INDIANAPOLIS — The 10th installment of the USAC Eastern Ignite Midget Series opens March 29-30 at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. and concludes Oct. 12 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway.
In between, 10 other venues will dot the 19-race calendar.
Jared Irvan, son of NASCAR veteran and Daytona 500 Champion Ernie Irvan, captured last year’s Eastern title in a series which produced a half-dozen different winners. The 2013 campaign is expected to be just as competitive and includes a three-race “Eastern Midget Week” as well as four events which join the Midwest Ignite competitiors.
The “Eastern Midget Week” opens June 19 at Concord (N.C.) Speedway and continues with June 21 and 22 races at Ace and Orange County Speedway in Durham, N.C. respectively.
The showdowns with the Midwest series participants unfold June 14-15 at Kil Kare Raceway in Xenia, Ohio and Columbus respectively, September 14 at Midvale (Ohio) Speedway, and return at Columbus for the finale in October.
“Our Eastern Ignite operations have produced some memorable racing in its first nine years,” says USAC’s James Spink. “It’s great to feature them in our East-Midwest showdowns and this year’s second annual Eastern Midget Week is sure to be well-received by participants and fans alike. We have seen a strong rise of competitors in the north east so we tried to include venues close to them for this year’s calendar.” Other venues already posted as hosts for 2013 are Shenandoah (Va.) Speedway, which has a practice slated April 19 prior to its April 20 race; Franklin County Speedway in Callaway, Va. May 4; Chemung (N.Y.) Speedrome July 26; Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa. July 27; Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway August 17; and an August 24 “special event” with Midwest competitors at Lake Erie Speedway in North East, Pa.