INDIANAPOLIS – The USAC National Midget Series field is set to tackle the tour’s largest schedule since 1997, with 33 events at 27 different tracks in 11 states, highlighted by a host of first-time venues.
The season kicks off Feb. 8-9 with Winter Dirt Games, marking the series’ debut at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla. and the first visit by the USAC National Midgets to the Sunshine State since 2013.
From there, the series heads to a traditional spring stop indoors at the Southern Illinois Center in DuQuoin for the Shamrock Classic on March 9, then moves on to the two-night Kokomo Grand Prix April 5-6 at Indiana’s Kokomo Speedway.
In May, the midgets return to Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. for the first time since 2016 on May 17. The following night, just across the Mississippi River, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo., will host the series for the first time ever on May 18.
A busy June stretch begins with the 14th edition of Indiana Midget Week – six races in six consecutive nights between June 4-9 – at Montpelier Motor Speedway, Gas City I-69 Speedway, Putnamville’s Lincoln Park Speedway, Bloomington Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway and Kokomo Speedway.
The end of June is marked by the return of USAC to The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill., on June 29 for the first time since 2004.
Two huge weeks of racing commence in the month of July with Mid-America Midget Week racing into the Heartland of America for five races in six nights, starting with Red Dirt Raceway in Meeker, Okla. on July 9 and continuing at Solomon Valley Raceway in Beloit, Kan., on July 10, Jefferson County Speedway in Fairbury, Neb. July 12-13 and concluding at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on July 14.
On July 30, Pennsylvania Midget Week begins with five events in as many nights, which takes the series to Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. for the first time in 30 years.
The following night, July 31, it’s onto the series’ debut at Action Track USA in Kutztown, Pa., before rounding out the week at the familiar PA Midget Week venues of Path Valley Speedway Park in Spring Run, Pa., on Aug. 1; Linda’s Speedway in Jonestown, Pa., on Aug. 2 and Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway in Newmanstown, Pa., on Aug. 3.
September begins with a bang on Sept. 4-5 with the return of the BC39 at The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then, it’s off to Eldora Speedway and the 38th running of the 4-Crown Nationals on Sept. 28.
Moving into October, the first USAC midget race at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway since 2012 will take place on Oct. 19.
In November, the series heads west for its debut at Arizona Speedway, with two consecutive nights of the Western World Championships on tap Nov. 15-16 – a doubleheader alongside the USAC AMSOIL National & CRA Sprint Cars.
California’s Placerville Speedway joins the schedule for the first time on Nov. 20-21, while Bakersfield Speedway’s November Classic serves as the penultimate race of the season on Nov. 23.
The season draws to a close on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 28, on the beach at Ventura (Calif.) Raceway with the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix 98-lap special.
At press time, the date for the Jason Leffler Memorial at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, Ill., is yet to be announced.
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