10TH RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE MIDGETS DECEMBER 28-29 Race organizer Tony Barhorst's 10th Annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" is scheduled December 28-29 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. The only "indoor" event on...
10TH RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE MIDGETS DECEMBER 28-29
Race organizer Tony Barhorst's 10th Annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" is scheduled December 28-29 at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. The only "indoor" event on the USAC calendar features USAC Midgets in a pair of 60-lap feature events on the 1/6-mile concrete oval.
The event also features Winged 600 cc Midgets, Go Karts, Slingshots, Quarter Midgets and Junior Sprints, with prelims at 1:30 pm, quarter-midget features starting at 5:15 pm, followed by an autograph session from 6-6:45 and Midget racing at 7 pm.
Hoosier Tire has announced it will continue to manufacture the special indoor tires they have produced since the 1980s and advance orders are being taken by Hoosier Tire distributor Don Kenyon until Nov. 16 at 765-482-4273.
USAC National, Regional, Ford Focus and Kenyon cars are welcomed as part of the USAC Midget racing program, as has been the case each year.
Tony Stewart, one of only four USAC "Triple Crown Champions" in the club's 52-year history, won both Fort Wayne indoor features last year. Other Midget winners at Fort Wayne since USAC began sanction in 2004 have been Dave Darland and Rich Corson.
The Fort Wayne races continue a tradition of USAC indoor racing which started with USAC's inaugural event in 1956, a race won by Gene Hartley at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum, located adjacent to the 2007 venue. In the ensuing years, USAC has conducted a total of 162 indoor races at venues from Norfolk, Va. to San Francisco, Calif. Included have been races at the Houston Astrodome, the Toronto Skydome, San Francisco's Cow Palace, the Seattle Kingdome, Salt Lake City's Salt Palace, Louisville's Freedom Hall, the Indianapolis RCA Dome and Chicago's Rosemont Horizon and Amphitheater.
The late Rich Vogler won 10 times indoors, while Sleepy Tripp won nine and Gary Bettenhausen won eight. Mel Kenyon, who may compete again at Fort Wayne, won six, as did Bob Wente.
Participants and fans are reminded that an entry form, hotel racers rates, ticket and event info can be obtained e-mailing Tony Barhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the rumbleseries.com website, or calling 317-418-3216.