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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA To Rock and Roll Borgers August 8th

The Hoosier Tire ATQRMA has added four additional dates at Borger’s Speedway that will carry through to the end of the season. The races at Borger’s will be wingless and combine the TQs with the 600 micro sprints. It makes for a short track schedule unlike none the ATQMRA has presented since the late 80s when the wings went onto the cars and the Closing of Pinebrook Speedway. Teams have embraced the short track style of racing and a renaissance in TQ midget racing is about to begin with the combination of short track racing at Borger’s and the flat track at Wall. A $1,000 to win 100 lap non points race will be held at Borger’s on Saturday October 10th.

Next up for the ATQMRA will be Borger’s Speedway on Saturday August 8th. The ATQMRA will combine with Borger’s Speedway’s regular divisions as the headliner. This past Saturday’s Borger’s Speedway TQ/600 division racing action was swept by 2014 Borger’s Champion Larry Hoagland. Hoagland finished second in the ATQMRA opener at Borger’s on July 11th behind ATQMRA defending Champion Matt Janisch.

The August 8th show starts a busy month of August with a triple header of short track racing. The following Saturday August 15th the ATQMRA is back at Borger’s and the following Saturday the 22nd the ATQRMA is back on the flat track at Wall Stadium. September 12th and October 3rd see the ATQMRA at Borger’s for touring series point’s races.

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Sload Win Ushers in a New Era for the ATQMRA

Buddy Sload ushered in a new era of racing for the ATQMRA in winning the first ATQMRA sanctioned race on Wall Stadium’s fifth mile flat inner oval. The ATQMRA put on an exciting show on the flat track that lent itself to tight competitive racing throughout the field and kept the back of the pack in sight of the leaders after 25 green flag laps. Heat races were won by Matt Roselli and Buddy Sload in the Colin Martin Spitfire 16. Don Zrinski ran the fastest lap in the heat races while Roselli ran the fastest lap in the feature. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first of four additional short track dates at Borger’s Speedway on August 8th.

The addition of the Borger’s dates and the remainder of the Club’s races on Wall’s inner oval and the single show at Bethel Speedway gives the ATQMRA a tie back to its small track roots that was lost with the closing of venue’s like Freeport LI Speedway, Islip LI, the paved track at New Egypt and Dorney Park as well as the fabled Pinebrook Speedway. The racing on the smaller ovals lends itself to tighter competition and allows the TQ’s to be a true next step for younger racers moving on from quarter midget and Kart racing.

The feature race saw a front row of Metz Racing Teammates Geoffrey Sutton and “the Rocket” Ron Mullen take the green flag with Sutton winning the drag race into the first turn. A caution negated the initial start when Mike Glaser and BJ MacDonald tangled coming out of the second turn ending both of their nights early.
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ATQMRA Topless at Borgers on July 11

The American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will invade Borgers Speedway on Saturday July 11th for some wingless action. A modified set of rules will be used to lend parity to competition between the TQ’s and 600 Micro sprints for Borgers Speedway races. The ATQMRA will be allowing a drop race for the Borgers races as a result of the shortness of notice with their addition to the schedule. 2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch will be in contention at Borger’s.

In order to keep competition between the TQs and 600s on an even keel on the tight confines of Borger’s Speedway a few alterations from the current rules package will be allowed for the Borger’s races only. The Micro Sprints will follow the rules package adopted for the 600s to race in ATQMRA competition with the 600s being allowed to race at the full 60″ width measurement and the TQs allowed to move out to a 56″ width. The 600s will be required to follow the US6A rules package with the exception of the rev limiter regulation. Open rev limiters will be allowed.

After Borgers speedway was paved for the beginning of the 2012 season following a successful run as a dirt track the speedway met with limited car counts with fits and starts at success but nothing sustainable. Several attempts to generate interest in small car pavement racing only met with limited success during the track’s first three years of pavement racing. At the end of the 2014 season the passing of Borger’s Speedways Patriarch Glenn Borger created a very uncertain future for the speedway. The Borger family was left with a bad taste in their collective mouths after attempting to lease the speedway and decided it was time to sell the property that was home to Borger’s Speedway. Anyone who wanted to run the facility as a race track would have to first purchase the property.

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Tidman Tops Hoosier Tire ATQMRA at Bethel

Bethel, NY 6/20/2015 Flyin’ Ryan Tidman Tops the competition at Bethel Speedway for back to back wins notching wins on the longest and the shortest tracks on the schedule in consecutive weeks. The TQs were able to get the races in battling threatening rain all day. Mark Pritchard and Bill Force Sr. won the Vintage TQ portion of the races. The ATQMRA had the Metz Racing 46 on display at the Teterboro NJ Wings and Wheels Show. Next up for the ATQMRA is the first ever race on the Wall Stadium Inner oval on July 18th.

Under the threat of rain all day the Thunder and Lightening Division TQ midgets didn’t disappoint. A front row of Geoffrey Sutton and Buddy Sload brought the field to the green flag with Sload working his way into the lead from the outside pole starting position. Sload was followed into the lead by Tidman who went to work annexing the top position from Sload. Tidman was able to get grip on the bottom pulling along side Sload making a 2 wide battle for the lead. The pair raced side by side until lap 6 when Tidman was able to close the deal and take the lead. The story doesn’t end here.

Sixth starting Joey Bailey worked his way into second on lap 10 and set his sights on Tidman who was clearly the class of the field this day. Always the gamer Bailey was able to use a late race caution to give him a chance to get to the front. Bailey’s attempt to get the lead left the door open for Sutton to take second position on lap 22. The pair of recent ATQMRA Rookies of the year swapped slide jobs and cross over moves down to the last lap with Bailey crossing the line second and Sutton third.

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Tidman Wings his way to Oswego Glory

6/13/2015 Oswego NY: Ryan Tidman cruised to victory over teammate Joey Bailey and Jon Gambutti. Heat races were won by Tidman and Gambutti. Next up for the ATQMRA is its second consecutive race in New York State at Bethel Speedway. Force moved to the top of the Rookie standings with his eight place finish.

Ryan Tidman swept the days racing at Oswego Speedway by winning his heat race and following that up with a feature victory. It is Tidman’s first win of the young season but is his second consecutive win at Oswego after winning the TQ Classic last September at the Steel Palace.

A front row of Geoffrey Sutton and Matt Roselli brought the field to the green with Roselli taking the early lead with Tidman following into second. While Roselli looked strong early Tidman was able to take the top spot by lap five after Roselli spun in the fourth turn. It looked as if Tidman would be able to cruise to victory in the 25 lap event but a late race caution tightened up the field and gave Current Point leader and Teammate in the Boyd Racing camp Joey Bailey a shot at Victory. On the restart Bailey tried to muscle his way past Tidman but had to settle for second followed across the line by Hotrod Jon Gambutti in the Alan Mollot 51 Lindblad Badger.

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ATQMRA Winging it at Oswego

The ATQMRA will be invading the inner oval at Oswego Speedway this coming Saturday June 13thlead by Point leader Joey Bailey. The TQ midgets will be running a full program of heat races and a 25 lap feature. Also on the card is the headlining ISMA Supermodifieds that will run a full program headlined by their fifty lap feature under the lights. The day will begin with a “Racing for Ronald McDonald House Charities of CNY” walk at 9:30. The TQs can pit into the speedway at 1:30 Warm ups at 3:00 with racing to begin at 6:30. Haulers under 10 ½ feet tall will be permitted to stay in the infield.

Last year’s ATQMRA Classic was won by current Point runner up Ryan Tidman who is winless two races into the season. Always a contender Tidman will be on the march to the front. Bailey is fresh from his first victory of the season at Wall Stadium where he captured his second career TQ main a few weeks ago and is looking to carry the momentum of that win into the Steel Palace.

Based on the expected entries for this Saturday’s race only two past race winners will be on hand. One being Tidman and the other Alison Cumens who is a TQ Classic winning driver. It could open the door for a first time Oswego Speedway winner.
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Bailey Adapts Fastest at Wall Hoosier Tire ATQMRA Action

Joey Bailey was best able to adapt to the Wall Stadium Aero Package sweeping the night winning his heat race and the feature in exciting fashion. Ryan Tidman rolled across second with Geoffrey Sutton third. Sutton won the other heat race. Next up for the ATQMRA is a trip north to the Steel Palace Oswego Speedway on June 13th.

The day began with a half hour happy hour to give teams an opportunity to adjust to the aero package that is in place for the Wall races. The Alan Mollot 51 driven by Avery Stoehr was the class of the field at that point achieving a balanced setup to click off some impressive lap times. The rest of the field would soon find speed as well.

The early session was marred by a flipping Jimmy Wolcott who made hard contact with the second turn wall ending his nights racing. He walked away from the incident uninjured but his car was finished for the night.

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Stoehr and Greenzweig to be inHooseir Tire ATQMRA Competition at Mahoning

NEMA Midget Star Avery Stoehr and Karting and Micro Stock stand out Alex Greenzweig will be in competition at the ATQMRA opener at Mahoing Valley Speedway Saturday April 25th. Stoehr will be in the Alan Mollot 51 with Greenzweig in the Bangor Steel 17.

NEMA Midget Star Avery Stoehr of LakevilleMass. will be behind the wheel of the Alan Mollot 51 at the ATQMRA opener at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. Stoehr earned two feature wins in NEMA midget competition in 2014 and finished the season second in points to perennial NEMA championship contender Randy Cabral.

Stoehr will be making his second ATQMRA start after running the season ending Turkey Derby in the Lou Cicconi owned Micro Sprint. He turned some ultra fast laps in route to a sixth place finish. Stoehr raced the same car indoors for Cicconi at the Battle of Trenton and the Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City.
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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA 2015 Rookie Class

The growth of the ATQMRA comes from the rookies. Last year Geoffrey Sutton earned the coveted ATQMRA rookie of the year honor. A handful of new drivers will be joining the ranks of the ATQMRA for 2015. In addition to the new teams to the circuit a handful of racers from years past will return to competition as well as the invasion of the 600 micro sprints. The ATQMRA kicks off the 2015 season at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa on Saturday April 25th.

New to the tour will be Patrick Force in the former Roselli Racing Drinan car that he recently purchased from Paul Lotier Jr. Patrick is the son of ATQRMA Vintage Division President Bill Force Sr. who raced with the organization in the 70s in the same 26 car in vintage competition today that he raced back in the 70s. Patrick will be teamed with his brother Bill Force Jr. in his beautifully prepared 26 car. Bill Force Jr. spent much of the 2014 season on the sidelines but will be back running a part time schedule with the club.

Patrick Force’s car will be numbered 18 and he intends to run all of the shows in 2015 and contend for ATQMRA rookie of the year. Patrick’s first racing experience came in the 2 stroke division of the vintage ATQRMA and in the Metz Racing F8 at Borger’s Speedway as well as turning laps in his brother’s Dart TQ midget. He hopes to learn the ropes with the ATQMRA and hone his driving and setup skills and work toward rookie of the year honors with the organization. Patrick has Victoria Grace Hair to Please and Gotcha Covered Home Services sponsoring his efforts.

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Hoosier Tire ATQMRA 2015 Mahoning Valley Opener

The Hoosier Tire ATQMRA opens its 59th season of competition at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway on their paved quarter mile circle on Saturday April 25th. A strong influx of new blood will be in competition along with the old guard of TQ midget competitors. A host of drivers with feature wins at Mahoning Valley will be looking to earn the victory in the opener. Several Drivers will be doing double duty on the 25th running in multiple divisions. Grandstands open at 4:00pm.

2014 ATQMRA Champion Matt Janisch will be behind the wheel of his newly constructed 48 car for the opener. He was last year’s season opening feature race winner at Mahoning Valley and used that victory as a springboard to the Triple Crown Championship and ultimately the Club Championship. If Janisch can win the feature it will be his third consecutive opening night victory at Mahoning Valley. Janisch expects to be doing double duty on Saturday in both his TQ midget and in SpeedSTR competition. Incidentally Janisch will be racing his fifth different car in his last six consecutive starts attesting to his versatility.

ATQMRA President Buddy Sload will be looking to continue his winning ways at Mahoning valley after capturing the checkered flag in the organizations most recent race at Mahoning Valley in 2014. Sload earned multiple wins his family owned 53 car and is looking to win his first ATQMRA Championship.

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ATQMRA Welcomes 600 Micro Sprints to the Fold

The ATQMRA is opening the door for teams with 600 micro sprints to come race with the TQ midgets. After many years of flirting with bringing the 600s around to race with the ATQMRA it was made official at the Wednesday March 25th spring meeting to allow 600s to compete. The closure of Borgers Speedway for the 2015 season left many teams with pavement style 600s without a place to race their cars. The ATQMRA decided to provide a place for them to continue racing on pavement under a common sense rules package.

After years of racing head to head with 600 pavement cars indoors and during the last few years outdoors at Borgers Speedway it only made sense for the organization to embrace the handful of teams with micro sprints who wish to do some racing on pavement. The flirtation with the 600s began in the late 90s when the 600s were in their infancy and has been an off and on across the years. At this point the membership of the club is embracing the idea of bolstering their numbers by bringing the 600s into the fold.

Any micro sprint team wishing to compete will be required to join the ATQMRA and will receive the full benefits of membership including the Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Package. Micro sprints will be required to conform to the rules package adopted by the ATQMRA. Chain drive 600s will be limited to a 60″ overall width and must use a US6A legal engine for competition. The 600s will use the same Hoosier LC5 spec right rear tire as the TQ midgets. At winged events cars must us an ATQMRA legal wing. Like racing in Atlantic City cars must be equipped with seat belts no more than two years old. All cars must pass the same safety inspection as the TQs and meet the minimum weight of 800 lbs.

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ATQMRA Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts ATQMRA Clean Start Program

The ATQMRA is looking to make a clean start with the Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts Clean Start Program. Each member of the organization will receive a complementary Napa package when they join the organization. Membership has its privileges and the ATQMRA wants to make sure everyone feels appreciated for their participation. A temporary membership program has been implemented that gives the benefits of a full membership for anyone wanting to come out for a race without making a full membership commitment. The first race for the ATQMRA is a few short weeks away at Mahoning Valley on April 25th.

Brice’s NAPA Auto Parts has signed on to provide each member of the organization with a membership package that includes cans of carburetor and brake cleaner hand cleaner and shop towels as well as a can of spray wax to help everyone get a clean start and clean up when a mess is made. The package will also include a copy of the organization’s 2015 rule book, a driver/team information forms to be filled out and returned and other promotional items from ATQMRA sponsors. Any business wishing to participate in the Clean start program should contact ATQMRA President Buddy Sload for more information.

Membership has its benefits. One of the things that many people are a bit surprised about when they look into racing with the ATQMRA is the cost of a membership. A full membership with the organization is $150.00. What most people don’t know is that the membership with the organization includes a K and K Member benefit program that provides up to $50,000 in coverage in the event a racer is injured at one of our scheduled events. Everyone knows just being transported to the hospital for evaluation and being released is expensive. The Member Benefit program with the ATQMRA provides our members an extra measure of insulation against the high cost of health care in case bad things happen.

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2015 ATQMRA Kickoff Club Implements Hoosier Tire Bank

The Hoosier Racing Tire American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association kicked off its official 2015 activities with a general Membership Meeting in Bethlehem, Pa on Wednesday night. The well attended meeting was highlighted by the release of the 2015 racing schedule. The Venerable organization will see racing action at five tracks in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The official announcement was made that the 600 micro sprints will be welcomed to the fold to race with the TQ midgets at ATQMRA sanctioned races. Rule changes that are geared toward saving the racer money have been put in place. Blu Metz is returning to the post of ATQMRA Publicist.

The ATQMRA released an eleven race schedule of races that will begin at Mahoning Valley on April 25th. The organization had an aggressive schedule inked at Borgers Speedway that would have given the organization a home track from which to build but the closure of the facility forced the ATQMRA to move in another direction. The second race on the schedule is a non-point open competition $1,000 to win TQ midget race at New York’s Chapel Hill Raceway in conjunction with the NYPA Midget organization. Two shows at Oswego Speedway, five at Wall Stadium and a single event at Bethel Motorsports Park that is being run in conjunction with the Vintage TQ midget club comprise the organizations 58th season. At this time additional dates are pending.

In an effort to increase car counts the ATQMRA will be incorporating the popular 600 Micro sprints that the TQ midgets race with head to head indoors and in previous seasons at Borgers Speedway. The 600s will be required to follow the US6A engine rules with a maximum width of 60 inches at 800 lbs. and use an ATQMRA style wing. At present Borgers Speedway 2014 TQ/600 Champion Larry Hoagland will be racing with the TQs in the Potent Fred Bittner Hyper Hugger. George and Marilyn VanVarick will have Kurt Bettler in their converted dirt Microsprint for select events.

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Mahoning Valley Champion Earl Paules Readies for Three Quarter Midget Indoor Racing Debut at NAPA Know How Atlantic City & Battle of Trenton; Slingshot & Kart Fields Are Filling Up Quickly

ATLANTIC CITY & TRENTON, NJ — Talented Earl Paules Jr., who raced his way to a second consecutive Late Model championship in 2013 at Mahoning Valley (PA) Speedway, looms large as a dark horse in a talent-laden field of TQ Midget drivers ready to race indoors in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and Trenton’s Sun Bank Center.

The twelfth annual NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Races on Friday and Saturday Jan. 24 and 25 and the first ever Battle Of Trenton Indoor races presented by PRC Industries/ Angela House Charity on Friday and Saturday Feb. 7 and 8 will feature TQ Midget, Champ Kart and Slingshot races with the TQs class the fastest of the lot by far.

“I’ve been working hard at getting ready for these indoor TQ races. I’ve been in the gym every night and as much as I can because I know how physical these cars are and those races as well,” said Paules.

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NEMA’s Payne, Medeiros Compete in TQ’s at Wall’s Turkey Derby; Payne Claims Dirt Modified Portion

Wall Township, N. J. — 2013 Northeastern Midget Assoc. Lite Champion, Carl Medeiros Jr., and NEMA competitor Joey Payne took part in the 40th anniversary Wall Stadium Turkey Derby at the fast N.J. speedway Saturday. Both drivers entered the TQ portion of the show, and Payne competed in the Mike Mongiello owned Dirt Modified for that division.

The TQ event was the first for the newly acquired Medeiros machine and was fast right out of the trailer. The young driver time trialed seventh fastest after some minor chassis adjustments which placed him on the pole for the feature due to the inverted line-up.

At the drop of the green, Carl fell into the second slot in the field which he held despite two restarts, the first on lap one and again on lap four. It was at that time that the young Medeiros felt the engine start to tighten up and lose some power and finally expire during a lap seven caution as the power plant erupted in smoke and flame, ending his day. He exited the machine quickly and was not injured. “We’re happy the way the car ran and felt“, Medeiros said later, “We have another motor for the next race in Atlantic City, and have all winter to rebuild this one”.

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Earl Paules Wins TQ Main at Wall Turkey Derby

WALL TWP., NJ — Leading all the way, standout pavement Modified and Late Model driver Earl Paules Jr., won Saturday afternoon’s ATQMRA TQ- Midget feature during the 40th annual Turkey Derby at Wall Stadium Speedway. The Palmerton, Pa., resident was at the wheel of the No. 98x, fielded by Mike Roselli Sr.’s West End Rent-All team from Brodheadsville, Pa.

Paules is a champion and many-time winner in the Modified and Late Model divisions at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. and recently won his second straight Late Model title there. This past July, he won his first ever TQ-Midget main during the ATQMRA event at Mahoning. His victory at Wall was his first at that high- banked, third-mile paved oval.

The Turkey Derby TQ main was originally set for 25 laps, but accidents and lengthy clean-ups from two blown motors led to ATQMRA officials making the decision to end it at lap 15 when the time limit was approaching.

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Saxton Signs Off at Grandview

Concludes 45-Year Announcing Career

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Ernie Saxton, the distinguished voice of one of America’s great clay ovals, has concluded a 45-year career behind the mic at Grandview Speedway.

Since 1968 Saxton, 71, of Langhorne, Pa., called all the racing action for generations of fans as the track announcer at the one-third mile oval in Bechtelsville, Pa.

Grandview is operated by the second and third generations of the Rogers family. Forrest Rogers built the track and opened it in 1963, and Saxton started working there in the late 1960s.

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Former ARDC & NEMA Midget Driver Jerry Stover Passes at 76

Gerald L. Stover

Gerald L. Stover of Spring Hill, FL, formerly of ­Brownstown and Albrightsville, PA, passed away at his home Sunday, June 16, 2013, a day before his 77th birthday.

Born in New Holland, PA, the son of B. Sylvester and Gertrude (Weaver) Stover, he was devoted to his wife of 50 years, Gladys (Cunningham) Stover, and daughters, Lisa M. (Capt. David) Smith, Naples, Italy, and Linda L. Stover (fiancée of Kevin Shaffer), Laurel, MD; his grandchildren, Malena, Aubrey and Michael Smith and Emily Mora. He is survived by his brothers, Leonard and Jay Stover, and sister, Lucille ­Simmons. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Alfred, and sisters, Dorothy Stover and Evelyn Stone.

A graduate of Upper Leacock High School, he served as an MP in the U.S. Army at West Point Military Academy from 1959 to 1962. He worked as an auto mechanic at Ed Fisher’s Lancaster Nissan.

He is best known in the world of Auto Racing as Jerry or Smokey Stover. He started with drag racing his favorite Triumph Motorcycle at the Maple Grove drag strip (top eliminator) and Lancaster Dragway. He then joined the Lanco Micro-Midget Racing Club and, in partnership with Bob “Shorty” Howe, built several micros and captured the 1964 open class championship. From there, he went on to race TQ midgets, full midgets and sprint cars. Some of his car owners were Leigh Earnshaw, Sr., Stan Bronowski, Joe DeVine, Bob Hanrahan and Henry Kramer. While driving the Mike Sheehan Sesco midget, he set a 50-lap speed record at Wall Stadium, Wall, NJ, which he still holds today, and debuted the first winged midget race car at Islip Speedway, Long Island, NY. He built his own Datsun- ­powered mini-stock before retiring from racing and raced with the AMSA club. Other clubs were ATQMRA, ARDC, UMRA, NEMA, URC and USAC. He competed at over 80 tracks in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, always with his wife and children as traveling companions.

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ATQMRA returning to Seekonk Speedway for the first time in 16 years

Seekonk, MA — The last time the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association competed at Seekonk Speedway, Bill Clinton was the President of the US, Jeff Gordon was winning his first Cup Series title, and Don Adams picked up the win in the 25 lap feature on July 29th, 1995.

On Saturday, June 18, the Three Quarter Midgets will return, with an opportunity to showcase their 51 year history to the fans at The Action Track of the East, in their only trip into New England this summer. While the TQ’s race indoors annually during the winter in RI, this is their only time competing in the open air.

Just a couple of weeks ago, several competitors ventured north to try out the 1/3 mile, and showed the fans in attendance just how quick the Badgers and Spitfires style, open cockpit, open wheel, winged racers are. They were turning laps in the high 11 second range, just about ½ second slower than the NEMA midgets that compete at the famed oval each year.

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