Thursday, 27 August 2020


#18 Tyler Roth & #51 Will Armitage race side-by-side in USAC Engler IMRA Midget action during the 2020 season. #18 Tyler Roth & #51 Will Armitage race side-by-side in USAC Engler IMRA Midget action during the 2020 season. Randy Brown Photo




Macon Speedway in Macon, Ill. is back in action this Saturday, August 29, with the sole appearance this season by the USAC Engler IMRA SpeeD2 Midgets.

Tyler Roth (Springfield, Ill.) captured a wild feature one year ago in the series’ debut appearance at Macon, which resulted in a cage match of sorts between the 23 feature starters.  USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget veteran Karter Sarff (Mason City, Ill.) took the early lead, controlling the first three circuits before yielding to Adam Taylor (Dwight, Ill.).

Taylor held the lead for just two laps before hitting the cushion and flipping on the sixth lap.  That sent Roth to the lead for the ensuing restart.  Brayden Gaylord (Madison, Iowa) also found misfortune after flipping in the main event that was shortened from 20 to 15 laps.

Roth controlled the remainder of the way to take his first career IMRA win over Jake Sollenberger (Canton, Ill.), Daltyn England (Riverton, Ill.) and James Picardi (Peoria, Ill.) while Tyler Kalb (Columbus, Ohio) rounded out the top-five.

Six total divisions are in action this Saturday night, presented by Skeff Distributing Company, Inc. and Budweiser with the IMRA Midgets joined by the DIRTcar Pro Late Models, BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds, DIRTcar Pro Mods, Archers Alley Street Stocks and DIRTcar Hornets.

Pits open at 3pm CT, with stands opening at 5pm, hot laps at 6pm and racing at 7pm.  Adult general admission tickets are $15 with children 11 and under free.  Pit passes and tickets will be sold at the gate on raceday.

USAC ENGLER IMRA SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Andy Baugh-716, 2-Bryan Stanfill-662, 3-Will Armitage-659, 4-Chris Adrien-586, 5-Kevin Battefeld-491, 6-Jake Sollenberger-483, 7-Mark McMahill-440, 8-Tyler Roth-374, 9-Bart Andrews-251, 10-Cody Gerdes-184.



A doubleheader weekend awaits the USAC Eastern SpeeD2 Midgets on the pavement Saturday, Aug. 29 at Highland Rim Speedway in Greenbrier, Tenn. and Sunday, Aug. 30 at Kentucky Motor Speedway in Whitesville, Ky.

In three previous visits by the series to Highland Rim, Nolan Allison won once in 2017 while Sam Hatfield has won twice, in 2017 and, most recently, in 2019.  Meanwhile, four past trips have been made to Kentucky where Chris Lamb won in 2016, George Kurtz & Nolan Allison in 2017, and Neal Allison in 2019.

Jessica Bean (Farmland, Ind.) possesses a slim five-point lead over Lamb (Colfax, N.C.) entering the events.  Lamb, owner of 15 career series wins, is trying to accomplish her fourth consecutive series championship in 2020.

Saturday at Highland Rim, Midgets are joined by Sportsman, Pure Stocks, Road Warriors, Pest Doctor Ridge Runners, Baby Grands, Bandoleros and Legends.  Racing begins at 6pm ET.  Grandstand tickets are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, military & students ages 13-17; $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children age 5 and under.

Sunday at Kentucky, the event card includes Sportsman, Super Street, Scrappers, Ford Oval, Mini Stocks, Young Guns, Ford Figure 8 and Pure Stocks.  Gates open at 1pm ET with hot laps at 2pm and qualifying at 3pm with racing to follow.  General admission tickets are $10, kids age 6-12 are $5 and kids age 5 and under are free.  Pit passes are $35 apiece.

USAC EASTERN SPEED2 MIDGET POINTS: 1-Jessica Bean-224, 2-Chris Lamb-219, 3-Hunter Wise-201, 4-Sam Mazzo-122, 5-John Inman-122, 6-Bradley Swift-121, 7-Mason Hoskins-105, 8-Daytona Spicola-62, 9-Scott Hunter-60, 10-Peyton Ferree-53.