ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Full fields of Three-Quarter Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts are entered for the Ironton Telephone/Avaya Indoor Auto Racing fueled by VP events at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa., this weekend, Jan. 5-6.
Over 50 TQ Midget teams are entered for two nights of competition. Ryan Flores, who swept both races in Allentown last year on route to the Indoor Series championship, is among the favorites.
Erick Rudolph, a three-time series champion and winner of eight A Main Indoor TQ feature wins, cannot be counted out as well. Rudolph, coming off a 17 win season and dirt Modified Touring Series title, was the winner of the Allentown inaugural in January of 2016.
Canadian Super Modified ace Mike Lichty is a former series winner who rejoins the series this year with a brand new car Dart chassis TQ Midget. Tim Buckwalter comes to Allentown driving Lou Cicconi’s famed No. 75 after winning both the SpeedSTR and 600cc Micro Sprint title in 2017 at the Kutztown Action Track.
Top asphalt Modified drivers entered include local favorites Earl Paules and Zane Zeiner. Nationally known drivers in the field include NASCAR stars Ryan Preece, Justin Bonsignore and Keith Rocco as well as Race of Champions series favorite Andy Jankowiak.
Anthony Sesely, three-time Atlantic City winner, will return to his own No. 16 600cc Micro Sprint full-time this season. Despite racing against 750cc powered cars, Sesely has proven to be very successful with the combination.
Dirt Modified ace Danny Bouc, a three-time dirt Modified Stock Car feature winner at New Egypt Speedway in 2017 and the third-ranked driver in season standings, has filed an entry. Bouc is experienced in Indoor racing, but with Champ Karts. This will be his first TQ event. His car is identical to Sesely’s Hyper 600 car.
New York state DIRTcar drivers Ryan Bartlett, Mike Maresca and Billy Whittaker are entered. Mike Iles, a former series winner, will also be full-time in his always sharp No. 711.
Eight talented teenagers are among the TQ Midget competitors as well.
Briggs Danner, Andrew Molleur, Tyler Thompson, Cole Mullen, the Catalano brothers, Tommy and Timmy, and second generation entrant, Anthony Payne, who will run as a teammate with his father Joey.
The elder Payne, is a two-time Indoor Auto Racing Series winner, in the Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic.
In addition to the diversity of driving talent entered from across the entire spectrum of short track racing, many new cars, some wholly different others new tweaks on existing, proven designs, have been built.
Three-Quarter Midgets will run a full program of racing with feature events both nights.
On Friday, the TQs will be joined by Champ Karts who will be racing in a complete show. Well over 30 entries have been filed for the first of three Indoor Series events for the Champ Karts sponsored by Hoosier Tire.
On Saturday, the Slingshot class backed by the Action Track, USA Kutztown Fairgrounds, will join the TQ Midgets. A full field of over 30 entrants is poised for the PPL Center Ironton Telephone/Avaya Slingshot opener.