TRENTON, N.J. – Two races down, one race to go.
That’s the box score for the Indoor Racing Series Fueled By VP as Len Sammons Motorsports Productions shifts attention toward Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center for its third and final race of the 2016 season.
The key event in the Battle Of Trenton two day schedule for the three-quarter midgets is the Saturday, Feb. 27 40-lap feature. Allentown winner Erick Rudolph and Atlantic City victor Anthony Sesely will lead a pack of more than 60 contenders into the arena as pre-race favorites.
Sesely was the victor at Boardwalk Hall on Jan. 30. By doing so he denied Rudolph the opportunity to leave Atlantic City with a second series win and remain in contention for the Vahlco Racing Wheel Perfect Performance Bonus, which would have been worth $10,000.
Instead, Sesely won $5,000 with the Saturday win and also assumed the Indoor Racing Series Fueled By VP points lead, which pays the championship driver $2,000. Sesely’s points lead could not be more perilous. Canadian Mike Lichty is just one point behind and Rudolph is just six markers in arrears.
Of particular interest is the intensification of a long simmering rivalry between Atlantic City race winner Sesely and seventh place feature finisher Jimmy Blewett. Their rivalry was stoked when Blewett and Sesely came together on a mid-race restart while fighting for first place.
Sesely’s car became momentarily airborne coming down for the start after rubbing wheels. Blewett fell back a few spots, but rebounded with an exciting outside burst to retake second. Before he had a chance to rattle Sesely, he was spun by another competitor and had to work the remainder of the race to finish in the top ten.
Sesely, who went on to win, shrugged off the drama. Blewett was not happy with what he perceived to be Sesely’s lack of respect. It’s a battle that’s been on going, not only in winter indoor races, but in summer time asphalt modified competition as well.
Other top drivers expected to keep them both from victory lane include Andy Jankowiak, Justin Bonsignore, Kyle Lick, Zane Zeiner, Tim Buckwalter and Matt Janisch. Top indoor race winner Ted Christopher, an eight time winner, could always steal the spotlight.