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‘FAN FEST’ PRECEDES NAPA AUTO PARTS INDOOR RACE IN ATLANTIC CITY’S BOARDWALK HALL ON FEBRUARY 2
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (January 21, 2013) - Though the majority of pre-race
attention for the NAPA Auto Parts Atlantic City Indoor Racing Weekend
has centered around the drivers who will compete, the fans who attend
the February 1-2 races in Boardwalk Hall are in for their share of the
The 11th running of the marquee event under the direction of Len
Sammons Motorsports Productions, is planned for Friday and Saturday
nights Feb. 1-2, 2013. The events will be the third and fourth
events of the Fatheadz Eyewear Indoor Series.
On Saturday night, from 5pm to 6pm, fans holding lower level reserved
seats will be invited to the racing surface to meet and greet the
drivers. There, drivers will sign autographs, hand out treats and
souvenirs to their fans and, in one case, offer interested youngsters
the chance to win a valuable prize.
Brett Michalski, a 600cc Micro Sprint driver from Penndel, Pa., and
his team will offer free I-Pods to one lucky girl and one lucky boy
from among those who participate in a free drawing. The winners will
be named at the conclusion of the pre-race Fan Fest.
Ted Christopher of Plainville, Ct., and Mike Lichty of Innerkip,
Ontario, won the two previous Three Quarter (TQ) Midget Indoor races this season, run in December at Providence, R.I., and Baltimore, Md., respectively.
Christopher leads Anthony Sesely, who had top four finishes in the two
prior races, in the Fatheadz Indoor Racing Series standings.
Two TQ drivers have attracted considerable attention. Billy Pauch,
who has won nearly 700 races in his career but never the ‘Gamblers
Classic’ inside Boardwalk Hall, returns to a car with which he won a
preliminary race in 2009. And Jimmy Blewett, a 100-time career
winner on Modified asphalt tracks, will be making his first career
start in a TQ Midget.
Champ Karts, 600 Micros and Herr’s Snack Food Slingshots are the
three support classes that will join the TQs indoors. DJ Shaw and Cody
Sieber won the pair of Champ Kart races at Baltimore and Providence
but Brandon Rusczek of Wallingford, Ct., is the Fatheadz Indoor Race
Series points leader after two events Rusczek, Shaw and Sieber are
among over fifty Kart racers who will qualify on Friday, then race on
Saturday night in their feature race.
While the TQ Midgets and Sr. Champ Karts already have two indoor races
under their belts this winter, the 600cc Micro Sprints and Slingshots
will be racing for the first time during this indoor racing season. Both types of car have been on the Atlantic City Indoor race schedule in the past and their entry list has been full for over a month.
Overall, more than 200 teams are expected to be vying for starting
berths in the four feature races.
Last year’s winners indoors in Atlantic City were Erick Rudolph,
who won the Gamblers Classic TQ race and both 600cc Micro main
events, Christopher, winner of the remaining TQ race, Simon Egan,
winner of the Slingshot race and Chris Daley, victor in the Champ Kart
main event. All 2012 winners are among the entries for the 2013 NAPA?
Auto Parts Racing Weekend.
Tickets for the Atlantic City events are on sale at Ticketmaster
outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Boardwalk Hall box
office. A limited number of the prized lower level seats remain for
Saturday night’s event, however there will plenty of general
admission seating available the day of the event.
Further information can also be obtained by calling the Len Sammons
Motorsports Productions administrative offices (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at
609-888-3618 or online at www.aarn.com.
News release created by Steve Barrick
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