USAC Sets 2013 Western Midget Schedule

David Prickett, 2012 USAC Western Midget Series Champion. (Lance Jennings Photo)
David Prickett, 2012 USAC Western Midget Series Champion. (Lance Jennings Photo)

SANTA MARIA, Calif. – Officials with the United States Auto Club (USAC) have released the 2013 schedule for the Western Midget Series.

Showcasing 25 nights of action, “The Mighty Midgets” will travel to 14 different tracks, starting March 1 with the Copper On Dirt at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz. Co-sanctioned events with VRA, BCRA and the USAC National Series will also highlight the campaign with the finale set for the 73rd Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway.

Kevin Montgomery’s Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz., will host five dates on the calendar. Opening with the prestigious two-day Copper on Dirt, the events also feature the USAC/CRA Sprint Cars, Late Models, and IMCA Modifieds.

The series will return to the third-mile facility on Nov. 14 for the three-night 46th Western World Championships. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the winner of the final night will take home $7,500 for their efforts, plus a $5,000 bonus if that driver can also win the USAC 360 Sprint Car feature.

Scott Schweitzer’s Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway has two events on the schedule. The Western Midgets will invade “The West’s Fastest 1/3-Mile High Banked Clay Oval” on March 30 and Sept. 21.

Starting on April 13, Jim Naylor’s Ventura Raceway will showcase four nights of action. Co-sanctioned with the Ventura Racing Ass’n (VRA), “The Battle of the Beach” mini-series at the fifth-mile track will continue on May 18, July 20, and Sept. 28.

Ruben and Katy Munoz have taken over the promotions at Santa Maria Speedway and will host one date on the calendar. On May 11, the series will headline an action packed card with IMCA Modifieds, NMRA TQ Midgets, USAC Ignite Midgets, and Mini Stocks.

On June 1, the Western Midgets will clash with the Bay Cities Racing Ass’n (BCRA) at Placerville Speedway. Promoted by Handy Racing Promotions, the quarter-mile track at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds’ will host the first of four “Grudge Races” with BCRA in 2013.

Located on the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma Speedway has two dates on the schedule. Promoter Jim Soares and General Manager Rick Faeth will host the “Grudge Races” with BCRA on June 15 and the Oct. 5 “Soares Classic.”

The traveling series will return to Steve Faria’s Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on June 22. The lightning fast third-mile facility last hosted the “Mighty Midgets” on Nov. 13, 2010.

On June 29, the USAC Western Midgets will make their debut at Visalia’s Plaza Park Raceway. Promoted by Scott Woodhouse, the Central Valley fifth-mile facility has showcased Micro Sprints for more than twenty-five years.

John Prentice’s Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., has one event on the schedule. The Third Annual Howard Kaeding Classic on July 12 will be another must see race at the popular quarter-mile oval.

The 36th Annual Belleville Midget Nationals in Belleville, Kan., is scheduled for Aug. 3. While not an official point race, the event at the famed Belleville High Banks will also showcase the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series.

Starting Aug 31, the scenic Calistoga Speedway will showcase the two-day “Louie Vermeil Classic.”

Also featuring the USAC/CRA and Western Classic Sprints, the popular event will also host vintage cars, autograph sessions, auctions, wine tasting, and more.

On Sept. 5, Dennis Gage’s Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico will host the third “Grudge Race” with BCRA. Held during the famed “Gold Cup Race of Champions,” this is a “must see event” for many race fans in Northern California.

Yuma, Arizona’s Cocopah Speedway will host two nights of action starting on Nov. 22. Sandwiched between Canyon’s Western World and Turkey Night at Perris, the events at the fast three-eighths-mile track will showcase a talented roster of drivers.

After a successful return to dirt, the 73rd Turkey Night Grand Prix will be held at Don Kazarian’s Perris Auto Speedway. Co-sanctioned with the USAC National Series, the Thanksgiving event will close out the racing season and the champion will be crowned.

2013 USAC Western Midget Series Schedule

Date – Track – Location

March 1-2 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Ariz.

March 30 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, Calif.

April 13 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, Calif.

May 11 – Santa Maria Speedway – Santa Maria, Calif.

May 18 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, Calif.

June 1 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, Calif.

June 15 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.

June 22 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, Calif.

June 29 – Plaza Park Raceway – Visalia, Calif.

July 12 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, Calif.

July 20 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, Calif.

Aug. 3 – Belleville High Banks – Belleville, Kan.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, Calif.

Sept. 5 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, Calif.

Sept. 21 – Bakersfield Speedway – Bakersfield, Calif.

Sept. 28 – Ventura Raceway – Ventura, Calif.

Oct. 5 – Petaluma Speedway – Petaluma, Calif.

Nov. 14-16 – Canyon Speedway Park – Peoria, Ariz.

Nov. 22-23 – Cocopah Speedway – Yuma, Ariz.

Nov. 28 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, Calif.