|2016 Trenton winners. This year race will be run on dirt in the same indoor stadium|
TRENTON, NJ . . . Brian Montieth, affectionately known as ‘The Edge’ for his penchant of getting the most out of his Premier Auto Works No. 21 410 Sprint Cars, will be putting Indoor Auto Racing Series fans on the edges of their seats this December 1-2, 2017.
Montieth is the latest entry for the first East Coast Micro Dirt Nationals, coming up at the CUREâ€ˆInsurance Arena in Trenton, N.J.
The Phoenixville, Pa., native will be driving a wingless dirt 600cc Micro Sprint in the much anticipated race that is owned by Tom Fraschetta.
“It’s a new challenge for sure," Montieth said. “I’ll be looking to find the fast way around the track like I do at Williams Grove and Lincoln."
Montieth, 43, won two feature events and his sixth career Lincoln Speedway 410 Sprint championship in the last ten years this season. He ended 2017 fifth in points at Williams Grove Speedway.
The veteran wheelman learned his racing skills in Quarter Midgets where he carved 500 notches in his victory belt. He was an eight-time Pennsylvania state champion and a national Quarter Midget champion.
Rich black clay has been ordered and the track crew is preparing to make it banked, smooth, tacky and fast. Race teams have responded with nearly 100 600cc Micro Sprints entered for top drivers from eight different states.
Though Montieth could well be classified as a pre-race favorite, he’ll be a rookie at the new venue as will everyone else.
Fellow Sprint Car driver Ryan Smith of Kunkletown, Pa., who finished second in Tony Stewart’s All Star 410 Sprint Car series this year, and top Pa. Posse driver Steve Buckwalter have also announced their attentions to compete. New York state 360 Sprint car drivers Scott Kreutter and Joe Trenca are also planning an assault of the East Coast Micro Dirt Nationals ranks.
New Egypt Speedway dirt Modified champion Billy Pauch Jr. and Kutztown’s SpeedSTR king pin Tim Buckwalter enter the race with plenty of 600cc Micro Sprint Experience. The two versatile drives finished one-two this season in Kutztown’s 600cc Micro Sprint points.
The stakes are high: a $5,000 first place prize awaits the winner of the Saturday night A-Main if they enter the Gambler’s Bonus program.
Though the East Coast Indoor Nationals is a new attraction, the CURE Insurance Arena (formerly Sun National Bank Center), has hosted TQ Midget racing for the past four years on the arena’s concrete floor.
The racing schedule will tentatively call for heat races with passing points and four A-qualifier feature races on Friday night. On Saturday it will be “alphabet mains," with racers having the opportunity to advance from double F, E, D, C and B-mains to the 40 lap “A" feature.
The agenda calls for racing to start at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Oliver Communication Group (OCG) of Bordentown, N.J. has signed on as an associate sponsor of the event. Other sponsorship packages remain.
Tickets for both days of the event are available at the CURE Insurance Arena Box Office or by phone at 800-298-4200. Further information is available at indoorautoracing.com, email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 609-888-3618.
The East Coast Micro Dirt Nationals is the frst of four Indoor Auto Racing Series races planned for the busy off-season.
Three TQ Midget Indoor Auto Racing Series events held on the concrete floors at Allentown (PA), Atlantic City (NJ) and Albany (NY).