PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Redemption will be on the mind of top Three Quarter (TQ) Midget driver Erick Rudolph at the New Year’s Eve Indoor races in Providence, R.I.’s Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Rudolph slammed into the concrete barrier at the end of the straightaway on Dec. 8 at 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Md. Fans who missed the crash heard the concussion. That’s how terrifying the crash was that heavily damaged one of the fastest Indoor TQ Midgets. The Ransomville, N.Y, driver was bruised and confused – but not hurt.
The Dunkin’ Donuts Center Coffee Cup race is the second of three events that make up the Fatheadz Eyewear Indoor Racing Series. The Indoor auto racing events are produced by Len Sammons Motorsports Productions.
Rudolph’s car owner and constructor Mike Lafler, also of Ransomville, subsequently diagnosed the problem as a stuck throttle cable.
“That will not happen again,” Lafler has assured his driver.
Rudolph finished second in both Dunkin’ Donuts Center races in March of 2012 and was a winner in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City in 2012 as well.
More than forty TQ drivers have entered the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence Indoor race.
Notables, in addition to the out-for-redemption Rudolph are NASCAR Modified past champion Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn.; Modified Touring Series star and late season Seekonk Speedway race winner Rowan Pennick, New Egypt, N.J.; Modifed Tour and Wall Stadium sensation Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J.; SK Modified racer Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Mass.; Chris Allen., Jr., Old Bridge, N.J.; 2012 ARDC Midget driving champion Tim Buckwalter, Pottstown, Pa.; NASCAR Modified past Rookie Of The Year Patrick Emerling; and second and third place Baltimore TQ finishers Matt Janisch, Nazareth, Pa. and Ryan Smith, Kunkletown, Pa.