INDIANAPOLIS – A glance at the calendar indicates that the month of June has arrived, which means its time for USAC’s annual Indiana Midget Week.
This upcoming stretch of races can set the tone on a quest for a season championship. It can also break you when you’re least suspecting it.
Indiana Midget Week is a test of endurance and a trial by fire. It’s what racers hunger for – the opportunity to overcome the most daunting of tasks by proving to others, and themselves, that they can achieve anything no matter how challenging the scenario.
USAC’s biggest week of midget racing arrives in the Hoosier state beginning this Tuesday night, June 6, with the first of six consecutive nights of the 13th annual edition of Indiana Midget Week.
Kyle Larson sure hasn’t forgotten his short track roots. The current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver and two-time Cup winner won last year’s Indiana Midget Week opener at Montpelier Speedway. He plans to compete in the first two rounds of this year’s Indiana Midget Week – Tuesday at Montpelier and Wednesday at Gas City I-69 Speedway.
Rico Abreu always brings the excitement when he gets behind the wheel of any type of racecar, but when he’s at the control of a USAC Midget, he becomes Superman. The two-time Midget Week champ in 2014 and 2015 won the finale a year ago at Kokomo and is back to compete in all six races this year.
Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports took all five rounds of Midget Week in 2016 with Spencer Bayston at Gas City, Tanner Thorson at Putnamville and Christopher Bell at Bloomington rounding out the remainder of KKM’s sweep. All but Bell will return for this year’s Midget Week.
The team has been shut out of victory lane thus far in 2017 by Justin Grant, who seeks his first Midget Week win, and point leader Brady Bacon, who won his first USAC feature as a 16-year-old in 2006 during Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo. Jerry Coons Jr. was a Midget Week champ in 2007, but the USAC Triple Crown champ, who stands fourth in series points, aims to earn his first win of any kind with the series since 2010.
Following Tuesday’s Montpelier round, Indiana Midget Week picks up Wednesday, June 7 at Gas City. Thursday, June 8 takes the series to Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway while Friday, June 9 brings the red clay of Bloomington Speedway. The penultimate round heads to the second of the originals, Lawrenceburg Speedway, on Saturday night, June 10. Sunday’s finale on June 11 hits one of USAC’s most regularly-visited tracks in Kokomo Speedway.
In addition to the midgets racing each night, non-wing sprint cars will be in action all six nights.