and the car sat on an open trailer. There were no sponsors on the car and no fancy graphics. “I just put the money where it was needed – in the race car,” quipped the lanky red-head.

 

He was able to parlay his commitment and enthusiasm into a trio of feature wins throughout the Hoosier state. He caught the eye of multiple team owners and has since picked up some notable rides for 202. He will be gunning for a pair of USAC (United States Auto Club) Rookie of the Year titles (Sprint and Silver Crown).

 

“Now I just want to make my presence known at the Rumble,” Osborne stated determinedly.  “I’ve been with the Kenyon’s four years at Fort Wayne, and in 3 of those years, I failed to make the feature either night. The 2021 race weekend was good, though. We finished 6th the first night and 4th the second. But I want to change that, I want to win, not suck.”

 

“I had some good runs with the Quarter Midget at Fort Wayne, where I learned to be smooth and aggressive at the same time. I need to apply those moves to my Midget.”

 

Osborne will have two opportunities to move the Kenyon brothers into victory lane. Complete racing programs will be staged Friday (Dec. 29) and Saturday (Dec. 30) nights as the Rumble in Fort Wayne celebrates its silver anniversary.

 

Joining the Midgets both nights will be winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets, Quarter Midgets and multiple divisions of kart racing.


SECOND SHIFT MOTORSPORTS TO HONOR RUMBLE QUARTER MIDGET RISING STAR

One Driver Among Over 60 Entries Will Be Recognized For Their Outstanding Driving Skills

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 16, 2023) – Second Shift Motorsports will be sponsoring this year’s Rising Star Award for the Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midget competition at the Rumble in Fort Wayne December 29 and 30.

 

As one of the many divisions of racing that makes up the unique indoor racing action at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Quarter Midgets showcase the youth movement as they begin their journey into auto racing. Drivers competing in the event range from five through sixteen and represent many area clubs that feature Quarter Midget outdoors during the summer months. 

 

However, the action at the Rumble (presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales) is a completely different challenge. The racing oval is nearly twice as big as a traditional Quarter Midget configuration. With this  increased size comes much faster speeds that require keen reflexes and much more concentration.

 

For this, the Rising Star Award was created. It will showcase one driver among the over 60 entrants that best demonstrates a response to these challenges, as selected by a special committee of voters.

 

“We, at Second Shift Motorsports, are excited to be a part of the Rumble,” commented company vice president Jami Goslee. “Quarter Midget racing allows children to participate in a sport that motivates them to achieve personal success. We are here to help ensure their success, starting with the car prep to providing coaching for the driver. Sponsoring the Rising Star Award for this year’s Baker Racing Engines Rumble Quarter Midgets aligns with our company goals of watching children grow and help them reach their racing dreams.”

 

Joining the Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets in full racing programs Dec. 29 and 30 will be Midgets, winged and non-winged 600cc Midgets and multiple divisions of kart racing.

 

 


 

ECONOMY AUTO PARTS RETURNS TO SUPPORT CLONE KARTING AT RUMBLE

 

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 16, 2023) – Economy Auto Parts of Fort Wayne will be returning to this year’s December 29 and 30 silver anniversary running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales as sponsor of three clone engine divisions of kart racing.

 

As a family owned and operated full service salvage yard, Economy Auto Parts has been servicing the Fort Wayne market since 1949 with new and used auto parts, and has been supporting the Rumble kart racing program for over five years.

 

Under the Economy banner this year will be the 330, 360 and 400 clone kart divisions, with the numbers representing the minimum weight requirement for each class.

 

For the clones, the highlight of the weekend will be Saturday’s running of the John Limbacher Memorial race for 360 clones, with a $2,000 payday at stake.

 

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.   


 

JOHN LIMBACHER MEMORIAL TO HIGHLIGHT RUMBLE KART RACING MENU

$2,000 Top Prize Awaits 360 Clone Division as Kluck Hopes to Repeat

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 14, 2023)  - One of the most anticipated events on the go-karting menu each year at the Rumble in Fort Wayne will be repeated in 2024, with the running of the John Limbacher Memorial Race.  Contested by the 360 Clone division of karts, the Limbacher family is posting a $2,000 top prize for the race as it enters is 6th annual running Saturday, December 30.

 

“Dad’s business, Limbacher Extreme Power, was highly respected in the go-kart circle and he loved the on-track competition level of the karts.  With $2,000 on the line for the winner, it certainly ups the ante on competition, and I’m sure dad is proud of what we are doing to carry on his legacy,” commented John’s son Jon.

 

“Each of the past five Limbacher Memorials have wowed the crowd with intense racing, and I expect this year to be the same,” continued the young Limbacher. “This is such a great tribute to Dad. Heading to the Rumble each year was the highlight of his racing season. After he passed in 2017, our family created this event as a memory to the great times.”

 

Shawn Kluck (Fremont, OH) comes into the fray as the driver to beat.  As the only karter to capture more than one Limbacher check, Kluck is the defending champion with back-to-back wins.  Jack Shelley (Okeana, OH) wheeled to victory in the initial running of the prestigious race, followed in successive years by Dustin Heath (Morris, IL) and Philip Schneider (Wapakoneta, OH).

 

“The Limbacher Memorial is one of the biggest karting events each year and highly respected by racers from throughout the Midwest,” stated Kluck. “It pits the best of the best against each other in brawny wheel-to-wheel racing, only inches apart with supreme respect for each other as we chase for the checkered flag, trophy and most importantly $2,000.”

 

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.                     

 

 


 

GO KART RACING TO REMAIN AS INTEGRAL PART OF RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE

“You’re an inch off the ground, circling a 1/6th mile oval in seven seconds”….Nick Welch

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 5, 2023) – Go kart racing has been an integral component of the diverse Rumble in Fort Wayne program and will remain so as the silver anniversary of the event unfolds December 29 and 30 inside the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.  Often overshadowed by the various Midget divisions, the go kart classes have traditionally captivated the fans with their harrowing speeds and intense competition on the purpose-built concrete oval.

 

“There is no other racing like it in America,” offered Nick Welch (Brownsburg, IN), who has competed in the event and now serves as crew chief for several teams. “You’re an inch off the ground, circling a 1/6th mile oval in seven seconds; all while side by side with your competition and both of you trying to keep all 4 tires on the ground.”

 

With the racing surface consisting of racing rubber built up over a syrup base, the set-up needed for victory can be difficult.

 

Shawn Kluck (Fremont, OH), a multi-time kart winner at the Rumble agreed. “It is by far the most grueling, technical, and prestigious race when it comes to coke syrup racing. That is the lure that attracts the best concrete racers in the Nation to gather in a battle against not only each other, but against the track, to hold the checkered flag and bragging rights for a full year.”

 

Multiple classes make up the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales kart line-up; with drivers ranging from four-years-old to fifty and above.  When thinking of go karts, some folks immediately think of yard karts or amusement park rides, but competition go kart racing is the furthest thing from that.  

 

The drivers are serious, yet cautious as the open-wheel nature and speeds can produce unyielding action on the track. “It is a one-of-the-kind atmosphere on the racetrack. Winning at the Rumble is like nothing else you can do in kart racing,” chimed in Jakeb Boxell (Zanesville, IN), who will be seeking his second Rumble victory this year.

 

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.

 


Complete event information will be outlined at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com.

LIGUORI FRUSTRATED BUT DETERMINED TO GRAB RUMBLE VICTORY

With a Run of 16 Straight Starts, 3rd Generation Driver Isn’t Giving Up

 Chuck Reed

FORT WAYNE, IN (December 3, 2023) – It isn’t for lack of effort or desire, but rather a lack of luck that third generation driver Joe Liguori hasn’t ventured into the Rumble in Fort Wayne victory circle. “I have been leaving the Rumble every year since 2007 saying, maybe one day I’ll win that race,” remarked the Lebanon, IN driver.

 

“Each year, as I mail in my entry form, I say to myself, maybe this is the year, and our team gets to work in preparation of the challenge,” continued Liguori.

 

He will get two more chances at the end of the month, when the annual indoor racing event returns to the massive Allen County War Memorial Coliseum December 29 and 30.  He will be in the mix on the purpose-built concrete oval with his trusty Cliff Jacobs chassis that was built in 1990.  The chassis has been highly modified and updated through the years to keep up with the competitive nature of indoor racing.  

 

With a total of 30 Rumble appearances and 16 consecutive A-Main starts to his credit, Liguori’s stats reflect three top-three, eight top-five and 16 top-ten finishes. But when it comes to wins, the score remains at 0.  The frustrations continued last year, as Liguori was handily leading the feature race and in strong contention for that elusive win until a collision with one of the infield marker tires ended his run.

 

“I was very upset at the time, but at the end of the night, I was back to being me – head up and smiling,” reflected Liguori. “I have tried nearly everything to change my luck, and it has become somewhat of a standing joke among my racing friends. This year, I had foam can coolers imprinted with ‘0X Rumble Winner’ on them. I sure hope they become outdated quickly.”

 

Following the footsteps of his popular grandfather, Ralphie ‘the racer’ and dad Frank, Joe is keeping the Liguori racing heritage moving forward. He will be taking the familiar ‘8up’ machine to Fort Wayne this month with sponsorship help from Sunshine Trailer Park, Power Cool Manufacturing, Indy Power Coating, Brand X, Penske Shocks and Keizer Wheels.

 

Each day of the Rumble in Fort Wayne presented by Jason Dietsch Trailer Sales (Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30) features a full program of Midgets, Winged and Non-Winged 600cc Midgets, Baker Racing Engines Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts in the 25th running of the popular off-season event.

 

Complete event information will be outlined at www.rumbleinfortwayne.com.

 

 

 

 


 

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