OCALA, Fla. – The season-opening Winter Dirt Games, which serves as the kickoff to USAC’s National calendar in February at Bubba Raceway Park, has expanded with the addition of USAC Midget National Championship.
The USAC Midget National Championship will open their season on Feb. 7-9 at the Florida dirt track.
“Winter Dirt Games has annually been one of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Cars’ greatest traditions over the past decade,” said Levi Jones, USAC Series Coordinator. “The addition of USAC National Midgets to the event adds makes it even that much bigger. This is truly going to be a can’t-miss event, and what a way it will be to open up the 2019 USAC season.”
The Midgets will make their debut at the three-eighths-mile D-shaped dirt track on Feb. 7 with an open practice, followed by two consecutive nights of racing on Feb. 8-9, the first appearance by the series in the Sunshine State in five seasons.
The following week, USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car racing returns to Ocala once again for the ninth consecutive year to kick off its season at Winter Dirt Games. The mini-series will take place at Bubba Raceway Park with an open practice night on Wednesday, Feb. 13, then three complete full programs on Feb. 14-16.
While Winter Dirt Games has certainly proven to be a top-notch event among drivers seeking to get their season started off on the right foot, it’s also been the same for fans who exit the winter weather for a much-needed foray into the Sunshine State to witness the most competitive racing series’ lone appearance in the state during the year.
“This is one of those events that everybody circles on their calendars,” track owner Tom Bean said. “Next year, it’s getting even bigger and better with two premier USAC divisions on board and I’m beyond thrilled to get the 2019 season started in a big way.”
Twenty-one USAC National Sprint Car events have been held at the track since 2011. Chase Stockon won the 2018 season opener at Ocala while Tyler Courtney captured the next two. Bryan Clauson is the winningest USAC Sprint Car driver at Bubba Raceway Park with four victories in four different seasons.
Damion Gardner has won three times while Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon, Courtney and Robert Ballou have each scored a pair of victories. Darren Hagen, Dave Darland, Thomas Meseraull, Justin Grant, Stockon and Hunter Schuerenberg have all won once.