USAC's rich tradition of indoor Midget racing history continues this winter with the announcement by race organizer Tony Barhorst that the seventh annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" will be USAC sanctioned. Eldora Speedway...
USAC's rich tradition of indoor Midget racing history continues this winter with the announcement by race organizer Tony Barhorst that the seventh annual "Rumble in Fort Wayne" will be USAC sanctioned.
Eldora Speedway general manager Larry Boos has been selected as race director for the December 29 and 30 events at the Fort Wayne Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. The track is located adjacent to the site of USAC's first-ever racing event, conducted at Memorial Coliseum January 8, 1956 and won by Gene Hartley.
A 60-lap feature event caps each night's racing program and will incorporate National, Regional and Ford Focus Midget cars all competing together in a "special non-points event." In addition, each night's action also includes competition go-kart racing. All USAC Midget heats and features will begin after 7 pm each night.
The Fort Wayne races will be the 155th and 156th indoor events sanctioned by USAC since its inception in 1956. Twenty-six facilities have been utilized and a total of 72 different feature winners have emerged. Rich Vogler holds the record for most wins, with 10, while Sleepy Tripp won nine and Gary Bettenhausen eight.
Sixty-two USAC Midget races were conducted in the old Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, by far the most anywhere. Other notable venues for indoor USAC Midget racing have included the Houston Astrodome, Toronto's SkyDome, Seattle's Kingdome, Indianapolis' RCA Dome, San Francisco's Cow Palace, Sacramento's Arco Arena and Charlotte's Coliseum.
Jim Hettinger won USAC's last indoor race, at the RCA Dome in 2001, while Tom Bigelow won the last USAC race at Fort Wayne's Memorial Coliseum in 1989.