Wednesday, 27 January 2016




The USAC Midwest Thunder Midget (MTM) Series is pleased to announce its plans for the 2016 season featuring affordable production automotive and motorcycle-based engine rules.  The series will offer competitive racing against full fields of cars with members competing for USAC points series recognition including the opportunity for the series champion to attend the USAC Banquet in Indianapolis next December.  The series will focus on two Midwest race facilities known for their commitment to open wheel, non-wing racing: Montpelier Motor Speedway in Indiana and Waynesfield Raceway Park in Ohio with additional facilities a possibility.


The USAC Midwest Thunder Midget Series is led by the project team that administered the USAC Midwest HPD series in 2015 and co-sanctioned a series of races with area mini sprint associations at Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway as well as Ohio venues at Waynesfield Raceway Park, Limaland Motorsports Park, Atomic Speedway, and Jackson County Speedway.


Montpelier Motor Speedway is well known in open wheel racing circles as the home of the Montpelier Midget Series and, in 2016, will host a USAC National Midget Series’ “Indiana Midget Week” event as well as a USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series race.  Since 2012, the track has offered an inclusive rules package that permitted national midgets, “D2”–style midgets with production automotive engines, and mini sprints to compete side-by-side.  In partnership with the track, the USAC MTM Series will bring a unique “race within a race” format for 2016.  USAC MTM-legal cars will compete at ten of the Montpelier Midget Series races, running a practice, heat, a B-Main (if needed), and an A-Main against all midget entrants and will be eligible for standard purse payouts.  However, each night’s program will also feature a USAC “Shootout” race, limited to MTM cars only, in which USAC points will be earned and additional bonuses will be paid to top finishers.  


Waynesfield Raceway Park has committed to a four race “Thunder and Lightning’ series as the USAC MTM cars will compete against the track’s American Mini Sprint Association (AMSA) Lightning mini sprints.  A standard race format will apply (Heats and Feature) with all USAC members (both auto and motorcycle-based) receiving points for their finishes.  The race will be open to all mini-sprints that meet AMSA rules.


Final details are being completed regarding rules, USAC memberships, points series, and purses.  Please “Like” USAC MTM’s Facebook page at to receive updates, or e-mail questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


The series would like to hear from all interested racers with “D2” legal cars and can assist in connecting potential racers with individuals selling cars or offering MTM legal powerplants.  Please visit and  waynesfieldmotorsportspark.comfor track schedules and other information.  Please do not contact the racetracks for questions regarding rules.


MORE INFORMATION ABOUT USAC: Effective for the 2016 season, the United States Auto Club (USAC) is implementing a new structure for the HPD/Focus midget series, recognizing the growing interest in production-based automotive and motorcycle-powered midgets.  For 2016, USAC will expand rules which previously limited power plants to the Honda distributed by USAC and the grandfathered Ford Focus engines.  Moving forward, the series will use standard midget chassis specifications with a production-based engine formula allowing crate or junkyard engines as long as rules are met.  Rules have been designed to target output in the 200 to 220 horsepower range, discouraging the use of expensive aftermarket internal engine components.


USAC Racing Director Levi Jones will oversee a structure of regional clubs with each club responsible for developing a schedule of race events within their region, administering race day activities such as lineups, payouts and tech inspections, and overseeing any local point series.  Local clubs will be given flexibility to adapt rules as necessary to maintain the integrity of their series with the goal of developing a single national rules package in the future.  Existing USAC clubs such as the Eastern Pavement, Western Dirt, Western Pavement, and Northeast Dirt will be joined by an expanded Midwest region, made up of two clubs in Indiana/Ohio and Illinois. 


USAC is seeking to position this midget series between Karts/.25 Midgets/TQ Midgets and National Midgets/Sprint Cars from a purchase price and mechanical complexity perspective, providing a logical progression for both drivers seeking to develop a career as an open wheel racer as well as grassroots drivers seeking an affordable option to pursue their hobby.  Details of each club’s schedule and rules package will be posted to in the coming months.