TRENTON, N.J. – The roar of professional auto racing, which has not been heard in New Jersey’s State Capital in more than 30 years, will be awakened anew in 2014.
Len Sammons Motorsports Productions has announced it will promote a two-day, indoor racing event at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton in 2014. The event will feature top drivers from at least 10 different States and Canada competing in the Fatheadz TQ Midget Racing Series.
A complete program including qualifying and feature events will be held for the TQ Midgets on Friday and Saturday night, Feb. 7-8, 2014. A different support division will join the TQ Midgets each night making both programs unique.
Trenton Speedway, on the grounds of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds, hosted auto races on tracks of various configurations from the 1930s. A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby and Al Unser, N.J. native Wally Dallenbach Sr., Richard Petty and David Pearson enjoyed some of their greatest career racing successes there.
The last race at Trenton Speedway was a NASCAR Modified Stock Car event won by Geoff Bodine, who took the checkered flag on June 19, 1980. Wrecking balls and bulldozers later razed the grounds.
The Sun National Bank Center has been used for Indoor ice racing events in the past, competing on a track inside the hockey ice rink. The Indoor course for the Sun National Bank Center races will be held on the concrete floor around the hockey perimeter.
“We are thrilled to be working with Len Sammons Motorsports on bringing this exciting new event into our venue,” said Claudio Oliveira the Assistant General Manager of the Sun National Bank Center. “We look forward to offering local racing fans the opportunity to enjoy heart pounding action right here in Trenton next February.”
The inaugural event in Trenton will take place two weeks after the 12th annual LSMP-promoted Gambler’s Classic races are held inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Those race dates are set for Jan. 24-25, 2014.