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Stewart among six former winners entered for ‘Rumble’
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Defending champion Tony Stewart is among a record-tying six former winners entered in the 15th annual “Rumble in Fort Wayne” indoor midget races on Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29.
Jim Anderson, Rich Corson, Bobby East, Mike Fedorcak and Billy Wease also are among the 34 entries in the midget division. Led by Stewart’s nine victories, the six have combined to win 17 of the 25 features held at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center since the event originated in 1998.
The entry list, announced Friday, also includes David Gough, Kyle Hamilton, Tim Jedrzejek, Brandon Knupp and Bryan Nuckles, all of whom have a second-place finish on the 1/6-mile track.
In all, nearly 300 drivers are pre-entered in midgets, winged outlaw modified midgets, nine kart classes and seven quarter midget classes (entries continue to be accepted). Spectator gates open at 11 a.m. both days, with the main portion of the program, including midget and winged midget heat races, semi-features and features, after 7 p.m. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the door.
Larry Joe Sroufe and John Ivy, the dominant drivers in the 600cc winged midget division at Fort Wayne, top the 31 entries in that class. Defending champions Tyler Ross and Ryan Smith also are back.
Jason Dunn leads the kart entries after going 6-for-6 last year, sweeping the senior heavy, senior medium and senior caged features. Addison Lushin, who won twice last year, is among the returnees in quarter midgets.
Stewart, a three-time NASCAR Cup champion and member of the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame, will be racing at Fort Wayne for the ninth year. He’ll drive his No. 2 Volkswagen-powered Munchkin chassis that was built some 25 years ago.
More information about the event, including ticket prices and special motel rates, is available at www.rumbleseries.com, by e-mailing
Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart will defend his “Rumble in Fort Wayne” midget title in the annual indoor event at the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center. Nearly 300 midgets, winged midgets, karts and quarter midgets are entered for the two-day program on Friday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Dec. 29. / Photo by Kevin Lillard
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