COLUMBUS, Ohio -- NASCAR star and two-time USAC open wheel champion Ken Schrader will arrive in Columbus about 3 p.m. Saturday to compete in the first annual Rumble in the Buckeye State indoor midget races. Schrader, driver of the No. 21 Wood ...
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- NASCAR star and two-time USAC open wheel champion Ken Schrader will arrive in Columbus about 3 p.m. Saturday to compete in the first annual Rumble in the Buckeye State indoor midget races. Schrader, driver of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing entry sponsored by Little Debbie on the NASCAR Nextel Cup circuit, will run practice laps and then qualify before signing autographs.
Schrader, a regular competitor in USAC in the early 1980s, has 21 feature wins in USAC National midgets, four USAC National sprint car wins and six USAC Silver Crown wins. He also collected two wins in USAC stock car divisions.
In NASCAR, Schrader was the 1985 Winston Cup Rookie of the Year and has won four Cup races. This is in addition to more than 25 wins with Schrader Racing and its short-track program.
The racing will feature the USAC (United States Auto Club) National Midgets, Ford Focus and Kenyon Car special event with a 60-lap feature racing on a one-tenth mile oval. The popular Outlaw 600 Modified Midgets, go-karts and Lucas Oil Quarter midgets will also compete. A full USAC event can be seen after 7 p.m. Time trials for the USAC Midgets and 600s will start at 5 p.m.
The big change for the 600s will be the removal of the top wings on the cars to reduce racing costs for the competitors. The wings are more easily damaged indoors, where their use is a non-factor in the performance of the cars. The other change for all competitors is the moving back of the early entry deadline to Jan. 17. Entries are available online at www.rumbleseries.com.
The Coliseum is a 5,000-seat facility that has 8,000 more square footage than the floor at Hara Arena in Dayton where the 600s and midgets have had successful events in the past.
There will be an early move in and pre race party on Friday afternoon and evening Jan. 19 from 3 p.m to 11 p.m. A racing trade and Fan Fair will be held in conjunction with the event.
"Indoor midget auto racing is a sport that has been around since the 1930s inside coliseums like this. I plan on adding to the fun with the Fan Fair where fans can meet and greet their favorite drivers, and check out the cars up close," said Barhorst.