Quite a few drivers are taking advantage of next weekend’s Rumble in Fort Wayne to step out of their traditional element to sharpen their reflexes and traffic skills during the off-season. While the Dec. 30 and 31 event features Midget, 600cc Midget, Go Kart and Quarter Midget competition, the entry list includes drivers from all forms of racing. Read More
SARAH FISHER ENTRY RECEIVED FOR RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE
Truly a Return to Her Roots for Indy 500 Veteran
FORT WAYNE, IN (Dec. 16) – It is only fitting that Sarah Fisher be entered into the 19th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne. The event, set for Dec. 30 & 31 inside the massive Expo Center of Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, is a throwback to where at all began for the Indy 500 veteran. Read More
FORT WAYNE, IN (Dec. 10) – With three weeks remaining before this year’s 19th annual running of the Rumble in Fort Wayne (December 30 & 31, the early Midget entry list boasts of seven previous winners, including last year’s pair of triumphant drivers – Billy Wease and Russ Gamester. Read More
After much consideration and review, 4 classes of Quarter Midget racing will return to the Rumble in Fort Wayne. Of the available classes, the Junior Honda, Senior Honda, Light 160 and Heavy 160 have been chosen to represent Quarter Midget racing at the 19th annual event – December 30 and 31. Read More
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FORT WAYNE, IN — Once again, there will be NO INCREASE in general admission ticket pricing for the 19th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne, which this year will be contested Friday and Saturday, December 30 and 31 inside Fort Wayne’s massive Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.
Another busy program, with multiple divisions of racing, is on the slate. Competing on the 1/6 mile concrete oval will be full-sized Midgets, winged and Non-winged 600cc Midgets, multiple classes of Go-Karts and Quarter Midgets. These are the same cars that race outdoors through the summer months, but in December they move inside for the popular Rumble event.
Adult general admission (ages 13 and up) will remain at $20, while a child’s general admission ticket (ages 12 and under) will be $10. Reserved seats in selected areas will be available for an additional $4 fee per ticket. Advance tickets are encouraged to get you the best seat; however tickets will be available at the door each day. Tickets may be purchased through Ticket Master or at the Coliseum box office.
Entry forms for the various classes are available on the Rumble website.
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – After an opening night that saw all three of the potent Randy Burrow Racing national midgets miss the Rumble in Fort Wayne A-Feature, Billy Wease made sure that his team owner would not be denied again during Sunday afternoon’s matinee finale. Read More
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Two years ago, Russ Gamester and his 1977 Grant King chassis blew the doors off of the Rumble Racing Series National Midget field to win their first Rumble in Fort Wayne A-Feature. Read More
FORT WAYNE, IN (Dec. 12) – Eight previous winners are included on the most recent entry list for the Midget portion of the 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne (December 26, 27), including a pair of 2014 victors – Justin Peck and Brandon Knupp. While the ‘previous winner’ tag is impressive it really offers no guarantee as the tight confines of the 1/7 mile concrete oval constructed inside the War Memorial Coliseum presents a unique and equal challenge to every entrant.
With the total length of the oval measuring out at just over 750’ and at only 35’ wide, the Rumble is unarguably the toughest test a driver faces all year long. Many times, previous achievements are outweighed by luck and circumstances.
Peck, who hails from Monrovia, IN, comes into the annual holiday weekend skirmish seeking a ‘three-peat’ of wins to back up his 2013 and 2014 triumphs, while Knupp (Mooresville, NC), who won on the final night of last year’s chase arrives as the most recent winner.
However, both will readily admit that those credentials carry little assurance. Peck went through the best of both worlds in 2013 when he finished last on the first night of racing and then came back the second night to pick up his initial win. Meanwhile, Knupp, who sits fourth on the list of all-time Rumble starters, chased through 18 features dating back to 2002 before last December’s conquest.
Joining Peck and Knupp will be multi-time winners Billy Wease (Noblesville, IN – 4) and Dave Darland (Atlanta, IN – 2) along with single winners Mike Fedorcak (Roanoke, IN), Derek Bischak (Indianapolis, IN), Jim Anderson (Joliet, IL) and Russ Gamester (Peru, IN).
Wease has seen the highs and lows of Rumble racing as well. The ‘high’ of sweeping the feature action wins in 2009 was replaced with the ‘low’ of 16th and 14th place finishes last year, while Darland has been vacant from the Rumble’s victory lane since January of 2011.
Second generation driver Bryan Nuckles (Canal Winchester, OH) captured last year’s bonus of earning the most points when three nights of racing were included on the card, but has yet to capture a feature win. With five feature starts on his resume, Nuckles has come close twice with runner-up runs in 2009 and again in last year’s opening night.
Challenging the former winners will be balanced field of seasoned indoor veterans and young upstarts such as Quarter Midget graduates Austin Nemire (Sylvania, OH) and Austin Prock (Avon, IN) along with Go-Kart alumni Stratton Briggs (Anna, OH) and Cory Guingrich (Celina, OH).
The Midget, Go-Kart and Quarter Midget divisions will be joined over the December 26 and 27 weekend with a pair of 600cc Midget divisions; winged and non-winged.
VERSATILE MATT WESTFALL AMONG RUMBLE IN FORT WAYNE MIDGET DIVISION HOPEFULS
Late Model and Modified Championships at Eldora Speedway Propel Pleasant Hill, OH Driver
FORT WAYNE, IN (Nov. 22) – One of the more versatile drivers in short track racing, Matt Westfall, will be among the hopefuls to make the Midget division starting field when the 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne (IN) unfolds December 26 and 27 inside the massive Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.
Most recently, the Pleasant Hills, OH veteran captured Eldora Speedway’s Late Model season championship, where the previous year he prevailed as champion over the Modified division. Over the years Westfall has also competed in non-winged Sprint Cars and USAC’s (United States Auto Club) Silver Crown division and in each class he has had success.
His Midget appearances are less frequent and most notably occur during the off-season when racing turns to the climate-controlled indoor venues. Primarily a dirt track chauffeur, Westfall’s driving exploits at Tulsa, OK’s famed Chili Bowl Nationals have earned him a fan-favorite moniker. Over the past several years on the dirt oval, Westfall has been one of the few drivers to advance repeatedly through the rugged ‘alphabet features’ during the final night of the Chili Bowl.
Fort Wayne’s concrete surfaced Rumble oval is one of Westfall’s rare non-dirt appearances. He has been a loyal supporter of the unique event since 1998, and has cracked the starting field time five times, with two top-five finishes. His best finish was in his initial Rumble attempt in 1998 when he crossed the line third. Two years ago (2013) Westfall finished fifth.
As has been the case for many years, Westfall will be behind the wheel of a Dave Ryder owned machine.
The duo teams up once a year for the Rumble in what is a family tradition. Ryder is Westfall’s uncle and helping to turn the wrenches on the Troy, OH based machine is Matt’s father, Phil.
Joining the Midget division of racing over the two-day period on the 1/6 mile concrete oval will be two classes of 600cc Midgets along with multiple classes of Go Karts and Quarter Midgets.
Advance reserved seat tickets for each night of the annual post-Holiday race meet are available through Ticketmaster and the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center box office.
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