Pepsi Midget Nationals This Weekend

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Zach Daum, seen here last year at Angell Park Speedway, is the defending Pepsi Midget Nationals champion. (Jeff Arns photo)
Zach Daum, seen here last year at Angell Park Speedway, is the defending Pepsi Midget Nationals champion. (Jeff Arns photo)
Zach Daum, seen here last year at Angell Park Speedway, is the defending Pepsi Midget Nationals champion. (Jeff Arns photo)

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. – The 33rd Pepsi Midget Nationals this weekend at Angell Park Speedway will showcase stars from the Honda USAC National Midget Series as well as the Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series and the Badger Midget Series, who serve along with USAC as co-sanctions for the prestigious event at the home of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame.

Races are planned both Saturday and Sunday at the one-third mile dirt oval in Sun Prairie, Wisc., near Madison.

Rico Abreu (USAC), Christopher Bell (Badger) and Zach Daum (POWRi) enter the Sun Prairie weekend atop the respective point standings.

Abreu’s credentials are particularly impressive this season. In seven Honda USAC National Midget races he’s never finished off the podium, notching three wins, a second and three thirds.

Daum returns as the defending Pepsi Nationals champion, while other previous winners expected to compete include Tracy Hines (2001, 2002 and 2010), Brady Bacon (2008), Jerry Coons Jr. (2007) Scott Hatton (2004-2005) and Davey Ray (2003).

Abreu’s Honda USAC National Midget point lead over Hines stands at 93 points. Hines is pursuing that elusive final leg of a USAC Triple Crown, which would include his previous titles in USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL Sprint racing.