Lonnie Wheatley, FAIRBURY, Neb. (June 7, 2018) – The USAC National Midget series first took to the 1/5-mile Jefferson County Speedway in 2016 for some Tuesday Night Thunder.
With two years of phenomenal Midget action before a packed house atop the Nebraska clay in the books, this year’s USAC Midget appearance in the Cornhusker State will be even bigger with a two-night weekend stand during the Jefferson County Fair.
This year, the Riverside Chevrolet Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County Speedway presented by Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation is set for Friday and Saturday, July 13-14.
Along with the USAC National Midgets, the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprints will be in action on both nights as well. The Saturday, July 14, USAC feature offers up boosted feature start money of $500.
The Midwest Midget Championship at Jefferson County Speedway is the center point of USAC’s Midwest Midget that kicks off at Meeker, Oklahoma’s Red Dirt Raceway with “Tuesday Night Thunder” on July 10 before moving on to Solomon Valley Raceway the next night for the “Chad McDaniel Memorial” and then wrapping up at Missouri’s Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Sunday night, July 15.
With capacity crowds on hand for the USAC Midget event at Jefferson County Speedway over each of the past two years, even more seating has been added for this year’s extravaganza along with a new sound system. The always entertaining event will wrap up on both nights with a live band.
Minden, Nevada’s Tanner Thorson reigns as the defending USAC Midget winner at Jefferson County Speedway after battling past Oklahoma’s Tyler Thomas in the closing laps of last year’s feature. Thomas was runner-up to Arizona’s Chad Boat in the Inaugural USAC Midget event at Jefferson County Speedway in 2016. Lincoln, Nebraska’s Frank Galusha has topped the JayHusker Non-Wing Micro Sprint ranks over each of the past two years.
This year’s USAC Midget roster is deeper than in any in recent history, with the Keith Kunz Motorsports fleet and Clauson-Marshall Racing team among a stout field. The Keith Kunz Motorsports fleet is led by current series points leader Logan Seavey and defending USAC Midget champion Spencer Bayston, who just came away with the Indiana Midget Week title. The Clauson-Marshall Racing team brings the trio of Tyler Courtney, Justin Grant and rookie contender Zeb Wise. A number of other top contenders are in the mix as well including the likes of Brady Bacon, Jerry Coons, Jr., Dave Darland, Chad Boat and Kevin Thomas, Jr., Tyler Thomas, Ryan Robinson, Tucker Klaasmeyer and Holly Shelton among others.
General admission tickets to the event are just $20 for adults each night with children under 54” tall just $5 each night.
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. on both July 13 and 14 with Qualifying at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:00 p.m.
A new campground with electric and water hook-ups just a few hundred feet from the track has been added as well. Limited spots remain. Contact Monica at 402-300-1281 to reserve your spot now.
Along with title sponsor Riverside Chevrolet and presenting sponsors Westin Packaged Meats and Schmidt’s Sanitation, other sponsors that are making the “Midwest Midget Championship” possible include Napa Auto Parts, Pollman Appliance, Chappell Roofing, Ole’ Red 99.5, Side Trek Bar and Grill, Z-4 Trucking, Criner’s Corner, Vaughn Contracting, Starr Plumbing, Fairbury Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County Visitors Committee, Budweiser, Hepfner Racing Products, Rod End Supply, Keizer Wheels, EMI, Mud-X, Speedway Motors, Outlaw Wings.
The 1/5-mile Jefferson County Speedway is located at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Fairbury, NE, at 56885 Pwf Rd, Fairbury, Nebraska 68352.
More information regarding the event is available at https://www.facebook.com/MidwestMidgetChampionship/ or by calling Cody Brewer at 405-823-8095.