INDOOR: Erick Rudolph, Ryan Preece Lead TQ Midget Field Into Atlantic City Gambler’s Classic

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Pete MacDonald/RacersGuide.com photo –

From gambling in the casino to gambling on the race track, drivers from across the East Coast will come together for the 14th annual NAPA KNOW HOW Atlantic City Indoor Race this weekend, Jan. 29-30, at the famed Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

The action will be headlined by the TQ Midgets, Slingshots and Champ Karts, all with qualifying, heats and feature racing. This will be the second in a three-race indoor series that included a race in Allentown last month and will conclude with the “Battle of Trenton” in February.

Already in 2016, Erick Rudolph won round one of the Indoor Auto Racing Series in Allentown, making himself eligible for the VAHLCO Performance Bonus going into Atlantic City. The bonus gives any driver who is able to sweep all three races on the series a $10,000 award.

Rudolph is also the defending champion of the Gambler’s Classic in Atlantic City, an event that he has won twice.

“I am really excited for Atlantic City,” Rudolph told Race Chaser Online. “I’ve won my last three races in the No. 22 midget, so myself and the team have a lot of confidence.” When asked about the possibility of pulling off the win in Atlantic City, that would then send him to Trenton with a chance to win the $10,000 bonus, Rudolph said that really is not on his mind just yet.

“I’m just taking it one race at a time, because really, anything can happen with this indoor racing stuff,” Rudolph said.

Other recent winners of the Classic include Anthony Sesely (2014 and 2013), Rudolph (2012), Ted Christopher (2011) and Lou Cicconi Jr. (2010).

Other driver’s that have already entered include NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour star Justin Bonsignore and newly-minted NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Preece, along with indoor stalwart Ryan Flores, who finished second to Rudolph at Allentown earlier in January and has frequented the podium.

Patrick Emerling, Matt Janisch, Andy Jankowiak and multiple other drivers have also filed their entry forms.

Event promoters expect more than 100 drivers to crowd the Boardwalk Hall with a near sell-out crowd to witness the side-by-side race around the indoor oval.

The tentative event schedule calls for time trials to begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by heat racing starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday action begins at 12:30 p.m. with B-main and last chance races, followed by feature racing at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets for the event are on sale on www.ticketmaster.com or by contacting the Boardwalk Hall box office at (609)-348-7100.

For more information on the event, including the full event schedule, fans can visit www.aarn.com.

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About the Writer

Kyle Souza is an aspiring Journalism major at the Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I.  Souza is Race Chaser Online’s New England motorsports insider, covering everything from the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour to the NASCAR Whelen All American Series and the PASS North Super Late Models.

When not writing, Souza works at the Seekonk Speedway as the track’s Friday night public address announcer and press writer, and is also the Media Director for both the Granite State Pro Stock Series and the Tri Track Open Modified Series.

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