Atlantic City Indoor Racing final preview

Billy Pauch teaming with TQ Midget star Don Adams for Atlantic City Indoor Race. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ~ Billy Pauch's plans for this Saturday night's Atlantic City Indoor Race at Boardwalk Hall are now set. And make no mistake: the Northeast ...

Billy Pauch teaming with TQ Midget star Don Adams for Atlantic City Indoor Race.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. ~ Billy Pauch's plans for this Saturday night's Atlantic City Indoor Race at Boardwalk Hall are now set.

And make no mistake: the Northeast short-track superstar is confident the deal he's landed will make him a strong contender to win the first Three-Quarter Midget event held inside the seaside venue since 1981. The historic race is sponsored in part by Budweiser, Sunoco Race Fuels, Neptune Research and the Green Flag Driving Experience.

Pauch, 45, of Frenchtown, N.J., is settled in as a teammate to Don Adams, an established TQ Midget standout from Robbinsville, N.J.

"I like my chances," said Pauch, who begins the 2003 season just four victories away from hitting the 600 mark for his career. "I know I have a quality car, and working with a guy like Don who knows so much about TQ Midgets will be a big help."

Pauch will drive a brand-new Lindblad TQ from Adams' AM Racing stable. A Suzuki engine built by Rudy Boetticher Sr. sits under the car's hood. The car spent the past weekend on display in the ATQMRA booth during Motorsports 2003 at the Fort Washington (Pa.) Expo Center. It was unpainted until late in the show when decals of Pauch's familiar No. 1 were placed on its hood.

Pauch took the car back to his shop following the close of the show on Sunday night. He was planning to work on it for a couple days before conferring with Adams on Thursday to install a final setup.

The Pauch/Adams combination will certainly challenge the pairing of Supermodified stars Lou Cicconi Jr. and Joey Payne for the title of Most Formidable Two-Car Team in the Atlantic City event. Pauch, of course, is one of the country's most versatile racers, and Adams is well known in TQ circles as a seven-time ATQMRA champion.

Adams will drive a very proven car in A.C. It's a 21-year-old Linblad machine owned by Alan Mollet, who is acknowledged as the winningest car owner in the history of indoor TQ racing at Boardwalk Hall (1965-81). Despite the car's age, Adams has no doubt it can reach Victory Lane at the end of Saturday's 40-lap feature.

"It's a real good piece that I've got a lot of wins with," said Adams. "I know it works, and I can't wait to get out there and race it." ***** Upstate New York Micro-Sprint builder Gary King has announced that DIRT Modified star Tim McCreadie will be the driver of the 600c Micro-Sprint he's constructed specifically to take on the TQ Midgets in this weekend's A.C. Indoor Race.

Vic Coffey, the winner of last October's Eckerd 200 DIRT Modified event at the Syracuse (N.Y.) Mile, was originally slated to run King's machine. But after McCreadie's ride with Puterbaugh Motorsports fell through and Coffey found himself extremely busy with his new duties as the manager of the Sweeteners Plus Racing team's shop, McCreadie was tapped for the King seat.

A limited number of seats are still available at all Ticketmaster locations, through ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-736-1420 or at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office through race day.

Weekend activities at Boardwalk Hall will begin Fri., Jan. 17, with an open practice session. Time trials for the TQ Midgets will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Legends Car heat races and the TQ E-Main. Following a dinner break, the evening portion of the program will commence at 7:30 with heat action for the top-36 time-trialers. A succession of D-, C- and B-Mains will then set the stage for the 40-lap TQ feature paying $2,000 to win.

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Series Midget
Drivers Billy Pauch , Tim McCreadie