Mike Lichty Wins TQ Midget Indoor Inaugural In Baltimore; DJ Shaw Claims Companion Champ Kart Feature
BALTIMORE, MD (December 8, 2013) – Mike Lichty, of Innerkip, Ontario, the only Canadian driver in the field, drove to a dramatic victory in the first Indoor TQ Midget race at 1st Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore, Md., Saturday night.
Lichty, who started tenth in the 23-car starting field, managed to avoid several early mixups that took out several of his rivals, and was in front of the field by the halfway point of the race.
The most pressure packed part of the race for Lichty came in managing numerous double file restarts over the final ten laps with first Ryan Smith, Kunkletown, Pa., and then Matt Janisch, Nazareth, Pa., on his outside. Janisch ultimately prevailed to take second over Smith with Anthony Sesely, Matawan, N.J. fourth and Ted Christopher, Plainville, Ct., fifth.
The TQ feature got off to a rocky start when Joey Payne Fair Lawn, N.J., flipped while attempting to take the lead. Rowan Pennink, New Egypt, N.J., was also among the early leaders until he faltered.
An unusual crash took place in the fifth TQ Midget heat race. Erick Rudolph, Ransomville, N.Y., who had been contending for the lead, tangled with Glen Reen, Wilbraham, Ma.. As the field was being reassembled for the restart, Rudolph, racing to catch up with the about-to-restart field, apparently experienced a stuck throttle and slammed into the concrete wall full bore. He was not hurt but was out of action for the night.
Then, in the TQ B-Main that determined the final qualifiers for the feature, Erik Musto, Lockport, N.Y., spun after contact with Ryan Tidman, Levittown, Pa. A post race scuffle in the pit area resulted in Tidman’s car being disqualified after he had earned a starting spot.
The companion Champ Kart 25-lap main event was won by DJ Shaw of Center Conway, N.H., with Tom Kelly, Schwenksville, Pa., second and Cody Sieber, Mifflntown, Pa., third.
The Indoor race was the first of its kind in ‘The Charm City’ and drew raves from the large crowd in attendance for its competitiveness and efficiency – the entire program was completed in less than three hours.
Baltimore Indoor TQ Midget Feature (40 Laps): 1. Mike Lichty; 2. Matt Janisch; 3. Ryan Smith; 4. Anthony Sesely; 5. Ted Christopher; 6. Tony DiMattia; 7. Tim Buckwalter; 8. Lou Cicconi Jr.; 9. Christopher Allen; 10. Ryan Greth; 11. Dan Lane Jr.; 12. Chris Deritis; 13. Rowan Pennink; 14. Patrick Emerling; 15. Matthew Roselli; 16. Joey Payne; 17. BJ MacDonald; 18. Glen Reen; 19. Jon Gambuti; 20. Mike Osite; 21. James-Michael Friesen. DQ: Ryan Tidman.
TQ Heat Winners: Joe Payne Jr., Ryan Smith, BJ MacDonald, Ryan Greth, Rowan Pennink. TQ B Main Winner: Matt Janisch TQ C Main Winner: Ryan Susice TQ Non-Qualifiers: Richie Coy
Champ Kart Feature (25 Laps): 1. DJ Shaw; 2. Brandon Rusczek; 3. Cody Sieber; 4. Chris Daley; 5. Matt Fenn; 6. Brian Sullivan; 7. James Folds; 8. John Berger; 9. Coby Cressinger; 10. Gavin Soraghan; 11. Brianna Page; 12. Stephen Beattie; 13. Tim Sullivan; 14. Glen Meisenhelder; 15. Tom Kelly; 16.Danny Bouc; 17. Justin Bonsignore; 18. Ron Midford Jr.; 19. Zach Smith; 20. Andrew Swisher; 21. Bryan Shields 22. Todd Crenshaw.
Champ Kart B Main: Andrew Swisher Champ Kart Heats: Tim Sullivan, Zach Smith
FATHEADZ EYEWEAR SIGNS AS TITLE SPONSOR FOR THREE-RACE LEN SAMMONS INDOOR AUTO RACING SERIES
TRENTON, NJ - November 14, 2012 . . . Len Sammons Motorsports Productions has announced a new partnership for its three-race Indoor Series. Fatheadz Eyewear of Brownsburg, Ind. has become the title sponsor of the newly designated “Fatheadz Eyewear Indoor Racing Series Presented By Precise Racing.” The first of the trio of events is set for 1st Mariner Center in Baltimore, Md, on Saturday, December 8th. The newly named series’ second event is logged in for Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on December 31 and the two-race weekend finale is scheduled for February 1-2, 2013 in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Fatheadz is synonymous in the Midwest with open wheel racing by marketing heavily in the Sprint car and Midget ranks since it’s founding and sponsors other forms of motorsports throughout the country. Drivers Dave Darland, Jon Stanbrough, Tracy Hines, Brady Bacon and Hunter Schuerenberg, all fly the Fatheadz banner wherever they pilot their open wheeled machines. Fatheadz has been seeking to expand its motorsports marketing territory eastward into the hotbed of the northeast open wheel community and Len Sammons Motorsports Productions’ three- race series offered a high profile scenario with a proven record of success. Fatheadz Eyewear specializes in eyewear designed to fit the average person, as well as those with ‘‘larger brains and fuller facial features” and has broken the mold on the “One Size Fits All” status quo that has ruled the eyewear industry since its inception. Fatheadz offers affordability, numerous styles and widths for men’s sunglasses and optical frames. In addition, for those beautiful ladies who want style, grace, and class built into their eyewear that fits precisely to their features, Fatheadz offer “Dea Eyewear”. Dea Eyewear markets a full line of affordable sun and optical frames. Both men’s’ and women’s‘ lines conquer the problems that as much as 40% of the population deal with on a daily basis, struggling with fit, quality and styling, by insuring proper fit and reducing the stress on frame parts, pieces, and contact points. A more comfortable consumer is Fatheadz’ goal. Fatheadz are available online at www.fatheadz.com, as well as through hundreds of retailers across the country. Recently, racing retailers have joined the charge and are now offering the products both online as well as at their storefronts. Among these is Precise Racing of Sarver, Pa. , a leader in oval track, drag racing, street and strip disciplines has three locations in Baltimore, Sarver, Pa., and Wichita, Kans. Fatheadz and Dea products are available at each location as well as www.preciseracing.com. As part of its sponsorship leveraging, Fatheadz will be showcasing a retailer at each of the three indoor races, thereby maximizing the marketing opportunities for those who support the sport and aid in our participation of the sport. The Fatheadz Eyewear Indoor Racing Series Presented By Precise Products Three Quarter (TQ) Midget and Champ Kart teams’ entries continue to grow for the Baltimore and Providence events; Atlantic City entries are also numerous though entry forms were only recently posted on www.aarn.com