ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Reigning NASCAR Whelen Modified Touring Series champion Ryan Preece brings youth and extensive outdoor paved track racing experience to Indoor TQ racing as entries in the pair of upcoming events in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and Trenton’s Sun Bank Center.
The 12th annual NAPA Know How Atlantic City Indoor Races on Jan. 24-25 and the first ever Battle Of Trenton Indoor races presented by PRC Industries/Angela House Charity on Feb. 7-8 will feature Three Quarter Midget racing along with Champ Kart and Slingshot races.
The pair of Indoor events are produced and promoted by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions and make up the Fatheadz Eyewear Indoor Series.
Preece, of Berlin, Conn., will be among the most prominent of the TQ racers.
“I tried racing indoors last year for the first time and liked it,” said Preece. “This time around, I’ll be much better prepared.”
Preece has dismantled and rebuilt a car he had purchased from Lou Cicconi, Jr. in 2013.
“We’ve made extensive changes to the car,” Preece revealed. “It will be much faster.”
Joining Preece will be 2011 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Rookie of the Year Patrick Emerling, who had been among the contenders for victory last year at Atlantic City. Unfortunately he crashed on his first time trial lap, tearing up his car and putting him well behind for the remainder of the weekend.
“Just a mistake, my fault,” admitted Emerling. Prior to his crash, he had been among the fastest drivers in practice.
NAPA Auto Parts, the nation’s leader in automotive supplies, has signed on for the second consecutive year as the title sponsor for the Atlantic City Indoor Auto Races.
Anthony Sesely of Matawan, N.J., is the defending champion of the NAPA Know How Gamblers’ Classic Saturday night Atlantic City Indoor race. Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J., a winner of more than 700 feature races in his career including one inside Boardwalk Hall, is always among the TQ favorites. Jimmy Blewett of Howell, N.J., whose shift from asphalt modified to dirt modified racing in 2013 was among the year’s biggest racing stories, is in the TQ field once again after finishing second in his first Indoor start last year in Boardwalk Hall.