"Hall of Fame Classic" may be added to 2005

USAC National Midgets Targeting 2005 "Hall of Fame Classic" at Angell Park The USAC National Midget Car Series is making preliminary plans to be involved in one of America's premiere 2005 short-track motorsports weekends. ...

USAC National Midgets Targeting 2005 "Hall of Fame Classic" at Angell Park

The USAC National Midget Car Series is making preliminary plans to be involved in one of America's premiere 2005 short-track motorsports weekends.

Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wisc., the "home" of Midget racing as a 1/3-mile dirt track since World War II, will host its annual "Hall of Fame Midget Classic" the weekend of August 27-28 and USAC is making plans to conduct a National event as part of the weekend activities. In addition the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association also conducts a full program of events as part of the weekend schedule.

The event coincides with the annual National Midget Hall of Fame inductions. Angell Park, which celebrated its centennial last year, is the site of the Hall of Fame, which honors those involved in the sport of Midget Auto Racing and witnesses four inductions per year.

The 2005 "Hall of Fame Classic" would continue a great tradition of USAC racing at the historic oval.

USAC has conducted a pair of Ford Focus Midget races at Angell Park in 2004, Tate Martz of Rushville, Ind. claiming both victories.

Larry Rice, the USAC driving champion who has earned reknown as a race broadcaster and analyst in recent years, captured USAC's initial race at Angell Park, on August 30, 1970. The 2005 "Hall of Fame Classic" will mark 35 years to the week since that first race. In the ensuing years, numerous drivers have posted USAC victories at the oval. USAC "Triple Crown Champion" J.J. Yeley won USAC's last National race at Angell Park, a Sprint car feature, in 2002.

"We are extremely excited about the "Hall of Fame Classic," said USAC President/CEO Rollie Helmling. "USAC served as the curator for the National Midget Hall of Fame from its debut until its position as a fixture at Angell Park. We obviously would be proud to be involved in not only this race but the accompanying induction ceremonies, which in the past have included so many USAC champions and participants. Race fans will be able to enjoy the best Midget racing competition available in America on this night and we anticipate this becoming an annual keystone event for our series."

Les McBurney, the Angell Park race organizer, echoed Mr. Helmling's sentiments: "This is a natural tie, for Badger and USAC to combine for this memorable weekend. Our race fans would be treated to the finest Midget racing in the country, featuring the top drivers in the land, and the "Hall of Fame Classic" will certainly take its place alongside America's premiere short-track motorsports events."

USAC's involvement in the "Hall of Fame Classic" is in negotiation and is expected to be finalized as the 2004 racing season continues to unfold. More details about this great auto racing weekend will be released as they become firm.

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