INDOOR: Versatile Westfall Files Midget Entry for 18th Annual Rumble in Fort Wayne

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – official event release by Larry Boos — Chris Seelman photo —

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 unfolds Dec. 26-27 inside the massive Memorial Coliseum Expo Center.

Most recently, the Pleasant Hills, Ohio, 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 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, Okla.’s famed Chili Bowl Midget 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 soup’ 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 in 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, Ohio, based machine is Matt’s father, Phil.

The 18th annual Rumble in Fort Wayne indoor midget event takes place at the Allen County Memorial Coliseum Expo Center Dec. 26-27, and will feature some of the country’s best young and veteran talents in National Midget cars, 600cc winged and non-winged midgets, go-karts and quarter-midgets competing on a sixth-mile concrete oval.

For more information on the event, including ticket pricing, event schedules for the two-day affair and more, visit

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