World Record For Midget Cars Could Fall At Slinger On May 17

Slinger, Wis., Apr. 22—Its been billed as the world’s fastest quarter-mile oval for decades, in less than four weeks, Slinger Speedway could become the site of the midget racings fastest lap for quarter-mile track. On Saturday Night May 17 The USAC Mopar National Midget Championship will compete in the “Second annual Kubota Stan Fox Classic”.

A field of over thirty cars are excepted to compete in the event. With Slinger’s surface and high banking the current fastest quarter-mile lap of 11.406 seconds turned by Jason Leffler at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on June 17, 1998 could be in jeopardy. Tracy Hines and surprising Cole Whitt find themselves currently tied for the series point lead after the first three events.

The Slinger event will be the second of three straight events for the series. Action kicks off on Friday Night May 16 with the “Battle in the Bluffs” at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway (West Salem,Wis.). Following Slinger will be a Sunday Afternoon May 18 at Rockford Speedway, marking the first USAC event at the quarter-mile track since Rich Vogler’s victory on Aug. 29, 1979.

Support divisions have been announced, with The Mid American Stock Car Series will competing at LaCrosse. The Illini Racing Series and Formula Indy will compete at Slinger and Rockford. The Illini series in agreement with STM promotions has made rule adjustments to allow competitors to compete in their portion of the event by running spec Mickey Thompson/American Racer Tires. Further information is available from the sanctioning organization.

The midget car owner earning the most points in the three events along with May 30 Mid-State Equipment Sue Thiel Memorial at the Dodge County Fairgrounds (Beaver Dam). will receive a $1,000 bonus with the remainder of the point fund ($4,000) distributed to cars competing in all four events.

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