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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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Same Machines that Race Outdoors to Compete on 1/6 Mile Indoor Concrete Oval

FORT WAYNE, IN (Nov. 16) – Problem solved.  When the harsh Midwestern winters put a halt to the outdoor racing season, Fort Wayne’s massive Allen County War Memorial Coliseum comes to the rescue with the annual Rumble in Fort Wayne.  For the 18th consecutive year, a racy 1/6 mile oval will be constructed within the confines of the Coliseum’s Expo Center over the weekend of December 26 and 27.

The unusual combination of Coke syrup over concrete will provide the tacky multi-grooved racing surface for the same divisions of racing that grace the outdoor ovals through the summer months.

Included in the menu of activity will be the Midget division which uses a unique formula to bring together National, Regional, Focus and Kenyon type cars into one class.   This class can be seen at such famed ovals as Eldora Speedway and Lucas Oil Raceway Park and locally at Plymouth Speedway.

Joining the Midgets will be two classes of 600cc powered Midgets that can be seen locally at US 24 and Miami County Speedways.   An ‘outlaw’ class that sees the body design rules opened up and aerodynamic wings used will join the more traditional non-winged style machines as the double 600cc offering.

Completing the active card will be multiple divisions of Go-Kart and Quarter Midget racing.  Both of these classes have been the launching pad for many of today’s superstars in racing including mutli-time Rumble winner Tony Stewart, along with NASCAR’s retiring superstar Jeff Gordon and NASCAR’s Danica Patrick.

It will be ‘business as normal’ for the race teams and fans.   The conventional format of practice laps, followed by qualifying time trials (Midgets, 600’s) will precede a full slate of eliminating heat races and last-chance consolation races prior to the featured main events.

Saturday (Dec. 26) will see a full-day of racing, with the Karts and Quarter Midgets completing their preliminary action during the afternoon while the Midgets and 600cc classes will do the bulk of their racing in the evening.   Sunday (Dec. 27) will see a busy afternoon of racing that will be modified somewhat to get the fans and teams back on the road as quickly as possible.

With the combination of the Rumble Racing Series and the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, racing enthusiasts and teams can get their fix year-round.   Complete event and advance ticket information can be found at www.rumbleseries.com or www.memorialcoliseum.com.   Entry information can be received by contacting rumbleinfortwayne@gmail.com.



for additional information, please contact Larry Boos   (937) 621-8242

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – There will be no increase in general admission ticket pricing for the 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne on Dec. 26-27, according to the event organizers.

Held inside the confines of the Memorial Coliseum Expo Center on a highly competitive, 1/6-mile concrete oval, the holiday event includes full-sized midgets, winged and non-winged 600cc midgets, and multiple classes of go-karts and quarter midgets. General admission will remain $20 per day for adults (13 and older) and $10 per day for children (12 and younger). Reserved seats, in selected areas, will be an additional $4 per seat.

All divisions will compete both days. Saturday’s menu will follow the traditional format of previous years with qualifying heat races, last-chance showdowns and feature races, while Sunday’s show will see a slight twist in the action to allow for a quicker show.

With the exception of the midgets, a point system from Saturday’s action will determine last-chance showdowns and A-main feature lineups. The midget division, which combines U.S. Auto Club-compliant National Pavement Series cars, Focus cars and Kenyon Cars into one class, will continue to run a full program.

Information on online ticketing sales will be released shortly.

Entry forms and tentative time schedules for the competing classes will be released within two weeks. In the meantime, questions may be directed to rumbleinfortwayne@gmail.com.